Arizona Fishing Report: The Reel Deal
This is a great weekend for heading to Willow Springs and Woods Canyon Lake near Payson to catch the aggressive tiger trout. This time of the year, they tend to move in shallow where they can finally be reached by shore anglers.
The final Community Fishing Program channel catfish stocking of the season took place this week at our “core” waters. See the stocking schedule. Trout are scheduled to return to Community waters in a couple weeks.
Due to operational issues at Page Springs Fish Hatchery, other scheduled trout stockings statewide are being adjusted. Our goal is to have the hatchery back to operating at full capacity by Dec. 1. For questions or more information, email BFishing@azgfd.gov
With falling water temperatures, largemouth bass and flathead catfish have started feeding more heavily in preparation for winter. Top baits during an early morning can include Rat-L-Traps (great for colder weather) in silver, spinnerbaits, and during late mornings, 1/4-ounce Texas rigged brush hogs. The Bartlett Lake water level has dropped six feet during the past week — be sure to check the SRP Daily Water reports if you’re heading to one of our Salt River-chain lakes.
Jigging spoons is a technique that has picked up and will continue to be an effective way to hook bass in deeper water through the winter. These spoons mimic falling shad. Bass will be feeding relatively heavily until water temperatures fall into the low 50s and bass metabolism slows.
Catch of the Week
Send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@azgfd.gov —
one will be selected for Catch of the Week
Kenan G. landed this striper while fishing from shore in the Rotary Park area of the Colorado River. He was throwing one of his favorite lures and landed this striper, which weighed in at 24.26 pounds and was 42 3/4 inches.
What’s been stocked this week
(“Catchable” sizes only; water temp in parenthesis if available)
Channel catfish: “Core”Community waters.
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.
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