Picacho Reservoir

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  • Note: Picacho Lake/Reservoir has been reported dry in the reviews below:

    Conveniently located in the heart of Arizona, Picacho Reservoir can offer some of the best bass fishing in the entire state. While record-breaking heat may drive many anglers from its water, those who brave the soaring temperatures regularly return with stories of broken rods, incredible hits and catches of up to twenty fish a day, including some in the 5-pound class.


    Arizona fishermen rarely talk about Picaho Reservoir. Instead they deliberately "forget" all about its productive depths. They hope the unmarked route will remain unmarked. An hour north of Tucson and only 12 miles from Casa Grande, this lake could well be area anglers' best-kept secret. -G.J. Sagi, from the essential travel handbook Fishing Arizona
  • GPS:
    Latitude: 32° 50' 51.66"N Longitude:111° 29' 1.32"W
    Phone Numbers for more information::
    Game and Fish (602)79-3701
    Restrictions/Season of Use:
    Open all year
    Road Conditions:
    Paved to dirt
    Land Ownership:
    This lake was part of the San Carlos Irrigation Project
    Ranger Station/District:
    Game and Fish (602)79-3701 / Tucson Game and Fish (520) 628-5376
    Elevation:
    1500 ft
    Max Surface Acres:
    50 on average
    Average Depth:
    10 ft
    Bag Limit:
    As posted
    Boat/Engine Restrictions:
    Any size motor.
    Boats to Rent:
    No
    Swimming:
    No
    Camping:
    Yes
    Electricity:
    No
    Water Skiing:
    No
    Cleaning Stations:
    No
    Marinas:
    No
  • I-10 to 87 and follow it for about 8 miles. East on Selma. After you cross the railroad tracks, turn right and you will see it

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  1. mike hammons
    This "lake" is dry as a bone and has been for some time.
    what other "info" on this web site is equally bogus?
  2. Chaz Martin
    Dont waist your time, There is no water, no fish, no sign of a lake. I drove all the way oout there based on the info from this and another site and both are as bogus as Picaho Res
  3. Mike Watson
    they drained the lake like 6-8 years ago and we're cleaning it out, it had become more of a sludge pit than a lake. the city planned to clean it out make it deeper and then fill it back up. They were making good progress on it for a while there and then just stopped for some reason... the lake is now fenced in completely, no way in...
    1. HookedAZ
      Noted the lake as dry. Thank you for your feedback.
      HookedAZ, Oct 25, 2016
  4. Glen
    In the chart above there is a missing number in the 602 phone number. For the ranger station and the water level number thanks