During the spring runoff season in the Rocky Mountains, this 13-mile stretch of the Colorado River, known as Lees Ferry, lies just outside of Page. With crystal clear waters and idyllic landscapes of towering cliffs of pink, orange and red, here you’ll find a healthy and robust population of rainbow trout, where it’s not uncommon to pull in 18 to 22-inch fish.
A large reservoir that is considered a power boater’s dream, here you’ll find a variety of fish, from bass to catfish and tilapia. Be prepared when visiting this Sonoran Desert gem, as weather conditions can vary and fishing is best done at dusk and dawn.
This popular spot in Arizona offers plenty of space to create a tranquil day of fishing, as 700 miles of shoreline surrounds the largest reservoir in the United States. Fishermen flock to Willow Beach for the big trout, while Cottonwood Cove and Katherine are ideal for those ready to catch a bass.
Several campgrounds are present right at Big Lake in case you want to make it an overnight adventure, while boat rentals, fishing licenses and bait and tackle are available at the on-site store. A scenic setting that is conveniently located near the Grand Canyon National Park, visitors come here not only for a day of fishing, but to go hiking, kayaking, and mountain biking through the area’s natural landscapes.
With Bill Williams Mountain serving as a backdrop, fishing enthusiasts will find the lake is stocked with trout, crappie, and channel catfish. Whether you’re looking for a day in the sunshine with your rod and reel or you’re looking to break your own record catch, both beginners and seasoned fishermen alike will delight in the opportunities here, as the lake is full of striped bass, walleye, channel catfish, crappie, and bluegill.
With cold waters, here you’ll find rainbow, brown and brook trout in the summer and while small boats are permitted on the lake, most prefer to fish from the shoreline. Less than an hour’s drive from Phoenix and 45 minutes east of Scottsdale, its vibrant combination of bass fishing and beautiful scenery make it a popular spot throughout the year.
One of the most scenic spots to fish in the west, here you’ll find many types of water and landscapes and discover that it is a great place to take the entire family, where you can teach the kids how to look for brown trout, large mouth bass, bluegill, and walleye. A great place for beginners to start, this year-round destination sees a peak in the number of sightseers over summer.
With its abundance of beautiful landscapes and natural wonders in Arizona, fishing enthusiasts flock to state parks, reservoirs and lakes for an idyllic day near the water. With plenty of year-round fishing opportunities, Arizona is home to diverse wildlife and varied habitats where you can cast a line.
There is a lot to do in the park, there are great nature tours and the lake has stunning beaches to relax on. Roosevelt Lake is found in the Tonto National Forest and is a hot spot for bass fishing but that’s not all you might encounter.
Another good spot is where the creek enters the lake, this feeds a lot of nutrients into the system and fish will wait there looking for a meal. It’s a great place to fish if you want a bit of comfort as there are a lot of hotels and restaurants nearby and you can also camp if you want to.
Big Lake sits in the White Mountains of northeastern Arizona a couple of miles south of Greer. Rainbow, brook, cutthroat, Apache and a few brown trout call the lake home.
The lake offers camping and lodging and is open from April to November, weather permitting, as it is snowed in, in the winter. Remember you are in the mountains and it gets cold, so take some warm layers and a good sleeping bag.
There is an onsite shop where you can rent boats, kayaks, but fishing licenses, bait, tackle and more. In the stunning Piano Mountains lies Riggs Flat Lake, 40 odd miles southwest of Afford and at the end of the Swift Trail.
This is one of the harder to reach lakes in Arizona and if you’re looking for an empty peaceful place to fish, this is it. Riggs Flat Lake is surrounded by stunning views, meadows and alpine forest.
The waters are home too rainbow, brown and brook trout and on a good summer evening, they go wild for dry flies. Lees Ferry is a 13-mile section of the Colorado River and is a must fish for any fly fisherman thanks to its big rainbow trout population.
It sits inside the Marble Canyon, just outside of Page and there is a campground will all the facilities you’ll need, from drinking water and fire pits to flush toilets and bathrooms sinks. The fishing is stunning as you walk through the red, orange and pink canyons, the water is gin-clear and you can get a rainbow of up to 22 inches, what’s not to love.
The river is well looked after and is well stocked with rainbow and brown trout, bass, bluegill, and walleye. The area is beautiful and the drive takes you through oak and pine forests with some amazing views.
