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Arizona Fishing Report – January 16th 2015


Arizona Fishing Report – January 16th, 2015

Water temperatures across the state have dropped to their winter standards, and fog and snow has slowed or stalled driving in the high country.

Be sure to check the Arizona Department of Transportation website for the latest road conditions.

Read for some winter fishing? First, anglers can pick a species to target, then figure out where you’ll go and how you’ll fish ’em. Here are some updates on a few popular species to target:

Rainbow trout

Kevin_Wood_Rainbow_Trout_Community_Fish_BFOY_entry__2_.jpgWe just stocked incentive trout into many Community Fishing Program waters, including this one caught by Kevin Wood, a 20.25-inch, 5-pound, 14.4-ounce trout taken Jan. 9 from Surprise Lake. Many more have been reported – go get yours. Trout is probably the best winter option for putting dinner on the table or bragging to buddies about high catch rates.

In the Tucson area this week, we stocked Patagonia Lake with 1,000 rainbow trout and Pena Blanca with 1,500 trout. At the Community fishing waters Kennedy, Lakeside, Sahuarita and Silverbell, some incentive (larger than average) trout have been stocked.

Sounds like trout fishing is good at Parker Canyon Lake as well. See the angler report from Parker Canyon in the full report.


GoldwaterBass_1.jpgKnow your winter tactics — it’s not an easy time to catch bass. With typical wintertime water temperatures (surface temperature at Bartlett Lake been around 52 degrees) a largemouth bass becomes lethargic and may feed once at first light and be satisfied for a couple days.

This isn’t to say avoid bass fishing. Just be prepared. Consider that about 10 percent of largemouth bass in our lakes will be staying shallow, or within the first 10 feet of the bank, throughout the day. As the sun comes up, many will travel deep where they might settle into a comfortable 66 degrees (say, 25 feet down.) This also is where the shad has been. In fact, as pointed out by  Gary Senft, Bass Pro at the Mesa Bass Pro Shops, the deeper the water, the more plentiful the bait.

Target points, humps, reefs and islands.

And fish slowly. For example, creep a dropshot-rigged Roboworm (bass are eating a lot of orange and red colors, such as Salt River craw) along the bottom. Wait for a possible, subtle bite as the bait is falling. This is where bite-feeling techniques such as holding or thumbing your line as the bait is falling can be critical to catching a bass. Also, this is when having better gear such as fluorocarbon line and sensitive rod tips can make a big difference. Check online about the advantages of having tungsten weights …

We’ve had some good bass reports lately from Roosevelt Lake, where the green tinted water has meant fresh nutrients coming in. One angler (in our Angler Report section) reported having great action with an afternoon, crankbait bite in 8-10 feet of water.

According to our local bass fishing pro Clifford Pirch, that green tint is a result on new water carrying nutrients into the lake.


CrappieCoRiver_1.jpgBest reported spots have been Alamo Lake (see full report), Bartlett Lake and Apache Lake. In general, crappie will be deep and near large schools of bait fish.

So there you go! See our Fish&Boat Arizona map for directions to our state’s primary fisheries.

See the full report for more details, and please share your fishing memories and pictures with us at

Don’t forget to bring your license! Need one? They can be purchased online. Your purchase helps conserve wildlife for future generations! (The Arizona Game and Fish Department does not receive state tax dollars.)

Free fishing events

We have lots of upcoming, free fishing clinics and events open to the public in the Phoenix, Tucson and southwest Arizona areas.

See all the details on Public Fishing Events page of the Fish AZ blog.



RosyBass_1.jpgRoosevelt Lake

Frank: I spent a couple of days last week on Roosevelt and would call the bass fishing good. Sixteen keepers (including the attached 8-pound, 4-ounce beauty) and 10 a day later. Fishing cranks in 8-10 feet, and it is an afternoon bite.

Veterans Oasis

Todd B.: I just read the report from the 7th. I have been telling people these fish are big this year. I have been fishing at Veteran’s lately for trout. The trout there have been averaging 14-15 inches and weighing about a pound each. These are nice fish for the average stocker. I have caught a few around two pounds each. I have seen some bigger ones cruising around however. Berkley Power Eggs have been the trick at Veteran’s this year. I use a little anise extract on the eggs before casting out. Just a little of the extract goes a long way, so just use a drop or two. I am still fishing in shallower water, and limiting out each trip. An eighteen inch leader seems to be doing the trick. Thank you.

