TIP OF THE WEEK:
It's a long haul but doubly rewarding. The absolute best fishing in the
state is in the north at Lake Powell for stripers, smallmouth and
largemouth bass, and ice cold Lees Ferry for wild rainbow trout with a
cicada-induced bite. The temperature is in the 70s in the morning and
into the 100s later in the day, but you will need a jacket when your
are standing in the 55-degree water in the morning. In the afternoon,
the bends and curves of Marble Canyon give good shade.
TUCSON URBAN LAKES: Kennedy, Silverbell, Sahuarita and Lakeside
lakes stocked with channel catfish. No further stockings until
September. Try worms, hot dogs, chicken liver or prepared catfish bait.
There are also lots of hybrid sunfish.
SOUTHERN WATERS: Riggs Flat and Rose Canyon Lake stocked with
trout; fishing is good and it is nice and cool. Arivaca Lake good to
excellent for bass. Parker Canyon Lake good overall.
CENTRAL WATERS: The night-fishing hot spot is Alamo Lake for
crappie and channel catfish; try live minnows and small jigs for
crappie near the dam and stinkbaits on the flats for catfish. Another
good night spot is the Salt River arm of Roosevelt Lake, actually
downriver. Prime flathead catfish of 20 to 40 pounds will put your
equipment to the test. All desert lakes are good for channel catfish.
(Complete Game & Fish statewide report at Web site (602) 789-3214 or www.azgfd.com)