The following bodies of water identified under Special Regulations and Seasons have special fishing seasons (R12-4-313), daily bag and possession limits, length limits or closures that differ from General Statewide Regulations or Statewide Daily Bag and Possession Limits. Only exceptions to General Statewide Regulations and General Sport Fishing Seasons are shown for each area.

White Mountains Fishing Regulations

Special Fishing Notes in the White Mountains

In the White Mountains, special regulations are tailored to protect fish populations and habitats. While general statewide regulations apply, specific rules for individual waters are as follows:

  • Aker Lake & Becker Lake: Catch-and-release only for trout using artificial fly and lure with single-pointed barbless hooks.
  • Burro Creek: Closed from Jan. 1 to April 30. From May 1 to Dec. 31, catch-and-release for trout with specified gear.
  • Carnero Lake & Lee Valley Creek/Lake: Limit is 2 trout (includes combinations with grayling) using artificial fly and lure only.
  • Little Colorado River (Greer) & Mamie Creek: Catch-and-release only for trout with artificial fly and lure; barbless hooks only. Specific seasons apply.
  • Nutrioso Creek: Unlimited rainbow and brown trout from Sept. 1 to March 31; statewide daily bag limits apply from April 1 to Aug. 31.
  • Patterson Ponds: Community Fishing Program pond limits apply for various species.
  • River Reservoir & Show Low Creek Meadow: Specific limits and seasons for catch-and-release and general fishing.
  • Silver Creek: Catch-and-release only for trout from Oct. 1 to March 31 with specified gear; general regulations apply from April 1 to Sept. 30.
  • Thompson Creek, East Fork Little Colorado River, & West Fork Black River: Closed to fishing from Jan. 1 to April 30; catch-and-release only for trout from May 1 to Dec. 31 with specified gear.
  • Patterson Ponds: Adheres to the Community Fishing Program limits, allowing 2 trout, 2 catfish, 1 bass (minimum size 13 inches), 5 sunfish, and 1 white amur (minimum size 30 inches).

  • River Reservoir: Implements catch-and-release only for trout from October 1 through April 30 using artificial fly and lure with single-pointed barbless hooks. Outside of these dates, general statewide regulations apply.

  • Show Low Creek Meadow: Allows a catch limit of 2 trout, 2 catfish, 1 bass (minimum size 13 inches), 5 sunfish, and 1 white amur (minimum size 30 inches).

  • Silver Creek: Located within the boundaries of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission-owned property, excluding the state fish hatchery portion. Here, catch-and-release only for trout is enforced from October 1 through March 31 using artificial fly and lure with single-pointed barbless hooks. From April 1 through September 30, fishing is limited to designated areas under general statewide regulations.

  • Thompson Creek: Closed to fishing from January 1 to April 30. From May 1 to December 31, it is catch-and-release only for trout, with the same gear restrictions as other catch-and-release areas.

  • East Fork Little Colorado River: Upstream of Colter Dam in Apache County is closed to fishing from January 1 to April 30. From May 1 to December 31, it is catch-and-release only for trout with the stipulated gear.

  • West Fork Black River: Encompassing the area from the confluence of Hayground Creek upstream including tributaries, it is closed to fishing from January 1 to April 30. From May 1 to December 31, catch-and-release only for trout is enforced with specific gear requirements.

Waters and Areas Closed to Fishing

The White Mountains area has specific closures to protect sensitive habitats and species. This includes specific region headquarters, state or federal hatcheries with posted boundaries, and various areas under Native Trout Recovery efforts. Always check for posted notices and updates on closures before fishing.

Native Trout Recovery Closures:

Several creeks are designated for native trout recovery and are closed to fishing to ensure the protection and proliferation of native species. These include:

  • Bear Wallow Creek in Greenlee County.
  • Coleman Creek in Apache and Greenlee counties.
  • Conklin Creek in Greenlee County.
  • Hayground Creek in Apache County.
  • Mineral Creek in Apache County, upstream of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests boundary.
  • Raspberry Creek in Greenlee County.
  • Soldier Creek in Apache County.
  • South Fork Little Colorado River in Apache County.
  • Stinky Creek in Apache County.
  • West Fork of the Black River: From the upper Apache trout barrier downstream to a specified point in Apache County.