Lake Pleasant

Barry W.: Striper action was great last week at Pleasant. Maybe with the temps warming up this has caused the fish to be a little more aggressive. A friend and I fished from 2 p.m. to sunset.

To be honest it took a few hours to locate the fish and was slow. Many northern coves we tried did not have many striper on the fish finder.  Around 4:30 p.m. we located a huge school of striper (200-plus fish) at the depth of around 20-28 feet. The striper were working a reef nearshore that dropped from 4-20 feet and having a feeding frenzy on shad.

We used a drop shot rig with anchovies and caught 37 stripers in less than an hour. The exciting thing about this fishing trip is my friend and I both had five double headers in that hour.  Normally the striper action is much slower this time of year compared to the summer action at Lake Pleasant.

The key is to find the schools of striper. If you don’t have a fish-finder I would recommend dropping bait and chumming. If you don’t get any bites or action after 20 minutes bring the lines up and try a different location (keep searching). Striper travel in schools and are constantly on the move from what literature says and what I have witnessed.  Once you find the school be sure to chum and keep that school interested below your boat.

We did not catch any fish bigger than 1.5 pounds, but the action was constant. We did see some anglers catching fish near us that were in the 5-6 pound range. It’s a great time to get out on the water and fish for striper, but it just requires a little more work to find them.

Also for you crappie fisherman we found lots of crappie suspended at 10-15 feet near underwater brush/ trees in the far back coves.  I would highly recommend using a live minnow at around 8-10 feet or very small jigs. We talked to one kayaker who caught a few that same day using very small live minnows with a small circle hook. I have included a video that is two minutes long showing the constant fun action we had but most important it recorded our back-to-back double headers.

Read the whole report 

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Arizona Fishing Report – January 7, 2015

Arizona Fishing Report – January 7th, 2015

Hello, anglers,

BigFreakingTrout.jpgWe call them “incentive” trout for a reason: To get you out on the water and hopefully onto some big fish.

The reports of big trout keep coming in. Ryan L. reported catching this rainbow trout that he said measured 23 inches and weighed 5.5 pounds.

Also congratulations to Harold Heres, who caught a 4.44-pound, 21.75-inch rainbow trout on PowerBait at Red Mountain Lake near Mesa on the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 1. The trout was entered in the Big Fish of the Year contest. Go get yours!

We’re getting things off right with incentive trout stockings that have just gone into many of the Community Fishing Program waters. Which ones? The trout have been stocked into all the waters but the Phoenix/Maricopa expansion and custom waters. See the stocking schedule.  These fish are all at least 1 pound, which most being 3-5 pounds. (A few are 6-8 pounds.)

This is prime winter trout time.

Typically, it’s also winter crappie time. Might want to stay away from Roosevelt Lake if you want crappie. On the other hand, sounds like Alamo Lake could be a good crappie producer. Anglers were reporting that crappie were trying to turn on at this lake, which is located west of Wickenburg. A recent storm that blew through shut the bite down for a few days, but with high temperatures back into the 70s all we, things should turn on again. Crappie are definitely blue-sky lovers.

Go where the Bill Williams River enters the lake and you will see some ancient cottonwood tops sticking out of the water — that is a huge flat where the crappie like to hold.

The crappie might be in 30 or even 50 feet of water, but the active crappie are usually at around 15 feet deep. Keep in mind that crappie feed upward.

So slow troll and get your bait or jig down to just above 15 feet. For example, 6-pound Fireline and a 1/16-ounce curly tail swimming jig translates into 41.5 feet of line at a trolling speed 1.5 mph to reach 14 feet.

Also consider Bartlett Lake for crappie.

Don’t forget to bring your license! Need one? They can be purchased online. Your purchase helps conserve wildlife for future genrations! (The Arizona Game and Fish Department does not receive state tax dollars.)

White Mountains updates

Significant access roads closed for the winter on Dec. 30, including Highways 273 and 261, and Forest Road 300 towards Woods Canyon Lake, Bear Canyon Lake, and Chevelon Lake.  This has impacted access to a number of waters on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, but the incoming snowstorm would have limited much of that access anyway.

Most of the lakes in the region are entirely frozen over, or mostly frozen.  As of Dec. 29, there wasn’t any ice cover that was safe to walk on and thus, ice fishing will have to wait for thicker ice conditions.  The late onset of the ice cover will delay the ice fishing season, but will likely mean that no winter kills will occur.

