General Information

The Arizona Game and Fish Department has a lot of useful information about fishing such as:

Below you will find some information about the lakes in Arizona and an interactive Google map.  You can use this map to get directions, zoom in/out, and pan around.

Roosevelt Lake

Lake Roosevelt Theodore Roosevelt Lake (usually called Roosevelt Lake, sometimes Lake Roosevelt) is a large artificial reservoir formed by Theodore Roosevelt Dam on the Salt River in Arizona as part of the Salt River Project (SRP). Located roughly 80 miles (130 km) northeast of Phoenix in the Salt River Valley, Theodore Roosevelt is the largest lake or reservoir located entirely within the state of Arizona (Lake Mead and Lake Powell are larger but both are located partially within the neighboring states of Nevada and Utah respectively). Both the reservoir and the masonry dam that created it, Roosevelt Dam, were named for U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt who dedicated the dam himself in March 1911. Roosevelt Lake is a popular recreation destination within the Tonto National Forest, as such the facilities located at this lake are managed by that authority.

Alamo Lake

Alamo Lake Arizona Alamo Lake State Park is a 4,900-acre (2,000 ha) state park in western Arizona, located about 38 miles (61 km) north of Wenden. It is accessed via dirt road off either US 60 to the south or US 93 to the east. Owing to its remoteness and lack of paved access roads, the park is often considered one of the “best kept secrets” of the state park system.[1]

The park is centered around Alamo Lake, a flood control and recreational reservoir that serves as the focal point of the park. The park also features camping facilities, and attracts wildlife enthusiasts, as the park is home to numerous wildlife species including the bald eagle. The park’s remoteness and distance from cities also makes it a target of stargazers thanks to its dark night skies.

Bartlette Lake

Bartlett Lake Bartlett Lake has a boatable surface area of 2,815 acres – more than Canyon Lake and Saguaro Lake, combined. Fed by the pristine waters of the Verde River, Indians of this valley spoke descriptively in their legends of the river’s “sweet waters”.

Outdoor enthusiasts frequent Bartlett Lake for a variety of recreational opportunities, including shoreline camping in Arizona’s natural desert terrain. While in this part of the Tonto National Forest, visitors may see mule deer, bald eagles, javelina, coyotes, and many indigenous desert plants, including the majestic saguaro, mesquite trees and blooming ocotillo.

Bartlett Lake is located only 48 miles from downtown Phoenix and 20 miles east of Carefree. The newly engineered, fully paved, scenic Bartlett Lake Road combined with the expanding Phoenix freeway system offers easy access from the entire Valley of the Sun. Tonto National Forest campground improvements, handicap accessibility, and safety features provide for safe, enjoyable recreation including hiking, boating, water skiing and fishing. Boat rentals are available on the lake for those who don’t have their own boats.

Lake Havasu

London Bridge Lake HavasuLake Havasu City has a well-deserved reputation as a raucous Spring Break destination. In Spring college students fom around the West descend on Lake Havasu to party on the lake by day and in the clubs by night. Lake Havasu City is a thriving tourist town with plenty of lodging, tours, rentals and shopping to support even the largest of Spring Break crowds.

Lake Havasu itself is 45 miles long and is actually a Colorado River reservoir that was created when the Parker Dam was completed in 1938. It is a desert lake surrounded by cliff walls and offers plenty of room for boating.

Lake Havasu City is also home to the famed London Bridge and under the bridge there is an English Village of shops and restaurants.

Lake Havasu City is located on the Colorado River on the Western Border of Arizona. It is about 60 miles south of Bullhead City. Phoenix is 200 miles southeast.

Lake Pleasant

Lake PleasantLake Pleasant is the largest lake in the Greater Phoenix area located about 30 miles north of Phoenix within the city limits of Peoria, a Phoenix suburb. The lake features over 50 miles of shoreline with 10,000 acres of crystal clear water fed primarily from the Agua Fria River.

The lake was originally created in the 1920s with the building of the “Carl” Pleasant Dam which was later renamed as Waddel Dam. A new larger dam was constructed in 1992 which tripled the size of the lake. The original dam now lies under 100 feet of water.

Lake Pleasant is a water-lover’s and boating enthusiast’s paradise that includes camping, boating, house boating, sailing, water skiing, jet skiing and fishing. There are two paved boat launching ramps including a 10 lane and a 4 lane ramp. The adjacent parking lot will accommodate over 700 vehicles. The Pleasant Harbor Marina is full-service with wet slips, a convenience store, dry storage, and fuel service. They also have a boat repair center, a deli and a dockside bar. Boats are available for rent.

Fishing At Lake Pleasant
Anglers have experienced trophy-size catches at the lake with a wide variety of sport fish including largemouth bass, white crappie, white bass, channel catfish, and talapia. The salt water species of striper bass were introduced to the lake as water containing striper fry and eggs is pumped into the lake from the Colorado River via the Central Arizona Project canal.

Several creeks and washes feed into the lake and the feeding points are considered as hot fishing spots. They include Humbug Creek, Castle Creek and Cole’s Wash. Although fishing can be good from the shore, it takes a boat to get to the heavy action locations. Pleasant features the best bass fishing in the area.