Check Out Our Spring Fishing Tips!

February 1, 2023

PHOENIX –  Take advantage of great weather and awesome fishing this spring at a variety of gorgeous parks throughout the state. Opportunities to make exciting new memories are waiting just below the water’s surface and they’re accessible to a wide variety of anglers from beginner to expert. 

If you’re new to fishing, or could just use some extra luck in your corner, try targeting bass this spring during the annual spawn. Large and smallmouth bass move into shallow water annually to build nests and breed which makes them very accessible to all anglers, even from shore! Catch and release ensures that this amazing renewable resource continues to thrive. Alamo Lake (largemouth) and Lake Havasu (large and smallmouth) state parks are likely your best bets, although Roper Lake and Patagonia Lake state parks often report great spring largemouth bass fishing as well.

For trout lovers, the Arizona Game and Fish Department will be stocking beautiful and delicious rainbow trout in select state park waters through March. Try your luck for trout this spring at the Dead Horse Ranch State Park lagoons, the Verde River (accessed through Dead Horse Ranch), or Patagonia Lake State Park.    

Please refer to the AZGFD website for information about fishing rules in Arizona, and check out current fishing report before your trip. A valid Arizona fishing license is required for anglers 10 years and older. Fishing licenses can be purchased online, or at several outdoor retailers throughout Arizona.




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