Arizona Fishing Report: The Reel Deal
The first hints of fall means fishing is about to improve. Nights are getting noticeably cooler, putting bass in a better mood to chase reaction baits, and also triggering some of the best high country trout fishing of the year.
By all accounts, the typical summer fishing pattern has been delayed due in part to increased waters levels and a cooler-than-average spring. The night bite never really picked up for many bass anglers. This dip in nighttime temperatures will help fishing, but remember that in Arizona, the transition to fall fishing conditions is slower compared to much of the U.S. Water temperatures in many desert impoundments are in the mid-80s.
By the way, the fall fishing forecast is coming out soon. Stay tuned.
This we can say: Channel catfish return to Community Fishing Program waters next week: see the stocking schedule.
Catch of the Week
Send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@azgfd.gov —
one will be selected for Catch of the Week
Lower Lake Mary
Santiago Alaniz and his dad caught an 18-inch rainbow trout at Lower Lake Mary Sept. 4 fly fishing prince nymphs. They reported catching a limit of trout in 2 hours.
What’s been stocked this week
(Water temp in parenthesis if available)
Rainbow trout: Bear Canyon Lake (62), Lynx Lake (74), Willow Springs Lake (73), Woods Canyon Lake (70), Oak Creek (65-71), Frances Short Pond (70), Colorado River.
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.
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”.