Top 20 Best Places To Fish In Arizona 2021

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I was talking to a good friend of mine who was coming in town and bringing the family and he mentioned he wanted to go do some fishing when he was here. He asked, what kind of fishing is in Arizona? I explained that Arizona is lucky enough to have an abundance of fishing opportunities. Anglers can choose from fishing large reservoirs, visiting smaller trout lakes or rivers in the mountains, or checking out numerous other fishing holes that are holding the fish of your dreams.

Based on the type of fishing trip you’re wanting it’s not hard to find somewhere to get your line wet.  Arizona is blessed with having amazing fishing conditions. This report is a blueprint to educate you about what species of fish are in each body of water, so you can avoid bringing unnecessary tackle, lures, or gear. 

So what qualifies these locations as the best places to fish in Arizona? A poll was performed asking nearly 40,000 anglers this same question. The consensus was that conditions, accessibility, nearby amenities, diversity of different fish species that can be caught makes a lake, pond, or river great for fishing.  So as you plan your next fishing trip you can have peace of mind the location you’re fishing is worth it.

What Kind Of Fishing Is In Arizona?

Arizona has an extraordinary amount of lakes, reservoirs, rivers or streams to be fished. It doesn’t matter if you’re located near Phoenix or Flagstaff.  Sometimes you want to get away and fish somewhere less frequented like Alamo Lake, whereas other times you want to head to somewhere close to where you’re living.  Regardless of your desire Arizona has somewhere for you to fish.

In A Hurry?

If you don’t have much time to read the report, here’s a quick breakdown on the top fishing destinations in Arizona.  Simply use the links below to quickly learn more about all the amazing lakes that Arizona has to offer. Thanks for stopping by!

Best Lake Overall – Lake Roosevelt 

Best Pure Bass Fishing LakeAlamo Lake

Best Trout Fishing Lake Big Lake

Best Catfishing Lake Bartlett Lake

Best Striped Bass Lake Lake Powell

Roosevelt Lake

photo: @melchrisphoto

But, why is Roosevelt Lake such a great place to fish?

Roosevelt Lake is a deep body of water with the average depth being 70feet and a maximum depth of 349 feet when the lake is completely full.

Being 22 miles long and and 2miles across, the lake spans over 1,600,000 acres. This is a reservoir, part of a the Salt River chain and plays a vital role in hydroelectric power and agriculture.

Roosevelt Lake gives locals and visitors the opportunity to test their luck in catching one of the many game species this lake has to offer, such as bass, catfish, crappie, bream (bluegill and sunfish species), and much much more!

According to the Arizona Fisheries Management Plan, in 2014 Roosevelt Lake was ranked Arizona’s #1 fishing lake.

In 2016, Florida strain largemouth bass was introduced into the lake as fingerling and fry. Quickly growing, these small bass will be catchable within two years. And within four years they could weigh into the double digits! Wowzah!

By the way, if you really want to catch fish when you visit Roosevelt Lake, this Free Report “Fishing Roosevelt Lake – Tips, Spots and Everything You Need to Know” lays it all out for you!

Fish Found at Lake Roosevelt

  • Largemouth Bass
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Yellow Bass
  • Black Crappie
  • Carp
  • Bigmouth Buffalo Fish
  • Channel Catfish
  • Flathead Catfish
  • Bluegill
  • Green Sunfish
  • Redear Sunfish
  • Tilapia

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Distance from major cities

Distance from Phoenix, Az: 1 hr 49 min (106.5 mi) via AZ-188 N and AZ-87 S

Distance from Flagstaff, Az: 2 hr 48 min (143.8 mi) via AZ-87 N and Lake Mary Rd

Distance from Tucson, Az: 2 hr 46 min (135.5 mi) via AZ-77 S

Distance from Show Low, Az: 2 hr 12 min (119.3 mi) via US-60 E

Bartlett Lake

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About Bartlett Lake...

