This year is already becoming the year of record fish being caught, including a 34-pound striper, a 3-pound 5.6-ounce Gila trout, a 5.5-pound, 16.75-inch long redear sunfish, and an unofficial 31-inch bass.
So, what are you waiting for? Get the net and land a memory!
Start catching a memory today. Licenses can be purchased online, at Game and Fish offices, or at more than 300 license dealers statewide.
Before you buy, consider a combination fishing and hunting license, which includes the trout stamp. A combo license opens the door to nearly four months of cast-and-blast recreation and a surf and turf harvest to your table.
Pick up the latest "FISH AZ, I DO" bumper sticker from your local Game and Fish office and display your badge of honor proudly. Department offices are in Phoenix, Mesa, Flagstaff, Pinetop, Kingman, Yuma and Tucson.
Not only are you a fisherman and it's a cool sticker, but the money you spend on some fishing-related equipment and your trips funds wildlife conservation and local economies. Learn how your dollars fund the cycle of success.
REGULATION BOOKLETS, RESOURCES & OTHER INFORMATION
Updated! ARIZONA FISHIN' HOLES:
The long-awaited, freshly modernized “Arizona Fishin’ Holes” booklet is hot off the presses.
The whole booklet is quicker and easier to use than ever before. There are GPS coordinates for each lake, up-to-date resource telephone numbers, and even Internet addresses so you can easily find the latest fishing information, even as you travel to your favorite fishery. 54 pages. $8.
This "must have" booklet gives you all the information you need for fishing in Arizona. Many rules vary by water for limits, allowable baits, motor use, and more, so be sure to keep it in your tackle box. You'll also find a fish identification section, rigging tips, maps, and license requirements.
Pick up a copy at any Game and Fish office, or at more than 300+ license dealers statewide.
This booklet is specifically for the 21 designated Urban Fishing Program waters in 11 cities. These lakes are intensively stocked from 20-24 times per year with trout, catfish and sunfish. Anglers age 14 and older are required to have an Urban Fishing License to fish Urban Program waters.
Major features of the Urban Guidebook include a stocking calendar; regulations; water locations, maps and amenities; fishing tips; and a fishing equipment checklist showing you what you need to get started.
CLEAN - the hull of your boat, remove all plant and animal material.
DRAIN - the water from the boat, livewell and the lower unit.
DRY - the boat, fishing gear, and equipment.
Quagga mussels were first found in Arizona in Lake Mead in January of 2007. These prolific invaders damage pumps, equipment, and our water ecosystems. The following waters are known to have invasive quagga/zebra mussels:
Lower Colorado River below Havasu
Visit our section on boating recreation for information on:
This program provides outdoorsmen and women the opportunity to recognize their peers for responsibile stewardship of Arizona's public and private lands, ethical behavior in the outdoors, or selfless acts of sportsmanship.
Fishing recreation produces $1.3 billion in economic benefit annually to the state of Arizona
The Arizona Game and Fish Department does not receive general funds from the State of Arizona.
Most Game and Fish funding results from "user-pay user-benefit" sources of funding, including the sale of hunting and fishing licenses, stamps and tags. Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration funds are derived from a federal excise tax on some types of hunting, shooting, fishing equipment and watercraft fuels. Learn more about how you fund and benefit from the Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Program.