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Apache Trout
Arctic Grayling
Bigmouth Buffalo
Black Bullhead
Black Crappie
Bluegill
Brook Trout
Brown Trout
Channel Catfish
Cutthroat Trout

Desert Sucker
Flathead Catfish
Gila Trout
Green Sunfish
Largemouth Bass
Northern Pike
Rainbow Trout
Redear Sunfish
Roundtail Chub
Smallmouth Bass

Striped Bass
Tilapia
Walleye
White Bass
White Crappie
Yellow Bass
Yellow Bullhead
Yellow Perch


Although Arizona is a desert state, it is blessed with abundant opportunities for anglers. Of the 27 or so species commonly sought by Arizona anglers, eight are cool or coldwater fish, and 19 are warmwater species. There are more than 160 stream management reaches comprising 1,500 miles and around 80 lakes that are managed for trout. The Arizona Game and Fish Department also manages warmwater fishing opportunities in about 355,000 acres of impounded water (lakes, reservoirs, ponds, and tanks) and 35,840 acres of flowing water (about 1,400 linear miles). Further, the department manages 21 Urban Lakes in partnership with municipal parks in Arizona. These lakes are intensively stocked to provide recreational opportunities to people near their homes. In taking advantage of these opportunities, anglers spent $830 million, and contributed $1.1 billion to the state's economy in pursuit of their favorite finned friend in 2001.

Today, fish management involves many activities including monitoring, research, stocking, habitat improvement, evaluation, information and education, investigation, providing access, outreach, nongame species conservation, to name a few.

At the same time the department is providing angler opportunities, Arizona's natural heritage represented by our native fishes is in danger being lost. Out of 35 native fish, one is extinct, and almost 75 percent are federally listed, candidates for listing or listed as a wildlife species of special concern. The future of sportfish management is inseparably intertwined with that of management of native fishes. To be successful at sportfish management the department must be successful at conserving native fishes. The strategy for achieving success is that of moving away from individual sportfish management and native fish management and towards integration of fisheries management, using a watershed approach, to encompass both.

 

 
 
Related AZGFD Info
- Community Fishing Bulletin
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- Community Fishing Regulations
- Sport Fishing Education
- Buy a License
 
External Resources [More]
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Downloads [More]

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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