Live Baitfish Regulations

In Navajo and Apache Counties, within the White Mountains area, the use or possession of live baitfish on any waters is strictly prohibited. This rule helps prevent the spread of non-native species and diseases among the local fish populations.

Watercraft and Motor Restrictions

To preserve the natural environment and ensure the safety and enjoyment of all, certain lakes and reservoirs in the White Mountains restrict the use of watercraft and motors. Specific lakes allow only single electric motors, while others limit the horsepower of motors to 10 or less. These restrictions are particularly in place for:

  • Single Electric Motor Only: Aker Lake, Bunch Reservoir, Carnero Lake, Lee Valley Lake, Scott Reservoir, Tunnel Reservoir, Woodland Lake, Pratt Lake, Hulsey Lake.
  • 10 Horsepower or Less: Becker Lake, Big Lake, Concho Lake, Crescent Lake, Fool Hollow Lake, Luna Lake, Nelson Reservoir, Rainbow Lake, River Reservoir, Show Low Lake.

Fishing Waters - White Mountains

Arizona Fishing Special Regulations & Seasons

Various lakes, creeks, and reservoirs in the White Mountains offer unique fishing opportunities with specific regulations. This includes catch-and-release only areas, closed seasons, and specific daily bag and possession limits for different species. Anglers should familiarize themselves with the regulations for each body of water, including Aker Lake, Becker Lake, Carnero Lake, and others, to ensure a responsible and enjoyable fishing experience.

North Central

Special Regulations include fishing seasons, daily bag and possession limits, length limits, bait and hook restrictions, legal methods, and waters and areas closed to fishing.

North Central Area Fishing Notes

In the North Central area, distinct regulations apply to specific waters as detailed below, while general statewide regulations are applicable elsewhere. Each body of water has unique limits on the possession and size of various fish species.

  • Beaver Creek (Wet and Dry): Unlimited smallmouth and largemouth bass; unlimited channel and flathead catfish.
  • Cataract Lake: Limit of 2 bass (minimum size 13 inches); limit of 4 channel catfish.
  • City Reservoir: Limit of 2 bass (minimum size 13 inches); limit of 4 channel catfish; limit of 5 sunfish.
  • Dead Horse Ranch State Park Lagoons: Limit of 2 bass; limit of 4 catfish; limit of 10 sunfish.
  • Dogtown Lake: Limit of 2 bass (minimum size 13 inches); limit of 4 channel catfish.
  • East Verde River: Unlimited smallmouth and largemouth bass; unlimited channel and flathead catfish.
  • Elk Tank: Catch-and-release only for trout using artificial fly and lure with single-pointed barbless hooks.
  • Fain Lake: Limit of 4 catfish, 2 bass (minimum size 13 inches), 10 sunfish, 1 white amur (minimum size 30 inches), and statewide limits for all other species.
  • Fossil Creek, Middle Reach: Seasonal fishing allowed with catch-and-release only for roundtail chub using artificial fly and lure with single-pointed barbless hooks.
  • Francis Short Pond: Limit of 2 bass (minimum size 13 inches); limit of 4 catfish; limit of 5 sunfish.
  • Goldwater Lake: Limit of 1 bass (minimum size 13 inches).
  • Granite Basin Lake: Limit of 4 catfish in any combination.
  • Grapevine Creek in Yavapai County: Closed to fishing from Jan. 1 to April 30. Catch-and-release only for trout from May 1 to Dec. 31 using specified gear.
  • J.D. Dam Lake: Catch-and-release only for trout using specified gear.
  • Kaibab Lake: Limit of 2 bass (minimum size 13 inches); limit of 4 channel catfish.
  • Lake Mary, Lower: Limit of 4 channel catfish.
  • Middle Tank: Catch-and-release only for trout using specified gear.
  • Oak Creek:
    • Unlimited smallmouth and largemouth bass; unlimited channel and flathead catfish.
    • Specific sections like Junipine Crossing to Call-of-the-Canyon Crossing, including West Fork Oak Creeks, are catch-and-release only for trout using specified gear.
  • Perkins Tank: Catch-and-release only for trout using specified gear.
  • Sante Fe Reservoir: Limit of 2 bass (minimum size 13 inches); limit of 4 channel catfish.
  • Stone Dam Lake: Limit of 2 bass (minimum size 13 inches); limit of 4 catfish.
  • Verde River and its tributaries (Downstream from Granite Creek to Horseshoe Dam): Unlimited smallmouth and largemouth bass; unlimited channel and flathead catfish.
  • West Clear Creek: Unlimited smallmouth and largemouth bass; unlimited channel and flathead catfish.
  • Whitehorse Lake: Limit of 2 bass (minimum size 13 inches); limit of 4 catfish.
  • Yavapai Lakes in Urban Forest Park: Limit of 4 catfish, 2 bass (minimum size 13 inches), 10 sunfish, 1 white amur (minimum size 30 inches), and statewide limits for all other species.

