Fishing Season: Year Round, Trout Stocking in Winter

Phoenix Urban Lakes and Canals - AZ

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

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Orvis Phoenix 's Tip of the Week

Try to lead carp 5-7ft, put your fly in their path and watch for a change in the fish's body language. Often we do not see the eat, but see the fish change their behavior and set the hook.

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Map of Phoenix Urban Lakes and Canals

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5-Day Outlook as of 1/11/22

The grassy's are starting to rise throughout the day. chartreuse hoppers are key

Techniques & Tips as of 1/11/22

If targeting carp, make sure to spot the fish first and cast in front of them by 10-15ft giving your fly a chance to hit the water unseen and sink to the bottom as they approach. We have several carp specific flies in the shop, but we fish bright colored eggs as much as any other pattern. Carp in the canals are often seen surface feeding; try buggy dries and small hoppers. When targeting trout or bass we generally fish streamer patterns like buggers or messy minnows with a fast retrieve.

Local Species Available Year Round, Trout Stocking in Winter

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    Rainbow Trout

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    Bass and Catfish

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Description: About Phoenix Urban Lakes and Canals

Arizona Game and Fish manages over 30 ponds in the Phoenix Metro area under the Urban Lakes Program. Most of these lakes are stocked throughout the winter with trout and always have some bass, catfish and carp present. Also there are a series of canals running throughout the Valley that are home to some giant carp as well as bass, tilapia and various other warm water fish. One of the best places to catch a carp on the fly in Phoenix is the Crystal Garden Lakes near 107th Ave and McDowell. There are over 21 ponds present there offering catch and release fishing for several types of Koi, Carp, Bass and Tilapia

Nearest Airport:

Phoenix Sky Harbor


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Early morning and late afternoons

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