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Types of Fish in Arizona

Arctic Grayling
Bigmouth Buffalo
Black Bullhead
Bluegill
Brook Trout
Brown Trout
Channel Catfish
Crappie
Cutthroat Trout
Flathead Catfish
Green Sunfish
Largemouth Bass
Northern Pike
Rainbow Trout
Redear Sunfish
Smallmouth Bass
Striped Bass
Sucker
Walleye
White Bass
Yellow Bass
Yellow Perch

To fish like a cowboy visit Arizona! With its scenic backdrops and a collection of rivers running between plateaus, some of the south’s best inland fishing can be found in Arizona. Trout, bass, and crappie are plentiful in its waters. Largemouth bass, crappie, and sunfish can be found throughout Arizona’s lakes and rivers.

Arizona is blessed with a bountiful variety of trout. Arizona’s state fish, the apache trout, is less bountiful in quantity. Lee Valley Lake and Ackre Lake are two of the few places home to the apache trout (and small Arctic grayling). Ash Creek and Grant Creek are other good apache locations.

Cutthroat trout can be found on Luna Lake, and Big Lake which is also known for rainbow, brook, and even some apache trout. Try Tonto Creek and Frye Mesa Reservoir for rainbow, brown and the occasional brook trout. The highly regulated, threatened, Gila trout is actively stocked for sporting purposes only in the Frye Mesa Reservoir.

Looking for bass? Head to the Colorado River! Largemouth and striped bass leap out of the waters of the Colorado up toward the dry desert. Lake Powell is also a popular fishing spot providing the same bass as the Colorado, along with smallmouth bass, and even walleye, crappies, and catfish! Yellow bass can sometimes be found in the upper section of Lake Mary.

For an interesting catch try tilapia fishing in Catfish Paradise, Grand Wash, Lake Mead, Pierce Ferry, Lake Pleasant, and Temple Bar. An excellent spot for diversity is Hollow Lake which has both small and largemouth bass, rainbow trout, crappie, channel catfish and walleye. Lake Havasu for a similar variety (minus the walleye but with more catfish). Known for its excellent fishing with especially large prey, Lake Havasu also offers sunfish, flathead catfish, and bluegill.

You can even take on a buffalo in Arizona – a bigmouth buffalo that is. They can surpass twenty pounds and are normally only found in two Lakes: the Apache and Roosevelt. For a strong fighter try roundtail chub, found in Fossil Creek.

Anyone with a desire for recreational fishing within Arizona needs a license if they are fourteen or older. One and five day licensing is available, along with four month and annual. Some licenses vary by the age of its user and the location it authorizes them to fish in (a trout stamp may be necessary). Some short time licensing is only available to non residents, while longer licensing, including lifetime, is only available for state residents. Family license packages are offered too!

People are considered residents when they have lived in the state’s boundaries siz months prior to applying for the license. Members of the Armed Forces stationed within Arizona may apply for residential licenses. Arizona state also offers an apprentice license, valid for two days, to encourage new fisherpersons by letting an already licensed individual take a novice out.

Arizona’s varying regulations can be followed on Facebook, Twitter, email, or online at the state website, making it one of the most modern!
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A One Lake


A One Lake, just 5 miles from Flagstaff, Arizona, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near A One Lake include Sedona, Williams and Clarkdale. If A One Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Schultz Creek, Sinclair Wash, Volunteer Wash, Woody Wash, Pumphouse Wash, Walnut Creek, Rio de Flag, West Fork Oak Creek, Volunteer Wash and Little L O Spring Canyon.
Closest Cities : Flagstaff 5miles, Sedona 26miles, Williams 26miles, Clarkdale 38miles, Cottonwood 38miles


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Adobe Lake


Located around 30 miles from Somerton, Arizona Adobe Lake has much to offer anglers of all skill levels. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Adobe Lake include Yuma, Wellton and San Luis. If Adobe Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Carrizo Wash, Gavilan Wash, Red Cloud Wash, Black Rock Wash, White Wash, Para Wash, Little Picacho Wash, Arrastia Wash, Gatuna Wash and Marcus Wash.
Closest Cities : Somerton 30miles, Yuma 34miles, Wellton 37miles, San Luis 39miles, Blythe 39miles


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Aguirre Lake


Located around 37 miles from Nogales, Arizona Aguirre Lake has much to offer anglers of all skill levels. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Aguirre Lake include Sahuarita, Patagonia and South Tucson. If Aguirre Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Lopez Wash, Bailey Wash, Cuadro Wash, Legunita Wash, Aros Wash, Los Encinos Wash, Pozo Hondo Wash, Las Moras Wash, Gallineta Wash and Asolido Wash.
Closest Cities : Nogales 37miles, Sahuarita 40miles, Patagonia 44miles, South Tucson 53miles, Tucson 54miles


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Aker Lake


Located around 33 miles from Eagar, Arizona Aker Lake has much to offer anglers of all skill levels. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Aker Lake include Reserve, Springerville and Clifton. If Aker Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Corduroy Creek, Hagen Creek, Double Cienega Creek, North Fork Bear Wallow Creek, South Fork Bear Wallow Creek, Horton Creek, Beaver Creek, Hannagan Creek, Thomas Creek and Willow Creek.
Closest Cities : Eagar 33miles, Reserve 34miles, Springerville 37miles, Clifton 41miles, Pinetop-Lakeside 51miles


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Alder Lake


16 miles from Star Valley, Arizona anglers will find Alder Lake and will not be disappointed. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Alder Lake include Payson, Winslow and Taylor. If Alder Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Woods Canyon Creek, East Fork Horton Creek, Sharp Creek, Hunter Creek, Turkey Creek, Spring Creek, Dick Williams Creek, Christopher Creek, Horton Creek and East Leonard Canyon Creek.
Closest Cities : Star Valley 16miles, Payson 22miles, Winslow 47miles, Taylor 49miles, Snowflake 50miles


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