What’s Biting And Where?

By Arizona Game And Fish Department

Catfish stockings are scheduled to return to Community waters! Mark Tuesday, March 19 on your calendars for the return of Mr. Whiskers.

Be sure to check out our stocking schedules below — some of the best options will be where we’ve just stocked trout.

With air temperatures forecast to rise into the 80s next week, spring fishing conditions could be right around the corner. Best bet for bass is out west at Alamo Lake, Lake Havasu (pictured above), Martinez Lake, etc., where water temperatures are higher than at the rest of the state, and some great pre-spawn action should be underway.

This week’s scheduled stockings

Rainbow trout: 

  • Patagonia Lake
  • Parker Canyon Lake
  • Verde River(Clarkdale to Camp Verde)
  • Lynx Lake
  • Patterson Ponds
  • Green Valley Lakes
  • Yavapai Lakes
  • Fain Lake
  • Show Low Creek
  • Lower Salt River

Upcoming 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, April 6

Youth and Community Fishing Day

8 AM – Noon

Cortez Park, 3434 W. Dunlap Ave, Phoenix

Saturday, April 27 

Youth Fishing Day

8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Bonsall Pond, 5840 W. Bethany Home Rd., Glendale

The Arizona Game and Fish will be working with the Councilman Jamie Aldama and the City of Glendale to provide a day of free, family fishing and fun. Game and Fish staff from the Sport Fishing Education Program and Certified Angler volunteer instructors will be on hand to provide tips on fishing and answer your angling questions. Bring your own equipment or there will be loaner rods available on a first-come, first serve basis. Participants who register at the Game and Fish booth will be provided bait and will not need a fishing license during the hours of the event.