What’s Biting And Where?

By Arizona Game And Fish Department

Tip of the week

The bald eagle closure in the Agua Fria arm of Lake Pleasant will be lifted as of noon on Friday, April 5. That means boaters will be able to boat from the main body of the lake into this area of the Agua Fria arm. The boat launch at Agua Fria will not be accessible this season, but there is now access to the Agua Fria conservation area via the waterways from the main and north entries of Lake Pleasant (pictured below). Access for walk-in traffic is currently available on a daily basis and will be permitted from the upper parking area. Note that vehicular access to the Agua Fria Conservation Area is still closed.


This past weekend’s new moon could help anglers fill ice chests full of crappie using submersible lights at night. Try drifting minnows over newly submerged vegetation at Alamo, Roosevelt, Bartlett or Patagonia lakes (see our Catch of the Week), or go target striped bass at night at striper havens such as Pleasant, Mead, Powell and Mohave.

For largemouth bass in desert regions, look for fish to be in all three phases of spawn. Fishing for spawning bass could be somewhat difficult because of a lack of visibility in shallow areas of many lakes. Anglers can pencil the April 19 full moon on their calendars as a time when there could be a major wave of spawning largemouth.

Trout and catfish stockings are increasing statewide, so be sure to check out the stocking schedules.

Some roads opening

Some popular waters in this region are accessible, while others — such as Big Lake — remain inaccessible due to snow drifts and closed roads. See a rundown of what’s happening in this stretch of scenic high country.

Regulations change at Silver Creek

At Silver Creek, the regulations changed to the summer Statewide Regulations season on April 1 (through September 30) that allows bait fishing and a six trout daily bag limit. The upper section is closed. During this catch-and-keep season in the spring and summer, only the lower 1.6 miles, downstream of the marked fence, may be fished. No unauthorized entry is ever allowed in the hatchery grounds.

Rose Canyon Lake Reopens

The past week has had Rose Canyon Lake closed between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. from April 3 through 7, as helicopter rescue training will be taking place in the area. The area is now open.

This week’s scheduled stockings

Rainbow trout: Wet Beaver Creek, West Clear Creek, Black Canyon Lake, Green Valley Lakes, Lower Salt River, Fain Lake (54 degrees), Mingus Lake (42 degrees), Woodland Reservoir, Becker Lake, Lower Lake Mary (52 degrees).

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.

What: Youth Fishing Day

When: Saturday, April 27, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Where: 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.

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