Arizona Fishing Report: The Reel Deal

Top picks this week are Ashurst Lake near Flagstaff, trout stocked Community fishing waters, Alamo Lake, and a handful of Colorado River waters:  Lake Havasu, Parker Strip, and below Davis Dam.

Other good bets are Parker Canyon Lake southeast of Tucson for trout, and in the White Mountains,  Big Lake and Woods Canyon Lake.

Head to Ashurst while you can — the gates will probably close soon. For now this is the spot to go in the Flagstaff region.

Our recent surveys have shown excellent numbers of fish at Alamo, Havasu and Parker Strip. We expect great fishing at all three through spring. See the full report for more details.

Water temperatures are falling as overnight lows in desert regions are cracking the low-40s — Bartlett Lake has dropped to around 56 degrees.  If you’re fishing Phoenix-area impoundments such as Bartlett Lake, the best bet is throwing crankbaits during mornings and smaller plastic baits (Roboworms or baby brush hogs) on Texas rigs or dropshots in 15-25 feet of water.

At Parker Canyon Lake southeast of Tucson, some anglers are catching limits of stocked rainbow from shore on spinners and PowerBait.

Believe it or not, this is great weather for trout fishing. At least it is in mid-elevation and lower elevation waters where we do our trout stockings. Grab friends, family, gear and go “Fish AZ.”

Catch of the Week

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

Water Ranch Lake (Gilbert)

M. Gio caught this 1.5-pound, 15-inch rainbow trout on Nov. 22 at Water Ranch Lake using salmon peach PowerBait.  Every now and then we stock such an “albino” rainbow trout. Although they are not “true” albinos, they lack the normal rainbow trout pigment which makes them this bright-yellow color. This is a natural and rare mutation that occasionally occurs in aquaculture.

See previous Angler Reports

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):


Dead Horse Lakes, Fain Lake, Apache Lake, Cluff Pond, Dankworth Pond, Roper Lake, Fortuna Pond, Redondo Pond, “Expansion/Custom” Community waters Chaparral Lake, Silverbell Lake, Kennedy Lake, Sahuarita Lake, Lakeside Lake, Copper Sky Lake, Veterans Oasis, Desert Breeze Lake, Tempe Kiwanis.

Previous stockings

Rainbow trout

Friday, Dec. 1 — Green Valley Lakes,  Red Mountain Lake, Freestone Pond, Evelyn Hallman Pond, Papago Ponds, Steele Indian School Pond, Encanto Lake, Rio Vista Pond, Surprise Lake, Pioneer Lake, Desert West Lake. Thursday, Nov. 30 — Wet Beaver Creek.

See all the stocking schedules

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 grant funds for fishery conservation, boating access, and aquatic education.


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