Archive for March, 2009

URBAN FISHING REPORT

Fishing is excellent for both channel catfish and sunfish at Urban waters in the Phoenix and Tucson areas.  Spring catfish stockings are underway with loads of 14,000 pounds being delivered every other week.  Top baits for catfish are dough/stink baits, shrimp, hot dogs and shrimp fished off the bottom.  Evenings are best, but patient anglers [...]

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WATER RANCH LAKE FISH STOCKINGS RESUME

Recent water tests at Water Ranch Lake in Gilbert indicate that golden alga has been brought under control, meaning that fish stockings can resume immediately.  The good news came just in time to stock the lake on March 27 with 5-8 inch sunfish.  Water Ranch will be included in the Urban Fishing Program catfish stockings [...]

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FISHING EVENTS DRAW THOUSANDS OF ANGLERS

Over 2,200 youth excitedly plied one fish after another from the kid’s fishing tank at the March 27-29 Game and Fish Department’s Outdoor Expo.  Shouts of glee kept erupting as the feisty sunfish were lifted from the tank and then released in a pattern that repeated itself thousands of times.  Attendance records for the 3rd [...]

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CATFISH STOCKINGS STARTED, SPRING DELIVERY OF SUNFISH FOLLOW

The announced March 19 catfish stockings went off like clockwork at Urban Fishing Program waters.  The two, fully loaded hatchery trucks were greeted by reporters from KOLD TV9 in Tucson and ABC15 TV in Phoenix.  Footage of the stockings highlighted the hundreds of 15-19 inch catfish pouring out from each tank, splashing into the lakes [...]

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Southeastern Arizona

TUCSON URBAN — The catfish season officially kicked off at all Urban Fishing Program lakes on Thursday, March 19 when all lakes received deliveries of 15-20 inch channel catfish.  Warming spring temperatures signal the stocking changeover from trout to catfish.  Over 14,000 pounds of Arkansas farm-raised catfish will be delivered and [...]

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White Mountains

High mountain lakes as well as streams are ice covered. Check ice thickness before venturing out on lakes. Forest roads are snow packed.
State Highway 261 is closed to vehicles accessing Big Lake and Crescent Lake. Snowmobile access is permitted. State Highway 273 on the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest is undergoing reconstruction [...]

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Mogollon Rim

RIM LAKES: The runoff season is underway. With the warmer weather, ice is starting to diminish on the lakes. All ice should be considered unstable. Snow is still creating an access issue at most Rim lakes. The gates on Interior roads are still closed. Access is by snowmobile only, but in some [...]

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North Central Region

Note:  Always check on road conditions before venturing afield.
Williams Lakes:
KAIBAB LAKE — Stocked with 7,200 trout around eight inches long. The lake is accessible although the campground is still closed. These early season trout will sometimes readily gulp down delectable items they haven’t seen for some time, like wiggling night crawlers [...]

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Southwestern Arizona

LAKE HAVASU — Lake Level 448.24
Lake Havasu Fishing Report for March 15-21 provided by www.HavasuFishing.com: Water temps are 58-61 degrees. Fishing was slow in general this week. Bites were few and far between but the quality of fish made up for it. Stripers to 15 pounds were reported in the Havasu [...]

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Colorado River Northwest

LAKE POWELL — By Wayne Gustaveson. Lake elevation: 3,611. Water temp: 51-55 F.
I am excited. Days remain warm and calm. Water is warming. Fish are finally recognizing the change and responding. Fishing has improved. Winter is over at Lake Powell. Both bass and stripers are now catchable.
Largemouth are the first species [...]

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