The transition to fall fishing is here as nighttime air temperatures are forecast to drop into the high-50s in desert regions and mid-30s in high elevation areas such as Pinetop by next week.
In the White Mountains region, consider fishing the Show Low Creek meadows at the Show Low Bluff trailhead and Patterson Ponds in St Johns, which were both stocked with rainbow trout two weeks ago and will be excellent after both are stocked again this week.
Brown trout are still active at the Greer Lakes, Chevelon Lake, and the East Fork Black River.
Battle of the Alamo
Alamo Lake is up 30-plus feet from last year and the fish seem to be fat and healthy. Water temperatures are in the low 70s and the largemouth bass and black crappie are biting pretty good. Read a full angler report.
Greenfield Pond in Mesa to open Saturday
Located just north of Water Ranch Lake in Gilbert, Greenfield will be stocked with catfish prior to its opening on Saturday.
A Greenfield Pond Grand Opening event will be held 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the park on 4105 E. Diamond Ave. in Mesa. The event includes a free fishing clinic (no license required for those who register; bait and loaner rods provided).
Catch of the Week
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one will be selected as Catch of the Week.
Woods Canyon Lake
Scott S. III with his first rainbow trout caught in early October.
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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):
Show Low Creek (above average), Oak Creek, Patterson Ponds (St. Johns).
“Core” Community waters.
Wet Beaver Creek, West Clear Creek, Goldwater Lake, Lower Salt River.
Oct. 27 — Mingus Lake, Fain Lake. Oct. 24 — Rose Canyon Lake, Parker Canyon Lake.
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.
Chandler Safety Days Youth and Family Fishing. 8 a.m. – noon. Veterans Oasis Park 4050 E Chandler Heights Rd. Chandler.
Greenfield Pond Grand Opening event, Mesa, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 4105 E. Diamond Ave., Mesa.