Arizona biologists document best fishing at Lees Ferry in 10 years

Looking for a hot fishing spot? Arizona Game and Fish Department biologists said Lees Ferry in northern Arizona is currently providing its best fishing in more than a decade.

Biologists said the catch rates at Lees Ferry in 2011 were as high this past year as they were back during the good ole days, and the fishing is even better this year.

“Anglers are catching wild rainbows at two-fish per hour on average and some anglers have experienced 70-fish days or more,” said Aaron Bunch, a fisheries biologist with Game and Fish.

Bunch pointed out that he finds it amazing that despite the great fishing at Lees Ferry, angling pressure at Lees Ferry is low right now.

Plus, this is the tail end of the trout spawn, so these wild rainbows are in their spawning regalia.

Anglers have the option to fish from shore, bring their own boat, or hire a guide.  Remember to check regulations before going out.

“The incredible rainbow trout fishing and unrivaled scenery has established this fishery as one of the best in the nation. This is a great time to enjoy Lees Ferry. Be careful, and as always – keep your lines tight!” Bunch said.

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