PHOENIX – Arizona anglers are being blessed with an 11-mile trout fishing bonus along the Lower Salt River bordering the Valley of the Sun starting Jan. 22 thanks to plentiful December precipitation and unusual winter runoff in central Arizona that has almost filled the Salt River reservoirs.
Salt River Project plans to release water from Stewart Mountain Dam from now through the end of spring.
Arizona Game and Fish Department officials have jumped on this unexpected opportunity to provide anglers enhanced fishing opportunities along this distinctive desert river bordering the greater Phoenix metropolitan area.
“The Lower Salt River is really a unique Arizona fishing experience. Anglers get to experience fishing for trout in a scenic desert river bordering a wilderness area, just minutes from some of the Valley of the Sun’s population centers. There’s nothing else quite like it,” said Fisheries Chief Kirk Young.
On Jan. 22 at around noon to 1 p.m., the Game and Fish Department will be stocking a truck full of feisty rainbow trout into the Lower Salt River at the Water Users and Blue Point areas that can be readily accessed by anglers via Bush Highway.
Be sure you have a current 2009 Arizona fishing license with trout fishing privileges. For those visiting the Valley, there is a special 4-month nonresident fishing license available at a bargain price.
This stretch of river also provides a superb fishing opportunity for those with kayaks, canoes or inflatables. This is the Salt River segment that attracts thousands of tubers in summer.