Archive for April, 2009

URBAN FISHING REPORT

Fishing is fair to good for channel catfish at Urban waters in the Phoenix and Tucson areas.  Catfish stockings the week of April 27 – May 2 will include extra fish to make up for a poor stocking on April 17 (see article above).  The best baits for catfish continue to be worms, [...]

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OVERFED FISH CAUSE OF RECENT CATFISH LOSES

Recently, dozens and dozens of dead catfish have been reported from each of the 20 Urban Fishing Program waters following an April 17 stocking.  Department biologists immediately launched an investigation and soon traced the problem to the fish supplier in Arkansas.
The supplier that provides catfish for our fish hauling contractor accidentally fed the fish less [...]

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FAMILY FUN AT PAYSON WILDLIFE FAIR ON MAY 9

Looking for a fun, cool getaway in the pines?  Mark your calendars and make family plans to visit Payson’s beautiful Green Valley Park for the Payson Wildlife Fair and Fishing Festival on Saturday, May 9.
The lakes will be well stocked with extra rainbow trout offering excellent fishing opportunities. Fishing clinics will be [...]

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It’s time for large hold-over trout in the mountain lakes

Almost all the mountain lakes are now open and accessible – it’s time to grab the poles, some worms, a jar of salmon eggs and just go, said Rory Aikens, the fishing report editor for the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
Aikens added that this is the time of year to catch those [...]

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Southeastern Arizona

SOUTHERN WATERS
TUCSON URBAN — Fishing is excellent for both channel catfish and sunfish.  Top baits for catfish are worms, shrimp, and dough/stink baits fished off the bottom.  Evenings are best, but patient anglers are finding success throughout the day.  Some of the cats are in the 4-6 pound range.  The recently [...]

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White Mountains

Note: Some Forest roads still have snow drifts and are inaccessible to vehicles. State Highway 261 has been opened by ADOT and vehicles can now reach Big Lake and Crescent Lake.
State Highway 273 on the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest is still undergoing reconstruction and re-alignment and the following closure is still [...]

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Mogollon Rim

MOGOLLON RIM LAKES
RIM LAKES Most roads are now open and accessible.  Contact the US Forest Service’s Black Mesa Ranger District office at 928-535-7300 for up to date information about forest and road conditions.
Campground status from the Black Mesa Ranger District
Aspen CG – will be open by Friday 4/17/09, 60 sites, [...]

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North Central Region

CENTRAL MOUNTAINS
WILLIAMS LAKES:
KAIBAB LAKE — Campground area is closed.  Has been stocked.  According to the few anglers I talked to fishing is good.
CATARACT LAKE — Campgrounds are closed. Must walk-in to fish. Has been stocked According to the few anglers I talked to fishing is good.
CITY RESERVOIR —   Road is open, [...]

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SOUTHWESTERN ARIZONA

LAKE HAVASU — Fishing is picking up for stripers, smallmouth and largemouth bass, especially when the wind isn’t blowing. Windy conditions have made fishing challenging at times.
Report provided by www.HavasuFishing.com
Sandpoint fish report by Karen Coats (Sandpoint Bait and Tackle Shop Supervisor):

4-11 Ryan Lampercht of Peoria AZ got a 2 pound [...]

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Colorado River Northwest

LAKE POWELL — Water Temp: 57-64 F. The long awaited bass spawn is here. The final spawning trigger is in place. Day length provides enough hours of light. The leak level is increasing. Finally, water temperature is spiking and will be in the 60s by the weekend. Early morning temperature on the [...]

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