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FISH PRESCOTT & PRESCOTT VALLEY

 

For more information such as area maps, concessions and supplies available, boating information, nearest towns, and facilities of these waters, purchase the "Arizona Fishin' Holes" book from the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

Fain Lake, City of Prescott Valley

Location:
From I-17, travel west on highway 69 toward Prescott Valley, turn left on Glassford Hill Road. Turn right on 2nd street to 5th street. Follow Fain Park signs to the lake.

 

Amenities:
Restrooms, fishing dock, bridge, ramadas, drinking water, historical artifacts, and free parking. There is a fishing dock and hiking trails available. This is a day use only Park. Boats swimming, campfire, and overnight camping are not allowed.

Fishing:
After dredging in 2012, there was a one-time stocking of bass and bluegill. Fish commonly caught includes: rainbow trout and catfish. Brook and brown trout will also be stocked when available.
  Bag Limits:
Trout: 6
Bass: 6
Catfish: 4
Sunfish, Carp and Bullheads: Unlimited

Fishing Updates: Trout were stocked the week of October 20th.  The next tentatively scheduled trout stocking will be the week of November 10th.  Fishing for trout should be good following this stocking.  Spinners work great if you can find the trout schooled up.  If not you may try Powerbait or night crawlers.  If the trout are not biting, you may switch to catfish.

Fain was stocked August 27thwith 500lbs of channel catfish.  This was the third catfish stocking since the beginning of June. Water continues to flow into the lake due to the rains.  The runoff has resulted in very turbid water.  This may actually be good for the catfish bite.  Often run off and turbid water stimulates channel catfish to feed.  You may try using night crawlers as a first choice. 

 

 

 
Mingus Lake, Prescott National Forest
Location:
Between Prescott Valley and Jerome on Highway 89A, turn on Forest Road 104. Follow dirt road for about two miles. Watch for the lake on your right.
  Amenities:
There is one picnic table, a ramada, vault toilet, and garbage service. There is no drinking water at this location, so prepare accordingly.  Although the access gate is locked after the first snow and does not reopen until spring, walk-in access is still permitted.  Disperse camping, swimming, and motorized boats are not allowed.

Fishing:
Rainbow trout and bullhead.
  Bag Limits:
Trout: 6
Bullheads: Unlimited

Fishing Updates:Trout were last stocked the week of October 20th. While the gate will be closed in November you can continue to walk in and catch fish. Rainbow trout fishing should pick up following this stocking.  The best bait is white or pink Powerbait, fished under a bobber. Fishermen using nightcrawlers under a bobber or on the bottom are also having some success, but pick up lots of 4-6 inch yellow bullheads.

The seasonal gate across the access road has been open since early May and will likely be locked after the first moderate snowfall, usually by early December.

 

 

 
Goldwater Lake, City of Prescott
Location:
2900 S. Goldwater Lake Rd. Go south on Mount Vernon St., which turns into Senator Highway. It is about four miles to the entrance of the lake. Turn right and park in the designated parking spots.
  Amenities:
This 15-acre lake offers restrooms, fishing docks, picnic areas, ramadas, playgrounds, sand volleyball court, hiking trails, horseshoe pits and boat ramp.  Boat with electric motors only are allowed on this lake. Canoe and kayak rentals are often available.  There is a $2.00 per car parking fee and annual passes are available. No swimming is allowed.

Summer Hours (Memorial day– Labor day):
6:00am – 10:00pm
Winter Hours:
7:00am – Sunset

Fishing:
Rainbow trout, largemouth bass, sunfish, channel catfish, and crayfish.
  Bag Limits:
Trout: 6
Bass: 1; minimum size 13 inches.
Catfish: 25
Sunfish, Carp and Bullheads: Unlimited

Fishing Updates: Trout were stocked the week of October 13th.  The next tentatively scheduled trout stocking will be the week of November 3rd.  Look for the action to pick up following this stocking and as the water temperatures drop.  Steve caught 5 nice rainbow trout on Yellow Power Eggs in about two hours of fishing.  Chip caught his trout using dark colored rooster tails and after 2 p.m. on yellow power bait.  Chip also crawfishes and he asks that folks leave the traps alone.  It is legal to leave traps all night but they have to be emptied daily.

  

 

 

 
Lynx Lake, Prescott National Forest
Location:
Located off Highway 69 between Prescott Valley and Prescott. Turn south on Walker Road and go approximately three miles to the entrance.
  Amenities:
Camping, RV facilities, hiking, restrooms, and picnic areas.  There is a trail system around the lake.  Small boat, kayak, and canoe rentals are sometimes available on the north shore. Those bringing their own boat can launch from the south shore.  Boats with electric or 10 HP and less motors only.  Swimming is not allowed.  There is a $5.00 day use fee.

Hours:
March 1 - April 30: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
May 1 - September 30: 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
October 1 - February 28 (or 29): 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Fishing:
Rainbow trout, brown trout, brook trout, largemouth bass, sunfish, channel catfish, bullhead, carp, and crayfish.
  Bag Limits:
Trout: 6
Bass: 6
Catfish: 25
Sunfish, Carp and Bullheads: Unlimited

Fishing Updates: Trout were stocked last week, the week of October 6th.  The fishing has been a little slow, but one anlger caught a nice holdover brown trout this weekend. 

