The Deadhorse Ranch State Park lagoons have been fishing pretty good this winter, and they are easily accessible, especially for the physically challenged. This is the perfect place to take kids.
We’ve been stockings these small lagoons about every other week. One angler recently reported catching a bunch of rainbow trout, and even a 14-inch crappie, using split-tail grubs. Use light line (2-6 pound test), small hooks or jigs, and have fun.
Top picks for this weekend are trout-stocked waters such as Dead Horse Ranch State Park lagoons, Goldwater Lake in Prescott and Community fishing waters. Also consider Lees Ferry or any of our top-5 winter fishing holes, such as Alamo Lake (pictured above).
Water temperatures in many desert impoundments remain in the low-50s. There is a cold front predicted to moved through Tucson Saturday and Phoenix Sunday, and lasting into next week. This could make crappie fishing difficult. (The crappie bite tends to shut down during unstable periods of weather.) Bass fishing could remain decent until water temperatures dip below 50 degrees, which is when bass typically feed less often, and in less quantities, as their metabolism slows.
As always, if heading to the high country, see the ADOT website for the latest road conditions.
Expanded fishing info: changes coming
Great news for anglers: We’re developing a complete fishing forecast for each season of the year, including primary water bodies by region. It will replace the entire “Fishing Report” news post and is coming soon. Look for it in the “Fishing” section of our website.
Also, we plan to soon release a new-and-improved Fish and Boat Arizona map!
For even more up-to-date information, we’ll continue this e-news weekly fishing report and fishing blog. We also suggest calling/visiting a local bait-and-tackle shop, fishing marina or guide service.
Help us keep these reports fresh for your fellow anglers by sending your reports and photos to BFishing @AZGFD.gov – one will be selected for Catch of the Week.
Trout stockings continue
We’re still stocking tons of trout into many waters statewide.
Catch of the Week
Send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@AZGFD.gov —
one will be selected as Catch of the Week.
John U. caught this reported 21-inch rainbow trout drifting flies.
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.
Take a Kid Fishing Day. 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. La Paz County Park 7350 Riverside Dr. Parker, Ariz., 85344
By Sunday, we’re scheduled to have stocked the following this week (sign up for I Support Wildlife for up-to-date and confirmed stocking reports):
Dead Horse lagoons, Goldwater Lake, Canyon Lake, Cluff Pond, Dankworth Pond, Roper Lake, Fortuna Pond, Redondo Pond, Parker (La Paz), “core” Community waters.
Thursday, Feb. 1 —Apache Lake, Lynx Lake.
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”.