Our cold nights have been chilling down the desert lakes, setting up the right conditions for crappie to congregate into mega-schools, mostly in open water at places such as Alamo Lake, Roosevelt Lake and Bartlett Lake.
Some upcoming spats of mild weather can help, too — winter crappie are blue-sky lovers.
THE REEL DEAL
For six months, nights were becoming longer, peaking Monday, Dec. 21, at 9:48 p.m. The first day of winter.
As we cross that peak and daytime gradually lengthens toward spring, it’s time to focus on what species and waters are best for winter fishing. First, our Community Fishing Program waters are being stocked with trout. See the schedule.
This Christmas full moon will add more light to the holiday shine, but it doesn’t help anglers who want to fish for stripers, or crappie, under submersible lights. So trout remains a top target.
Also, be sure to check the ADOT website for road conditions before traveling this weekend. We consider all ice unsafe.
See the “Latest from the Fish AZ blog” below for plenty of ideas. (And also read about tiger trout coming to the state!)
Before fishing this weekend, see our Fish&Boat AZ map for exact locations and all of our stocking schedules.
Finally, by purchasing your license online annually, you also are conserving wildlife for the future and leading wildlife conservation efforts.