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Fishing Canyon Lake Arizona

Posted by on Feb 12, 2013   12:00 AM  | Fishing Tips & Techniques

Canyon Lake Arizona,

As our perceptions are of an arid landscape, I quickly discover with map showing many mountainous ranges and lakes within close proximity to Phoenix, So glad to see that Arizona has many bodies of water that would please the ever angler. I am told that there are more boats per capita in Arizona than any other state. Nice!

Getting there:

Our journey is to Canyon Lake takes only 1 hour from Sottsdale, first passing through Apache Junction, then a side tour through Gold Canyon, which is home to many mid Canadian and North Dakotan winter snowbirds and has a fantastic picturesque golf course, another favorite sport of mine. The known gold deposits of small but vibrant Gold Field ghost town are something to see and even mine, definitely another favorite, on the way or return from Sequoia, Canyon and Apache and Roosevelt Lakes. Superstition Mountain is to the right side, it is rugged and none forgiving, it stands with its peaks and cliffs straight up elevation of 5053ft and flat plateaus.

The winding road with its steady climbing elevation to high peaks through this desert mountains is a white knuckle drive with only rattling railings that protect the potential 1000ft+drop on either side. 15 miles from Gold Field the boaters do drive. One last high elevation of a mountain peak and the mountains open up to a lake held within. These lakes are joined via Salt River and Mormon Flat dam system that hold control of the vast size of water.


 Canyon Lake has every possible water craft activity available. The first excitement of angler’s paradise is the Ranger cruising out of the winding channel between the high mountains to the full body of water full speed, through the 5 mile by 2 mile Length Lake to the next channel.

There in the middle of the lake at the dock of the marina is a Steam boat for tourists, boat slips, privately owned cabin cruisers, anglers boats, 20hp 14 ft boats, Kayak, fishing boats, paddle boats and jet ski  are available for rent too. The fishing guide is quite knowledgeable of the lake and its inhabitants with his heavy eastern European accent.  Bass and trout are the favorites here. I did inquire about my ever quest for Walleye, it’s stocked but rare; only one lake, Apache has a bounty full. It is a cooler lake. Bass and trout are stocked weekly here. The lake’s has a depth of 130ft and is part of the Salt River Dam system running through 4 other lakes, all accessible by boat. 

Touring around the lake and its breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains is spectacular for a Mid Canadian. The water is cool 65f prefect for bass and trout. Pro angler Phil is seasoned in these waters, he is well equipped with the latest lures, rods and reels, bass boat and full gear. He has been coming to this lake for 10 years. Winter months are the best.

Fish Species:

Fish species include Rainbow Trout, Large and smallmouth Bass, Crappie, Sunfish and Catfish. The Catch of the day was Trout, and saw a few Bass. The locals enjoy their catch of Trout and Bass. This lake was just stocked with Trout; sizes typically range from 11-15 inches. Some catches are larger than 17 inches.    

The Catch:
The locals instruct to use spoons such as Kastmasters and Super Dupers that work well along the ledges close to drop offs, drop them in then bounce it along the bottom. For Bass, they feed heavily on shad, so if you find them in action, topwater would work.  

Phil is avid about Trout today; therefore we concentrated on Trout this time. Walleye are not far off my mind though. He instructs that the best baits for Trout continue to be scented dough baits (such as Power Bait), worms or cheese. Cheese, I believe, has more to do with his European back ground, but does work.  A new lure called Micetails has been working well for Trout. Produced by Berkley’s Power Bait division, Micetails look like a salmon egg with a 2-inch worm attached. Lures such as Panther Martins, Rooster Tails and Kastmasters also worked well. I struggled to get deep enough, but through some perseverance and patience, I was able to hook a nice size rainbow trout while on the water from 12 -4pm. Others weren’t as lucky. 

Thanks again to Phil for his interesting stories and knowledge of this lake.
 Written by Genevieve van Oers