What’s Biting And Where?

By Arizona Game And Fish Department

With rising water levels at Bartlett Lake (1,766 feet) and Roosevelt Lake (2,125), our artificial habitat sites will be at more appropriate depths for potential crappie schools to target. See maps for Roosevelt and Bartlett.

A reminder that we’re looking for volunteers on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 3-4, and Saturday Jan. 11 to install used Christmas trees at Bartlett Lake that will help ensure robust fish populations at this Tonto National Forest impoundment. We’ll be starting at 8:30 a.m. each day from the yellow cliffs boat ramp.

Just bring a pair of gloves and help conserve sport-fishing opportunities for future generations.

If you have any questions Contact:
Bryant Dickens

This coming week, we’re bringing 4 tons of fun in the form of 8,200 pounds of rainbow trout to waters statewide.

Here’s a list of where you can plan to find some great holiday-time trout fishing the week of Dec. 16. Stay tuned to next week’s Reel Deal report for confirmed stockings as some of these are subject to change due to factors such as water quality and weather. These stockings will take place during two select days:

Statewide: Verde River, Goldwater, Watson Lake

Community “core” waters (except Cortez due to golden algae). See the schedule of “core” waters:

Expansion waters: McQueen, Freestone, Water Ranch, El Dorado, Greenfield, Fain, Yavapai, Dave White Pond, Pacana Pond.

Trout anglers can check out the latest trout stocking schedule.

The Lower Salt River, pictured above from this week, is a great winter trout fishing spot and is being stocked with