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A drenched desert: slideshow from a wet and messy week

Well this has been some kind of wet and sloppy week, right?

Tempe Town Lake has reopened once again, and at most desert impoundments, rivers and creeks statewide, run-off and high flows shook our desert fisheries into a sliding chocolate milkshake.

This slideshow begins with a kayaker at Phon D. Sutton on the Lower Salt River, heads to Stewart Mountain Dam, and ends with sights from Tempe Town Lake.


CREDIT: George Andrejko/AZGFD

 

Fishing will only pick up from here, folks. Grab your gear, a license online, 24/7 if you need one, and “Fish AZ.”

How was your wet and messy week? Catch any fish? Chat us up in the comments below.

Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

Now’s the time make a strategic plan to set that state record. See where we think the next AZ state record might come from.

Snow melt is still finding its way into lakes such as Bartlett Lake, where on Wednesday surface water temperatures ranged from 49-51 degrees — too cold even for crappie to move in shallow.

Waters are muddied and stained at Bartlett Lake. Waters temperatures Monday were 49-51 degrees. The lake is 75% full.
Waters are muddied and stained at Bartlett Lake. Waters temperatures Monday were 49-51 degrees. The lake is 75% full.

But we are on the cusp of some great fishing. Lakes such as Alamo and Bartlett remain stained and muddied, but with a week or two of sunny, calm weather, rods will be bending.

Crappie anglers might have to wait a couple more weeks until action picks up for these panfish delights – they remain deep at most lakes and mostly inactive. Similar deal with bass.

Meanwhile, it’s still trout time in Community waters. Some big trout have been hooked (and hopefully cooked) the past few weeks. Hot spots seem to be Desert Breeze Lake in Chandler, Tempe Kiwanis and Surprise Lake.

Silver Creek in the White Mountains is fishing great for big trout if you can stand the beard-frosting cold and can find the right holes:

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See a winter trout stocking schedule, maybe grab a fishing license online — you can get them 24/7 — and go “Fish AZ.” Your purchases support wildlife conservation (we do not receive state tax dollars) — so thanks!

Catch of the Week

(Send your Angler Reports to BFishing@AZGFD.gov – one will be featured as Catch of the Week)

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Karrie R. caught this 22-pound flathead catfish from shore at Lake Pleasant on Thursday, Jan. 26 using a dropshot rig with a worm. “It was definitely cold,” she said, “but worth the catch! Also caught an 8-pound carp and 3-pound channel catfish.”

See all the Angler Reports

Free public fishing events

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

Saturday, Feb. 4 — Youth Family Fishing Day, 9 a.m. – noon, Anthem Community Park (41703, N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy.)

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.

Our fish biologists conserve wildlife, provide sport-fish opportunities — and sometimes snowmobile! This video shows Jan. 25 surveys to Big, Crescent and Lee Valley lakes in the White Mountains.

Biologists checked dissolved oxygen levels under the ice at Lee Valley and Crescent to predict a fish die-off due to low oxygen. Ice conditions were checked on all lakes, and ice was unsafe, especially at Big Lake.

Stocking report

Rainbow trout
Thursday, Jan. 26 and Friday, Jan. 27 — Canyon Lake,  Saguaro Lake, all “core” waters except Rio Vista, as well as Patterson Ponds, and Green Valley lakes. Tuesday, Jan. 24 — Pena Blanca Lake, Council Ave. Pond, Yuma West Wetlands Pond. Monday, Jan. 23 — Lower Salt River, Verde River (middle).

Next week: We’re scheduled to stock Deadhorse Lakes, Goldwater Lake, Canyon Lake, Cluff Pond, Dankworth Pond, Pena Blanca Lake, Fortuna Pond and Redondo Pond.

See the full schedules.

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Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

For six months, nights were becoming longer, peaking Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 3:44 a.m. The first day of winter.

As we cross that peak and daytime gradually lengthens toward spring, it’s time to focus on what species and waters are best for winter fishing. First, our Community Fishing Program waters are being stocked with trout. See the schedule.

We have some new fishing regulations coming into effect Jan. 1 — see the details.

