Category Archives: Fishing Report

Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

Although some steady weather gracing the desert regions should make for some break-out bass fishing this weekend, it’s a great time to bring friends, family and fishing rods to the high country, too.

Elk are bugling in the White Mountains region, fall leaves are changing colors, and winter trout stockings have begun. Be sure to check out the full report and stake out your fishing destination.

Community catfish update

Water Ranch in Gilbert will not be stocked as indicated by our stocking schedule — instead, it is scheduled to be stocked the week of Oct. 16.
Also Riverview Lake in Mesa will not be stocked this week due to golden algae.

Stocking reports

By  Saturday, we’re scheduled to have stocked the following this week (sign up for I Support Wildlife for up-to-date and confirmed stocking reports):

Frances Short Pond, Community “core” waters.

Previous stockings

 

Catfish

Thursday, Sept. 28 — Community expansion waters.

See all the stocking schedules

 

Show Low Creek stocked with trout

The first creek in the Community Fishing Program had its initial stocking of rainbow trout Monday. Located approximately 3 miles downstream of Show Low Lake, this portion of the creek starts near a Hampton Inn & Suites and runs downstream through the large, open meadow to the foot bridge at Show Low Bluff Trail.

Trout will be the primary species and more stockings are scheduled for November, March, and April. Catfish and sunfish will be stocked at least once during the summer months when the temperatures are too warm for trout.

Nets and waders: Working for You

Volunteers and AZGFD employees build Fishiding structures Monday, Oct. 4. George Andrejko/AZGFD

AZGFD employees and volunteers continued a Salt River chain-lakes habitat improvement project Monday through Wednesday by dropping various, environmentally safe structures like these to the bottom of Roosevelt Lake.

In short, we are making a “fish city” on the bottom of the mostly barren, bowl-like bottom of Roosevelt Lake.

Habitat is important for fish spawning, recruitment, growth, health and populations. These artificial structures attract bait fish, which then attract predatory fish for sport-fishing anglers to target.

 

Catch of the Week

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

Canyon Lake

Eric M. caught this 8-pound largemouth bass at Canyon Lake Tuesday morning a watermelon yum wacky worm set up around 11 a.m. in 15 ft of water by the dam. He added a nice channel catfish to his day’s work, too.

See previous Angler Reports

 

Family 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 Fun” at Cesar Chavez Park, Alvord Lake, in Phoenix, 8 a.m. to noon, 7858 S. 35th Ave.  SEE A FLYER.

Please join the AZGFD Sport Fishing Education Program, Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Gallardo, along with partners Coconino County Supervisor Liz Archuleta, Phoenix Councilman Nowakowski-District 7, H.E.C.H.O. (Hispanics Enjoying Camping, Hunting and the Outdoors), and the Laveen Baseball League for a morning of family fishing fun!  The Arizona Game and Fish Department  will be providing loaner rods and bait  for this event (or you may bring your own).

See the full events schedule.

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Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

Fall fishing means crankbaits, top-water lures, buzzbaits and jigs drawing increasingly more bass strikes as water temperatures dip. At Bartlett Lake in the Tonto National Forest, the water temperature Saturday was 76 degrees — down about 10 degrees from 2 weeks ago.

This is the also time for flathead catfish. At Bartlett Lake, in particular, they’ll be roaming the waters looking for meals to add some winter fat.

Community catfish news

  • This week, Patterson Ponds (in St. Johns, pictured above), Stone Dam (Ash Fork), Yuma ponds are scheduled to get catfish for the first time this fall. “Core” waters are to be stocked again next week. See the stocking schedule.

Winter trout stocking schedule

Trout Challenge update; Frye Creek closed to fishing

  • We’re also temporarily suspending the requirement for anglers to catch a Gila trout in order to complete the Wild Trout Challenge. With the closure of Frye Creek t here is no longer a wild population of Gila trout open to fishing. See more information about AZGFD’s trout challenges.
  • We’ve closed Frye Creek in the Pinaleno Mountains, southwest of Safford, to fishing to allow for evaluation and restoration of the Gila trout population. We recently surveyed Frye and Ash creeks and did not find any fish. Read more. 

