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Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

With the steady rain or snow in many regions, predicted to continue through Saturday, the best bets might be catching a dry window at your local Community fishing water for some “incentive” trout, or plan something for next weekend. This time of year fishing can be fruitful if anglers remember one general key: slow your presentations. See more tips in the full report.

If we get a milder spat of sunny winter weather (maybe next weekend), we have two fairly shallow lakes that tend to heat up fast because they are like two big solar bowls in the desert. The first is Alamo Lake west of Wickenberg. The other is Lake Havasu. Havasu has a larger mass than Alamo, but also a larger variety of sport-fish species as well. Alamo has something that draws a lot of winter visitors — crappie.

This influx of rains could boost spring fishing action (and be advantageous for quail hunting next year). At high run-off lakes such as Roosevelt, boaters at both ends of the lake much go slowly and watch for debris.

See a winter trout stocking schedule, maybe grab a fishing license online — you can get them 24/7 and go “Fish AZ.”

Catch of the Week

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Richard J.’s son caught this 16-inch rainbow trout at Red Mountain Lake, a Community Fishing Program water in Mesa, on green PowerBait.  “My 4-year-old son literally asks me every day if we can go fishing,” Richard said. “Of course the answer is ‘yes.'”

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Public fishing events

Free fishing clinics, loaner rods are provided, bait is free, and no license is required to those who register during event hours.

Saturday, Jan. 28 — Family Fishing Day, 8 a.m. – noon, Red Mountain Lake (7745 E. Brown Rd., Mesa).

The lake will be stocked prior to the event with 420 pounds of trout.

See the full schedule

Nets and waders: Working for you

This new section will periodically show what our fisheries biologists have been doing in the field to improve fishing in Arizona.

Despite low water level,
Alamo Lake fish populations thriving
Largemouth bass from a fall survey.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department has completed its annual fall electrofishing trend survey of Alamo Lake in December. Despite some of the lowest water levels since Alamo Lake was constructed in 1968, the fish population is doing well.  The physical condition of largemouth bass appears to have improved during the past several years.

A large number of young-of-year and age-1 largemouth bass were captured in the 2016 survey – we hope these fish will provide a bright future for the lake’s largemouth bass fishery.

All of the fish were collected, weighed, measured, and released unharmed.  A total of 2,891 were captured in 16 survey stations, of which 255 were largemouth bass.  The largest sampled was 19.9 inches and 4.6 pounds.  Forage fish (threadfin shad, blue tilapia, and bluegill) comprised 89 percent of the total catch and should provide abundant food for the lake’s sportfish.

Stocking report

Rainbow trout

Thursday, Jan. 12 — Colorado River (Willow Beach). Read more. Wednesday, Jan. 11 and Thursday, Jan. 12 — All Community waters scheduled to be stocked with trout this week (marked with a “T” on the schedule) were stocked with larger-than-average trout. Thursday, Jan. 5 — Dankworth Ponds, Roper Lake, Cluff Reservoir # 3. Wednesday, Jan. 4 — Parker Canyon Lake.

Next week: we’re scheduled to stock the Verde River (Clarkdale to Camp Verde), Somerton Ponds, Yuma West Wetlands Pond, Pena Blanca Lake, Lower Salt River, Canyon Lake and Saguaro Lake. (Stockings at Canyon and Saguaro scheduled for this week have been moved to next week.)

See the full schedule.



Rainbow trout stocking restarts at Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery

Willow Beach, Ariz. – After a three-year hiatus, catchable-sized rainbow trout from Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery (NFH) will return to Colorado River waters downstream of Las Vegas.

The hatchery will release 2,500 rainbow trout into the cold waters below Davis Dam on Jan. 12. The trout measure up to 12 inches long.  Davis Camp and Bullhead City Park will be stocked once more in January, three times in February, four times in March, and once in April, for a total of 25,000 rainbow trout.

During the three-year hiatus of trout coming from the hatchery, the AZGFD continued stockings made possible by donations from local pest abatement districts.

Willow Beach trout stocking schedule

The Willow Beach area immediately downstream of the hatchery will be also stocked with 1,000 rainbow trout every Friday starting Feb. 3.

This weekly stocking schedule will continue year-round. See all the stocking schedules.