Also, be sure to check the ADOT website for road conditions before traveling this weekend. Ice fishing is not recommended due to unstable conditions of ice. Please be cautious – we consider all ice unsafe.

I’ll be out of the office until Jan. 3 and there won’t be a fishing report next week. But be sure to check-in here next Wednesday night — we’ll discuss how to beat the winter striper fishing blues.

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.

lmbWe recently conducted our annual electrofishing survey on the backwaters of the Imperial Division of the Colorado River to gather data on relative abundance, size, growth of fish and to detect any large-scale changes in the fish population.

The largemouth bass population appears to be doing well – the largest sampled was 23.9 inches and 9.5 pounds. More than 20 percent of the largemouth bass captured during the survey were 15 inches or larger. A high number of young-of-the-year largemouth were sampled as well – possibly an indication for a future robust population in this area.

A total of 2,235 fish were sampled at 17 survey stations — including 206 largemouth bass. Other species collected included bluegill and redear sunfish, black crappie, warmouth sunfish, threadfin shad, gizzard shad, blue tilapia, common carp, striped bass, flathead catfish, and channel catfish.

Give the gift of fishing

Need a last-second gift idea? Buy a license online, 24/7, and get a license for family or friends. (A $5 youth combo hunt/fish license makes for a great stocking stuffer).

Stocking report

Tuesday, Dec. 20 — Cluff Reservoir, Roper Lake, Dankworth Ponds.

Monday, Dec. 19 — Deadhorse Lake, Verde River (middle), Fain Lake, Saguaro Lake, Colorado River (3 spots from Rotary Park to Davis Camp).

Thursday, Dec. 15 — Lower Salt River.

Wednesday, Dec. 14 — “Core” Community fishing waters, Patterson Ponds (St. Johns), Patagonia Lake.

See the schedule.

Catch of the Week

Send your Angler Reports to BFishing@AZGFD.gov
one will be featured as Catch of the Week

 

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Jim E. with the first keeper largemouth bass he’s caught at Red Mountain lake after 15 years of fishing this lake east of Mesa.

See all the Angler Reports

 

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 funds for fishery conservation, boating access, and aquatic education.

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Arizona Fishing Report: The Reel Deal

Days are getting shorter, air temperatures are cooling, and with the transition into fall, it can be a bit difficult to pinpoint the exact location of fish. In general, keep moving. Cover a lot of water, and try different areas of the water column and various bait presentations.

Or just go get some trout. Winter stockings have already begun for rainbows. We just stocked Davis Dam on the lower Colorado River (Senator McCain helped!). They’re coming to some of the prime Phoenix and Tucson-area lakes beginning the first week of November.

See the schedule.

Also, as we head into November, keep an eye on water temperatures in the high country. Each year, trout fishing picks up dramatically in the White Mountains when water temperatures are in the low-to-high 50s (depending on elevation). This is the ideal temperature range for trout and they will be actively trying to add weight before the onset of winter. Because there will be little difference between surface water temperature and water temperature in deep water, trout will be found at any depth.

Fishing in Arizona just got a boost with a big stocking of rainbow trout into the lower Colorado River at Davis Dam. These trout can be caught on a variety of lures and baits -- many anglers wait a week before heading to their favorite pocket on the river.
Fishing in Arizona just got a boost with a big stocking of rainbow trout into the lower Colorado River at Davis Dam. Senator John McCain, left, helped. These trout can be caught on a variety of lures and baits — many anglers wait a week before heading to their favorite pocket on the river.

By the way, let’s remember a reason that supporting conservation of all species of wildlife in Arizona is so crucial. The Arizona Game and Fish Department believes that future generations should have the same recreational opportunities, and the same abundance of memory-etching wildlife, that we do. We do not receive state tax dollars. So we rely on your participation, such as license sales and stuff like I Support Widlife memberships (includes real-time stocking updates and a great mapping app).

Then all you have to do is fish or engage in shooting sports or get out on a hunt — not a bad deal.

Grab a license online, 24/7 (and help conserve all species of wildlife).

