Spring fishing is here in all its bedding-bass, crisp-morning glory.
Yet the vernal equinox, or the first day of spring when the Earth is neither inclined toward, nor away, from the sun, isn’t until Friday, March 20.
And the summer trout stocking schedule just came out. Read all about where trout are being stocked in a lake near you.
This week’s full moon has coincided with consistent, warm weather. The result? Springtime spawning conditions for largemouth bass have graced the desert impoundments.
So many great options can be at the end of the line. Flathead catfishing is picking up, and Arizona has become a destination for these bruisers. Crappie are a bit more active, stripers are stripping line at Lake Powell and Lake Pleasant, trout stockings will transition into those of catfish (first community waters cat stocking is March 19), and redear sunfish have already reached world-class status at Lake Havasu.
Take a deep breath for a second and appreciate all Arizona has to offer anglers and hunters. From the desert to the mountains, all such sportsmen help conserve our wildlife for future generations because, if you didn’t know, the Arizona Game and Fish Department does not receive state tax dollars. We rely heavily on active hunters and anglers who are passionate about our wildlife.
So thank you.
Spring also means Mr. Whiskers returns to the Community Fishing Program lakes – the first stocking is March 19! Get ready for the catfish, too.
Have you heard the good news about trout stockings at Willow Beach? Read C. Douglas Nelson’s Las Vegas Review-Journal article about “rainbows shining again.”
OK, that’s all. Nab a license online (it helps conserve wildlife), and have fun – it’ll be hard not to.
Bill Luke Bass Days March 13-15
OK, we’ve got some pretty big events coming up. The biggest is Bill Luke Bass Days, March 13-15, at Pleasant Harbor Marina. Bill Luke Bass Days is the Southwest’s largest family fishing tournament and festival. Everyone can partake in day and nighttime festivals featuring a Cornhole Tournament, food, vendors, carnival rides, wildlife exhibits and live music. See more information.
Arizona Game and Fish Department Expo is coming in late March
The Department will be hosting its annual Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo presented by Shikar Safari Club International, Saturday and Sunday, March 28-29.
The event is FREE and will have tons of events for the whole family to enjoy.
Last year’s Expo and Youth Day drew a total of 48,000 attendees, the highest three-day total in the event’s history.
Check out the kids fishing tanks and take home a free photo, a NEW OHV track, see all sorts of live wildlife, learn target archery and try other shooting sports in a safe, supervised, controlled environment on the range.
Get a feel for specialty shooting disciplines like clay target, cowboy action, practical pistol, black powder, and air gun. Check out the many firearms manufacturers, or see our new side-by-side OHV track!
Concessionaires will have food and beverages available for purchase, and many accept only cash — ATMs will be on site.
Expo hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Outdoor Expo is easy to find, located on Carefree Highway, about 1/2 mile west of I-17 in Phoenix.
Also, visit our Fish AZ blog for the latest free public fishing events, as well as timely fishing reports, fish stories and more.