Category Archives: Fishing Report

Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

During the next month, there should be some hot fishing for yellow bass and crappie – both are excellent table fare. Hot spots for yellow bass are Apache, Saguaro, and Canyon lakes in the Tonto National Forest. Prime waters for crappie are Roosevelt, Bartlett and Alamo lakes. See the full report for more details.

Remember that with recent unstable weather, crappie schools may be present but the bites tend to be light. If fishing vertically over a school, slowly lift your rod a couple feet to detect a bite and set the hook if you feel any pressure.  Try this at different depths. Unlike trolling, anglers can set the hook with this technique.

If you’re considering heading to the high country, be sure to check the Arizona Department of Transportation website for the latest road conditions. Remember we consider all ice in Arizona unsafe.

Fishing forecast, new fish and boat map,
on the way

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 the forecast in the “Fishing” section of our website.

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

Southern AZ anglers: get rigged and ready

Recent water quality surveys at Pena Blanca Lake show that conditions have improved and we will begin stocking rainbow trout again this week.  In fact, the lake is scheduled to be stocked today (Wednesday, Jan. 24). See the 2018 Winter Stocking Schedule.

Community fishing updates

This week we stocked the “core” waters in Phoenix and Maricopa.

We did not stock Tempe Town Lake as scheduled due to an active algae bloom and a partial fish die-off, nor did we stock Alvord Lake in Phoenix, where fish stockings have been temporarily suspended due to golden algae.

Also, Cortez Lake in Phoenix has been tested as positive for golden algae: this lake was stocked, and as of Tuesday there had not been a fish die-off. See the latest Community fishing news.

Catch of the Week

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

Apache Lake

Dylan S. with a 14-inch yellow bass caught from Apache Lake.

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

Family Fishing Day. 8 a.m. – noon. Red Mountain Lake 7745 E. Brown Rd. Mesa, Ariz.

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

Verde River (Clarkdale to Camp Verde), Lower Salt River, Saguaro Lake, Tempe Town Lake, Pena Blanca Lake, Somerton (Council Ave.) Pond, Yuma West Wetlands, Community core waters.

Previous stockings

Rainbow trout

Wednesday, Jan. 17 — Community  “expansion” waters; Cluff Reservoir 3, Roper Lake, Dankworth Ponds. Tuesday, Jan. 16 — Canyon Lake, Watson Lakes, Dead Horse Lakes.

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

Arizona Fishing Report: The Reel Deal

Odds are, a Big Fish of the Year or Catch of the Week is about to come out a Community Fishing Program water.

By Friday, we’ll have stocked some larger-than-average rainbow trout into all of our “core” Community waters in Phoenix, Maricopa, Tucson and Sahuarita. These fish average about 1 pound.

The only core water that will not be stocked this week is Desert Breeze Lake in Chandler due to golden algae. Those fish will be diverted to Tempe Kiwanis Lake.

See our Community stocking schedule, which shows “core” waters.

High Country update

Kaibab Lake near Williams on Thursday, Jan. 4 was 1/4 ice covered (ice coming from the dam).

In the White Mountains region, Highways 273 and 261 are closed for the winter.   Some lakes at the higher elevations are ice covered or partially ice covered. All ice should be considered unsafe. Fishing is currently good at Patterson Ponds, Show Low Creek meadows, and Silver Creek.

Catch of the Week

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

 Black Canyon Lake

Justin F. recently caught this stringer of rainbow trout from Black Canyon Lake.

Fishing is fair right now at the lake near Heber. Roads are still open and the lake is entirely ice free. The lake is almost 8 feet below spillway and the new boat ramp is still fully functional.

 

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

City of Maricopa Youth Fishing Day. 8 a.m. – noon. Copper Sky Lake 45345 W. Martin Luther King Blvd. Maricopa, Ariz., 85138.

This family event is co-sponsored with the City of Maricopa and Arizona Game and Fish. Sport Fishing Education Program staff and volunteer instructors will be on hand to provide loaner rods for the first 100 participants who don’t have their own rod, as well as bait and fishing information.

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

“Core” Community waters (Desert Breeze in Chandler will not be stocked due to golden algae), Verde River (Clarkdale to Camp Verde), Fain Lake, Lower Salt River, Patagonia Lake, Pena Blanca Lake, Fortuna Pond, Redondo Pond.

Previous stockings

Rainbow trout

Thursday, Dec. 28 — “Core” Community waters.

