Statewide Reports: July 11, 2018
Due to the onset of monsoon moisture, starting 8 a.m. Wednesday, the Coconino and Kaibab national forests lifted all fire restrictions south of the Grand Canyon and rescinded area closures that have been in effect since May. The Tonto National Forest lifted its two area closures at 8 a.m., Wednesday and reduced forest-wide fire restrictions to Stage 1.
Time to fish in the high country! As always, be sure to check https://firerestrictions.us/az/ for the latest fire restrictions before heading out. Please continue to be diligent about abiding by these restrictions.
Night fishing also is a prime option statewide – not only is it cooler, a new moon will make fishing with submersible lights more effective. Lake Pleasant, Willow Beach on the Colorado River, Lake Mead and Lake Mohave are some of the best options for nighttime striper fishing under lights.
It’s also prime flathead catfish season. Arizona has proved to be a destination for these monster flatheads.
Apache trout stocked
The native Apache trout have been stocked this past week into Silver Creek, the West Fork of the Little Colorado River in Greer and the east and west forks of the Black River.
Our state fish can be caught by a variety of methods, including wet or dry flies, natural baits and small lures in either lakes or streams. Artificial flies typically produce the best results.
Catch of the Week
Send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@AZGFD.gov —
one will be selected as Catch of the Week.
Bryson recently caught this 3.05-pound rainbow trout tolling a Thomas Buoyant Lure.
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”.