Excellent fishing opportunities for the beginner and experienced alike. Arizona Game & Fish Department stocks the river and lagoons with rainbow trout throughout the winter months. The lagoons are stocked with channel catfish in the warmer season. Fly-fishing the river and lagoons is becoming increasingly popular. Fish species include largemouth bass, catfish, bluegill, crappie, and trout. Video Clip: Aaron Jackson displays a catfish caught at Dead Horse Ranch State Park's Free Fishing Day.
A valid Arizona fishing license is required for anglers 10 years and older. Licensing information is available online at Arizona Game & Fish, or purchase a fishing license at a local dealer.
Motorized & Non-Motorized Watercraft
Canoeing and kayaking is popular in the river and lagoons. Non-motorized watercraft (oar power only, no sails) are allowed in the lower lagoons. Boating is not permitted in the upper (West) lagoon. A launch ramp and dock are available at the east lagoon. Gas and electric motors must be removed before launching. Children 12 and under are required to wear a personal flotation device (PFD) at all times when boating.