There are only a few waters in the region that are fully accessible (open water or safe ice, open/clear roads), including Lyman Lake, Clear Creek Reservoir, Fool Hollow Lake, Show Low Lake, and Silver Creek.

At Silver Creek, Cinda Howard of Fly Fish Arizona said fishing is good but has been getting tougher. Flies of choice have been bunny leeches in tan or black, Glo Bugs, San Juan worms and zebra midges. There also has been some top-water action, especially when the sun hits the water and generates midge hatches. Water temperatures are in the 40s.

Most waters are still ice covered, and Show Low Lake that was previously ice free now has partial ice that restricts boat launching.  Ice cover should still be considered unsafe.

The ice came on very late this year and needs a little more time to build before it is safe.

Upcoming fishing events

Saturday, Jan. 17 – Get some new rods and reels for the holidays? Break in your new fishing equipment at our free seminar seminar on Saturday, Jan. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hirsch Conservation Education Area (Biscuit Tank). The area is located in the Ben Avery Shooting Facility on 4044 W. Black Canyon Blvd. in Phoenix.

See more details from the Fish AZ blog.

Saturday, Jan. 31 – Big Game Fish Bowl, 8-11 a.m. at Peoria’s Pioneer Park lake at 8755 N. 83rd Ave.

It’s going down the day before the Super Bowl! Wear your favorite team’s jersey and enjoy a variety of activities.

The fishing portion, an Arizona Game and Fish Department fishing clinic, is free. Rainbow trout will have been stocked just prior to the event. Loaner rods and reels will be available, and bait will be provided. No license is required for those who register.

For a $5 entry fee, the event also includes giveaways, gift cards, an event T-shirt, prizes, food and more while supplies last.

For more information, call 623-773-7137 or to pre-register, visit

Saturday, Feb. 21 – Free fishing clinic at Silverbell Lake in Tucson, 8 a.m. – noon


See our Fish&Boat Arizona map for directions to our state’s primary fisheries.

See the full report for more details, and please share your fishing memories and pictures with us



PioneerPk_1.jpgParker Canyon Lake
Dennis D.: Howdy, my fishing partners and I hit Parker Lake on Dec. 20 and 27 for some early morning trout fishing. We hit our limit on the 20th in under 2 hours and the 27th took a bit longer as it appears the trout were spooked by the cold front that hit this past week. We did limit out on the 27th as well (18 trout) with the average size being 14 inches and weighing about a pound or so.

Fishermen should try salmon peach PowerBait with a small treble hook, or Berkley mice tails on a small snell hook along rock walls and as deep as you can get from the bank. The fish are there and they are hungry once you figure out what it is they want to eat.


Silverbell Lake
Phil C.: The windiest day of 2014. Limited out in 4 hours.

Lees Ferry
Brian S.: Went up to Lee’s Ferry during Christmas break.  Fished two full days at the walk-in section.   If you are going up dress warm.  Very cold in the morning.  Low 20’s and by wading in the cold water makes for a very cold day.  The flows were about 9000 CFS in the AM and peaked around 15500 CFS in late afternoon.  We fished from the Paria bar all the way up to the boat launch.  The fishing was poor.  My friend and I have been hitting Lee’s Ferry for about a decade and fish the walk in section every few months.  We know every hole and where fish hold.  This is the worst we have ever done.  We both only managed to catch about 12 fish each over two days.  I primarily fly fish and my friend spin fishes.

I caught a few on black zebra midges size # 18 and red San Juan worms.  I also had some luck with streamer patterns when the water was up.  My friend was using Vibrex spinners and Pistol Pete’s.  Some of the fish we caught look malnourished.  Large head, big eyes and long skinny bodies.  The biggest one we caught was only 14 inches.  We talked to several other anglers. Mostly fly fisherman.  The story was much the same.  In fact several anglers got skunked.

Skunked at the Ferry?  At this point I would rate the spin and fly fishing at the walk in section a 1 out of 10.  I have to say this place has gone downhill.  Either all of a sudden we have become bad fisherman or something is going on.  We have had many of 100 fish days in years prior.  The last two years there is a noticeable decline in the size of fish and quantity.

Pioneer Lake (Peoria)
Pete J.: Caught this big one at Pioneer Park today (Jan. 3) in Peoria.

