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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, bluegill and yellow bass at Canyon Lake in Arizona.

Canyon Lake, AZ

Located on the Salt River in central Arizona, Canyon Lake is an easy 45 minute drive northwest of Apache Junction AZ on State Highway 88. This lake covers 950 surface acres and is set in deep canyons which offer spectacular views.

Canyon Lake, located in Arizona, is a popular destination for fishing enthusiasts seeking an unforgettable angling experience. The lake is known for its diverse fish population, making it a favorite among anglers of all skill levels. One of the prized species found in Canyon Lake is the largemouth bass, providing ample opportunities for bass fishing enthusiasts. Anglers can also target other species such as smallmouth bass, catfish, and trout, adding to the excitement and variety of fishing opportunities.

Bass fishing at Canyon Lake can be excellent at times. The lake is known for its healthy population of both largemouth and smallmouth bass, making it a top destination for bass anglers of all skill levels. With its clear blue waters and diverse underwater structure, Canyon Lake provides an ideal habitat for bass to thrive. Anglers can employ various techniques such as casting topwater lures, working jigs along rocky structures, or using crankbaits to entice these prized game fish. The exhilarating strikes and fierce fights from the bass at Canyon Lake ensure an exciting and memorable fishing adventure. Whether you're a seasoned angler looking for trophy-sized bass or a beginner looking to catch your first bass, Canyon Lake offers plenty of opportunities to land these sought-after fish and create lasting fishing memories.

Boating is a common activity at Canyon Lake, with various options available for watercraft enthusiasts. Anglers can bring their own boats or rent from the marina to explore the expansive waters. The lake allows both motorized and non-motorized boats, giving anglers the freedom to choose their preferred method of navigating the lake. Cruising along the picturesque shoreline and finding the perfect fishing spot is a delightful experience for boaters at Canyon Lake.

Camping facilities are available near Canyon Lake, allowing anglers to extend their fishing adventure and fully immerse themselves in the natural surroundings. Campgrounds provide amenities such as picnic tables, fire rings, and restroom facilities, ensuring a comfortable stay. Waking up to the sound of birds chirping, enjoying the breathtaking sunsets, and having easy access to the lake for early morning or late evening fishing sessions make camping near Canyon Lake a memorable experience.

The scenic beauty of Canyon Lake is truly captivating. Surrounded by rugged cliffs and desert landscapes, the lake offers a stunning backdrop for anglers. The clear blue waters reflect the towering canyon walls, creating a serene and picturesque environment. Whether you're casting your line from the shoreline, exploring the lake by boat, or camping near its shores, Canyon Lake provides a remarkable fishing experience in the heart of Arizona's scenic landscapes.

Big horn sheep and eagles are a common sight to boaters on this scenic waterway. Jet ski, pontoon boats and pleasure boats are available for rent at the marina. A restaurant and tour boat cruises can enhance your experience when you spend your day at this spectacular body of water.

Primary fish species residing in Canyon Lake

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Black crappie Walleye Rainbow trout Bluegill Yellow Bass

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Big Bass In These Canyons

This deep-canyon waterway is home to big bass, The state record bass, over 16 pounds was caught here. Light line and small offerings seem to fool the majority of the monster bass caught here. 4-inch plastic worms, small grubs and live night crawlers are the top, year-round baits. Topwater is generally good early and late in the day, any time the water temperature rises above 60 degrees.

Other fishing in Canyon Lake

The lake also contains trout stocked by the Arizona Game & Fish Department, plus catfish bluegills, crappie, panfish and a very small population of walleye.

Canyon Lake Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: NO
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Fishing Boat Rentals

Canyon Lake Marina and Campground
Rentals: Runabouts, Pontoons, Fishing Boats and Canoes
480 288-9233


Canyon Lake Marina and Campground
16802 AZ-88
Apache Junction, AZ 85119
480 288-9233

Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Canyon Lake Marina and Campground
16802 AZ-88
Apache Junction, AZ 85119
Boat Rentals - Runabouts, Pontoons, Fishing Boats and Canoes.
480 288-9233

Laguna Boat Ramp
Paved ramp and parking the the far southeast corner of the lake.

Palo Verde Boat Launch
Paved ramp and parking located near the southeast corner of the main lake.

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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Canyon Lake Marina & Campground - 480 288-9233

Tortilla Recreation Site Campground - 480 610-3300

Canyon Lake AZ Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

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Contact Information

Canyon Lake
Canyon Lake Marina & Campground
16802 N.E. Highway 88
Tortilla Flat, AZ 85219
480 288-9233


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