Bartlett Lake is a deep body of water with the average depth being 80-100 feet and a maximum depth of 174 feet when the lake is completely full.

The lake spans over 2,830 acres and has 33 miles of shoreline and is 12 miles long.

Managed by the US Forest Services and Constructed in 1936–39 by the Salt River Project, this is a man made reservoir/part of a the Verde River chain and plays a vital role in power generation and agriculture.

Located in central part of Arizona, Bartlett Lake gives locals and visitors the opportunity to test their luck in catching one of the many game species this lake has to offer and is said to be one of the best catfish lakes in the state.

Fish Found at Bartlett Lake

  • Largemouth Bass
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Black Crappie
  • Carp
  • Bigmouth Buffalo Fish
  • Channel Catfish
  • Flathead Catfish
  • Bluegill
  • Green Sunfish
  • Redear Sunfish
  • Tilapia

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Distance from major cities

Distance from Phoenix, Az: 1 hr 14 min (56.3 mi) via AZ-51 S

Distance from Flagstaff, Az: 2 hr 44 min (153.4 mi) via I-17 N

Distance from Tucson, Az: 2 hr 36 min (159.0 mi) via I-10 E

Distance from Show Low, Az: 3 hr 43 min (198.8 mi) via AZ-87 N and AZ-260 E

Saguaro Lake

About Saguaro Lake...

Located just outside of east Phoenix, Saguaro Lake is a deep body of water with the average depth being 70-90 feet and a maximum depth of 116 feet when the lake is completely full. Being 10  miles long and spans over 1,100 acres.

This is a reservoir within the Salt River chain  lakes and plays a vital role in power generation agriculture. Anglers can fish a variety of locations from grass mats, river channel drops-offs, rock piles, cuts and points.

Known for its great largemouth bass, yellow bass, and catfishing. 

You can also see wildlife such as bald eagles and bighorn sheep.

Fish Found at Saguaro Lake

  • Largemouth Bass
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Yellow bass
  • Black Crappie
  • Carp
  • Bigmouth Buffalo Fish
  • Channel Catfish
  • Flathead Catfish
  • Bluegill
  • Green Sunfish
  • Redear Sunfish
  • Tilapia

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Distance from major cities

Distance from Phoenix, Az: 48 min (42.6 mi) via AZ-87 S and AZ-202 Loop W

Distance from Flagstaff, Az: 2 hr 45 min (169.0 mi) via I-17 N

Distance from Tucson, Az: 2 hr 8 min (141.9 mi) via I-10 E

Distance from Show Low, Az: 2 hr 30 min (145.4 mi) via AZ-87 N and AZ-260 E

Big Lake

About Big Lake...

Positioned in the White Mountains sits a true gem called Big Lake.  Big Lake is just minutes from Show Low and is an amazing trout fishery. Many call this lake one of “Arizona’s Best Kept Secrets.”  BigLake is just under 500 acres and has an average depth of 15-feet. 

With ample room to fish from the shore, kayak, or boat Big Lake offers something for everyone. If you brought a boat with you there is a public use boat ramp. However, if you didn’t bring a boat with you, you can rent one from the marina store.

Fish Found at Big Lake

  • Rainbow trout

  • Brown trout

  • Cutthroat trout

  • Apache trout

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Distance from major cities

Distance from Phoenix, Az: 4 hr 44 min (249.7 mi) via AZ-260 W and AZ-87

Distance from Flagstaff, Az: 3 hr 44 min (199.3 mi) via US-180 W and I-40 W

Distance from Tucson, Az: 5 hr 17 min (259.0 mi) via US-60 W and AZ-77 S

Distance from Show Low, Az: 1 hr 43 min (71.0 mi) via US-60 W

Lake Powell

About Lake Powell...

Lake Powell is an enormous manmade lake, second largest in the United States (behind Lake Mead). Created by damming up the Colorado River, Lake Mead is a deep body of water with the average depth being around 132 feet and a maximum depth of nearly 600 feet when the lake is completely full!

