Top picks this week are trout-stocked waters such as Goldwater Lake, Lower Salt River, Frances Short Pond or Community waters.
Other good trout reports this week have come from Fain Lake in Prescott and Lower Lake Mary in Flagstaff.
Bass fishing has been reported as excellent at Roosevelt Lake and Lake Pleasant. Jigging spoons is a technique that has picked up and will continue to be an effective way to hook bass in deeper water through the winter. These spoons mimic falling shad. Bass will be feeding relatively heavily until water temperatures fall into the low 50s and bass metabolism slows. Water temperatures recently have reached the low- to mid-60s at Bartlett Lake and Roosevelt Lake.
Good crappie reports have come from Roosevelt and Apache lakes with large schools in 20- to 50-foot depths, usually near cover. Alamo Lake should be excellent for crappie, too.
Catch of the Week
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one will be selected as Catch of the Week.
Lower Lake Mary
Steve S., along with his son Jed, son-in-law Riley, and four grandkids, caught these 11 rainbows in less than 2 hours on Saturday after Thanksgiving Day.
Biggest was 17 inches, then 16.5 “, 16”, 15.5”… nothing smaller than 13”. Biting on worms on bottom and bobbers.
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):
Wet Beaver Creek, West Clear Creek, Goldwater Lake, Lower Salt River.
Tuesday, Nov. 21 — “Phoenix/Maricopa area expansion and custom waters” ; Verde River (middle), Cluff Reservoir #3, Roper Lake, Dankworth Ponds, Tempe Town Lake, Patagonia Lake. Monday, Nov. 20 — Dead Horse Lakes, Oak Creek.
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.
Town of Gilbert – Youth Fishing Day. 8 a.m. – noon. Freestone Pond 1045 E. Juniper Ave. Gilbert.