Weather like this makes folks want to dig out their fishing poles and bait, dust off their license and head out to the lakes. Here's the latest updates for the Prescott area from the Arizona Game and Fish Department's Fishing Report:
Fain Lake in Prescott Valley is still closed for dredging. It's expected that Fain Lake will be finished by the end of April or beginning of May. In the meantime, the fish that would have been stocked in Fain Lake are going to Watson Lake in Prescott instead at the new boat launch.
Goldwater Lake has been recently stocked with trout, according to the report. It's claimed the fishing can be really good at Goldwater this time of year. In addition, Game and Fish are trying to boost the warm water species like bass and catfish in Goldwater Lake. The bass are being stocked because the population needs to be reestablished, and also they help reduce the number of crayfish. It is requested that catch and release be practiced with the bass.
Granite Basin Lake is still shut down to fishing for the winter.
On March 7, Lynx Lake was stocked with another batch of trout. It's suggested that power bait, corn, power worms, jakes, panther martin and roostertails be tried at the end of the line.
Mingus Lake hasn't been stocked since last October, and the gate is locked, so you have to walk in. But, the water level is said to be up and the fishing should be fairly good.
"Someone illegally stocked yellow bullhead into Mingus several years ago," the report states. "These fish compete directly with the trout and keep growth rates very low. If you witness anyone, anywhere, moving fish like bass, bluegill, catfish and stocking them, please report it to our Operation Game Thief Hotline at 1-800-352-0700. Illegal stockings cost YOU money!"
On January 13, Watson Lake was stocked with 2332 Rainbow Trout, for the first time since 1962. There was another stocking during the week of February 14, too. It's suggested that fishing from a boat might be more successful. In addition, bass, sunfish and bullhead are plentiful, with a good crop of crappies.