Category: Statewide Reports

When planning your next fishing adventure, you just want “The Reel Deal.”  Stay up to date with weekly highlights of what’s biting around the state.

Statewide reports: Sept. 14, 2017

Lots of highlights for this week, starting with catfish coming back to Community Fishing Program waters next week. See the stocking schedule. Some others “Fish AZ” happenings: We stocked about 4,600 brown trout (averaging 8-12 inches) into Kinnikinick Lake southeast of Flagstaff on Wednesday: A few thousand more are coming...

Statewide Reports: Sept. 7, 2017

Top picks for this full moon weekend are: Colorado River below Davis Dam where Wednesday we stocked 3,175 pounds of rainbow trout at Davis Camp, Community Park, and Rotary Park — the trout averaged more than half a pound each with some fish weighing more than 3 pounds; Night fishing...

Statewide Reports: Aug. 31, 2017

  It’s the forehead-soaked homestretch of summer. Consider fishing the night, morning or high country. Top picks for bass are Lake Pleasant at night for striped bass (try anchovies deep), Saguaro Lake for largemouth bass (try frog imitations in the mornings and deep-diving crankbaits as the sun comes up). Want to escape...

Statewide Report: Aug. 24, 2017

The Reel Deal Stream trout fishing is a great all-around choice. Try the East Fork of the Black River, Show Low Creek just downstream of Show Low Lake, Canyon Creek, Tonto Creek, the Little Colorado River in Greer or Silver Creek (but remember that monsoon storms can bring flooding at...

Statewide Reports: Aug. 17, 2017

Top picks this week are Saguaro Lake for largemouth bass, or one of our stocked streams in the White Mountains region for trout, including Silver Creek, East Fork of the Black River, Little Colorado River in Greer or Show Low Creek just downstream of Show Low Lake. Fishing in these...

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...

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...

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...

Statewide Reports: July 13, 2017

The Coconino National Forest has dropped to Stage I fire restrictions. Time to camp at Ashurst Lake (one of the spots where we’ve stocked some of the quarter-million more fish) or Forked Pine Campgrounds, and grill up some fresh trout like these: This week, some other hot spots that have...

Statewide Reports: July 6, 2017

Striper fishing can be average to “gangbusters” at Lake Pleasant, Lake Mead, Lake Havasu, and the Colorado River below Davis Dam. See tips on fishing boils — the action should still be great at night. This week’s full moon will make lakes easier to navigate, and arguably produce periods of better...

Statewide Reports: June 29, 2017

Great time for chasing the all-American catfish — especially during the cooler nights. Just see our Catch of the Week below — Arizona truly is a flathead catfish destination. Other than that, as desert temperatures consistently crack 100 degrees, visit the mountain regions before the summer heat raises lake temperatures...

Statewide Reports: June 23, 2017

Top picks for this week are fishing nights during this new moon in the desert regions, and luring rainbow trout — all day and night if you like — in the high country. Top-water action will be picking up, too! Community Fishing Program catfish stockings are on hiatus for the...