Catch and release season opens at Silver Creek Sunday

  • On Saturday, the catch-and-release season opens — and that means the upper section also opens to fishing for the first time since early spring. This catch-and-release section of Silver Creek requires trout to be immediately released unharmed, and is artificial flies and lures only with single barbless hooks. This segment of Silver Creek is open for fishing from Oct. 1 through March 31 of each year. See more fishing regulations.

Brown trout fall spawn

Brown trout anglers in AZ target fall as one of the best times of the year for this aggressive-fighting species

Keep in mind that brown trout go into their spawning behavior in the fall. Float tubers who are in good shape may want to hike into Chevelon Lake on the Mogollon Rim for the big browns and plentiful ‘bows.

Already, some anglers are hooking into some big brown close to shore — see the Catch of the Week below.

Stocking reports

By  Saturday, we’re scheduled to have stocked the following this week (sign up for I Support Wildlife for up-to-date and confirmed stocking reports):

Canyon Creek, Willow Springs Lake, Woods Canyon Lake, Tonto Creek, Oak Creek.

Previous stockings

Rainbow trout

Friday, Sept. 22 — Woods Canyon Lake, Canyon Creek. Thursday, Sept. 21 — Tonto Creek. Wednesday, Sept. 20 — “core” Community fishing waters.

Brown trout

Thursday, Sept. 14 — Kinnikinick Lake.

See all the stocking schedules

 

Catch of the Week

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

Reservation Lake

 

Cody T. caught this brown trout from Reservation Lake Sept. 22 on an olive-green bunny leech fly around 4 p.m. near the dam. Along with Jason D., the group reported catching a ton on a silver spinners and olive colored flies and releasing all fish.

See previous Angler Reports

 

Family 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 — “Verde River Days” at Dead Horse State Park in Cottonwood, 8 a.m. to noon, Dead Horse Ranch State Park, 675 Dead Horse Ranch Rd.

While the Verde River Days festivities will go from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., the family fishing will occur from 8 a.m. -noon only. For more information please contact the Sport Fishing Education Program at (623) 236-7240 or go to: http://www.verderiverday.com/.

See the full events schedule.

 

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Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

Lots of highlights for this week, starting with catfish coming back to Community Fishing Program waters next week. See the stocking schedule.

Some others “Fish AZ” happenings:

  • We stocked about 4,600 brown trout (averaging 8-12 inches) into Kinnikinick Lake southeast of Flagstaff on Wednesday:A few thousand more are coming next week. Fishing should be good for browns from the shore during the next couple weeks until they scatter. Try lures such as Panther Martins or roostertails. This is also the time of year when catfishing can be good on Kinnikinick. This will be an excellent place to fish for browns during October and November.
  • On Wednesday, 3,175 pounds of rainbow trout were stocked in the Colorado River below Davis Dam. The fish were divided between three stocking locations: Davis Camp, Community Park, and Rotary Park.  The trout averaged over half a pound each.  This is the second week in a row that the Colorado River was stocked with more than 3,000 fish.  Fishing should be great following the stocking. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will begin stocking the Colorado River every week from October through March.
  • Striper boils are going crazy! Try  Lake Powell (in the northern area from Good Hope Bay to White Canyon), Lake Pleasant (northern coves),  Lake Havasu, Mohave Lake and Lake Mead.
Boils have Lake Powell striper fishing on fire. Credit Wayne Gustaveson

Note that Frances Short Pond in Flagstaff did not get stocked as scheduled this week.

 

Catch of the Week

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

Encanto Lake (Phoenix)

Stuart B.: Caught this 42-inch (34-pound, 10 ounce) grass carp. The catch came during the morning of Sept. 9 He used 18-pound Fox Exocet line, and bread for bait.

