Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

Now is the time to hit the high country lakes and streams.

Already stocked were Tonto Creek, the East Verde River, Silver Creek, East Fork of the Black River, and Canyon Creek. Woods Canyon and Willow Springs lakes are being socked this week as well.

The Woods Canyon Lake store reported that rainbows are being caught on almost anything from worms and artificial lures to corn and white bread. A 2.5-pound rainbow was caught on May 6. The biggest tiger trout reported so far has been 14 inches long.

Fishing is excellent at Lake Powell (walleye and BIG stripers) and Lake Havasu (spawning redear sunfish and incredible largemouth bass action.)

The Agua Fria boat ramp will be closed starting today due to unexpectedly high water levels at Lake Pleasant. The lower parking lot is almost completely underwater and the lake is still rising.

Please refer to the Lake Pleasant Regional Park website with regards to when the area is anticipated to reopen. Maricopa County is in the process of posting this closure notice.

Catfish stockings are ongoing at Community fishing waters, too!

Don’t forget to hit the Payson Wildlife Fair on Saturday.

See the full fishing report, grab a license online, 24/7, and don’t forget to send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@AZGFD.gov.

Catch of the Week

Send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@AZGFD.gov — one will be selected as Catch of the Week.

On May 5-7 at Bear Canyon Lake,  Mike B. and a group of five adults started fishing Friday evening. This picture is their Sunday catch, in 42-degree water temperatures and heavy wind, primarily on lures and a few on PowerBait. Mike B.’s son Levi on the right and his friend’s son Trevin on the left.  They reported using mainly pink, lime twist, rainbow, and captain america for PowerBait, and Lil Jakes for lures.

See previous Angler Reports

Stocking report

Rainbow trout

Friday, May 5 — Tonto Creek, the East Verde River, Silver Creek, East For of the Black River, Canyon Creek, Willow Springs Lake, and Woods Canyon Lake

Thursday, May 4 — Colorado River, Tonto Creek, Cristopher Creek, Haigler Creek, Topock Marsh, Big Lake.

Wednesday, May 3 — Luna Lake, West Fork Little Colorado RIver-Greer.

Tuesday, May 2 — West Fork Little Colorado River-Greer, Riggs Flat Lake, Bunch Res., RIver Res., Tunnel Res.

Monday, May 1 — Salt River, Wet Beaver Creek, West Clear Creek, Dogtown Res., Kaibab Lake, Canyon Creek.

Channel catfish

Friday, May 5 — “Core” Community waters except Sahuarita Lake and Mesa Riverview Lake.

See more stocking schedules.

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.

Saturday, May 20 — Family Fishing Event, Tempe Kiwanis Park (5500 S. Mill Ave., Tempe), 7-11 a.m. Read the full schedule.

SEE THE FULL REPORT

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