Waters and Areas Closed to Fishing

Certain areas are closed to fishing to protect habitats, species, or due to specific management needs. These closures include:

  • Fossil Creek in Yavapai County: Entirely closed except for the 4.5-mile middle reach portion during the open season as specified under the special regulations.
  • Gap Creek: The stretch between Honeymoon Cabin and its confluence with the Verde River.
  • Lake Mary, Upper: The posted area immediately above the dam is off-limits to fishing.
  • State or federal hatcheries: These areas have posted boundaries where fishing is prohibited.

Note on Seasonal Closures: Be aware of additional seasonal closures, especially due to bald eagle breeding or specific Wildlife Area closures. Always check current local and state regulations before planning your fishing trip.

Live Baitfish Regulations

In Coconino County and some other specific areas, the use or possession of live baitfish is strictly prohibited to prevent the spread of non-native species and maintain ecological balance. Ensure to refer to the General Statewide Fishing Regulations for comprehensive rules on live baitfish use and other related guidelines.

Watercraft and Motor Restrictions

In certain waters within the fishing area, restrictions are placed on the type and power of watercraft and motors to minimize disturbances and maintain ecological integrity. Here are the specific restrictions:

Single Electric Motor Only: Use of a single electric motor is permitted in the following locations to maintain a quieter, less disruptive environment:

  • Dogtown Reservoir
  • Goldwater Lake
  • Granite Basin Lake
  • J.D. Dam Lake
  • Santa Fe Lake
  • Whitehorse Lake
  • Willow Creek Reservoir

10 Horsepower or Less: To limit the impact of motorized watercraft, a maximum of 10 horsepower motors are allowed in these larger or more robust water bodies:

  • Ashurst Lake
  • Cataract Lake
  • Kaibab Lake
  • Kinnikinick Lake
  • Lower Lake Mary
  • Lynx Lake

Arizona Fishing Special Regulations & Seasons

Mogollon Rim

In the Mogollon Rim area, special regulations complement general statewide rules to address local ecological needs and fish population management. These include specific limits on daily bags, possession, and catch types. Here are the regulations for each water listed:

