Canyon Lake

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  • Canyon Lake is part of a chain of 4 lakes starting with Roosevelt Lake. It has some big fish come out of it. Current state record for Largemouth bass Inland waters, hook-and-line record: 16 pounds, 7.68 ounces, Canyon Lake, 1997

    Expect a crowd if you visit this lake in the summer. If you can stand the crowd you could find some big fish. This lake has held the record for Largemouth Bass more than once.

    The lake was created in 1947 when the city of Williams put a forty-foot-high dirt dam on Cataract Creek to provide a steady water supply. -G.J. Sagi, from the travel handbook Fishing Arizona
  • GPS:
    Latitude: 33° 32' 24.5"N Longitude: 111° 25' 74.8"W
    Phone Numbers for more information::
    Canyon Lake Marina (480)288-9233
    Restrictions/Season of Use:
    Canyon Lake is open all year
    Road Conditions:
    Paved
    Land Ownership:
    Canyon Lake is owned by the Tonto National Forest
    Entrance Fees/Permits:
    Yes the Tonto Pass only
    Elevation:
    The elevation at Canyon Lake is 1,660 feet
    Max Surface Acres:
    926
    River Lake Impounds:
    Salt River
    Average Depth:
    128 feet
    Boat/Engine Restrictions:
    No
    Boats to Rent:
    Yes
    Swimming:
    Yes
    Barrier free Access:
    No
    Launching Area:
    Yes
    Water Skiing:
    Yes
    Marinas:
    Canyon Lake Marina
  • You can get to Canyon Lake out of mesa on the Apache trail. (See the map above) or if you coming from the east near Roosevelt Lake you can take the Apache Trail all the way to the lake, and that's a fun drive.

Recent User Reports and Reviews

  1. HookedAZ
    5/5,
    "Lake level is 1,657 feet (95-percent full.)"
    Date:
    May 19, 2017
    ngler Report:

    “The bass bite is on! I love encouraging others to get outdoors. I caught these four bass off my kayak in a little over a week … drop-shotting plastics.

    Many bass are in a post-spawn mode and with some windy weather this weekend, fishing could be tough (like at many Salt River-chain lakes). Top-water action had been picking up with a spell of warmer weather and some anglers were having success with frogs, Pop-r, and Ricos. With a string of predicted 90-degrees temperatures next week, th ssurface action should pick up again. Crappie fishing has slowed.”

    Majority of bass are in post spawn, as is the case at all central Arizona lakes.

    Swimmers are cautioned that there have been reported of “swimmer’s itch” at Canyon. See some steps to minimize Swimmer’s Itch at desert lakes.

    Some anglers are having luck with Texas-rigged baby brush hogs, as well as assorted jerkbaits, top-water lures and jigs, Try fishing in 2-15 feet of water.

    Canyon is the land of lunkers when it comes to bass. For better numbers, try Bartlett or Saguaro.

    A new fishing pier is under construction in the Boulder Creek Recreation Area. This pier serves as excellent structure for sunfish.

    Some anglers have had success throwing dropshot Roboworms in morning dawn near cattails in 10-20 feet of water.
  2. Reports
    5/5,
    "1,657 feet (97-percent full.)"
    Date:
    Mar 26, 2017
    The final rainbow trout stockings of the winter season took place a month ago. Fishing likely is pretty difficult – but Canyon is the land of lunkers when it comes to bass. For better numbers, try Bartlett or Saguaro.

    A new fishing pier is under construction in the Boulder Creek Recreation Area. This pier serves as excellent structure for sunfish.

    Some anglers have had success throwing dropshot Roboworms in morning dawn near cattails in 10-20 feet of water.
  3. Jeff k
    5/5,
    "Lake level is 1,657 feet (97-percent full.)"
    Date:
    Mar 9, 2017
    The final rainbow trout stockings of the winter season took place 3 weeks ago week. Fishing likely is pretty difficult – but Canyon is the land of lunkers when it comes to bass. For better numbers, try Bartlett or Saguaro. For a wall-hanger, throw your big swimbaits.

    A new fishing pier is under construction in the Boulder Creek Recreation Area. This pier serves as excellent structure for sunfish.

    Some anglers have had success throwing dropshot Roboworms in morning dawn near cattails in 10-20 feet of water.

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  1. Tom
    azgfd weekly roundup 'Winter bass fishing in Arizona can remain fair to good despite colder water temperatures, something that makes Arizona a fishing destination during the winter of freeze.
    John S.: Winter bass fishing at Canyon Lake! Caught late afternoon using Roboworm dropshot at about 15 feet.'
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