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AZGFD conducting $3.3 million major renovation at Sterling Springs Fish Hatchery

PHOENIX — The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) is conducting a $3.3 million renovation of the Sterling Springs Fish Hatchery in Oak Creek Canyon, north of Sedona.  AZGFD expects to complete the renovations by June of 2019. “It’s all about ensuring that successful hatchery operations at Sterling Springs continue...

Angler Report: Desert Breeze Lake incentive trout

Send your fishing reports and pictures to BFishing@AZGFD.gov Desert Breeze Lake Dan F.: Caught at Desert Breeze, Chandler: 13 ” 13″ and a 15″ fattie. Editor’s note: Anglers can count on fishing for incentive this weekend in our “core” Community fishing waters. These larger-than-average rainbow trout average around 1 pound. More reports Angler Reports...

Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

The incentive trout that we’ve been talking about for a couple weeks have just been stocked into Community waters. Anglers can count on fishing for them this weekend in our “core” Community fishing waters. These larger-than-average rainbow trout average around 1 pound. If you catch one, send a picture and...

Fishing Report: Lake Pleasant

Lake Pleasant is 74.8 percent full and 1,679 feet of elevation. See a Lake Pleasant water levels map from Maricopa Parks and Recreation Department. From fishing guide Mike Strole (fishing Saturday, Jan. 5): The striper bite on Lake Pleasant has slowed down  as a result of the numerous cold fronts,...

Angler Report: Mittry Lake

Send your fishing reports and pictures to BFishing@AZGFD.gov Mittry Lake Jeremy L.: Caught these two 5-pounders at Mittry Lake on Jan. 6. This time of year bass have a tendency to school up and feed on shad. Mittry Lake can be real tough at times because there is a lot of submerged...

Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

Water temperatures have dropped statewide to the low-50s at lakes such as Roosevelt. Bass metabolism slows considerably in the mid-50s. But trout love it. And we’re about to stock some big ones. Next week, incentive trout are coming that week to Community Fishing Program waters. These rainbow trout are expected...

New year, new quest: bass and catfish challenges begin

Arizona waters are home to some really large bass and catfish.  Conservation of these special-sized fish is increasingly important as more anglers catch them and we continue stocking efforts to increase opportunities to catch a behemoth bass or catfish. We’re encouraging anglers to participate in the new AZ Hawg Bass and AZ...