Being 186 miles long and 25 miles across, the lake spans over 161,390 acres.

Anglers enjoy a plethora of fishing opportunities. Lake Powell is known for its ultra clear water clarity.  It’s not uncommon to be able to see 50 feet to the bottom. 

Most anglers target striped bass, smallmouth bass, and crappie when visiting Lake Powell. 

Conversely, gigantic flathead catfish are also commonly caught.

Fish Found at Lake Powell

  • Largemouth Bass
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Striped Bass
  • Black Crappie
  • Carp
  • Bigmouth Buffalo Fish
  • Channel Catfish
  • Flathead Catfish
  • Bluegill
  • Green Sunfish
  • Redear Sunfish
  • Tilapia

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Distance from major cities

Distance from Phoenix, Az: 4 hr 16 min (279.6 mi) via US-89 and I-17 S

Distance from Flagstaff, Az: 2 hr 20 min (135.4 mi) via US-89 and US-89 S

Distance from Tucson, Az: 5 hr 47 min (391.6 mi) via I-17 S and I-10 E

Distance from Show Low, Az: 4 hr 9 min (259.7 mi) via US-89 and I-40 E

Alamo Lake

photo: @outdoorazfun

About Alamo Lake...

photo @bassinrob

Alamo Lake is a relatively shallow lake (when compared to other Arizona lakes) with the average depth being 20-30 feet and a maximum depth of 80 feet when the lake is completely full.

The lake was built for flood control, with it’s  dam completed in 1967. 

Surprisingly, this lake is able to catch a large amount of flood water and has been known to raise its water level by 11-feet in a single day!  The lake offers an excellent opportunity for remote bass, catfish, and crappie fishing.

If you like to flip timber for bass, you’re in luck, nearly 1/2 of the lake has exposed timber.

For this reason it’s very dangerous to power boats and waterskiing. So they folks tend to stay away.

Bottom line, this is considered to be within the top 3 ranked for best bass and crappie fishing lake in Arizona. 

Fish Found at Alamo Lake

  • Largemouth bass

  • Black Crappie

  • Channel catfish

  • Carp

  • Bluegill

  • Green Sunfish

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Distance from major cities

Distance from Phoenix, Az: 2 hr 14 min (133.8 mi) via I-10 E

Distance from Flagstaff, Az: 3 hr 51 min (236.7 mi) via I-17 N

Distance from Tucson, Az: 3 hr 43 min (245.2 mi) via I-10 E

Distance from Show Low, Az: 5 hr 6 min (309.6 mi) via AZ-260 E

Patagonia Lake

photo: @lizfilion

About Patagonia Lake...

Patagonia Lake is an amazing place to fish if you live in southern Arizona. Hidden away in some of the most beautiful rolling hills seen in the state, the lake gives anglers great fishing from the shore or from a boat.  It’s moderately deep lake with the average depth being 60-90-feet and a maximum depth of around 120- feet when the lake is completely full. 

This reservoir was created by damming Sonoita Creek. Not only can you catch bass, catfish, crappie, and sunfish, you can also catch stocked rainbow trout every October. 

If you’re in or visiting southern Arizona this is a beautiful place to fish.

Fish Found at Patagonia Lake

  • Largemouth Bass
  • Black Crappie
  • Carp
  • Bigmouth Buffalo Fish
  • Channel Catfish
  • Bluegill
  • Green Sunfish
  • Redear Sunfish
  • Tilapia

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Distance from major cities

Distance from Phoenix, Az: 3 hr 6 min (189.6 mi) via I-19 N and I-10 W

Distance from Flagstaff, Az: 5 hr 8 min (334.0 mi) via I-10 W and I-17 N

Distance from Tucson, Az: 1 hr 23 min (76.0 mi) via I-19 N

Distance from Show Low, Az: 4 hr 55 min (265.2 mi) via AZ-77 N and US-60 E

Lake Havasu

About Lake Havasu...

