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If a cold front is approaching, the fish tend to move deeper into the water and lay low. Yellow bass are abundant throughout the lake and fishing should be great. If you’d like to see a section of our monthly Fishing Report in Spanish -- or if you have ideas about how we can better engage with our Spanish-speaking community -- please email dcaverohann@azgfd.gov. Barometric pressure is a good indicator. Or, post your pics in the latest catches gallery.This Arizona fishing report is a realtime feed showing the latest 200 reports and pics, you can view more historic reports under the specific lake or river page. This is also a great opportunity to try your hand at fly fishing, and a size 8 wooly bugger will catch just about anything that swims. He used live nightcrawlers with no weight. The Granite Reef Dam recreation area is a popular spot for kayak bass fishermen, and because it is below where the Verde River comes in, water levels stay more consistent throughout the year. Flathead catfish are present throughout the lake but are more common upriver or by the dam. You can also try and fish the shad boils. Every license purchased online from the Arizona Game and Fish Department contributes directly to our on-the-ground conservation efforts. If passed by Arizona Senate, HCR 2008 would let voters decide on state constitutional amendment to make hunting and fishing a right. Phoenix Parks and Recreation partners with the Arizona Game and Fish Department to stock lakes in seven city parks:. Shore fishing is best at the main launch area near Apache Marina and Resort and at Burnt Corral. At Lake Pleasant we caught 183 Flathead Catfish in the 1 day survey! Take means pursuing, shooting, hunting, fishing, trapping, killing, capturing, snaring, or netting wildlife. The eagle closure area is open during the fall. If you crave catfish, set your line near the bottom and use worms, minnows and chicken livers as bait. As fishermen know, severe weather changes have an impact on the way fish feed. A good spot is under the Mill Avenue or Scottsdale Road bridges on both the north and south side of the lake. The Arizona Game and Fish Department is launching a pilot program, and we want to hear from you! For information on all Community Fishing Program waters, visit our Community fishing page. His folks took him out on the lake at Lakeside and he caught this 12-1/4 pound monster by himself. (Do not use on a shared computer) Log in. Scan the surface until you find a boil then cast into and around the edges using top-water baits or swimbaits. Weighed in at 4 pounds and measured 20 1/4 inches. The statewide stocking schedule link below includes all waters receiving catchable-sized trout from Arizona Game and Fish hatcheries. We’ll share more details soon. Bass can be found throughout the river, but during the period of low flows are generally stacked in the deeper holes. Bartlett bass, hooked for life! Register as a new user. Fishing for catfish should be great this fall. When in doubt, throw a live worm on the bottom and see what bites! All vessels, except sailboards and certain racing shells or rowing skulls, must have at … It was caught on a watermelon color plastic work. The current FishAZ site (. The Lower Salt River has a variety of other species to offer that can be caught on rod and reel including carp, catfish, yellow bass, and native desert and Sonoran suckers. Resend your confirmation email . Community Fishing Bulletin. All fishing reports. 11-8-2019 Try fishing around submerged trees or on shelves. Information Daily bag limits for trout: 15 & older is 5 fish/day; 10-14 year old is 3 fish/day; 9 & younger is 2 fish/day. The lake provides many coves to fish by boat. The Lower Salt River flow and water temperatures are largely controlled by the release of water from Saguaro Lake at Stewart Mountain Dam, and from Bartlett Lake via the Verde River. The lake is mostly full due to good precipitation last winter. Try fishing one of our fish habitat improvement sites, check out the map! The Community Fishing Program stocked channel catfish during the summer. See the latest water level. Schools of yellow bass look for groups of shad, so if the bite slows, don’t be too impatient to move off a good point you’ve located. In May 2020, 7,500 fingerling Florida strain largemouth bass were stocked into the lake. Angler Reports / Fishing Waters / Flagstaff Waters. Fish should have plenty of habitat at multiple water levels thanks to all the hard work by all our partners and volunteers on fish habitat improvement sites. My AZGFD Dashboard. Most waters are fishing well since water quality tends to be best in the spring and most waters have been stocked with trout. Information is being migrated to www.azgfd.gov. Thermal stratification continues until lake mixing occurs around October. 