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Table of Contents
                                                                                                   Getting Started

                           Douglas A. Ducey Governor
                                                                                                       License Information and Fees...........................................3
                                                                                                       Regulation Changes............................................................4
                 ARIZONA GAME AND FISH COMMISSION                                                      How to Use This Booklet....................................................5
                    JAMES S. ZIELER, CHAIR — St. Johns
                          ERIC S. SPARKS — Tucson                                                  General Statewide Fishing Regulations
                         KURT R. DAVIS — Phoenix
                      LELAND S. “BILL” BRAKE — Elgin                                                   Bag and Possession Limits.................................................6
                        JAMES R. AMMONS — Yuma                                                         Statewide Fishing Regulations...........................................7
                 ARIZONA GAME AND FISH DEPARTMENT                                                      Common Violations............................................................8
                       5000 W. Carefree Highway                                                        Live Baitfish and Waterdogs............................................ 10
                        Phoenix, Arizona 85086
                            (602) 942-3000                                                         Special Regulations and Seasons: Commission Order 40
                            www.azgfd.gov
                                                                                                      White Mountains............................................................... 12
                              TY E. GRAY Director                                                     North Central..................................................................... 14
                          TOM P. FINLEY Deputy Director
                                                                                                      Mogollon Rim.................................................................... 16
                            REGIONAL OFFICES                                                          Colorado River Northwest............................................... 18
                                   Region I                                                           Colorado River Southwest...............................................20
                 2878 E. White Mountain Blvd., Pinetop 85935
                                (928) 532-3680                                                        Central................................................................................22
                                   Region II                                                          Southeast............................................................................24
                   3500 S. Lake Mary Road, Flagstaff 86005
                                (928) 774-5045                                                     Special Regulations and Seasons by Species
                                  Region III
                  5325 N. Stockton Hill Road, Kingman 86409                                           Trout....................................................................................26
                                (928) 692-7700                                                        Bass.....................................................................................28
                                  Region IV
                         9140 E. 28th St., Yuma 85365
                                                                                                      Catfish.................................................................................30
                                (928) 342-0091                                                        Crappie and Community Fishing Waters....................... 31
                                   Region V                                                           Additional Species.............................................................32
                   555 N. Greasewood Road, Tucson 85745
                                (520) 628-5376                                                     Fishing Tips and Resources
                                  Region VI
                    7200 E. University Drive, Mesa 85207                                              Fishing Challenges: Bass, Catfish and Trout..................34
                                (480) 981-9400
                                                                                                      Sport Fishing Education Program...................................36
                 ARIZONA GAME AND FISH DEPARTMENT                                                     Operation Game Thief......................................................37
                         MISSION STATEMENT                                                            Aquatic Invasive Species..................................................38
          To conserve Arizona’s diverse wildlife resources and manage                                 Boating Information..........................................................39
            for safe, compatible outdoor recreation opportunities for
                         current and future generations.                                              Arizona State Fish Records..............................................40
                                                                                                      Arizona Fish Entry Form...................................................42
    The Arizona Game and Fish Department prohibits discrimination on the basis of race,
    color, sex, national origin, age, religion, or disability in its programs and activities. If      Fish Weighing Scales........................................................43
    anyone believes that they have been discriminated against in any of the AZGFD’s                   Fish Consumption Advisories..........................................45
    programs or activities, including its employment practices, the individual may file a
    complaint alleging discrimination directly with the Director’s Office, 5000 W. Carefree           Angler Access.....................................................................46
    Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086-5000, 602-942-3000, or with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife                 Fish & Boat Arizona Map.................................................47
    Service, Attn: Civil Rights Coordinator for Public Access, 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS:WSFR,
    Falls Church, VA 22041-3803. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable                   Commission Orders 41, 42, 43........................................48
    accommodation or this document in an alternative format by contacting the Director’s
    Office as listed above.                                                                        Arizona Revised Statutes and Commission Rules
    This publication is partially paid for through the sale of advertising. The Arizo-
    na Game and Fish Department neither endorses products or services listed nor
                                                                                                      Title 17 (ARS) Game and Fish Laws................................50
    accepts any liability from the use of listed products or services.                                Commission Rules.............................................................53
    Cover photo by George Andrejko                                                                 Index
                                                                                                      Special Regulation Waters Index..................................... 61
                                                                                                      General Index....................................................................62
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Fishing License Fees




