Arizona Fishing Report: The Reel Deal

Top picks this week are Saguaro Lake for largemouth bass, Lake Pleasant for stripers, or one of our stocked streams in the White Mountains region for trout, including Silver Creek, East Fork of the Black River, Little Colorado River in Greer or Show Low Creek just downstream of Show Low Lake.

Fishing in these streams should be good because of better water quality — as long as the flows are not high due to monsoon rains.

Don’t forget to try the Dead Horse State Park lagoons near Cottonwood. A big largemouth bass  was caught there on Wednesday.

We have a new moon on Monday, which will make using submersible lights at night extremely effective. Surface water temperatures in desert impoundments are about as hot as they get — up to high-80s at Bartlett Lake. But they are trending downward into the low-80s at Roosevelt Lake.

Many bass have been rising to the surface for shad, but neither stay there for long, quickly dipping into a cooler, more comfortable zone (bass prefer 75-80 degrees).  Most weather forecasts call for a dry weekend, with some precipitation arriving by Monday in the high country.

Take the NHF Day challenge, win prizes

National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF Day), an annual celebration of hunters and anglers, features a new twist this year. Richard Childress, NASCAR legend and honorary chair for NHF Day, is asking hunters and anglers to participate in the new NHF Day Challenge by taking someone hunting, fishing or target shooting.

By pledging to introduce someone to the outdoors between now and NHF Day on Saturday, Sept. 23, participants will be eligible to win a Richard Childress Racing VIP race weekend package or the Ultimate Outdoor Experience in America’s Conservation Capital from Big Cedar Lodge and Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium.

To get involved in the NHF Day Challenge, visit or call 417-225-1162.

Catch of the Week

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

Bear Canyon Lake


Shane V.’s daughter caught her first catch. “It was awesome!” Shane said. ” The kids even pulled enough crawfish out of there to have a little crawfish boil that evening as well.  Good times.  Shore fishing, we caught quite a few rainbows fishing worms on a Santee rig to keep the bait away from the crawfish.  It was a proud day.”

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):
Rainbow trout
Show Low Creek, Silver Creek, East Fork Black River, Oak Creek, Little Colorado River-Greer, Canyon Creek, East Verde River, Haigler Creek, Tonto Creek, Willow Springs Lake, Woods Canyon Lake, Ashurst Lake, Rose Canyon Lake.

Note: Catfish return to Community waters in late September.

Previous stockings
Rainbow trout

Friday, Aug. 11 — East Verde River, East Fork Black River, Silver Creek, Woods Canyon Lake, Willow Springs Lake. Thursday, Aug. 10 — Tonto Creek, Haigler Creek. Wednesday, Aug. 9 –– Show Low Creek. Tuesday, Aug. 8 — Bear Canyon Lake, Fool Hollow Lake, Show Low Lake. Monday, Aug. 7 — Silver Creek, Dogtown Reservoir, Canyon Creek. See all the stocking schedules

Save time, buy online

Grab a license online (that helps conserve all species of wildlife, not to mention provides funding that goes back into fishing opportunities) and go.


2 thoughts on “Arizona Fishing Report: The Reel Deal”

  1. We fish 2-3 times a week, in the White Mountains. For the last 3-4 weeks fish activity has been very slow, to non existent. Although we see fish on the sonar, we cannot get them to bite using the same variety of tackle, that we have used and have caught trout with, since May. We have fished Show Low lake, Fools Hollow and Willow Springs. On the reservation we have fished Hawley, Reservation, Sunrise and Big Bear, with the same lack of results. The only element that appears, to us, to be different is that we have had significant monsoon rains, this year. Any idea what has caused the fish to stop biting? We did not experience this, slow down in fish activity, during this time period last year.


    Grant Ketterman


    1. Hi, Grant and Liz! Unfortunately it’s difficult to say why you’re having that experience. Stocking rates are higher than most years, but maybe you’re on to something with the monsoon rains. Maybe the trout aren’t taking well to the dirty/stained water?

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