Report For The Week Of January 28th, 2019

By Arizona Game And Fish Department

Tip Of The Week:

Does river trout fishing in the desert sound like a plan? Whether you’re a winter visitor or want to explore central Arizona, the Lower Salt River (pictured below) is an excellent option. Plus, it’s being stocked this week. Anglers get the unique experience of stream fishing for trout in the desert. The Lower Salt, just minutes from some of the Valley of the Sun’s population centers, is stocked with trout throughout the winter and offers good shoreline fishing options as well. A Tonto Pass is required.

For park passes, go online:

fs.usda.gov/main/tonto/passes-permits

Try nightcrawlers, small spinners, Kastmasters, and flies. You might be able to catch some bass or sunfish in the deeper holes.

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Not too early to plan some early-spring bass fishing. The top early bird lakes for bass that can have rapidly warming water temperatures are Alamo, Havasu, and Martinez. At Havasu this time of the year, there tends to be some short-lived, pre-spawn activity.

But it is early. Most bass remain deep (15-30 feet in general at desert impoundments) and are lethargic. At least at the western impoundments, anglers can expect water temperatures to be a couple degrees higher than at other of our state’s desert lakes. Look for a long stretch of sunny weather to usher in some better bass action. Water temperatures at most desert impoundments are in the low-50s.

So trout remains a great option. We’re stocking our “core” Community waters this week.

If you’re considering heading to the high country, check the Arizona Department of Transportation website for the latest road conditions:

www.azdot.gov

This week’s scheduled stockings

Rainbow trout: 

  • “Core” Community waters
  • Lower Salt River
  • Fain Lake
  • Saguaro Lake

Upcoming Event

What: Youth and Family Fishing Day
When: Saturday, Feb. 9, 8 a.m.-noon
Where: Veteran’s Oasis Lake, 4050 E Chandler Heights Rd. Chandler, AZ 85249

About: The City of Chandler and Arizona Game and Fish Department are happy to bring you free family fishing at Veterans Oasis Park. The AZGFD Sport Fishing Education Program and Certified Angler (volunteer) instructors will be on- hand to provide instruction, tips, and techniques on fishing, rods, and reels to loan (or you may bring your own), and free bait while supplies last. Fishing license fees are waived for those who register at the Game and Fish booth, during event hours. Grab your family and we’ll see you there!

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