                                                                                                                                                                                         Getting Started
    Licenses available at all license dealers, Department offices and online
    More information about the new licenses can be found under Commission Rules R12-4-207, R12-4-209 and R12-4-210.
    All fishing and combo hunt/fish licenses listed are valid for the take of all aquatic wildlife, which includes legal fish species, crayfish, frogs, waterdogs and
    softshell turtles.
    LICENSES                          PRIVILEGES                                                                                     RESIDENT             NON-RESIDENT
                                      Allows the take of all fish species statewide, including at Community
    General Fishing1,2,3                                                                                                                         $37                          $55
                                      Fishing waters.
                                      Allows take of all fish species statewide (including at Community
    Combination Hunt
                                      Fishing waters), small game, fur-bearing animals, predatory animals,                                       $57                         $160
    and Fish1,2,3
                                      nongame animals, and upland game birds.
    Youth Combination                 Allows take of all fish species statewide (including at Community
    Hunt and Fish1,2,3                Fishing waters), small game, fur-bearing animals, predatory animals,                                        $5                            $5
    (ages 10–17)                      nongame animals, migratory birds and upland game birds.
                                      Allows take of all fish species statewide (including at Community
    Short-term Combination
                                      Fishing waters), small game, fur-bearing animals, predatory animals,                                 $15/day                       $20/day
    Hunt and Fish 2,3,4
                                      nongame animals, and upland game birds.
    Community Fishing1,2              Allows take of all fish species at Community Fishing waters                                                $24                           $24

Notes:
1. Licenses are valid one year from date of purchase.                                           or Nevada. In other words, privileges granted by the old (pre-2014) Colorado River
2. All licenses that allow fishing are valid for the take of trout and for simultaneous         Stamps for California and for Nevada are now included.
   fishing with two poles or lines.                                                          4. A Short-term Combo license may be purchased for any day. Purchaser selects date(s)
3. These licenses also include privileges that allow fishing from the shore or from a boat      of validity at time of purchase. If purchased for multiple days, the days need not be
   on any portion of the Colorado River and impounded waters (e.g., Lake Mead, Lake             consecutive.
   Mohave, Lake Havasu) that form mutual boundaries between Arizona and California,


License Information
License Requirements                                               on open and closed areas, methods of take,              and Fish offices. Fee schedules vary by license
•     A valid fishing or combination license is                    seasons, and bag and possession limits. See             type and age. For more information, visit www.
      required for resident and non-resident                       page 48.                                                azgfd.gov and type “lifetime license” in the search
      anglers 10 years of age or older fishing any            Arizona Fishing Licenses                                     box. (Note: Lifetime licenses purchased prior to
      public accessible water in Arizona.                                                                                  2014 will now include the expanded privileges of
                                                              Are Not Required When                                        their respective counterpart.)
•     Youth under the age of 10 and blind residents           • Fishing any public water on free fishing day,
      do not need to purchase a state fishing license              which usually takes place on the first Saturday         Complimentary Licenses
      to fish in Arizona.                                          of National Fishing and Boating week. The               Must meet criteria below to qualify for free
•     Licenses are valid one year from date of pur-                next two year’s dates for free fishing day are:         license. These licenses include the same privileges
      chase. No license is transferable or refundable.             June 1, 2019, and June 6, 2020.                         as the Combination Hunt and Fish. (A hard-plastic
•     All required licenses must be in possession             • Registered and participating in a Department               permanent card may be purchased for $4. Cards
      while engaging in fishing.                                sponsored fishing clinic.                                  are mailed within 30 days of purchase.)

