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.
The Desert Deal
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.
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.
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.
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):
Dead Horse Lakes, Cluff Pond, Dankworth Pond, Parker Canyon Lake, Roper Lake.
Thursday, Dec. 28 — “Core” Community waters.
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”.