Upcoming free fishing events

Saturday, Nov. 5 — Chandler Safety Days, 8 a.m. – noon. Veterans Oasis Park, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler.

AZ stocking report

Channel catfish

Friday, Oct. 14 — Friendship Park Pond, Bonsall Park, Roadrunner Lake, Eldorado Lake, Evelyn Hallman Pond, McQueen Pond, Discovery Park, Dave White Pond, Pacana Park, Redondo Lake, Fortuna Pond, Yuma West Wetlands Pond, Council Ave. Pond.

Rainbow trout

Tuesday, Oct. 4 — Salt River, Mingus Lake; Monday, Oct. 3 — Watson Lake, Lynx Lake, Wet Beaver Creek, West Clear Creek; Saturday, Oct. 1 — Silver Creek.

See the full schedule.

 

Black Canyon Lake road/parking lot closure extended

The access road and parking areas at Black Canyon Lake closure to all vehicle traffic for a paving project has been extended to Oct. 29.  Pedestrian access to the lake’s shore is allowed, but parking is not allowed on the adjacent, maintained forest service roads.

READ THE FULL REPORT

Arizona Fishing Report: The Reel Deal

Bass anglers: some steady weather has finally graced Phoenix-area waters, and this could be a break-out week for largemouth bass fishing at all Salt River-chain lakes, as well as Bartlett Lake.

Try jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, crankbaits and top-water plugs during sun-up and sundown, and go to Texas rigs and dropshots after the sun breaks higher on the horizon. This full moon will only help bass in their nighttime predatory endeavors.

Last week’s report detailed just how many fish we’ve been stocking into many Mogollon Rim and White Mountains lakes.

We’re also stocking the lower Colorado River below Davis Dam this week with trout.

Anchovies are just one bait that Community Fishing Program channel catfish will chomp.
Anchovies are just one bait that Community Fishing Program channel catfish will chomp in Arizona.

Do you have a go-to bait for catfish in Community fishing waters? See our top 5.

 

Also, grab a license online, 24/7 (and help conserve all species of wildlife).

Upcoming free fishing events

Saturday — Fishing clinic, 2 – 6 p.m., sponsored by North Tempe Neighborhood Association. Pond will be socked with catfish prior to the event. No fishing license required for those who register at event. Free poles available for loan. Bait provided.

Tuesday, Nov. 22 – Welcome Back the Trout to Tempe Town Lake, 4-6 p.m.

Angler Reports

(Send your reports to BFishing@azgfd.gov)
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Silver Creek
Robert L.: Caught these guys last weekend.

AZ stocking report

Catfish
Friday, Oct. 7 — All “core” waters. 

Rainbow trout
Tuesday, Oct. 4 — Salt River, Mingus Lake; Monday, Oct. 3 — Watson Lake, Lynx Lake, Wet Beaver Creek, West Clear Creek; Saturday, Oct. 1 — Silver Creek.

See the full schedule.

SEE THE FULL REPORT

Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

Fall fishing means crankbaits, top-water lures, buzzbaits and jigs are drawing increasingly more bass strikes.

This is the also time for flathead catfish. At Bartlett Lake, in particular, they’re roaming the waters looking for meals to add some winter fat. Check out a video that includes how-to information for flathead newbies:

 

Here are some more highlights:

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.
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.

 

A fishing license in AZ

Good to time purchase or renew that fishing license before the fall fishing frenzy — get one online, which helps conserve all species of wildlife, and get ready for fall fishing galore.

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Silver Creek is one of the best winter trout fishing spots in the state.

Catch-and-release Silver Creek trout fishing opens Oct. 1

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. Read more.

Upcoming free fishing clinics

Saturday — Free fishing clinic about fall fishing in northern Arizona, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Kinnikinick Lake.
Saturday — Family Fishing Even at Pena Blanca Lake, off SR 289, Nogales, 8 a.m. – noon.