Rainbow trout production recently restarted at Willow Beach NFH after securing a reliable water source. A new pump and conveyance system delivers cold water to the federal fisheries facility that is needed by trout for proper growth.

Serving Arizona trout anglers


Trout stockings on the Colorado River continue. On Monday, Dec. 19, there were 5,000 pounds of rainbow trout stocked into the Colorado River in three spots from Davis Camp to Rotary Park. The next trout stocking on Jan. 12 will come from the Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery. It will be the hatchery’s first stocking in several years thanks to the completion of a new water intake system.

“It gives me no small delight to see rainbow trout come back into production at Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery,” said Dr. Benjamin Tuggle, Regional Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Southwest Region. “Many concerned folks put their shoulder to the wheel to see this through—to design and build a new water conveyance system, and jump-start trout production with fish from our state partners. The hatchery once again serves the angling public.”

The first batches of rainbow trout to be stocked were secured by a partnership with the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD). The hatchery has also started raising rainbow trout from the egg stage again.  In December of 2016, more than 110,000 rainbow trout eggs arrived from Ennis National Fish Hatchery in Montana. Those eggs have since hatched and quickly transformed into young trout to be stocked later.

About Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery

The hatchery, built in 1959, is located 12 miles downstream of Hoover Dam on the Arizona side of the Colorado River. It is one of 70 other such facilities in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Fish Hatchery System.

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Weekend Roundup: Angler Reports

Send your fishing reports and pictures to BFishing@AZGFD.gov — one that includes a photo will be featured as Catch of the Week

Here’s the latest from your fellow anglers:

Verde River

The Verde River is a lesser-known spot that has some of the best winter fishing in Arizona.
The Verde River is a lesser-known spot that has some of the best winter fishing in Arizona.

Steve G. of Flagstaff with a Sonoran sucker (23 inches, pictured) and a roundtail chub (18 inches).


Becker Lake

James B.: Went fishing last weekend at Becker. The latest (in the year) I have ever fished. There was skim ice Friday and Saturday and not fishable, but Sunday afternoon the wind and sun pushed the ice off . My buddy and I caught several in the 18-inch range and one of more than 22 inches. Using red San Juan worms and large simi seal leeches in several colors. Bald eagle was out fishing, too!

Big Lake


Mike R.: Wednesday, Dec. 14, cutthroat trout using nightcrawlers from shore.

Editor’s note: As of Monday, Big Lake was completely iced-over. This time of year, certain lakes in the high country might have certain degrees of ice cover on any given day. 


Red Mountain Lake

Digital Camera

Jim E.: This is the first keeper largemouth I ever caught at Red Mt. after about 15 years.  I had hooked a shad and ended up using it as bait and caught it. It was a nice experience for me because it was my birthday  — Monday, Dec. 12.  Not sure of the weight but someone that is familiar with bass might give an estimate from the picture. Happy Holidays.

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Weekend Roundup: Angler Reports

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

Here’s the latest from your fellow anglers (updated Nov. 17):

Frye Mesa Reservoir


Jim A.: Made a first trip to Frye Mesa reservoir on Wed., Nov. 9. Gorgeous little lake on a beautiful day. Caught and released two of these gorgeous fish. Lost another with a few more strikes. Hint: don’t follow Google map or directions on Coronado forest website.

Call Stafford ranger station — a very nice lady had perfect directions. Road easily driven with high clearance vehicle.

Saguaro Lake


David C. of Mesa: Early Sunday morning (Nov. 13), just before the sun rose on  Saguaro Lake, I hooked a really nice channel catfish that weighed in at 7.5 pounds.

Caught on a chicken liver sitting on the bottom in about 25 feet of water. I knew I had a big one right away when my pole doubled over with line stripping off my reel.

It took a minute or two to get him close enough to the surface to see the outline and that white belly, but then he took off again, straight to the bottom, stripping line away.

Three times he did this until finally we got him into the net. It was an exciting few minutes that made my day! The pic I included is poor quality but it’s the best one of the few we took. And although I’m dressed for the White Mtns, it really wasn’t all that cold out there! Thanks and best of luck on the water!


Woods Canyon Lake


Nicholas J.: Here are some pictures from our fishing trip on Thursday, Nov. 10, to Woods Canyon Lake. We caught a total of 12 all day — one of them was a tiger trout. We used PowerBait about 3.5 feet below a bobber and had good results.


