Arizona Fishing Report: The Reel Deal


It’s the forehead-soaked homestretch of summer. Consider fishing the night, morning or high country.

Top picks for bass are Lake Pleasant at night for striped bass (try anchovies deep), Saguaro Lake for largemouth bass (try frog imitations in the mornings and deep-diving crankbaits as the sun comes up).

Want to escape the crowds? Try Kinnikinick Lake in the Flagstaff area. Because it’s spring fed, it often has a nice summer bite. Try small crayfish imitating crankbaits or small spoons to catch brown trout.  Another possible way to fish is to catch some grasshoppers around the lake and fish them on the surface during evenings. Maybe plan a trip here for Labor Day weekend.

And don’t forget the trout-stocked streams of the White Mountains region.

Our Fish&Boat Arizona map will show plenty of other options, as well as the locations of those mentioned above.

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

Catch of the Week

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

Gila River

Maureen K.: A few weekends ago we went to a new spot off the Gila River in Florence that I found on Google maps. We caught this catfish (likely a channel cat). It weighed in at 7 pounds, 2 ounces.

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
Friday, Aug. 25 — East Verde River, East Fork Black River, Silver Creek, Willow Springs Lake. Thursday, Aug. 24 — Tonto Creek, Haigler Creek, Woods Canyon Lake. Tuesday, Aug. 22 — Goldwater Lake, City Reservoir, Show Low Lake, Fool Hollow Lake.

Note: Catfish return to Community waters in late September.

Previous stockings

Rainbow trout

Friday, Aug. 18 — East Verde River, East Fork Black River, Silver Creek, Woods Canyon Lake, Canyon Creek. Thursday, Aug. 17 — Tonto Creek, Haigler Creek, Cataract Lake. Tuesday, Aug. 15 — Oak 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.

Thank you, anglers!

Arizona fishing opportunities wouldn’t be possible without the Sport Fish Restoration Program. It was created through the Dingell-Johnson Act of 1950 (Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act) and the Wallop-Breaux amendments of 1984. Through a federal excise tax paid by manufacturers on fishing gear and motorboat fuels, it provides funds for fishery conservation, boating access, and aquatic education.


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