What’s Biting And Where?

By Arizona Game And Fish Department


No doubt, the best bet this week may likely be rainbow trout. Our Community fishing vendor from Colorado was able to make it through the storms to stock the rest of the scheduled waters for today. Pictured below is Mansel Carter Oasis Lake on Wednesday.

See a trout fishing report that includes waters we stocked this week with trout for the first time of the fall/winter season.

This week’s storm may make fishing for bass and crappie a bit more difficult. Wait until a short period of calm and sunny weather. Soon, largemouth bass’ metabolism should slow, particularly when water temperatures drop into the low 50s.

Winter crappie fishing can be excellent as these tasty speckled perch will begin to school in deeper waters over structure (they appear on sonar in a Christmas tree pattern.)

Alamo Lake in western AZ can have some of the best holiday-time crappie fishing in the state.

All these fish, including flathead catfish, should be feeding heavily in preparation for winter conditions.

Don’t forget about fishing the Colorado River below Davis Dam. This stretch of the lower Colorado River in Bullhead City is excellent for trout fishing and can produce some big striped bass. Trout are being stocked monthly. Meal worms, nightcrawlers and PowerBait are effective baits for trout near the stocking sites.

The next new moon is Nov. 26, which means using submersible lights at night to attract fish such as striped bass and crappie will become increasingly more effective.

What’s been stocked this week

(“Catchable” sizes only; water temp in parenthesis if available)

Rainbow trout:
“Core” Community waters

What: Youth Fishing Festival

When: Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 8 a.m.-noon

Where: Discovery Ponds (Game and Fish booth will be located between the two ponds), 2214 E. Pecos Rd.  Gilbert

Comments: This family event is co-sponsored by the Town of Gilbert and the Arizona Game and Fish Department. AZGFD Sport Fishing Education Program staff and volunteer instructors will be on hand to provide loaner rods for the first 100 participants who don’t have their own rod, as well as bait, fishing information and instruction. Come on out and bring the whole family. The event is open to all ages. For more information please contact the Sport Fishing Education Program at (623) 236-7240. Attention future participants of the Youth Fishing Festival 2019: Fishing licenses will be required to attend/participate in this year’s event and will be checked throughout the morning.

License Info:

  • A Youth Combination Hunt and Fish license (ages 10-17) is only $5
  • Kids under 10 fish for free
  • Adult Licenses (General Fishing- $37 (resident); Community Fishing- $24 (resident)
  • Licenses are valid for 365 days from the date of purchase

Purchase your license online in preparation for the Youth Fishing Festival 2019.