The rains have filled Lynx Lake and August 27th 1000 lbs. of channel catfish were stocked.  This is the third stocking of channel catfish since the beginning of June.  Cut anchovies, night crawlers or hot dog are your best bet for catfish. This is a great opportunity to be successful in catching fish. 

 

 
Watson Lake, City of Prescott

Location:
Four miles north of downtown at 3101 Watson Lake Rd.

 

 

Amenities:
Watson Lake is an ideal location for local anglers. It is located close to town and offers two boat launch areas, courtesy dock, camp sites, showers, trail system, kayak and canoe rentals, fish cleaning stations, picnic ramadas, picnic tables, barbeque grills, playground, horseshoe pits, Frisbee golf and restrooms. There is a $2.00 per car parking fee and annual passes are available. No swimming is allowed.

Summer Hours (Memorial day– Labor day):
6:00am – 10:00pm
Winter Hours:
7:00am – Sunset

Fishing:
Rainbow trout, largemouth bass, sunfish, channel catfish, crayfish, and crappie.

 

BAG LIMITS:
Trout: 6
Bass: 6
Catfish: 25
Crappie: Unlimited
Sunfish, Carp and Bullheads: Unlimited

Fishing Updates: Trout stocking resumed in October in conjunction with the Prescott Great Outdoors event at Watson Lake.  Trout were stocked the weekend of the event which was October 11th.  Anglers were very successful during the event and plenty of trout are moving throughout the lake.   Largemouth bass should be feeding as well as bluegill.  Look for large holdover trout from previous stockings to become active since the lake has filled and the water temperatures are dropping.

 

 

 
Willow Lake, City of Prescott

Location:
1497 Heritage Park Rd. off Willow Creek Road near the Heritage Park Zoo.

 

 

Amenities:
Boat launch ramp (no gasoline motors), courtesy dock, picnic ramadas, trails, bird watching, and restrooms. There is a $2.00 per car parking fee and annual passes are available. No swimming is allowed.

Summer Hours (Memorial day– Labor day):
6:00am – 10:00pm
Winter Hours:
7:00am – Sunset

Fishing:
Largemouth bass, sunfish, crappie, channel catfish, bullhead, and crayfish.

 

BAG LIMITS:
Bass: 6
Catfish: 25
Crappie: Unlimited
Sunfish, Carp and Bullheads: Unlimited

Fishing Updates: Largemouth bass are the predominant species in this lake. This lake can be difficult to fish in summer months due to excess vegetation.

 

 

 
Granite Basin Lake, Prescott National Forest

Location:
From downtown Prescott, go northwest on Montezuma Street, which turns into Whipple Street, which turns into Iron Springs Road. Continue on Iron Springs Road for approximately 3.5 miles. Turn right on Granite Basin Road (Forest Road 374) and go approximately two miles into the recreation area.

 

Amenities:
There are restrooms, water, camping, and picnic areas at the site. Hiking trails radiate out from this location. Non-motorized boating is allowed. There is a $5.00 day use fee.

Hours:
March 1 - April 30: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
May 1 - September 30: 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
October 1 - February 28 (or 29): 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Fishing:
Largemouth bass, sunfish, channel catfish, and bullhead

 

 

BAG LIMITS:
Trout: 6
Bass: 6
Catfish: 4
Sunfish, Carp and Bullheads: Unlimited

Fishing Updates: Bring a variety of baits for largemouth bass, spinner baits, and plastics and always bring night crawlers just in case they don’t bite artificial baits.  Bluegills are usually pretty easy to catch at this lake and are great for kids to have fun. 

 

 

 
Local Fishing License Vendors:

Prescott

Wal-Mart
1280 Gail Gardner Way
Prescott, AZ
(928) 541-0071

 

Wal-Mart
3050 Arizona 69
Prescott, AZ
(928) 445-1113

 

CAL Ranch
1048 Willow Creek Rd
Prescott, AZ
(928) 717-5408

 

High Country Guns
555 White Spar Rd
Prescott, AZ
928-445-7704

 

J&G Sales Ltd
440 Miller Valley Rd
Prescott AZ
928-445-9650

Prescott Valley

Wal-Mart
3450 Glassford Hill Rd
Prescott Valley, AZ
(928) 499-3152

 

Dick’s Sporting Goods
5715 Arizona 69
Prescott Valley, AZ
(928) 776-0499

 

Big Five Sporting Goods
6106 Arizona 69
Prescott Valley, AZ
(928) 759-0013

 

K Mart
7550 E HWY 69
Prescott Valley, AZ
928-772-0017

Chino Valley

ALCO
1950 Arizona 89
Chino Valley, AZ
(928) 636-8640

 
 

Fishing &
Reptile/ Amphibian Regulations

  • 2014 AZ Fishing Regulations
    [PDF, 7mb]


  • 2014 Urban Fishing Guidebook
    [PDF, 9mb]


  • 2014 Amphibian and Reptile Regulations [PDF]



  • Arizona Residency Requirements
    [PDF]
 

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