Lower Salt River


Javier L.: Rainbow trout fingerling.


Show Low Lake


Brandon N.: My wife (Veronica) and I spent some time last week up in the Show Low/Pinetop area.

Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t great and it rained most of the time. My wife sat in the truck the majority of the time while I fished in the rain.

On Friday, as the storm cleared and the sun appeared through the clouds right before sunset, she decided to make a few casts with a rooster tail in-line spinner. Next thing I know I look over and she’s fighting a beautiful 16-inch rainbow trout! Highlight of the trip. It would be awesome if she made the weekend round-up!

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South meets the South with bourbon-glazed catfish recipe

So you’ve taken advantage of Mr. Whiskers’ return to community fishing waters,  caught some line-ripping cats, and bragged to some buddies.

Good. Ready to cook ’em? (The catfish.)

Here’s an alcohol-infused creation to turn your community catfish into some fine Southern dining.

View a printable recipe


Fare Afield’s Bourbon-Glazed Catfish

By Johnathan O’Dell

Serves 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

  • Four 6-ounce catfish fillets
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup bourbon whiskey
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar


  1. Place oil in a large skillet or sauté pan on medium heat. In a shallow dish, combine cornmeal and Cajun seasoning and mix well. Coat catfish fillets in seasoned cornmeal, shake off any excess and set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add bourbon and brown sugar and stir until sugar has dissolved. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes.
  3.  When the oil is hot, carefully add fillets and cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until done. Remove fillets to individual serving dishes, then spoon the bourbon glaze onto each fillet.

Originally published in the May-June 2015 issue of Arizona Wildlife Views magazine, this recipe was included in the “Drink With a Fish” article that was just awarded an Award of Merit in the Food Feature category from the International Regional Magazine Association.

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Haven’t caught community catfish yet? See how to create community and catch some AZ catfish.

Fall fishing is official with Saturday’s Silver Creek opener

Sun-up at Silver Creek can be a fishing adventure of a lifetime.
Sun-up at Silver Creek can be a fishing adventure of a lifetime.


Fall fishing in Arizona doesn’t really kick off until the catch-and-release season at Silver Creek. This scenic, White Mountains trout fishing classic is great for beginners and experts. 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.

Silver Creek is also one of the best winter fishing options in AZ.

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.

Silver Creek is located east of Show Low about 5 miles on Highway 60. Turn north off 60 onto Bourdon Ranch Road for five miles to Hatchery Way Road. Turn east on Hatchery Way Road for 1 mile to where you can park at the Silver Creek Hatchery. Then simply follow the signs.

A salute to wounded veterans

This day also includes a wounded veterans fly fishing event through Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing. Although Silver Creek is open to the public, the event is a for closed group.


The upper section of Silver Creek opens Saturday, Oct. 1, and that means some big trout that haven’t seen a fly or lure since spring.


How to fish Silver Creek

Try small lures such as Mepps, Rooster Tails, and Panther Martin spinners.  Fly-fishers may want to try wooly worms, wooly buggers, peacock ladies, prince nymphs, zug bugs, shrimp patterns, midge patterns, and small bead head nymphs.

Again, hooks must be barbless.

Don’t forget a fishing license that helps conserve wildlife.

See more information about fishing in Arizona.

Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

Anglers are slogging down the home stretch of summer, water temperatures are peaking (90 degrees at Bartlett Lake last weekend), and that means fishing can get a bit trickier.

Trout are generally deep. The summer trout stocking season is starting to wind down, so get ’em while you can. If the weather holds, we will have stocked about 25,000 rainbow trout in Kinnikinick Lake, located southeast of Flagstaff, by the end of this week. Try lures to catch these fresh stockers.

Largemouth bass at many desert lakes are not always in the mood for reaction baits. See about how to beat the summertime bass blues.

Taking the family fishing? Try heading to Show Low and putting the kids on crawdads and sunfish. See a how-to video on catching both.

Hot desert nights are made for bottom dwelling catfish and carp. Relax on the shoreline, wet a line with some stink bait, corn or both, watch the sky for meteor showers, and hook into Mr. Whiskers at the same time.

Don’t forget to send your angler reports and photos to BFishingAZGFD.gov.