Stocking report

Catfish

Thursday, Sept. 22 — Lynx Lake, Deadhorse Lake, Surprise Lake, Rio Vista Pond, Pioneer Lake, Cortez Lake, Steele Indian School, Encanto Lake, Desert West Lake, Alvord Lake, Kiwanis Lake, Desert Breeze Lake, Veterans Oasis, Copper Sky, Red Mountain Lake, Riverview Lake, Papago Ponds, Chaparral Lake,  Evelyn Hallman, (TUCSON) Kennedy Lake, Lakeside Lake, SIlverbell Lake, Sahuarita Lake.

Rainbow trout

Friday, Sept. 23 — River Reservoir, Canyon Creek, Willow Springs Lake, Frances Short Pond, Silver Creek; Tuesday, Sept. 20 — Lynx Lake, Woods Canyon Lake; Monday, Sept. 19 — Kinnikinick Lake, Silver Creek, Canyon Creek; Friday, Sept. 16 — Canyon Creek, Willow Springs Lake, Colorado River (Davis Dam); Thursday, Sept. 15 — Tonto Creek.

Our winter trout stockings will be ramping up! See the schedule.

Can’t forget the cats. In our Community Fishing Program waters, channel catfish are back. Check out our CFP stocking schedule.

See all stocking schedules.

Angler Reports

(Send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@AZGFD.gov)

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Michael W.: Caught and released 28 rainbow trout, ranging from 7-16 inches, on Sept. 19. Trout are extremely aggressive. Caught all fish on 1.5-inch crappie tubes in 2 hours!

Goldwater Lake (Prescott)

Michael W.: Caught two Gila trout, ranging from 2.5-2.6 pounds, on Sept. 14. Caught fish on 1.5-inch crappie tubes. You can still see an occasional Gila trout darting up to the surface and back down again. They look to be in the 3 -4-pound range.

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 funds for fishery conservation, boating access, and aquatic education.

NOTE: Full report will be updated Friday, Sept. 30

Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

Feels like fall-time fishing at high country classics such as Big Lake, where elk are bugling and fall leaves are turning a light yellow as trout become a bit more active.

Down in the desert on Thursday, catfish returned to Community fishing waters. One stocking truck started at waters such as Sahuarita Lake:

Community fishing stocking at Sahuarita lake in Arizona.
Community fish stockings in Arizona extend from Payson south to this scenic urban spot — Sahuarita Lake.
Another, on a Phoenix-area run, hit waters such as Rio Vista Pond in Peoria:

 

The Community catfish stocking route included all “core” waters from Sahuarita to Surprise. Catfish typically are caught on the bottom suing a hook-and-sinker setup using strong-smelling baits such as liver, as well as worms, hot dogs shrimp, cheese, dough balls, and so on.

Fishing clinics are breaking out statewide, seasonal fisheries are opening, and anglers up for a “cast and blast” can rejoice in the opening of fall hunting seasons.

The winter trout stocking schedule is out, too.

Striped bass fishing has been excellent at Lake Pleasant. See some striped bass recipes.

Largemouth and striped bass bites are getting more frequent. As desert temperatures drop a bit, go to fall fishing techniques such as top-water lures at sun-up and sundown as well as jerkbaits and crankbaits. Look for shad popping on the surface as they’re being pursued by hungry bass, and cast beyond the surface boils and reel back into the frenzy.

A recent stringer of stripers caught at Lake Pleasant.
A recent stringer of stripers caught at Lake Pleasant.
Summer trout stockings are coming to an end, but there is some great trout fishing at high elevation lakes such as Kinnikinick Lake (southeast of Flagstaff, where as of Sept. 20 we have stocked about 43,000 rainbow trout and 10,000 brown trout) and Big Lake, where trout having begun to feed on the surface more often.

The weekend also marks the opening of fall small game hunting seasons – quail season begins Friday, Sept. 30. Head to Flagstaff Oct. 1 for a fishing clinic that also will include small game hunting tips.

Good to time renew that fishing license. Get one online, which helps conserve all species of wildlife, and get ready for some fall fishing glory.

Fishing in Arizona hits peak with
Oct. 1 opening at Silver Creek

This opening has become a festival of sorts and the public is invited. This seasonal fishery is catch-and-release only.

