Statewide Report: June 1, 2018
Arizona’s Free Fishing Day is this Saturday, June 2! That day will be celebrated as part of National Fishing and Boating Week, which runs June 2-10. During that Saturday only, no fishing licenses are required for persons fishing any public waters in Arizona. We’ve got some free family fishing events happening that day, too! Read more about Free Fishing Day.
As we head into summer, night fishing will become more viable. Daytime air temperatures in desert regions this weekend are predicted to top out around 108 degrees, so using submersible lights at night for striped bass (Lake Pleasant, Colorado River waters) and crappie (Roosevelt, Bartlett, Alamo) will be good options.
Largemouth bass fishing has been especially hot at Roosevelt, Alamo, and Bartlett lakes.
Heavy trout stockings still are taking place in the high country. Most of the state is under stage 2 fire restrictions and there are some closed areas. See the fire restrictions.
Despite closure, the majority of the state is open for fishing. Kaibab Lake near Williams has been a hot spot, and there are plenty of White Mountains dandies to enjoy. See more of our recommended hot spots.
Community catfish stockings winding down
Channel catfish stockings are almost over for the spring. The final stocking of catfish is June 6-11 and fish stockings are halted during the summer months. Summer temperatures in desert lakes can reach as high as 95 degrees — far too hot to deliver fish. Catfish stockings will resume in September.
Catch of the Week
Send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@AZGFD.gov —
one will be selected as Catch of the Week.
Riley D. and his two boys, Wyatt and Micah, caught these nice trout at Ashurst Lake on Sunday. He said the hot bait was rainbow PowerBait with garlic scent.
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”.