Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

Days are getting shorter, air temperatures are cooling, and with the transition into fall, it takes some work to pinpoint the exact location of fish. Water temperatures in desert impoundments such as Roosevelt Lake are in the low-to-mid 70s. Cover a lot of water,  targeting different areas of the water column with various bait presentations.

Or just go get some trout. Winter stockings have already begun for rainbows. See the schedules — catfish stockings are ongoing, too.

Also, as we head into November, keep an eye on water temperatures in the high country. Each year, trout fishing picks up dramatically in the White Mountains when water temperatures are in the low-to-high 50s (depending on elevation). This is the ideal temperature range for trout and they will be actively trying to add weight before the onset of winter. Because there will be little difference between surface water temperature and water temperature in deep water, trout will be found at any depth.

Stocking reports

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

Oak Creek, Mingus Lake, Fain Lake, Lynx Lake, expansion/custom Community waters.

Previous stockings


Saturday, Oct. 7 — Community “core” waters.

Rainbow trout

Friday, Oct. 6 — Tonto Creek.

See all the stocking schedules


Catch of the Week

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

Lower Lake Mary


Bailey and Abby Gonzales with a big catch of rainbow trout Sunday morning.

See previous Angler Reports

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, Oct. 21

  • North Tempe Neighborhood Association and G.A.I.N. event, Evelyn Hallman Pond, Evelyn Halman Park, 1900 N. College Ave., Tempe, 2-6 p.m.
  • FREE 30th Annual Catfish Rodeo & 8th Annual Nature Fair in Yuma, 7 – 10:30 a.m.: Catfish Rodeo, West Wetlands Park; ages 13 and younger with a parent (after 10:30am – Ages 10 and older must have a fishing license) For more information call: Parks and Recreation at (928) 373-5200 or Dr. Ray Corona at (928) 726-1100

See the full events schedule.


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