The next scheduled stocking is for the week of Jan. 10. Power bait and spinners will likely be your best bet. Look for the fishing to pick up immediately following the stocking. Catfish and Bluegill were last stocked the week of June 12.
Anchovies are your best bet for the catfish. Bluegill can be caught on worms or meal worms.
The last stocking for the winter was the week of Nov. 15.
Many anglers were having success floating power bait below a bobber.
If you can locate the fish you should be able to catch them. Some of the best fish are caught out of this lake in the winter when we are not stocking.
Trout stocking is scheduled to resume the week of Feb. 14. In general, fishing has not been as good this year as it was the last few years although a 20-inch-plus trout was caught recently. Often the trout are schooled in one area.
Game and Fish has been trying to boost some of the warmwater species in Goldwater. Bass and catfish have been stocked three times over the last three years.
The bass are being stocked to give a boost to a dwindling population in the lake and to reduce the excessive number of crayfish.
Please practice catch and release with the bass, while the population gets re-established. Game and Fish Biologists surveyed Goldwater on Sept. 15, 2009 and found bass and catfish populations to be much improved over last year.
The number of green sunfish was greatly reduced. The bass had a successful spawn last year.
The last trout stocking was the week of Nov. 22.
Trout can be caught all winter, even in the absence of the stockings. Trout stocking is scheduled to resume the week of Feb. 7. Look for the fishing to pick up following the stocking. Trout can be caught on power bait or corn. Brook trout were last stocked the week of June 21.
Catfish and bluegill were last stocked on June 12. Cut anchovies, night crawlers or hot dogs are your best bet for catfish. Lynx can be difficult to fish.
The fishing has shut down for the winter. Game and Fish biologists surveyed Watson last fall and found the bass, sunfish, and bullhead to be plentiful.
Crappies were also doing well. Look for the crappie fishing to pick up in a year or two.
WILLOW CREEK RESERVOIR
The fishing has shut down for the winter.
Flows ramped up pretty good during the rainstorms, so the fishing is probably pretty poor.
Not scheduled to be stocked again until the first week of March. However, this can be a superb place to hike (with some rock climbing) and fish upstream into the Burro Creek Wilderness. The Canyon can get very narrow, so don't go if rain is expected anyplace near. Some of those deeper pools hold trout and smallmouth bass.
DEAD HORSE STATE PARK
The last trout stocking was the week of December 20th.
The next scheduled stocking for Dead Horse State Park is the week of January 10th.
Look for the fishing to pick up following the stocking.
Catfish were stocked the week of September 20.
Fishing was great in the morning tapering off by around 10am. Frozen anchovies or night crawlers should work best for them. Bass and bluegill are also active.
If you would like your child to catch their first fish, Bluegill can be easily caught with a number 10 hook with a small pieces of worm under a bobber. These will not be large bluegill, but they can be a lot of fun for little ones to catch.
Look for the fishing to pick up following the stocking. Power Bait or homemade dough baits will likely be your best bet.
Flows have been pretty high recently, which could have slowed down the fishing some.
If you visit this beautiful travertine stream (take a camera), be sure to take along a trash bag and take out some of the trash others less thoughtful than you have left.
It's an Arizona treasure, so let's treat it that way.
(throughout Verde Valley)
The last trout stocking was the week of December 20th. The next scheduled stocking is the week of January 10th.
Stocking may be cancelled do to poor access. Stocking sites are at Tuzigoot Bridge outside of Clarkdale, The bridge that leads to the Deadhorse State Park, at Deadhorse State Parks access point called the Jacks, at the White Bridge in Camp Verde, and at Bignotti Beach.
Always check your regulations before fishing this area with live bait. Game and Fish Commission Rule requires anglers to only use live bait that has been caught in the river.
No transporting of live baitfish or crayfish is allowed.
WEST CLEAR CREEK
Due to recent high flows, fishing is probably poor. This small creek will not be stocked again until March. However, there are times in winter it can provide a great place to hike, climb rocks, and fish.
You might even see some Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep the department trasplanted into the steep, rocky canyon.
But don't be caught in that narrow canyon is there is rain anywhere near, it can be deadly.