Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal
Summer nights made chill by spats of rain showers — this can be the time to fish in the high country of Arizona.
Increased rainfall predicted for high country regions early next week can also eventually favor anglers, bringing inflows and nutrients, and in turn baitfish and predatory fish. Target areas with recent inflows.
Monsoon season is here so please be safe. Watch for flash flooding. Get off the water if there’s lightning and if you get trapped on the water, find a protected cove or small bay and wait out the storm.
Hit the Rim creeks
Our Mogollon Rim-area creeks are prime options. Every week, we’ve been stocking Canyon Creek, Christopher Creek, the East Verde River, Haigler Creek, and Tonto Creek.
Family fishing in AZ?
Other great spots for family camping and fishing include Kaibab Lake near Williams, Woods Canyon Lake and Bear Canyon Lake on the Mogollon Rim, and, of course, Big Lake near Pinetop.
At the West Fork-Little Colorado in Greer, many anglers this week were having great luck catching stocked Apache trout using — of course — worms. Lures such as small spinners can be effective. Fly anglers can try dry flies such as Parachute Adams or various terrestrials (hoppers, ants, beetles, spiders) for stocked or wild Apaches.
Night time the right time for bass
Nighttime striper fishing is one of the best options going statewide, especially at Lake Mead and Lake Pleasant. For nighttime bassin’ in general, fish dark colors (which show up as a silhouette under a bright moon, and we’re on a waning full moon). See a Central region report.
Catch of the Week
Send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@azgfd.gov —
one will be selected for Catch of the Week
This angler on July 2 caught a 4-pound, 6-ounce, 22-inch brown out of the Black River.
What’s been stocked this week
Rainbow trout: East Verde River, Tonto Creek, Christopher Creek, Haigler Creek, Fool Hollow Lake, Show Low Lake, Show Low Creek, Rose Canyon Lake, Silver Creek, West Fork Little Colorado River-Greer,
Channel catfish: Yavapai Lakes, Stone Dam Lake, Fain Lake, Patterson Ponds.
Apache trout: West Fork Little Colorado River-Sheep Crossing.
Bartlett Lake habitat: building “Fish City”
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”.