Although some steady weather gracing the desert regions should make for some break-out bass fishing this weekend, it’s a great time to bring friends, family and fishing rods to the high country, too.
Elk are bugling in the White Mountains region, fall leaves are changing colors, and winter trout stockings have begun. Be sure to check out the full report and stake out your fishing destination.
Community catfish update
By Saturday, we’re scheduled to have stocked the following this week (sign up for I Support Wildlife for up-to-date and confirmed stocking reports):
Frances Short Pond, Community “core” waters.
Thursday, Sept. 28 — Community expansion waters.
The first creek in the Community Fishing Program had its initial stocking of rainbow trout Monday. Located approximately 3 miles downstream of Show Low Lake, this portion of the creek starts near a Hampton Inn & Suites and runs downstream through the large, open meadow to the foot bridge at Show Low Bluff Trail.
Trout will be the primary species and more stockings are scheduled for November, March, and April. Catfish and sunfish will be stocked at least once during the summer months when the temperatures are too warm for trout.
Nets and waders: Working for You
AZGFD employees and volunteers continued a Salt River chain-lakes habitat improvement project Monday through Wednesday by dropping various, environmentally safe structures like these to the bottom of Roosevelt Lake.
In short, we are making a “fish city” on the bottom of the mostly barren, bowl-like bottom of Roosevelt Lake.
Habitat is important for fish spawning, recruitment, growth, health and populations. These artificial structures attract bait fish, which then attract predatory fish for sport-fishing anglers to target.
Catch of the Week
Send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@AZGFD.gov —
one will be selected as Catch of the Week.
Eric M. caught this 8-pound largemouth bass at Canyon Lake Tuesday morning a watermelon yum wacky worm set up around 11 a.m. in 15 ft of water by the dam. He added a nice channel catfish to his day’s work, too.
Family 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.
Saturday — “Family Fishing Fun” at Cesar Chavez Park, Alvord Lake, in Phoenix, 8 a.m. to noon, 7858 S. 35th Ave. SEE A FLYER.
Please join the AZGFD Sport Fishing Education Program, Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Gallardo, along with partners Coconino County Supervisor Liz Archuleta, Phoenix Councilman Nowakowski-District 7, H.E.C.H.O. (Hispanics Enjoying Camping, Hunting and the Outdoors), and the Laveen Baseball League for a morning of family fishing fun! The Arizona Game and Fish Department will be providing loaner rods and bait for this event (or you may bring your own).