By Arizona Game And Fish Department

Tip of the week

Spring is here — the first day official of spring was Wednesday — and as weather conditions begin to change (there will be increasing periods of daylight until the fall equinox) we also are switching some of our fish stocking strategies. Don’t forget this full moon is a supermoon, so be sure to look upward if you’re fishing at night to possibly see this rare, bright moon that is at its closest approach to the Earth in its orbit.

Lower Lake Mary in Flagstaff was stocked this week with trout for the first time of the spring season. Anglers can try the tried-and-trout trout bait — nightcrawlers — since lots of earthworms have been flooded out. Many waters continue spilling over in this North Central region, and so stocking of these lakes is still on hold. Anglers can also try Ashurst Lake southeast of Flagstaff once the road is opened to allow access for some nice-sized holdover rainbow trout.

At Alamo Lake, there has been some good prespawn action, although water temperatures are still around 61 degrees and the water is very stained. The crappie bite is slow but should pick up within a few weeks. See that report. Many bass at Lake Havasu (pictured above from Thursday) reportedly are still in pre-spawn as well.

Catfish return to Community waters 

Time to grab a bag of shrimp, hot dogs, or your favorite channel catfish bait. Our first catfish stockings into Community Fishing Program waters was Tuesday into the “core” waters. Waters with listed under the heading of “core” on this schedule were stocked, with the exception of Steele Indian School Pond in Phoenix due to access issues (those fish were diverted to Copper Sky Lake in Maricopa).

This week’s stockings

Channel catfish: “Core” Community waters Rainbow trout: Goldwater Lake, Lower Lake Mary, Oak Creek.

Upcoming Family Fishing Event 

Saturday, April 6

Hook-to-Plate Family Fishing Event, 8 a.m-noon, Cortez Park, 3434 W. Dunlap Ave. Phoenix.

This Hook-to-Plate event will allow anglers to learn how to catch fish, clean the catch, and cook the catch! There will be a youth license giveaway (age 10-17) to the first 100 youth who sign up and attend the event.