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AZGFD Local Fishing Report and News

Fain Lake, City of Prescott Valley

From I-17, travel west on highway 69 toward Prescott Valley, turn left on Glassford Hill Road. Turn right on 2nd street to 5th street. Follow Fain Park signs to the lake.Restrooms, fishing dock, bridge, ramadas, drinking water, historical artifacts, and free parking. There is a fishing dock and hiking trails available.

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This is a day use only Park. Boats swimming, campfire, and overnight camping are not allowed. After dredging in 2012, there was a one-time stocking of bass and bluegill.

Fish commonly caught includes: rainbow trout and catfish. Brook and brown trout will also be stocked when available.

Bag Limits:Trout: 4
Catfish: 4 Bass: 2 (13″ or more)
Sunfish: 10 White Amur: 1 (30″ or more) Carp and Bullheads: Statewide limits

Updates:

Mingus Lake, Prescott National Forest

Between Prescott Valley and Jerome on Highway 89A, turn on Forest Road 104. Follow dirt road for about two miles. Watch for the lake on your right.

There is one picnic table, a ramada, vault toilet, and garbage service. There is no drinking water at this location, so prepare accordingly.  Although the access gate is locked after the first snow and does not reopen until spring, walk-in access is still permitted.  Disperse camping, swimming, and motorized boats are not allowed. There is a $5/ day use fee.Rainbow trout and bullhead.

Bag Limits:
Trout: 4
Bullheads: Unlimited

Updates:

Goldwater Lake, City of Prescott

2900 S. Goldwater Lake Rd. Go south on Mount Vernon St., which turns into Senator Highway. It is about four miles to the entrance of the lake. Turn right and park in the designated parking spots.

This 15-acre lake offers restrooms, fishing docks, picnic areas, ramadas, playgrounds, sand volleyball court, hiking trails, horseshoe pits and boat ramp.  Boat with electric motors only are allowed on this lake. Canoe and kayak rentals are often available.  There is a $3.00 per car parking fee and annual passes are available. No swimming is allowed.

Summer Hours (Memorial day– Labor day)
7:00am – 10:00pm
Winter Hours:
7:00am – Sunset

Rainbow trout, largemouth bass, sunfish, channel catfish, and crayfish.

Bag Limits:
Trout: 4
Bass: 1; minimum size 13 inches.
Catfish: 10
Sunfish, Carp and Bullheads: Unlimited

Updates:

Lynx Lake, Prescott National Forest

Located off Highway 69 between Prescott Valley and Prescott. Turn south on Walker Road and go approximately three miles to the entrance.Camping, RV facilities, hiking, restrooms, and picnic areas.  There is a trail system around the lake.  Small boat, kayak, and canoe rentals are sometimes available on the north shore. Those bringing their own boat can launch from the south shore.  Boats with electric or 10 HP and less motors only.  Swimming is not allowed.  There is a $5.00 day use fee. 

Hours:
March 1 – April 30: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
May 1 – September 30: 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM
October 1 – February 28 (or 29): 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Rainbow trout, brown trout, brook trout, largemouth bass, sunfish, channel catfish, bullhead, carp, and crayfish.

Bag Limits:
Trout: 4
Bass: 6
Catfish: 10
Sunfish, Carp and Bullheads: Unlimited

Updates: The last trout stocking was the week of February 1st.  The next tentative scheduled trout stocking is this week, the week of March 7th.  Try yellow colored power bait or power eggs for trout if the spinners don’t work.

Watson Lake, City of Prescott

Four miles north of downtown at 3101 Watson Lake Rd.

Watson Lake is an ideal location for local anglers. It is located close to town and offers two boat launch areas, courtesy dock, camp sites, showers, trail system, kayak and canoe rentals, fish cleaning stations, picnic ramadas, picnic tables, barbeque grills, playground, horseshoe pits, Frisbee golf and restrooms. There is a $3.00 per car parking fee and annual passes are available. No swimming is allowed.

Wakeless speed only, boat restriction.

Summer Hours (Memorial day– Labor day):
7:00am – 10:00pm
Winter Hours:
7:00am – Sunset

Rainbow trout, largemouth bass, sunfish, channel catfish, crayfish, and crappie.

BAG LIMITS:
Trout: 4
Bass: 6
Catfish: 10
Crappie: Unlimited
Sunfish, Carp and Bullheads: Unlimited

Updates:

If you fish Watson and are having luck, please e-mail me at gcummins@azgfd.gov so I can share your successes with others.

