Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

Possibly the best-tasting fish in the state  — crappie — is a prime target. Some good crappie fishing is being reported thanks in part to a particularly wet spring that seems to have allowed for a great class of spawning fish. Top targets for crappie are Roosevelt, Alamo and Bartlett lakes.  With stable, warm weather this weekend, it’s worth using your favorite crappie technique, whether that’s trolling jigs, dropping minnows, vertically jigging spoons, or maybe your own specialty rig.

Rain and run-off from last spring has helped make for some pretty good winter fishing and there’s plenty of time left for some better high-country snow pack.

The bass bite

Guide Gary Senft with a 4-pound largemouth bass caught Tuesday from Bartlett Lake.

The water temperature at Roosevelt Lake (2,112 feet in elevation as of Thursday) has been a just above 50 degrees during the day. Many anglers find that once the water temperatures dip below 50 degrees,  the metabolism of bass slows considerably. We may not have to worry about that this week. There is more unseasonably warm temperatures ahead in desert regions with overtime lows predicted to reach low- to high-50s  in Phoenix and high-40s in Tucson. In general, fish slowly, and cover a lot of water. Best overall rig for largemouth bass is probably a dropshot-rigged Roboworm fished during afternoons.

Expect access restrictions
to Lower Salt River day-use rec sites

Headed to the Lower Salt River? The Tonto National Forest announced that paving projects on Bush Highway will impact the Granite Reef and Phon D. Sutton day-use recreation sites along the Lower Salt River. Expect access restrictions into Granite Reef, between Feb. 1 and March 5 while Maricopa County Department of Transportation completes improvements to Bush Highway.

Also, paving work will also occur at Butcher Jones Recreation Area of Saguaro Lake beginning on Feb. 20.  Butcher Jones will remain open for the majority of the project work, but will be closed to the public on March 7 – 9.

Read more from the Tonto National Forest, or read additional information about the Bush Highway road project.

Trout stockings continue

We’re still stocking tons of trout into many waters statewide. See the schedules.

Catch of the Week

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

Alamo Lake

John P. from Central Point, Ore., a first-time visitor to Arizona, helped a group of anglers, including Dick K., boat a reported 34 crappie Sunday and Monday that averaged 2 pounds each. John caught the largest fish that was at a reported 2 pounds, 12 ounces.

All fish were were caught trolling small crankbaits behind offshore side planers over 15-20 feet of water.

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, Feb. 10

Take a Kid Fishing Day. 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. La Paz County Park 7350 Riverside Dr. Parker, Ariz., 85344

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

Watson Lake, Lynx Lake, Apache Lake, Lower Salt River.

Previous stockings

Rainbow trout

Thursday, Jan. 24 — Pena Blanca Lake. Wednesday, Jan. 23 — Saguaro Lake, Lower Salt River, Community “core” 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

Respect our waters: boat inspections can save waterways

Unless you’re brand new to boating, chances are you’ve been through a boat inspection in the western U.S., or seen messaging such as “Clean, Drain, Dry” and “Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers.”

The days of transporting your boat haphazardly from water to water without a care are a thing of the past, but that doesn’t mean that you have to stop enjoying your favorite spots or exploring new places.

A new threat: Recreational boating main pathway for AIS

Aquatic invasive species  have no natural predators or disease outside of their native range

Many freshwater systems in the western U.S. are under threat from non-native invasive species of plants and animals that have been slowly taking over. These invasive species can clog up pipes that deliver water to municipal and agricultural water supplies, alter ecosystems that fisheries rely on, and damage watercraft and recreational equipment. These species have no natural predators or disease outside of their native range, and are often able to outcompete native species for nutrients and space, eventually overtaking the ecosystem.

Many of these harmful species were originally transported to the U.S. through shipping and air trade; however, the main pathway spreading these species now is recreational boating.

Aquatic plants and animals can’t survive long periods of time out of water, so it is imperative to thoroughly Clean, Drain, and Dry watercraft and equipment that comes in contact with water in between each and every use. While aquatic species cannot survive indefinitely out of the water, some species such as New Zealand mudsnails and quagga or zebra mussels can survive for weeks at a time under the right conditions.

Boat inspections: a few minutes can save a waterway

Canyon Lake in the Tonto National Forest is an AIS-listed water with quagga musssels.

