Arizona-Where the big ones bite all year long!
Arizona lakes sport trophy fish that will give you an adrenaline charge like no other. And many world record
holders have gotten their catch right here in Arizona and boundary waters. Whether you’re a master angler or a
weekender, Arizona is your place for fishing year ’round. You can make a day of it starting with trout fishing in the
high country streams then head down and watch the setting sun as you troll for bass in our warmer waters.
With over 150 lakes, rivers and urban waters, in seven distinct and uniquely beautiful areas,
you can find the best place to fish for your favorite sport fish. Trophy fish and world record holders have been caught in all regions of the state.
In addition, 2016 Big Fish of the Year (BFOY) entries are still being accepted. The deadline is January 20th for fish caught before midnight on December 31, 2016. This year there were no entries in several categories for example Smallmouth Bass and Bluegill.
Here are a few things to remember when submitting Record Fish or BFOY Entries.
For Catch and Release entries, just like if you think you have a state record, submit a completed Arizona Fish Entry Form including a scanned copy of your Fishing License, a clear photo verifying the species and length (fish placed next to a tape measure). These catch and release entries are recognized by total length in inches.
For Catch and Keep entries your fish will need to be weighed on a certified scale and your entry verified by a Department employee. All Department offices have certified scales as well as several other locations listed in the Fishing Regulations (page 43). If you have your fish weighed on another certified scale you will need two witnesses to sign on the Arizona Fish Entry Form as well as a copy of your fishing license and a clear photo of the fish for identification purposes.
Currently catch and keep State Records for Arizona Inland and Boundary Waters include:
Largemouth Bass: 16 lbs, 7 oz Canyon Lake
Smallmouth Bass: 7 lbs, 1 oz Roosevelt Lake
Striped Bass: 67 lbs, 1 oz Willow Beach, Lake Mohave
(former world record)
Channel Catfish: 32 lbs, 4 oz Parker Canyon Lake
Flathead Catfish: 76 Lbs, 8 oz Bartlett Lake (pictured)
Black Crappie: 4 lbs, 10 oz San Carlos Lake
Walleye: 16 lbs, 1 oz Show Low Lake
Rainbow Trout: 15 lbs, 9 oz Willow Springs Lake
Cutthroat Trout: 6 lbs 5 oz Luna Lake
Brook Trout: 4 lbs, 15 oz Sunrise Lake
Brown Trout: 22 lbs, 14 oz Reservation Lake
Redear Sunfish: 5 lbs, 12.8 oz Lake Havasu (world record pictured above)
Apache Trout: 5 lbs, 15 oz Hurricane Lake (world record)
Tiger Trout 0 lb. 9.28 oz., 12 in., Willow Springs Lake
Arizona’s lakes and streams will challenge the best fishing spots you’ve ever known.
Make Arizona your next trophy fishing destination.