  • All waters within the city park systems of Payson: Limit of 4 catfish in any combination.
  • Bear Canyon Lake, Black Canyon Lake, CC Cragin Reservoir (Blue Ridge Reservoir), Chevelon Canyon Lake, East Clear Creek, East Verde River, Green Valley Park Lakes, Horton Creek, Knoll Lake, Long Tom Lake, Willow Springs Lake, Woods Canyon Lake: Unlimited smallmouth and largemouth bass; unlimited channel and flathead catfish.
  • Canyon Creek: Catch-and-release only for trout from the O.W. Bridge to the Fort Apache Indian Reservation with artificial fly and lure; single-pointed barbless hooks only.
  • Chevelon Creek:
    • From the confluence with Willow Springs Creek to Chevelon Crossing including Chevelon Canyon Lake: Limit of 2 trout; artificial fly and lure only.
    • From Chevelon Crossing to the Little Colorado River: Unlimited rainbow and brown trout from Sept. 1 through March 31 with statewide daily bag limits for trout from April 1 through Aug. 31.
  • Dude Creek in Gila County: Closed to fishing from Jan. 1 to April 30. Catch-and-release only for trout from May 1 to Dec. 31 with artificial fly and lure; single-pointed barbless hooks only.
  • East Verde River:

    • From the creek source to the SRP Pumphouse: Catch-and-release only for trout using artificial fly and lure with single-pointed barbless hooks. Unlimited smallmouth and largemouth bass; unlimited channel and flathead catfish.
    • From the Pumphouse downstream: Statewide daily bag limits apply for trout, with unlimited smallmouth and largemouth bass; unlimited channel and flathead catfish.
  • Green Valley Park Lakes (town of Payson): The limit is 4 catfish, 2 bass (minimum size 13 inches), 10 sunfish, and 1 white amur (minimum size 30 inches).

  • Horton Creek in Gila County: Catch-and-release only for trout. Trout must be immediately released unharmed with artificial fly and lure; single-pointed barbless hooks only.

  • Knoll Lake: Unlimited smallmouth and largemouth bass; unlimited channel and flathead catfish.

  • Long Tom Lake: Unlimited smallmouth and largemouth bass; unlimited channel and flathead catfish.

  • Willow Springs Lake and Woods Canyon Lake: Both lakes offer unlimited smallmouth and largemouth bass; unlimited channel and flathead catfish.

  • Woods Canyon Lake: Unlimited smallmouth and largemouth bass; unlimited channel and flathead catfish.

Waters and Areas Closed to Fishing

State or federal hatcheries: Fishing is prohibited within posted boundaries to protect hatchery operations and fish populations. Chase Creek in Gila County: This area is designated as closed to fishing.

Note on Seasonal Closures: Additional closures may be active due to bald eagle breeding or specific Wildlife Area closures. Anglers should check the latest information to ensure compliance with all regional and temporal restrictions.

Live Baitfish Regulations

In Navajo and Coconino counties, the use or possession of live baitfish on any waters is strictly prohibited. This measure is crucial for preventing the introduction of non-native species and preserving the ecological balance of local water bodies. For a comprehensive understanding of live baitfish rules, refer to the General Statewide Fishing Regulations.

Watercraft and Motor Restrictions

To protect the serenity and ecological integrity of certain lakes and reservoirs, restrictions on watercraft and motors are enforced:

Single Electric Motor Only:

  • Bear Canyon Lake
  • Green Valley Lake
  • Knoll Lake
  • Woods Canyon Lake

These locations allow only the use of a single electric motor, ensuring minimal disturbance to wildlife and maintaining a tranquil fishing environment.

10 Horsepower or Less:

  • Black Canyon Lake
  • C.C. Cragin (Blue Ridge) Lake
  • Chevelon Canyon Lake
  • Willow Creek Reservoir
  • Willow Springs Lake

In these areas, watercraft motors are restricted to 10 horsepower or less to reduce noise and water disruption, thereby protecting fish habitats and enhancing the quality of fishing experiences.

Arizona Fishing Special Regulations & Seasons

Colorado River Northwest

Special Regulations include fishing seasons, daily bag and possession limits, length limits, bait and hook restrictions, legal methods, and waters and areas closed to fishing.

Colorado River Northwest Fishing Notes

In the Colorado River Northwest area, while general statewide regulations apply, specific rules are set for each water body to address the unique ecological and fishery management needs. Here are the regulations for each section:

  • Bright Angel Creek: Unlimited trout, striped bass, and catfish. Trout caught here must either be killed and retained as part of the bag limit or immediately released.

