Fool Hollow Lake, pictured below from Wednesday, has excellent family-fishing amenities such as clean and spacious campgrounds, picnic areas and fishing piers.
Kids can catch sunfish off piers and over rocky shoreline areas using No. 12 hooks and small pieces of worms. Fishing also is good for 12-inch stocked rainbow trout — try fishing about 10 feet deep.
Fool Hollow, which contains self-sustaining populations of largemouth and smallmouth bass, sunfish, walleye, carp and black crappie, also is a good spot for catching crawdads — a great family combination along with sunfish through these hot summers. Read more about how to do it.
For more information, call Arizona State Parks at 877-MYPARKS or visit www.azstateparks.com.
THE REEL DEAL
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 received trout are:
Striped bass scene
Striped bass fishing is excellent at Lake Powell. Some of the best top-water boils have been at Lake Mead, and striper fishing is also good at Willow Beach on the Colorado River and Lake Mohave. The top-water striper bite at Lake Pleasant has been slow. Look for striper fishing to pick up through the summer and fall.
Bass battle at the Alamo
At Alamo Lake, things are getting back to normal with bass fishing. There’s a decent top-water bite going from 4:30 a.m. until around 6 a.m. Then switch to crankbaits or plastics.
A Big Lake deal
At Big Lake, anglers are catching some big rainbow trout to 4 pounds primarily on PowerBait. Fish are moving deeper but anglers still can reach them from shore. It’s quality over quantity right now at Big Lake.
Gateway to AZ adventure
Save time and buy online. Grab your gear and that fishing license, 24/7, and get ready for a pine-scented (or maybe bass-busting) weekend!
Catch of the Week
Send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@AZGFD.gov —
one will be selected as Catch of the Week.
Craig A. caught some big rainbow trout Wednesday morning under clear skies trolling blue cowbells deep. Another successful technique was dropping nightcrawlers right off the bottom. See previous Angler Reports
Notable wildfire openings/closures
Friday, July 7 — East Verde River, East Fork Black River, Show Low Lake, Woods Canyon Lake, Willow Springs Lake. Thursday, July 6 — Tonto Creek, Christopher Creek, Haigler Creek. Monday, July 3 — West Fork Little Colorado River-Greer, Silver Creek, Canyon Creek, Cataract Lake, Goldwater Lake, Oak Creek. Read full schedules.