5-lb. All were safely released. The joint effort has resulted in reopening the access road off of Table Mesa Road and constructing a primitive boat launch area that is open for a brief time period each spring allowing access to Lake Pleasant above the eagle closure. Notice to Boaters: Motorized watercraft in Arizona waters must be registered. Fishing for channel catfish and flathead catfish should be excellent throughout the winter. As the weather cools and fish become more active, shift to fishing shallower and using top-water lures. Current fishing regulations and stocking schedules for the Water Ranch Fishing Lake are posted on site, and available though the Arizona Game and Fish website: AZGFD. Shore anglers can try fishing off of Acacia day-use recreational area where habitat is placed near the buoys. If the pressure change is gradual, the fish will respond favorably. To catch a trophy size, try using live gizzard shad, sunfish or carp. Try using catfish baits like chicken livers for smaller catfish. Lake temperatures are cooling down from 80s in September to the 70s in November. Over the course of five hours, he caught these bluegill about 10 to 15 feet out and about 3 to 4 feet deep using worms and mealworms on a bobber. Username or Email. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. We went to Bartlett on Presidents Day (Feb. 17) and my 6-year-old grandson,  Graham, caught his first fish! Trout stockings usually begin in early October with the arrival of cooler temperatures, making trout fishing in the desert a worthwhile endeavor. Barometric pressure is a good indicator. See the current lake elevation. The thermocline typically becomes well established in May and is usually around 35 to 45 feet. Water levels this fall should be relatively stable with minimal fluctuation. These fish are larger than normal and are expected to remain in the creek until April 1, when catch-and-keep season returns. The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) stocks super catchable rainbow trout annually into Silver Creek. Guidebook – 2021. This spring anglers reported catching 10- to 13-inch black nose crappie. The Flathead Catfish were collected, weighed,... Angler Reports / Central Waters / Fishing Waters, Matt B. was at Roosevelt Lake a few weeks ago with his daughter Kolbee (shown with Matt in photo) and girlfriend Salina, They did a little bit of shore fishing using water dogs and minnows, Angler Reports / Fishing Waters / White Mountains Waters. Find out where the fish are biting, the best places to go and what baits and lures to use to catch big fish today. Try using catfish baits like chicken livers for smaller catfish. The Arizona Game and Fish Department stocked sub-catchable black crappie to supplement the population in March 2019. The boat ramp is located on the north side of the lake near the marina. Jim N. Jr. reported that trout fishing was good at Lower Lake Mary, located about 15 miles south of Flagstaff. If a cold front is approaching the fish tend to move deeper into the water and lay low. These stockings should contribute to the population and provide great fishing opportunities. You contribute to conservation in Arizona by purchasing a license with the Arizona Game and Fish Department. It’s expected to continue being a good year for crappie fishing. General Statewide Fishing Regulations apply statewide unless site specific Special Regulations apply to that body of water. New waters to fish Simpler licenses make it easier to go fishing Largemouth bass numbers have been reported to be lower than average compared to previous years and fishing is expected to be fair throughout the fall. Butcher Jones Recreation Area is another shore-access fishing site that has a trail you can fish along as well as a side cove along the cliffs. You can also get information from our Fish & Boat AZ map. Max T. caught a few carp on corn last Thursday (4/23) from Eldorado Pond. If the pressure change is gradual the fish will respond favorably. There are many apps that you can use that display this information for you. Game and Fish surveys have shown growth rates of 4 to 6 inches in six months. Ian V. had this nice catch up near the dam around mid day on May 15. Angler Reports / Fishing Waters / Lake Powell and Lees Ferry Waters. The dates listed on the trout stocking schedule represent the Monday of the week the stocking will occur. Andrew A. caught panfish and largemouth steadily all the first weekend of May. The current FishAZ site (https://fishaz.azgfd.com/) is no longer being updated and will soon be phased out. Joseph C. had this nice catch on Tuesday, March 17 on a drop shot. The best place to fish for trophy-size flathead is the Salt River arm along the north side of the lake. Cesar Chavez Park (Alvord Lake) Cortez Park Desert West Park Encanto Park Papago Park Roadrunner Park Steele Indian School Park Lakes are generally stocked with catfish in June, September and October, and trout in November and December. As the weather cools and fish become more active, shift to working top-water lures and fishing in shallower water. by ARIZONA GAME & FISH DEPARTMENT / Arizona Fish & Game Department At Roper Lake (near Safford), reports are that that trout fishing was very good last week, with many anglers catching their six-fish … To catch a trophy size, try using live sunfish or carp. Flathead catfish are present throughout the lake but are more common in the Agua Fria River arm or by the dam. Dyron L. got this nice catfish at Papago Ponds (submitted April 23). Current fly fishing reports and conditions for Big Lake in Arizona! 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