Archive for March, 2009

Central Arizona

URBAN LAKES
The catfish season officially kicked off at all Urban Fishing Program lakes and ponds in the Phoenix and Tucson areas on Thursday, March 19 when all lakes received deliveries of 15-20 inch channel catfish.  Two large trucks were used to bring 8,000 catfish to 19 waters throughout the day.  Warming [...]

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Rory’s Tip

Crappies are spawning in the coves and shallow flats at Roosevelt, Alamo and Bartlett. Small curly-tail jigs fished on 1/16-ounce or even 1/32-ounce jig heads make a lot of sense right now. Live minnows can work well at times, but at other times jigs will out produce them.
This is the leading [...]

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Get fishing tips from experts at AGFD Expo

PHOENIX – At age 16, Kyle Pollay of Wickenburg is already a bass tournament veteran with an impressive stack of glittering trophies.
This remarkable young angler is just one of the local fishing experts who will be sharing their secrets during the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s increasingly popular Outdoor Expo 2009 at the 1,650-acre Ben [...]

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Southeastern Arizona

TUCSON URBAN — Channel catfish are being stocked this week.
RIGGS FLAT — The lake is closed for the winter.
CLUFF RANCH — The lake will be stocked this week.  No recent reports of success.  A new fishing pier has been installed which should provide a large increase in access for shore [...]

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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 [...]

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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
Report courtesy John Galbraith of Anglers Pro Shop
Lake Havasu City
Striped bass bite is fair with limits of medium size stripers coming on trolled cut anchovies rigged on a 2/0 hook, 3-4 ft. leader and a 1.5 to 3-ounce banana sinker or fish seeker used to keep the [...]

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Colorado River Northwest

LAKE POWELL — Welcome back!
Spring is right around the corner and that will be followed closely by good fishing. Water temperature finally climbed out of the 40s. Fishing success improves dramatically when morning temperature hits 54 degrees. Fishing really blasts off when morning water temperature is 57 because that means [...]

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Central Arizona

URBAN LAKES
SPRING CATFISH STOCKINGS BEGIN MARCH 19
The catfish season officially kicks off at all Urban Fishing Program lakes and ponds in the Phoenix and Tucson areas on Thursday, March 19 when all lakes will receive deliveries of 15-20 inch channel catfish.  Two large trucks will be used to bring 8,000 catfish [...]

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