Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

Bass are generally in post-spawn mode and scattered across lakes. Look for the night bite on bass to improve in the coming weeks as triple-digit high temperatures remain consistent.

There’s also a full moon: one certainty of this lunar phase is that anglers will have sufficient light on clear nights to navigate fishing spots.

Bass and trout aside, it is also bluegill time. Get the kids, bobbers, and worms. Backs of coves are usually best, especially if it is rocky or you can find submerged boulder piles. Patagonia Lake has been a good sunfish spot, as well as Canyon Lake.

This is also the time for huge cats. Some really nice channels are being caught, along with some monster flatheads. The Colorado River in the Imperial Division just on area that is notorious for some monster flatheads.

Last Saturday’s Free Fishing Day was highlighted by some great fish, like this rainbow trout stringer from Woodland Lake:

Go get yours. Don’t forget that fishing license, which you can get online, 24/7.

Also, see all of Arizona’s fire restrictions.

I’ll be on leave until June 20 so there will be no statewide summary next week.

Finally, some fish bits:

  • Largemouth bass have been stocked into Goldwater Lake. One angler had a banner bass day this week. Gila and rainbow trout also have been stocked.
  • Fishing for channel catfish and bluegill has been on fire at Patagonia Lake.
  • Parker Canyon Lake received an extra 660 pounds of catfish this week.
  • Rainbow Lake has been giving up some nice … rainbows.
  • And see the latest stocking report.

Final spring Community catfish stocking

The final spring stocking of catfish is taking place this week.

Fishing is good to excellent for catfish using worms, stink baits, or shrimp fished on the bottom. If you want to use bobbers, rig up a slip bobber and fish 8-12 feet deep.

See the latest community waters news.

Catch of the Week

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

Terry and Grant limited out with fat 14- to 16-inch trout at Rainbow Lake in 90 minutes Thursday, June 1 using chartreuse Berkley PowerBait and chartreuse Berkley Gulp Alive 1-inch Floating Pinched Crawlers.

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.


  • Free Fishing Event, Patterson Ponds, St Johns, 8 a.m.-noon
  • City of Yuma Family Fish Fiesta at the Yuma West Wetlands Park (7 a.m. – 10 a.m.).


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