Silver Creek is five miles east of Show Low on U.S. Route 60. Turn north off Highway 60 onto Bourdon Ranch Road for five miles to Hatchery Road. Then head east on Hatchery Road 1 mile to the Silver Creek Hatchery, park in the parking lot, and follow the signs to the creek.

Fossil Creek is a great place in AZ to take the kids this weekend.
Fossil Creek is a great place in AZ to take the kids this weekend.

Fossil Creek fishery opens Oct. 1

Calling all kids (and adults). Enjoy a unique fishing experience of catching native roundtail and headwater chub. Camping is no longer allowed. See the Coconino National Forest website for more information.

C.C. Cragin (Blue Ridge Reservoir) closed to fishing

Blue Ridge Res/CC Cragin is closed to fishing due to low water levels. All accessible water is in an area closed for the next phase of the ongoing renovation of boating access facilities. Road is closed at Rock Crossing campground.

Stocking reports

Rainbow trout

Friday, Sept. 16 — Colorado River (Davis Dam); Thursday, Sept. 15 — Tonto Creek; Wednesday, Sept. 14 — Kinnikinick Lake, Rose Canyon Lake; Monday, Sept. 12 — Canyon Creek, Mingus Lake; Friday, Sept. 9 — Willow Springs Lake, Canyon Creek.

Read more.

Upcoming free fishing clinics

Saturday — Verde River Days,   Dead Horse Ranch State Park,  675 Dead Horse Ranch Rd, Cottonwood, Ariz., 8 a.m. – noon.

Saturday, Oct. 1 — Free fishing clinic about fall fishing in northern Arizona, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Kinnikinick Lake.

Saturday, Oct. 1 — Family Fishing Even at Pena Blanca Lake, off SR 289, Nogales, 8 a.m. – noon.

See more details.

Angler Reports

(Send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@AZGFD.gov)

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Apache Lake

Jake H.: A 7.88-pound largemouth on a jig. 23 inch with 17.5 inch girth.

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Steele Indian School Pond

Ryan H. caught these big catfish on Zebco micro rods on Sunday —  days before the return of catfish to Community waters. Read his full story.

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Phoenix man nets big catfish catch Sunday

Catfish stockings to return to Community waters Thursday

 

Of all the big catfish tackle to choose, he used Zebco micro rods and 4-pound test line.

Channel catfish stockings in Community waters hadn’t even begun, but there was Ryan Handeland on Sunday at School Indian Steele Pond in Phoenix, yanking in a pair of line-zinging catfish.

Cats are coming back Thursday in many Community fishing waters, including Steele Indian School Pond, but this is more proof they can be caught year-round.

“That’s a phenomenal catch,” AZGFD Community Fishing Program specialist Joann Hill said. “Considering catfish haven’t been stocked in a little more than 3 months, and that they came out of that little pond — that’s incredible.”

Steele Indian School Pond overlooks a downtown Phoenix skyline.
Steele Indian School Pond on 300 E. Indian School Rd.  overlooks a downtown Phoenix skyline.
Here’s what the Phoenix resident — and Arizona  native — had to say about catching his two catfish limit:

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Ryan Handeland’s pre-fall stocking catfish.

So, Sunday the 18th around 12:30 p.m. I got to the pond and started setting up.

I had been there the Sunday before and caught a smaller cat and a medium cat on chicken liver. There were other fishermen there on adjacent banks the previous Sunday and I had made them jealous because I was getting lots of bites, so much so that one of the other fishermen (who was using hot dogs with no luck) said it was probably just bluegills nibbling at the bait.

I did however have two catfish on my stringer and they had none.

So the 18th I headed back out….I was using two Zebco 33 micro rods with 4-pound test Cajun line and a 6-pound leader rigged Carolina style with I believe a size 4 treble (I would have to check the hooks to be for sure on size). I cast out both lines and almost instantly started getting bites.

They were not the “normal” catfish bites. Except for a few occasions they never took the (bait) and ran. They would just tap the pole basically enough to steal the bait. You would have to catch the right “tap” to actually get a hook-set.

