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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: Nov. 30, 2017

Top picks this week are trout-stocked waters such as Goldwater Lake, Lower Salt River, Frances Short Pond or Community waters.

Other good trout reports this week have come from Fain Lake in Prescott and Lower Lake Mary in Flagstaff.

Bass fishing has been reported as excellent at Roosevelt Lake and Lake Pleasant. Jigging spoons is a technique that has picked up and will continue to be an effective way to hook bass in deeper water through the winter. These spoons mimic falling shad. Bass will be feeding relatively heavily until water temperatures fall into the low 50s and bass metabolism slows. Water temperatures recently have reached the low- to mid-60s at Bartlett Lake and Roosevelt Lake.

Good crappie reports have come from Roosevelt and Apache lakes with large schools in 20- to 50-foot depths, usually near cover. Alamo Lake should be excellent for crappie, too.

Catch of the Week

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

Lower Lake Mary

Steve S., along with his son Jed, son-in-law Riley, and four grandkids, caught these 11 rainbows in less than 2 hours on Saturday after Thanksgiving Day.

Biggest was 17 inches, then 16.5 “, 16”, 15.5”… nothing smaller than 13”. Biting on worms on bottom and bobbers.

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

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

“Core” Community waters. See the latest Community news regarding waters that will not be stocked this week.

Previous stockings

Rainbow trout

Tuesday, Nov. 21 — “Phoenix/Maricopa area expansion and custom waters” ; Verde River (middle), Cluff Reservoir #3, Roper Lake, Dankworth Ponds, Tempe Town Lake, Patagonia Lake.  Monday, Nov. 20 — Dead Horse Lakes, Oak Creek.

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

Town of Gilbert – Youth Fishing Day. 8 a.m. – noon. Freestone Pond 1045 E. Juniper Ave. Gilbert.

See a full events schedule.

SEE THE FULL REPORT

Arizona Fishing Report: The Reel Deal

Planning a Thanksgiving day trip with family? Rainbow trout are back in Community fishing waters. On Tuesday afternoon, more than 1,000 pounds of trout were stocked into Tempe Town Lake for the annual Welcome Back the Trout event.

George Andrejko/AZGFD

Always a great day for friends and families to catch fish, learn some tips from our experts and watch the sun go down on the Tempe skyline.

George Andrejko/AZGFD

See the stocking schedules below.

Trout fishing hot in AZ high country

Andy was fly fishing Silver Creek using nymphs to catch some 20-plus-inch rainbow trout like this.

Water temperatures are prime for trout fishing. Some great action has been reported from Lower Lake Mary, Big Lake, Becker Lake,  Carnero Lake, Luna Lake, Greer lakes (see the Catch of the Week) Woods Canyon Lake, Silver Creek, and Show Low Lake.

Go before winter conditions prevail.

A Pleasant bass report

Bryan E. with a reported 3-pound largemouth bass caught Tuesday at Lake Pleasant on a top-water Whopper Plopper 130.

Lake Pleasant has been fishing extremely well with some anglers catching high numbers of white, largemouth and striped bass. Try swimbaits, spoons and Whopper Ploppers (top water). Finding schools of shad and their depth is the trick — some bass are being caught in at little as 3 feet of water and others in more than 40 feet of depth.

Other good bass fishing has been at Alamo, Bartlett Lake, Roosevelt Lake and for bigger fish, Saguaro and Canyon lakes.

At Lake Powell, water temperatures are still in the 60s. Striped bass have been feeding in shallow water as they are prone to do during October.

25% off: Catch a memory worth saving

Great news: through Dec. 1, we’re offering a 25% discount on Arizona adult general fishing licenses and community fishing licenses purchased online. And as always, youth licenses (for ages 10-17) are only $5.

This is a great time of year to get outdoors, enjoy Arizona’s spectacular weather and scenery, and spend quality time fishing with family, friends and out-of-town visitors. Invite them to experience their own Arizona outdoor adventure!

Thank you for making Arizona’s outdoor heritage a part of your life.

Catch of the Week

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

Greer lakes

Brenton Lawlor caught this 6.3-pound, 24-inch rainbow trout out of Greer lakes Saturday morning using a black-and-white jointed Rapala.

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

Frances Short Pond, Oak Creek, Dead Horse Lakes, Tempe Town Lake, Cluff Pond, Dankworth Pond, Pena Blanca Lake, Roper Lake,  “Phoenix/Maricopa area expansion and custom waters”

Previous stockings

Rainbow trout

Thursday, Nov. 16 — “Core” Community waters.  Wednesday, Nov. 15 — Lower Salt River, Lynx Lake, Goldwater Lake. Tuesday, Nov. 14 — Parker Canyon Lake, Saguaro Lake, Verde River (middle). Monday, Nov. 13 — Watson Lake, Wet Beaver Creek, West Clear Creek, Santa Fe Reservoir, Frances Short Pond.

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, Dec. 2

Town of Gilbert – Youth Fishing Day. 8 a.m. – noon. Freestone Pond 1045 E. Juniper Ave. Gilbert.

See a full events schedule.

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

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

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