What’s Biting And Where?

By Arizona Game And Fish Department


Channel catfish return to Community Fishing Program waters this week. Twenty five lakes will receive a stock of catfish, including Queen Creek’s Mansel Carter Oasis Lake:

  • Chandler – Desert Breeze Lake 
  • Chandler – Veterans Oasis Lake 
  • Maricopa – Copper Sky Lake 
  • Mesa – Red Mountain Lake 
  • Mesa – Riverview Lake
  • Peoria – Pioneer Lake
  • Peoria – Rio Vista Pond
  • Phoenix – Alvord Lake
  • Phoenix – Cortez Lake
  • Phoenix – Desert West Lake
  • Phoenix – Encanto Lake
  • Phoenix – Papago Ponds
  • Phoenix – Steele Indian School Pond Queen Creek – Mansel Carter Oasis Lake Scottsdale – Chaparral Lake
  • Surprise – Surprise Lake Tempe – Evelyn Hallman Pond Tempe – Kiwanis Lake
  • Tucson – Kennedy Lake
  • Tucson – Lakeside Lake 
  • Tucson – Silverbell Lake 
  • Sahuarita – Sahuarita Lake
  • Prescott Valley – Fain Lake
  • Prescott Valley – Yavapai Lakes
  • St. Johns – Patterson Ponds

The first hints of fall means fishing is about to improve.  Nights are getting noticeably  cooler,  putting bass in a better mood to chase reaction baits, and also triggering some of the best high country trout fishing of the year.

By most accounts, the typical summer fishing pattern has been delayed due in part to increased waters levels and a cooler-than-average spring. The night bite never really picked up for many bass anglers. This dip in nighttime temperatures will help fishing, but remember that in Arizona, the transition to fall fishing conditions is slower compared to much of the U.S.  Water temperatures in many desert impoundments are in the mid-80s.

By the way, the fall fishing forecast is coming out soon. Stay tuned.

What’s been stocked this week

(Water temp in parenthesis if available)

Rainbow trout: 

  • Bear Canyon Lake (62)
  • Lynx Lake (74)
  • Willow Springs Lake (73)
  • Woods Canyon Lake (70)
  • Oak Creek (65-71)
  • Frances Short Pond (70)
  • Colorado River