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Arizona Fishing Heats Up With Cooler Weather


September 15, 2013 | View PDF

Widespread rains across the state have helped drop lake water temperatures. Look for fish to get active once again, assuming this typical pattern holds true. We'll see.

Lake Pleasant

The top-water striper bite at Lake Pleasant is picking up. Get there at first light or you might miss the boils. Cover lots of water and look for birds or surface activity. Try top-water lures, jerkbaits and flies. (Zara Spook Juniors and buzzbaits tend to be successful this time of the year.)

Roosevelt Lake

The water temperature is beginning to fall at Roosevelt Lake. The low-80s in the morning to mid-80s in the afternoon are a marked drop from the previous week. bass fishing reportedly is improving with increased success using crankbaits. Try fishing main lake points in 20-30 feet of water.

Colorado River Waters

That said, Colorado River water temperatures from Picacho State Park to Imperial Dam remain around 88 degrees. One angler reported that on Martinez Lake, some of his best fish — including the 7-pound Largemouth Bass pictured — came from the main channel.

Lake Powell

And be sure to check out the Lake Powell information in the full report. You might run into some of the best fishing you'll find this year for striped Bass, smallmouth Bass and Largemouth Bass.

In The High Country

In the high country, trout stockings have continued at Tonto Creek, Oak Creek, Woods Canyon, willow springs, Bear Canyon, Sheeps Crossing and Silver Creek (500 Apache trout).

Silver Creek trout Time

Speaking of Silver Creek, it's trout time — the seasonal trout fishery opens Oct. 1.

This festive fishing get-together seems to draw more participants each year. This is the opening of the catch-and-release season (Oct. 1 - March 31.).

Silver Creek is five miles east of Show Low on U.S. Route 60. Turn north off Highway 60 onto Bourdon Ranch Road for five miles to Hatchery Road. Then head eat on Hatchery Road 1 mile to the Silver Creek Hatchery, park in the parking lot, and follow the signs to the creek.

trout from this seasonal fishery must be immediately released unharmed — no trout may be kept. It is artificial fly and lure only with single, barbless hooks.

A seasonal fishery, Silver Creek is spring fed and stays at a constant temperature. Because it is not subject to freezing, it provides anglers ideal wintertime, high-country trout stream angling.

Urban Fishing Program

Oh, yeah — attention Urban Fishing Program anglers: catfish stockings have resumed.

Deliveries of 1.5- to 2-pound catfish are started the week of Sept. 16-21. During the hot summer months from June 25 through Sept. 15, there are no scheduled catfish stockings at Urban Fishing Program waters. However, once lake temperatures begin to drop entering the fall season, then catfish stockings can resume again.

Welcome back, Mr. Whiskers.


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