Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal
Top picks this weekend are trout stocked waters in the high country. But Sunday, we’re scheduled to have stocked Oak Creek, the East Verde River, Woods Canyon Lake, Willow Springs Lake, Bear Canyon Lake, Tonto Creek, Christopher Creek, Haigler Creek, Canyon Creek, Show Low Creek, Silver Creek, West Fork of the Little Colorado River in Greer, and the East Fork of the Black River. Big Lake also has been fishing great — see our Catch of the Week below.
Bring insect repellant to the high country! There was a report of high numbers of mosquitos recently at Silver Creek. Monsoon storms are still predicted to roll through the higher elevation lakes, so be safe, watch for flash flooding and get off the water if you hear lightning. Before heading out, be sure to check the weather forecast, as well as https://firerestrictions.us/az/ for the latest fire restrictions.
We’re headed into a full moon, and so it’s a great time to fish at night with the increased light to aid navigation and do menial tasks like tying knots and baiting hooks. Try for locations such as major lake points that might get good fish traffic at night such as reefs along submerged river beds, submerged humps, rivers, creeks, and vegetation, or in the mouth of a major cove.
Striped bass boils are still bubbling during mornings at spots such as Lake Pleasant, where the daily bags are unlimited for tasty stripers. This could be a great time to put some kids on a bunch of smaller stripers.
Catch of the Week
Send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@AZGFD.gov —
one will be selected as Catch of the Week.
Thor, 4, caught these nice rainbow trout the second week of July at Big Lake. His grandfather Ray said he had purchased a new 3-foot Spiderman pole for Thor.
“I baited and cast, Thor hooked and reeled the two fish he’s holding in by himself,” Ray said. “He told me the fish were ‘real heavy’ as he reeled. The one on the right was 18 inches, around 1.5 pounds, the fish on left (as you look at the pic ) was 16 inches and around a pound. This kid is self proclaimed ‘Papa’s fisherman’! He asked me just the other day, ‘Papa, when can we go back to the ‘Big Fish Lake’?’ We’ll be going back soon.”
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”.