Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

Brandon’s daughter caught the biggest rainbow trout of the day on Sunday, Nov. 17 at Lynx Lake. “Fished the north shore , near the spillway,” Brandon said. “In a 2-hour period, I caught 5 trout, using rainbow & chartreuse Power Nuggets on a 1- to 2-foot leader.”
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Arizona Game & Fish

by Arizona Game & Fish Department

No doubt, the best bet this week may likely be rainbow trout. Our Community fishing vendor from Colorado was able to make it through the storms to stock the rest of the scheduled waters for today.

See a trout fishing report that includes waters we stocked this week with trout for the first time of the fall/winter season. (Update: Desert Breeze did not get stocked Friday because grounds were too soft for the stocking truck.)

This week’s storm may make fishing for bass and crappie a bit more difficult. Wait until a short period of calm and sunny weather. Soon, largemouth bass’ metabolism should slow, particularly when water temperatures drop into the low 50s. Winter crappie fishing can be excellent as these tasty speckled perch will begin to school in deeper waters over structure (they appear on sonar in a Christmas tree pattern.) Alamo Lake in western AZ can have some of the best holiday-time crappie fishing in the state.

All these fish, including flathead catfish, should be feeding heavily in preparation for winter conditions.

Don’t forget about fishing the Colorado River below Davis Dam. This stretch of the lower Colorado River in Bullhead City is excellent for trout fishing and can produce some big striped bass. Trout are being stocked monthly. Meal worms, nightcrawlers and PowerBait are effective baits for trout near the stocking sites.

The next new moon is Nov. 26, which means using submersible lights at night to attract fish such as striped bass and crappie will become increasingly more effective.

More Reports

Arizona Game & Fish Department Reports
for Thursday, November 21st, 2019

Lake Mead: Angler Report: Lake Mead
Lynx Lake: Angler Report: Lynx Lake

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