Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal
Trout are back in Community waters, and this weekend’s cold and rainy weather could be just the ticket to get trout whacking your favorite bait or lure. The “core”Community waters are being stocked this week. There also have been some adjustments to these trout stockings. Read all about them.
For desert bass fishing, this weather that’s dropping into the low-40s at night could really slow the metabolism of fish. Crappie fishing, which has been hot at Roosevelt Lake in the Tonto National Forest, also should be a bit slow until the weather stabilizes.
The best bet this weekend may be hitting a window of dry weather and catching some trout at your nearby Community water.
Be safe if headed to the high country, and remember that we consider all ice on lakes unsafe.
Catch of the Week
Send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@azgfd.gov —
one will be selected for Catch of the Week
Anthony L. fished Saturday, Nov. 24, trolling a Rebel Bumble Bug-Hornet on the north end of the lake with son Brantley and nephew Braydon, catching a big rainbow trout and this monster brown trout.
This week’s scheduled stockings
Rainbow trout: Verde River (Clarkdale to Camp Verde), Goldwater Lake, Community “core” 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.
- Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon. Dads: Bring Your Daughter Fishing Day! at Sahuarita Lake 15466 S. Rancho Sahuarita Blvd., Sahuarita.
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”.