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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:
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: Brook trout were stocked the week of April 11thRainbow trout are scheduled to be stocked this week, the week of the 25th. This is a great opportunity to catch trout. Bring the normal variety of trout bait including small spinners.  Rainbow trout are scheduled to be stocked next week.

 
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 April 5th. The best bait is white or pink Powerbait, fished under a bobber. The gate is locked to Mingus Lake due to snow and ice, but hiking in is permitted. The plan is to open the gate May 1st.

 
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 $3.00 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: 10
Sunfish, Carp and Bullheads: Unlimited

Fishing Updates: Trout were stocked the week of March 28thThe next tentative scheduled trout stocking is the week of May 2ndReports I have got recently said people are catching the recent stockers but that they had to move around the lake a little bit.  Try several colors of power bait and power eggs and if you don’t get bites try night crawlers or small spinners. They are a great option if you are not getting bites with other baits.

 
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: 10
Sunfish, Carp and Bullheads: Unlimited

Fishing Updates: The latest rainbow trout stocking was April 5thThe next tentative scheduled trout stocking is the week of May 11th. Rob reports that trolling for trout is very effective and that other folks in boats were have much better luck than the shore fishermen. Try yellow colored power bait or power eggs for trout if the spinners don’t work. Night crawlers are always good bait that can work on most 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 $3.00 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: 10
Crappie: Unlimited
Sunfish, Carp and Bullheads: Unlimited

Fishing Updates: Trout were stocked the week February 1st.   The warm temps have stimulated the fish and the fisherman to get out and try their luck.  The last couple reports have been that the bite is poor.  In addition to all of these fish being stocked, look for large holdover trout from previous stockings. Bring night crawlers if your other baits are not working.

 
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 $3.00 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: 10
Crappie: Unlimited
Sunfish, Carp and Bullheads: Unlimited

Fishing Updates: –   Largemouth bass are the predominant species in this lake and warmer temperatures should make the bass more active. Andrew caught a bass using a lipless crankbait but he warns against using that type of bait from shore because of snagging issues.  Try top water baits so you can eliminate some of the snagging. If you are in a boat or float tube you can always retrieve your baits without too much difficulty. Try drop shots from shore also.

 
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: The warming temperatures have increased the bite for largemouth but the cooling trend this week may make the bite slow down again.

 
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

 

 

Chino Valley

 

 
 

Fishing &
Reptile/ Amphibian Regulations


  • 2015 Urban Fishing Guidebook
  • 2015 Amphibian and Reptile Regulations

  • 2013-14 Raptor Regulations
  • Arizona Residency Requirements
 

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