Grab a license online (that helps conserve all species of wildlife, not to mention provides funding that goes back into fishing opportunities) and go.

Stocking report

Rainbow trout

Wednesday, Aug. 17 — Show Low Creek.; Tuesday, Aug. 16 — Dogtown Reservoir.; Monday, Aug. 15 — Kinnikinick Lake, Dogtown Reservoir, City Reservoir, Silver Creek, West Fork Little Colorado River-Greer, Canyon Creek, Kinnikinick Lake.

Channel catfish

Thursday, Aug. 18 — Dead Horse Lake, Lynx Lake.

Read more.



Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

Let’s get right to some weekend Reel Deal hot spots (click on the lake for Google map directions):

Wet Beaver Creek is a bit off the "beaten trail" but an outdoors paradise for trout anglers.
Wet Beaver Creek is a bit off the “beaten trail” but an outdoors paradise for trout anglers.

Rainbow trout

Kinnikinick Lake. It’s being stocked with thousands of rainbow trout. This excellent fishery 38 miles southeast of Flagstaff is usually just stocked with brown trout in the fall. So far this week, thousands of rainbows have been stocked. More are coming next week.

Wet Beaver Creek. An angler reported fishing to be “unbelievably good” with consistent action on smaller bass.

Show Low Lake/Show Low Creek. Families can get some crayfish and stocked trout from the creek, just downstream of the lake, and then some of the large “supercatchable” trout from the lake that will be stocked this week.  Fish 10-15 feet below the surface.

Striped bass

Lake Mead, Lake Powell and Lake Pleasant. It’s still a decent moon  phase (first quarter, headed toward full) to drop submersible lights (and anchovies) at night. At Powell, an angler reported dropping spoons for shad in 40-80 feet of depth and hooking up with smallmouth bass, walleye and catfish, too. Top-water boil action is good, too. Read how to fish striper boils.

Largemouth bass

Saguaro, Apache, Canyon lakes. Go get some big bass. Marissa Mandigo this week caught the above 7-pound, 15-ounce bass at Saguaro on a nightcrawler. Most angler try deep diving crankbaits, or plastic worms Texas-rigged or with a dropshot.


Roosevelt Lake. Additional water has boosted action for these speckled beauties. Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods reported: “ … most crappie anglers are fishing vertically using a John-Deere colored 2″ grub-tail in 20 to 25 feet deep water. A 1/8 ounce jig-head hook creates a slow fall rate which crappie like. Crappie will be in schools during this time of year near brush or rock structure. The size of the schools can very, so anglers may need to find another school if the bite in one area begins to slow.”

Mr. Flattie
Mr. Flattie

Flathead catfish

Bartlett Lake. For flatties, it’s hard to beat Bartlett this time of the year. Try live bluegill or small carp as bait. Look for the deeper holes, especially up-lake where there is a little current. For bluegills, try the backs of rocky coves using nightcrawlers or meal worms on light tackle.


Parker Canyon Lake. Bluegill, anybody? Reports on this tasty sunfish are excellent.  The lake is 6.06 feet below the spillway so .boaters should use caution on the ramp.

There’s a few. Maybe you’ll stake out your own hot spot this weekend.

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


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photo by @Chrisbilley
photo by @Chrisbilley

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Editor’s note: This Instagram photo of a largemouth bass was reportedly caught at a Phoenix-area canal.

Angler Reports

(Send fishing photos and reports to BFishing@AZGFD)

WetBvrCrkTroutWet Beaver Creek
A little off the beaten path, but I fished Wet Beaver Creek Saturday and it was unbelievably good. Mostly small (4-8 inches) bass, but constant fish all morning.

Thanks for keeping up the reports!

Lake Mead (south cove)
MeadStripersRay P.: Ray and Dave caught over 175 Stripers Monday, Aug 8 under a quarter-moon. We actually ran out of anchovies before the fish stopped biting! Great fun!


Stocking report

Rainbow trout

Tuesday, Aug. 9 — Rose Canyon Lake, Silver Creek, Kinnikinick Lake.; Monday, Aug. 8 — Kinnikinick Lake,  Goldwater Lake (upper), West Fork Little Colorado River-Greer, Oak Creek; Friday, Aug. 5 — East Verde River, East Fork Black River, Canyon Creek, Willow Springs Lake, Woods Canyon Lake; Thursday, Aug. 4 — Tonto Creek, Haigler Creek. Read the full stocking report.