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

Arizona Fishing Report: The Reel Deal

Community trout fishing has been excellent. For some anglers,  water temperatures of 49-55 degrees at many community waters, combined with good water quality and healthy fish, have made for a great rainbow trout bite.

We stocked each “core” water last week and are getting ready to stock more than 7,000 pounds of BIG rainbow trout into these same waters once again next week. These fish will average about 1 pound and be about 25 percent larger than the average stocker trout. Try PowerBait, small spinners or nightcrawlers.

See our stocking schedules.

The Desert Deal

The National Fish Habitat Partnership has unveiled its list of seven U.S. “Waters to Watch” for 2017. One of them is our very own Tonto National Forest gem, Roosevelt Lake.

At Roosevelt Lake, the water temperature has dropped into  the low- to mid-50s, according to Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods. In turn, baitfish, crappie and bass are moving deeper. This winter fishing pattern will be similar at other desert impoundments.

Goughnour said anglers at Roosevelt are finding crappie at around 40 feet of water depth and either vertically fishing or using a small curly-tail grub rigged on a dropshot rig. Bass can be caught with this same technique. Look for crappie around cover such as trees, rock piles and artificial habitat.

Our top-5 winter fishing holes feature Parker Canyon Lake, the Colorado River, Lake Havasu, the Lower Salt River and Alamo Lake.

Catch of the Week

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

West Fork-Black River

In mid December, Brett P. caught this nice brown trout below the West Fork Campground, drifting a nightcrawler under the bank. The trout had three crawfish in its stomach.The anglers reported catching five brown trout after bagging an elk.

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

Annual Brian Pinney Memorial Family Fishing Event. 8 a.m. – noon. Hirsch Conservation Education Area (Biscuit Tank) Ben Avery Shooting Facility, 4044 W. Black Canyon Blvd. ,Phoenix, 85086. For more information, please contact the Sport Fishing Education Program at (623) 236-7240.

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 Lakes, Cluff Pond, Dankworth Pond, Parker Canyon Lake, Roper Lake.

Previous stockings

Rainbow trout

Thursday, Dec. 28 — “Core” Community waters.

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

Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

This could be a good weekend for crappie fishing with some warm, stable weekend weather.  Try Alamo, Roosevelt or even Bartlett lakes.

Fishing at Lake Pleasant can be good if you can find some active stripers, white bass or largemouth bass. Hit the northern coves such as Castle Creek, Coles or Humbug or Agua Fria and remember the closure for nesting bald eagles is in effect in the Agua Fria arm. The ticket has been fishing live shad deep if you can get them.

Weather in the high country has been unseasonably warm: In Pinetop, highs are forecast to hit the low-60s this weekend. So some pine-scented lakes have thin, unsafe ice, while others are ice covered or partially covered.

In the White Mountains region, try Patterson Ponds, Show Low Creek (meadows, our new Community water), and Silver Creek.

Best action will be in lower elevations. Our top-5 winter fishing spots have been producing memories for anglers. See our Catch of the Week: a monster striped bass was caught from shore in the Colorado River in Bullhead City.

Not a whole lot of time until the bass bite hits a winter lull. The water temperature at Roosevelt lake is in the mid-50s, and as water temperature near closer to 50 degrees (and below), the metabolism of bass will slow and anglers will have to fish particularly deep and use extra slow presentations (with dropshots, Texas rigs, etc).

Short-term combo license sale

We’re having our first year-end cast and blast sale! Save $5 on all Short-Term combo licenses NOW! The sale ends Jan. 1.  Get yours.

Catch of the Week

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

Colorado River (Bullhead City)

George T. caught this 42-inch, 31-pound, 15-ounce striped bass on a swimbait Tuesday night from shore on the Colorado River in Bullhead City. He said the fight lasted about 14 minutes. The fish got off the hook near the shore and George went in the water to grab the fish before it swam away. See George’s video.

The fish was weighed and measured at Rusty’s Riviera Marina.

See previous Angler Reports

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

Verde River (Clarkdale to Camp Verde), Goldwater Lake, Lower Salt River, Pena Blanca Lake.

Previous stockings

Rainbow trout

Thursday, Dec. 21 — Fain Lake. Tuesday, Dec. 19 — Cluff Reservoir, Roper Lake, Dankworth Pond, Saguaro Lake, Council Ave. Pond, Yuma West Wetlands Pond. Monday, Dec. 18 — Dead Horse Lake, Tempe Town Lake.

