What’s Biting And Where?

By Arizona Game And Fish Department


It’s winter trout time. With some calm and stable weather, it should be crappie time, too. Fishing for trout in Community waters can be some of the best fishing in the state this time of the year. 

See the schedule — “core” waters are scheduled to be stocked again next week.


With this week’s storm, expect more skim ice — and unsafe ice — to continue forming on high elevation lakes (8,000-plus feet). Consider all ice at this time to be unsafe and not yet ready for ice fishing. 

Don’t forget: Silver Creek is a spring creek that comes out of the ground at a constant temperature and does not freeze during the winter. Catch-and-release fishing for big rainbow trout with artificial lure and flies, with single-point barbless hooks, will continue through the winter.

Late fall/early winter fishing is just starting  in desert regions. More and more, expect bass to be scattered in many desert lakes, moving into warmer and deeper water. Wintertime bass fishing can mean fishing is hot one day, slow the next. Cover a lot of water and try numerous presentations. On calm nights, night fishing for stripers can be productive at places like Pleasant and Havasu.

Don’t forget to check out our new Fish & Boat AZ map to plan your next hook-and-line adventure.

Avondale’s Festival Fields Park celebrated the grand re-opened Saturday

The public was invited to the grand re-opening celebration of Avondale’s Festival Fields Park on Saturday, Nov. 30. The park is located at:
101 E. Lower Buckeye Rd, Avondale, Arizona

The lake is our newest Community Fishing Program water. This free event is being held in partnership with Haydon Construction and the City of Avondale to unveil the massive renovation and 30-acre expansion of the existing park. New features include a fishing lake that has been stocked with rainbow trout, splash park, skate park, pump track, play courts, ball fields, multi-use fields, restrooms, picnic shelters, dog park, and custom designed play structures. Read more.

What’s been stocked this week

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

Rainbow trout: 

Upcoming Family Fishing Event

Youth Fishing Festival

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

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

About the event:
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.