Known to most of the country for being a spring break location for college students, Lake Havasu offers anglers a world class fishery.

Made from damming up the Colorado river, this reservoir is one of the biggest lakes in Arizona.

It is a relatively shallow reservoir with the average depth being 35-feet and a maximum depth of 90-feet when the lake is completely full.

Being 26-miles long and nearly 3-miles across, the lake spans over 19,300 acres.. Located in the northwest section of the state, Lake Havasu has something for every angler.

For bass anglers, you can fish for largemouth bass in miles of cattails up the river, or target smallmouth mid-lake along it’s rocky shores.

Striper fishermen also have enjoy this lake for the large size fish it produces. 

This lake produces giants. In fact in February, 2014, angler Hector Brito caught a massive 17-inch, 5.78-pound world-record redear sunfish on a dropshot-rigged nightcrawler.   

Fish Found at Lake Havasu

  • Largemouth Bass
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Striped Bass
  • Black Crappie
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Carp
  • Bigmouth Buffalo Fish
  • Channel Catfish
  • Flathead Catfish
  • Bluegill
  • Green Sunfish
  • Redear Sunfish
  • Tilapia

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Distance from major cities

Distance from Phoenix, Az: 3 hr 10 min (194.1 mi) via I-10 E

Distance from Flagstaff, Az: 3 hr 12 min (206.1 mi) via I-40 E

Distance from Tucson, Az: 4 hr 39 min (305.5 mi) via I-10 E

Distance from Show Low, Az: 5 hr 10 min (343.1 mi) via I-40 E

Woods Canyon Lake

About Woods Canyon Lake ...

Woods Canyon Lake is located in the cool pines of the Mogollon Rim in northeast Arizona. Being one of several lakes in this region called collectively as “rim lakes”, Woods Canyon Lake is considered to be one of the best rim lakes due to its size and local amenities. For its small size of only 55-acres, it has an average depth of 25-feet and a maximum depth of 40-feet. 

All of the rim lakes are stocked with rainbow trout which makes it for a prime summer getaway destination for Phoenix residents. Keep in mind during the late summer months, you’ll probably run into thunderstorms. Make sure you prepare for temporary rainy conditions and cooler temperatures. 

If you’re looking to buy fishing supplies, pick up a fishing license or even rent a boat, you can get those at The Woods Canyon Lake Store and Marina.

On top of having trout, this lake also has largemouth and smallmouth bass. If you’re fishing with kids, there are a massive amount of small green sunfish and crayfish for them to easily catch, so bring some bread (for dough balls) and a few extra buckets. 

It’s a great lake to enjoy the cool weather and spend some family time together.

Fish Found at Woods Canyon Lake

  • Rainbow Trout
  • Brown Trout
  • Tiger Trout
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Black Crappie
  • Carp
  • Channel Catfish
  • Bluegill
  • Green Sunfish
  • Redear Sunfish

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Distance from major cities

Distance from Phoenix, Az: 2 hr 7 min (123.4 mi) via AZ-87

Distance from Flagstaff, Az: 2 hr 28 min (127.3 mi) via AZ-87 N and Lake Mary Rd

Distance from Tucson, Az: 3 hr 27 min (222.7 mi) via AZ-87 and I-10 E

Distance from Show Low, Az: 1 hr 11 min (64.8 mi) via AZ-260 E

Show Low Lake

About Show Low Lake...

Also located in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona, Show Low Lake is one of the larger lakes in this region, spanning just over 100 acres. . Angers enjoy fishing for stocked rainbow trout, bass, sunfish, or walleye.

You are able to use boats on this lake, but are limited to using electric trolling motors and up to 10-hp gas motors.