•     A member or spouse of a member of the                   • Fishing private waters, tanks, or ponds with per-          •    PIONEER Person must be 70 years of age
      armed forces of the United States who is on               mission of the property owner. (see R12-4-311)                  or older who has been a domiciled Arizona
      active duty and stationed in this state for either                                                                        resident for 25 or more consecutive years
      permanent or temporary duty, or is a member
                                                              Where to Buy Licenses                                             immediately preceding application for the
      or spouse of a member of the armed forces               and Stamps                                                        license.
      of the United States on active duty stationed           • 250 license dealers statewide, including many              •    DISABLED VETERAN A veteran of the armed
      in another state or country but who lists this               local sporting goods stores, bait and tackle                 forces of the United States who has been a
      state as their home of record at the time of ap-             shops, major retailers, and convenience stores.              domiciled Arizona resident for one year or
      plying for a license, permit, tag, or stamp, may        • Arizona Game and Fish Department offices.                       more immediately preceding application for
      purchase a resident license.                                                                                              the license and who is receiving compensa-
                                                              • Online at www.azgfd.gov, immediate print out
                                                                                                                                tion from the United States government for
•     A valid fishing or combination license is required        of license.
                                                                                                                                permanent service connected disabilities rated
      for take of frogs, waterdogs, crayfish and softshell
      turtles. See Commission Orders 41 (Amphibians),         Lifetime Licenses                                                 as 100 percent disabling.
      42 (Crustaceans and Mollusks) and 43 (Reptiles)         Lifetime license options are available only to
                                                              Arizona residents and must be purchased at Game
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Regulation Changes
Note: All regulation changes take effect Jan. 1, 2019. Check General and Special regulation sections for changes
highlighted as “NEW” or as “REVISED.”

 Open Fish Creek in Greenlee County and tributaries Corduroy Creek and Double Cienega Creek to fishing. pages 12-13

 Close Chase Creek (Gila County) to fishing. page 16

 Designate Fain Lake and Yavapai Lakes in Urban Forest Park (Prescott Valley) and Mansel Carter Oasis Lake (Queen Creek) as Community
 Fishing Waters with bag limits. pages 14-15 and 22-23

 Designate the Pacific Avenue Athletic Complex (PAAC) Pond in Yuma as a Community Fishing Water with bag limits. pages 20-21

 Change bag limits for all fish species at Maricopa Lake (Youngtown). pages 22-23

 Change bag limits for bass at Arivaca Lake. pages 24-25

 Change bag limits for bass at Pena Blanca Lake. pages 24-25




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            For more
         information
    about everything
         fishing, visit
    fishaz.azgfd.com
                    or
      www.azgfd.gov.




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How To Use This Booklet
This booklet contains the information you need to legally fish in Ari-      of interest. Note: for information about Community Fishing
zona. Please consult regulations carefully before fishing. Regulations      Program waters pick up the 2019 booklet (and 2020 next year).
differ on many bodies of water, so be sure to follow the steps below
before you go fishing:                                                   4. Locate your fishing area of interest in the Special Regulations
                                                                            — Fish: Commission Order 40 (pages 12–25) or Special Regu-
1. Make sure that you have read and are familiar with the informa-          lations by Species (pages 26–31). Now look to see if the body of
   tion on General Statewide Regulations (pages 6–8) concerning             water you will be fishing is listed, then note any Special Regula-
   the requirements for licenses, stamps, daily bag and possession          tions that apply to any fish species such as daily bag limits, length
   limits, gear and bait restrictions, harvest methods and common           limits, seasons, method of take, bait and hook restrictions, closed
   violations.                                                              areas, or other restrictions. You can also refer to the Special Regu-
                                                                            lation Waters Index on page 61.
2. Review the General Sport Fish Regulations (page 6) for infor-
   mation on daily bag and possession limits for each species that       5. If specific references to a body of water, fish species, daily bag lim-
   applies to all fishing waters statewide.                                 its, length limits, seasons, method of take, or other restrictions are
                                                                            not made in the Special Regulations, then General Statewide
3. Consult the statewide map, below, to find your public fishing area
                                                                            Regulations and General Sport Fishing Seasons apply.

