Statewide Report: Aug. 24, 2017
The Reel Deal
Stream trout fishing is a great all-around choice. Try the East Fork of the Black River, Show Low Creek just downstream of Show Low Lake, Canyon Creek, Tonto Creek, the Little Colorado River in Greer or Silver Creek (but remember that monsoon storms can bring flooding at all these).
Also, boils are boiling! We’re coming off a new moon, and headed into a first quarter moon — striper fishing should still be bonkers at night at waters such as Lake Mead, Lake Powell and Lake Pleasant.
Who misses Mr. Whiskers? Channel catfish will return to Community Fishing Program waters in late September. Stay tuned: fall fishing is coming soon, and the early dove season begins Friday, Sept. 1.
Finally, check out some summer-ending fishing tips.
And thank you for your annual fishing license purchases – they go back into fish stocking and management and help conserve all species of wildlife (we receive NO state tax dollars). Grab a license online and conserve wildlife for future generations.
Catch of the Week
Send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@AZGFD.gov —
one will be selected as Catch of the Week.
Scott Keniston with a 7-pound, 3-ounce largemouth he caught Friday morning at Saguaro Lake on a Roboworm morning dawn with a chartreuse tipped tail — drop shot!
By Saturday, we’re scheduled to have stocked the following this week (sign up for I Support Wildlife for real-time and confirmed stocking reports):
Fool Hollow Lake, Show Low Lake, Silver Creek, East Fork Black River, Canyon Creek, East Verde River, Haigler Creek, Tonto Creek, Willow Springs Lake, Woods Canyon Lake, Dogtown Reservoir, Goldwater Lake.
Note: Catfish return to Community waters in late September.
Friday, Aug. 18 — East Verde River, East Fork Black River, Silver Creek, Woods Canyon Lake, Canyon Creek. Thursday, Aug. 17 — Tonto Creek, Haigler Creek, Cataract Lake. Tuesday, Aug. 15 — Oak Creek. See all the stocking schedules
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.