Fish Found at Show Low Lake

  • Rainbow trout
  • Brown trout
  • Largemouth bass
  • Smallmouth bass
  • Walleye
  • Bluegill
  • Sunfish
  • Channel catfish

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Distance from major cities

Distance from Phoenix, Az: 3 hr 13 min (183.0 mi) via AZ-260 W and AZ-87

Distance from Flagstaff, Az: 2 hr 25 min (142.8 mi) via AZ-77 N and I-40 W

Distance from Tucson, Az: 3 hr 50 min (192.3 mi) via US-60 W and AZ-77 S

Distance from Show Low, Az: 13 min (5.6 mi) via S White Mountain Rd

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Lees Ferry

photo: @ g_o_go_go

About Lees Ferry...

Deep in the Grand Canyon Lees Ferry is a site on the Colorado River.

Just downstream from Glen Canyon Lees Ferry offers anglers a once in a lifetime unique trout fishing opportunity on the Colorado river.

Frequently called, “Arizona’s premier blue-ribbon trout fishery”, there are multiple ‘walk-in’ locations to fish. 

Local law requires a single barbless hook.

Fish Found at Lees Ferry

  • Rainbow trout
  • Brown trout
  • Cutthroat trout

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Distance from major cities

Distance from Phoenix, Az: 4 hr 3 min (268.0 mi) via US-89 S and I-17 S

Distance from Flagstaff, Az: 2 hr 6 min (123.8 mi) via US-89 S

Distance from Tucson, Az: 5 hr 33 min (379.9 mi) via US-89 S, I-17 S and I-10 E

Distance from Show Low, Az: 3 hr 55 min (248.0 mi) via US-89 S and I-40 E

Black River

photo: @bbq.jon

About Black River...

Deep in the White Mountains in eastern Arizona sits the Black River. This 114-mile long river starts just south of Alpine and eventually combines streams from the Salt River and Gila River.

For many the Black River is said to be some of the best trout and smallmouth fishing rivers in the nation. Because of the remoteness of this river you’ll see very little traffic.

If you do go, be aware this is bear country and travel smart and come prepared.

Fish Found at Black River

  • Rainbow trout
  • Brown trout
  • Smallmouth bass

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Distance from major cities

Distance from Phoenix, Az: 4 hr 10 min (203.3 mi) via US-60 W

Distance from Flagstaff, Az: 3 hr 58 min (199.8 mi) via I-40 W

Distance from Tucson, Az: 4 hr 38 min (216.6 mi) via US-60 W and AZ-77 S

Distance from Show Low, Az: 1 hr 48 min (63.5 mi) via AZ-73 E

Lake Pleasant

photo: @corinneglassman

About Lake Pleasant ...

photo @jbone602

Lake Pleasant is a deep body of water with the average depth being 73 feet and a maximum depth of 210 feet when the lake is completely full. Being approximately 7 miles long and 2.5 miles across, the lake spans over 10,000 acres when completely full. This reservoir helps distribute water to all the southwest Phoenix agriculture farms.  

Located in the central part of Arizona, Lake Pleasant gives locals and visitors the opportunity to test their luck in catching one of the many game species this lake has to offer, such as White Bass, Striped Bass, Largemouth Bass, Channel Catfish, Bluegill, and much, much more!

Want more? Well, if you’ve ever asked “Can I really catch fish Lake Pleasant?” this Free Report “5 Keys To Catching Fish In Lake Pleasant Fast!” has the answer every serious anger (or those who want to be) needs.

Read more: Fishing Lake Pleasant – Tips, Spots and Everything You Need to Know

Fish Found at Lake Pleasant

  • Largemouth Bass
  • Striped Bass
  • White Bass
  • White Crappie
  • Carp
  • Bigmouth Buffalo Fish
  • Channel Catfish
  • Flathead Catfish
  • Bluegill
  • Green Sunfish
  • Redear Sunfish
  • Tilapia

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Distance from major cities

Distance from Phoenix, Az: 48 min (44.1 mi) via AZ-74 E and I-17 S

Distance from Flagstaff, Az: 2 hr 6 min (130.9 mi) via I-17 N

Distance from Tucson, Az: 2 hr 19 min (156.2 mi) via I-10 E

Distance from Show Low, Az: 3 hr 33 min (205.4 mi) via AZ-87 N and AZ-260 E

Apache Lake

photo: @michaelcdahm

About Apache Lake...