It took about an hour to hook the first big cat. I set the hook then realized — that’s a pretty big fish. I then instantly set the drag so that my 4-pound test wouldn’t break on one of its runs. I then began to play the fish to bring it in by slowly lifting my rod tip to vertical then dropping it and reeling up the slack. Both fish took some pretty good runs … some so big I was afraid I was going to run out of line on my little reel.

Finally after about 5 minutes for each, I tired them out enough that I could bring them in and just pick em up out of the water.
It was a lot of fun and I have not caught catfish that big in awhile.

So go get yours. Grab a license online (helping conserve all species of wildlife in the process) just in time for the fall Community catfish season.

Here’s a quick how-to video to catch Community catfish:

For more fishing information, visit our website’s fishing page.

Striped bass recipes: simple means to a tasty end

We are in one of the best times of year for striper fishing. With anglers filling their coolers with these awesome tasting fish, I thought it would be a great idea to share some cooking recipes with you.

I always get asked from anglers: what are some ways to cook these fish?

Well, here you go:

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Striped bass fillets are white meat that is flaky and tasty when cooked — just cut out the blood line in the middle before cooking.

Striper taco Tuesday

If you like fish tacos, try this recipe. Take fillets and cut them into 5-inch long and 1.5-inch wide strips. Use an egg wash (beat eggs in a bowl) to coat fish.

After coating the fish with the egg wash, bread them with a corn meal and panko bread crumbs mixture. Be sure to also season the dry mixture with some Old Bay seasoning, salt, and pepper.

Heat vegetable oil to 375- 400 degrees and make sure there is enough oil for the fillets to float. Fish should sizzle the fish hit the oil. If not your oil is not hot enough yet, pull the fish out when they are a golden color. Normally takes about 2 minutes. Make a slaw out of sliced cabbage and put it into a corn/flour tortilla. All you need now is a cold beer to go with it.

Pan-fried striper

Olive oil, rock salt, and pepper to taste.

Squeeze lemon over it while it cooks. Use as much or little as you want.

The best method is pan frying without skin. Pan fry on one side for 2-3 minutes and then the other side for 2-3 minutes (depending on thickness of filet). Make sure that pan is hot with the olive oil first to get a nice sear. When the fish starts to flake apart — it’s done.

Baked striper

Cover striper meat with olive oil or melted butter. Add a drop of lemon juice, and sprinkle with a bit of Montreal steak seasoning on a cooking sheet and bake for 5 minutes at 350 degrees. Take out of the oven and add your favorite parmesan cheese. Put back in the oven and cook for about another 2-3 minutes.

Heavenly broiled bass

  • 2 pounds striped bass fillets
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon margarine, softened
  • 3 tablespoon reduced calorie mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons chopped green onion with tops
  • 1/4 tablespoon salt
  • Dash tabasco

Place fillets in single layer on well-oiled baking pan. Combine remaining ingredients and spread mixture on fish. Broil fish 6 inches from source of heat for approximately 10 minutes, or until top
is lightly browned and fish flakes easily when tested with fork. Serves six.

Note: Be careful not to broil fish too close to heat or topping will burn before fish is done.

Here is a printable page:

Striper recipes

 

Grab a fishing license online, get some great-fighting stripers, and share these recipes (or the finished product) with your friends.

Hardly a better tasting fish in Arizona waters.

 

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

Anglers reports, June 30, 2014

Arizona angler reports, June 30, 2014

(Send your fishing reports and photos to Bfishing@AZGFD.gov)

Lake Pleasant

  • PleasantBassBarry W from Saturday, June 28: The various coves have been producing some great fishing. This time of year you will see boils for sure before sunrise and near sunset.My wife and I found a small striper boil in one of the bays nearshore (about 3-10 feet deep). Only lasted 5 minutes, but it produced a fish on every cast during the top water action.Small lures that had a flash like a silver Kastmaster, or small shad-looking crank or jerk baits worked well also.I had a blast using a white Zara Spook on the top water. I also caught a largemouth bass during the boil. Remember that all the fish are competing for those bait fish and you never know what you have until it comes to the boat.

    Once the sun went down we started fishing anchovies at the mouth of a bay. The depth was 100 feet with fish submersed at around 35-50 feet.

