All about fishing and lakes 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, Alamo Lake, Bartlett Lake and Lake Pleasant.
Lakes across the state offer a wide variety of 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 AZ Lakes
Lake & Fish Chart
This chart shows the major fishing waters in the state, 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.
Apache Lake is a 2,600-acre lake in the central part of the state, 25 miles northeast of Apache Junction.
Ashurst Lake is a 230-acre lake in the central part of the state, 15 miles southeast of Flagstaff.
Bartlett Lake is a 2,800-acre lake in the central part of the state, 18 miles northeast of Cave Creek.
Big Lake is a 450-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, 10 miles south of Greer.
Canyon Lake is a 950-acre lake in the central part of the state, 10 miles east of Apache Junction.
Chevelon Canyon Lake is a 200-acre lake in the central part of the state, 40 miles northeast of Payson, AZ.
Fool Hollow Lake is a 150-acre lake in the east-central part of the state at Show Low.
Hawley Lake is a 300-acre lake in east-central part of AZ, 10 miles southeast of McNary.
Horseshoe Lake is a 2,200-acre reservoir in central AZ, 40 miles northeast of Carefree.
Lake Havasu is a 20,000-acre lake on the western border of the state, at Lake Havasu City.
Lake Mary is a 600-acre lake in the central part of the state, 15 miles southeast of Flagstaff.
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.
Lake Pleasant is a 10,000-acre lake in the central part of the state, 10 west of New River.
Lake Powell is a 160,000-acre lake on the northern border of the state, at Page.
Lees Ferry is a 15-mile section of the Colorado River in the north-central part of the state, below the Glen Canyon Dam.
Lyman Lake is a 1,500-acre reservoir near the eastern border of the state, 15 miles north of Springerville.
Martinez Lake is a 600-acre lake on the southwestern border of the state, at Yuma.
Mormon Lake is a 600-acre lake in central AZ, 15 miles north of Happy Jack.
Patagonia Lake is a 260-acre lake in the south-central part of the state, 15 miles north of Nogales.
Roosevelt Lake is a 22,000-acre lake in the central part of the state, 35 miles southwest of Globe.
Saguaro Lake is a 1,200-acre lake in the central part of the state, 10 miles northeast of Mesa.
San Carlos Lake is a 20,000-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, 35 miles southeast of Globe.
Tempe Town Lake is a 225-acre lake in the central part of the state at Tempe.
Willow Springs Lake is a 160-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, 40 miles east of Payson.
Woods Canyon Lake is a 52-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, 30 miles east of Payson.
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Fish for big bass
Excellent smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing opportunities are available to anglers in the state.
State Fishing Information
Arizona Fish & Game Department
NOTICE: According to the AZGFD website they have reduced the age, where a license is required to fish, to ten (10) years old.
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Fishing Guides. Here, you can find a listing of AZ fishing guides. If you know of a good resource, please send us information for consideration.
There is a section dedicated to fishing activities for kids. It is devoted to information about kids fishing with stories, fish photos and tips for where and how to take a kid fishing. Please send us your recommendations and we will be happy to consider them for publication.
Fish Species in Arizona
World record: 22 lbs 4 oz
State Record: 16 lbs 7 oz
World record: 11 lbs 15 oz
State Record: 7 lbs 1 oz
World record: 58 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 32 lbs 4 oz
World record: 123 lbs 9 oz
State Record: 71 lbs 10 oz
World record: 143 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 31 lbs 0 oz
World record: 6 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 4 lbs 10 oz
World record: 5 lbs 3 oz
State Record: 3 lbs 5 oz
World record: 25 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 16 lbs 1 oz
World record: 42 lbs 2 oz
State Record: 15 lbs 9 oz
World record: 41 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 6 lbs 5 oz
World record: 14 lbs 8 oz
State Record: 4 lbs 15 oz
World record: 40 lbs 4 oz
State Record: 22 lbs 14 oz
World record: 4 lbs 12 oz
State Record: 3 lbs 15 oz
World record: N/A
State Record: 2 lbs 2 oz
World record: 5.4 lbs
State Record: 3 lbs 9 oz
World record: 3.0 lbs
State Record: 0 lbs 13 oz
World record: 4.4 lbs
State Record: 7 lbs 9 oz
World record: 6.8 lbs
State Record: 4 lbs 12 oz
World record: 2 lbs 15 oz
State Record: 1 lbs 16 oz
World record: 4 lbs 3 oz
State Record: 1 lbs 10 oz
Saltwater world record: 81 lbs 14 oz
State Record: 67 lbs 1 oz
World record: 55 lbs 1 oz
State Record: 32 lbs 6 oz
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