Category: Statewide Reports

When planning your next fishing adventure, you just want “The Reel Deal.”  Stay up to date with weekly highlights of what’s biting around the state.

Statewide Reports: April 19, 2018

Some windy weather rocked much of AZ Thursday, but most forecasts show that some calmer, warmer weather is coming this weekend. With spring fishing conditions ushering in plenty of fish stockings and spawning action, let’s get to some updates: Water levels could fluctuate on Lower Salt River. Water levels on the...

Statewide Reports: April 12, 2018

Spring bass fishing conditions are in full effect, trout are being stocked in mass amounts, and one of the best months of the year to “Fish AZ” is here. Let’s get right to some bass fishing hot spots: Lake Pleasant is a hot spot for striped bass: the great bite...

Statewide Reports: April 5, 2018

Top picks this week are catfish stocked Community waters, as well as Lake Pleasant, Bartlett Lake, Ashurst Lake, Roosevelt Lake, Goldwater Lake, Frances Short Pond, Mingus Lake (stocking resumes this month), Lake Powell, Lake Havasu, and Alamo Lake. At Silver Creek, also a good bet, the regulations changed to the...

Statewide Reports: March 30, 2018

Arizona anglers: Fishing report information is in transition. The latest fishing reports, updates and more will be posted on this page. We’ve developed a seasonal Fishing Forecast that will be updated four times a year and includes primary water bodies by region. This spring Fishing Forecast is on the “Fishing” section of our...

Statewide Reports: March 22, 2018

Time to grab a bag of shrimp, hot dogs, or your favorite channel catfish bait. Our first catfish stockings into Community Fishing Program waters was Thursday into the “core” waters. See our updated stocking schedules. Heavy doses of rainbow trout stockings are coming to higher elevation lakes in April. We...

Statewide Reports: March 8, 2018

Great news for Arizona anglers: The Fishing Forecast page on www.azgfd.gov is live and  includes reports for primary water bodies statewide. This spring forecast will be followed by updated forecasts for each season of the year. Bookmark this page that’s on the “Fishing” section of our website. Let us know...

Statewide Reports: March 1, 2018

Top picks for this weekend are the Dead Horse Ranch State Park lagoons, the Verde River (middle), the Lower Salt River, Pena Blanca Lake, Lake Pleasant, Saguaro Lake, Bartlett Lake, Silver Creek, and Community fishing waters where we’re stocking rainbow trout. See stocking schedules. A recent cold front dropped water...

Statewide reports: Feb. 23, 2018

Look for the March 1 full moon to trigger a wave of spawning bass, especially at western impoundments Lake Havasu and Alamo Lake. Some anglers at Havasu this week were braving some colder weather to catch striped bass at the Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge fishing pier using anchovies:...

Statewide Reports: Feb. 15, 2018

A surprise stocking into Community Fishing Program waters took place about 10 days ago. We stocked some big largemouth bass weighing between 2-4 pounds into select Community waters in Phoenix and Tucson. We didn’t immediately announce the stocking in hopes that less fishing pressure will allow for a successful spring...

Statewide Reports: Feb. 9, 2018

Top picks for this weekend are trout-stocked waters such as Dead Horse Ranch State Park lagoons, Goldwater Lake  in Prescott and Community fishing waters. Also consider Lees Ferry or any of our top-5 winter fishing holes.  Water temperatures in many desert impoundments remain in the low-50s. There is a cold...

Statewide Reports: Feb. 1, 2018

Possibly the best-tasting fish in the state  — crappie — is a prime target. Some good crappie fishing is being reported thanks in part to a particularly wet spring that seems to have allowed for a great class of spawning fish. Top targets for crappie are Roosevelt, Alamo and Bartlett...

Statewide Reports: Jan. 18, 2018

This time of the year, some of the best trout fishing in the state can come from Community fishing waters. Anglers have been catching some of the monster rainbow trout that we stocked 2 weeks ago. See the Catch of the Week! This week, we stocked all the expansion waters....