Dog town Lake sits just southeast of Williams and is a great spot for a family getaway. There are also crappie and channel catfish to be caught here, it’s not just a place for trout fisherman and you can fish from the shore, by kayak and canoe or by boat, however, only single engines under one horsepower are allowed.
As well as fishing, you can go hiking, mountain biking, and kayaking to enjoy the beautiful natural scenery in the area, and it’s a hop skip and a jump from the Grand Canyon. Katherine and Cottonwood cove are excellent bass spots and a lot of trophy fish have been caught from them.
Lake Mohave is just down the road and it’s a good rainbow trout fishery with some huge specimens, well worth a visit if you like fly-fishing. The “West Coast of Arizona is an idea wintertime fishing destination.
Dead Horse Lake Three lagoons of great trout and large mouth bass fishing in Cottonwood, Ariz. Lake Pleasant Regional Park Called one of the most scenic water recreation areas in the Valley of the Sun. It is native to the west coast of North America from southern Alaska to Mexico.
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This body of water has been selected as a great place to fish and boat with your family and friends because it offers incredible fishing areas, family-friendly amenities, and beautiful landscapes to enjoy a day out on the water. In fact, here there is an abundance of State parks, lakes, and reservoirs where you can find a heck of a lot of fish.
Named after one of the best and most respected US Presidents of all time, Roosevelt Lake can be found in Tonto National Forest. This lake is 20,000 of wetness and it is chalked full of bass, literally tens of thousands of them waiting to be fished.
In Roosevelt Lake you can find both large mouth and small mouth bass, with the large mouth variety being ample in numbers in the cold and deeper parts of the lake, and the small mouth variety being concentrated in the shallows, especially around fallen trees, stumps, and other debris. Photo Credit Keep in mind that in Roosevelt lake, you can fish from the shore or from a boat, but be careful in the shallows due to debris and trees.
It might not be very large at all, or very deep, but the waters are warm and have a steady temperature all year long. This makes it an ideal breeding ground and living environment for fish, allowing them to grow big and strong all around the year.
There is a fair amount of cover on the shoreline here, mainly brush and small bushes, but some added Christmas tree bundles too. It also features over 10,000 acres of water surface area, making it a great fishing spot for boats too.
Weather conditions can vary greatly here, so be prepared for both blistering heat and cooler, windier, and rainy days too. What is interesting to note is that the one and only population of white bass can be found right here in this gem of a lake.
If you want to do some exploring, you can even hire a licensed guide to take you through all the little runoffs and small creeks which come off of this area of the Colorado River, also pretty good fishing spots. The warm and consistent temperatures around the year make it an excellent breeding ground and habitat for many kinds of fish.
You might be able to find some other fish in Lees Ferry, but rainbow trout is the species which is the most abundant. Now, one thing to make clear here is that Big Lake is nearly 9,300 feet above sea level, so the air is a little thin, plus it can get quite cold and windy here.
Big Lake is in the mountains after all, so prepare yourself accordingly and make sure to be ready for some fairly cool conditions. This also means that the water can be a little choppy, but it is still a great place to fish, both from the shore and from boats.
What is neat about Big Lake is that there are lots of campgrounds located nearby, making it a great spot for a several days long fishing trip. Here you can also rent boats, kayaks, get fishing licenses, and you have access to all the bait and tackle that you could possibly need.
The Lake Mead National Recreation Area is one of the best spots to be in all the United States, especially when it comes to fishing. It features over 290 square miles of water surface, making it a great place to do kayak and boat fishing.
Whether large or small, these lakes and reservoirs, man made or natural, house some of the largest populations of fish far and wide. Bass, trout, crappie, catfish, and so much more can be found in the great State of Arizona.
While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. This popular fishing lake is located in the White Mountains a few miles south of Greer.
Located 20 minutes west of Afford, Cliff Ranch Ponds are known for their variety of fish species and winter stock of rainbow trout. This lake is found in Dead Horse Ranch State Park just north of Cottonwood.
Routinely stocked with trout throughout the year, you'll want to head out in June or late September if you're looking for catfish. However, if you plan on heading out, remember that the area is open for day use only outside the camping season (May 1 to September 30).
One of our northern reservoirs, this place also happens to be popular among anglers looking to catch some hefty fish. The small mouth bass, which are active this time of year, are apparently also quite tasty battered and fried.
They're stocked throughout the year, but keep in mind this place gets some heavy use during the summer months, so arrive early for a quiet spot. This reservoir is found a few miles north of the Arizona -Mexico border in the Coronado National Forest.
