Statewide Reports: April 19, 2018
Some windy weather rocked much of AZ Thursday, but most forecasts show that some calmer, warmer weather is coming this weekend. With spring fishing conditions ushering in plenty of fish stockings and spawning action, let’s get to some updates:
- Water levels could fluctuate on Lower Salt River. Water levels on the Lower Salt River below Stuart Mountain Dam were expected to fluctuate between 800 cubic feet per second to as much as 3,000 cubic feet per second, beginning Thursday and running through today, the Tonto National Forest announced. The Salt was stocked this week. Read more.
- Too hot and dry for camp fires in Tonto National Forest. Drought conditions, warm temperatures, and increasing fire danger have prompted the Tonto National Forest to implement fire restrictions. Since 8 a.m., Wednesday, April 18, 2018, fire-causing activities have been prohibited across the entire Tonto National Forest. Read more.
- Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests enters Stage 1 Fire Restrictions on Monday, April 23 at 1 a.m. in order to protect public health and reduce preventable human-caused fires. Read more. The Salt was stocked this week.
- The Palo Verde boat ramp paving project at Canyon Lake is complete and the boat launch is open to the public again.
A golden algae battle is nearing the end
This past winter, more Arizona lakes tested positive for golden algae than any year since 2005, when we first confirmed golden algae. But the end is in sight for some Community waters.
Phoenix-area Community waters such as Riverview, Cortez and Alvord lakes have been successfully treated and are receiving their regularly scheduled fish stockings again. Tempe Town Lake is on the verge of recovery and is again expected to be stocked with catfish the week of April 23-28. Read more.
Catch of the Week
Send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@AZGFD.gov —
one will be selected as Catch of the Week.
Peter M. caught this reported 8.1-pound largemouth bass from Roosevelt Lake caught at noon on Wednesday, April 11. He said he used a Senko worm as bait with 12-pound line and light fishing tackle. “It took a good 2 minutes to get her in the boat,” he said, “Great battle; she cleared the water 3 times. She is alive and well, eggs laid, ready for the next battle!” He said a group caught 25 bass, weighing 2-3 pounds, in a day and a half of fishing. All were reported as catch and release.
Family Fishing Events
During the events, loaner rods are provided, bait is free, and no license is required to those who register during event hours.
Youth Fishing Day. 8 a.m. – noon. Bonsall Pond, 5840 W. Bethany Home Rd., Glendale, Ariz. 85301.
By Sunday of this week, we’re scheduled to have stocked the following this week (sign up for I Support Wildlife for up-to-date and confirmed stocking reports):
Tonto Creek, East Verde River, Nelson Reservoir, Lower Salt River, Becker Lake, Ashurst Lake, Kaibab Lake, Colorado River, Patterson Ponds, Woodland Reservoir, Hulsey Lake, Luna Lake, Cristopher Creek, Canyon Creek, Haugler Creek, Willow Springs Lake, Frances Short Pond, Oak Creek, Goldwater Lake,
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”.