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Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

Bass are generally in post-spawn mode and scattered across lakes. Look for the night bite on bass to improve in the coming weeks as triple-digit high temperatures remain consistent.

There’s also a full moon: one certainty of this lunar phase is that anglers will have sufficient light on clear nights to navigate fishing spots.

Bass and trout aside, it is also bluegill time. Get the kids, bobbers, and worms. Backs of coves are usually best, especially if it is rocky or you can find submerged boulder piles. Patagonia Lake has been a good sunfish spot, as well as Canyon Lake.

This is also the time for huge cats. Some really nice channels are being caught, along with some monster flatheads. The Colorado River in the Imperial Division just on area that is notorious for some monster flatheads.

Last Saturday’s Free Fishing Day was highlighted by some great fish, like this rainbow trout stringer from Woodland Lake:

Go get yours. Don’t forget that fishing license, which you can get online, 24/7.

Also, see all of Arizona’s fire restrictions.

I’ll be on leave until June 20 so there will be no statewide summary next week.

Finally, some fish bits:

  • Largemouth bass have been stocked into Goldwater Lake. One angler had a banner bass day this week. Gila and rainbow trout also have been stocked.
  • Fishing for channel catfish and bluegill has been on fire at Patagonia Lake.
  • Parker Canyon Lake received an extra 660 pounds of catfish this week.
  • Rainbow Lake has been giving up some nice … rainbows.
  • And see the latest stocking report.

Final spring Community catfish stocking

The final spring stocking of catfish is taking place this week.

Fishing is good to excellent for catfish using worms, stink baits, or shrimp fished on the bottom. If you want to use bobbers, rig up a slip bobber and fish 8-12 feet deep.

See the latest community waters news.

Catch of the Week

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

Terry and Grant limited out with fat 14- to 16-inch trout at Rainbow Lake in 90 minutes Thursday, June 1 using chartreuse Berkley PowerBait and chartreuse Berkley Gulp Alive 1-inch Floating Pinched Crawlers.

See previous Angler Reports

Public fishing events

At these free fishing clinics, loaner rods are provided, bait is free, and no license is required for those who register during event hours.

Saturday

  • Free Fishing Event, Patterson Ponds, St Johns, 8 a.m.-noon
  • City of Yuma Family Fish Fiesta at the Yuma West Wetlands Park (7 a.m. – 10 a.m.).

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Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

Free fishing Day is Saturday! No license is required that day for those fishing public waters.

We’ve got a bunch of free fishing clinics going on statewide — see a schedule.

Otherwise, some hot spots to head to:

  • Kaibab Lake. We’ve had a couple great reports from Kaibab, including a girl who caught a monster rainbow trout on a Cars fishing pole (below). Try garlic green or salmon egg PowerBait, worms, corn and various lures.
  • Willow Springs Lake. Fishing is excellent for rainbow and tiger trout.  Tiger trout were stocked in late April and rainbow trout are stocked every week.  Try Kastmasters, small Rapalas, Panther Martins or flies for tigers.  Try PowerBait with garlic, worms, or roostertails for rainbows.
  • Woods Canyon Lake. Fishing is excellent for rainbow and tiger trout. The store and boat rentals are open. Try the same tactics as at Willow Springs.

    Leeanna, 7, caught her first fish at Woods Canyon Lake.
  • Dogtown Reservoir. We stocked a load of bonus trout here Tuesday.  The fish averaged about ¾ of a pound.
  • Ashurst Lake. Fishing remains good. It was stocked with 9,000 bonus trout last Wednesday.
  • White Mountains streams. Great time to hit the East Fork of the Black River, the Little Colorado RIver in Greer, Show Low Creek or Silver Creek. All were stocked this rainbow trout this week or last week.
  • Community Fishing Program catfish. This week we’re bringing in three hauling trucks with 24,500 pounds of catfish destined for the Core waters. The final catfish stocking of the season will take place during the week of June 12-17. 
  • Flathead catfish at Bartlett Lake, Lake Pleasant or Imperial Division of the Colorado River.  Our May survey showed healthy populations of flatheads in the Imperial Division.

