Learn About the Community Fishing Program
Arizona’s Community Fishing Program motto is:“If people can’t get to the fish, we’ll bring fish to the people.”
We take great pride in providing a fun, family-friendly fishing opportunity at city park lakes and ponds across Arizona. For 31 years, we’ve been providing excellent customer value through the consistent, reliable delivery of quality fish throughout the year. We will continue to work with new communities to bring more fish to more waters for more people.
More than 4 million Arizona residents live within a 20-minute drive of a stocked Community Fishing Program lake. Whether you are an experienced or new angler, the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Community Fishing Program offers fishing opportunities that you are sure to enjoy. There are currently 38 city park lakes in 18 different cities that participate in the Program. Close by and convenient, all the parks offer parking, restrooms, and other amenities to make your trip enjoyable.
You can recognize the Community Fishing Program by the distinct signs that are posted at key locations at all participating waters. The signs also highlight the fishing license requirements and special bag limit regulations that apply to Community Fishing Waters.
There would be no Community Fishing Program without the support and participation of willing cities across the state. Community Fishing waters are all located in city park lakes that are funded, managed, and maintained by the cities for public use and enjoyment. Parks departments pay annual fees to the Arizona Game and Fish Department (Department) to help offset the high costs associated with the Department’s stocking fish and installing signs.
The Community Fishing Program funding support is based on a user play, user pay model. The program is financed by the sale of fishing licenses, Sport Fish Restoration (SFR) Program (Federal) funds, and annual fees collected from the city parks and recreation departments. SFR funds originate from federal excise taxes levied on manufactures of fishing equipment or merchandise. These funds are returned to the states to spend on sport fishing programs and fish stocking. The Department receives no money from Arizona’s general fund. Your purchase of a fishing license contributes to the Department’s ability to manage wildlife.
Community Fishing Program Stocking Information
To ensure fishermen have a good chance of catching fish, plenty of ready-to-catch fish are stocked during the fall, winter and spring seasons. Check out the Stocking Schedule at www.azgfd.com/Fishing/StockSchedule.