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March 25th, 2008
Southeastern Arizona

Southern Arizona Fishing Outlook
The ample winter rains and snow fall have kept all the regional lakes full. This combined with a large spawn last year should lead to great year of fishing. Water temperatures will warm up soon putting fish into pre-spawn mode causing them to feed voraciously; many personal bests could be beaten this year.

If the summer rains come again like last year, look for easy access at all you favorite Southern Arizona lakes, keeping the experience enjoyable. As always, we recommend that lake conditions be checked before heading out to find your lunker

TUCSON URBAN — Channel catfish are being stocked Friday, March 21 at all 4 urban lakes.

RIGGS FLAT —Lake is closed for the season.

CLUFF RANCH — No recent reports of success. For lake information call (928) 485-9430.

ROPER LAKE — No recent reports of success. For lake information call (928) 428-6760.

DANKWORTH POND — No recent reports of success. For lake information call (928) 428-6760.

FRYE MESA RESERVIOR – No recent reports.

KEARNY LAKES — The golden algae is blooming and the test fish we placed in the lake died almost immediately. The Department has no further plans at this time to try and restock the lake. Later this year once temperatures begin to warm and the threat form golden algae diminishes the Department will re-evaluate the situation.

ARIVACA — Bass fishing is slowly picking up. Anglers are reporting some fish being caught on plastics. Fish are reportedly in 4 to 10 feet of water. Jan. 1 marks a change in the motor restrictions at this lake. Motors 10 horsepower or less will now be legal for use at Arivaca. Remember that all bass must be immediately released back to the water.

PENA BLANCA – No recent reports of success. The fishing pier has been repaired and anglers can once again access it. The mercury advisory for all warm water fish is in effect. Bass less than 13 inches long must be immediately released. The daily bag limit for bass is four. Also, be advised that Pena Blanca is not an urban lake; therefore an urban fishing license is invalid to fish at this lake. Jan. 1 marks a change in the motor restrictions at this lake. Motors 10 horsepower or less will now be legal for use at Pena Blanca.

PATAGONIA — Tournament anglers had another great weekend. The 3 fish limit in the latest weekend tournament tipped the scale at over 18 pounds and the big fish award for the tournament was a 9-1/2 pound largemouth.

PARKER CANYON — Fishing at Parker Canyon Lake appears to be good, with a number of limits being checked. Anglers are catching trout at various depths using baits ranging from lures to power bait and worms. This month, the lake will receive the last trout stocking for the year.

Low water temperature is still limiting the bite of warm water species, but a few largemouth bass were being caught. Pre-spawn for bass and bluegill should begin later this month and into early April as temperatures begin to rise. The algae bloom that has affected the lake over the past year appears to be clearing up, with water levels still near capacity.

PICACHO RESERVOIR — No report.

ROSE CANYON LAKE — The access road is now closed for the season. Anglers can still access the lake by walking in.

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