Roosevelt Lake
Kevin M.: Slow day on the water, fished from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for crappie between the dam area and windy hill.  Fished with jigs tipped with minnows, and minnows on bait hooks on dropshot rigs, at varying drift speeds and depths with only a few bass to show for our efforts.  Only one vehicle in the parking lot when we launched and only saw three boats on the water while we were out, lowest amount I have seen out there in the near 20 years I have fished the lake.  Sad state of affairs at this lake right now crappie fishing wise — hope it comes back at some point.

McQueen Pond (Gilbert)
Seow L.: Our family went to Gilbert community pond on the cold and cloudy New Year’s Day. My son left his fishing rod on the ground and was pulled by a fish into the water. His quick reaction, by reaching into the water and grabbing the rod, was to save the fishing rod and reel in this 2.25 pounder, the largest trout we have ever caught. 2015 fishing is off to a good start!

Roadrunner Pond
Everybody reports about good fishing and where to fish. I am going to report on where not to  go. I know how to fish for trout — I have been doing it for 40 years . I  was lucky enough to have some time off over Christmas and was able to give Roadrunner Park a try.

I wish I would have picked a different lake because Roadrunner was terrible. I tried everything — power bait, corn, spinners, Z-rays, worms and even old school salmon eggs and nothing worked. Nobody was having any luck and the lake seemed dead and lacking any aquatic life at all.

I was there at first light and there wasn’t even the occasion jumping of bait fish or boils on the surface that most lakes and ponds have from time to time . If you’re fishing time is short you might pass on selecting roadrunner.

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.


New reports:

ROOSEVELT LAKE – (2,093 feet, 42-percent full). Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods with a Jan. 6 report:

Good morning, Rim Country anglers,

The talk among Rim Country anglers this week is the weather. Snow is a key to successfully adding water at Roosevelt. As the snow melts, it saturates the ground and then begins draining into streams that feed the lake. The nutrients this water brings is extremely valuable to the fish. So even though we may have been impacted by the snow, overall it’s a great thing for our community.

Local anglers called fishing “good” this past week due mostly to the calm days before the storms. The water level of the lake remained at 41 percent full with surface temperatures in the low to mid 50s. Successful techniques reported this past week include a jig, dropshot, deep-running crankbaits and jigging spoons.

The crappie fishing continued to be called poor on Roosevelt. Crappie are schooling this time of year and some anglers are now trolling for crappie.  However, even very experienced crappie anglers are reporting limited success.

Have a great week of fishing and I hope see you on the water.

LAKE PLEASANT – (1,678 feet, 74-percent full):

From Derrick Franks of the Striper Snatcher Guide Service: “The water temperature is 58 degrees with the water level at 75 percent. Striped bass, largemouth bass and white bass have been hanging out in high numbers along the transition areas in the 15-25 foot mark in the northern creek arms. These fish are not going far to chase a bait — a popular bait for me is a chrome with blue back spoon.”

Anglers are hitting the water by 6 a.m. to catch stripers and leave by 11:30 a.m. They are hitting the northern coves such as Humbug where shad have been holding. Overnight, the shad hide in the brush, and the stripers wait for the shad once they come out. The biggest challenge may be finding the shad, which are ahead of spawning time and so will eventually move into running water.

COMMUNITY FISHING WATERS – We just stocked incentive rainbow trout into most of the CFP waters! See all the details in a Fish AZ blog article.

This year also marks the 30th Anniversary of the Community Fishing Program!

What started as a comparatively small program in 1985 has blossomed into a program now spanning 15 communities and 35 waters across the state, with plans to grow even more. We would love to see more families with children in more cities getting engaged in fishing. Spread the word to someone you know and take them fishing. This is your Community Fishing Program, serving your community.

You may see a few more Department staff working the waters and asking questions of anglers. We will be conducting a program-wide creel survey of all CFP waters starting in January and ending in December 2015. If you are contacted by one of our staff, please consider answering a few questions as this is what we use to determine catch-rates, satisfaction, and many other important pieces of information.

We’re still working with our vendors to ring in the new year in our newest waters with a bonus stocking of trout in January (26-31.). This would be an off-cycle stocking, but we intend to make it a memorable one. Stay tuned for further information!!

Jim Goughnour from Rim Country Custom Rods said trout fishing at Green Valley Lake, which is now part of the Community Fishing Program, was called excellent this week. The AZGFD stocking program is continuing and several nice trout have been caught on salmon eggs, small spinners and PowerBait.