    Catch of the Week

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

    Chevelon Canyon Lake

    Jared Pensinger caught this 27-inch, 6 1/2 pound brown trout last weekend backpacking in Chevelon Canyon using a Rapala lure on 4-pound test.

    Note: special regulations at Chevelon is a limit of two trout; artificial fly and lure only. Also, there is unlimited smallmouth and largemouth bass and unlimited channel and flathead catfish.

    See previous Angler Reports

Stocking schedule

Rainbow trout

Friday, May 26 — East Verde River, East Fork Black River, Silver Creek, Canyon Creek, Willow Springs Lake, Woods Canyon Lake.

Thursday, May 25 — Tonto Creek, Christopher Creek, Haigler Creek, Dogtown Reservoir, Frances Short Pond, Woodland Reservoir, Big Lake.

Wednesday, May 24 — Rainbow Lake, Lynx Lake, Goldwater Lake.

Tuesday, May 23 — Fool Hollow Lake, Show Low Lake, Ashurst Lake, JD Dam Lake, Chevelon Canyon Lake.

See the statewide and community stocking schedules

 

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Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

A top pick for Memorial Day weekend has to be Lake Powell, a fishing dream this time of year for striped bass, smallmouth bass and walleye, and some nice largemouth bass.

In the Flagstaff region, Lower Lake Mary, Kaibab Lake and Ashurst Lake are hot for trout fishing.

At Lower Mary, folks are catching limits of large trout  using worms, PowerBait, or small lures.  We are hearing reports of fish up to 21 inches out of the lake with lots of fish longer than 13 inches.

Kaibab got a load of 9,000 bonus rainbow trout from Colorado on Saturday along with 6,000 rainbows from our hatcheries during the past 2 weeks.  Fishing is excellent.

Ashurst got a load of 9,000 bonus rainbow trout from Colorado last Wednesday along with 6,000 rainbows from our hatcheries during the past 2 weeks. Fishing was red hot during the weekend with lots of limits being caught.

The Agua Fria boat ramp has been closed due to unexpectedly high water levels at Lake Pleasant. The lower parking lot is almost completely underwater and the lake is still rising.

Please refer to the Lake Pleasant Regional Park website with regards to when the area is anticipated to reopen.

There is access to the Agua Fria from the main lake (eagle closure has been lifted).

It’s still possible to walk in and fish the shoreline, as I did last Friday for a couple catfish:

 

During this new moon, fishing at night under submersible lights is extremely viable (and a good way to avoid the hordes of water recreationists).

Frozen anchovies for striped bass might just fill your live well with good eating at Lake Pleasant, Lake Havasu, Lake Mohave and Lake Mead.

Crappie at night under lights should be good at Alamo, Roosevelt, Bartlett and maybe even Pleasant.

Finally, see the latest stocking reports.

Catch of the Week

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

At Kinnikinick Lake, Carson P. managed to catch this 11-pound, 29-inch catfish that hit worms on the bottom (his shoe size is 14 for comparison).

Kinnikinick is a great little lake, especially for float tubes, canoes and kayaks. This small spring-fed lake has primitive camp sites.

See previous Angler Reports

Public fishing events

At these free fishing clinics, loaner rods are provided, bait is free, and no license is required for those who register during event hours.

Saturday, May 27 — Kids Fishing Day, D’Ambro Ranch Pond, near mile post 23 on Stockton Hill Rd., near Kingman, 7-11 a.m.  Read the full schedule.

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Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

This week – in preparation for the Memorial Day weekend — we have been stocking an additional 20,000 trout and catfish into waters statewide. Through June, we’ll have stocked a quarter-million more trout, catfish, bass and sunfish.

Catfish are going into Community Fishing Program waters: give Mr. Whiskers a try.

In desert regions, most bass are still in post-spawn. Sounds like there was not a big wave of spawners during the full moon earlier this month.

