What Lakes Are Stocked And What’s Biting?

Tip of the week
Did you miss the five “things we learned” from our 4-year study to investigate the fate of rainbow trout and Apache trout stocked into several of Arizona’s popular stream trout fisheries?

This past weekend was another gorgeous opportunity for residents to have high country excursion with daytime highs in the upper 60s to low 70s. Get up there before winter conditions prevail. We’ve had some great reports of tiger trout action at Woods Canyon Lake and Willow Springs Lake, and we just stocked tigers into Kinnikinick Lake southeast of Flagstaff.

At Kaibab Lake near Williams last Thursday afternoon, sunfish, crappie and rainbow trout were hitting slowly worked flies such as prince nymphs and woolly buggers. (The campgrounds are closed at Kaibab.)

That day we sunk three trailer loads of  juniper trees (See photo above) into Kaibab — this critical habitat should make for even better fishing. Remember that seasonal closures for campgrounds on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests have taken place on most of the forests districts. Read more on this at:

In the desert regions, bass fishing will pick up as they become more active in preparation for winter. Sounds like yellow bass action is good at Saguaro Lake. We received a report from Thursday of yellow bass hitting Kastmaster spoons in 22-25 feet of water. See the stocking schedules:

2018 Trout Stocking and the Community fishing program stocking schedule can be found in San Tan Times’ September 18 article:

This week’s scheduled stockings
Rainbow trout:
Lynx Lake, Fain Lake, Frances Short Pond, Oak Creek, Parker Canyon Lake. 

Tiger trout:
Kinnikinick Lake, J.D. Dam 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.

Saturday, Nov. 3
What: Family Fishing Fun at Pena Blanca Lake
When: Saturday, November 3, 2018 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Where: Pena Blanca Lake 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:
(623) 236-7240.