If you’re a novice angler or if you’re one of our younger listeners, take a trip down to Green Valley Lake and either just watch or talk to one of those more experienced trout anglers sitting in a chair at the lake. You’ll be amazed at how much you can learn about trout fishing from talking and watching those guys.

Read the whole report!

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Arizona Fishing Report – December 19th, 2014

Arizona Fishing Report – December 19th, 2014

TempeKiwanis.jpgTop picks to fish this week are the trout-stocked Community Fishing Program waters (Tempe Kiwanis Lake just received a whopping 1,000-pound rainbow trout stocking), Lake Pleasant for flathead catfish, Bartlett Lake for high numbers of largemouth bass, and Alamo Lake for decent crappie action.Top picks to fish this week are the trout-stocked Community Fishing Program waters (Tempe Kiwanis Lake just received a whopping 1,000-pound rainbow trout stocking), Lake Pleasant for flathead catfish, Bartlett Lake for high numbers of largemouth bass, and Alamo Lake for decent crappie action.

See an update from the community waters from our Fish AZ blog.

Be sure to check the ADOT website for road conditions before traveling this weekend – the Kinnikinick Road, for one, is now closed for the winter.

Heading into the winter doldrums, the metabolism of fish such as largemouth bass slows. With this weekend’s rainy (and in higher elevations, snowy) weather, fishing tends to slow down. These can be difficult months to fish. For bass, try something such as a Carolina rig with a long leader and work a plastic worm slowly.

The best place to trout fish statewide can be at the Community Fishing Program waters.

Also, Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods reported: “We’re finally getting some snow up on the (Mogollon) Rim, which overall is a good thing. During the next couple of months, we’ll be talking about frozen lakes and closed roads, but keep in mind that a large portion of that snow ultimately ends up in Roosevelt Lake. When that snow melts, it will ensure a steady flow of fresh nutritional water into the lake well into the spring of 2015.

Trout angling on the Rim may be limited but there are still plenty of streams and lower level lakes reporting excellent trout fishing conditions. Green Valley Lake in Payson, continues to reports excellent results of 12-14-inch stocked rainbow trout. PowerBaits, salmon eggs and small spinner baits were working yesterday.”

See our Fish&Boat Arizona map for directions to our state’s primary fisheries.

See the full report for more details, and please share your fishing memories and pictures with us at

Read the rest of the Fishing Report.



Javelina Hunt – Life and Times of Hutch – New Book!

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Javelina Hunt, The Life and Times of Hutch is the first in a series of Western Short Stories. Kerr Hutchinson makes his home on a cattle ranch near Cave Creek Arizona in the mid-1890’s. Most of his friends call him Hutch. Hutch wanders the Arizona Territory, enjoying his time off the ranch in simple pursuits. Occasionally Hutch finds himself in some sort of trouble, usually of somebody else’s making. The ever resourceful Hutch always comes out on top although not always unscathed. Hutch enjoys his life and his rare opportunity to explore Arizona, but his commitment to freedom my break the heart of young ladies he meets in his travels.


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Arizona Fishing Report – December 12th, 2014

Arizona Fishing Report December 12th, 2014

Believe it or not, this is great weather for trout fishing. At least it is in mid-elevation and lower SilverCreek1_1.jpgelevation waters where we do our trout stockings.


It’s a great time to fish the Tucson area. We received a report from Pena Blanca, where trout are being stocked and the water temperature on Dec. 6 was 53 degrees. But apparently it’s some smaller largemouth bass that are consistently hitting dropshot-rigged plastic worms.

In the Phoenix area, try the one-two punch of the Lower Salt River and Saguaro Lake because they are close to one another, and are being stocked. The Lower Salt was scheduled to be stocked this week and Saguaro is scheduled to be stocked the week of Dec. 15.

Anglers can try fly fishing in all trout-stocked waters such as the Lower Salt. Copper johns, prince nymphs, and egg patterns can work well for sub-surface flies, and for dry fly anglers can try stimulators and elk hair caddis. If you are spin fishing try small Rooster Tails with a gold blade in the slower moving water.

Saguaro has lots of fishing piers, especially in the Key Hole area just up from the marina. PowerBait is effective, but anglers may also want to try nightcrawlers that entice largemouth bass, yellow bass, bluegill and catfish. If you’ve learned how to tie a dropshot rig, try one with a nightcrawler or even mealworm.

