Canyon Lake- If your looking to hook into a monster bass you've come to the right
place! Canyon Lake is well known for producing huge bass, in fact the Arizona State
record for Largemouth Bass was caught here weighing in at an astounding 16 lbs.
7.68 oz. in 1997.
At an elevation of about 1,600 feet, 28 miles of shoreline and 950 surface acres of
water, Canyon Lake does not disappoint.
Canyon Lake was created in 1925 by the construction of the Mormon Flat Dam on the
200-mile Salt River. From the efforts of the Salt River Valley Association and the Salt
River Project creating a chain of lakes 60 miles long used for reliable water supply,
irrigation, flood control, and hydroelectricity. Canyon Lake is the third and smallest
lake in the chain. Apache Lake, Roosevelt Lake, and Saguaro Lake are the other
three all on the Tonto National Forest. Made possible by President Theodore
Roosevelt's signing of the National Reclamation Act, the lake became a popular
destination for exciting recreation opportunities. By far, Canyon is the most
picturesque lake in the Phoenix area, with stunning red rock cliffs, and Sonoran
One of our favorite lakes to swing for the fences, so to speak, hoping to catch a bass
of a lifetime. The Arizona Game & Fish Department annually stocks the lake with
Rainbow Trout on a monthly basis from November to March. Those big Largemouth
have a feeding frensy when this happens. You may not catch a lot of fish at Canyon
but when you hook into one, the chances are it's going to be big!
While on the water, make sure you keep your eyes open for wildlife. Often you can
see Bald Eagles, Big Horn sheep, deer, and javelina during your trip.
Canyon Lake fish species include Largemouth bass, Smallmouth bass, rainbow trout,
yellow bass, crappie, sunfish, channel catfish, walleye, and carp.
If you're planning a trip to Canyon and wanting to try your hand at catching a bass of
a lifetime, give Phoenix Fishing Guides a call at 480-264-1101 so we can talk fishing
conditions and what we might be throwing that day. Remember, we supply all the gear
and tackle to make your day a memorable one!