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Arizona Trout Fishing

All about fishing for rainbow, cutthroat, brook and brown trout in Arizona lakes and streams.

Trout fishing in Arizona

AZ Trout Fishing Waters

Arizona offers a variety of trout fishing opportunities from stocked rainbow trout to native brookies and wary brown trout. With a diverse terrain and elevations there are trout fishing options for all types of anglers.

Serious trout anglers can try their skills on Reservation Lake, White Mountains streams or go for native Apache trout in the West Fork of the Black River.On the Mogollon Rim area the best stream fishing is at Canyon Creek, Chevelon Creek and East Clear Creek.

Watch trout fishing videos to see trout anglers in action.

The 5 primary trouts are the rainbow, brook, brown, cutthroat and lake trout. Browns are considered the most difficult to catch and brookies are the easiest. Pure cold water is key to survival of the trouts.

Arizona German Brown Trout

Dan Westfall shows off a real nice german brown trout caught in October, 2012 at Horseshoe Cienaga.

Arizona Record Trout

Hurricane Lake produced the Arizona state record apache trout and the state record brook trout came from Sunrise Lake. Reservation Lake was home to the state record brown trout and the AZ state record cutthroat trout was taken out of Luna Lake. The Tempe Town lake recently served up the Arizona state record rainbow trout.

Visit the Arizona Game & Fish Department website for details on trout stocking programs in Arizona.

Arizona 3-pound Rainbow Trout

Joe Loges with a nice three-pound rainbow trout from Apache Lake.

Additional trout fishing information

Cutthroat Trout Conservation

Trout Conservation

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

By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.

Trout fishing waters and information, by state.


Learn the habits of trout

Trout are considered some of the most difficult fish to fool. Once you locate Arizona waters with a population of trout, the challenge becomes identifying trout flies and lures that will trigger strikes. Visit the trout fishing page to learn more about the habitat each of the trouts prefer.

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