Don’t forget the Community Fishing Program lakes are stocked with trout in the winter. There may be times when the community waters are offering some of the best trout fishing in the state. An angler reported to our Mesa Regional office Tuesday, Dec. 9 to weigh the above rainbow trout that weighed 3.46 pounds and measured 19 inches long.

Check the entire winter stocking schedule. 

In the White Mountains, some lakes are thawing out with the recent warmer weather.  Most areas have had no recent reports, but the little info we have indicates that even the higher elevation lakes have some open water at this time. Hot spots are Becker Lake and Silver Creek. Both are catch-and-release with artificial fly and lure with single barbless hooks only.

Not a bad time to get up to these mountains for a white Christmas. Speaking of – if you’re in need of some affordable holiday gift ideas, we’ve got you covered. Read about some of these ideas, including a $5 kids fishing license (great stocking stuffer.)

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Arizona Fishing Report – December 4th, 2014

Arizona Fishing Report – December 4th, 2014

Some reported hot spots have been Bartlett Lake for largemouth bass, Lake Pleasant for flathead catfish and Kinnikinick Lake for brown and rainbow trout.

Kudos to Rich Griner of Queen Creek, who Nov. 19 caught this 26-inch, 8.6-pound rainbow trout from Canyon Creek on a worm. Griner said his fish was caught upstream of the hatchery bridge within the stocked section. Canyon Creek has a catch-and-release, fly/lure single barbless-only section from the OW Bridge downstream. But Griner said he was not fishing this section. The fish is a new Big Fish of the Year catch-and-keep leader in the trout category.

Rich_Griner_Rainbow_Trout_BFOY_2014_jpg_1.jpgDon’t forget to check our winter trout stocking schedule before planning a trout excursion.

Of course, winter weather can be detrimental to travel. Motorists traveling in Arizona’s high country need to be aware of some annual closings. Be sure to check the Arizona Department of Transporation website for the latest road closures.

In the desert impoundments, consider targeting sporting crappie populations at Alamo, Bartlett and Roosevelt. Doesn’t sound like banner crappie-fishing conditions yet — but it’s worth a shot. As the water temperatures lower, the crappie will congregate into large schools in open water that can be up to 50 feet deep or so. The crappie formations, or schools, look like inverted pyramids (or Christmas trees if you like), with the most active fish at the top, around 15 or 20 feet deep.

Catch a window of stable weather for crappie fishing.

The two primary strategies for catching these crappie are to use your fish finder, locate a school, sit over it, and slowly jig a 1/16- or even a 1/32-ounce jighead with curly tail or other small grub, Roadrunner or maybe a marabou jig. The other is slow trolling (1.5 mph) crappie jigs or even small crankbaits. Or combine the two — trolling until you get a bite, then vertically jig.

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Arizona Fishing Report for November 26th, 2014

COMMUNITY FISHING WATERS – Tuesday was the Welcome Back the Trout to Tempe Town Lake celebration (Tempe Town Lake is now part of the CFP; community fishing privileges are now included in all fishing licenses.) There were 3,000 trout stocked out of Town Lake SRP Marina Monday and Tuesday. Trout stockings have resumed in the Phoenix/Tucson/Yuma lakes and ponds.

CanyonBassUnfortunately, water quality and excessive algae and vegetation problems have plagued Kiwanis Park in Tempe this autumn. As a result the lake did not receive any catfish in September or October, or trout in November thus far. Water quality appears to be improving and we hope to be able to stock trout on the next scheduled delivery. In addition, this week’s stocking at Lakeside Park in Tucson will be cancelled due to ongoing water quality maintenance, and those fish will be diverted into Silverbell and Kennedy lakes.

Trout have returned to the four Yuma-area CFP waters (West Wetlands, Fortuna, Redondo, and Council Avenue in Somerton). All four waters have been stocked in the past week, and monthly stockings will continue through February.

Trout will be stocked into the seven expansion waters in Phoenix during the week of Dec. 15-19. Those waters include: Pacana Pond in Maricopa; Discovery, McQueen, and Freestone Ponds in Gilbert; Roadrunner Pond in Phoenix; Eldorado Pond in Scottsdale; and Bonsall Pond in Glendale.

Rainbow trout also are being stocked at Green Valley lakes in Payson. See a Fish AZ blog story about kayak, fly-fishing from Oct. 22.  

