Rory’s Tip

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November 6th, 2008

Rory’s tips;
The first snow in the high country, the first rainbow trout in the desert – you’ve got to love Arizona’s diversity.

This week, the Lower Salt River near Phoenix is being stocked with rainbow trout. Since there is only 16 cfs coming from Stewart Mountain Dam (Saguaro Lake), the rainbows will be stocked at the confluence with the Verde River; the flows out of Bartlett are around 950 cfs. More specifically, the trout will be stocked at the Phon D. Sutton Recreation and the Granite Reef Recreation areas.

Those who like the stream-like environment should fish the Phon D. Sutton area (that is where the Verde and Salt rivers join). Fishing from shore is okay, but wading into the river can be more fun and productive. Cast in into the riffles slightly upstream using night crawlers with little or no weight, and let the current carry the bait downstream.

With huge grasshoppers populating the desert areas, trout anglers also have a ready-made source of bait that can drive trout wild (at least until a spat of cold weather kills them off). Fly anglers may want to try hopper imitations as well. Bass will also gulp down hoppers.

The Granite Reef Recreation Area behind the Diversion Dam is more lake like, so it is a great spot to fish from float tubes, kayaks or other inflatables. Besides trout, you might also find bass and catfish here. Every once a while, we get reports of walleye and smallmouth bass being caught in this languid stretch of river.

This is also the opening week for the Verde River trout stockings between Camp Verde and Cottonwood, plus the Dead Horse Ranch State Park. Beaver Creek and Clear Creek in the Verde Valley have also been stocked. Oak Creek is another fun stretch of stream to fish for trout this time of year.

Mark you calendars for Nov. 25, the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. We will once again have our “Welcome Back the Trout” celebration and fishing clinic at Tempe Town Lake. It’s a superb angling tradition to kick off our holiday season. I’ll be there. Come on down and chat.

This coming week the first installment of 100,000 rainbow trout will be heading to all the Urban Program lakes starting Nov. 13. And the 2008 Urban Fishing licenses are on sale for half price.

It sounds like they are catching some very nice trout at Lees Ferry right now, with not a lot of anglers getting in on the action. World-class solitary fishing? Sounds pretty good.

The continuing mild weather has prolonged the bass action, with fish still feeding aggressively at the top of the water column at various times throughout the day. But the cooler, windy days we are experiencing might just cause the lakes to turn over and send the warmwater fish deep. Get the autumn action while it lasts.

The top spots again this week are Saguaro, Bartlett and Pleasant – they have been the autumn bass fishing trinity in the state. They might just provide some of the better winter angling as well if the trends continue. We also have some pretty good reports for bass and crappie from Alamo Lake west of Wickenburg. It’s a bit of a drive, but the state park has great camping facilities, a fact winter visitors have discovered over the years.

Another good choice right now might be Lake Havasu for stripers and smallmouth.

Go catch some autumn memories. Maybe I’ll see you out there.

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