Large mouth bass are popular here, but due to the mercury levels from old mines the trout are the safest to eat since they don't stay in the lake long. It is typically well-stocked with various kinds of trout and the beautiful view makes this a perfect fishing spot.
Monica is a Dine (Navajo) freelance writer and photographer based in the Southwest. Due to the escalation of the coronavirus outbreak, local destinations for outdoor recreation may be closed.
Alamo is stocked with all sorts of fish including crappie, sunfish, catfish, and tilapia. It’s located in Alamo State Park in western Arizona and is a secluded spot filled with wildlife and mountain views.
This 130-acre lake is located about five miles north of the Mexican border in Southeastern Arizona. It’s home to warm and cold water fish species and is stocked with rainbow trout, catfish, bass, and sunfish.
Anglers 14 and older are required to have a valid fishing license and trout stamp. Located near Page and the Utah- Arizona border, this spot is home to some of the best upstream trout fishing in the state.
It’s home to towering red sandstone cliffs and beautiful desert scenery. The lake is elevated at over 9,000 feet and has the look and feel of a northern United States forest.
You can grab row and motorboats and all of your bait and tackle needs at their nearby shop. In fact, it’s the only cold-water trout fishery in the U.S. that’s located in a desert, according to the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
It’s home to rainbow trout, large mouth bass, sunfish, and catfish and is fishable year-round. It’s especially popular in the summer, when Valley temperatures exceed 100 degrees and the water remains cool and refreshing.
While outdoor recreation opportunities across many U.S. states shut down during the season of freeze, Arizona rolls on with trout stockings and water temperatures just warm enough to convince fish to bite during the holidays. Aged staff determined rankings based on angler reports, historical winter fishing opportunities, and recent survey data.
Not only does Parker Canyon Lake in southern Arizona have great access with an abundance of shoreline options, its water temperatures remain cold enough to keep trout active throughout the day -- not just during the late evening and early mornings. This stretch of the lower Colorado River in Bullhead City is excellent for trout fishing and can produce some big striped bass.
Meal worms, nightcrawlers and Powerboat are effective baits for trout near the stocking sites. This giant, shallow, so lunar bowl in the desert heats up quickly during a warm winter sun and has a large variety of sport-fish.
The Lower Salt River, just minutes from some Valley of the Sun’s population centers, is stocked with trout throughout the winter and offers good shoreline fishing options as well. The black crappie fishing should be excellent: Few were caught/harvested last year due to rising and particularly stained water.
Anglers catch hundreds of brawny, beautiful and delicious species in teeming estuaries, off gorgeous beaches and in the deep blue oceans surrounding the Florida peninsula. The reasons for fishing are as varied as the species and the methods of catching them.
Or, catch bass species that thrive only in North Florida rivers such as the magnificent Suwanee, where class III rapids add serious excitement to a fishing trip on the river between White Springs and the Town of Suwanee, where the river passes through the Lower Suwanee National Wildlife Refuge, pouring out into the Gulf of Mexico. Whether it’s a red snapper caught off Destiny, speckled trout from Tampa Bay, or a mess of crappie from Tallahassee ’s Lake Alcuin, there’s not much more satisfying or delicious than eating fish you caught yourself.
Spring break or summer vacation are both great times for feisty, delicious easy-to-catch fish. The biggest sea trout on record came from Fort Pierce.
Abundant catfish live in Arizona ’s warmer desert lakes and rivers. They thrive not only in rural waterways, but also in the Phoenix and Tucson metropolitan areas’ many man-made lakes, which the Arizona Game and Fish Department routinely stocks with catfish and trout throughout the year.
The two primary species of catfish in Arizona are voracious eaters and, during feeding hours, they’ll bite at almost any bait, dead or alive. Channel catfish, the smaller of the two species, prefer warm lakes and rivers.
Flathead catfish live in Arizona ’s desert rivers. They prefer to eat live food -- mostly other fish and insects -- and grow large.
Additionally, the Arizona Game and Fish Department stocks 16 lakes and ponds in the Phoenix area and four lakes and ponds in the Tucson area with channel catfish every other week between late March and early November. Flathead's can be found in the Salt, Verde, Gila and Colorado rivers and their tributaries.
Arizona Game and Fish recommends hot dogs, worms, anchovies, shad and shrimps. Both species of catfish feed actively at night, making evenings the best time to fish for them.
Flathead's congregate near the base of dams and in deep river pools, often where there’s lots of vegetation or rocky covering.