A great AZ fishing guide: 8 characteristics

Many anglers can benefit from an educational trip with a professional guide.

So what makes for a “Great Guide”? There are many in Arizona, and they can make you a better angler with one trip on the water.

Do your research, ask around, and check out these eight characteristics of a Great Guide:

Great guides are safe guides

You can’t enjoy yourself if you don’t feel safe. A Great Guide will keep track of weather patterns and not take you out on the water during a bad monsoon.

Last year an angler told me about a guide who took them on a trip where he felt uncomfortable with the waves and weather. The more time a guide has spent on the lakes and rivers in Arizona, the safer the customer will be.

Pro Staff guides have the necessary experience for keeping you safe.

A great AZ fishing guide considers conditions — and the well-being of the client — before risking heading out into the water.

Attention, hut: conditions, fish, angler

Concentration is the hallmark of a Great Guide. He’ll be sitting on the edge of his seat, focused on every aspect of the fishing conditions in front of him. He will not be kicked back with his feet propped up like he is on vacation.

A Great Guide watches your rod tip. How it moves tells him what is happening to your bait or lure. How fish react, or don’t react, to lures and baits tells him even more.

A Great Guide treats his clients like royalty. He rigs their tackle, baits their hooks, nets their fish, takes the fish off the hook, and maneuvers the boat into optimum position over each fishing hole. The reason a Great Guide does all of these things for his clients is because he can do it faster and better. This results in more quality fishing time for the client in a day’s time.

Pro Staff guides also frequently cast for the client because they get the bait in the optimum zone for any condition.

Get an attentive guide.

A water-wise guide

There are many levels of fishing experience. The test of a Great Guide is whether or not he can fish any time of year in any weather and water condition. A Great Guide can typically catch fish in low water, high water, or muddy water.

A guide will explore and map out many spots on a lake and expose the client to various locations/options on a trip. A guide should never start up the motor, move 100-200 yards, and fish from the marina all day. I’ve seen guides who turn their motor over for 1 minute, then turn it off — just so they could move to a different marina and tie off to a public dock and fish. Meanwhile, the client is fishing next to unpaid anglers on the dock and never seeing the lake at all.

If anglers wanted that experience they can do it for free and park the truck at the marina … and save money.

Barry Worman, moderator of Arizona Striper Fishing Facebook page, with a largemouth bass from Lake Pleasant.

Spare the “celly”

Great Guides always give their undivided attention to the clients in their boats at all times. This means not talking on cell phones unless it is absolutely necessary. A Great Guide saves his business and personal calls for when your fishing trip has ended.

There are times Pro Staff guides might call each other for hot fishing tips.

A Great Guide is focused on the elements — not the voice in the phone.

A positive, fun atmosphere

Fishing is fun and the atmosphere on the boat should always be positive — no matter how many fish you’re catching.

Fishing is fun — it should stay that way on a guided trip.

Fish in the net: a strategy

You can’t say you caught it until it’s in the net. A Great Guide is a good coach — not a drill sergeant. He’ll talk you through the moves you need to make when you’ve hooked a big one.

He’ll coach you through rod position, tell you when to let the fish run, when to fight it with line pressure, and how to steer the fish away from obstacles.

By paying close attention, and by using the boat motor and current to his advantage, a Great Guide can increase or lighten your line pressure. Once the fish is close enough to net, a Great Guide knows how to dip the net into the water without spooking the fish or knocking it off your line. They make it look easy.

Boat positioning

Getting you on the right spot means you’ll get the best possible fishing action.

A Great Guide can do this all day. When drifting in high water, the challenge is getting bait down to the fish. As you drift across the river bed, the depth of the water changes from shallow to deep, and back to shallow. A Great Guide knows the lakes and rivers well. And so can follow constant changes in water levels.

Lake Pleasant, for example, by the end of summer, will be 100 feet lower as compared to mid-spring. That has a huge impact on the fish and a guide will understand the pumping and releasing of water in these waterways.

Boat positioning is one of the most underrated aspects of successful fishing. Find a guide who is experienced at maneuvering a boat.

