Arizona Game & Fish Department Fish Report


by Arizona Game & Fish Department
9-25-2014
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The window of sunlight that scours our waters is increasingly short-lived. Top-water action is picking up statewide. Elk have been heard bugling in the high country, there's less boat traffic, fewer anglers, and yet far better fishing - welcome to anglers' paradise.


First, before we consider conditions and what's biting, let's recognize the foundations of wildlife management. Good a time as any with National Hunting and Fishing Day Saturday, Sept. 27.


On May 2, 1972, President Nixon signed the first proclamation of National Hunting and Fishing Day, writing: "I urge citizens to join with outdoor sportsmen in the wise use of our natural resources and in ensuring their proper management for the benefit of future generations."


And with that, we recognize the hunters and anglers who, more than 100 years ago, were the most boisterous supporters of conservation and scientific management. They were led by fellow sportsman, President Theodore Roosevelt. Let's celebrate with tight line and successful hunts.


It's a transition phase into fall in many senses. The final summer trout stockings just took place at Woods Canyon Lake and Willow Springs Lake. Bull elk should be calling like crazy. A great fall spot for elk calling is Knoll Lake on the Mogollon Rim, which not only is a nice trout lake, it's a scenic drive there along the famous Rim Road. Soon, the aspens should be showing off a new, fall wardrobe. Catfish stockings began last week at many Community Fishing Program lakes and ponds. And don't forget that Oct. 3 marks the opening day of the quail, squirrel and duck hunting season.


Soon, the winter trout stocking schedule will be posted online. The first stockings the week of Oct. 5 will go to Huffer Pond, Beaver Creek (wet), Mingus Lake, West Clear Creek, Fain Lake, Lynx Lake and the Lower Salt River. See our Fish&Boat Arizona map for locations.


This is also a great time of the year to visit Lees Ferry. Fishing's good, but anglers are few. This is the off-season as many trout anglers are probably off experiencing a good trout bite where the landscape's clad in autumn colors.


This time last year, crappie fishing really began picking up at Roosevelt Lake. Check your fishing log, if you keep one, and see if that was your experience.


Other good bets this weekend are throwing your favorite top-water baits at Saguaro, Canyon, Apache and Roosevelt. Stripers are still stripping anglers' line at Lake Pleasant (see the newest Anglers Report.)


Good luck, and remember that buying a license online helps conserve wildlife and outdoor recreation opportunities for current and future generations. Help yourself and your future loved ones.




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Arizona Game & Fish Department Reports
for Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Colorado River - Lees Ferry: Colorado River Fish Report
Bartlett Lake: Bartlett Lake Fish Report
Lake Pleasant: Lake Pleasant Fish Report
Apache Lake: Apache Lake Fish Report
Roosevelt Lake: Roosevelt Lake Fish Report

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