HomeNewsUSASouthwestArizonaArizona High Country Cool Nights means Hot Trout Fishing

In the high country, as nights get longer and cooler, trout will start feeding more and more aggressively to fatten up before winter. This will provide some of the best fishing opportunities of the year. 


Top picks for this full moon weekend are:
  • Colorado River below Davis Dam where Wednesday we stocked 3,175 pounds of rainbow trout at Davis Camp, Community Park, and Rotary Park — the trout averaged more than half a pound each with some fish weighing more than 3 pounds;
  • Night fishing for striper at hot spots such as Lake Pleasant, Lake Mead, Lake Mohave and Lake Powell;
  • Lake Havasu for  chasing boils of 1 to 3-pound stripers that are attacking shad during mornings and late afternoons;
  • Lees Ferry, pictured above, if only for the spectacular scenery. The above anglers reported catching trout all day long during a guide trip last weekend.
  • White Mountains streams (see stocking report below).
In desert regions, it’s late-summer/early fall conditions, which means bass are chasing schools of shad and reaction baits can be a good option (crankbaits, jerkbaits, spinner baits, and so on). Water temperature at Roosevelt Lake recently was in the low-80s. Get ready for more catfish! They return to Community waters the week of Sept. 18.

Our Fish&Boat Arizona map will show plenty of other options, as well as the locations of those mentioned above.

Vehicular access closed to C.C. Cragin Reservoir

As part of the ongoing renovation of the boating access facilities at C.C. Cragin Reservoir (Blue Ridge Reservoir), the U.S. Forest Service closed vehicular access to the lake beginning the morning of Sept. 6. Access will reopen next spring. Read more.

Catch of the Week

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

Lake Mead

Golden Valley resident Laura Borden caught this channel cat; the largest catfish she has ever caught,  while fishing off the dock at Temple Bar at Lake Mead. The cat hit on a piece of anchovy and weighed 8.57 pounds.

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):
Silver Creek, East Fork of the Black River, Little Colorado River-Greer, Bear Canyon Lake, Canyon Creek, Tonto Creek, Willow Springs Lake, Woods Canyon Lake, Dogtown Reservoir, Fain Lake, Mingus Lake.
Note: Catfish return to Community waters in late September.

Previous stockings

Rainbow trout
Friday, Sept. 1 — Willow Springs Lake, Woods Canyon Lake, Bear Canyon Lake, Canyon Creek, East Fork of the Black River, Silver Creek. Channel catfish Saturday, Aug. 30 — Dead Horse Lake, Lynx Lake, Fain Lake.

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