Fishing Report

Lower Salt River

What you need to know

At a glance

The Lower Salt river flows out of Saguaro lake about a half-hour east of Phoenix along the Bush highway. The flows on the Lower Salt fluctuate greatly depending on the time of year. Summertime flows hover around 1,200 CFS and in the winter the flows typically are dialed way back to between 40 and 10 CFS. During higher summer flows floating the river is an option and largemouth bass can be caught by the dozens. Most of the Bass caught are on the smaller side with a 12 incher being a nice catch but there are some real brutes in the river. Note that in the summer you’ll be sharing the river with a flotilla of inner tubers, kayakers, and paddleboarders. Wintertime on the Lower Salt brings a sharp reduction in inflows and the annual resumption of trout stocking in late October. Trout are stocked every other week through the springtime and the stocking schedule can be viewed on the AZFG website.

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  • Small dries – sz18-22 parachute Adams
  • euro jigs – Nightmares, peacock peridons, euro prince
  • San Juan worms
  • Mop flies
  • zebra midges
  • Streamers – dark buggers, simi/balanced leeches, bunny leeches
Water Levels
  • Still looking…
  • Highs: 60’s
  • Lows: 40’s
  • Rain: very likely
  • Check back later!

Mother Nature’s Mood

What to expect

Expect temperatures in the mid-low 60’s during the day and dropping into the low 40’s at night. Rain is likely during this time of the year, plan accordingly!

creek fly fishing
The Simms sling pack is perfect for fishing these streams. Light and maneuverable…we love this pack!
We’ve seen a lot success with dry flies like this Elk Hair Caddis.
These streams can get tight so the 7ft 3wt by Douglas may be the perfect rod for them.

Gear worth bragging about

Awesome gear takes your day on the water from great, to frickin’ awesome! We admit it, the gear doesn’t make the angler…but it definitely helps.

Check the flows before you go!

  • This area has received quite a bit of water lately and has developed into an awesome spot to catch a tug!
Is fishing good

The Salt River


At the Salt River fishing is Very good Trout are being stocked regularly Sonora Sucker fishing is still red hot and bass is still eating small streamers and even nymphs!

– If you have lost a trophy fish due to someone’s inability or negligence in attempting to net your fish, you may be eligible for financial compensation.

is fishing good