Some other highlights:

This and that

  • On Thursday, we recommended the Coconino National Forest re-open Rose Canyon Lake Campground:
  • This weekend, we’ll be conducting an operating under the influence checkpoint at Canyon Lake and participate in a multi-agency OUI checkpoint on the Colorado River.
  • Lake Pleasant anglers can now boat from the main body of the lake all the way up the Agua Fria arm to the Agua Fria boat ramp. The only eagle nest closure remaining this season on the Agua Fria arm has been lifted due to failure of the nest site.

Line-zinging in northern AZ

Northern Arizona anglers in particular will enjoy many benefits of this fish stocking surplus:

  • Some big holdovers are being caught at Dogtown Reservoir near Williams. Try green garlic PowerBait.
  • On Wednesday, May 17, the first stocking of bonus rainbow trout, purchased from Crowthers Freshwater Trout in Colorado, were stocked into Ashurst Lake. Anglers fishing at Ashurst Lake that day started catching fish as soon as the stocking ended using small spinners such as roostertails and small spoons.
  • Knoll Lake had its first stocking of the year last week and will get more rainbow trout this week.
  • Catfish are also being stocked into City Reservoir near Williams and Frances Short Pond in Flagstaff this week. Chunks of hot dog make great catfish bait.

White Mountains magic

White Mountains streams are being stocked this week. Try the East Fork of the Black River, the Little Colorado River in Greer, and Silver Creek (current regulations at Silver Creek are catch-and-keep with bait and six trout daily limit. The upper section is closed to fishing.)

Tiger trout have been stocked for the first time this year into Carnero and Becker lakes. Along the Mogollon Rim, Woods Canyon and Willow Springs lakes already have been stocked with tigers are are getting extra loads of rainbow trout through June.

See the full fishing report, grab a license online, 24/7, and don’t forget to send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@AZGFD.gov.

Catch of the Week

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

Bob Donnelly, 70, said he caught this plus-size rainbow trout Sunday, April 30 at Luna Lake using a Zebco 33 rod-and-reel outfit he purchased a month prior to the catch for $1 at a yard sale.  The trout was caught around 10 a.m. and appears to measure 26 1/2 inches in total length.

He said he caught it on a nightcrawler.

“The rod has some old fishing line in it,” said Donnelly. “And when I set the hook the face of the old Zebco reel came off. This fish came to the surface breaking water, and I go, ‘Whoa.'”

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Stocking report

Rainbow trout

Friday, May 12 — Green Valley lakes, East Verde River, Silver Creek, East Fork of the Black River, Woods Canyon Lake, Willow Springs Lake, Canyon Creek.

Thursday, May 11 — Tonto Creek, Christopher Creek, Haigler Creek, Dogtown Reservoir, Huffer Tank, Frances Short Pond, Black Canyon Lake, Hulsey Lake.

Wednesday, May 10 — Show Low Creek, Rainbow Lake, Fool Hollow Lake.

Tuesday, May 9 — Carnero Lake, Scott Reservoir, Bear Canyon Lake, Becker Lake, Knoll Lake, Oak Creek.

Monday, May 8 — West for Little CO RIver-Greer, Ashurst Lake, Mingus Lake, Fain Lake, Canyon Creek, Big Lake.

Tiger trout

Tuesday, May 9 — Carnero Lake,  Becker Lake.

Tuesday, April 25 and Monday, April 24  — Willow Springs Lake Woods Canyon Lake.

See more stocking schedules.

Public fishing events

At these free fishing clinics, loaner rods are provided, bait is free, and no license is required for those who register during event hours.

Saturday — Family Fishing Event, Tempe Kiwanis Park (5500 S. Mill Ave., Tempe), 7-11 a.m. Read the full schedule.

