Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

Striper fishing can be average to “gangbusters” at Lake Pleasant, Lake Mead, Lake Havasu, and the Colorado River below Davis Dam. See tips on fishing boils — the action should still be great at night. This week’s full moon will make lakes easier to navigate, and arguably produce periods of better fishing.

Rainstorms are predicted for this weekend in the desert regions and early next week in the high country. — this could be the cool off needed to trigger another good trout bite. Try trout fishing just before a storm comes through.

At Kaibab Lake near Williams, the morning and afternoon bite seems to help produce a good rainbow trout bite. Try worms fished 2 feet under a bobber, or yellow garlic PowerBait.

At Ashurst Lake southeast of Flagstaff, some anglers Wednesday were catching good numbers of trout using white, brown or green PowerBait on the bottom.  Others fishing in the shallow areas of the lake were doing better than those fishing in the deep areas off of the rocky areas.

Flathead catfish are also a good bet at Pleasant, where top-water action can also be a hot spot this time of the year.

Crappie fishing should be picking up at Alamo Lake. This time of the year, nighttime anglers can catch 20-30 crappie a night by the dam using crappie lights and jigging minnows.

Don’t forget to send your fishing reports and photos to — one will be selected as Catch of the Week.

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Notable fire closures/openings

  • Due to the Gentry Fire, access to Black Canyon Lake has been reopened, as well at Forest Roads 300 and 86.
  • Access to Riggs Flat Lake is temporarily closed due to the Frye Fire.
  • Knoll Lake on the Mogollon Rim is once again open. We have not received any recent reports.

Stocking report

Rainbow trout

Friday, June 30 — East Verde River, Silver Creek, Woods Canyon Lake, Willow Springs Lake, Canyon Creek, East Fork Black River,

Thursday, June 29 — Woods Canyon Lake, Willow Springs Lake, Tonto Creek, Christopher Creek, Haigler Creek.

Wednesday, June 28 — Show Low Creek.

Tuesday, June 27 — Cataract Lake, Canyon Creek, Oak Creek.

Monday, June 26 — Silver Creek, West Fork Little Colorado River-Greer.


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.

Friday and Saturday — Women’s Only Fly Fishing Clinic, instruction Friday evening at the Pinetop Regional Office, Saturday morning at Silver Creek outside Show Low (pre-registration required).

See the full schedule.



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