Arizona Fishing Report: The Reel Deal
This is a great time to organize your tackle, put new line on your reel, and make a solid strategy for when early spring conditions soon arrive. Remember that each target species usually requires its own set of specialized tackle. Or go trout fishing in Community waters or lower/mid elevations. Despite the winter storms this week, steadier weather is forecast statewide beginning Saturday and carrying through next week.
This major storm rolling through the state is providing some much-needed precipitation to the desert, yet it had been making fishing difficult or even more inaccessible. Even at Community water Kennedy Lake on Wednesday, the water temperature already was down to 50.3 degrees. Fortunately, rainbow trout thrive in these colder temps.
Check out the Arizona streamflows from the USGS — we will be having some major runoff and inflows. As always, be safe: Keep an eye on the weather and watch out for flash flooding.
Winter storm: Flagstaff sets record
The National Weather Service (NWS) Thursday evening confirmed a new record for daily snowfall in Flagstaff of 35.9 inches. NWS forecast this major winter storm will impact parts of Arizona through Friday afternoon, while heavy rain is still expected in the Phoenix and Tucson metro areas and other lower-elevation desert areas.
Emergency officials recommend that Arizonans avoid traveling during the storm in affected areas and delay plans until weather conditions improve. If travel is absolutely necessary in these areas, check weather conditions before leaving and be prepared with emergency supplies.
Before heading out, check weather reports and get the latest highway conditions by visiting ADOT’s Arizona Traveler Information site at az511.gov, calling 511 or reviewing ADOT’s Twitter feed (@ArizonaDOT).
Community trout stockings delayed
Due to the inclement weather that has delayed one of our fish stocking vendors, stockings in some Community waters will be delayed for the following “core” waters, perhaps until Monday:
- Red Mountain, Riverview, Evelyn Hallman, Papago Ponds, Steele Indian School, Encanto, Cortez, Desert Breeze, Kiwanis, Rio Vista, Surprise, Pioneer, Desert West, Alvord, and Green Valley Lakes.
Other waters will still be stocked this week according to schedule.
Cancelled: Just for Kids Fishing Event on Saturday, Feb. 23
At the request of the city of Tempe, the Just for Kids Fishing Festival scheduled for Saturday at Tempe Kiwanis Park has been cancelled due to weather conditions.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department apologizes for any inconvenience.
Catch of the Week
Send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@azgfd.gov —
one will be selected for Catch of the Week
Steele Indian School Pond
Michael with a monster rainbow trout caught from Community Fishing Program water Steele Indian School Pond in Phoenix.
This week’s scheduled stockings
Rainbow trout: Verde River (Clarkdale to Camp Verde), Cluff Reservoir, Roper Lake, Dankworth Ponds, Lynx Lake, Dead Horse Lake. Community “core” waters,
Upcoming 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, March 9
- Family and Community Fishing Event, 7-11 a.m., Roper Lake State Park 101 E. Roper Lake Rd., Safford