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Weekend Roundup: Angler Reports

Send your fishing reports and pictures to BFishing@AZGFD.gov — one that includes a photo will be featured as Catch of the Week

Here’s the latest from your fellow anglers (see our Fish&Boat map for directions):

Lake Havasu

Jeffrey F. It was pretty windy on Saturday at Lake Havasu, so we decided that we wouldn’t take the boat out on the lake. Six year-old Steve F. wouldn’t be deterred and caught this 3 1/2-pound largemouth with a shad jig from the Cattail Cove launch ramp dock.

Just goes to show that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to take a kid fishing. Steve caught his fish on a $12 spincast setup from the Big Box Store and about $1.50 worth of tackle.

We got a couple more good bites from the dock and the point just south of the launch ramp, but Steve was the only one who landed one. Another gentleman was catching bluegill from the shore just south of the point.

Watson Lake

James M.:  Reeled this guy in at Watson Lake Prescott. Just under 18 inches.

Goldwater Lake

Michael W.: May 3 — non-stop action!!!  In 4 hours of fishing, I caught and released 79 rainbow trout, ranging from 7 to 12 inches.  All fish caught at southwest cove of lake, on 1.5 inch crappie tubes.  Lake recently stocked with rainbow trout.  Weather Conditions: Sunny & Clear  Water Conditions: Stained.

Lake Pleasant

Dick K.: Took a long time friend, Jerry Corell to Lake Pleasant yesterday. Jerry had never fished for stipers before so we had high hopes the fish would co-operate which they did. We couldn’t find and schooling fish within the first couple hours so we started off trolling live threadfin shad below Off-Shore OR 12 planer boards. Jerry had me at about 8-3 when I passed over a huge school of stripers. Quickly we switched to dropshot rigs and for a couple hours we could hardly keep up! Had a great day with around 35 Stripers. Great introduction to striper fishing, Jerry!

Alamo Lake

Don M.:

Photo by Don Martin
  • Jamie Goodman of Mesa went to Alamo Lake with outdoor writer Don Martin. Jamie holds the two biggest cats they caught.
  • A few hours work! Jamie Goodman and Don Martin caught these five channel cats and lost three more on Sunday morning (May 30) while fishing at Alamo Lake. The cats were caught on nightcrawlers in 6 feet of water.

Canal in Scottsdale

Irina: I pulled a 30-inch carp from an Arizona canal in Scottsdale yesterday (April 27). I’ve used a 4 size baitholder hook with 4 kernels of corn. It took about 5 minutes for the fish to bite, and ~15 for me to pull it out.

Dogtown Lake

Michael W.: Thursday, April 27 report:

In 3 hours of fishing in difficult weather conditions, my fellow fisherman & I caught and released (1) 2-pound brown trout, (3) 12 to 14 inch rainbow trout, (1) 9-inch white crappie, and had (1) 3-pound brown trout and (1) 2-pound rainbow trout that we were unable to land, before the hook popped out of their mouths!  All fish caught on 2-inch Crappie Minnow Tubes.  Weather Conditions: Winds 18 to 21 mph, with gust as high as 31 mph Water Conditions: Muddy.

Canyon Lake

The bass bite is on! I love encouraging others to get outdoors. I caught these four bass off my kayak in a little over a week … drop shotting plastics.

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Weekend Roundup: Angler Reports

Send your fishing reports and pictures to BFishing@AZGFD.gov — one that includes a photo will be featured as Catch of the Week

Here’s the latest from your fellow anglers (click on the water for directions):

Dogtown Reservoir

John H. of Prescott Valley: I caught this beauty April 14 at Dogtown Lake — 4 pounds, 22 inches.

Lake Powell

John A. Lake Powell stripers are biting. Easter Sunday’s catch.

Desert Breeze Lake (Chandler)

Bill P.: Caught this guy this morning at Desert Breeze on a nightcrawler. My wife’s kitchen scale said 10 pounds, 1 ounce.

