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By Rick Seaman

Lake Mary, AZ

The Lake Mary Country Store, located at the lake, offers fishing tackle, bait, ice, drinks, snacks and everything you need to spend a day at Lake Mary.

Popular Fish Species Lake Mary, AZ

According to the Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, "The lake has Northern Pike, Channel Catfish, Black Crappie, Walleye, Yellow Perch, and Yellow Bass." Here are the most commonly species fished for at Lake Mary, near Flagstaff, AZ.

Lake Mary Popular Fish - Northern Pike

Northern Pike

Thriving in the cool waters of Lake Mary, northern pike are a very popular target for local anglers. This year they are being caught in good quantity and some mighty big sizes. April and May are the best months of the year for northern pike fishing here. Summer is spotty but pike can be caught all summer long. Fall can also be good sometimes stretching into October. Large, flashy lures that mimic the bait they prey upon are great lures for northerns. Effective lures include spoons, spinners, and crankbaits, particularly those with bright colors or metallic finishes to attract the pike's attention. Additionally, big flies, soft plastic swimbaits and jerkbaits can be successful, especially when retrieved erratically to mimic wounded prey. Trolling along weed edges can often entice strikes.

While the lake is known for its diverse fish species, northern pike are a prized catch for many fishing enthusiasts. These aggressive predators can grow to impressive sizes and put up a formidable fight when hooked. With its ample underwater vegetation and favorable conditions, Lake Mary provides an ideal habitat for northern pike.

Lake Mary Popular Fish - Channel Catfish

Channel Catfish

This year a healthy population of channel cats populate the waters of Lake Mary, and can be found all around the lake. In Spring channel cats migrate toward incoming water, so stay up river away from the main lake. In early summer look for gravel banks. In summer and winter deeper structure is where to look. Fishing for channel catfish is often productive around any kind of structure in the area. Creek channels and rocky points are always a good place to begin. Use a slip sinker or Carolina rig with popular catfish baits.

Lake Mary Popular Fish - Walleye


Thanks to good fisheries management, a healthy population of walleye are now established in the waters of Lake Mary this year. They are eager to feed throughout the lake, but tend to concentrate around structure on points, flats and ledges off the river channels. A proven method for catching walleye here is trolling with spinners tipped with live bait, or trolling with long-billed, deep diving crankbaits. However casting live bait, jigs, worms and spoons also works well at times.

Fish species to fish for...

Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, brown trout, bluegill, green sunfish, yellow bass, yellow perch and northern pike at Lake Mary in Arizona.

Two lakes, collectively known as Lake Mary, are actually two separate lakes - Upper and Lower Lake Mary. The lakes and campgrounds are conveniently located 15 miles southeast of Flagstaff, AZ. When full, Upper Lake Mary is a 600-acre lake. The upper lake is the primary fishery, and has no limit on horsepower for boats - so it it also available for water skiing and other water sports. Canoes, kayaks and smaller boats are also a great way to enjoy this body of water. Two boat ramps are available for public use. Within short walks from parking, there is plenty of access for fishing from shore. Bass, catfish, walleye, trout and northern pike are the primary species. Under ideal conditions, some winters allow for ice fishing - but not all winters deliver safe ice.

Lake Mary, located in Arizona, is a picturesque destination that offers a variety of outdoor activities for visitors to enjoy. Fishing is a popular pastime at Lake Mary, as it is home to a diverse range of fish species. Anglers can cast their lines in search of rainbow trout, brown trout, northern pike, and various types of sunfish. Whether you prefer fly fishing or traditional bait and lure techniques, the tranquil waters of Lake Mary provide ample opportunities for a successful fishing trip.

Rainbow Trout Fishing

Rainbow Trout

Fishing for the elusive rainbow trout fishing at Lake Mary in Arizona is a favorite pastime for anglers of all ages and skill levels. The lake is renowned for its abundant population of rainbow trout, offering fantastic opportunities for anglers to reel in these vibrant and delicious fish. Whether you're casting from the shoreline or fishing from a boat, Lake Mary provides an ideal setting for catching rainbow trout. Anglers can utilize a variety of techniques such as fly fishing with nymphs or dry flies, using spinners or spoons, or even bait fishing with worms or PowerBait. The clear, cool waters of Lake Mary, along with its underwater structures and ample food sources, create an environment where rainbow trout thrive. The joy of landing a feisty rainbow trout, combined with the scenic beauty of the surrounding pine forests and mountains, makes rainbow trout fishing at Lake Mary a truly memorable experience.

Primary fish species residing in Lake Mary

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Largemouth bass Channel catfish Black crappie Walleye Rainbow trout Brown trout

Bluegill Sunfish Yellow Bass Yellow Perch Northern pike

Fishing Boats For Rent In Arizona

Lake Mary Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: NO
Lodging: NEARBY
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: NO

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In addition to fishing, Lake Mary is also a fantastic spot for boating enthusiasts. With its expansive size and clear waters, it's an ideal place to explore by boat. Whether you bring your own watercraft or rent one from a nearby marina, you can enjoy leisurely cruises, water skiing, or even paddle boarding. The serene ambiance of the lake, coupled with the breathtaking views of the surrounding pine forests, makes boating on Lake Mary a truly enjoyable experience.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Lake Mary Country Store & Fishing Boat Rentals
Rentals: Canoe, kayak and fishing boats for rent
928 774-1742


Lake Mary Country Store & Fishing Boat Rentals
8510 Lake Mary Rd
Flagstaff, AZ 86005
928 774-1742

Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Upper Lake Mary Boat Launch & Picnic Area
Two paved boat launch ramps and parking in the northwest corner of Upper Lake Mary, off Lake Mary Road.
928 526-0866

Fishing Guides On Lake Mary

If you offer fishing guide services on this lake, please contact us for a free listing, to be posted here.

Lake Mary Fishing Video
Fishing License

Click here for a Arizona Fishing License.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Lake View Campground - 928 527-3600

Canyon Vista Campground - 928 526-0866

Pine Grove Campground - 877 444-6777

Lake Mary AZ Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Lake Mary
Coconino National Forest
877 444-6777


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