Hot spots to hit this weekend:
Mogollon Rim/White Mountains waters
Trout fishing is picking up with cooler water temperatures. With fall colors drenching the landscape, elk bugling and rainbow trout being stocked, anglers would be wise to hit Woods Canyon Lake, Willow Springs Lake, Bear Canyon Lake, Knoll Lake, Chevelon Canyon Lake (brown trout are active) or Black Canyon Lake. In particular, trout fishing is picking up at Big Lake, Luna Lake, Woods Canyon Lake, Willow Springs Lake, and Show Low Lake.
Winter stockings have already begun for rainbows and it’s a great time to touch up on those fishing skills before your next trip — check out a how-to article and see the stocking reports below.
Fishing also is excellent at Show Low Creek at the Show Low Bluff trailhead and Patterson Ponds, which were both stocked with rainbow trout this week. Brown trout are active at the Greer Lakes, Chevelon Lake, and the East Fork Black River.
Community waters: trout return to Payson
Green Valley Lakes is getting its first load of trout this week. See the latest Community news.
For bass action, try reactions
Water temperature in desert impoundments such as Roosevelt Lake has dipped to the low- to mid-70s. Shad migrate to shallow water during the fall and anglers can target these schools with top-water plugs and shallow-running reaction baits.
Crappie fishing picks up at Roosevelt
Jim Goughnor of Rim Country Custom Rods said anglers are reporting improved conditions for crappie. Try targeting structure in 20 feet of water. We recently dropped hundreds of structures into the lake to improve fishing — see a video.
Fishing license reminder
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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):
Frances Short Pond in Flagstaff, Wet Beaver Creek, West Clear Creek, Fain Lake, Lynx Lake, and Parker Canyon Lake
“Core” Community waters.
Oct. 6 — Tonto Creek.
Week of Oct. 9 — Custom/expansion Community waters.
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
Derek Y. brought this group of four anglers (Aidan, Cameron, Dylan, Chelsea) and to their morning bounty of trout Monday. Check out the full story.
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.
- North Tempe Neighborhood Association and G.A.I.N. event, Evelyn Hallman Pond, Evelyn Halman Park, 1900 N. College Ave., Tempe, 2-6 p.m.
- FREE 30th Annual Catfish Rodeo & 8th Annual Nature Fair in Yuma, 7 – 10:30 a.m.: Catfish Rodeo, West Wetlands Park; ages 13 and younger with a parent (after 10:30 a.m. – Ages 10 and older must have a fishing license) For more information call: Parks and Recreation at (928) 373-5200 or Dr. Ray Corona at (928) 726-1100