Send your fishing reports and pictures to BFishing@AZGFD.gov

Lake Pleasant

Dick K.:  I took a friend out on Pleasant on the morning of April 24th to fish stripers. We hit the lake early and caught shad with the cast net and then in the next couple hours put 22 very nice fish in the boat. Most fish were caught in 45-50 feet of water, some while drop-shotting live shad and others while trolling live shad on planer boards over 30-50 feet or water. Pictured is Bob Oliver from Peoria with 19 of the 22 fish that averaged around 3#. In the last 5 trips to Pleasant I have boated and filleted 119 stripers. I share my fillets with a lot of older people who never get to go fishing but enjoy eating fresh fish.

Riverview Lake (Mesa)

 

Rich S.: April 23, evening, 10.65 pound (channel catfish) on cut shad  at Riverview Park (2100 W. 8th St., Mesa).

Also the recently stocked crappie have dispersed through the lake and are doing well. I have caught a few at multiple locations, when cast-netting for shad. I have been fortunate to have a few 6-inch shad swim under the net. What I find interesting is I have yet to have a bass take a free-swimming shad under a float (day break or evening). I know the bass are there because they show up in my net. Just makes me think there is a lot of food. To pass up such a live offering ?

Last, I let a young boy (under 10) struggle to land a 4-pound cat while his dad captured the moment with his phone. The best being when it finally surfaced.

Thank you for all the work you do, and then taking the time to put out the fishing report.

Alamo Lake

Don M.:  Here are 16 channel catfish that my friend Linda Kaufman caught at Alamo Lake recently.  We caught these in two hours in the upper end of the lake on nightcrawlers on 6 feet of water.

Bass and crappie fishing is tough!

Roosevelt Lake

David M.: Caught some nice crappie and a few yellows April 22 night fishing with minnows.

Big Lake

Caught April 22 — 18-inch cutthroat trout. My Daughter Aubrey who is 6 years old. Was fishing on the bottom with a worm. I thought she got stuck on a rock until I seen the tip of her fishing pole wiggling. Her first big fish.

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Weekend Roundup: Angler Reports

Send your fishing reports and pictures to BFishing@AZGFD.gov — one that includes a photo will be featured as Catch of the Week

Here’s the latest from your fellow anglers (click on the water for directions):

Mingus Lake

Michael W.:  Great Day Of Fishing At Mingus Lake!  April 19: In 2 hours and 45 minutes of fishing, I caught and released 51 rainbow trout, ranging from 8 to 14 inches. Biggest fish weighed 1 pound.  All fish caught at a depth of 1 to 3 feet deep on 2-inch minnow tubes. Recently stocked with rainbow trout.  Note: Road Access Gate was locked, must was about a mile to lake.  Weather Conditions: Clear & Sunny. Water Conditions: Muddy.

Fain Lake

Michael W.: April 17:

Non-stop action At Fain Lake In 4 1/2 hours of fishing, I caught and released 93 brown trout and seven brook trout ranging from 6 to 11 inches.  All fish caught at southwest cove of lake at a depth of 2 to 4 feet deep on 1.5 inch crappie tubes.  Averaged 4 to 6 bites on almost every cast.  Due to the amount og food in lake, fish are easy to catch!   Weather Conditions: Windy, clear and Sunny. Water Conditions: Stained.

April 14:

Brown trout stocked at Fain Lake In 3 hours of fishing, I caught and released 47 beautiful brown trout, ranging from 7 to 12 inches.  Fish caught from bridge at a depth of 2 to 14 feet deep on 1.5 inch crappie tubes.  Average 4 to 6 bites on every cast.  Fish are very aggressive and hard fighters for their size! Weather Conditions: Windy, clear and sunny. Water Conditions: Stained.

Verde River

Troy G.:  The river is cleared after spring runoff. I got this spawned out bass on a hula grub. Selective harvest is needed on the river up here, so this one is getting filleted. Seeing a lot of bass fry in the river.

Big Lake

Brad R.: 3-pound, 21-inch rainbow, three brookies and limited out — all more than 15 inches. Use Rapalas from shore.

San Carlos Lake

Jim N.:  Retired Carpenter Johnny with San Carlos black crappie on silver flake/green 1/16-ounce  jigs. Caught 20 total on northeast end of lake in 6 feet of water. Water up 30 feet from rain and clearing.