It is the angler’s responsibility to know what regulations apply to the body of water they are fishing. New or
revised regulations for 2019 are summarized on page 4.




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General Statewide Fishing Regulations
Open Statewide, Jan. 1, 2019, through Dec. 31, 2020
Before you fish any body of water, be certain to review the General Statewide Regulations and the Special Regulations for the area you
intend to fish. Anglers are responsible for knowing what regulations apply to the body of water they are fishing. See www.azgfd.gov for
up-to-date information including any changes.

  DAILY BAG LIMITS
  The following are the legal fish and general daily bag limits that apply to all fishing waters statewide. These regulations apply statewide
  unless site specific Special Regulations (pages 12–25) apply to that body of water. Statewide includes all state and federal refuges,
  parks and monuments; open areas do not include any area closed to hunting, fishing, or trapping under A.R.S. sections 17-303 and 17-304
  or Commission rules R12-4-321, R12-4-801, R12-4-802, and R12-4-803.
  LEGAL FISH                                                                                                  DAILY BAG LIMITS
  Trout (includes rainbow, cutthroat, brown, brook, tiger, Gila and Apache                        6     Any combination
  trout; grayling)
  Bass (including largemouth and smallmouth)                                                      6 Any combination
  Striped Bass                                                                                    10
  Walleye                                                                                         6
  Northern Pike                                                                                   Unlimited Immediate kill or release
  Catfish (including channel and flathead)                                                        10 Any combination
  Crappie (white and black)                                                                       Unlimited
  White Amur (grass carp) minimum size 30 inches                                                  1
  Roundtail Chub                                                                                  Catch and release only
  Sunfishes (includes bluegill, redear sunfish, green sunfish and hybrid                          Unlimited
  sunfish)
  All Other Species (except protected native fish): including, but not                            Unlimited
  limited to, white bass, yellow bass, carp, suckers, buffalofish, bullhead,
  yellow perch and tilapia


    COMMUNITY FISHING PROGRAM WATERS DAILY BAG LIMITS
    FISH SPECIES                                                                                          LAKES                     PONDS
    Catfish                                                                                        4                         2
    Trout                                                                                          4                         2
    Bass minimum size 13 inches                                                                    2                         1
    Sunfish (various species including bluegill, redear, green and hybrid)                         10                        5
    White amur (grass carp) minimum size 30 inches                                                 1                         1


    STATEWIDE POSSESSION LIMITS
Statewide possession limits are twice (2x) the daily bag limit for each species, unless a different possession limit is specified by water.
“Possession limit” means the maximum limit, in number or amount of fish, which may be possessed at one time by any one person.




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PROTECTED NATIVE FISH




                                                                                                                                                           General Statewide Fishing Regulations
The following native fish are protected statewide and may not be            loach minnow, Mexican stoneroller, Quitobaquito pupfish, razorback
angled for, taken, possessed, pursued or captured: beautiful shiner,        sucker, Sonora chub, spikedace, Virgin spinedace, Virgin roundtail
bluehead sucker, bonytail chub, Colorado pikeminnow, desert                 chub, woundfin, Yaqui catfish, Yaqui chub, Yaqui topminnow, and
pupfish, flannelmouth sucker, Gila topminnow, Gila trout (except            Zuni bluehead sucker.
Frye Mesa Reservoir, Goldwater Lake and West Fork of Oak Creek),
                                                                            If any of these protected native fish are incidentally caught, they must
humpback chub, Little Colorado sucker, Little Colorado spinedace,
                                                                            be immediately released unharmed. See page 33.



