Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal
We just released our top-5 family camping and fishing spots for August. See the list. This is a great way for those in desert regions to escape the heat, find cooler temperatures, and catch trout. Tiger trout have been stocked in Woods Canyon and Willow Springs this week, and the Mogollon Rim creeks are a great bet. See the stocking schedule here, and in the section below.
Monsoons will help cool waters and keep trout fishing in northern Arizona a good bet. Remember we’re still around a couple weeks behind the typical fishing pattern for this year. The top-water bite has just recently picked up at many of our desert impoundments. Night fishing is still a solid option, especially for catfish, but many anglers are saying it’s not quite to the point where feeding activity patterns of warmwater fish have increased significantly during the cooler nighttime hours.
Bass fishing should be good in general this weekend, but once water temperatures hit around 90-plus degrees, they tend to move into cooler, deeper water and become lethargic feeders. That’s when it’s time for particularly light gear. Top picks for largemouth bass are Bartlett Lake, Lake Havasu, Roosevelt Lake, Alamo Lake, Lake Powell, and Saguaro Lake.
Access opens to Apache Lake
Access to Apache Lake will be from the Roosevelt Dam side only (SR 188 to SR 88). Due to flash flood concerns, access from the Tortilla Flat side will remain closed. Crab Tree Wash and Davis Wash will remain closed but Burnt Corral and 3 Mile Wash are open. Apache Lake Marina and Resort officially re-opened July 29.
Be safe: watch the weather
Another reminder: 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.
Catch of the Week
Send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@azgfd.gov —
one will be selected for Catch of the Week
Christopher’s son hooked this 18-inch rainbow on Saturday, July 27 at Big Lake. He was using his ultralight pole on his kayak. “It took him for a nice ride, too,” Christopher said. “He still hasn’t stopped talking about it!”
What’s been stocked this week
Rainbow trout: West Fork Little Colorado River-Greer, Silver Creek, Goldwater Lake, Tonto Creek, Haigler Creek, West Fork-Little Colorado River-Greer.
Tiger trout: Willow Springs Lake, Woods Canyon Lake.
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”.