Canyon Lake

Jim N.:  Lots of fat largemouth bass on dropshots in cattail openings in coves. My son Jimmy with just one of 15, caught and released.

Lake Pleasant

Jim N.:  Caught a limit of 3-pound stripers in 25 feet of water in northern coves on top water and shad for 1 hour. My fishing buddy Rett with nice fish. Small flatheads cruising the shore. 3-pound soft shell turtles too. 🙂

Dogtown Reservoir

John H. of Prescott Valley:  I caught this beauty April 14 at Dogtown. 4 pounds, 22 inches.

 

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Spring fishing has arrived in northern Arizona

Now is the time to get the tackle box ready, grab the fishing rods, and explore northern Arizona for some spring fishing.

Typically by late May or early June, as temperatures warm up and lake levels drop, water quality diminishes and conditions will be unsuitable for stocking fish.

Bass, pike, catfish, and crappie fishing are the best during the summer — but now is the ideal time for trout fishing. Get up there while you can.

Stocking trucks from Page Springs Hatchery have been loading up trout into Flagstaff/Williams regional waters the past few weeks.

Fishing at Lower Lake Mary is refreshing and trout fishing opportunities are abundant.

Top 5 spots to fish near Flagstaff and Williams

(All are being stocked with trout):

  1. Upper and Lower Mary lakes. A state record channel catfish was caught from Upper Lake Mary, and trout fishing can be good at Lower Lake Mary.  Upper Lake Mary is full.  Lower lake Mary is half full and has more water in it than has been seen in 7 years. See more information from Coconino County on fees and hours of operation at Lower Mary.
  2. Ashurst Lake. Ashurst  is full and the road is open. The water in the lake is relatively clear so try fishing with lures for the fresh stockers. With the low water level of the lake prior to the spring runoff many fish may not have survived the winter.
  3. Frances Short Pond. Anglers have been catching fish using flies and lures.  Some have also been caught using corn and worms.  A recent load of trout included some trout measuring more than 14 inches.
  4. Kaibab Lake. The lake is full and spilling for the first time in years. When muddy, try small silver or gold lures for trout.
  5. Dogtown Reservoir. This 50-acre lake in the Kaibab National Forest can be one of the best bets for a high country Arizona trout fishing adventure. Some experienced anglers can catch plump winter holdovers. Effective baits are PowerBait, small spinners, and wet flies such as bead-headed prince nymphs and zug bugs. Make sure the spinners are small — no heavier than 1/8 of an ounce. Some anglers can have success slow-trolling spinners. (There are special regulations at Dogtown: the limit is six trout, two bass at a minimum size of 13 inches, and a limit of four channel catfish). Electric-only motors are allowed.

 

Grab your gear and your fishing license and get ready for a pine-scented weekend!

Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

The transition to spring fishing conditions is finally setting in — time to get out and fish!

Let’s get to some highlights:

  • It’s crappie time! The spawn at San Carlos has been underway for the past few weeks and there have been excellent reports.  The crappie spawn is just getting underway at Roosevelt Lake. Male crappie are in shallow areas of the lake; some females are moving onto spawning flats.
  • Striped bass catch rates are picking up at Lake Pleasant. Check out a report from guest contributor Barry Worman of the Arizona Striper Fishing Facebook page.
  • The Arizona Department of Transportation planned to open State Highways 261 and 273 on Thursday, April 13. ADOT was working to clear the last of the snow drifts off of the highways before opening. The roads were closed during winter months for public safety. Opening the state highways allows access to Big Lake and Crescent and Sunrise lakes. See an Arizona Traveler Information map that shows only minimal delays on these roads.
  • The 300 road is open to the Woods Canyon Lake turnoff.  Store and boat rentals are open. Campgrounds won’t open until May.  A recent survey found lots of rainbow and tiger trout winter carry-overs averaging around 11-12 inches , and rainbow trout are being stocked this week.  We saw full stringers this week before it was even stocked —  fish are hungry and biting hooks.

