Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal
Get some family and friends rounded up because winter rainbow trout stockings are in full swing.
Next week, we’re scheduled to stock Apache and Canyon lakes with rainbow trout for the first time this fall. Saguaro Lake is scheduled to be stocked the week of Nov. 12. Trout fishing around any docks and piers at these Salt River-chain lakes can make for a fun family fishing day. For bass anglers, it means a few weeks of exciting fishing before water temperatures become too cold for bass to chase these trout. Some anglers enjoy the prospects of throwing trout-imitation swimbaits for monster bass.
Looks like some mild weather will remain for another week in the high country. Head up before winter conditions prevail.
Community fishing update: cats make way for trout
The final Community Fishing Program catfish stocking of the season is this week. We’ll be switching to trout stockings as the water cools. Catfish can still be caught through the winter months.
High flow event at Lees Ferry Nov. 5-10
An experimental release of 38,100 cfs from Glen Canyon Dam will take place Nov. 5-10 at the world-renowned Lees Ferry trout fishery just downstream in picturesque Marble Canyon.
The flows are short term, yet significant enough to preclude any fishing from occurring during the peak high releases. The fishing is usually excellent the week following these high flows because these flows make aquatic invertebrates (fish food) available to trout. Normal flows before and after the high flows should offer great wading and fishing this fall. Read more.
Catch of the Week
Send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@azgfd.gov —
one will be selected for Catch of the Week
Woods Canyon Lake
Franchesca with a 15-inch tiger trout from Woods Canyon Lake.
This week’s scheduled stockings
Rainbow trout: Goldwater Lake, Frances Short Pond.
Channel catfish: “Core” Community 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. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Pena Blanca Lake, located off of SR 289 Nogales, AZ 85648
Please join AZGFD staff and volunteers, Santa Cruz County Supervisor Rudy Molera, and the Coronado National Forest-Nogales Ranger District for a morning of family fishing fun. The Arizona Game and Fish Department 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 volunteer instructors. The event is open to all ages. 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.
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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”.