Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal
There might be only a few weeks left before winter conditions prevail in the high country, so if you’re looking for scents of pine, scenes of eagles and tight lines from trout, go now.
Fairly stable weather and lows in the low-20s are predicted this weekend for areas like Flagstaff and Pinetop. Make that mid- to high-30s in Payson. Some good fishing reports have come in recently from Ashurst Lake (see the Catch of the Week) and Willow Springs Lake. Other good bets could be Dogtown Reservoir, Kaibab Lake, Fain Lake, Kinnikinick Lake, Reservation Lake, and of course, Woods Canyon Lake.
Seasoned bass anglers are keeping an eye on the water temperatures. With colder and longer nights, temperatures are peaking out in high-60s in some desert impoundments and will continue dropping. Right now bass are feeding heavily in preparation for winter. In general, their metabolism begins to slow once water temps drop into the 50s. That doesn’t mean bass won’t eat: it just means they tend to feed less often.
Crappie fishing is still good at places such as Roosevelt and Alamo lakes. Some decent reports also have come from Bartlett Lake. As long as we have stable weather patterns, crappie fishing should be an excellent choice. Look for schools of crappie around structures such as rock piles, brush, submerged trees, or in the case of Roosevelt, artificial habitat.
Trout return to Community waters
Trout are back in Community waters — the main Community waters are being stocked this week. Stockings planned for Alvord Lake in Phoenix and Green Valley Lakes in Payson will be delayed until Tuesday of next week. See the schedule.
Catch of the Week
Send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@azgfd.gov —
one will be selected for Catch of the Week
Michael I. fished Ashurst Lake the morning of Saturday, Nov. 10 and caught this 22 1/2-inch brown trout on a silver Rapala.
This week’s scheduled stockings
Rainbow trout: “Core” Community waters (except Green Valley Lakes and Alvord Lake), Goldwater Lake, Parker Canyon Lake, Verde River, Wet Beaver Creek.
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.
- Saturday: Family Fishing Day, 8 a.m.-noon at Desert West Lake 6602 W. Encanto Blvd., Phoenix.
- Saturday: Fishing Clinic, 8 a.m.-noon, at Eldorado Pond, 2311 N. Miller Rd., Scottsdale.
- Tuesday, Nov. 20: Welcome Back the Trout to Tempe Town Lake, 4-6:30 p.m. SRP Tempe Town Lake Marina. Read more.
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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