Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

Time to grab a bag of shrimp, hot dogs, or your favorite channel catfish bait. Our first catfish stockings into Community Fishing Program waters was Thursday into the “core” waters.

See our updated stocking schedules.

Heavy doses of rainbow trout stockings are coming to higher elevation lakes in April. We also plan to stock native Apache trout that month.

March full moon marks largemouth bass spawn 

At the end of the month, largemouth bass will be in shallow water and beginning to spawn heavily during a full moon. Typically largemouth bass spawn once water temperatures reach 60 to 70 degrees.

Hot spots should be Roosevelt, Bartlett, Lake Pleasant, Alamo, Havasu, Saguaro, Mead, and Mohave. Canyon Lake should be pretty good, too.

Read more about largemouth bass

Alamo Lake update: bass, crappie biting

Crappie and bass fishing is holding strong at Alamo Lake, according to a few anglers and Park Manager Mark Knapp at Alamo Lake State Park. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has lowered the lake level about 10 feet since March 12.

The main ramp is closed, but the dirt ramp and Cholla ramps are open for now. Read more.

AZGFD Outdoor Expo is Saturday and Sunday

We’re hosting our annual Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo presented by Shikar Safari Club International this  Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

The event is located at our Ben Avery Shooting Facility just west of I-17 on Carefree Highway in Phoenix. Parking as well as attendance is free for all ages. Read more.

Fishing Forecast is out!

(Note: Fishing report editor Nick Walter was out of the office last week.)

Great news for Arizona anglers: The seasonal Fishing Forecast page on is live and  includes reports for primary water bodies statewide. This spring forecast will be followed by updated forecasts for each season of the year.

Bookmark this page that’s on the “Fishing” section of our website.

For quick updates that were in the “full fishing report”, as well as angler reports and more,  head to our Fish AZ site.

We’ll continue to create the e-mailed fishing report newsletter.

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

For even more up-to-date information, we also suggest calling/visiting a local bait-and-tackle shop, fishing marina or guide service.

Catch of the Week

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

Saguaro Lake

Shawn Crutchfield caught this estimated 12- to 15-pound channel catfish from fishing dock No. 2 at Saguaro Lake on March 14. He said he used a small chunk of carp cut bait.

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, April 7

Youth and Community Fishing Day. 8 a.m. – noon. Cortez Park 3434 W. Dunlap Ave. Phoenix, 85051

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):

Channel catfish

Thursday: “core” Community waters.

Rainbow trout

Goldwater Lake, Patterson Ponds, Show Low Creek, Green Valley lakes, Oak Creek, Frances Short Pond.

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”.


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