• Saguaro Lake is the lower lake on a chain of 4 from the Salt River, Roosevelt, Apache, Canyon and Saguaro are made from the Salt River. Saguaro lake has a weird assortment of fish inhabiting the lake. You can catch all the warm water fish you would at any of our desert lakes, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Catfish, Sunfish and more. Saguaro Lake also offers Trout and Walleye fishing. It stocked with trout through out the year and believe it or not you can catch a nice size Walleye there.
  • GPS:
    33 34' 05.6N 111 32' 18.7W
    Restrictions/Season of Use:
    fishing and boating and are open year-round at Saguaro Lake
    Road Conditions:
    The roads to Saguaro Lake are paved all the way to the main launching area.
    Land Ownership:
    Saguaro Lake is Part of the Tonto National Forest
    Ranger Station/District:
    The closest ranger station to Saguaro Lake is right next to the main launching area.
    Entrance Fees/Permits:
    Saguaro Lake's Fee is the Tonto Pass. You can order one from us here or buy one from a licenses vendors in person. There is a gas station right across from the casino were you can pick one up on the way.
    Elevation:
    1600 ft feet
    Max Surface Acres:
    Saguaro Lake has 1100 feet of surface acers and 27 miles of shoreline
    River Lake Impounds:
    Saguaro Lake is filled from the Salt River
    Average Depth:
    90 ft
    Bag Limit:
    You can keep 6 bass at Saguaro, no more than one between 13 and 16 inches can be kept
    Boat/Engine Restrictions:
    There are no motor restrictions at Saguaro Lake
    Boats to Rent:
    Yes
    Swimming:
    You can swim all you want at Saguaro Lake unless otherwise posted near objects "marinas",
    Camping:
    No
    Barrier free Access:
    Yes to the east of the lake you might be able to park right on the shore. view the interactive map above.
    Trailer Spaces:
    No
    Launching Area:
    There are two main launching areas at the main entrance. Both of them are paved.
    Water Skiing:
    Yes
    Cleaning Stations:
    No
    Marinas:
    Saguaro lake Marina Contact marina office at phone: 480-986-5546
  • From Central Phoenix: To get to Saguaro Lake from central phoenix you can take the 202 to Power Rd north all the way to the lake. Your other option to get to Saguaro is the take Hwy 87 north till you get to bush Hwy, take and right to head south for about 15 to the Lake. If you coming from northern Arizona just stay on the 87 south till you reach bush Hwy and turn left. There are not many businesses on the way to Saguaro Lake so make sure you have all the bait and tackle you need before getting on Hwy 87.

Recent User Reports and Reviews

  1. HookedAZ
    4/5,
    "The lake is 1,525 feet (92-percent full)"
    Date:
    May 19, 2017
    Many bass are in a post-spawn mode. Fishing should pick up with this stretch of warm, calm weather and top-water action should pick up once again. Try frogs, Pop-R’s, and Ricos. Crappie fishing has slowed.

    As the sun rises, try Texas-rigged lizards. Drifting gizzard shad swimbaits had been hooking some bass. Water should be clearing.

    One angler had success night-fishing with a wacky-rigged 5-inch watermelon red flake Flick’m Shimmy worms, in 4 to 10 feet of water.

    Yellow bass is an option if the largemouth bass are finicky. Try nightcrawlers on dropshot rigs.
  2. Reports
    5/5,
    "1,524 feet (94-percent full)"
    Date:
    Mar 26, 2017
    Bass are spawning. Try Texas-rigged lizards. Drifting gizzard shad swimbaits have been some bass. Water should be clearing.

    Yellow bass is an option if the largemouth bass are finicky. Try nightcrawlers on dropshot rigs.
  3. Jeff k
    5/5,
    "The lake is 1,524 feet (86-percent full)."
    Date:
    Mar 9, 2017
    Saguaro Lake levels dropped 12% during the past 5 days. The levels were decreased to accommodate maintenance at Mormon Flat Dam. The dam outage is expected to last until around mid-March.

    The largemouth bass spawn was already in full swing by Monday, March 6. Try Texas-rigged lizards. Drifting gizzard shad swimbaits have been some bass.

    Yellow bass is an option if the largemouth bass are finicky. Try nightcrawlers on dropshot rigs.

User Comments

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  1. BMichael McKinley
    Where do you park your truck and boat trailer when you off load your boat and wish to stay out on the lake for a few days? My boat is a 26 foot searay cabin cruiser and I can live on my boat.
  2. KEITH
    sahuaro lake is not filled by the verde river
    1. HookedAZ
      Good catch. Thanks Keith.
      HookedAZ, Oct 25, 2016