Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

During the next month, there should be some hot fishing for yellow bass and crappie – both are excellent table fare. Hot spots for yellow bass are Apache, Saguaro, and Canyon lakes in the Tonto National Forest. Prime waters for crappie are Roosevelt, Bartlett and Alamo lakes. See the full report for more details.

Remember that with recent unstable weather, crappie schools may be present but the bites tend to be light. If fishing vertically over a school, slowly lift your rod a couple feet to detect a bite and set the hook if you feel any pressure.  Try this at different depths. Unlike trolling, anglers can set the hook with this technique.

If you’re considering heading to the high country, be sure to check the Arizona Department of Transportation website for the latest road conditions. Remember we consider all ice in Arizona unsafe.

Fishing forecast, new fish and boat map,
on the way

Great news for anglers: We’re developing a complete fishing forecast for each season of the year, including primary water bodies by region. It will replace the entire “Fishing Report” news post and is coming soon. Look for the forecast in the “Fishing” section of our website.

Also, we plan to soon release a new-and-much improved Fish and Boat Arizona map!

For even more up-to-date information, we’ll continue the e-news weekly fishing report and fishing blog. We also suggest calling/visiting a local bait-and-tackle shop, fishing marina or guide service.

Southern AZ anglers: get rigged and ready

Recent water quality surveys at Pena Blanca Lake show that conditions have improved and we will begin stocking rainbow trout again this week.  In fact, the lake is scheduled to be stocked today (Wednesday, Jan. 24). See the 2018 Winter Stocking Schedule.

Community fishing updates

This week we stocked the “core” waters in Phoenix and Maricopa.

We did not stock Tempe Town Lake as scheduled due to an active algae bloom and a partial fish die-off, nor did we stock Alvord Lake in Phoenix, where fish stockings have been temporarily suspended due to golden algae.

Also, Cortez Lake in Phoenix has been tested as positive for golden algae: this lake was stocked, and as of Tuesday there had not been a fish die-off. See the latest Community fishing news.

Catch of the Week

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

Apache Lake

Dylan S. with a 14-inch yellow bass caught from Apache Lake.

See previous Angler Reports

Family Fishing Events

During the events, loaner rods are provided, bait is free, and no license is required to those who register during event hours.


Family Fishing Day. 8 a.m. – noon. Red Mountain Lake 7745 E. Brown Rd. Mesa, Ariz.

See the full events schedule

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):

Rainbow trout

Verde River (Clarkdale to Camp Verde), Lower Salt River, Saguaro Lake, Tempe Town Lake, Pena Blanca Lake, Somerton (Council Ave.) Pond, Yuma West Wetlands, Community core waters.

Previous stockings

Rainbow trout

Wednesday, Jan. 17 — Community  “expansion” waters; Cluff Reservoir 3, Roper Lake, Dankworth Ponds. Tuesday, Jan. 16 — Canyon Lake, Watson Lakes, Dead Horse Lakes.

See all the stocking schedules

Save time, buy online

Grab a license online (that helps conserve all species of wildlife, not to mention provides funding that goes back into fishing opportunities) and go “Fish AZ”.


2 thoughts on “Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal”

  1. Is the lower Salt being stocked? The weekly reports always note low water at Blue Point. There seems to be no trout population at Phon D. If not stocked when is a forecast to resume?

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