See previous Angler Reports

 

Stocking reports

By  Saturday, we’re scheduled to have stocked the following this week (sign up for I Support Wildlife for real-time and confirmed stocking reports):

Show Low Creek, Canyon Creek, Tonto Creek, Willow Springs Lake, Woods Canyon Lake, Ashurst Lake, Kaibab Lake, Oak Creek, Lynx Lake.

Note: Catfish return to Community waters next week;  Frances Short Pond in Flagstaff did not get stocked with trout as scheduled this week.

Previous stockings

Rainbow trout

Monday, Sept. 11 — Lynx Lake, Oak Creek. Friday, Sept. 8 — Willow Springs Lake, Woods Canyon Lake, Canyon Creek. Thursday, Sept. 7 — Tonto Creek.

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.

Family 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 —  “Breakfast and Bobbers” at Power Ranch, Gilbert/Queen Creek, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Power Ranch Lake House, 4444 E Haven Crest Dr., Gilbert.

This is a catch-and-release only event.

See the full schedule.

 

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Arizona Fishing Report: The Reel Deal

Stream trout fishing is a great all-around choice. Try the East Fork of the Black River, Show Low Creek just downstream of Show Low Lake, Canyon Creek, Tonto Creek, the Little Colorado River in Greer or Silver Creek (but remember that monsoon storms can bring flooding at all these).

Also, boils are boiling! We’re coming off a new moon, and headed into a first quarter moon — striper fishing should still be bonkers at night at waters such as Lake Mead, Lake Powell and Lake Pleasant.

Who misses Mr. Whiskers? Channel catfish will return to Community Fishing Program waters in late September. Stay tuned: fall fishing is coming soon, and the early dove season begins Friday, Sept. 1.

Finally, check out some  summer-ending fishing tips.

And thank you for your annual fishing license purchases – they go back into fish stocking and management and help conserve all species of wildlife (we receive NO state tax dollars). Grab a license online and conserve wildlife for future generations.

Catch of the Week

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

Saguaro Lake

Scott Keniston with a 7-pound, 3-ounce largemouth he caught Friday morning at Saguaro Lake on a Roboworm morning dawn with a chartreuse tipped tail — drop shot!

See previous Angler Reports

Stocking reports

By  Saturday, we’re scheduled to have stocked the following this week (sign up for I Support Wildlife for real-time and confirmed stocking reports):
Rainbow trout
Fool Hollow Lake, Show Low Lake, Silver Creek, East Fork Black River, Canyon Creek, East Verde River, Haigler Creek, Tonto Creek, Willow Springs Lake, Woods Canyon Lake, Dogtown Reservoir, Goldwater Lake.

Note: Catfish return to Community waters in late September.

Previous stockings
Rainbow trout

Friday, Aug. 18 — East Verde River, East Fork Black River, Silver Creek, Woods Canyon Lake, Canyon Creek. Thursday, Aug. 17 — Tonto Creek, Haigler Creek, Cataract Lake. Tuesday, Aug. 15 — Oak Creek.  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.

SEE THE FULL REPORT

Catching fish, keeping cool in Arizona: some tips

If you’re the type of angler who likes sweat-soaked, year-round fishing opportunities in Arizona, here’s a few simple tips to stay safe — and cool:

  • Go early or go late.
  • Don’t go at all (is that an option?)
  • Drink water every 15-20 minutes.
  • Drink something with electrolytes to prevent muscle cramps.
  • Bring your own shade (wide-brimmed hats, shade shelters, etc)
  • Plan a trip to a cooler part of the state. White Mountains, anybody?
  • Get wet. Soaking a handkerchief in the water and keeping it on your head, and under your hat, is a great way to keep your body temperature stable. Anglers also could wrap an evaporative cooling towel around their neck.
  • Know your limits: Summertime might not be the time to try for a personal best.
  • Leave detailed plans with someone (float plan).
  • Sign up for a boating safety class.