Second in line after Roosevelt Apache Lake is another canyon reservoir created by the Salt River Project.

Apache lake is Its average depth being 180 feet and a maximum depth of 266 feet when the lake is completely full. Being 17 miles long and 1.5 miles across, the lake spans over 2,660 acres. 

Apache lake is one of the less frequented Salt River chain lakes and gives anglers the opportunity to fish for lunker size largemouth bass or hard fighting smallmouth bass. 

This lake is best fished from a boat to get to all the cuts and coves this lake has to offer. Personally, this is one of my favorite lakes to fish.

Fish Found at Apache Lake

  • Largemouth bass
  • Smallmouth bass
  • Yellow bass
  • Black Crappie
  • Channel catfish
  • Flathead Catfish
  • Walleye
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Carp
  • Bluegill
  • Green Sunfish

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Distance from major cities

Distance from Phoenix, Az: 2 hr 28 min (119.0 mi) via AZ-188 N and AZ-87 S

Distance from Flagstaff, Az: 3 hr 27 min (156.3 mi) via AZ-87 N and Lake Mary Rd

Distance from Tucson, Az: 3 hr 28 min (150.8 mi) via AZ-77 S

Distance from Show Low, Az: 2 hr 55 min (134.5 mi) via US-60 E

Lake Mead

photo: @lukaslocation

About Lake Mead...

Created in 1935 Lake Mead is said to be one of America’s first recreational lake destinations. It’s the largest reservoir in the United States in terms of water capacity.  It has an average depth being 125 feet and a maximum depth of 532 feet when the lake is completely full. Being 120 miles long it has a surface area of 247 sq-miles and 759 miles of shoreline. 

This desert impound often serves as one of the windiest of the lakes mentioned on this list and can be relatively hard to fish. 

In contrast, if you fish this lake when there is only a mild breeze the fishing could go bananas!  Often anglers seek refuge in one of the lake’s hundreds of coves.

Fish Found at Lake Mead

  • Largemouth bass
  • Smallmouth bass
  • Striped bass
  • Black Crappie
  • Channel catfish
  • Flathead Catfish
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Carp
  • Bluegill
  • Green Sunfish

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Distance from major cities

Distance from Phoenix, Az: 4 hr 15 min (273.8 mi) via US-93 S

Distance from Flagstaff, Az: 3 hr 32 min (225.5 mi) via I-40 E

Distance from Tucson, Az: 5 hr 43 min (385.1 mi) via US-93 S and I-10 E

Distance from Show Low, Az: 5 hr 32 min (362.5 mi) via I-40 E

Fool Hollow Lake

photo: @adventurepiece

About Fool Hollow Lake...

Fool Hollow Lake is a public lake within Show Low, Arizpna. Operated by U.S. Forest Service, Arizona State Parks, Arizona Game and Fish and the city of Show Low in partnership with Arizona Public Service and McCarty Construction Company the lake is an excellent close getaway that’s within city limits.

This lake is primarily stocked with trout, but also great for bass, pike, walleye, catfish, and sunfish. 

Fool Hollow Lake is a popular place for its beautiful scenery, and year-round fishing, camping, and picnicking. Many people live to frequent this place for its wildlife viewing, such as elk, deer, racoon, and its many species of birds. 

This lake is relatively shallow with an average depth being 23 feet and a maximum depth of 35 feet when the lake is completely full., and also spans 150 acres.

