Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal
The Autumn Equinox, or first day of fall in the northern hemisphere, is Saturday, Sept. 22, and 100-plus degree air temperatures are still predicted in the desert regions for another week. Anglers can enjoy cool, high country spots such as Kinnikinick Lake southeast of Flagstaff, where on Thursday we stocked about 2,700 nice-sized brown trout. See this week’s stockings below, or our winter trout stocking schedule.
If you decide to head to Kinnikinick this fall, see this video for some tips that might help you catch more fish.
At Big Lake, reports are that fish are biting for boat and shore anglers, and elk are bugling. Time to go to Big Lake, as the fishing will only improve as the weather gets cooler.
If you haven’t heard, channel catfish return next week to Community Fishing Program waters. See the fall/winter Community stocking schedule.
Volunteers needed Sept. 28-29 for habitat project
We will be constructing fish habitat at Roosevelt Lake 7 a.m. -5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 28, and 7 a.m.-3 p.m. , Saturday, Sept. 29. We will be at the Windy Hill amphitheater parking lot. If you plan on helping us both days, a pass will be provided for free camping in a Forest Service Campground. Please bring cordless drills, sawzalls and a pair of work gloves. IT WILL BE HOT, so come prepared with water and snacks. We will be building roughly 200 Georgia cubes. If you have any questions please feel free to email Bryant Dickens at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing you out there.
This week’s stockings
(Water temps in parentheses, if available)
Rainbow trout: Rose Canyon Lake (75), Woods Canyon Lake (71), City Reservoir (70).
Brown trout: Kinnikinick Lake (65).
Apache trout: Silver Creek (62), West Fork-Little Colorado River-Greer (65), East Fork-Black River (65-67), West Fork-Black River (65),
Catch of the Week
Send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@AZGFD.gov —
one will be selected as Catch of the Week.
Paul L. caught this nice stringer of rainbow and cutthroat trout from Big Lake. Cutthroats have been spawning, and so anglers can find them in shallow water.
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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