Boat inspections provide an additional level of protection for the lakes and reservoirs that we love. Trained inspectors can quickly identify potential threats, and if necessary, decontaminate any areas or equipment on a boat safely and effectively to eliminate the threat of moving an invasive species.

Keeping invasive species from spreading to other lakes and reservoirs and preventing new introductions requires active participation from boaters, agencies and the boating industry. Together, we can ensure healthy lakes, reservoirs and streams for our enjoyment, and preservation for future generations. It only takes a few minutes. Remember, with great boating comes great responsibility.

For more information or questions regarding inspection and decontamination, visit https://www.azgfd.com/Fishing/InvasiveSpecies/ or call 623-236-7608.

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

This time of the year, some of the best trout fishing in the state can come from Community fishing waters. Anglers have been catching some of the monster rainbow trout that we stocked 2 weeks ago. See the Catch of the Week!

This week, we stocked all the expansion waters. Red Mountain Lake in Mesa and Green Valley Lakes in Payson have been stocked a week early. The rest of the “core” waters will be stocked next week as scheduled.

Last week, the only core water that was not stocked with the larger-than-average “incentive trout” was Desert Breeze Lake in Chandler due to golden algae. Those fish were diverted to Tempe Kiwanis Lake. Alvord Lake in Phoenix will not be stocked next week, also because of golden algae.

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

If you’re considering heading to the high country, be sure to check the Arizona Department of Transportation website for the latest road conditions.

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)

Alyssa I. caught this “incentive” rainbow trout Saturday, Jan. 13 at about 11 a.m. SHe had just put on fresh PowerBait rainbow dough bait.  “And about 45 seconds in,” she wrote, ” the bell went off — I caught a rainbow trout 3.74 pounds, a monster. It’s also my first fish out of this lake …  it was amazing.”

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, Jan. 27

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

Dead Horse Lakes, Watson Lake, Apache Lake, Canyon Lake, Cluff Pond, Dankworth Pond, Roper Lake, Community expansion waters.

Previous stockings

Rainbow trout

Thursday, Jan. 11 — Fain Lake. Wednesday, Jan. 10 — Community “core” 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

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

First, some great news from Lees Ferry.  This massive, clear-running tailwater fishery in northern Arizona could be back in a boom phase of good trout fishing according to a report from Lees Ferry anglers. 

Also, check out our  top-5 fishing spots for this winter (if you haven’t already). Spots like these are why it’s great to be an angler in Arizona.

Schooling winter crappie

The next month can be an excellent time for crappie fishing. Try Alamo and Roosevelt lakes. During this time, crappie are in large schools and the weather is stable most of the time. Fronts moving through the area will negatively impact a bite. Be sure to fish deep and on the right day. Look for a flotilla of boats as a sign that a school of crappie has been located.

Roosevelt Lake one of U.S. top “Waters to Watch”

Fishiding HighRise structures are made of environmentally-safe PVC and are excellent habitat for crappie.

The National Fish Habitat Partnership has unveiled its list of seven “Waters to Watch” for 2017, a collection of rivers, streams, estuaries, lakes and watershed systems that will benefit from strategic conservation efforts to protect, restore or enhance their current condition.

Roosevelt Lake in the Tonto National Forest was listed for its collaborative partnership that has been formed to address habitat issues.

Read more about our habitat improvement project.

High country freeze reports

Flagstaff region: On Tuesday, Ashurst Lake was about ¾ frozen at 10:30 a.m. with a big opening by the boat ramp.  Lower Lake Mary was completely frozen and Upper Lake Mary was more than half frozen.  Kaibab Lake was almost completely frozen.

White Mountain region: There are reports that Big Lake is icing over. The Big Lake Store is closed for the winter.

Above 5,000 feet in elevation, there continue to be below-zero morning temperatures and water temperatures in the 30s at the highest elevation lakes. We consider all ice in Arizona unsafe.

Bald eagle closure in effect at Lake Pleasant 

The annual bald eagle closure of the Agua Fria arm (see a park map for details of the closure area) went into effect Friday, December 15, 2017, and will remain closed until June 15 2018, in an effort to ensure the conservation of bald eagles during nesting season. Obey all posted signage and buoy markers associated with the closure area.

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.