Colorado River Sections:

  • From Glen Canyon Dam to Paria Riffle (Lees Ferry): Limit of 2 rainbow trout per day with artificial fly and lure only; barbless hooks required. All rainbow trout must be killed and retained or released immediately. No limit on other sport fish species.
  • From Paria Riffle to Navajo Bridge, including all tributaries: Limit of 6 rainbow trout per day. Rainbow trout must be killed and retained or released immediately. No limit on other sport fish species.
  • From Navajo Bridge to Separation Canyon, within the Grand Canyon National Park: No limit on sport fish species.
  • From Separation Canyon to Hoover Dam (including Lake Mead): Limit of 5 trout; limit of 20 striped bass of 20 inches in length or larger, but unlimited for striped bass under 20 inches; limit of 15 crappie.
  • From Hoover Dam to Davis Dam (including Lake Mohave and Willow Beach): Limit of 5 trout in any combination; limit of 20 striped bass of 20 inches or larger, unlimited for striped bass under 20 inches; striped bass may be taken by spear or spear gun in certain areas of Lake Mohave.
  • From Davis Dam to the California-Nevada boundary: Limit of 5 trout in any combination; limit of 6 bass, with a minimum size of 13 inches.

Other Waters:

  • Lake Powell: Limit of 20 for smallmouth bass, 5 for largemouth bass; unlimited for striped bass and walleye; limit of 10 crappie. Carp may be taken by spearfishing and bow and arrow, and striped bass may be taken by spearfishing during daylight hours.
  • Topock Marsh: Limit of 6 bass, minimum size 13 inches; limit of 25 crappie.
  • Virgin River: Unlimited bass and catfish.

Waters and Areas Closed to Fishing

Specific sections of water bodies and areas within the Colorado River Northwest are closed to fishing to protect sensitive habitats, species, and to comply with management and safety regulations. Here are the closures:

Colorado River:

  • Posted areas immediately below Glen Canyon Dam (Lake Powell): These areas are closed to protect the dam and surrounding habitat.
  • One-half mile upstream and one-half mile downstream from its confluence with the Little Colorado River: Closed to protect critical habitat and species.
  • Posted areas immediately below Davis Dam (Lake Mohave): These areas are closed for safety and conservation reasons.

Lake Mead:

  • Posted portions and the area immediately above Hoover Dam: Closed areas primarily for safety and security reasons related to the dam.

Little Colorado River:

  • That portion lying within the Grand Canyon National Park: Closed to protect the unique ecosystem and species within the park.

Riviera Marina:

  • To include the public waterway into and within the marina: Typically closed for management, safety, or conservation purposes.

State or federal hatcheries:

  • Posted boundaries: These areas are closed to protect hatchery operations and the young fish being reared there.

Live Baitfish Regulations

In Coconino County, the use or possession of live baitfish is strictly prohibited on all waters. This regulation is part of a broader effort to prevent the introduction and spread of non-native species, which can have detrimental effects on local ecosystems. For more detailed information and exceptions, anglers should refer to the General Statewide Fishing Regulations.

Watercraft and Motor Restrictions

Restrictions on the use of watercraft and motors may be in place for specific waters within the fishing area. These restrictions are often instituted to reduce environmental impact, ensure safety, and preserve the quality of the fishing experience. Anglers and boaters should check the specific regulations for each body of water to understand what types of watercraft and motors, if any, are permitted.

Colorado River Special Use Privilege

The Colorado River Stamp — California has been discontinued. The privileges previously offered by this stamp are now included in the Arizona General Fishing license and Combo Hunt/Fish licenses (youth, adult, and short-term). Holders of these licenses may fish from a boat on any waters forming the mutual boundaries between Arizona and California, Nevada, and as of 2018, Utah. They are also permitted to fish from the California or Nevada shorelines of these waters. This change simplifies the licensing process and provides broader fishing opportunities along the Colorado River and its mutual boundaries.

