Arizona Fishing Report: The Reel Deal

This 2-year-old girl caught her first fish, a rainbow trout, during Saturday’s grand re-opening event at Festival Fields Pond in Avondale. Festival Fields is the newest addition to our Community Fishing Program.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of AZGF

by Arizona Game & Fish Department

Water temperatures are falling as overnight lows in desert regions are forecast to be dipping into the low-40s by Monday.  If you’re bass fishing in desert impoundments, a good strategy might be throwing crankbaits during mornings and closer to midday switching to smaller plastic baits (Roboworms or baby brush hogs) on Texas rigs or dropshots in 15-25 feet of water.

Also, as mentioned, we’re adjusting our trout stockings due to operational issues at our Page Springs Fish Hatchery. Stockings from Page Springs have been halted, yet we’ve been purchasing fish from out-of-state vendors to ensure most waters scheduled to be stocked do indeed receive trout. Read more.

Canyon, Apache and Saguaro lakes are scheduled to be stocked with trout in January.  See the latest trout stocking schedule. 

Great opportunities for anglers also remain in Community Fishing Program waters — some were stocked this week with rainbow trout.

Finally, we’re stocking 1,500 fingerling Gila trout from the Mora National Fish Hatchery (N.M.) into Watson Lake, and another 2,000 at Lynx Lake in Prescott.

Volunteers needed in January for Bartlett Lake Christmas tree habitat installments

Start 2020 off right and help us drop Christmas trees into Bartlett Lake.

We’re looking for volunteers on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 3-4, and Saturday Jan. 11 to install these used Christmas trees that will help ensure robust fish populations at this Tonto National Forest impoundment. We’ll be starting at 8:30 a.m. each day from the yellow cliffs boat ramp.

Just bring a pair of gloves and help conserve sport-fishing opportunities for future generations!

Contact Bryant Dickens at 623-236-7593 if you have any questions.

Silver Creek Fish Hatchery to close Wednesday

We will be closing to the public the Silver Creek Fish Hatchery, located in Show Low, on Wednesday, Dec. 11.

This closure is necessary for public safety and to allow for replacement of a culvert.

For more information, contact the hatchery at 928-537-7513.

What’s been stocked this week

(“Catchable” sizes only; water temp in parenthesis if available)

Rainbow trout: “Core” Community waters.

Upcoming Family Fishing Event

Saturday — Youth Fishing Festival, 8 a.m.-noon, Discovery Ponds (Game and Fish booth will be located between the two ponds), 2214 E. Pecos Rd.  Gilbert.
This family event is co-sponsored by the Town of Gilbert and the Arizona Game and Fish Department. AZGFD Sport Fishing Education Program staff and volunteer instructors will be on hand to provide loaner rods for the first 100 participants who don’t have their own rod, as well as bait, fishing information and instruction. Come on out and bring the whole family. The event is open to all ages. For more information please contact the Sport Fishing Education Program at (623) 236-7240. Attention future participants of the Youth Fishing Festival 2019: Fishing licenses will be required to attend/participate in this year’s event and will be checked throughout the morning.

More Reports

No doubt, the best bet this week may likely be rainbow trout. Our Community fishing vendor from Colorado was able...... Read More

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

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