Arizona’s Community Fishing Program

We take great pride in providing a fun, family friendly community fishing opportunity at park lakes and ponds across Arizona. For decades, we’ve been providing excellent customer value through the consistent, reliable delivery of quality fish throughout the year. We will continue to work with new communities to bring more fish to more waters for more people.

Community Fishing Waters

More than 50 waters to fish!

We have established fishing waters in 23 Arizona communities.
Whether you are an experienced, occasional or new angler, the Arizona Community Fishing Program offers fishing opportunities that you are sure to enjoy. There are currently more than 50 city park lakes participating in the Program, a partnership between the Arizona Game and Fish Department and 23 communities across the state. Detailed maps and park-specific information on all Community Fishing waters are found in this website section. To ensure fishermen have a good chance of catching fish, plenty of ready-to-catch fish are stocked during the fall, winter and spring seasons.

community fishing areas

Phoenix area – 29 waters
Yuma area – 5 waters
Casa Grande area – 1 water
Prescott Valley area – 2 waters
Tucson area – 4 waters

Town of Payson – Green Valley Lakes
Ash Fork – Stone Dam
St. Johns – Patterson Ponds
Show Low Creek Meadow
Safford Area

fish stocked in community fishing waters

Channel catfish 13-18 inches
Stocked in the spring and fall
Bluegill 5-7 inches
Stocked once in the spring
Rainbow trout 10-13 inches
Stocked in the winter

Stocking schedules

More than 4 million Arizona residents live within a 20-minute drive of a stocked Community
Fishing Program lake. Close by and convenient, all the parks offer parking and other amenities to
make your fishing trip and park visit enjoyable.

Distinctive Community Fishing Program signs are posted at key locations at all participating waters,
uniquely identifying these fisheries from other waters. The signs also highlight the fishing license
requirements and bag limit regulations that apply to Community Fishing waters.

Want to Go Fishing around the State?

Find ways to experience fishing all over the state, including community waters.

buy your fishing license

If you need a fishing license, a combo hunt & fish license, or a short-term license, read about them here.

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find a community lake to fish

There are 50+ community lakes in Arizona. Make a memory fishing with the family!

lake locations

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