Many bass are in a post-spawn mode, and although there’s some windy weather predicted for much of the state this weekend, anglers can pick their spots. A couple might be Woods Canyon and Willow Springs lakes on the Mogollon Rim — tiger trout are back and have been stocked for the first time this year. Looks like some pretty decent weather there Saturday and Sunday, too.
Top-water action had been picking up with a recent spat of warmer weather and some anglers were having success with frogs, Rebel Pop-Rs, and Ricos. With a string of predicted 90-degree temperatures in desert regions next week — possibly hitting 100 toward the end of the week — the surface action should pick up again.
A new moon was Wednesday, and so using submersible lights at night will be effective for a couple more days. Try striper fishing at night a Lake Mead, Lake Mohave (some big stripers were just caught fishing from shore with anchovies), or Lake Pleasant.
Also time to wet some lines in the Yuma area! Council Avenue (Somerton), Yuma West Wetlands, Fortuna Pond, and Redondo Pond were all stocked with channel catfish and bluegill Wednesday, April 26. See the stocking:
Grab a license online, 24/7, and go get ’em.
- Rainbow trout are being stocked in the high country.
- We just started a new habit project at Roosevelt Lake.
- Crappie fishing has slowed. Action had been hot during their spawn following the recent full moon.
- All roads to Big Lake are open.
- Flathead catfishing will be picking up and should be good until mid-June. This is typically the time monster flatheads are caught.
- Be sure to check the weather forecasts. Some gusty weather is predicted throughout the state this weekend (particularly out west).
April 19 — Goldwater Lake (Upper), Concho Lake, Bear Canyon Lake, Rainbow Lake, Fool Hollow Lake, Haigler Creek, Christopher Creek.
April 20 — Tonto Creek, Ashurst Lake, East Verde River, Tonto Creek.
April 20 — “Core” Community fishing waters.
Catch of the Week
Send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@azgfd.gov —
one will be selected as Catch of the Week
Aubrey, 6, caught this reported 18-inch cutthroat trout April 22 at Big Lake fishing on the bottom with a worm. It was her first big fish.
Public fishing events
At these free fishing clinics, loaner rods are provided, bait is free, and no license is required for those who register during event hours.
- Yuma Valley Rod and Gun Club free fishing event at Mittry Lake, sunrise-noon.
- Somerton free fishing event at Council Park Pond, 9 a.m. – noon.
Thank you, anglers!
Arizona fishing opportunities wouldn’t be possible without the Sport Fish Restoration Program. It was created through the Dingell-Johnson Act of 1950 (Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act) and the Wallop-Breaux amendments of 1984. Through a federal excise tax paid by manufacturers on fishing gear and motorboat fuels, it provides funds for fishery conservation, boating access, and aquatic education.