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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 Colorado River lakes include Lake Havasu, Lake Mead, Lake Mohave, Lake Powell and Martinez Lake.

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

Arizona major lakes and fish chart

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.

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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
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Martinez Lake Fishing Map
Roosevelt Lake Fishing Map
Saguaro Lake Fishing Map
San Carlos Lake Fishing Map
Woods Canyon Lake Fishing Map

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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

Click here for Arizona Fishing License information. For regulatory details and information about fishing in AZ visit the Arizona Fish & Game Department website.

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

Fishing for bass in Arizona

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

AZ State Record: 16 lbs 7 oz

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz

AZ State Record: 7 lbs 1 oz

Fishing for catfish in Arizona

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

AZ State Record: 32 lbs 4 oz

Flathead Catfish

Flathead catfish

World record: 123 lbs 9 oz

AZ State Record: 71 lbs 10 oz

Blue Catfish

Blue catfish

World record: 143 lbs 0 oz

AZ State Record: 31 lbs 0 oz

Fishing for crappie in Arizona

Black Crappie

Black crappie

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

AZ State Record: 4 lbs 10 oz

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

AZ State Record: 3 lbs 5 oz

Fishing for walleye in Arizona



World record: 25 lbs 0 oz

AZ State Record: 16 lbs 1 oz

Fishing for trout in Arizona

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

AZ State Record: 15 lbs 9 oz

Cutthroat Trout

Cutthroat trout

World record: 41 lbs 0 oz

AZ State Record: 6 lbs 5 oz

Brook Trout

Brook trout

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

AZ State Record: 4 lbs 15 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

AZ State Record: 22 lbs 14 oz

Fishing for panfish in Arizona



World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

AZ State Record: 3 lbs 15 oz

Hybrid Sunfish

Hybrid sunfish

World record: N/A

AZ State Record: 2 lbs 2 oz

Redear Sunfish

Redear sunfish

World record: 5.4 lbs

AZ State Record: 3 lbs 9 oz

Rock Bass

Rock bass

World record: 3.0 lbs

AZ State Record: 0 lbs 13 oz



World record: 4.4 lbs

AZ State Record: 7 lbs 9 oz

White Bass

White Bass

World record: 6.8 lbs

AZ State Record: 4 lbs 12 oz

Yellow Bass

Yellow bass

World record: 2 lbs 15 oz

AZ State Record: 1 lbs 16 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

AZ State Record: 1 lbs 10 oz

Fishing for striped bass in Arizona

Striped Bass


Saltwater world record: 81 lbs 14 oz

AZ State Record: 67 lbs 1 oz

Fishing for other species in Arizona

Northern Pike

Northern pike

World record: 55 lbs 1 oz

AZ State Record: 32 lbs 6 oz

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