What’s Biting And Where?

By Arizona Game And Fish Department

Wait until some stable weather to do some crappie fishing. Bass fishing should take a temporary lull too.  Typically, it is winter crappie time. Unsteady weather has made crappie fishing hit and miss. Roosevelt Lake, Alamo Lake and even Patagonia Lake near Tucson can have good winter crappie action.

Not a whole lot of time until the bass bite slows noticeably. The water temperature at Roosevelt lake is likely in the mid-50s, and as water temperature near closer to 50 degrees (and below), the metabolism of bass will slow and anglers will have to fish particularly deep and use extra slow presentations (with dropshots, Texas rigs, etc).

Happy holidays, anglers,

Trout fishing remains the best bet in the state due to more unstable weather. Good news: Last week, we stocked more than 4 tons of trout statewide.

If you’re near one of our Community Fishing Program waters (and we have 45 waters in 21 communities), catching trout shortly after a stocking can be one of the best bets for winter fishing success. Some anglers will put their tackle into hibernation with this colder weather — but the trout should be biting for a while.

Nothing like “Trout Fishing in the City” during the holidays.

What’s been stocked this week
(“Catchable” sizes only; water temp in parenthesis if available)

Rainbow trout: No stockings this week. 

Last weeks stocking of Rainbow trout:
Silverbell Lake, Kennedy Lake, Sahuarita Lake, Lakeside Lake, Dave White Pond, Pacana Pond, Copper Sky Lake, Mansel Carter Oasis Lake, Desert Breeze Lake, Kiwanis Park Lake, Chaparral Lake, Alvord Lake, Steele Indian School Pond, Encanto Lake, Cortez Lake, Green Valley Lakes, Red Mountain Lake, Riverview Lake, Evelyn Hallman Pond, Papago Ponds, Rio Vista Pond, Surprise Lake, Pioneer Lake, Desert West Lake, McQueen Lake, Freestone Pond, Water Ranch Lake-Gilbert, Eldorado Pond, Greenfield Pond, Fain Lake, Yavapai Lakes, Goldwater Lake, Watson Lake.