TOP FISHING GUIDES IN ARIZONA

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Arizona is known for its clean, warm desert air and its majestic Saguaro cactus. When you need to escape the rising temperatures, you can avoid the summer heat and head to one of the many high elevations lakes and rivers, or discover one of the many lower elevation fishing holes in between.

The 31 state parks play a significant role in Arizona and offer up some outstanding fishing opportunities.
  • Best Fishing in Arizona

    Lees Ferry Fishing

    • An area carved out by the Colorado River offers excellent rainbow trout fishing or anglers who enjoy pursuing fly fishing or fishing by rod and reel. You can enjoy gazing up at the red sandstone cliffs while you cast your fly line onto the best upstream water in the state. Don't be intimidated by "The Worlds Largest Spring Creek" the guides at Lees Ferry are very knowledgeable and are excellent at breaking it down to specific fishing spots. The Guides on Lees Ferry also offer some great fishing opportunities, where you can have your choice from wade-fishing or drift in a boat down some of the most breathtaking scenery you've ever seen.

    Alamo Lake Fishing

    • If you're looking for a lake with a great choice of fish species, then this is your body of water. The lake is a smaller lake at 3,500 acres but packs the best punch in Arizona when it comes to fishing for largemouth bass. When the bass starts to spawn during the spring, cast some buzz baits and spinnerbaits and reel them in quickly for some fast action bass attacks. During the summer, you can hand the kids a pole, attach a bobber, and keep them busy for hours on some perch.

    Big Lake Fishing

    • Located at 9,000 feet above sea level in the Arizona White Mountains, this lake offers something for every age and angler experience level. The cold waters offer up Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout, Apache Trout, and the occasional Brown Trout. The lake is stocked once per year, and the water starts to freeze starting around mid to late November, and access to the area is somewhat restricted until April. If you forgot to purchase an Arizona fishing license, one could be bought on-site at Big Lake Tackle and Supply.

    Show Low Lake Fishing

    • This lake located 5 miles south of Show Low, Arizona, is a consistent producer of state record fish. At a slightly lower sea level than some other Arizona lakes, at 6,500 feet, you can fish for Catfish, Sunfish, Smallmouth Bass, and Largemouth Bass.

    Other Fishing Spots

    • Lake Mead, Lake Pleasant, and Lake Havasu, and Dogtown Lake
  • Fishing Licenses and Regulations

    Before you purchase a fishing license, check with your local Arizona Game and Fish Department officials and your selected fishing guide to make sure you are following the proper rules and regulations.

    Who needs a license? Arizona has a younger age limit than other states for those who need to have a valid fishing license with them while on the chose fishing destination. Both residents of Arizona and non-residents who are 10 years old and older and are fishing any public water must possess a valid fishing license. To be considered a resident of Arizona, you must show proof of residency for more than 6 months.

    A special trout stamp is required for those pursuing these beautiful fish.

Fishing Calendar for the Best Times to Fish in Arizona

Januarywinter

Where: Alamo Lake

Species: Crappie

Februarywinter

Where: Lower Salt River

Species: Bass

Marchspring

Where: Woods Canyon Lake

Species: Rainbow Trout

Aprilspring

Where: Lake Powell

Species: Smallmouth Bass

Mayspring

Where: Woods Canyon Lake

Species: Rainbow Trout

Junesummer

Where: Show Low Lake

Species: Catfish

Julysummer

Where: Big Lake

Species: Trout

Augustsummer

Where: Woods Canyon Lake

Species: Rainbow Trout

Septemberfall

Where: Lake Powell

Species: Smallmouth Bass

Octoberfall

Where: Lake Powell

Species: Channel Catfish

Novemberfall

Where: Lake Havasu

Species: Redear Sunfish

Decemberwinter

Where: Alamo Lake

Species: Crappie

FAQ’s ABOUT FISHING IN ARIZONA

Is there good fishing in Arizona?

There is plenty of good fishing options to choose from in Arizona. Alamo Lake State Park, Lees Ferry, and Big Lake our some of our favorite choices. Check out Alamo for some nice sized bass and try Big Lake for an enjoyable trout fishing experience.

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