Arizona fishing Report: The Reel Deal
Here’s a sign trout stockings are really ramping up statewide: Trout have returned this week to Payson’s Green Valley Lakes.
This trout season features fish delivered every two weeks until early May. Good populations of bass, crappie, catfish and sunfish can also be found in this productive lake ecosystem.
Trout can be caught on small spinners and spoons and with baits such as scented dough balls, worms or salmon eggs. Popular flies for trout are peacock lady and zebra midges fished slowly, 4-6 feet below the surface.
To catch more trout, use lighter line in the 2-6 pound range, smaller hooks and a minimal amount of weight. Be sure to check regulations for daily bag limits, including any Special Regulations, for each water.
Anglers age 10 and over must have a General Fishing, Combination Hunt and Fishing (ages 10-17), Combination Hunt and Fish or Community Fishing license to fish Green Valley Lakes. The Community Fishing license is $24, and like all licenses, is now valid 365 days from the date of purchase.
We’re also scheduled to stock the Lower Salt River with trout for the first time this season.
See our stocking schedules for other potential hot spots.
Also be sure to browse our Fall Fishing Forecast.
Access to Show Low Lake boat ramp closed Oct. 17-19
We plan on closing vehicle and pedestrian access to the boat ramp at Show Low Lake Oct. 17-19 to facilitate the first phase of a project to construct a new sidewalk from the upper parking lot down to the boat ramp.
The boat ramp will re-open by noon on Friday, Oct. 19.
This project is part of the Department’s ongoing efforts to improve accessibility at this public boating facility.
Catch of the Week
Send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@azgfd.gov —
one will be selected for Catch of the Week
Nic C. with a nice haul of channel catfish at Silverbell Lake on Columbus Day, Oct. 9.
This week’s scheduled stockings
Rainbow trout: Frances Short Pond, Wet Beaver Creek, West Clear Creek, Goldwater Lake, Lower Salt River, Rose Canyon Lake, Fain Lake, Yavapai Lakes (Urban Forest Park), Show Low Creek (Meadows) and Patterson Ponds.
Channel catfish: “Core” Community fishing waters.
Family Fishing Events
Note: At these free fishing clinics, loaner rods are provided, bait is free, and no license is required for those who register at the AZGFD booth during event hours.
Family Fishing Fun. 7 a.m.-11 a.m., Encanto Park (NW side of the lake) 2605 N. 15th Ave. Phoenix.
Please join the AZGFD Sport Fishing Education Program and City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation for a morning of family fishing fun! We will be providing loaner rods and bait for this event (or you may bring your own). Bring your family out to enjoy free fishing and instruction from AZGFD Sport Fishing Education Staff and volunteers. The event is open to all ages. The fishing event will occur at northwest end of the lake. Fishing licenses are not required, during the planned hours of the event, for those who register at the Game & Fish Booth. For more information please contact the Sport Fishing Education Program at (623) 236-7240.
Thank you, anglers!
Arizona fishing opportunities wouldn’t be possible without the Sport Fish Restoration Program. It was created through the Dingell-Johnson Act of 1950 (Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act) and the Wallop-Breaux amendments of 1984.
Through a federal excise tax paid by manufacturers on fishing gear and motorboat fuels, it provides grant funds for fishery conservation, boating access, and aquatic education.
Save time, buy online
Grab a license online (that helps conserve all species of wildlife, not to mention provides funding that goes back into fishing opportunities) and go “Fish AZ”.