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The Arizona Game and Fish Commission specially designates certain municipal lakes as Community Fishing Program waters. This special designation includes rules and regulations that are unique to these waters. The following information highlights what are considered some of the key regulations anglers fishing these waters should be aware of.

For more details on general rules and regulations, please refer to the Arizona Fishing Regulations Booklet available at license dealers, department offices, or online.

License Requirements
All persons 10 years or older, while fishing in Arizona, must have on their person a current Arizona fishing license. Community Fishing Program waters require one of the following license types (other types are not valid).

Age License Type for Designated Urban Lakes
Age 10 - 17 Youth Combo - Hunting/ Fishing
Age 18 and over Community Fishing
General Fishing
Combo Hunting/ Fishing
Short Term Combo Hunting/ Fishing
Age 70 and over Class P (Pioneer) free if AZ resident 25 years

Other valid licenses include disabled veteran complimentary license and youth-group two-day fishing license.

Licenses can be purchased at any Game and Fish office, any one of our 340 license dealers or sporting goods stores statewide that sells state fishing and hunting licenses, or online through the website.

Bag and Size Limits
Species Urban Lakes Urban Ponds Size limit
Catfish 4 2 None
Bass 2 1 13-inches
Sunfish: various species including bluegill, redear, green, and hybrid 10 5 None
White amur 1 1 30-inches
Other None None None

* Bag limit = what you catch and keep in one day. Possession limit = Same limit as the daily bag limit. This includes the total fish you have; like those in your home freezer plus those on your stringer or in your ice chest that day.
Method of take, use of bait
  • All new fishing and combo licenses allow the angler to fish with two poles or lines simultaneously. In no case are more than two poles allowed to be used at the same time.

  • Anglers may have no more than two hooks, or one artificial lure with more than one hook attached, or two artificial flies or lures, attached to the same pole.

  • No snagging or use of seine nets, cast nets or dip nets to capture sport fish.

  • Park rules and regulations vary by city and are identified on signage at each park.
  • When fishing, Game and Fish laws require you to attend your line, that is, stay near your fishing pole at all times. If you need to leave, even for a short period, simply reel your line in and remove your bait from the water.
  • When fishing, the hook, fly or lure must be used in such a manner that the fish voluntarily attempt to take it in their mouths.
  • It is a violation to fail to keep all edible portions of the fish in an edible condition or to leave fish to die. This is wasting "game" meat.
  • It is illegal to transport live fish from a lake or to transfer live fish from one body of water to another. Unauthorized stocking of fish, minnows and crayfish is illegal.
  • It is a violation to litter. This includes hooks, fishing line, bait containers, etc.
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