Statewide Reports: March 30, 2018
Arizona anglers: Fishing report information is in transition.
The latest fishing reports, updates and more will be posted on this page.
We’ve developed a seasonal Fishing Forecast that will be updated four times a year and includes primary water bodies by region. This spring Fishing Forecast is on the “Fishing” section of our website and comes straight from our experts. It’s only one element of our fishing information.
Also, anglers can sign up for our fishing report newsletter.
We also suggest calling/visiting a local bait-and-tackle shop, fishing marina or guide service. Help us keep these reports fresh for your fellow anglers by sending your reports and photos to BFishing @AZGFD.gov – one will be selected for Catch of the Week.
By providing this information, we want to give you the best experience on the water for your license dollars. So thank you.
Finally, we’re working on a new-and-improved fishing and boating map. Stay tuned!
Silver Creek catch-and-keep season opens Sunday
Headed to the high country? At Silver Creek, the catch-and-keep season will begin Sunday, April 1 and run through Sept. 30 as bait and barbless hooks may be used and the limit is six trout. The upper section will close to fishing when this regulation changes for the summer season. Harvest of trout in the lower section during the first week of April should be fair.
Before Sunday, regulations are catch-and-release with artificial flies and lures with single barbless hooks only.
Take the Trout Challenge
Our Trout Challenge encourages anglers to explore trout fishing in some of the most scenic areas in Arizona. We manage more than 100 waters statewide, providing anglers numerous opportunities to catch several different species of trout, including two found only in the Southwest: Gila Trout and Apache Trout. 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.
Jason T. with a reported 4.04-pound largemouth bass caught March 16 on a watermelon Senko.
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, April 7
Youth and Community Fishing Day. 8 a.m. – noon. Cortez Park 3434 W. Dunlap Ave. Phoenix, 85051
By Sunday, we’re scheduled to have stocked the following this week (sign up for I Support Wildlife for up-to-date and confirmed stocking reports):
Thursday, March 22: “core” Community waters.
Ashurst Lake, Frances Short Pond, Pena Blanca Lake, Lower Salt River, Verde River (middle), City Reservoir, Santa Fe Reservoir.
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”.