Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

A new moon with summer nights made chill by spats of rain showers — this can be the time to fish in the high country of Arizona.

Increased rainfall predicted for high country regions can also eventually favor anglers, bringing inflows and nutrients, and in turn baitfish and predatory fish. Target areas with recent inflows.

Monsoon season is here so be safe. Get off the water if there’s lightning and if you get trapped on the water find a protected cove or small bay and wait the storm out.

Submersible lights at night for stripers will be a great option if the weather is calm. Be sure to check the latest wind and weather forecasts. Anglers can fish in snow, ice, some heat (be safe) and rain – but keep those lightning (fishing) rods off the water.

Anglers also have reported success this week with bass at Pena Blanca Lake,  walleye at Upper Lake Mary, and flathead catfish on the Upper Salt River and striper fishing on the Colorado River Below Davis Dam, where Chris caught this 32.6-pound striper:

Overall, angling can be tough in July, but be selective in your spot and time, and you might go away with a heavy stringer, or at least a camera full of memories. Grab a license online (that helps conserve all species of wildlife, not to mention provides funding that goes back into fishing opportunities) and go.

Some fire restrictions lifted

Due to significant widespread rain and decreasing fire danger, the Coconino, Coronado, Apache-Sitgreaves, and Kaibab National Forests have lifted campfire and smoking restrictions. But remain safe when building campfires!  Read more.

Time to catch and cook those trout!

Also, see a full list of fire restrictions in Arizona.


Fishing tournaments resume at Apache, Canyon lakes

Apache Lake on the Salt River chain of lakes is relatively undeveloped and is an excellent fishery for bass and catfish.

Fishing tournaments at Apache and Canyon Lakes can resume, effective immediately. Tournaments on Apache, Canyon and Saguaro lakes were temporarily suspended when golden alga blooms developed over large portions of the lakes. Saguaro Lake tournaments remain suspended. Read more.

Cluff Pond No. 3 reopens

We reopened Cluff Ranch Pond #3 to recreational activities Saturday, July 15, after it was closed in June for use by U.S. Forest Service crews to help suppress the Frye Fire. The Cluff Ranch Ponds are located in the Cluff Ranch Wildlife Area off Cluff Ranch Road at the base of the Pinaleno Mountains.

Catch of the Week

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

Upper Lake Mary

David M. caught two walleye, including this one, Saturday, July 15, trolling a swimbait 10-feet deep.

See previous Angler Reports

Stocking reports

By  Saturday, we’re scheduled to have stocked the following this week (sign up for I Support Wildlife for real-time and confirmed stocking reports):

Fool Hollow Lake; Show Low Lake; Silver Creek; East Fork Black River; Little Colorado River-Greer; Christopher Creek; Canyon Creek, East Verde River; Haigler Creek, Tonto Creek; Willow Springs Lake, Woods Canyon Lake; Oak Creek Goldwater Lake; Rose Canyon Lake.

Previous stockings
Rainbow trout

Friday, June 14 — East Verde River, Canyon Creek, Woods Canyon Lake. Thursday, June 13 — Tonto Creek, Christopher Creek, Haigler Creek. Wednesday, June 12 — Show Low Creek. Tuesday, June 11 — Bear Canyon Lake, Huffer Tank. Monday, June 10 –– Canyon Creek, West Fork Little Colorado River-Greer, Silver Creek, Dogtown Lake, Cataract Lake.

See all the stocking schedules


2 thoughts on “Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal”

    1. Hi Donald! There are sunfish but no crappie. Just rainbow trout, largemouth bass, sunfish (of course), channel catfish, bullhead, and northern pike.

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