By Arizona Game And Fish Department

Tip of the week

The first trout stockings of the spring/summer took place this week at Fool Hollow Lake, Show Low Lake, and the Greer lakes (Bunch, Tunnel, River).

Pictured below is Marina’s first fish caught April 7 from Black Canyon Lake. A high-country trout makes for the perfect first fish for a kid.

As trout stockings ramp up, let’s take a look at the five things we learned from our 4-year study on the fate of stocked trout:

Fish within a few days of the stocking;

  • Most fish don’t survive past one week of being stocked;
  • Trout don’t move far from release locations;
  • Anglers spend tons of time fishing for stocked trout;
  • Current stocking amounts satisfy anglers;

This is also a good time to start a strategy to complete our Trout Challenge. (Located on page 17) 

Bass fishing is starting to pick up, although in general at desert impoundments, fishing isn’t quite as its spring peak. Look at the April 19 full moon as a time when water temperatures become more ideal (they’re topping out in the mid-60s at places such as Bartlett and Roosevelt) and there’s a big wave of spawning fish.

Alamo Lake update

Alamo Lake is a good option as well. Reports are that bass fishing is excellent and many fish are in pre-spawn. The lake is at 1,122 feet in elevation, both ramps are open and the water is starting to clear up. Crappie fishing is decent and on the verge of turning on. Try minnows and Roadrunner jigs by the buoy lines; if that doesn’t work, flip chartreuse grubs into the bushes. Mark Knapp from Alamo Lake State Park said crappie are “trying to spawn.”

This week’s stockings

Rainbow trout: Fool Hollow Lake (50 degrees), Bunch Reservoir (59), River Reservoir (59), Tunnel Reservoir (59), Show Low Lake (56), Canyon Creek (46), Tonto Creek, Christopher Creek, Haigler Creek.

Upcoming Family Fishing Event 

What: Youth Fishing Day

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

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

About the event: 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.