Statewide Reports: May 17, 2018
We’re in drought conditions and as of Thursday afternoon there were 73 fire restrictions statewide. See all the restrictions.
Catfish stockings are in full swing at Community waters and trout stockings are underway in the high country.
AZ Angler chatter
Anglers lately are reporting plenty of hot spots, including:
- Ashurst Lake (southeast of Flagstaff). Fishing has been excellent, even with the high winds. Top baits have been garlic PowerBait and small, silver Rapalas.
- Frances Short Pond (Flagstaff). The pond got a double stocking of rainbow trout last week with one load being large trout out of Colorado. Anglers using flies and lures were catching lots of fish.
- Roosevelt and Bartlett lakes. Largemouth bass fishing has been excellent.
- Goldwater Lake (Prescott). Trout fishing has been good throughout the month. One angler reported catching a nice largemouth bass Monday.
- Alamo Lake. Anglers are still reporting excellent fishing at Alamo. On this new moon, drop crappie lights for a shot at some great action.
- Patagonia Lake. An angler reported that this 250-acre lake in southeast Arizona has turned on for bass, crappie and channel catfish that were hitting large live nightcrawlers flipped into shaded areas around reeds, submerged trees and rock structure.
- Many White Mountains/Mogollon Rim waters. Water quality tends to be the best during spring in this region. See the latest report.
Gates closed to Santa Fe, City reservoirs
That Kaibab National Forest announced that due to drier weather conditions and increased fire danger, it has issued a temporary closure for the Bill Williams Mountain watershed area until it receives significant precipitation. The watershed includes City and Santa Fe reservoirs. The city of Williams has closed all gates to City and Santa Fe. Both closed to foot traffic, along with vehicles., and there is no fishing.
Knoll Lake stocked
Knoll Lake was stocked Tuesday. Last week’s stocking was postponed because of the Tinder Fire. Access from the Blue Ridge side is difficult due to fire closures.
Steady flows at Lees Ferry could benefit food base
The steady weekend flows at Lees Ferry may benefit aquatic invertebrates at Lees Ferry. Early signs of potential increased invertebrate production are encouraging. Last Sunday numerous rocks were observed with a yellow line of midge eggs at the water line. 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.
Green Valley Lake
This 8-year-old girl had a great day after catching her first fish, a 1.5-pound largemouth bass, at the 24th Annual Payson Wildlife Fair.
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”.