Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal
This is a great time for night fishing. Not only are air temperatures more tolerable for anglers, a slight dip in water temperatures can make species such as largemouth bass a bit more active. Also a great time to pull up lawn chairs and fish for carp and catfish under the stars (these lights in the sky should show up pretty well during this waning third-quarter moon phase).
Some good catfish spots that are also shore-angler friendly include Bartlett Lake, Alamo Lake, Lynx Lake, and the Agua Fria Arm of Lake Pleasant.
Otherwise, fish during sunrise and sunset hours for potential top-water bass action. If you can handle the heat, fish deep with a dropshots and Texas rigs. For striped bass, try dropshots with anchovies, or jig spoons.
Across all statewide desert bass fisheries the next few weeks, plastic worms rigged on Texas rigs, Carolina rigs and dropshots will often be the most reliable tactic. With monsoon storms moving in and out, bass often are dazed by the changing conditions. Keep moving and try different depths and bait colors. Even though a lake might be 60-90 feet deep, fish could be suspended in 20-25 feet – along with all the shad they want to eat.
Top AZ family fishing and camping holes
Did you see our top picks for a high-country camping and fishing adventure for the family? See the list.
This week’s fish stockings
By Sunday, we’re scheduled to have stocked rainbow trout into the East Verde River, Canyon Creek, Tonto Creek, Haigler Creek, Canyon Creek, Woods Canyon Lake, Willow Springs Lake, Fool Hollow Lake, Show Low Lake, West Fork Little Colorado River-Greer, East Fork of the Black River; and Apache trout into Silver Creek, West Fork Little Colorado River-Greer, East and West Forks of the Black River.
Catch of the Week
Send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@AZGFD.gov —
one will be selected as Catch of the Week.
Upper Lake Mary
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”.