Statewide Reports: June 28, 2018
On Wednesday, I sat down with Arizona bass fishing guru Gary Senft to talk live about where and how anglers can find bass. Water temperatures in many desert impoundments have been topping out in the low-80s and anglers can still catch bass close to shore. We also discussed night fishing tips, hot spots, fishing this full moon phase, and more.
Check back for future casts!
Stay cool and catch trout
If you want to avoid shoreline congestion and catch fish, then consider fishing from boats, float tubes, canoes or kayaks. There are boat rentals at Big Lake, Woods Canyon Lake, Luna Lake, Reservation Lake and Hawley Lake.
Trout fishing in the Flagstaff/Williams area tends to slow this time of the year as water temperatures become uncomfortable for trout, but fishing has been good for anglers fishing deep at Kaibab Lake near Williams.
In the White Mountains region, read more about closures due to fire restrictions and hot spots.
Most of the state is under stage 2 fire restrictions and there are some closures. See the fire restrictions.
Catch of the Week
Send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@AZGFD.gov —
one will be selected as Catch of the Week.
Colorado River-Bullhead City
Tim B. caught this 20-pound striped bass on the Colorado River in Bullhead City. He reported using a trout swimbait and using a slow retrieve.
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”.