Navigation Home - AA-Fishing Lakes Fish

Guide To Fishing At Lake Pleasant

AKA: Pleasant Lake

Pick A LakePick A SpeciesPick A State

What to fish for...

Fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, white crappie, bluegill, redear sunfish, tilapia, white bass and striped bass at Lake Pleasant in Arizona.

Lake Pleasant, AZ

An oasis in the desert, Lake Pleasant is a 10,000-acre lake offering a variety of fishing and boating choices. Located 45 minutes northwest of Phoenix the lake can be accessed via 99th Avenue north from Sun City or via the Cave Creek Highway - west off US Highway 17 north from Phoenix. It is a popular day trip from Phoenix, Scottsdale and other valley cities. Camping, water skiing and swimming areas are scattered around the lake and are often used year round.

Primary fish species residing in Lake Pleasant

Click images for fishing tips and details about each species.

Largemouth bass Channel catfish Black crappie White crappie Bluegill Redear Sunfish Tilapia White Bass Striped bass

Fishing Boats For Rent In Arizona

Lake Pleasant Bass Fishing

Bass fishing at Lake Pleasant has been the primary attraction for decades, to angler at Lake Pleasant. This deep, clear, desert lake has produced monster strings of bass, and at times been a favorite of tournament anglers. It can also be very tough fishing at times and test the skills and patience of even the most experienced anglers. This is excellent topwater lake when the water is clear. Texas-style worms, jigs, spinnerbaits and crankbaits also catch their share of Lake Pleasant bass.

Other fishing in Lake Pleasant

The lake is also known for its populations of white bass and stripers. Both are schooling fish that feed on shad. If you locate a school (often 20 feet deep or deeper), the fishing can be excellent as long as you stay with the school. Spoons and shad-imitating lures work best. Striped bass can be caught as deep as the 100-foot range - especially during summer and winter. Other species in Lake pleasant include crappie, sunfish and catfish.

Lake Pleasant Amenities

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

Today's Weather & Forecast

Fishing Boat Rentals

Pleasant Harbor Boat Rentals
Rentals: Power boats and pontoons for rent
855 690-0794

Scorpion Bay Marina
Rentals: Pontoons, sport boats and kayaks.
928 501-2628


Pleasant Harbor Marina
40202 N 87th Ave
Peoria, AZ 85383
623 235-6130

Scorpion Bay Marina
10970 W, Peninsula Blvd
Peoria, AZ 85383
928 501-2628

Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Boat Ramp At Pleasant Harbor Marina
40202 N 87th Ave
Peoria, AZ 85383
Paved boat ramp with dock, and paved parking up the hill.
623 235-6130

Castle Creek Boat Ramp
Paved boat launch ramp and parking, located in the northwest corner of the main body of the lake, in the mouth of Castle Creek.

Scorpion Bay Marina
10970 W, Peninsula Blvd
Peoria, AZ 85383
Semi-primitive launch ramp and un-paved parking.
928 501-2628

Click here for a Arizona Fishing License.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Pleasant Harbor RV Campground - 928 501-5253

Desert Tortoise Campground - 602 506-2930

Roadrunner Campground - 928 501-1710

Lake Pleasant Regional Park Campground - 928 501-1710

Lake Pleasant AZ Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Lake Video

Contact Information

Lake Pleasant
Lake Pleasant Regional Park
41835 N. Castle Hot Springs Rd.
Morristown, AZ 85342
928 501-1710


Fishing lakes in each state.

AL Fishing Lakes AR Fishing Lakes AZ Fishing Lakes CA Fishing Lakes CO Fishing Lakes CT Fishing Lakes DC Fishing Lakes DE Fishing Lakes FL Fishing Lakes GA Fishing Lakes HI Fishing Lakes IA Fishing Lakes ID Fishing Lakes
IL Fishing Lakes IN Fishing Lakes KS Fishing Lakes KY Fishing Lakes LA Fishing Lakes MA Fishing Lakes MD Fishing Lakes ME Fishing Lakes MI Fishing Lakes MN Fishing Lakes MO Fishing Lakes MS Fishing Lakes MT Fishing Lakes
NC Fishing Lakes ND Fishing Lakes NE Fishing Lakes NH Fishing Lakes NJ Fishing Lakes NM Fishing Lakes NV Fishing Lakes NY Fishing Lakes OH Fishing Lakes OK Fishing Lakes OR Fishing Lakes PA Fishing Lakes
RI Fishing Lakes SC Fishing Lakes SD Fishing Lakes TN Fishing Lakes TX Fishing Lakes UT Fishing Lakes VA Fishing Lakes VT Fishing Lakes WA Fishing Lakes WI Fishing Lakes WV Fishing Lakes WY Fishing Lakes