Arizona Fishing Special Regulations & Seasons

Colorado River Southwest

Special Regulations include fishing seasons, daily bag and possession limits, length limits, bait and hook restrictions, legal methods, and waters and areas closed to fishing.

Colorado River Southwest Area Fishing Notes

In the Colorado River Southwest area, distinct regulations are set to manage and protect local fish populations:

Colorado River (From I-40 bridge to the Southern International Boundary with Mexico including Lake Havasu, Martinez Lake, Mittry Lake, and associated backwaters):

  • The limit is 10 trout.
  • The limit is 6 bass, with a minimum size of 13 inches.
  • The limit is 25 sunfish or crappie in any combination.

Canals in Yuma County:

  • Catch-and-release only for white amur. White amur must be immediately released unharmed; no white amur may be kept. Anglers should note that white amur are similar to common carp and require careful identification, especially for bow fishers.

Designated Community Fishing Program Waters:

  • Council Avenue Pond (city of Somerton)
  • Fortuna Lake (Yuma area)
  • Pacific Avenue Athletic Complex Pond (city of Yuma)
  • Redondo Lake (Yuma area)
  • West Wetlands Pond (city of Yuma)

Fishing Closures in Colorado River Southwest Area

To protect fish populations and their habitats, certain waters and areas in the Colorado River Southwest area are closed to fishing during specific periods. These closures include:

  • Alamo Lake: The posted area immediately above the dam is closed to fishing.

  • Cibola Lake: Fishing is closed from the first Monday in September (Labor Day) through March 15.

  • Lake Havasu: Certain posted portions of Lake Havasu are closed to fishing.

  • Martinez Lake: Fishing is closed in posted portions from October 1 through March 1.

These closures are implemented to safeguard sensitive ecosystems and coincide with specific times when fish may be particularly vulnerable. Additionally, anglers should be aware that other seasonal closures may be in effect in some areas due to bald eagle breeding closures and Wildlife Area closures.

Live Baitfish Regulations

For specific regulations regarding the use of live baitfish in the Colorado River Southwest area, please refer to the General Statewide Fishing Regulations for detailed information.

Watercraft and Motor Restrictions

In the Colorado River Southwest area, watercraft and motor usage are subject to restrictions on certain waters. These restrictions are as follows:

  • Single Electric Motor Only:
    • Fortuna Lake
    • Quigley Pond
    • Redondo Lake

Anglers should be aware of these restrictions when planning their fishing trips to ensure compliance with local regulations.

Colorado River Special Use Privilege

The Colorado River Stamp — California is no longer available as a separate stamp. Instead, the privileges associated with this stamp are now bundled together and included in the Arizona General Fishing license and Combo Hunt/Fish licenses (youth, adult, and short-term). Anglers holding these licenses are permitted to fish from a boat on any waters that form the mutual boundaries between Arizona and California, or when fishing from the California shorelines of these waters.

This special use privilege extends to large stretches of the Colorado River, including Lake Havasu and associated backwaters such as Martinez Lake and Mittry Lake.

Arizona Fishing Special Regulations & Seasons

Central

Special Regulations include fishing seasons, daily bag and possession limits, length limits, bait and hook restrictions, legal methods, and waters and areas closed to fishing.

Notes:

  • General Statewide Regulations apply to all waters and fish species within the Central area except as listed below.
  • For each water listed, the possession limit is two times the daily bag limit, unless a different possession limit is specified.

Specific Regulations for Waters in the Central Area:

Apache Lake, Canyon Lake, Saguaro Lake

  • The limit is 5 catfish, any combination, when taken by bow and arrow.
  • Note: The catfish limit is 10, any combination, for all other legal methods.

Bartlett Lake

  • The limit is 15 crappie.

Crystal Gardens Water Treatment Facility (city of Avondale, 17 lake complex)

  • Catch-and-release only for all resident fish species.
  • All fish must be immediately released unharmed.
  • Single-pointed barbless hooks only.
  • Note: The city of Avondale requests that anglers use artificial flies and lures, and not use any prepared baits with the exception of worms.

