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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.

 

SEE THE FULL REPORT

Arizona Fishing Report: The Reel Deal

The Autumn Equinox, or first day of fall in the northern hemisphere, is today. Accordingly, nighttime temperatures are predicted dip into the low-60s this weekend in desert regions. We’re on a new moon phase, which will be great for using submersible lights at night at striper honey holes such as Lake Pleasant, where large schools of shads are still boiling the surface as they flee from predatory striper.

This transition into fall triggers more exciting changes:

Community catfish return

Catfish were stocked Wednesday into Cortez Lake in Phoenix.
  • Channel catfish returned to the Community Fishing Program waters Wednesday — “core” waters have been stocked except Rio Vista Pond in Peoria and Steele Indian School Pond in Phoenix. See the schedule, which shows which waters are “core.”

Green light: Go Fish

  • Along with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, we’ve released a “green light” list of fish species from specific waters that may be consumed without limits — and that includes all of the channel catfish supplied for the Community Fishing Program. The “green light” list — not to be confused with daily bag limits — also includes ALL trout statewide as well as notables such as largemouth bass at Lake Havasu and flathead catfish on the Colorado River in Yuma. Read more, including the full list.

Winter trout stocking schedule

NHF Day is Saturday

  • Saturday is National Hunting and Fishing Day. Last chance to enter the NHF Day challenge and win some big prizes. Visit www.nhfday.org.

Frye Creek closed to fishing

  • Our Commission has temporarily 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.

Catch and release season at Silver Creek Oct. 1

  • On Saturday, Oct. 1, 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.

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):

Canyon Creek, Willow Springs Lake, Woods Canyon Lake, Goldwater Lake, “core” Community Fishing Program lakes.

Rio Vista Pond, Steele Indian School Pond, Francis Short Pond and Ashurst Lake have not recently been stocked.

Previous stockings

Rainbow trout

Friday, Sept. 15 — Woods Canyon Lake, Canyon Creek. Thursday, Sept. 14 — Goldwater Lake, Tonto Creek. Wednesday, Sept. 13 — Silver Creek, Colorado River.  Monday, Sept. 11 — Lynx Lake, Oak Creek. Friday, Sept. 8 — Willow Springs Lake, Woods Canyon Lake, Canyon Creek. Thursday, Sept. 7 — Tonto Creek.

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.

Canyon Lake

 

Mali caught this 6 1/2-pound largemouth bass from Canyon Lake Sept. 7 around 4 p.m on a crankbait casting to the shore with a steady retrieve in 10-25 feet of water. They were fishing close to the dam.

See previous Angler Reports

 

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, Sept. 30 — “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.

See the full schedule.

 

SEE THE FULL REPORT

Fall greetings: new waters to welcome return of Community catfish

He’s the line-ripping, whisker-faced fish with a helmet of steel. Just in time for the return of football season, fall weather, and dove hunting, channel catfish make their return to Community Fishing Program waters.

Mark the week of Sept. 18 for the return of Mr. Whiskers. Be sure to check out the latest Community stocking schedule.

Along with the first catfish stocking of the fall season, we’ll be unveiling a pair of additions to the Community Fishing Program:

Show Low Creek

Located just downstream of Show Low Lake, we’re scheduled to stock this scenic, high country creek with trout in September. (And there’s even a disc golf course nearby.)

The new addition to the Community Fishing Program is the meadow portion of the creek, downstream of Show Low Lake approximately 3 miles, starting near the Hampton Inn & Suites, and running downstream through the large open meadow to the foot bridge at Show Low Bluff Trail.

Trout will be the primary species and stocking is scheduled to occur during September, October, 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.

Note that catfish aren’t planned to be stocked into Show Low Creek until next summer.

Greenfield Pond (Mesa)

Located just north of Water Ranch Lake in Gilbert, Greenfield will be stocked with catfish for the first time in November.

Until then we’ll just be stocking forage fish into the pond to serve as a food base for the catfish. Basically, the pond is open to fishing in November.

 

How to catch Community Fishing Program catfish

First of all, all fishing and combo licenses allow the angler to fish with two poles or lines simultaneously (more than two poles may not be used at the same time). So try a couple different baits and stick to what works.