We are moving into a new moon, so expect better night fishing than last week.

During the Aug. 29 first quarter moon, there will be just enough moonlight for good visibility, but submersible lights can still do their plankton-attracting jobs. This time also means shooting stars will be highly visible.

Remember to verify the weather conditions before launching and check for updates while fishing during these particularly dark nights.

There are several mobile phone apps available with live weather conditions and emergency weather information. Monsoon storms can happen suddenly and without much warning.

Onto some more tips:

How to fish in Arizona during summer: some tips

Largemouth bass

 

Bartlett Lake bass, like this largemouth, are plentiful.
  • Methods of fishing on the summer heat differs. For desert bass fishing, all methods of tackle must be lightweight — light lines, small hooks and sinkers, etc.  Bites from these lethargic fish will be light, so be patient before setting the hook.
  • Across all statewide desert bass fisheries the next few weeks, plastic worms rigged on Texas rigs, Carolina rigs and dropshots will be the most reliable tactic. Make your leader small – you only want your bait about 5 inches above the weight on a dropshot. During the daytime, make that a bit longer, say, 10-12 inches.

Striped bass

Striped bass bag limits are unlimited at Lake Pleasant. Be sure to check special regulations at other waters.
  • Nighttime fishing gets really good in August with many boats catching anywhere from 50-100 fish a night. This information applies to day fishing also: fish deeper water and don’t forget to chum and have a great light in the water to attract baitfish.
  • If possible, use live bait. Live shad is the ultimate bait and will greatly increase your chances.  When fishing these lakes at night, be sure to think safety all the time. Have lights, a first aid kit, spotlight, cell phone, and also monitor monsoon activity.

Catfish and carp

Some big carp can be caught at night — try corn, which can be used for chum
  • Sticky desert nights are made for bottom-dwelling catfish and carp. Relax on the shoreline, wet a line with some stink bait, corn or both, watch the sky for meteor showers, and hook into Mr. Whiskers at the same time.

Trout

Silver Creek is a great summer, cool-water fishery
  • Best bet is in the White Mountains region, including Silver Creek, East Fork of the Black River, Little Colorado River in Greer or Show Low Creek just downstream of Show Low Lake. Fishing in these streams should be good because of better water quality — as long as the flows are not high due to monsoon rains.

See more about fishing in Arizona

Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

Top picks this week are striped bass at night at Lake Pleasant, trout fishing on the creeks below the Mogollon Rim and at Silver Creek (regulations are catch-and-keep with bait and a six-trout daily limit — the upper section is closed to fishing) and throwing top-water lures early at Lake Mohave.

But don’t count out going for walleye (along with a mixed bag of species) at Show Low Lake or Fool Hollow Lake.

Catch of the Week

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

Rose Canyon Lake

Mike C. and a group of anglers caught  this mess of rainbow trout  at Rose Canyon Lake near Tucson last Saturday (Aug. 5). Mike said the action came during the morning with PowerBait (green, rainbow, orange) and 18-inch leaders. The group reported landing about 20 in a few hours worth of work.

See previous Angler Reports

Stocking reports

By  Saturday, we’re scheduled to have stocked the following this week (sign up for I Support Wildlife for real-time and confirmed stocking reports):
Rainbow trout
Fool Hollow Lake, Show Low Lake, Silver Creek, East Fork Black River, Bear Canyon Lake, Canyon Creek, East Verde River, Haigler Creek, Tonto Creek, Willow Springs Lake, Woods Canyon Lake, Dogtown Lake, Kaibab Lake.

Previous stockings
Rainbow trout

Friday, Aug. 4 — East Verde River, East Fork Black River, Silver Creek, Woods Canyon Lake, Canyon Creek. Thursday, Aug. 3 — Tonto Creek, Haigler Creek, Show Low Creek. Wednesday, Aug. 2 — Show Low Creek, Canyon Creek. Tuesday, Aug. 1 — Rose Canyon 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.