Horseshoe Lake

  • Unlimited smallmouth and largemouth bass.
  • Unlimited channel and flathead catfish.

Lake Pleasant

  • Unlimited for striped bass; striped bass may be taken by spear or spear gun.

Roosevelt Lake

  • The limit is 15 crappie.

Salt River (Upper)

  • From Roosevelt Diversion Dam upstream to the boundary junction of the San Carlos and Fort Apache Indian Reservations.
  • Unlimited smallmouth and largemouth bass.
  • Unlimited channel and flathead catfish.

Salt River Project Canal System (135 miles of canals)

  • Catch-and-release only for white amur.
  • White amur must be immediately released unharmed; no white amur may be kept.

Tempe Town Lake (city of Tempe)

  • The limit is 2 bass, minimum size 13 inches.
  • The limit is 4 catfish in any combination.
  • The limit is 10 sunfish in any combination.

The Pond at Town Hall (town of Gilbert)

  • Catch-and-release only for all resident fish species.
  • All fish must be immediately released unharmed.
  • Artificial fly and lure only; barbless hooks only.

Water Ranch Lake (town of Gilbert)

  • The limit is 2 trout.
  • The limit is 2 catfish.
  • Catch and release only for bass and sunfish.
  • Bass and sunfish must be immediately released unharmed.
  • No bass or sunfish may be kept.
  • Single-pointed barbless hooks only.

Managed Community Fishing Program waters

East Valley Locations:

  • Chaparral Park Lake (city of Scottsdale)
  • Desert Breeze Park Lake (city of Chandler)
  • Discovery Park Ponds (town of Gilbert)
  • Eastmark Park Pond (city of Mesa)
  • Eldorado Park Pond (city of Scottsdale)
  • Evelyn Hallman Park Pond (city of Tempe)
  • Freestone Park Lake (town of Gilbert)
  • Gilbert Regional Park Pond (town of Gilbert)
  • Greenfield Park Pond (city of Mesa)
  • Kiwanis Park Lake (city of Tempe)
  • Mansel Carter Oasis Park Lake (town of Queen Creek)
  • McQueen Park Pond (town of Gilbert)
  • Papago Park Ponds (city of Phoenix)
  • Red Mountain Park Lake (city of Mesa)
  • Riverview Park Lake (city of Mesa)
  • Roadrunner Park Pond (city of Phoenix)
  • Tempe Town Lake (city of Tempe)
  • Veterans Oasis Park Lake (city of Chandler)
  • Water Ranch Park Lake (town of Gilbert)

West Valley Locations:

  • Alamar Park Pond (city of Avondale)
  • Alvord Lake at Cesar Chavez Park (city of Phoenix)
  • Bonsall Park Pond (city of Glendale)
  • Cortez Park Lake (city of Phoenix)
  • Desert West Park Lake (city of Phoenix)
  • Encanto Park Lake (city of Phoenix)
  • Festival Fields Pond (city of Avondale)
  • Friendship Park Pond (city of Avondale)
  • Heroes Regional Park Pond (city of Glendale)
  • Paloma Park Lake (city of Peoria)
  • Pioneer Park Lake (city of Peoria)
  • Rio Vista Park Pond (city of Peoria)
  • Steele Indian School Park Pond (city of Phoenix)
  • Sundance Park Lake (city of Buckeye)
  • Surprise Park Lake (city of Surprise)

City of Maricopa:

  • Copper Sky Park Lake
  • Pacana Park Pond

City of Casa Grande:

  • Dave White Regional Park Pond

Waters and Areas Closed to Fishing:

Agua Fria River

  • Posted areas immediately below Waddell Dam (Lake Pleasant)

Apache Lake

  • Posted areas immediately below Roosevelt Dam (Roosevelt Lake)

Canyon Lake

  • Posted areas immediately below Horse Mesa Dam (Apache Lake)

Saguaro Lake

  • Posted areas immediately below Mormon Flat Dam (Canyon Lake)

NOTE: Other seasonal closures may be in effect within some areas due to bald eagle breeding closures and/or Wildlife Area closures (Roosevelt Lake).