Worms, stink baits, hot dogs, liver and shrimp (anglers can get uncooked saltwater shrimp from some discount stores) all have been known to catch cats.

Try these baits on a hook and sinker setup. Find deeper holes, or fish after dark at parks that are open late.

Pick up a Community Fishing Program guidebook at all AZGFD offices, and grab a license online (Community licenses are $24, valid for 365 days from the date of purchase and conserve wildlife for future generations).

See more details on the Community Fishing Program.

Arizona Fishing Report: The Reel Deal

Top picks this week are Saguaro Lake for largemouth bass, Lake Pleasant for stripers, or one of our stocked streams in the White Mountains region for trout, 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.

Don’t forget to try the Dead Horse State Park lagoons near Cottonwood. A big largemouth bass  was caught there on Wednesday.

We have a new moon on Monday, which will make using submersible lights at night extremely effective. Surface water temperatures in desert impoundments are about as hot as they get — up to high-80s at Bartlett Lake. But they are trending downward into the low-80s at Roosevelt Lake.

Many bass have been rising to the surface for shad, but neither stay there for long, quickly dipping into a cooler, more comfortable zone (bass prefer 75-80 degrees).  Most weather forecasts call for a dry weekend, with some precipitation arriving by Monday in the high country.

Take the NHF Day challenge, win prizes

National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF Day), an annual celebration of hunters and anglers, features a new twist this year. Richard Childress, NASCAR legend and honorary chair for NHF Day, is asking hunters and anglers to participate in the new NHF Day Challenge by taking someone hunting, fishing or target shooting.

By pledging to introduce someone to the outdoors between now and NHF Day on Saturday, Sept. 23, participants will be eligible to win a Richard Childress Racing VIP race weekend package or the Ultimate Outdoor Experience in America’s Conservation Capital from Big Cedar Lodge and Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium.

To get involved in the NHF Day Challenge, visit NHFDay.org or call 417-225-1162.

Catch of the Week

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

Bear Canyon Lake

 

Shane V.’s daughter caught her first catch. “It was awesome!” Shane said. ” The kids even pulled enough crawfish out of there to have a little crawfish boil that evening as well.  Good times.  Shore fishing, we caught quite a few rainbows fishing worms on a Santee rig to keep the bait away from the crawfish.  It was a proud day.”

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

Note: Catfish return to Community waters in late September.

Previous stockings
Rainbow trout

Friday, Aug. 11 — East Verde River, East Fork Black River, Silver Creek, Woods Canyon Lake, Willow Springs Lake. Thursday, Aug. 10 — Tonto Creek, Haigler Creek. Wednesday, Aug. 9 –– Show Low Creek. Tuesday, Aug. 8 — Bear Canyon Lake, Fool Hollow Lake, Show Low Lake. Monday, Aug. 7 — Silver Creek, Dogtown Reservoir, Canyon 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

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

SEE THE FULL REPORT

Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

The Coconino National Forest has dropped to Stage I fire restrictions. Time to camp at Ashurst Lake (one of the spots where we’ve stocked some of the quarter-million more fish) or Forked Pine Campgrounds, and grill up some fresh trout like these:

This week, some other hot spots that have received trout are:

  • Dogtown Lake, Kaibab Lake, Lower Lake Mary and Kinnikinick Lake in the Flagstaff/Williams area. With the warmer weather, the fishing is starting to slow down but is still good early in the morning and late in the evening on Ashurst, Kaibab and Dogtown.  Folks are catching big trout on Lower Lake Mary early in the morning and late in the evening out of boats and float tubes;
  • Goldwater Lake and scenic Oak Creek in the Prescott/Sedona region;
  • White Mountains/Mogollon Rim region: Silver Creek, West Fork of the Little Colorado River in Greer, Silver Creek, Fool Hollow Lake, Show Low Lake, Woods Canyon Lake, Willow Springs Lake and all the family-friendly creeks below the Mogollon Rim.

Striped bass story

Striped bass fishing is excellent at Lake Powell. Some of the best top-water boils have been at Lake  Mead, and striper fishing is also good at Willow Beach on the Colorado River and Lake Mohave. The top-water striper bite at Lake Pleasant has been slow. Look for striper fishing to pick up through the summer and fall.