    Once we get father into the summer and hotter weather the fish will go deeper and the boils will be more common and luckily longer with duration. I normally like using live shad for catching striper but it’s been difficult lately. The shad have moved out from shallow water and seem to be sporadic throughout the lake which makes it tough for netting. Other fisherman have shared the same frustration with me on the lake as well regarding cast netting.

    Just one tip I wanted to share with everybody when it comes to boil fishing on Pleasant or any other lake. If you see a great top-water boil, and fellow fisherman fishing that boil, please try to do the following: never drive into the boil with your boat.

    This can risk the fish moving on and also make it difficult for other fisherman to cast into the boil area. Also try to use your trolling motor, or drift your boat to the outside edge of the boil. The noise from the boat motor can reduce the length of the boil.

    Cast your lure over the boil and work it into the feeding frenzy area. In general, silence is golden and less boat noise will generate more success with a striper boil. I hope we all get to fish these exciting boils together. Good luck fishing!

    DennisFPlezDennis F.: A party of three anglers caught about 12 stripers apiece last Sat. night during the new moon using submersible lights and anchovies. Small stripers about 30 feet deep took smaller anchovies, larger stripers 60 ft deep took larger ‘chovies. Have at ’em, y’all!

Alamo Lake

Justin G.: Went out to Alamo Lake on June 27 to fish the night. Fished the north end of the lake in the trees. Between my nephew, and my son and I, we caught about 20 decent channel catfish, 20 nice crappie, and two bass. We were fishing in roughly 30 feet of water. Catfish were caught on shrimp, crappie and bass were caught on minnows dropping to the bottom and bringing them up slowly. We were fishing under a light as well. Justin

Show Low Lake

SHowLowtroutSteve M.: My grandson Kellen was visiting from Carlsbad, Calif.

I took him to Show Low Lake and he caught these beauties in about one hour from the shore.

Saguaro Lake

Scott: A friend and I went fishing Saturday night, June 21, ended up catching six bass, one bluegill and oosing two bass at the boat. Average was about 1 pound each but the kicker went 6.5 pounds — can’t wait to get back out there and try for bigger!! All caught on Texas rigs or dropshot. Tight lines!!

Kinnikinick Lake

KinnininickinMorning(MAIN)David C. Trolled all day with cowbells/crawlers and assorted lures. I never got a hit. Other anglers were having a tough go at it as well. I love a challenge and will be back. Plus, you can’t beat the scenery!

Colorado River (Picacho State Park to Imperial Dam)

Charles S.: Water temps in the current have been around 80 to 81 degrees and lake temps have been around 85. Water levels have been a little higher than normal for this time of year, yet levels appear to be steady, vegetation near the water surfaces is noticeably less abundant than this time last year. Big bass are out in force, current fisherman can catch them pitching/flipping jigs, creatures or plastic worms. Experiment with colors and presentations, but expect to cover a lot of water as these fish are under constant pressure from anglers.

Lake fish are biting as well, although I strongly feel that the sheer numbers of resident bass in many lakes has dwindled, largely due to the catch and relocation that occurs during bass tournaments. But that’s just my personal opinion, and not the opinion of AZ Game and Fish. I fished Martinez over the weekend and shallow diving crank baits seemed to produce the better quality fish, though they were scarce. Most lakes are experiencing heavy boat traffic on the weekends and 4th of July weekend is sure to put a damper on lake fishing, as well as in the current, especially if you are planning on fishing past 9 am or the lower side of Picacho State Park.

I also caught the weigh-in for the Saturday night catfish tournament held out of Fisher’s Landing, the weigh-in was Sunday from 4:30 am to 7:00 am. I believe all fisherman weighed cats, it looked like maybe 8 or so of them being in the 15 lb. range, one angler proudly brought a near 30 pound yellow cat the scales. He walked down the ramp and released his catch into the marina after weighing in. It was also reported that the cats had a fondness for live bluegills this weekend.

Lynx Lake

LynxTroutAndy O.: Fished June 25 and caught a nice 6-8 rainbow trout. Not a lot of action, but after sunset things got a bit better. Took a pink, floating PowerBait.