Urban Fishing Bulletin: weeks of July 28 – Aug 30

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Catfish stocking to resume in Fall
There are no scheduled fish stockings at Urban Fishing Program waters from July 1 through Sept. 15.  Once lake temperatures begin to decrease, entering the fall season, then catfish stockings can resume again.  This fall, a total of four catfish stockings are planned at two week intervals before fish stockings switch over to rainbow trout in mid November.  Fishing at Urban Program waters will remain slow throughout the summer.  Catfish can still be caught, especially from the larger lakes, with bluegill, bass and carp still providing some fun for persistent anglers.

New interactive fishing map on the Web
New interactive web based Arizona fishing locations mapEver wish you could use a computerized map of Arizona to reveal all the places to go fishing, the types of fish you can find, and maybe even something about the facilities at each lake, river or stream?  Well, just wave a magic wand over your computer because your wish has been granted – thanks to a little computer magic from the Arizona Game and Fish Department.  The department now has an interactive fishing hole map of Arizona on its Web site at www.azgfd.gov/fishing under “Where to Fish.”  One of the cool things about this interactive map, is it gives you the ability to locate places to fish for specific species. Want to know where to fish for rainbow trout? Simply click on the words ‘rainbow trout’ at the bottom, and the map will only show those locations with trout.  Do you need directions to a particular fishing hole? Those are there too. You can even choose the type of map you want, including topographical or satellite imagery. There are even links to Wikipedia to provide more detailed information such as angling tips, special fishing regulations and photographs.  The site is new, and still under construction to include more details, video clips, and helpful tips to guide you in planning for that next fishing trip.

  • Find fishing locations in Arizona including images, detailed site and facility information and approximate driving directions. 
  • Over 170 locations for lakes, rivers and streams with lists of sport fish species found at each.
  • All Urban Fishing Program waters are included and with video clips of the area.

Urban Fishing Report
New Urban Fishing Program SignFishing activity has slowed over the summer due to high water temperatures and absence of fish stockings through July and August.  Catfish up to four pounds are still being reported, along with many in the two pound range, but catch rates are poor overall.  The last seasonal (spring/summer) stocking of catfish was June 25. Generally, the best bite is late in the evening, however, some anglers are finding hungry cats in the middle of the day.  Top baits used are stink baits or shrimp, fished on the bottom without a sinker.  Sunfish continue to bite throughout the summer on small worms fished under a bobber, mornings are best.  Largemouth bass fishing is slow with the best activity around dawn for anglers using finesse worms, rigged dropshot or splitshot style, or try topwater at first light.  Catfish stockings will not resume until late September.  At Green Valley lakes (Payson) the best fishing is for bluegill, crappie and bass. Monsoon rains have kept the lake cooler and seem to invigorate the fish. Try small jigs and worms fished under a bobber at Green Valley.
Stocking update

  • Phoenix Area Lakes – Last stocking, catfish June 25. No further fish stockings until late September.
  • Tucson Area Lakes – Last stocking, catfish June 25. No further fish stockings until late September.
  • Green Valley Lakes (Payson) – Last stocking, trout May 9. No further trout stockings until mid October.