See all the stocking schedules

SEE THE FULL REPORT

Arizona Fishing Report: The Reel Deal

Top picks this week are Ashurst Lake near Flagstaff, trout stocked Community fishing waters, Alamo Lake, and a handful of Colorado River waters:  Lake Havasu, Parker Strip, and below Davis Dam.

Other good bets are Parker Canyon Lake southeast of Tucson for trout, and in the White Mountains,  Big Lake and Woods Canyon Lake.

Head to Ashurst while you can — the gates will probably close soon. For now this is the spot to go in the Flagstaff region.

Our recent surveys have shown excellent numbers of fish at Alamo, Havasu and Parker Strip. We expect great fishing at all three through spring. See the full report for more details.

Water temperatures are falling as overnight lows in desert regions are cracking the low-40s — Bartlett Lake has dropped to around 56 degrees.  If you’re fishing Phoenix-area impoundments such as Bartlett Lake, the best bet is throwing crankbaits during mornings and smaller plastic baits (Roboworms or baby brush hogs) on Texas rigs or dropshots in 15-25 feet of water.

At Parker Canyon Lake southeast of Tucson, some anglers are catching limits of stocked rainbow from shore on spinners and PowerBait.

Believe it or not, this is great weather for trout fishing. At least it is in mid-elevation and lower elevation waters where we do our trout stockings. Grab friends, family, gear and go “Fish AZ.”

Catch of the Week

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

Water Ranch Lake (Gilbert)
 

M. Gio caught this 1.5-pound, 15-inch rainbow trout on Nov. 22 at Water Ranch Lake using salmon peach PowerBait.  Every now and then we stock such an “albino” rainbow trout. Although they are not “true” albinos, they lack the normal rainbow trout pigment which makes them this bright-yellow color. This is a natural and rare mutation that occasionally occurs in aquaculture.

See previous Angler Reports

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):

Trout

Dead Horse Lakes, Fain Lake, Apache Lake, Cluff Pond, Dankworth Pond, Roper Lake, Fortuna Pond, Redondo Pond, “Expansion/Custom” Community waters Chaparral Lake, Silverbell Lake, Kennedy Lake, Sahuarita Lake, Lakeside Lake, Copper Sky Lake, Veterans Oasis, Desert Breeze Lake, Tempe Kiwanis.

Previous stockings

Rainbow trout

Friday, Dec. 1 — Green Valley Lakes,  Red Mountain Lake, Freestone Pond, Evelyn Hallman Pond, Papago Ponds, Steele Indian School Pond, Encanto Lake, Rio Vista Pond, Surprise Lake, Pioneer Lake, Desert West Lake. Thursday, Nov. 30 — Wet Beaver Creek.

See all the stocking schedules

Thank you, anglers!

Arizona fishing opportunities wouldn’t be possible without the Sport Fish Restoration Program. It was created through the Dingell-Johnson Act of 1950 (Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act) and the Wallop-Breaux amendments of 1984.

Through a federal excise tax paid by manufacturers on fishing gear and motorboat fuels, it provides grant funds for fishery conservation, boating access, and aquatic education.

SEE THE FULL REPORT

Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

The transition to fall fishing is here as nighttime air temperatures  are forecast to drop into the high-50s in desert regions and mid-30s in high elevation areas such as Pinetop by next week.

Top picks for the weekend are trout-stocked waters such as Goldwater Lake in Prescott. Water temperatures at mid-elevation lakes such as Goldwater and Lynx are down to the mid-60s and falling — great for trout fishing.
We’ve also recently stocked Rose Canyon Lake (56-degree water temp) and Parker Canyon Lake (67) in the Tucson area, Green Valley lakes in Payson,  Lynx  Lake in the Prescott area, Oak Creek and the Lower Salt River.

In the White Mountains region
, consider fishing the Show Low Creek meadows at the Show Low Bluff trailhead and Patterson Ponds in St Johns, which were both stocked with rainbow trout two weeks ago and will be excellent after both are stocked again this week.

Brown trout are still active
at the Greer Lakes, Chevelon Lake, and the East Fork Black River.

Bass fishing is picking up, and at Bartlett Lake in the Tonto National Forest, this is the time of year your favorite bass rig could do some damage (try top-water lures, crankbaits, Texas-rigged brush hogs or dropshot-rigged Roboworms). Water temperatures are in the low-70s.  Take a kid and go.

