Lakes We Fish
Roosevelt Lake is Central Arizona's largest lake by surface water at 21,500 acres, with 128 miles of shoreline. The lake was created by the completion of Theodore Roosevelt Dam in 1911 as part of the Salt River Project, and is home to a variety of game fish including crappie, carp, sunfish, flathead and channel catfish, smallmouth bass and largemouth bass.
Apache Lake, the second largest of the Salt River Project reservoirs, was formed by the completion of Horse Mesa Dam in 1927. The lake has a surface area of 2,568 acres (at full capacity). Big horn sheep are often visible on the cliffs around the lake. The lake is home to a variety of game fish including 3 - 5 lb. largemouth and smallmouth Bass, 15 lb. flathead catfish, 5 - 6 lb. rainbow trout, walleye, yellow bass, bluegill, green sunfish, and carp.
Canyon Lake, the smallest of the 4 Salt River Project reservoirs, was formed in 1925 by the completion of the Mormon Flat Dam. The lake has a surface area of 950 acres. Yet, it sports over 28 miles of pituresque shoreline marked with interesting rock formations and private coves. Wildlife is often visible from the lake because of the secluded nature of much of the shoreline. The lake is home to a variety of game fish including largemouth bass, walleye, channel catfish, carp, yellow bass, bluegill, green sunfish, and rainbow trout.
Saguaro Lake is named for the plentiful Saguaro Cacti which surround the lake. The third largest of the Salt River Project reservoirs was formed by the completion of the Stewart Mountain Dam in 1930. The lake has a surface area of 1,100 acres, and 22 miles of shoreline. There are large bass in this lake; fish census show that 12+ lb. bass and 30-lb. carp exist in the depths. Bluegill comes in a variety of sizes. Occasional species caught: Walleye, black crappie, smallmouth bass, bigmouth buffalo and tellow bass.
Bartlett Reservoir was created when the Bartlett Dam was constructed on the Verde River in 1939. The reservoir has a surface area of 2,830 acres, and has 33 miles of shoreline. Several state-record fish have been caught here. Fish species that can be found here are largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, sunfish, channel and flathead catfish