Best Arizona Fishing Trips (Best Destinations)


Lake Powell
Rating 8.75

The Colorado River impounded behind Glen Canyon Dam near Page, Arizona forms Lake Powell.  This lake is over 570 feet deep when filled to capacity.  Part of Lake Powell is in Arizona and the bigger portion of the lake is in Utah.  Since Lake Powell occupies two states, make sure you know the fishing regulations of the state that you are going to be fishing.  Lake Powell is known as a popular houseboating destination.  The fishing is very good here for a variety of different fish.  Striped bass are the most popular and some anglers reports catches of 100 plus fish per boat in a day of fishing here.  The striper fishing can be crazy good if you can find the active schools of fish.

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Rim Country, AZ
Rating 8.0

Payson, Arizona is located in northern Gila County.  This area is often referred to as the Rim Country.  Payson sits in the shadow of the Mogollon Rim, which is an extensive plateau at an elevation of 7300 fee.  This area is home to pine forests and pristine mountain lakes.  Payson is about a 90 minute drive from Phoenix, Flagstaff and Prescott. It is a paradise for people that enjoy the outdoors.  There are so many fishing opportunities to fish in the Mogollon Rim.  Trout are stocked here and there are stream-spawned fish here as well in many of the streams just below the Mogollon Rim.  There are several lower-elevation lakes, reservoirs and rivers that give anglers the opportunity to fish for warm water sport fish too.  It’s a unique destination with anglers being able to target multiple species of trout, bass, crappie and other panfish.

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White Mountains, AZ
Rating 8.0

Show Low, Snowflake, Pinetop, Lakeside and Taylor combine to make up an awesome outdoor recreational area in Arizona.  If you like the outdoors, you will find plenty to do here from hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, cross country skiing and more.  Just over three hours from the deserts of Phoenix and Tucson, the White Mountains offer some great fishing for a variety of trout such as rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout and cutthroat trout.  Fly fishing is very popular in many of the lakes and streams in this region.

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