Statewide Reports: May 24, 2018
If you haven’t heard, lots of quality fishing opportunities will keep anglers’ reels singing during Memorial Day weekend — despite forest closures. Weekend weather is looking to be great: warm and fairly calm and perfect for fishing during the holiday weekend.
Some of the best options in the White Mountains for trout fishing include: Big Lake; Greer lakes; Show Low Lake; Fool Hollow Lake; Luna Lake, Hulsey Lake, Woods Canyon Lake; Willow Springs Lake; Bear Canyon Lake; Carnero Lake; and various White Mountains streams.
Options in addition to trout include walleye fishing at Lyman Lake and smallmouth bass fishing at Show Low Lake. Quality smallmouth have been caught lately at Show Low Lake.
Want to catch a tiger trout? Tigers have already been stocked into Becker Lake (April 16), Carnero Lake (April 25), Kinnikinick Lake (May 5 and 11), and Willow Springs and Woods Canyon lakes (May 21).
In the Flagstaff and Williams area, anglers can try Ashurst Lake, Kinnikinick Lake; Kaibab Lake and Frances Short Pond. Water temperature at Kaibab on Tuesday was 62 degrees. Get to these northern Arizona soon: hotter water temperatures soon will slow trout fishing down.
Reservoirs along the Salt and Verde rivers on U.S. Forest Service land remain open, as well as lakes in the Coronado National Forest.
The closures, meanwhile, will have the following impacts:
- Black Canyon Lake: The lake will be closed.
- Little Colorado River in Greer: A closure will impact the upper end on Apache-Sitgreaves Forest Service land, but the stream within the town of Greer is open and will continue to be stocked.
- West Fork of the Little Colorado River-Sheeps Crossing: The closure will extend upstream to the Highway 273 Bridge at Sheeps Crossing. Anglers will have access to the West Fork-Little Colorado River upstream of Highway 273 Bridge, which will continue to be stocked. Areas in the Apache-Sitgreaves NFS that are outside closure areas will remain in Stage II fire restrictions.
- City and Santa Fe 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. Fishing is prohibited and both are closed to foot and vehicle traffic.
- AZGFD is closing the Tonto Creek and Canyon Creek hatcheries. Read more.
Free Fishing Day is Saturday, June 2
That day will be celebrated as part of National Fishing and Boating Week, which runs June 2-10. During that Saturday only, no fishing licenses are required for persons fishing any public waters in Arizona. We’ve got some free family fishing events happening that day, too! Read all about them. 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.
Mike Anderson caught this beauty largemouth bass at Canyon Lake Saturday morning on a Whopper Plopper.
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.
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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”.