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Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center Open House is Nov. 22-23

Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center Open House is Nov. 22-23

Free, family-friendly opportunity to learn about and see live native wildlife up closeSandy_Cate_golden_eagle_GA_web_2_1

Come see a bald eagle, bobcat, ringtail, and many bird and reptile species at the free Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center’s open house on Saturday, Nov. 22 and Sunday, Nov. 23 from 10-3 p.m. daily.

During this once-a-year glimpse into the center’s operations, visitors will have the opportunity to see wildlife up close, view educational displays, make wildlife-related crafts and meet wildlife experts.

Over 30 years ago, the Arizona Game and Fish Department opened the first state-run wildlife rehabilitation and education center in the nation. Today, the center has provided wildlife triage, treatment and rehabilitation to more than 30,000 sick or injured animals and delivered wildlife education programs to millions of people at events and schools.

Its original focus, when founded in 1983, was on treating and rehabilitating sick and injured wildlife. While the center still continues to provide care to wild animals, it also focuses heavily on educating the public about Arizona’s diverse native wildlife. Ultimately, the center strives to rehabilitate wildlife for return to the wild, but in instances where an animal cannot be rereleased, the center may use them as an educational wildlife ambassador.

It is operated with a small budget from the Heritage Fund, a voter-passed initiative that provides for wildlife conservation and education through Arizona lottery ticket sales, and operated by the Game and Fish Department with help from the Adobe Mountain Wildlife Auxiliary. The center depends on public support to care for the vast number of animals that come through its doors. The following donations are always very welcome:

* Paper towels
* Plastic storage bags (quart or gallon)
* Dawn dish soap
* Laundry bleach
* Heavy-duty trash bags (30-33 gallon)
* Tall kitchen trash bags (13 gallon)
* Gift cards to grocery and hardware stores
* Game meat (good quality, not freezer burned)
* Monetary contributions

The wildlife center is located north of Pinnacle Peak Road just west of I-17 in Phoenix. It is on the same property as the Adobe Mountain School. Officers and volunteers will be giving directions for parking once at the facility.

Admission and parking for the open house are free, and food will be available for purchase.

For more information about the Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center, go online to or watch a related video at

Arizona Fishing Report for November 21st, 2014

Arizona Fishing Report November 21, 2014

LowSalt_1Stocking completed for rainbow trout into Beaver Creek (900 trout), Verde River (2,400), Deadhorse lakes (3,200), Lynx Lake, Goldwater Lake, Fain Lake, Patagonia Lake (2,250), Pena Blanca Lake (2,000), Cluff, Dankworth Pond, Roper Lake, Graham County Fairgounds Pond, Apache Lake (1,000), Canyon Lake (1,500) and Saguaro Lake (1,500).

Not sure I have a great feel for what is happening on the desert impoundments right now. This is the transition period from the fall activity patterns to the winter ones. Fish are edging deep and as the water cools, their metabolism slows down. Bass can still be found chasing shad at the surface at times, but for most lakes, expect top-water action to be sporadic (but worthwhile).

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Fishing Report for Arizona – November 14, 2014

Arizona Fishing Report November 14th, 2014

Alright, anglers, let’s get right to it. The first day of the winter Community Fishing Program trout stockings is Friday.

You ready? See the stocking schedule. Know that Tempe Kiwanis Lake, which is managed by the city of Tempe, and Lakeside (Tucson) will not be stocked on Friday. The excessive algae and aquatic vegetation at Kiwanis is not yet suitable for stockings, and at Lakeside, we were asked not to stock because of high turbidity in the lake.


Back to the great news. We’re hosting a fishing clinic on Saturday, 8-11 a.m. at Eldorado Park in Scottsdale. Trout will have been stocked, poles and bait will be available to borrow for free, no license is required during clinic hours, and the city of Scottsdale will have a raffle with prizes. Pretty cool – bring the family.

Fast-forward to Nov. 25. The City of Tempe and the Arizona Game and Fish Department will host the annual Welcome Back the Trout Celebration on that Tuesday at SRP Tempe Town Lake Marina from 4-6 p.m. Families and community members are invited to come down and watch as thousands of rainbow trout are released into the lake. The Department will conduct a fishing clinic starting at 4 p.m. Again, there are free loaner rods, reels and bait that will be available during the event, along with instruction and tips from seasoned anglers.

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