Dave White Pond (Casa Grande)

 

This young angler caught a nice rainbow trout on a spinner on the morning of Saturday, Dec. 9 along the shoreline of Dave White Pond in Casa Grande. Our Community Fishing Program reaches 41 waters in 20 communities like Casa Grande — and growing.

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

Dead Horse Lakes, Fain Lake, Saguaro Lake, Tempe Town Lake, Cluff Pond, Dankworth Pond, Roper Lake, Somerton (Council Ave.) Pond, Yuma West Wetlands.

Previous stockings

Rainbow trout

Thursday, Dec. 14 — Canyon Lake. Wednesday, Dec. 13 — Chaparral Lake, Riverview Lake, Kiwanis Park Lake, Desert Breeze Lake, Veterans Oasis Lake, Copper Sky Lake, Lakeside Lake, Sahuarita Lake, Kennedy Lake, Silverbell Lake, Patagonia Lake, Salt River.

See all the stocking schedules

SEE THE FULL REPORT

Arizona Fishing Report: The Reel Deal

Top picks this weekend are  trout-stocked Community fishing waters plus our top-5 fishing spots for this winter.

Our Catch of the Week (below) came out of our new Community water in Mesa — a big channel catfish. Never know what you’re going to hook.

The Verde River from Clarkdale to Camp Verde has been stocked this week. See a map of the river from the town of Clarkdale and be prepared. I recently caught this feisty rainbow trout on a black-and-orange, 1/4-ounce Panther Martin before fish were stocked near the Tuzigoot Bridge:

Other good bets are Parker Canyon Lake southeast of Tucson for trout, and in the White Mountains,  Big Lake and Woods Canyon Lake. Also, Ashurst Lake near Flagstaff should still have some good fishing.

Some high country lakes are starting to ice over: we consider all such ice in Arizona unsafe. Above 5,000 feet in elevation, there have been below-zero morning temperatures and water temperatures in the 30s at the highest elevation lakes. Get to your favorite high country trout hole before things really freeze.

For bass fishing in lower elevations, water temperatures have dropped enough (high-50s to low-60s) to send high populations of bass into deeper water where the water temperature is higher.  Be sure to have a bait in the water when the sun comes out and there’s a spat of warmer weather.

Catch of the Week

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

Greenfield Pond (Mesa)

Craig S.: On Friday, Dec. 8,  Craig reported catching this big channel catfish on PowerBait at night with 10-pound braided line, a 6-pound monofilament leader and a pole he had recently purchased from a garage sale. Read more about the catch.

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, Watson Lake, Canyon Lake, Lower Salt River, Parker Canyon Lake, Patagonia Lake, “core” Community waters,

Previous stockings

Rainbow trout

Dec. 6 — Expansion Community waters (including Show Low 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

Fish story: Big Community pond catfish caught on garage sale-bought fishing rod

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

Greenfield Pond (Mesa)

Craig S.:  I caught this cat at Greenfield pond on (Friday) the eighth. As you can see on the scale picture it was 12 lbs. 11 oz. and with all the excitement in and adrenaline I had going on I neglected to get a picture of the measurement before we dropped her back in, but it did measure 39 5/8” nose to folded tail.

This pole I just happened to pick up earlier that day at a garage sale a few houses down from mine. I picked up three poles for a few dollars and took them back home then, tore down the reels, cleaned them up and re-lubed, filled them halfway with mono backing and the rest with 10-pound braid.

I got there about 5:30 p.m.  and baited the lines with PowerBait and another one with floater worm and garlic Powerball for trout. Wanted to catch a couple of fish to test out the rods make sure everything was OK.

I was a few feet away talking to a couple other guys that were fishing there and all of a sudden my pole jumped out of the holder and I heard the line peeling away (2 lbs roughly drag) I dashed back over to pick it up and start reeling. It took about 12-13 minutes to finally get to the point where we could land it. The adrenaline rush I got took my back pain away for about a half hour to 45 minutes as I’m on long-term disability from a spinal injury at work — so, one of the few  hobbies I can still do was go fishing for an hour or an hour and a half at a time.

I absolutely love this rod,  it’s in beautiful condition and is smooth as silk.

Editor’s note: Greenfield Pond is a new expansion water in the Community Fishing Program and is located  in Greenfield Park at 4105 E. Diamond Ave. in Mesa.

 

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