 SPECIAL LICENSES AND STAMPS
As of 2014, the following stamps are no longer     — California, and Colorado River Stamp —          Lake). As of Jan. 1, 2019, a Utah stamp is
available: trout stamp, two-pole stamp, Colo-      Nevada are now included in all General Fishing    no longer needed for a licensed Arizona
rado River stamp – California, and Colorado        and Combo Hunt/Fish (youth, adult and short-      angler to fish on Lake Powell.
River stamp – Nevada. The privileges of all        term) licenses. These privileges allow anglers
of these stamps are now bundled together           to fish from a boat on any waters that form       Lost Your License? If you lose or damage
and included in the General Fishing license,       the mutual boundaries between Arizona and         your license, you can get a replacement at any
Youth Combo Hunt/Fish license, Combo Hunt/         California, or Nevada, and Utah; or when fish-    license dealer, Department office or online.
Fish license, and Short-term (one day) Combo       ing from the California, or Nevada, shorelines    You will be required to complete an “Affidavit
Hunt/Fish license. The two-pole stamp privi-       of these waters. In addition to large stretches   for Duplicate License” form and pay a $4
lege is also included in the Community Fishing     of the Colorado River, these fishing privileges   replacement fee. You will be issued a duplicate
license.                                           include impoundments (e.g., Lake Powell, Lake     license of the same type.
                                                   Mead, Lake Mohave, Lake Havasu), and associ-
Colorado River Special Use Privileges
                                                   ated backwaters (e.g., Martinez Lake, Mittry
Privileges of the old Colorado River Stamp



 STATEWIDE FISHING REGULATIONS
This synopsis of fishing regulations is pre-         must also be single-pointed barbless hook         Lake Mohave (between Hoover Dam and
pared for convenience only. The regulations          only.                                             Cottonwood Landing) and Lake Pleasant.
are valid for 2019 and 2020. For specific          • A single-pointed barbless hook is a fish          Daily bag limits vary between locations. See
laws and regulations relating to fishing, see        hook with a single point, manufactured            Special Regulations for more details.
Arizona Revised Statute, Title 17 Laws, and          without barbs on or which barbs have            • See R12-4-313D for other legal methods
Arizona Game and Fish Commission Rules,              been completely closed or removed. This           of taking aquatic wildlife (bow and arrow,
which can be found at www.azgfd.gov.
                                                     does not include a treble hook. Regulations       spear or spear gun, snagging, nets, traps,
                                                     limiting tackle to single-pointed barbless        etc.) for specific fish species.
Hook and Line Methods
                                                     hooks do not eliminate the angler’s option
• All new fishing and combo licenses allow           for simultaneous fishing as defined. Anglers
                                                                                                     Capturing Baitfish and
  the angler to fish with two poles or lines         may use a single line with no more than
                                                                                                     Crayfish for Bait
  simultaneously. In no case are more than two       two single hooks, as with a primary hook        • Live baitfish may be used only in areas ap-
  lines allowed to be used at the same time.         and a dropper hook or fly.                        proved for certain species (see page 10-11).
• “Angling” means the taking of fish by one                                                          • Live bait may be taken by minnow trap,
  line and not to exceed two hooks, by one
                                                   Other Fishing Methods
                                                                                                       dip net, cast net, pole and line, handline,
  line and one artificial lure, which may have     • Bow and arrow, crossbow, snare, gig,              crayfish net or seine.
  attached more than one hook, or by one             spear or spear gun, or snagging are valid       • Cast nets shall not exceed a 4-foot radius
  line and not to exceed two artificial flies or     methods for taking carp, buffalofish, mullet,     (or an 8-foot diameter).
  lures.                                             tilapia, goldfish, and shad statewide unless
                                                                                                     • Seine nets shall not exceed 10 feet in length
• Fishing lines must be constantly attended          a closure or Special Regulation restricts it.
                                                                                                       and 4 feet in width.
  and in immediate control.                        • Bow and arrow fishing for catfish (5 catfish
                                                                                                     • Landing nets or dip nets may be used for
• The hook, fly or lure must be used in such         daily bag limit, any combination) is valid
                                                                                                       the capture of legal baitfish or crayfish or
  a manner that the fish voluntarily attempts        at Apache Lake, Canyon Lake and Saguaro
                                                                                                       only to land a legally hooked fish.
  to take it in its mouth.                           Lake.
                                                                                                     • Any unattended traps or devices used to
• For artificial fly and lure waters, check the    • Spear and spear gun fishing for striped
                                                                                                       catch or hold aquatic wildlife or fish must
  Special Regulations to determine if hooks          bass is valid at Lake Powell, Lake Mead,
                                                                                                       have attached water resistant identification

