Cold temperatures don't have to mean the end of the fishing season in Arizona. The Arizona Game and Fish Department just released a list of the Top 5 winter fishing holes across the state.
#5 Silver CreekThe water is open all winter at Silver Creek near Show Low. The creek springs from the ground at a constant temperature, so the water doesn't freeze. However, from Oct. 1 through Mar. 31, regulations are catch-and-release only.
#4 Patagonia LakeThe 260-acre lake south of Tucson has nice winter crappie fishing. Winter camping is also allowed near the lake.
#3 Lees FerryRainbow trout spawn at this location along the Colorado River in the winter. The Grand Canyon scenery is an added bonus.
#2 Lower Salt RiverClose to the Phoenix metro area, anglers can catch trout in the streams of the Lower Salt. As an added bonus, this month Arizona Game and Fish will stock the river with extra trout that would have been placed in Tempe Town Lake before plans were made to drain the lake for dam repairs. #1 Lake Havasu This lake stays warm even in the winter thanks to its shallow depth and the clear skies above. Lake Havasu heats up quickly on a sunny winter day, and anglers can try for some monster redear sunfish.
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