By Arizona Game And Fish Department


There are many scenic, family-friendly streams in Rim country that are consistently stocked, such as Tonto Creek, Canyon Creek and the East Verde River. In the White Mountains, try the East/West Forks of the Black River, Little Colorado River in Greer, Show Low Creek or Silver Creek – all should be fishing excellent.


Visit the mountain regions before the summer heat raises lake temperatures and trout activity patterns slow down — especially in the North Central region.

Summer has officially started, yet great spring-like fishing remains – for now. Sounds like the top-water bite in desert impoundments such as Lake Pleasant haven’t quite picked up yet.  Look for that early morning surface action to pick up as water temperatures warm. With daytime highs forecast into the 110s in the central regions (and nighttime lows in the 80s), that shouldn’t take long.

A new moon begins Monday, so striped bass anglers with submersible lights can take advantage of those darker nights to draw in plankton, shad, and the predatory fish you want to hook.

Some hot spots this week have included Kaibab Lake near Williams, Frances Short Pond in Flagstaff, Upper Lake Mary for walleye, Lower Lake Mary for trout, Bartlett Lake for largemouth bass and Lake Mead for striped bass.  Be sure to check the scheduled stockings below.

This week’s scheduled stockings

Rainbow trout:

Tonto Creek, East Verde River, West Fork Little Colorado River-Greer, Lower Salt River, Christopher Creek, Haigler Creek, Nelson Reservoir, Oak Creek, Knoll Lake, Dogtown Reservoir, Mingus Lake, Fain Lake, Colorado River. 

Gila trout: 

West Fork-Oak Creek. 

Apache trout: 

West Fork Little Colorado River-Sheeps Crossing