Trout fishing in the cool pines is a refreshing remedy

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June 23rd, 2008

Want to cure the triple-digit fidgets?
Trout fishing in the cool pines is a refreshing remedy

Want a cure for the triple-digit fidgets as record heat assaults the deserts? Trout fishing in the cool pines is a refreshing remedy.

“Escape the heat and yet celebrate the first days of summer with a trip to Arizona’s magnificent high country. Catching a trout in one of our sparkling waters is the most enjoyable remedy available for the triple-digit fidgets,” says Rory Aikens, the editor of the Weekly Fishing Report for the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

If you want to know what’s biting, where, and even what to use, visit the department’s new Fishing Blog at www.azgfd.govhttp://www.azgfd.net/fish/.

“We instituted the Fishing Blog this year to provide a single place for all the pertinent fishing information. It’s one-stop shopping for the best fishing information,” Aikens said.

Aikens advises visiting the high country now before the summer heat raises lake temperatures and trout activity patterns slow down. “Summer may have officially started, but the great spring bite is still underway – but not for long.”

For the desert lakes, Aikens suggests getting up early and fishing at or even just before first light. “At most of our large desert impoundments, anglers should be able to find aggressive bass feeding on shad at the surface, creating what we call ‘boils.’ This provides some of the most exciting fishing of the year.”

Aikens suggests using topwater baits, crankbaits, casting spoons or in-line spinners such as Mepps and Rooster Tails.

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