Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

A top pick for Memorial Day weekend has to be Lake Powell, a fishing dream this time of year for striped bass, smallmouth bass and walleye, and some nice largemouth bass.

In the Flagstaff region, Lower Lake Mary, Kaibab Lake and Ashurst Lake are hot for trout fishing.

At Lower Mary, folks are catching limits of large trout  using worms, PowerBait, or small lures.  We are hearing reports of fish up to 21 inches out of the lake with lots of fish longer than 13 inches.

Kaibab got a load of 9,000 bonus rainbow trout from Colorado on Saturday along with 6,000 rainbows from our hatcheries during the past 2 weeks.  Fishing is excellent.

Ashurst got a load of 9,000 bonus rainbow trout from Colorado last Wednesday along with 6,000 rainbows from our hatcheries during the past 2 weeks. Fishing was red hot during the weekend with lots of limits being caught.

The Agua Fria boat ramp has been closed 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.

There is access to the Agua Fria from the main lake (eagle closure has been lifted).

It’s still possible to walk in and fish the shoreline, as I did last Friday for a couple catfish:


During this new moon, fishing at night under submersible lights is extremely viable (and a good way to avoid the hordes of water recreationists).

Frozen anchovies for striped bass might just fill your live well with good eating at Lake Pleasant, Lake Havasu, Lake Mohave and Lake Mead.

Crappie at night under lights should be good at Alamo, Roosevelt, Bartlett and maybe even Pleasant.

Finally, see the latest stocking reports.

Catch of the Week

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

At Kinnikinick Lake, Carson P. managed to catch this 11-pound, 29-inch catfish that hit worms on the bottom (his shoe size is 14 for comparison).

Kinnikinick is a great little lake, especially for float tubes, canoes and kayaks. This small spring-fed lake has primitive camp sites.

See previous Angler Reports

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 27 — Kids Fishing Day, D’Ambro Ranch Pond, near mile post 23 on Stockton Hill Rd., near Kingman, 7-11 a.m.  Read the full schedule.


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