By Arizona Game And Fish

Tip of the week

November can be one of the best months of the year for crappie fishing because of ideal water temperatures and more stable weather patterns. Fishing for these speckled delicacies seems to have been picking up at Alamo, Roosevelt and Bartlett lakes. Read the latest crappie report.

With water temperatures in some desert impoundments having dropped considerably the past few weeks (82 to 69 at Bartlett Lake), this is an ideal time to fish for bass before water temperatures slow their metabolism considerably — and the bite as well.

This week we’re stocking Apache and Canyon lakes with trout. Saguaro Lake is scheduled to be stocked next week. Trout fishing around any docks and piers at these Salt River-chain lakes can make for a fun family fishing day. Some anglers enjoy the prospects of throwing trout-imitation swimbaits for monster bass. There have also been some great high country reports of tiger trout being caught at Willow Springs Lake and brown trout at the Greer Lakes and Oak Creek. With nighttime temperatures dropping into the 20s this weekend in areas such as Pinetop, get to the high country before winter conditions prevail.

Trout are back: 

Tempe Town Lake welcomes rainbows Nov. 20

Trout are back in Community waters and the main Community waters will be stocked next week. The City of Tempe and the Arizona Game and Fish Department will host the annual 

Welcome Back the Trout Celebration
4:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Tuesday, Nov. 20
Location: SRP Tempe Town Lake Marina.

Green light: Go Fish for Trout

Maybe the best part of these masses of trout stockings statewide that is the Green Light Fisheries list of fish species from specific waters that may be consumed without limits includes all trout statewide. This is not to be confused with bag limits. Trout have been tested to be extremely low in mercury and so there are no recommended consumption limits. See all the green light waters on the ADEQ e-map.

This week’s scheduled stockings

Rainbow trout: 

  • Cluff Reservoir (3)
  • Patagonia Lake
  • Roper Lake
  • Dankworth Ponds
  • Oak Creek
  • Frances Short Pond
  • Fain Lake
  • Dead Horse Lakes
  • Fortuna Lake
  • Redondo Lake

Family Fishing Events

Note: At these free fishing clinics, loaner rods are provided, bait is free, and no license is required for those who register at the AZGFD booth during event hours.

When: Saturday, November 17, 2018, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where: Desert West Lake, 6602 W. Encanto Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85035

About the event:
The AZGFD Sport Fishing Education Program and Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Gallardo, along with partners H.E.C.H.O. (Hispanics Enjoying Camping Hunting and the Outdoors) and the Cartwright School District, will be hosting a morning of family fishing fun at Desert West Park! The Arizona Game and Fish Department will be providing loaner rods and bait for this event (or you may bring your own). Bring your family out to enjoy free fishing and instruction from AZGFD Sport Fishing Education Staff and volunteers. The event is open to all ages. Fishing licenses are not required, during the planned hours of the event, for those who register at the Game & Fish Booth.

For more information please contact the Sport Fishing Education Program at (623) 236-7240