Statewide Reports: Aug. 2, 2017
Night fishing during cooler nights is still a great option (our Catch of the Week came after 2 a.m. at Lake Mead). We’re headed into a full moon, and predatory fish will be on the move for food. The key is selecting the right spots.
Try for locations such as major lake points that might get good fish traffic at night such as reefs along submerged river beds, submerged humps, rivers, creeks, and vegetation, or in the mouth of a major cove.
Some anglers have reported that striped bass boils are picking up at Lake Pleasant, where the daily bag is unlimited for tasty stripers. This could be a great time to put some kids on a bunch of smaller stripers. See some tips for fishing striper boils.
Fishing for largemouth bass is good at Saguaro Lake with many fish coming via a dropshot rig in 10-15 feet of water. A key to an active bite is moving water early in the morning when the dam pushes water.
Bartlett Lake remains good for high numbers of largemouth bass using crankbaits and some top-water lures during the early morning and slow-moving baits, such as Texas-rigged brush hogs and crawdad imitations, as the sun rises. Our water quality monitoring this week showed there was no oxygen below 26 feet deep.
This week, by Saturday, we’re scheduled to have stocked Silver Creek, East Fork Black River, Canyon Creek, Christopher Creek, East Verde River, Haigler Creek, Tonto Creek, Willow Springs Lake, Woods Canyon Lake, Oak Creek, and Riggs Flat Lake.
Don’t forget to check out our top-5 family camping and fishing spots for August. Not surprisingly, four of the five spots are in the White Mountains.
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Grab a license online (that helps conserve all species of wildlife, not to mention provides funding that goes back into fishing opportunities) and go.
Catch of the Week
Send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@AZGFD.gov —
one will be selected as Catch of the Week.
Jacob Jacoby (right), with Russ Jacoby onboard (left), caught this 17-inch walleye on a one-inch piece of anchovy in Virgin Canyon at 2:34 a.m. on Tuesday, July 25.
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):
Silver Creek, East Fork Black River, Canyon Creek, Christopher Creek, East Verde River, Haigler Creek, Tonto Creek, Willow Springs Lake, Woods Canyon Lake, Oak Creek, Riggs Flat Lake.
Friday, July 28 — East Verde River, East Fork Black River, Silver Creek, Woods Canyon Lake, Willow Springs Lake. Thursday, July 27 — Tonto Creek, Christopher Creek, Haigler Creek. Monday, July 24 — West Fork Little Colorado River-Greer, Silver Creek, Canyon Creek. Friday, July 21 — Silver Creek, East Fork Black River, Woods Canyon Lake, Willow Springs Lake, Bear Canyon Lake, Canyon Creek.