Fish Found at Fool Hollow Lake

  • Largemouth Bass
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Black Crappie
  • Carp
  • Bigmouth Buffalo Fish
  • Channel Catfish
  • Flathead Catfish
  • Bluegill
  • Green Sunfish
  • Redear Sunfish
  • Tilapia

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Distance from major cities

Distance from Phoenix, Az: 3 hr 3 min (177.6 mi) via AZ-260 W and AZ-87

Distance from Flagstaff, Az: 2 hr 27 min (142.3 mi) via AZ-77 N and I-40 W

Distance from Tucson, Az: 3 hr 46 min (190.8 mi) via US-60 W and AZ-77 S

Distance from Show Low, Az: 13 min (5.0 mi) via Fools Hollow Rd and W Old Linden Rd

Canyon Lake

photo: @desert_badger

About Canyon Lake...

Canyon Lake is a deep-water reservoir tucked between Saguaro Lake and Apache Lake. It is part of the Salt River chain lakes, and is an amazing bass fishery and will provide some unique challenges for anyone who fishes it. It’s spans only 950 acres, is 141 deep and is 10 miles long.

If someone were to describe Canyon Lake it would be, this is one of most breathtaking desert-canyon reservoir lakes that holds a ton of double-digit bass, but is also one of the hardest lakes to catch fish on. 

If you’re looking for a trophy-sized fish, chances are it probably lives in Canyon Lake.

Fish Found at Canyon Lake

  • Largemouth bass
  • Smallmouth bass
  • Yellow bass
  • Black Crappie
  • Channel catfish
  • Flathead Catfish
  • Walleye
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Carp
  • Bluegill
  • Green Sunfish

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Distance from major cities

Distance from Phoenix, Az: 1 hr 3 min (48.7 mi) via AZ-202 Loop W

Distance from Flagstaff, Az: 3 hr 6 min (191.4 mi) via I-17 N

Distance from Tucson, Az: 2 hr 21 min (110.8 mi) via AZ-79 S

Distance from Show Low, Az: 3 hr (153.9 mi) via US-60 E

Verde River

About Verde River​...

The Verde River is a 170 mile long river in central Arizona and is classified as “one of  Arizona’s only two Wild and Scenic Rivers.”

Over the last few years its popularity has been increasing, especially the fishing spots within city limits.

For those who like seclusion the Verde River offers many deep pools off the beaten path that have great fishing, you just have to look.

Fish Found at Verde River​

  • Largemouth bass
  • Smallmouth bass
  • Rock bass
  • Black Crappie
  • Channel catfish
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Carp
  • Bluegill
  • Green Sunfish

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Distance from major cities

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Lynx Lake

photo: @shnipe

About Lynx Lake...

Located just outside Prescott, Arizona Lynx Lake is an excellent lake to fish for trout. The Prescott area is becoming more and more popular and so are all the fisheries. Lynx Lake has a ton of shoreline access for bank fishing. If you want to fish from the water, the lake is great for small trout boats (electric motors only), kayaking, and float tube fishing.

Lynx lake is relatively small spanning 55 acres and is said to have a depth of 44 feet. 

Come prepared for afternoon thunderstorms during Arizona’s monsoon season June-August. The night temperatures can also get a little chilly.

Fish Found at Lynx Lake

  • Rainbow trout
  • Brown trout
  • Largemouth bass
  • Crappie
  • Sunfish
  • Channel catfish

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Distance from major cities

Distance from Phoenix, Az: 1 hr 39 min (99.1 mi) via E State Rte 69 and I-17 S

Distance from Flagstaff, Az: 1 hr 37 min (93.8 mi) via I-17 N

Distance from Tucson, Az: 3 hr 10 min (211.0 mi) via I-17 S and I-10 E

Distance from Show Low, Az: 3 hr 25 min (184.8 mi) via AZ-260 E

Martinez Lake

About Martinez Lake...

Martinez Lake is a shallow lake with the average depth being around 40 feet and spans almost 500 acres. But don’t let these numbers fool you. Martinez Lake is attached to the Colorado River and that adds another 20,000 acres of fishing on the river.

Like an oasis in a barren desert, Martinez Lake is an oasis for both people and wildlife. 

The lake is an amazing bass and catfish fishery, and is known for growing giant striped and smallmouth bass. 

