With trout stockings ramping up statewide, and desert temperatures ramping up as well, it’s time to get ready to cool off in the pine-scented high country.
If you have never fly fished, now is a great time to learn! We’re unleashing a four-part video series about how to fly fish for trout in Arizona’s high country.
The top options for bass fishing in the Phoenix area remains Lake Pleasant for striped and largemouth bass, Bartlett Lake for high numbers of largemouth bass, Roosevelt Lake, and, at the right time, Saguaro Lake.
We are aware of golden algae that’s present at Apache, Canyon and Saguaro lakes and have been doing fish surveys as well as water sampling at these lakes. We will provide any significant updates on this issue. Many fish at these lakes likely are stressed and congregated into areas with better water quality, and so we are asking anglers who are releasing fish to release them where they are caught. As always, it’s crucial to “clean, drain and dry” when leaving any lake. Read more.
White Mountains report
All highways, including 273 and 261, are open. The Big Lake store has been open for about 3 weeks. These highways won’t close until this next winter (November/December, depending on the amount of snow at that time). The only times these highways will close during the summer is if there is major construction, or a forest closure due to wildlfire risk. See a Big Lake report.
There are 33 fire restrictions statewide. See all the restrictions.
Catch of the Week
Send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@AZGFD.gov — one will be selected as Catch of the Week.
Yun Brock caught this 7-pound, 11.5-ounce largemouth bass at Martinez Lake on Friday, April 20.
Family Fishing Events
During the events, loaner rods are provided, bait is free, and no license is required to those who register during event hours.
Saturday, May 5
Free Family and Community Fishing Event. 8 a.m. – noon. Woodland Lake Park in Pinetop-Lakeside,
The Arizona Game and Fish Department along with the Town of Pinetop-Lakeside will host a free fishing clinic. The lake is scheduled to be stocked with trout just prior to the clinic, so the fishing should be good. Arizona Game and Fish will have a limited number of fishing poles, tackle and bait available for public use during the clinic. This is a great opportunity to come out to Woodland Lake and learn how to fish. No preregistration is necessary. Call Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Pinetop Regional Office at 928-532-3680 for more information.
Save time, buy online
Grab a license online (that helps conserve all species of wildlife, not to mention provides funding that goes back into fishing opportunities) and go “Fish AZ”.