Archive for January, 2009

North Central Region

Note: Snow and rain, with more snow and rain. Access is likely difficult. Expect ice on the lakes, even if just around the rims.
Williams Lakes:
KAIBAB LAKE — Campground area is closed.
CATARACT LAKE — Campgrounds are closed. Must walk in to fish
CITY RESERVOIR — No report.
DOGTOWN LAKE — Campground area is closed. [...]

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Southwestern Arizona

LAKE HAVASU — Lake Havasu Fishing Report. Lake Level 447.27. Water temp. 49-53 degrees
This report was provided by John Galbraith of Anglers Pro Shop, Lake Havasu City: Striper action fair with most daylight catches coming on jigging spoons such as the strata and Hopkins, trolling cut anchovies with 1.5-ounce or heavier lead banana sinkers or using live [...]

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Colorado River Northwest

LAKE POWELL — By Wayne Gustaveson, Utah Division of Wildlife: It has been a great fishing season but this is my last regular report for the year. Next week we head up lake for annual gill net sampling, so I won’t be able to provide a new reports from my other office [...]

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Central Arizona

URBAN LAKES – All urban lakes except Desert West received trout last week.  Unfortunately the pH level at Desert West was too high; hopefully that will be resolved soon.
For the rest of the Urban Program waters, last week’s stocking included one ten pound trophy trout, numerous 5-7 pounders along with [...]

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Don’t forget regulation changes for 2009-10

Thanks go near record rain and snowfall during the waning month of 2008, the fishing prognosis for 2009 is superb, but don’t forget about the fishing regulation changes that are now in effect.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department has instituted a protective slot limit at Saguaro, Canyon and Apache lakes, where you [...]

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Rory’s Tip

It was amazing to watch the TV news about the frigid weather most of the nation is experiencing while I am digging out the Sun Block for my family’s next fishing excursion here. We are blessed in Arizona with some of the most congenial (and best) winter fishing in North America.
Not a [...]

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URBAN FISHING REPORT

Great reports have been coming in from anglers excited about catches of 16 to 20 inch trout after the recent incentive stockings.  Two whoppers have been reported: a 6.5 pound rainbow trout caught at Surprise Lake and an 8 pounder from Rio Vista Lake (no official weights yet).  No reports yet of the 10-pounder brought [...]

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STOCKINGS REMAIN ON HOLD AT DESERT WEST LAKE

There will be no trout stockings taking place at Desert West Lake in Phoenix due to continuing high pH levels.  The Phoenix Parks Department has treated Desert West Lake to control the tiny, persistent algae that raises pH, however more time is needed to allow pH to drop.  For the rest of January, anglers are [...]

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2008 URBAN FISHING BIG FISH RECORD WINNERS

Topping the list of 2008 Urban Program Big Fish-of-the-Year official winners was a 10.2 pound channel catfish caught and kept by Shay Denniston from Lakeside Lake in Tucson.  Another huge catch from the Catch and Release category was a 35-inch white amur cranked in by Andrew Schmidt at Red Mountain Lake in Mesa.  Other [...]

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INCENTIVE TROUT STOCKINGS GENERATE EXCITEMENT

“Did you see that one?  That one’s huge!  Whoa, that’s a monster!  That one has my name on it!”  These were just a few of the many excited comments heard by Urban Fishing biologists as the extra-large incentive trout were delivered to 20 of the Urban Fishing Program lakes on January 9.  The special loads [...]

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