Bass battle at the Alamo

At Alamo Lake, things are getting back to normal with bass fishing.  There’s a decent top-water bite going from 4:30 a.m. until around 6 a.m.  Then switch to crankbaits or plastics.

By the way, Bartlett Lake has had the most consistent bass fishing in the Phoenix area.  See the full report for details.

A Big deal

At Big Lake, anglers are catching some big rainbow trout to 4 pounds primarily on PowerBait. Fish are moving deeper but anglers still can reach them from shore. It’s quality over quantity right now at Big Lake.

Gateway to AZ adventure

Save time and buy online. Grab your gear and that fishing license24/7, and get ready for a pine-scented (or maybe bass-busting) weekend!

Catch of the Week

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

Craig A. caught some big rainbow trout Wednesday morning under clear skies trolling blue cowbells deep. Another successful technique was dropping nightcrawlers right off the bottom.

See previous Angler Reports

Notable wildfire openings/closures

  • Access to Black Canyon Lake has been reopened (Gentry Fire).
  • Access to Riggs Flat Lake, Frye Mesa Reservoir and Ash Creek is closed due to the Frye Fire.
  • The popular Lynx Lake North Shore and South Shore Day Use Sites have re-opened (Goodwin Fire).  The bald eagle closure at Lynx has been lifted.

Stocking report

Rainbow trout

Friday, July 7 — East Verde River, East Fork Black River, Show Low Lake, Woods Canyon Lake, Willow Springs Lake.

Thursday, July 6 — Tonto Creek, Christopher Creek, Haigler Creek.

Monday, July 3 — West Fork Little Colorado River-Greer, Silver Creek, Canyon Creek, Cataract Lake, Goldwater Lake, Oak Creek.

SEE THE FULL REPORT

Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

Striper fishing can be average to “gangbusters” at Lake Pleasant, Lake Mead, Lake Havasu, and the Colorado River below Davis Dam. See tips on fishing boils — the action should still be great at night. This week’s full moon will make lakes easier to navigate, and arguably produce periods of better fishing.

Rainstorms are predicted for this weekend in the desert regions and early next week in the high country. — this could be the cool off needed to trigger another good trout bite. Try trout fishing just before a storm comes through.

At Kaibab Lake near Williams, the morning and afternoon bite seems to help produce a good rainbow trout bite. Try worms fished 2 feet under a bobber, or yellow garlic PowerBait.

At Ashurst Lake southeast of Flagstaff, some anglers Wednesday were catching good numbers of trout using white, brown or green PowerBait on the bottom.  Others fishing in the shallow areas of the lake were doing better than those fishing in the deep areas off of the rocky areas.

Flathead catfish are also a good bet at Pleasant, where top-water action can also be a hot spot this time of the year.

Crappie fishing should be picking up at Alamo Lake. This time of the year, nighttime anglers can catch 20-30 crappie a night by the dam using crappie lights and jigging minnows.

Don’t forget to send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@AZGFD.gov — one will be selected as Catch of the Week.

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Notable fire closures/openings

  • Due to the Gentry Fire, access to Black Canyon Lake has been reopened, as well at Forest Roads 300 and 86.
  • Access to Riggs Flat Lake is temporarily closed due to the Frye Fire.
  • Knoll Lake on the Mogollon Rim is once again open. We have not received any recent reports.

Stocking report

Rainbow trout

Friday, June 30 — East Verde River, Silver Creek, Woods Canyon Lake, Willow Springs Lake, Canyon Creek, East Fork Black River,

Thursday, June 29 — Woods Canyon Lake, Willow Springs Lake, Tonto Creek, Christopher Creek, Haigler Creek.

Wednesday, June 28 — Show Low Creek.

Tuesday, June 27 — Cataract Lake, Canyon Creek, Oak Creek.

Monday, June 26 — Silver Creek, West Fork Little Colorado River-Greer.

 

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.

Friday and Saturday — 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.

SEE THE FULL REPORT

 

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.

SEE THE FULL REPORT