There are numerous smaller lakes nearby, such as Hidden Shores, Ice Box and Bullet Hole.

If you want to get away from the crowds, simply try one of the other smaller lakes or backwater opportunities.

Fish Found at Martinez Lake

  • Largemouth bass
  • Smallmouth bass
  • Striped bass
  • Black Crappie
  • Channel catfish
  • Flathead Catfish
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Carp
  • Bluegill
  • Green Sunfish

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Distance from major cities

Distance from Phoenix, Az: 3 hr 5 min (196.4 mi) via US-95 N and I-10 E

Distance from Flagstaff, Az: 4 hr 56 min (329.4 mi) via I-10 E and I-17 N

Distance from Tucson, Az: 3 hr 41 min (247.2 mi) via I-8 E

Distance from Show Low, Az: 5 hr 55 min (372.2 mi) via I-10 E

Accessories You’ll Need

RodThe popularity of fishing is growing and people are becoming much more conscious of  different rods that can help them.

Fisherman want best technique specific rod for the money.

Luckily, I wrote several reports article that provides you with detailed information in order for you to make buy the rod for the money, and more importantly which rods to avoid at all costs.

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Reel – Having the correct reel to match with your rod is just as important.  A good reel should be light and have a buttery smooth drag. There are several great reels on the market, but I recommend the Daiwa Tatula SV/TW baitbasting reel. It’s a great reel packed with great features. So much so it could easily be priced in the mid $200 range.

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Fishing Line – Having a good line is just as important as having a good rod. I recommend fishing with a good fluorocarbon line. Furthermore, it’s super sensitive because it has little to no stretch, and underwater it’s invisible to the bass!  If pride or money is on the line I would use Sunline Sniper FC.

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Fishing Lures – It’s pretty hard and darn near impossible trying to catch a fish without using some sort of lure or bait.  More importantly these baits you should never forget at home or it could lead to a horrible day on the water

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Tackle Bag – You can’t carry all your gear in your pockets, so you need a reliable tackle bag to transport it. I wrote a complete review guide, Best Tackle Bag for Fishing, check it out by clicking here.   But if you don’t have the time to read the full guide then let me tell you I recommend the Lunker Bag by KastKing.

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Fishing Pliers – Nothing will ruin a day quicker than getting a hook embedded in your hand, or worse your eye.  That’s why I always recommend having good set-up pliers that won’t rust and won’t slip out of your hand.  I recommend that KastKing Cutthroat 7” Fishing Pliers.

Landing Net – As you are reeling in that monster fish, you don’t want to injure yourself or knock the fish off the hook by trying to grab it. That’s why I recommend a dependable telescopic landing net.

Fishing Weight Scale – Whether if you’re going to keep your catch or just take a photo of it and brag to your friends it’s important to have an accurate scale. I recommend a scale that has a large LED display like this one fishing scale here.

Wide Brim Fishing Hat – Nowadays, you have to protect yourself against the sun’s harmful rays. Wearing a wide brim hat not only gives you UV protection, but it also keeps you cool.  I recommend the Columbia Unisex Bora Bora Booney hat. It fits any size head and it feels really comfortable.

Fishing Sun Shirt – Don’t you stop at only getting head protection, you also need to protect your chest, back, arms, and torso. According to the researchers finding skin cancers on the shoulders and forearms rank within the top-5 locations to get skin cancer*. Avoid any unnecessary UV exposure and stay cool by wearing a UV protective PFG Fishing Shirt by Columbia.

Fishing Gloves – Fishing gloves allow your hands to stay covered from the sun’s harmful rays and stay dry by using a special material. These gloves by Fishaholic offer UPF50+

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My name is George and I'm been fishing my entire life and love all things outdoors. My passion is helping anyone catch more fish. The newest things I've been doing lately is learning how to break down and clean all my reels, teaching my boy how to kayak fish, and bushcraft wilderness survival.