    A 4- or 5-pound largemouth bass caught recently from Alvord Lake in Phoenix on a No. 10 silver flutter spoon.
  • We stocked bass (yes — bass!) and crappie this week into “core” Community waters. See the schedule.
  • Recently-stocked brown trout have been hitting at Lynx Lake. One angler hooked a bunch of ’em on 1.5 inch-crappie tubes on the southern shore of the lake.
  • A monster 5-pound redear sunfish was caught from Lake Havasu — see the Angler Reports.

Grab a license online 24/7, and go — your purchase helps conserve wildlife for future generations.

Stocking report

Channel catfish

Wednesday, April 5 — Chaparral Lake, Riverview Lake, Red Mountain Lake, Veterans Oasis Lake, Copper Sky Lake, Silverbell Lake, Kennedy Lake, Sahuarita Lake, Lakeside Lake, Surprise Lake,  Rio Vista Pond, Pioneer Lake, Steele Indian School Pond, Encanto Lake, Desert West Lake, Alvord Lake, Papago Ponds, Evelyn Hallman Pond, Desert Breeze Lake, Tempe Kiwanis Lake,  Bonsall Park.

Rainbow trout

Friday, April 7 — Tonto Creek,  East Verde River, Canyon Creek.

Thursday, April 6 — Tonto Creek, Christopher Creek, Haigler Creek, Russell Tank, Lower Lake Mary, Dogtown Reservoir.

Tuesday, April 4 — Becker Lake, Scott Reservoir, Rainbow Lake,  Fool Hollow Lake, Goldwater Lake, Rose Canyon Lake, Dogtown Reservoir.

Brook trout

Tuesday, April 4 — Lynx Lake, Fain Lake.

See the full schedule.

 

Catch of the Week

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

Dave P. caught this Big Fish of the Year, catch-and-release smallmouth bass from Roosevelt Lake on March 21 that measured  23 1/2 inches and weighed 5.96 pounds. Caught on a Kalin’s triple threat grub (John Deere color).

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Public fishing events

At these free fishing clinics, loaner rods are provided, bait is free, and no license is required for those who register during event hours.

Saturday, April 22 — Fishing for Sustainability-Family and Community Fishing Event, 8 a.m – noon, Silverbell Lake at Christopher Columbus Park (3600 N. Silverbell Rd., Tucson).

See more details and the full schedule

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Spring striper bite commences at Lake Pleasant

Time to strip the old line off the reels, get your lucky hat on, and get spring fishing!

The last month the striper bite as not been ideal and very inconsistent. The water temps really did not climb or maintain a warmer temperature for the month of March.  The water temp at Lake Pleasant is finally staying in the 64-67-degree range.

The females are full of fully developed eggs and the males are leaking.

Lake Pleasant striper catch rate on the rise

Anglers have reported catching plenty of shad in the Castle Creek area of Lake Pleasant, then trolling shad starting — and ending — in 20 feet of water, fishing shallower and deeper in between.

The last week the bite has really improved. Whereas last month most anglers reported only catching and average of 3-7 fish  daily, that has now increased to 11-30 (or more)  fish during a trip.

Last month live shad seemed to be the only consistent method producing fish on a slow bite.  Lately anglers are reporting frozen anchovies, silver Kastmasters, plastic swimbaits, and top-water lures as producing good results.

I think the next 2-3 weeks will produce moderate-to-good fishing conditions for striper. Northern coves are still recommended for best results.

Anglers are catching fish in 20-48 feet of total water depth and still having success cast-netting shad in 4-8 feet of water.

Recommended swimbait colors would be sexy shad, white, smoking grey, money shot and baits with some chartreuse color in them. The night bite is slowly picking up and night fishing will become more popular moving into future months.  If using anchovies, don’t forget to chum.

Have fun and enjoy the great spring conditions!

Barry Worman is the moderator of the Arizona Striper Fishing Facebook page