Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

Top picks for this weekend are trout-stocked waters such as Dead Horse Ranch State Park lagoons, Goldwater Lake  in Prescott and Community fishing waters. Also consider Lees Ferry or any of our top-5 winter fishing holes. 

Water temperatures in many desert impoundments remain in the low-50s. There is a cold front predicted to moved through Tucson Saturday and Phoenix Sunday, and lasting into next week. This could make crappie fishing difficult (the crappie bite tends to shut down during unstable periods of weather). Bass fishing could remain decent until water temperature dip below 50 degrees, which is when bass typically feed less often, and in less quantities, as their metabolism slows.

Expanded fishing info: changes coming

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 it in the “Fishing” section of our website.

Also, we plan to soon release a new-and-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.

Help us keep these reports fresh for your fellow anglers by sending your reports and photos to BFishing @AZGFD.gov – one will be selected for Catch of the Week.

Trout stockings continue

We’re still stocking tons of trout into many waters statewide. See the schedules.

Catch of the Week

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

Lees Ferry

John U. caught this reported 21-inch rainbow trout drifting flies.

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.

Saturday

Take a Kid Fishing Day. 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. La Paz County Park 7350 Riverside Dr. Parker, Ariz., 85344

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

Dead Horse lagoons, Goldwater Lake, Canyon Lake, Cluff Pond, Dankworth Pond, Roper Lake, Fortuna Pond, Redondo Pond, Parker (La Paz), “core” Community waters.

Previous stockings

Rainbow trout

Thursday, Feb. 1 —Apache Lake, Lynx Lake.

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”.

SEE THE FULL REPORT

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