Battle of the Alamo

Alamo Lake is up 30-plus feet from last year and the fish seem to be fat and healthy. Water temperatures are in the low 70s and the largemouth bass and black crappie are biting pretty good. Read a full angler report.

Greenfield Pond in Mesa to open Saturday

Located just north of Water Ranch Lake in Gilbert, Greenfield will be stocked with catfish prior to its opening on Saturday.

A Greenfield Pond Grand Opening event will be held 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the park on  4105 E. Diamond Ave. in Mesa. The event includes a free fishing clinic (no license required for those who register; bait and loaner rods provided).

Catch of the Week

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

Woods Canyon Lake

 

Scott S. III with his first rainbow trout caught in early October.

See previous Angler Reports

Fishing license reminder

Need a license? Or did it expire? Get one online, 24/7

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):

Trout

Show Low Creek (above average), Oak Creek, Patterson Ponds (St. Johns).

Catfish

“Core” Community waters.

Wet Beaver Creek, West Clear Creek, Goldwater Lake, Lower Salt River.

Previous stockings

Rainbow trout

Oct. 27 — Mingus Lake, Fain Lake.  Oct. 24 — Rose Canyon Lake, Parker Canyon Lake.

See all the stocking schedules

 

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

Chandler Safety Days Youth and Family Fishing. 8 a.m. – noon. Veterans Oasis Park 4050 E Chandler Heights Rd. Chandler.

Greenfield Pond Grand Opening event, Mesa, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.,  4105 E. Diamond Ave., Mesa.

See a full events schedule.

SEE THE FULL REPORT

Arizona Fishing Report: The Reel Deal

Top picks for the weekend are trout-stocked waters such as Rose Canyon Lake and Parker Canyon Lake in the Tucson area, Green Valley lakes in Payson,  Lynx and Goldwater lakes in the Prescott area, Oak Creek and the Lower Salt River, which was stocked for the first time this fall on Monday.

The Lower Salt River is quite possibly the best winter fishin’ hole in the state. Just minutes from some of the Valley of the Sun’s population centers, it is stocked with trout throughout the winter and offers good shoreline fishing options as well. A Tonto Pass is required.

Top water time for bass

Good top-water action has been reported from Lake Havasu to Roosevelt Lake. Surface baits such as buzz-baits, walking baits,  poppers and Ricos have been successful at Roosevelt.

Community updates: catfish to leave, trout to follow

Also try Community Fishing Program stocked catfish spots — the final catfish stockings are next week. Then it’s back to winter trout for the Phoenix/Tucson areas beginning the week of Nov. 16.

Greenfield Pond in Mesa to open Saturday, Nov. 4

Located just north of Water Ranch Lake in Gilbert, Greenfield will be stocked with catfish prior to its opening on Saturday, Nov. 4.

A Greenfield Pond Grand Opening event will be held 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the park on  4105 E. Diamond Ave. in Mesa. The event includes a free fishing clinic (no license required for those who register; bait and loaner rods provided).

Catch of the Week

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

Lake Havasu

 

Jim caught this monster flathead catfish Thursday, Oct. 19 at night from the shores of Cattail Cove State Park.  Arizona State Parks officials said the battle lasted more than 45 minutes and unofficially the fish weighed 68 pounds. The fish made several runs of at least 300 feet, the officials reported, and Jimmy had some friends nearby to help haul the prized catch out of the water.

See previous Angler Reports

Fishing license reminder

Need a license? Or did it expire? Get one online, 24/7

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):

Trout

Oak Creek, Rose Canyon Lake, Parker Canyon Lake, Green Valley Lakes (Payson), Lynx Lake, Show Low Creek, Patterson Ponds, Frances Short Pond.

Previous stockings

Rainbow trout

Week of Oct. 16 — Tonto Creek, Green Valley lakes, Show Low Creek, Patterson Ponds.

Catfish

Week of Oct. 16 — “Core” Community waters.

See all the stocking schedules

 

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. Nov. 4

Chandler Safety Days Youth and Family Fishing. 8 a.m. – noon. Veterans Oasis Park 4050 E Chandler Heights Rd. Chandler.

Greenfield Pond Grand Opening event, Mesa, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.,  4105 E. Diamond Ave., Mesa.

See a full events schedule.

SEE THE FULL 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.

SEE THE FULL REPORT

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.

 

SEE THE FULL REPORT

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.

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