Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal
The first trout stockings of the spring/summer took place this week at Fool Hollow Lake, Show Low Lake, and the Greer lakes (Bunch, Tunnel, River).
As trout stockings ramp up, let’s take a look at the five things we learned from our 4-year study on the fate of stocked trout:
- Fish within a few days of the stocking;
- Most fish don’t survive past one week of being stocked;
- Trout don’t move far from release locations;
- Anglers spend tons of time fishing for stocked trout;
- Current stocking amounts satisfy anglers;
This is also a good time to start a strategy to complete our Trout Challenge.
Bass fishing is starting to pick up, although in general at desert impoundments, fishing isn’t quite as its spring peak. Look at the April 19 full moon as a time when water temperatures become more ideal (they’re topping out in the mid-60s at places such as Bartlett and Roosevelt) and there’s a big wave of spawning fish.
Alamo Lake update
Alamo Lake is a good option as well. Reports are that bass fishing is excellent and many fish are in pre-spawn. The lake is at 1,122 feet in elevation, both ramps are open and the water is starting to clear up. Crappie fishing is decent and on the verge of turning on. Try minnows and Roadrunner jigs by the buoy lines; if that doesn’t work, flip chartreuse grubs into the bushes. Mark Knapp from Alamo Lake State Park said crappie are “trying to spawn.”
Catch of the Week
Send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@azgfd.gov —
one will be selected for Catch of the Week
Upper Lake Mary
Daniel G. caught this monster channel catfish March 29 on an anchovy. He caught and released the fish without weighing or measuring. See the full story.
This week’s scheduled stockings
Rainbow trout: Fool Hollow Lake (50 degrees), Bunch Reservoir (59), River Reservoir (59), Tunnel Reservoir (59), Show Low Lake (56), Canyon Creek (46), Tonto Creek, Christopher Creek, Haigler 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 27
Youth Fishing Day, 8 a.m.-noon. Bonsall Pond, 5840 W. Bethany Home Rd., Glendale
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”.