Huge Largies Coming to AZ’s Watson Lake?

Get it? Rainbow stockings....

Saw a press release the other day about rainbow trout being stocked in Arizona’s Watson Lake for the first time in 49 years. I’m no expert on Arizona, but the mental math went like this: hatchery rainbows + largemouths + mild climate = ding, ding, ding!

But first, are largies in Watson? Yep. Plus the lake is 380 acres with an average depth of 50 feet, and is “conveniently located about 4 miles from downtown Prescott.”

How about the climate? Seems warm to me: highs in the 50s in the winter months.

More from the release:

> The stockings will take place only in the winter months and will be based on availability of trout. The trout are not expected to survive the summer water temperatures [really?].

> The stockings will be at the old launch ramp unless conditions allow for stockings at both ramps, depending on water levels. The stocking will begin on Jan. 13 [today!] with another planned for February.

Let the bass feeding begin!

Note to Prescott-area trackle stores: Stock up on swimbaits.

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  1. VinnieTheFish

    January 26, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    The trout stocking program is probably one of the best things AZGFD is doing for the bass population in a number of lakes. Here’s a recent fishing report from Canyon Lake which is by far one of the best “big bass” lakes in AZ that receives trout stocking in the winter months. This lake is just down river from Lake Roosevelt which the FLW Everstart will be visiting in Feb 2011.

    Peak swimbait season is from day 0-10 from the trout stocking on this lake. Definitely not a numbers lake, but they can get pretty big thanks to the AZGFD trout stocking program.

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