Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal’s July 4 weekend hot spots
Fireworks and fishing — this weekend is prime for both. First, let’s talk about our new map. The best tool out there for picking a spot to drown a hook in Arizona is now live: Fish & Boat AZ.
It includes all major lakes statewide, as well as Community Fishing Program waters. Streams are also planned to be added to the map. The map not only gives door-to-ramp driving directions to individual waters statewide, it is filled with fishing reports and forecasts, stocking information, bag limits, and locations of marinas, pump-out stations, license dealers, fishing docks, life jacket loaner stations, certified fish scales, and more.
Here are a few July 4 weekend fishing suggestions:
- Top-water fireworks. Surface action could finally be picking up at desert impoundments. During this new moon, don’t forget to drop those submersible lights at night.
- Wet a hook at Show Low lake and/or creek, and attend the city of Show Low’s 4th of July parade. See more information.
- Fish Crescent Lake and/or Big Lake before heading to the scheduled fireworks show at Sunrise Park Resort. Cutthroat trout should hitting at Big Lake, and fishing is fair at Crescent. The fireworks showat the nearby resort is scheduled to begin at around 8:30 p.m.
- Lees Ferry in northern Arizona. This blue-ribbon, tailwater trout fishery is fishing great and we’ve been stocking it with trout.
- Lower Lake Mary in Flagstaff. Try worms under a bobber early in the morning and PowerBait during the day.
- Kaibab Lake in Williams. We’ve been stocking some extra catfish.
- Willow Springs Lake on the Mogollon Rim. It was stocked last week with more than 1,000 pounds of rainbow trout.
- White Mountains/Rim creeks (Tonto, East Verde, West Fork Little Colorado-Greer, West and East Forks of the Black River, Silver Creek). All are being stocked with trout.
- City Reservoir. Near Williams, it’s been stocked this week and has received extra trout throughout June. Last time this year, fishing was good on green garlic PowerBait and corn PowerBait.
- Goldwater Lake in Prescott. We’ve stocked it all spring and early summer — plus there are trees around to get out of the sun.
Woodbury Fire update: Closures include Apache Lake, possibly through July 4
According to an Arizona Emergency Network news release, State Route 88 is closed from Tortilla Flat to State Highway 188 at Theodore Roosevelt Dam. Apache Lake, Apache Campgrounds, picnic sites and trailheads will remain closed until SR 88 is reopened. This closure is expected to be a long term closure beyond the 4th of July holiday.
Access to C.C. Cragin Reservoir to be managed
According to the Coconino National Forest, due to the popularity of the C.C. Cragin Reservoir for fishing, canoeing and kayaking, vehicle access to the reservoir will be managed over the weekend to ensure public safety. Beginning this holiday weekend, according to a Service release, Forest Service personnel will be positioned at the boat launch and at the junction with the Rock Crossing Campground. Once the maximum capacity of 45 vehicles has been reached, vehicles will not be allowed to the parking area or boat ramp. Once traffic is stopped, one vehicle will be allowed in for every vehicle leaving. Read more.
Catch of the Week
Send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@azgfd.gov —
one will be selected for Catch of the Week
Blue Ridge (CC Cragin) Reservoir
Hans G.: Caught July 1 on 4-pound test line. The fish reportedly went 6.3 pounds, 25 inches and 6.1 pounds, 24 inches, respectively.
What’s been stocked this week
Rainbow trout: West Fork Little Colorado River-Greer, City Reservoir.
Apache trout: West Fork Little Colorado River-Greer.
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”.