Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal
Heading into a new moon, night fishing with submersible lights once again will be a good option for striped bass and crappie fishing. With erratic, monsoon storms, bass feeding periods and locations could change frequently from day to day. Be sure to cover a lot of water and change presentations often. Water temperatures at desert impoundments such as Bartlett and Roosevelt lakes are hitting 90 degrees during afternoons. For lethargic summertime fish, use light tackle and be patient when setting the hook due to a high possibility of sluggish bites.
Some anglers are saying largemouth bass fishing is picking up again at Saguaro Lake. Bass hot spots in the central region remain Roosevelt Lake and Bartlett Lake with some good morning top-water action continuing at Lake Pleasant.
Sounds like catfishing action is going strong on the Colorado River waters such as Lake Mohave (see the Catch of the Week below)
Top trout options this time of the year tend to be stocked streams in the high country as water temperatures in lakes can become too hot for a consistent bite. Some other water temperature readings from this week included: Dogtown Reservoir (74 degrees); City Reservoir (72), Ashurst Lake (72), Silver Creek (65), Fool Hollow Lake (78), and Show Low Lake (76).
If releasing trout, please release them as quickly as possible (use barbless hooks if necessary by crimping the barbs down with pliers). It is “hopper season,” so fly anglers will go to a two-fly rig, or “hopper dropper.”
See how to fly fish a small stream in Arizona:
This week’s fish stockings
By Sunday, we’re scheduled to have stocked rainbow trout into Tonto Creek, Haigler Creek, Canyon Creek, Show Low Creek, Dogtown Reservoir, City Reservoir, Ashurst Lake, Oak Creek, and Rose Canyon Lake and Apache trout into Silver Creek, West Fork-Little Colorado River in Greer, East and West Forks of the Black River.
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.
Lake Havasu named a top-10 mom-approved spot
After six weeks of nationwide voting, the official Top 10 Mom-Approved Places to Fish and Boat are finally in. Selected from a list of locations in all 50 states — a list made for moms, by moms and facilitated by Take Me Fishing™ — these 10 family-friendly places to fish and boat triumphed over all the rest, thanks to its fish-filled waters and many other family-friendly amenities.
Our very own Lake Havasu came in a No. 6. See the list.
Catch of the Week
Send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@AZGFD.gov —
one will be selected as Catch of the Week.
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.
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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”.