SEE THE FULL REPORT

Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

We have released our top-5 family camping and fishing spots for August. Not surprisingly, four of the five spots are in the White Mountains.

See the list along with directions, descriptions and fishing tips galore.

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

Catch of the Week

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

Pena Blanca Lake

Justin B. with a gorgeous 5.6-pound largemouth bass caught Saturday at Pena Blanca Lake. He reported fishing he morning and catching more than 15 bass, mostly 1 pound and under.  The water temperature was 80 degrees.

See previous Angler Reports

Stocking reports

By  Saturday, we’re scheduled to have stocked the following this week (sign up for I Support Wildlife for real-time and confirmed stocking reports):

Rainbow trout

Tonto Creek, Christopher Creek, Haigler Creek, Silver Creek, Canyon Creek.

Previous stockings
Rainbow trout

Monday, July 24 — West Fork Little Colorado River-Greer, Silver Creek, Canyon Creek. Friday, July 21 — Silver Creek, East Fork Black River, Woods Canyon Lake, Willow Springs Lake, Bear Canyon Lake, Canyon Creek. Thursday, July 20 — Tonto Creek, Christopher Creek, Haigler Creek.

See all the stocking schedules

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Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

A new moon with summer nights made chill by spats of rain showers — this can be the time to fish in the high country of Arizona.

Increased rainfall predicted for high country regions can also eventually favor anglers, bringing inflows and nutrients, and in turn baitfish and predatory fish. Target areas with recent inflows.

Monsoon season is here so be safe. Get off the water if there’s lightning and if you get trapped on the water find a protected cove or small bay and wait the storm out.

Submersible lights at night for stripers will be a great option if the weather is calm. Be sure to check the latest wind and weather forecasts. Anglers can fish in snow, ice, some heat (be safe) and rain – but keep those lightning (fishing) rods off the water.

Anglers also have reported success this week with bass at Pena Blanca Lake,  walleye at Upper Lake Mary, and flathead catfish on the Upper Salt River and striper fishing on the Colorado River Below Davis Dam, where Chris caught this 32.6-pound striper:

Overall, angling can be tough in July, but be selective in your spot and time, and you might go away with a heavy stringer, or at least a camera full of memories. Grab a license online (that helps conserve all species of wildlife, not to mention provides funding that goes back into fishing opportunities) and go.

Some fire restrictions lifted

Due to significant widespread rain and decreasing fire danger, the Coconino, Coronado, Apache-Sitgreaves, and Kaibab National Forests have lifted campfire and smoking restrictions. But remain safe when building campfires!  Read more.

Time to catch and cook those trout!

Also, see a full list of fire restrictions in Arizona.

 

Fishing tournaments resume at Apache, Canyon lakes

Apache Lake on the Salt River chain of lakes is relatively undeveloped and is an excellent fishery for bass and catfish.

Fishing tournaments at Apache and Canyon Lakes can resume, effective immediately. Tournaments on Apache, Canyon and Saguaro lakes were temporarily suspended when golden alga blooms developed over large portions of the lakes. Saguaro Lake tournaments remain suspended. Read more.

Cluff Pond No. 3 reopens

We reopened Cluff Ranch Pond #3 to recreational activities Saturday, July 15, after it was closed in June for use by U.S. Forest Service crews to help suppress the Frye Fire. The Cluff Ranch Ponds are located in the Cluff Ranch Wildlife Area off Cluff Ranch Road at the base of the Pinaleno Mountains.

Catch of the Week

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

Upper Lake Mary

David M. caught two walleye, including this one, Saturday, July 15, trolling a swimbait 10-feet deep.

