Statewide Reports: April 26, 2018
With trout stockings ramping up statewide, and desert temperatures ramping up as well, it’s time to get ready to cool off in the pine-scented high country.
If you have never fly fished, now is a great time to learn. This is part one, from Big Lake.
How to fly fish for trout: Part one
Check back to this site next Tuesday for Part 2 on lake fishing.
There are 33 fire restrictions statewide. See all the restrictions.
Central region reports
The top options for bass fishing in the Phoenix area remains Lake Pleasant for striped and largemouth bass, Bartlett Lake for high numbers of largemouth bass, Roosevelt Lake, and, at the right time, Saguaro Lake.
We are aware of golden algae that’s present at Apache, Canyon and Saguaro lakes and have been doing fish surveys as well as water sampling at these lakes. We will provide any significant updates on this issue. Many fish at these lakes likely are stressed and congregated into areas with better water quality, and so we are asking anglers who are releasing fish to release them where they are caught. As always, it’s crucial to “clean, drain and dry” when leaving any lake. Read more.
White Mountains report
Catch of the Week
Send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@AZGFD.gov —
one will be selected as Catch of the Week.
Yun Brock caught this 7-pound, 11.5-ounce largemouth bass at Martinez Lake on Friday, April 20.
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.
Saturday, May 5
Free Family and Community Fishing Event. 8 a.m. – noon. Woodland Lake Park in Pinetop-Lakeside, The Arizona Game and Fish Department along with the Town of Pinetop-Lakeside will host a free fishing clinic. The lake is scheduled to be stocked with trout just prior to the clinic, so the fishing should be good. Arizona Game and Fish will have a limited number of fishing poles, tackle and bait available for public use during the clinic. This is a great opportunity to come out to Woodland Lake and learn how to fish. No preregistration is necessary. Call Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Pinetop Regional Office at 928-532-3680 for more information.
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”.