Colder Weather And A New Moon Phase 

By Arizona Game and Fish Department  

TIP OF THE WEEK 

Water temperatures at many of our desert impoundments have dropped to 60 degrees and below. This is about the point (mid-50s) that the metabolism of bass slows. 

A solution for anglers? Fish slowly and use light tackle, including small baits. See a recent winter bass fishing report in Wednesday’s edition of San Tan Times. 

This is still some great weather for trout fishing at the mid- to low-elevation lakes where we stock trout. 

We are on a new moon phase, which of course makes fishing with submersible lights for crappie and striped bass more effective. Crappie fishing becomes more difficult with unstable weather — look for a spat of steady conditions and try your luck at Roosevelt, Apache or Bartlett lakes. 

Be safe if headed to the high country, and remember that we consider all ice on lakes unsafe. Be sure to keep up with the latest road restrictions from ADOT. 

This week’s scheduled stockings 

Rainbow trout: 

  • Apache Lake 
  • Cluff Reservoir 
  • Roper Lake 
  • Dankworth Ponds 
  • Fortuna Pond 
  • PAAC Pond 
  • Deadhorse Lakes 
  • Fain Lake 
  • Watson Lake 

Family Fishing Events 

Note: At these free fishing clinics, loaner rods are provided, bait is free, and no license is required for those who register at the AZGFD booth during event hours. 

What: Free Fishing Clinic 

When: Saturday, Jan. 12, 8 a.m.-noon 

Where: Copper Sky Lake, Maricopa 

About the event: The event is open to all ages. Fishing licenses are not required, during the planned hours of the event, for those who register at the Game & Fish Booth. 

What: 

Free Fishing Clinic 

When: 

Saturday, Jan. 19, 8 a.m.-noon 

Where: 

Friendship Park Pond, Avondale 

About the event: 

The event is open to all ages. Fishing licenses are not required, during the planned hours of the event, for those who register at the Game & Fish Booth. 

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