Fishing Program Overview
Urban Fishing Program
Arizona's Urban Fishing
Program is recognized nationally as one of
the best in the country. The Program is a
partnership with the Game and Fish Department
and local Parks and Recreation Departments
to intensively stock and manage park lakes
for fishing recreation. Simply put, the Program
operates on the premise that "if people can't
get out of town to fish, we will bring fish
into town for the people." The Program provides
convenient, affordable, accessible and fun
fishing for anglers of all ages and abilities.
There are currently 21 designated Urban Fishing
Program lakes in 11 cities. These lakes
from 20-24 times per year with trout, catfish
and sunfish. The cost of bringing these
fish into city park lakes means that anglers
age 14 and over must purchase a $18.50 Class
U Urban Fishing license to fish Urban Program
lakes. Another license option is the $53.00 resident or $63.00 nonresident Class L Super Conservation Fishing license that is valid for both statewide and Urban waters.
Participating lakes are identified
by signs posted at each park. Check for lake
locations, park hours and regulations, fish
species lists, and all kinds of fishing information
in the 2012 Urban Fishing Guidebook [PDF,
11mb] available at your nearest license
dealer, Game and Fish office, or as a
(PDF) from this site.
These specially designated Program lakes
with healthy, catchable fish on an every-other
week basis throughout most of the year.
channel catfish (15-18 inch average) are
stocked from mid March through late June
late September through mid November. Rainbow
trout (9-12 inch average) are stocked from
mid November to March. Sunfish are stocked
two times during the year; once in the spring and once in the fall. There are no fish stockings
scheduled between July 1 and September
due to high lake temperature conditions and
the high risk of transporting fish this
Many fishing clinics and
educational programs are held each year at park lakes. Youth participation
is a high priority and they represent 25% of the Program participants.
In addition to catching healthy and delicious 11-inch trout and 1.8 pound
catfish, anglers benefit socially and psychologically by spending time
with friends and family and relaxing along the shores of a sparkling lake
in a comfortable and safe park setting-making a positive quality-of-life
impact for our communities.
Why fish Urban Program lakes?
All lakes are intensively stocked
Lakes and parks are well maintained
Fishing is a fun and rewarding sport
Anyone can fish
Fishing is relaxing and peaceful
Parks are pleasant and safe environments
Fish are safe to eat and good for you