Tips, Stockings, And Events

By Arizona Game And Fish Department

Tip of the week

The final Community Fishing Program catfish stocking of the season is this week. We’ll be switching to trout stockings as the water cools. Catfish can still be caught through the winter months, and some anglers even find targeting catfish to be an advantage as many anglers will switch their focus to trout. Some top Community catfish baits include marshmallows, anchovies/sardines, shrimp, stink bait in a tube, hot dogs, and worms.

Get some family and friends rounded up because winter rainbow trout stockings are in full swing. Next week, we’re scheduled to stock Apache and Canyon lakes with rainbow trout for the first time this fall. Saguaro Lake is scheduled to be stocked the week of Nov. 12.

Trout fishing around any docks and piers at these Salt River-chain lakes can make for a fun family fishing day. For bass anglers, it means a few weeks of exciting fishing before water temperatures become too cold for bass to chase these trout. Some anglers enjoy the prospects of throwing trout-imitation swimbaits for monster bass.

Looks like some mild weather will remain for another week in the high country. Head up before winter conditions prevail.

This week’s scheduled stockings
Rainbow trout:
Goldwater Lake, Frances Short Pond. 

Channel catfish:
“Core” Community waters stocking schedule and be found online at:

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.

Family Fishing Fun. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Pena Blanca Lake, located off of SR 289 Nogales, AZ 85648

Please join AZGFD staff and volunteers, Santa Cruz County Supervisor Rudy Molera, and the Coronado National Forest-Nogales Ranger District for a morning of family fishing fun. 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 volunteer instructors. 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.