Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal
Spring is here — the first day official of spring was Wednesday — and as weather conditions begin to change (there will be increasing periods of daylight until the fall equinox) we also are switching some of our fish stocking strategies. Don’t forget this full moon is a supermoon, so be sure to look upward if you’re fishing at night to possibly see this rare, bright moon that is at its closest approach to the Earth in its orbit.
Lower Lake Mary in Flagstaff was stocked this week with trout for the first time of the spring season. Anglers can try the tried-and-trout trout bait — nightcrawlers — since lots of earthworms have been flooded out. Many waters continue spilling over in this North Central region, and so stocking of these lakes is still on hold. Anglers can also try Ashurst Lake southeast of Flagstaff once the road is opened to allow access for some nice-sized holdover rainbow trout.
At Alamo Lake, there has been some good prespawn action, although water temperatures are still around 61 degrees and the water is very stained. The crappie bite is slow but should pick up within a few weeks. See that report. Many bass at Lake Havasu (pictured above from Thursday) reportedly are still in pre-spawn as well.
Catfish return to Community waters
Time to grab a bag of shrimp, hot dogs, or your favorite channel catfish bait. Our first catfish stockings into Community Fishing Program waters was Tuesday into the “core” waters. Waters with the name “core” on this schedule were stocked, with the exception of Steele Indian School Pond in Phoenix due to access issues (those fish were diverted to Copper Sky Lake in Maricopa).
Catch of the Week
Send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@azgfd.gov —
one will be selected for Catch of the Week
James Nobles II with a big largemouth bass taken from Humbug Cove at Lake Pleasant. He and father Jim Nobles were throwing swimbaits in main lake and secondary points. They reported also catching 1-, 2-, and 3-pound bass in backs of all creeks on wacky-rigged baby bass Roboworms.
This week’s stockings
Channel catfish: “Core” Community waters
Rainbow trout: Goldwater Lake, Lower Lake Mary, Oak Creek.
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, April 6
Hook-to-Plate Family Fishing Event, 8 a.m-noon, Cortez Park, 3434 W. Dunlap Ave. Phoenix.
This Hook-to-Plate event will allow angler to learn how to catch fish, clean the catch, and cook the catch! The Breadfruit and Rum Bar will be on-hand for cleaning and cooking demonstrations.
There will be a youth license giveaway to the first 100 youth who sign up and attend the event; the Phoenix Sportsman’s Warehouse will hold a kids’ drawing for prizes and giveaways (including fishing gear); the Uptown Farmer’s Market will have produce/farmer’s stand on site for people to purchase fresh, locally-grown produce that pairs well with fish to take home with their “catch of the day,” and the AZ Farm Bureau will provide recipe cards.