Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal
It’s time to start thinking about Father’s Day fishing trips and gifts (it’s Sunday). For desert bass anglers, a strategy might include fishing early mornings and nights. Not only is it cooler, as summer goes along, fishing will tend to get better during these low-light, lower-temperature periods. Top-water action should be picking up and there have been some good reports from Lake Mead and Lake Pleasant, although there were no early morning boils Friday morning in the area of the 10-lane boat ramp of Pleasant.
Simply put, some of the hottest spots are where we’re stocking lots of fish. Be sure to check out latest stockings below. More bonus catfish and trout stockings have been dropped into many waters statewide.
Looking to catch native Gila trout? During late May at Frye Mesa Reservoir, we stocked around 224 Gila trout averaging 17 inches!
This is also prime catfish time at night, especially during an upcoming full moon (June 17). Target flathead catfish at Bartlett Lake, Lake Pleasant or Imperial Division of the Colorado River. At Pleasant and Bartlett, anglers can check for flatheads in 25-40 feet of water depth, along with one of their favorite food sources, bluegill.
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.
Summer fishing forecast goes “live”
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
Show Low Lake
Jason W.: Two lbs smallie (smallmouth bass) caught with a Husky Jerk in the early morning of Tuesday, June 11 – slow retrieve.
This week’s scheduled stockings
Rainbow trout: Canyon Creek, Willow Springs Lake, Silver Creek, Rose Canyon Lake, City Reservoir, Santa Fe Reservoir, Long Tom Tank, West Fork-Little Colorado River-Greer, Dogtown Reservoir, Oak Creek, Mingus Lake, Fain Lake.
Channel catfish: Woodland Reservoir, Scott Reservoir, Kaibab Lake, Frances Short Pond, City Reservoir, Lynx Lake, Dead Horse Lake, Fool Hollow Lake, Show Low Lake, Rainbow Lake, Woodland Reservoir, Concho Lake.
Apache trout: West Fork-Little Colorado River-Greer
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.
10th Annual Fishing Derby, 7-11 a.m., Fool Hollow Lake. The first 50 kids (10-17 years old) who check in at the AZGFD booth at the Derby will get a FREE Youth Combo Hunt & Fish license courtesy of J & T’s Wild Life Outdoors!
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”.