Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

Top picks this week are catfish-stocked Community waters, as well as Lake Pleasant, Bartlett Lake, Ashurst Lake, Roosevelt Lake, Goldwater Lake, Frances Short Pond, Mingus Lake (stocking resumes this month), Lake Powell, Lake Havasu, Alamo Lake.

At Silver Creek, also a good bet, the regulations changed to the summer Statewide Regulations season on April 1 (through September 30) that allows bait fishing and a six trout daily bag limit. The upper section is now closed.

Holdover trout action should be good at Carnero Lake, Becker Lake, Luna Lake, Big Lake, Chevelon Lake, and Woods Canyon Lake.

Crappie are spawning as water temperatures as waters such as Bartlett and Roosevelt that have high populations of crappie have hit mid- to -high 60s.

Bass are in all three phases of spawn at many desert impoundments, and reaction baits (spinner baits, chatter baits  and crankbaits) as well as artificials are good options.

Palo Verde Boat Launch at Canyon Lake to temporarily close

Laguna is alternate boat launch

The Tonto National Forest is partnering with us  to complete pavement restoration work at the Palo Verde Boat Launch at Canyon Lake. This paving work will temporarily close the boat launch and parking lot from Monday through Thursday, April 19. These dates could be extended due to unforeseen issues arising.

The alternative boat launch for Canyon Lake during this period will be Laguna. Trailer parking will be very limited and the public is encouraged to find other boating locations during this temporary closure. Good alternatives are Saguaro, Apache and Roosevelt lakes on the Tonto National Forest.

Thanks for your patience and understanding!

High-country road update

Most Forest Roads in the White Mountains/Mogollon Rim region are now open, including the Rim Road (FR 300), FR 89 to Bear Canyon Lake, FR 169 to Chevelon Canyon Lake, FR 105 to Woods Canyon Lake, FR 149 to Willow Springs Lake, FR 86 to Black Canyon Lake, FR 117-117A-118 to Carnero Lake, FR 56 to Hulsey Lake, and FR 249 to Big Lake.

Highways 273 and 261 are still closed to Crescent Lake, Lee Valley Lake, and Sheep’s Crossing.

Keep boating access open:
Get your boat inspected for FREE.

Due to boats leaving quagga-infested waters without inspection, other states are having to ramp up prevention efforts by restricting access to recreational boating.
Contact us for free boat inspections and decontaminations at (480) 353-0534 or Woods to Water Wildlife Solutions, LLC at (602) 920-4891.

Catch of the Week

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

Lower Salt River

Ron S..sent a picture of this bass he reported catching the morning of Easter Sunday off a Rapala crankbait.

See the 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.


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

Week of April 2: “core” Community waters. Note: We did not stock Riverview Lake in Mesa due to golden algae.

Rainbow trout

Lower Salt River, Woods Canyon Lake, Rainbow Lake, Kaibab Lake, Ashurst Lake, Hulsey Lake, Becker Lake, Goldwater Lake, Dogtown Reservoir, Woodland Reservoir, Show Low Lake, Colorado River.


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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