All about fishing in the Grand Canyon State
The state offers a variety of fishing including lakes, ponds, streams and rivers. High mountain trout fishing is available but the state is primarily a desert lake state. Primary species are bass, crappie, catfish, stripers and bluegills.
In addition to the lakes on the Colorado river there are eight primary desert lakes. They are Roosevelt lake, Apache Lake, Canyon Lake, Saguaro Lake, San Carlos Lake, Bartlett Lake, Alamo Lake and Lake Pleasant.
The state of Arizona offers a wide fish species. Here, you can fish for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, blue catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, brook trout, brown trout, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, redear sunfish, rock bass, tilapia, white bass, yellow bass, yellow perch, stripers and northern pike in local lakes, rivers, ponds and/or streams.
Major Arizona Lakes
Lake & Fish Chart
This chart shows the major fishing waters in Arizona, cross referencing these waters with the major types of fishing to be found in each of the lakes or impoundments. For a more complete list of fish species in Arizona, see the list below, which also includes state records.
Arizona Fishing Lake Sizes & Locations
Alamo Lake is a 2,700-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, 38 miles north of Wenden, AZ.
Apache Lake is a 2,600-acre lake in the central part of the state, 25 miles northeast of Apache Junction, AZ.
Bartlett Lake is a 2,800-acre lake in the central part of the state, 18 miles northeast of Cave Creek, AZ.
Canyon Lake is a 950-acre lake in the central part of the state, 10 miles east of Apache Junction, AZ.
Lake Havasu is a 20,000-acre lake on the western border of the state, at Lake Havasu City, AZ.
Lake Mead is a 160,000-acre lake on the western border of the state, at Henderson, NV.
Lake Mohave is a 28,800-acre lake on the western border of the state, at Bullhead, AZ.
Lake Pleasant is a 10,000-acre lake in the central part of the state, 10 west of New River, AZ.
Lake Powell is a 160,000-acre lake on the northern border of the state, at Page, AZ.
Lees Ferry is a 15-mile section of the Colorado River in the north-central part of the state, below the Glen Canyon Dam, AZ.
Martinez Lake is a 600-acre lake on the southwestern border of the state, at Yuma, AZ.
Roosevelt Lake is a 22,000-acre lake in the central part of the state, 35 miles southwest of Globe, AZ.
Saguaro Lake is a 1,200-acre lake in the central part of the state, 10 miles northeast of Mesa, AZ.
San Carlos Lake is a 20,000-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, 35 miles southeast of Globe, AZ.
Woods Canyon is a 52-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, 30 miles east of Payson, AZ.
Arizona Fishing Lakes - Information & Maps
Alamo Lake Fishing Map
Apache Lake Fishing Map
Bartlett Lake Fishing Map
Canyon Lake Fishing Map
Lake Havasu Fishing Map
Lake Mead Fishing Map
Lake Mohave Fishing Map
Lake Pleasant Fishing Map
Lake Powell Fishing Map
Lees Ferry Fishing Map
Martinez Lake Fishing Map
Roosevelt Lake Fishing Map
Saguaro Lake Fishing Map
San Carlos Lake Fishing Map
Woods Canyon Lake Fishing Map
Fish for big bass in Arizona
Excellent smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing opportunities are available to anglers in AZ.
State of AZ Fishing Information
Arizona Fish & Game Department
NOTICE: According to the AZGFD website they have reduced the age in Arizona, where a license is required to fish, to ten (10) years old.
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Fish Species in Arizona
World record: 22 lbs 4 oz
AZ State Record: 16 lbs 7 oz
World record: 11 lbs 15 oz
AZ State Record: 7 lbs 1 oz
World record: 58 lbs 0 oz
AZ State Record: 32 lbs 4 oz
World record: 123 lbs 9 oz
AZ State Record: 71 lbs 10 oz
World record: 143 lbs 0 oz
AZ State Record: 31 lbs 0 oz
World record: 6 lbs 0 oz
AZ State Record: 4 lbs 10 oz
World record: 5 lbs 3 oz
AZ State Record: 3 lbs 5 oz
World record: 25 lbs 0 oz
AZ State Record: 16 lbs 1 oz
World record: 42 lbs 2 oz
AZ State Record: 15 lbs 9 oz
World record: 41 lbs 0 oz
AZ State Record: 6 lbs 5 oz
World record: 14 lbs 8 oz
AZ State Record: 4 lbs 15 oz
World record: 40 lbs 4 oz
AZ State Record: 22 lbs 14 oz
World record: 4 lbs 12 oz
AZ State Record: 3 lbs 15 oz
World record: N/A
AZ State Record: 2 lbs 2 oz
World record: 5.4 lbs
AZ State Record: 3 lbs 9 oz
World record: 3.0 lbs
AZ State Record: 0 lbs 13 oz
World record: 4.4 lbs
AZ State Record: 7 lbs 9 oz
World record: 6.8 lbs
AZ State Record: 4 lbs 12 oz
World record: 2 lbs 15 oz
AZ State Record: 1 lbs 16 oz
World record: 4 lbs 3 oz
AZ State Record: 1 lbs 10 oz
Saltwater world record: 81 lbs 14 oz
AZ State Record: 67 lbs 1 oz
World record: 55 lbs 1 oz
AZ State Record: 32 lbs 6 oz
By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.
Fishing information for each state.
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