Live Baitfish Regulations

Watercraft and Motor Restrictions

  • The use of watercraft and motors may be restricted on some waters in this fishing area.

Arizona Fishing Special Regulations & Seasons

Southeast

Special Regulations include fishing seasons, daily bag and possession limits, length limits, bait and hook restrictions, legal methods, and waters and areas closed to fishing.

Important Fishing Notes in Southeast Arizona:

  • When fishing in Southeast Arizona, it's crucial to follow the rules to protect our waters and fish populations. While most areas adhere to the General Statewide Regulations, there are exceptions you need to know about.

Cluff Ranch Pond 3:

  • At Cluff Ranch Pond 3, you can catch up to 4 catfish, combining different types.

Dankworth Pond:

  • Dankworth Pond also allows you to catch up to 4 catfish, combining different types.

Frye Mesa Reservoir:

  • Frye Mesa Reservoir permits a combination of 2 trout.

Grant Creek:

  • Grant Creek is a catch-and-release area for trout. Remember, you must release trout immediately, unharmed. Only artificial flies and lures with single-pointed barbless hooks are allowed.

Parker Canyon Lake:

  • Daily bag limits at Parker Canyon Lake have been reduced to 4 channel catfish.

Pena Blanca Lake:

  • At Pena Blanca Lake, you can catch up to 4 catfish, combining different types.

Roper Lake:

  • Similar to Pena Blanca Lake, Roper Lake allows you to catch up to 4 catfish, combining different types.

City Park Systems in Tucson:

  • In Tucson's city park systems, which are not part of the Community Fishing Program, you can catch up to 4 catfish, combining different types.

Managed Community Fishing Program Waters:

  • Several managed community fishing waters are available in the area, including Graham County Fairgrounds Pond, Kennedy Park Lake in Tucson, Lakeside Lake at Chuck Ford-Lakeside Park in Tucson, Sahuarita Lake in Sahuarita, and Silverbell Lake at Christopher Columbus Park in Tucson.

Closed Fishing Areas in Southeast Arizona:

To protect sensitive habitats and fish populations, certain areas in Southeast Arizona are closed to fishing. Please adhere to these regulations:

  • Archer Lake at Christopher Columbus Park in Pima County
  • Aravaipa Creek in Pinal and Graham counties
  • Ash Creek and Marijilda Creek and their tributaries in Graham County (Gila trout recovery)
  • Bog Hole Wildlife Area (Posted portions)
  • Bonita Creek in Graham County
  • Cienega Creek (Posted portions in Pima County)
  • Frye Creek in Graham County
  • Kino Environmental Restoration Project in Pima County
  • Lower Sabino Canyon (From the confluence of the East and West forks of Sabino Creek, downstream to the U.S. Forest Service boundary in Pima County)
  • O’Donnell Canyon in Santa Cruz County
  • Sycamore Creek in Santa Cruz County
  • West Turkey Creek in Cochise County

Live Baitfish Regulations:

No live baitfish may be used or in possession on any waters in Pima or Cochise Counties, no exceptions. See General Statewide Fishing Regulations for more information.

Waterdog Prohibitions:

No live waterdogs or salamanders may be taken, used, or possessed in that portion of Santa Cruz County lying east and south of State Highway 82, or that portion of Cochise County lying west of the San Pedro River and south of State Highway 82 (this includes Parker Canyon Lake).

Watercraft and Motor Restrictions:

The use of watercraft and motors is restricted on the following waters in this fishing area:

  • Single electric motor only: Cluff Ranch Ponds, Dankworth Pond, Riggs Flat Lake, Roper Lake
  • 10 horsepower or less: Arivaca Lake, Parker Canyon Lake, Pena Blanca Lake
  • No watercraft allowed on: Frye Mesa Reservoir, Rose Canyon Lake

Arizona Fishing Special Regulations & Seasons

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