Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal
With water temperatures in some desert impoundments having dropped considerably the past few weeks (82 to 69 at Bartlett Lake), this is an ideal time to fish for bass before water temperatures slow their metabolism considerably — and the bite as well. This week we’re stocking Apache and Canyon lakes with trout. Saguaro Lake is scheduled to be stocked next week. Trout fishing around any docks and piers at these Salt River-chain lakes can make for a fun family fishing day. Some anglers enjoy the prospects of throwing trout-imitation swimbaits for monster bass.
There have also been some great high country reports of tiger trout being caught at Willow Springs Lake and brown trout at the Greer Lakes and Oak Creek. With nighttime temperatures dropping into the 20s this weekend in areas such as Pinetop, get to the high country before winter conditions prevail.
November can be one of the best months of the year for crappie fishing because of ideal water temperatures and more stable weather patterns. Fishing for these speckled delicacies has been picking up at Alamo, Roosevelt and Bartlett lakes. Read the latest crappie report.
Trout are back: Tempe Town Lake welcomes rainbows Nov. 20
Trout are back in Community waters and the main Community waters will be stocked next week.
The City of Tempe and the Arizona Game and Fish Department will host the annual Welcome Back the Trout Celebration from 4-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at the SRP Tempe Town Lake Marina.
Green light: Go Fish for Trout
Maybe the best part of these masses of trout stockings statewide that is the Green Light Fisheries list of fish species from specific waters that may be consumed without limits includes all trout statewide. This is not to be confused with bag limits.
Trout have been tested to be extremely low in mercury and so there are no recommended consumption limits. See all the green light waters on the ADEQ e-map.
High flow event at Lees Ferry Nov. 5-10
An experimental release of 38,100 cfs from Glen Canyon Dam took place this week 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.
Catch of the Week
Send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@azgfd.gov —
one will be selected for Catch of the Week
Eddie from El Mirage fished the Greer Lakes last weekend and caught this brown trout reported at 4 pounds using cheese PowerBait.
This week’s scheduled stockings
Rainbow trout: Cluff Reservoir (3), Patagonia Lake, Roper Lake, Dankworth Ponds, Oak Creek, Frances Short Pond, Fain Lake, Dead Horse Lakes, Fortuna Lake, Redondo Lake.
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.
Go Fish! Family Fishing Event at Power Ranch (formerly Breakfast and Bobbers Event), 8 a.m. – noon., Power Ranch Lake House 4444 E Haven Crest Dr., Gilbert. This is a catch-and-release only event.
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”.