Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal
Making some last-minute Labor Day weekend plans? We’re stocking lots of different species this week: tiger, Apache and rainbow trout, as well as channel catfish. See the stocking schedule below. This is a great time to take the family to a cool, pine-scented high country stream.
Sounds like water temperatures at some desert impoundments such as Roosevelt Lake have finally taken a short dip (mid 80s to the low 80s at Roosevelt during the past week). A gradual cooling trend should continue this week as nighttime air temperatures in the central region are predicted to fall into the high 70s (make that low 80s in western Arizona). Action is starting to pick up as the nights get longer and cooler. Fish should be getting increasingly active this fall to add weight before winter conditions prevail. Some desert region hot spots include Alamo, Bartlett, and Roosevelt for largemouth bass and Pleasant for striped bass.
Also, C.C. Cragin Reservoir will be closed for the season. Read more.
Finally, channel catfish will return to Community Fishing Program waters in late September. Stay tuned.
This week’s scheduled stockings
(Water temps in parentheses, if available)
Rainbow trout: Tonto Creek, Haigler Creek, East Verde River (64-69 degrees), Fool Hollow Lake (68), Show Low Lake (68), Bear Canyon Lake (71), Frances Short Pond. Tiger trout: Woods Canyon Lake (71), Willow Springs Lake (71). Channel catfish: Lynx Lake. Apache trout: Silver Creek, East Fork-Black River, West Fork-Black River.
Catch of the Week
Send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@AZGFD.gov —
one will be selected as Catch of the Week.
Laura caught this flathead catfish on Saguaro, Thursday, Aug. 23, around 8 a.m. off the cliffs while working a shad run.
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”.