Open Statewide Jan. 1, 2023, through Dec. 31, 2024

Please note that from January 1, 2021, through December 31, 2022, fishing in Arizona is open statewide. However, it is crucial for all anglers to thoroughly review both the General Statewide Regulations and the Special Regulations that pertain to the specific area where they plan to fish. Anglers are personally responsible for being well-informed about the applicable regulations for the body of water they intend to fish. For the most current and up-to-date information, including any potential changes, please visit azgfd.gov

Daily Bag Limits

Here are the legal fish and their corresponding daily bag limits that apply to all fishing waters statewide. These regulations are in effect statewide unless there are specific Special Regulations for a particular body of water. Statewide regulations encompass all state and federal refuges, parks, and monuments. Open areas exclude any regions closed to hunting, fishing, or trapping under A.R.S. sections 17-303 and 17-304, or Commission rules R12-4-321, R12-4-801, R12-4-802, and R12-4-803.

  • Trout (includes rainbow, cutthroat, brown, brook, tiger, Gila, and Apache trout; grayling): You can keep up to 4 trout in any combination.

  • Bass (including largemouth and smallmouth): The daily bag limit for bass is 6 in any combination.

  • Striped Bass: You are allowed to keep up to 10 striped bass.

  • Walleye: The daily bag limit for walleye is 6.

  • Northern Pike: There is no limit; you can catch and release immediately.

  • Catfish (including channel and flathead): You can keep up to 10 catfish in any combination.

  • Crappie (white and black): There is no limit on crappie; you can catch as many as you like.

  • White Amur (grass carp) minimum size 30 inches: You are allowed to keep 1 grass carp with a minimum size of 30 inches.

  • Roundtail Chub: Catch and release only; no chub may be kept.

  • Sunfishes (includes bluegill, redear sunfish, green sunfish, and hybrid sunfish): There is no limit on sunfishes; you can catch as many as you like.

  • All Other Species (except protected native fish): This category includes species such as white bass, yellow bass, carp, suckers, buffalofish, bullhead, yellow perch, and tilapia. There is no limit on these species; you can catch as many as you like.

Community Fishing Program Waters Daily Bag limits

Here are the daily bag limits for fish species in lakes and ponds under the Community Fishing Program:

LAKES:

  • Catfish: You can keep up to 4 catfish.
  • Trout: The daily bag limit for trout is 4.
  • Bass (minimum size 13 inches): You are allowed to keep 2 bass with a minimum size of 13 inches.
  • Sunfish (various species including bluegill, redear, green, and hybrid): The daily bag limit for sunfish is 10.
  • White amur (grass carp) minimum size 30 inches: You can keep 1 grass carp with a minimum size of 30 inches.

PONDS:

  • Catfish: You can keep up to 2 catfish.
  • Trout: The daily bag limit for trout is 2.
  • Bass (minimum size 13 inches): You are allowed to keep 1 bass with a minimum size of 13 inches.
  • Sunfish (various species including bluegill, redear, green, and hybrid): The daily bag limit for sunfish is 5.
  • White amur (grass carp) minimum size 30 inches: You can keep 1 grass carp with a minimum size of 30 inches.

Statewide Possession Limits

Statewide possession limits are twice (2x) the daily bag limit for each species, unless a different possession limit is specified by water. "Possession limit" means the maximum limit, in number or amount of fish, which may be possessed at one time by any one person.

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