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Angler pressure in the high country tends to be low this time of the year – it’s a good time to treat family and friends to cool mountain air and cold water fishing at lakes such as Willow Springs and Woods Canyon lakes (both are being stocked weekly), Big Lake, Knoll Lake, Fool Hollow, and Show Low.
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 all these).
Also, boils are boiling! We’re coming off a new moon, and headed into a first quarter moon — striper fishing should still be bonkers at night at waters such as Lake Mead, Lake Powell and Lake Pleasant.
Who misses Mr. Whiskers? Channel catfish will return to Community Fishing Program waters in late September. Stay tuned: fall fishing is coming soon, and the early dove season begins Friday, Sept. 1.
Finally, check out some  summer-ending fishing tips.
And thank you for your annual fishing license purchases – they go back into fish stocking and management and help conserve all species of wildlife (we receive NO state tax dollars). Grab a license online and conserve wildlife for future generations.

Catch of the Week

Send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@AZGFD.gov —
one will be selected as Catch of the Week.

Saguaro Lake

Scott Keniston with a 7-pound, 3-ounce largemouth he caught Friday morning at Saguaro Lake on a Roboworm in morning dawn with a chartreuse tipped tail — drop shot! See previous Angler Reports

Stocking reports

By  Saturday, we’re scheduled to have stocked the following this week (sign up for I Support Wildlife for real-time and confirmed stocking reports):
Rainbow trout
Fool Hollow Lake, Show Low Lake, Silver Creek, East Fork Black River, Canyon Creek, East Verde River, Haigler Creek, Tonto Creek, Willow Springs Lake, Woods Canyon Lake, Dogtown Reservoir, Goldwater Lake.
Note: Catfish return to Community waters in late September.
Previous stockings
Rainbow trout
Friday, Aug. 18 — East Verde River, East Fork Black River, Silver Creek, Woods Canyon Lake, Canyon Creek. Thursday, Aug. 17 — Tonto Creek, Haigler Creek, Cataract Lake. Tuesday, Aug. 15 — Oak Creek.

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.

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