By Arizona Game And Fish Department

Tip Of The Week:

The incentive trout that we’ve been talking about for a couple weeks have just been stocked into Community waters. Anglers can count on fishing for them this weekend in our “core” Community fishing waters.

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These larger-than-average rainbow trout average around 1 pound. If you catch one, send a picture and report to: 

BFishing@azgfd.gov, and they will do their best to show it off.

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We have our first 10-pound Club member for our new Hawg Bass Challenge. See the Catch of the Week below. There’s also a new Fat Cat Challenge. Start the new year off right by setting a goal to make a great memory, put your name on our Brag Board, and win prizes.

Some good news from Roosevelt Lake: this impoundment on the Salt River-chain of lakes is rising slowly due to water flowing into the lake from storms and run-off. As is the case at most of our state’s desert impoundments, water temperatures have been hovering in the low-50s. The metabolism of bass will remain slow until early-spring conditions raise water temperature back above 60 degrees. Fish deep and with slow presentations.

White Mountains update

Highways 273 and 261 are closed for the winter. Some lakes at the higher elevations, including around Show Low and Pinetop, are ice covered or partially ice covered. Anglers should always check ice conditions before fishing.

Lower elevation lakes such as Concho, Lyman, and Clear Creek Reservoir may or may not have ice. This time of year, the ice frequently goes on and off (and on and off) at the lower and middle elevations (less than 7,500 feet in elevation). All these lakes should be considered unsafe at all times.

At lakes above 7,500 feet in elevation, anglers should check ice conditions before heading out, but should count on not finding open water at this time.

This week’s scheduled stockings

Rainbow trout: 

“Core” Community waters

  • Parker Canyon Lake
  • Patagonia Lake
  • Apache Lake
  • Lower Salt River
  • Watson Lake
  • Fain Lake.

Family Fishing Event:

What: Family Fishing Day

When: Saturday, Jan. 19, 8 a.m.-noon

Where: Friendship Park Pond, 12325 W. McDowell Rd. Avondale, AZ 85323

About: Please join the AZGFD Sport Fishing Education Program, along with partners H.E.C.H.O. (Hispanics Enjoying Camping, Hunting and the Outdoors), and the Avondale Sportsman’s Warehouse for a morning of family fishing fun! The Arizona Game and Fish Department will be providing loaner rods and bait for this event (or you may bring your own). Sportsman’s Warehouse will be onsite, holding a drawing for all youth participants 16 and under. Bring your family out to enjoy free fishing and instruction from AZGFD Sport Fishing Education staff and volunteers. The event is open to all ages. Fishing licenses are not required, during the planned hours of the event, for those who register at the Game & Fish Booth.

Contact: For more information please contact the Sport Fishing Education Program at (623) 236-7240.

Catch of the Week: Roper Lake

Christopher T. caught this 10.38-pound largemouth bass on Sunday, Jan. 3 at Roper Lake.

“Fished for two days and this was the only bite I got,” he wrote.

He said he used a WOO! tungsten 3/4-oz flipping weight and a black-and-blue Pitboss, flipping about 3 feet into tullies. See video of the fish being released.

As part of the 10-pound Club, Christopher will receive a 10-pound club fishing shirt, AZ Hawg Bass Challenge artwork and be entered into a drawing to be held during February of each year for a prize valued at more than $1,000. He also made the Brag Board!

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