Statewide Reports: May 10, 2018
Top picks this weekend include trout-stocked creeks along the Mogollon Rim such as the East Verde River, Tonto Creek, Christopher Creek and Haigler Creek. These are being stocked this week and could provide some protection from weather that’s forecast to bring heavy winds across much of the state Friday and Saturday. Wind directions those days are forecast to generally be from the south. Consider looking for protection along southern shorelines and lee sides of islands or other structures.
Boaters: Please be safe, wear a life jacket, and don’t boat where there might be any floating debris. See what to do if you are in a boating accident.
Heading into a new moon early next week, using submersible lights at night for crappie (try Bartlett, Alamo and Roosevelt) and striped bass (Lake Pleasant, Powell, Havasu, Mead, Mohave, Colorado River areas) could be good (and cooler) options.
Apache trout return to White Mountains
See an AZCentral.com article about the return of Apache trout.
There are 64 fire restrictions statewide. See all the restrictions.
Also, see the InciWeb map for the latest fires incidents (including prescribed burns). As of Tuesday, the Tinder Fire along the Mogollon Rim was 16,309 acres and 79-percent contained.
Catch of the Week
Send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@AZGFD.gov —
one will be selected as Catch of the Week.
Al had a field day at Nelson Reservoir on (Tuesday) May 8. He and another angler reported catching 53 trout, crappie, and bluegill altogether (mostly catch and release). They reported using Joe’s flies lures.
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”.