Your fishing money’s worth

Just like anything else in this world, you get what you pay for (in most cases). Do your homework. What’s the guide’s reputation? Will the guide clean the fish after a catch and give you fresh dinner in a bag? Are there any amenities on the boat that you require?

Do the math, shop and compare – all that common sense smart-shopping.

The main goal of Arizona Striper Fishing is to educate and provide the knowledge to empower anglers to have success on their own.

So get out there and turn your money into fishing memories — the smart way.

Tight Lines!

Barry Worman is the moderator of the Arizona Striper Fishing Facebook page.

Arizona fishing report: Top-5 Reel Deal weekend spots

Largemouth bass fishing has been good at Lake Mead early in the morning. Try summertime go-to bass techniques: dropshots, Texas rigs, and, if you see top-water boils, a top-water plug such as a Zara Spook.


School’s about to be back in session – time for a final fishing excursion.

Sporadic rain is predicted for high country areas this weekend, and desert regions don’t look like they’ll get some much-needed saturation until early next week. Hit the high country and catch trout just before a storm creeps through. Here’s some good bets:

Top-5 AZ weekend fishing spots

  1. Big Lake. Cutthroats have been biting on and off, there are plenty excellent campground amenities, but you’ll want a boat because trout are deep. It was just stocked this week with rainbow trout.
  2. Lake Powell. Looking to really get away? Powell, spanning southern Utah and northern Arizona,  has around 1,700 miles of shoreline.  An angler can catch striped bass, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass and walleye. As Wayne Gustaveson pointed out, go north for top-water bites.

    Lake Powell is one of the country's most scenic lakes.
    Lake Powell is one of the country’s most scenic lakes.
  3. Woods Canyon Lake. A family fishing mecca. Woods has been stocked with tiger trout. For a novice angler – or for a kid’s first fish – try putting a small piece of a worm on a small hook (No. 12 or smaller) and dangle it in shallow water between rocks.
  4. Dogtown Reservoir near Williams. Fishing is still good at Dogtown and there are plenty of shaded areas on the north side of the lake.
  5. Lake Mead. Fish at night. Mead (at top) has been “en fuego” for striper fishing. See some striper fishing tips for boils. Anglers also have been catching some healthy bass early in the morning.

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

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photo by Mitchell Mahone3

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Editor’s note: On Twitter, the angler said this pike was 17.9 pounds and was taken July 9  from Ashurst Lake. Please remove all northern pike. In some cases, fish like northern pike have been illegally stocked and have had detrimental impacts to trout fishing and native fish populations.  Remember: do not transport live fish or bait. Illegal stocking is a big problem and impacts the department’s efforts to manage the state’s fisheries.

Angler Reports


Trail Side Park (Phoenix)


Manny M.: July 20 — my nephew Mario (using a worm lure) caught these tilapia.

Lake Mead

Mead_1.jpgRay P. & Leon E. had a great night of striper fishing July 26 landing 120 of the Silversides in about 6 hours!

Lake Pleasant

PlezAnglerReport_1.jpegDan R.: Striper fishing was excellent Saturday night at Lake Pleasant — lost count of how many fish we caught. Here is a picture of the biggest of the night.

Greenfield Park, Mesa


Dan G.: Holden Gurka, 9, of Mesa, Arizona has caught many fish on worms, bread and hot dogs — but never on a lure. That all changed the other day while fishing in Mesa, when he reeled in two bass on the same lure!?! Talk about 1st times!! He will remember this day for the rest of his life! Way to go Holden!

AZ stocking report

Rainbow trout

Wednesday, July 27 Chevelon Canyon Lake; Tuesday, July 26 — Big Lake, River Reservoir, Tunnel Reservoir; Monday, July 25 — Canyon Creek, Big Lake. Silver Creek, West Fork Little Colorado River-Greer; Friday, July 22 –– East Verde River,  Canyon Creek, Willow Springs Lake, Silver Creek, East Fork Black River, Chevelon Canyon Lake; Thursday, July 21 — Tonto Creek, Christopher Creek, Haigler Creek, Bear Canyon Lake; Wednesday, July 20 — Willow Springs Lake, Woods Canyon Lake, Rose Canyon Lake, Show Low Creek, Lynx Lake.