Willow Lake, City of Prescott

1497 Heritage Park Rd. off Willow Creek Road near the Heritage Park Zoo.

Boat launch ramp (no gasoline motors), courtesy dock, picnic ramadas, trails, bird watching, and restrooms. There is a $3.00 per car parking fee and annual passes are available. No swimming is allowed.

Summer Hours (Memorial day– Labor day):
6:00am – 10:00pm
Winter Hours:
7:00am – Sunset

Largemouth bass, sunfish, crappie, channel catfish, bullhead, and crayfish.

BAG LIMITS:
Bass: 6
Catfish: 10
Crappie: Unlimited
Sunfish, Carp and Bullheads: Unlimited

Updates: Largemouth bass are the predominant species in this lake but the cold temps will make that bite nonexistent.

Granite Basin Lake, Prescott National Forest

From downtown Prescott, go northwest on Montezuma Street, which turns into Whipple Street, which turns into Iron Springs Road. Continue on Iron Springs Road for approximately 3.5 miles. Turn right on Granite Basin Road (Forest Road 374) and go approximately two miles into the recreation area.

There are restrooms, water, camping, and picnic areas at the site. Hiking trails radiate out from this location. Non-motorized boating is allowed. There is a $5.00 day use fee.

Hours:
March 1 – April 30: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
May 1 – September 30: 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM
October 1 – February 28 (or 29): 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Largemouth bass, sunfish, channel catfish, and bullhead

BAG LIMITS:
Trout: 4
Bass: 6
Catfish: 4
Sunfish, Carp and Bullheads: Unlimited

Recent stockings 

Week of 8/15 to 8/19/2022 (stocked with rainbow trout unless otherwise indicated): 
Rim Country: East Verde River, Haigler Creek, Tonto Creek. 
Western Arizona: Colorado River.  

Week of 8/8 to 8/12/2022 (stocked with rainbow trout unless otherwise indicated): 
North Central Arizona/Prescott area: Goldwater Lake (upper – channel catfish), Lynx Lake (channel catfish), Willow Creek Reservoir (channel catfish), Yavapai Lakes (channel catfish). 
Rim Country: Canyon Creek, East Verde River, Haigler Creek, Tonto Creek. 
White Mountains: Patterson Ponds (St. Johns; channel catfish), Show Low Lake (channel catfish).

Don’t release aquarium pets into Arizona waters

Introduced invasives can have devastating effects on native wildlife and ecosystems

An angler recently sent us a photo of a fish he caught from the Salt River. It is a Plecostomus, sometimes called a Pleco. It is a popular aquarium fish when they are small. But common Plecos can slowly grow up to two feet over time — something their owners were not expecting. Some people mistakenly believe that when their exotic pets get too difficult to manage, it is okay to release them into the wild. But that is exactly the wrong thing to do. Introduced pets — even goldfish — can have devastating effects on native wildlife and ecosystems. They can outcompete sportfish and natives for food and space, prey on native species, and have unforeseeable effects on the food web, ultimately disrupting fish availability for anglers. These invasives, once established, can easily take over an aquatic system. While most non-native tropical fish are bright in color, some goldfish will lose their bright colors and grow upwards of 5 pounds, resembling a common carp. There are many other exotic fish and pets that have found their way into Arizona’s waters, and the Arizona Game and Fish Department wants to prevent their spread and keep them from degrading Arizona’s fishing opportunities. The public can help in this endeavor. If someone catches an unidentifiable fish or one that can be identified as non-native, DO NOT release it back into the water.

Do the following instead: Take a photo and mark the location found and report it to AZGFD’s Aquatic Invasive Species program. If you think you may have found a species listed on Director’s Order 1, such as any of the snakehead and Asian carp species, please place the fish in ice and contact the Aquatic Invasive Species program as well, so it can be collected for testing. If you or someone you know has any aquarium pets they do not wish to keep, do not release them into any lakes, ponds, or streams. We encourage the public to help spread the message to other pet owners, and together we can stop the harmful and illegal introduction and spread of unwanted species.

If you would like to report a nonnative species, please contact the Aquatic Invasive Species program at 623-236-7608. 

See more information about the program and invasive species. 

More information can also be found on the Don’t Let It Loose website at http://www.dontletitloose.com/state/arizona

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