Author: Nick Walter

Statewide Reports: Aug. 10, 2017

Top picks this week are striped bass at night at Lake Pleasant, trout fishing on the creeks below the Mogollon Rim and at Silver Creek (regulations are catch-and-keep with bait and a six-trout daily limit — the upper section is closed to fishing) and throwing top-water lures early at Lake...

Angler Report: Rose Canyon Lake trout

Send your fishing reports and pictures to BFishing@AZGFD.gov Rose Canyon Lake Mike C.: Whole mess o’ fish at Rose Canyon last Saturday (Aug. 6). Great rainbow trout action in the morning with PowerBait (green, rainbow, orange) and longer 18-inch leaders. A group of us landed about 20 in a few hours worth...

Angler Report: Lower Lake Mary

Send your fishing reports and pictures to BFishing@AZGFD.gov Lower Lake Mary     Rich G. of Flagstaff: On, Friday, got skunked at Ashurst after four hours of fishing. Stopped at Lower Lake Mary on the way home. Caught this nice rainbow fly fishing with a Beaded Prince Nymph right about dusk at...

Angler Report: Woods Canyon Lake

Send your fishing reports and pictures to BFishing@AZGFD.gov Woods Canyon Lake   Shane S.: Caught several little rainbows early morning 7 am to 8am trolling Mepps chartreuse/bright orange colors about 2 mph east side of lake. Trolling action died down immediately after that so I switched to drift fishing slightly off the...

Angler Report: Saguaro Lake

Send your fishing reports and pictures to BFishing@AZGFD.gov Saguaro Lake   Brent O.: A few largemouth bass were caught in 10- to 20 feet of water near ledges. Weighted hook, 1/16-1/8 ounce, with a Senko or Dinger was the bait of choice. Fish were mostly around the 2-pound range with one over...

Statewide Reports: Aug. 2, 2017

Night fishing during cooler nights is still a great option (our Catch of the Week came after 2 a.m. at Lake Mead). We’re headed into a full moon, and predatory fish will be on the move for food. The key is selecting the right spots. Try for locations such as...

Angler Report: Lake Mead striper and a 17-inch walleye

Send your fishing reports and pictures to BFishing@AZGFD.gov Lake Mead Don M.: Fishing is HOT in Virgin Canyon near South Cove. Trip Monday night/Tuesday a.m.  produced 145 fish, including 126 stripers and 16 channel cats. Trip on Tuesday night/Wednesday a.m.  produced 214 fish — 203 stripers, 10 channel cats and one 17-inch...

Statewide Reports: July 27, 2017

We have released our top-5 family camping and fishing spots for August. Not surprisingly, four of the five spots are in the White Mountains. See the list along with directions, descriptions and fishing tips galore. Grab a license online (that helps conserve all species of wildlife, not to mention provides funding...

Top-5 AZ family camping and fishing spots for August

Family fishing and camping during summers in Arizona can produce some of the best memories life can spawn. What makes for good camping and fishing during triple-digit months of desert sweat? Escaping to the high country for a ton of stocked or self-sustaining fish, quality camping amenities, and scenery that’s...

Angler Report: Dead Horse Ranch largemouth bass

Send your fishing reports and pictures to BFishing@AZGFD.gov Dead Horse Ranch lakes (Cottonwood) Michael W.:  “Largemouth bass fishing still hot at Dead Horse Ranch” In 4 1/2 hours of fishing, I caught and released six nice largemouth bass, ranging from 2 1/2 to 5 pounds. All fish caught on spinnerbaits.  Weather Conditions: Cloudy...

Angler Report: Ashurst Lake

Send your fishing reports and pictures to BFishing@AZGFD.gov Ashurst Lake Rich G. of Flagstaff: My grandson CJ caught a couple nice-sized pike on a frog lure at Ashurst Lake fishing off a boat near the weeds by the rock dam. We also caught several nice size rainbows on spinners and shiny lures...