See previous Angler Reports

Stocking reports

By  Saturday, we’re scheduled to have stocked the following this week (sign up for I Support Wildlife for real-time and confirmed stocking reports):

Fool Hollow Lake; Show Low Lake; Silver Creek; East Fork Black River; Little Colorado River-Greer; Christopher Creek; Canyon Creek, East Verde River; Haigler Creek, Tonto Creek; Willow Springs Lake, Woods Canyon Lake; Oak Creek Goldwater Lake; Rose Canyon Lake.

Previous stockings
Rainbow trout

Friday, June 14 — East Verde River, Canyon Creek, Woods Canyon Lake. Thursday, June 13 — Tonto Creek, Christopher Creek, Haigler Creek. Wednesday, June 12 — Show Low Creek. Tuesday, June 11 — Bear Canyon Lake, Huffer Tank. Monday, June 10 –– Canyon Creek, West Fork Little Colorado River-Greer, Silver Creek, Dogtown Lake, Cataract Lake.

See all the stocking schedules

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Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

Great time for chasing the all-American catfish — especially during the cooler nights. Just see our Catch of the Week below — Arizona truly is a flathead catfish destination.

Other than that, as desert temperatures consistently crack 100 degrees, visit the mountain regions before the summer heat raises lake temperatures and trout activity patterns slow down. Summer has officially started, yet great spring-like fishing remains – for now.

See our summer trout stocking schedule. From May through June, we’ll have stocked an extra quarter-million fish statewide. Grab a license online, 24/7, and go.

Due to evacuation of the Tonto Creek Hatchery earlier this month during the Highline Fire, Willow Springs Lake on the Mogollon Rim was stocked extra-heavy with 7,080 catchable rainbow trout and a similar number of tiger trout. Also, nearby Woods Canyon Lake was stocked this week with 7,800 catchable rainbow trout as well as tiger trout.

At Lower Lake Mary in Flagstaff, this was the windy scene Wednesday with anglers having success with PowerBait and spinners:

There are many scenic, family-friendly streams in Rim country that are consistently stocked, such as Tonto Creek, Canyon Creek and the East Verde River. In the White Mountains, try the East Fork of the Black River, Little Colorado River in Greer, Show Low Creek or Silver Creek – all are fishing excellent.

In the Flagstaff region, possible hot spots to try are Ashurst, Kaibab and Dogtown lakes.

 

Catch of the Week

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

Kent Taylor hauled in — and released — this 62.56-pound flathead catfish Saturday at Martinez Lake on a live bluegill. Full story.

See previous Angler Reports

Notable fire closures

  • Due to the Gentry Fire, access to Black Canyon Lake is closed until further notice.
  • Access to Riggs Flat Lake is closed due to the Frye Fire.

Remember: clean, drain, dry

All it takes is a few minutes to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species and keep our waters clean and beautiful for ourselves and future generations.

Remember to:

  • Clean boats, waders, equipment and gear by removing mud, plants, attached animals such as snails or quagga mussels. Freeze waders overnight eliminate fish pathogens and other hitchhikers.
  • Drain all residual water from engines and motors, ballast tanks, live wells and bait wells. Pull your bilge plug and leave out during transport. Store in a location where you will remember before launch, e.g. next to boat keys in glove box!
  • Dry out all equipment that comes in contact with water, such as life jackets, ropes, buoys, tubes, etc.

Stocking report

Rainbow trout

Friday, June 23 — East Verde River, East Fork Black River, Silver Creek, Canyon Creek, Tonto Creek.

Thursday, June 22 — Tonto Creek, Christopher Creek, Haigler Creek, Cataract Lake.

Monday, June 19 — West Fork Little Colorado River-Greer, Silver Creek, Mingus Lake, Fain Lake, Dogtown Reservoir, Canyon Creek.

Saturday, June 17 — Canyon, Fool Hollow Lake, Show Low Lake.

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.

July 7-8 — Women’s Only Fly Fishing Clinic, instruction Friday evening at the Pinetop Regional Office, Saturday morning at Silver Creek outside Show Low (pre-registration required).

See the full schedule.

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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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