Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal
Here’s quick rundown of what’s going on statewide: The final channel catfish stocking of the summer season took place this week. But good news: catfish stockings return during the fall.
Trout stockings are enticing anglers to head to the high country. Some featured species stocked this week include Apache trout into the East and West Forks of the Black River and tiger trout into Kinnikinick Lake.
Hot spots in the Flagstaff/Williams area have included Kaibab Lake and Lake Mary. Anglers at Upper Mary have been doing well on dropshot-rigged nightcrawlers for walleye. Kaibab is full and anglers are having luck on PowerBait, small lures and flies for trout.
Families can head to Show Low to Fool Hollow Lake and Show Low Lake and creek for sunfish and crayfish — both are great for keeping kids busy. See how.
Look for the night bite on bass in desert regions to improve in the coming weeks as triple-digit high temperatures remain consistent.
It is also bluegill time. Get the kids, bobbers, and worms. Backs of coves are usually best, especially if it is rocky or you can find submerged boulder piles. Patagonia Lake has been a good sunfish spot, as well as Canyon Lake.
Be sure to check our stocking schedules.
Reminder to campers: The USDA Forest Service, Tonto National Forest, Payson Ranger District have announced overnight camping restrictions along six stretches of streams and rivers located near Payson. Implementation of these restrictions will help allow grass and plants to grow along the stream banks. Read more.
Woods Canyon Lake update: boat ramp open
Asphalt surfacing is completed and the boat ramp should be open to use from now on. There is still some asphalt work in progress in the Rocky Point day use area, but that won’t affect the boat ramp or other access to the lake.
Catch of the Week
Send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@azgfd.gov —
one will be selected for Catch of the Week
Caellum J. with a 4.2-pound smallmouth bass caught during a June 3-4 trip with his grandpa. “We caught 18 smallmouth and largemouth bass mostly using single tail grubs and Senkos near Katherine’s Landing in 3-20 ft of water,” the grandpa wrote. “Water temps were between 69-75 degrees. This smallmouth bass pictured weighed 4.2 pounds, caught on a black-with-blue speckled Senko. We also caught three stripers night fishing under a green lights and caught three stripers by Davis Dam. ”
This week’s scheduled stockings
Rainbow trout: West Fork Little Colorado River-Greer; West Fork Little Colorado River-Sheeps Crossing; Ashurst Lake, Oak Creek, Silver Creek, Woods Canyon Lake, Bunch Reservoir, River Reservoir, Tunnel Reservoir.
Apache trout: East and West Forks of the Black River.
Tiger trout: Kinnikinick Lake.
Channel catfish: Dead Horse Lakes, Scheduled Community waters.
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.
- Parker Canyon Lake, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
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”.