July 26, 2023

The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) reminds anglers that the record-setting heat has raised water temperatures in many trout lakes and streams.

Trout thrive in cool (below 68 degrees), clean, well-oxygenated water. During the summer months, when water levels and flows decrease due to lack of rainfall, water temperatures rise and dissolved oxygen decreases, which in turn causes additional stress on trout. 

Anglers are reminded to consider these conditions and take some personal responsibility when fishing for trout during these periods of stress. AZGFD recommends the following:

AZGFD appreciates anglers for taking responsibility when fishing for trout during the summer months. The proper handling and care of trout can greatly reduce their stress and the potential for post-release mortality.  

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