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It looks like another weekend of sunny, warmer weather. If it feels like summer, you might as well fish that way too, you just don’t have to go far to catch a trout if you don’t want to.
This is the week – the Urban Program Lakes are being stocked with trout on Thursday for the first time this season.
Also, grab your fishing pole and your party hat for the Welcome Back the Trout party at Tempe Town Lake from 3-5 p.m. on Nov. 20, which is the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. It’s a fun annual fishing celebration – where you get to catch fish.
If you are looking for a fishing adventure, take a trip to Willow Beach (below Hoover Dam) for stocked trout, huge stripers (that feed on trout) and maybe some bighorn sheep watching as well. This is the leading edge of the bighorn lambing season, so you might see some wobbly-legged baby bighorns sticking close to water.
For the huge stripers (like 40 and 50 pounds) at Willow Beach, use some trout-like swim baits on heavy line. Many anglers use salt-water rigs for these monster, line-breaking stripers.
We also have some decent reports of stripers chasing shad at the surface at both Lake Mohave and Lake Mead. This may be the last hurrah for the surface action.
With the warmer-than-normal weather, there are still plenty of opportunities to fish the high country for trout. My top tip is to try for native Apache trout in Silver Creek, and maybe visit our Silver Creek Hatchery as well just five miles east of Show Low along Highway 60 (just follow the signs). For more information on the hatchery, click here. http://www.azgfd.gov/h_f/hatcheries_silver_creek.shtml
The Mogollon Rim lakes should provide you with a great trout fishing expedition right now. Anglers report easily catching a limit of trout. Take along a jacket for the chilly mornings. Get reacquainted with how great the sun feels when standing in the sun (versus hiding from it) while fishing along the shoreline.
If you want the trout fishing trip of a lifetime, get to Big Lake in the White Mountains. Check out the reports from anglers this week. However, the brook trout have apparently NOT entered the spawning mode yet. At the rate we are going, maybe by . . . Christmas?
Don’t waste this great weather. Good luck. Maybe I’ll see you out there.