Videos

Video: how to hook winter bass in AZ with a “J rig”

Meet the “J Rig.”

Gary Senft, a Bass Pro at the Mesa Bass Pro Shops, has been having tons of success catching largemouth bass with this J rig that includes No. 1 or 1/0 hook,  an O-ring, a 3/16-ounce dropshot weight, and a plastic bait such as a purple Roboworm.

This video from his YouTube channel Fishing with Gary Senft,  shot this month at Bartlett Lake in the Tonto National Forest, is 25 minutes long … but components of the rig are explained within the first couple minutes. A little studying could lead to some decent weekend bass action.

“This rig is a little different in that it’s letting that worm ride up a little higher and so it’s straighter,” Senft said. “There’s something about a worm standing straight up that fish like, and that’s what this rig does.”

Heavy rains = good news for desert impoundments

Heavy rains have helped replenish many desert lakes (Roosevelt Lake is up 14 feet during the past month) and likely knocked nutrients, bugs, creatures and worms into the water.

There are  70-degree highs and calm winds forecast in desert regions this weekend. Yep, it’s time to get a good winter bass rig ready. Consider adding the J rig to your winter bass fishing arsenal.

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Watch 665 pounds of trout shoot into Tempe Town Lake

Hundreds of anglers, many with families,  welcomed rainbow trout back for the winter stocking season at Tempe Town Lake Tuesday afternoon with a bang.

Or more like a countdown … and an explosion of trout and water through an Arizona Game and Fish Department stocking truck from our Page Springs Hatchery.

Check it out:

 

Free, and fun, family fishing

Families and community members came and watched trout being stocked — Tempe mayor Mark Mitchell even helped some kids stock a few fish:

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Then the free fishing clinic ensued. See all upcoming fishing clinics.

The event ended as the sun broke through the Tempe skyline and kids went home with smiles and memories of flopping fish.

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Trout stockings in AZ

Tuesday’s event was the first of five monthly Arizona Game and Fish scheduled trout stockings. There already were abundant populations of bass, bluegill, catfish and carp.

We’ll stock a total of about 10,000 pounds of trout into Town Lake during the winter.

See all the stocking schedules.

Also, to get a license, and to help conserve wildlife for future generations, head online, 24/7.

Video: how to catch bass in Arizona — and save money

Maybe you’re new to bass fishing in Arizona. Select your proper fishing gear with this video.

Even if you fish faithfully, and can’t get to high country, or you’re not into sliding a dropshot Roboworm into deep water, or maybe …  fishing early or deep into the night isn’t your thing, either.

This is the time to get back to basics.

Pick out that perfect gear, from rod and reel to bait and line and get ready for the fall bass fishing adventure.

Gary Senft, on his YouTube channel Fishing with Gary Senft, has this helpful video about the rods, reels, line, hooks and baits he uses to catch bass in Arizona — and how to save money doing it.

This video’s about 15 minutes, so grab a notepad, make checklist, and enjoy:

Bass fishing tips and tricks videos

If you’re learning how to bass fish in Arizona, we’ve got a toolbox of helpful videos to get you on some fish.

This is “B’Theory,” by a former local guide Mike McFarland. Wherever there are bugs, there are baitfish. Wherever there are bugs and baitfish, there are bluegill. And where there are baitfish and bluegill — there are bass:

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Be sure to add our YouTube playlist, “Fishing Tips,” which is comprised of eight bass fishing videos, to your playlist.

Good luck!

Video: AZGFD stocks 13,000 pounds of catfish April 30 into Phoenix/Tucson Community waters

Follow AZGFD’s Lisa Burton as she explains how on Thursday, April 30, 2015, she helped stocked some of the 13,000 pounds of channel catfish into the Phoenix-area “core” Community Fishing Program waters.

Tucson CFP waters also received catfish.

Core waters are: (Chandler) Desert Breeze, Veterans Oasis; (Maricopa) Copper Sky; (Mesa) Red Mountain, Riverview; (Peoria) Pioneer, Rio Vista; (Phoenix) Alvord, Cortez, Desert West, Encanto, Papago Ponds, Steele Indian School Pond; (Scottsdale) Chaparral; (Surprise) Surprise Lake; (Tempe) Evelyn Hallman Pond, Kiwanis; (Tucson) Kennedy, Lakeside, Silverbell; (Sahuarita) Sahuarita Lake.


How to catch catfish in Phoenix and Tucson community waters

Catfish are best caught using a hook-and-sinker setup and bite best in darker environments. Fish the deepest spots during the daytime and shallower areas after dark.


EncantoCatsTry 8-to-12-pound test line, size 2 to 6 baitholder hooks with worms, stink baits, hot dogs, liver or shrimp.


Community fishing licenses can be purchased for $24 and are also now included in the General Fishing and Combo Hunt/Fish licenses. These licenses help conserve wildlife and can be purchased online.

Ready for an Arizona trout bonanza at Willow Beach on the Colorado River?

Get out for Arizona trout

Expect a trout bonanza going forward at Willow Beach on the Colorado River! Check out this Cronkite News video detailing how state, county and federal officials came together to save the Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery and provide an eventual boost to the economy in Mohave County.

FISH STORIES: Angling for Duck with DJ

What’s YOUR fish story? In the latest segment of Fish Stories, D.J. Rothans tells about that day in 1966 when he brought home a duck and a fish. Enjoy the latest segment of Fish Stories from the AZGFD YouTube site!

 

Have a fond memory? An exciting experience? Or, just a special day on the water with family and friends enjoying Arizona’s amazing outdoors? Email your story to bfishing@azgfd.gov, and we may share it with others online, in print, or on television.

Stay tuned for future additions of “Fish Stories,” which will frequently appear here in print, online or on television.

DJ’s Patient Dad

Have a fond memory? An exciting experience? A funny situation? Or, just a special day on the water with family and friends enjoying Arizona’s amazing outdoors?

Email your story to bfishing@azgfd.gov, and we may share it with others online, in print, or on television.

In the second video segment of “Fish Stories,” longtime angler D.J. Rothans says he learned to fish with his very patient Dad. See this story from the Game and Fish Youtube site!

Stay tuned for future additions of “Fish Stories,” which will frequently appear here in print, online or on television.

Rylee’s First Fish

Have a fond memory? An exciting experience? A funny situation? Or, just a special day on the water with family and friends enjoying Arizona’s amazing outdoors? Email your story to bfishing@azgfd.gov, and we may share it with others online, in print, or on television.

*In the first video segment of “Fish Stories,” we bring you “Rylee’s First Fish.” Shot at Show Low Lake, she described her first fish.

Stay tuned for future additions of “Fish Stories,” which will frequently appear here in print, online or on television.

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