Arizona April 06, 2016
These 11 Amazing Spots In Arizona Are Perfect To Go Fishing
Arizona is a pretty dry state, but we actually have a pretty large number of fishing options. Who knew, right? Plus, some areas have fishing available year-round, meaning you don’t have to wait until the winter thaw to head out to the lake.
Whether you’re a seasoned angler looking for new scenery or someone completely new to the game, here are a few favorite spots that you may want to check out before your next fishing expedition:
1. Big Lake
This popular fishing lake is located in the White Mountains a few miles south of Greer. Spring fishing is especially popular and is stocked with several species of trout.
2. Cluff Ranch Ponds
Located 20 minutes west of Safford, Cluff Ranch Ponds are known for their variety of fish species and winter stock of rainbow trout. If fishing isn't for someone in your party, send them over to Pond number three for swimming.
3. Dead Horse Lake
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.
4. Dogtown Lake
Located about seven miles southeast of Williams, this lake is usually a great fall location for trout. However, if you plan on heading out, remember that the area is open for day use only outside of the camping season (May 1 to September 30).
5. Lake Pleasant
Here's a popular location in the Phoenix area, just a few miles west of Anthem. While fishing results can be mixed, the reservoir does keep a pretty large number of fish here, including varieties of bass, catfish, and tilapia. Plus, who wouldn't want to finish a fishing expedition with this view?
6. Lake Powell
One of our northern reservoirs, this place also happens to be popular among anglers looking to catch some hefty fish. The smallmouth bass, which are active this time of year, are apparently also quite tasty battered and fried.
7. Oak Creek
Looking for rainbow trout? 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.
8. Peña Blanca Lake
This reservoir is found a few miles north of the Arizona-Mexico border in the Coronado National Forest. Largemouth 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.
9. Riggs Flat Lake
This lake is located in the Pinaleño Mountains, better known as the home to Mount Graham. It is typically well-stocked with various kinds of trout and the beautiful view makes this a perfect fishing spot.
10. Saguaro Lake
This is another great spot to catch bass and trout, especially some pretty large ones. Just keep in mind that since this lake is located within a reasonable distance of the Phoenix-metro area, it tends to get heavy use throughout the year.
11. Tonto Creek
A trout hatchery sits at the head of Tonto Creek, located about 20 miles east of Payson, so I hope you're able to catch something! Access points can be found at the
Tonto National Forest website
What are some other fishing spots you would recommend to your fellow Arizonans? Don’t forget to let us know your thoughts, and remember to
buy your fishing license before heading out to any of these spots!