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STATEWIDE FISHING REGULATIONS (continued)
  legibly bearing the name, address, and fish-         An angler who has taken and kept a bag                 How to Measure the Length
  ing license number of the person using the           limit of fish may not continue to fish for             of a Fish
  device.                                              the same species that day. Additionally, an
                                                       angler who has taken and kept a possession             1. Total length is the standard.
• All aquatic wildlife taken incidentally while
  capturing live bait with nets or traps must be       limit of fish (twice the daily bag limit) may          2. Place the fish flat on its side with the jaw
  returned immediately and unharmed to the             not continue to fish on subsequent days, un-              closed.
  water after being caught.                            less the angler has first consumed or given
                                                                                                              3. Squeeze the tail fin lobes together to produce
• All live legal baitfish and live crayfish caught     away all or a portion of the possession limit.
                                                                                                                 the maximum total length.
  must be for personal use only and are not to       • Where only catch-and-release fishing is
                                                       allowed, fish must immediately be returned             4. Measure in a straight line from the tip of the
  be sold or used for commercial purposes.
                                                       unharmed to the water after being caught.                 snout to the extreme tip of the tail.
• Live crayfish may only be used as bait on
  the same body of water where they were             • Unlicensed children under the age of 10 and            5. Where length limits apply, you must release
  captured.                                            unlicensed blind residents may take their                 unharmed all fish not measuring within the
                                                       own separate daily bag limits as established              legal length limit.
Daily Bag and Possession Limit                         for each species.        Pinch
                                                                                mouth
                                                                                                    Pinch
                                                                                                    tail to
                                                       They also are            closed              point     Transport and Storage of Fish
• The daily bag limit is the maximum number
                                                       entitled to the use                                    • Anglers may transport up to a possession
  of fish that may be legally caught and
                                                       of two poles.                                            limit of any fish species.
  reduced to possession in one day. Once you                                           Total Length

  catch a fish and do not release it, it now         Closures to                                              • It is illegal to transport live fish, including in
  counts toward your daily bag limit. This           Fishing                                                    live wells or other containers. All fish must
  includes any fish you catch and give away                                                                     be killed or released before transportation
  to someone else. Daily bag limits are for          Sensitive areas may be permanently closed to               from the body of water. This does not apply
  24-hour periods (midnight to midnight).            fishing. Some areas (streams) being actively               to some live baitfish that are transported
                                                     restored for native trout recovery efforts may             from licensed bait dealers. See page 10 for
• Possession limits are twice the daily bag lim-
                                                     be temporarily closed to fishing.                          Live Baitfish — Legal Species, Legal Areas
  its unless otherwise noted (including waters
  listed under the Special Regulations).             Length Limits                                              and Regulations.
• No person shall have in their possession (in                                                                • Fish must be transported in a way that they
  the field, in camp, in transit, or at permanent    Most fishing waters in Arizona do not have length          can be counted and species of fish can be
  residence) more than two daily bag limits of       limits. Check the Special Regulation waters                identified. All fish must have a piece of skin
  any fish species. Fish are in an angler’s pos-     (including Designated Community Fishing Pro-               attached to the carcass or fillets so species can
  session whether on hand, in cold storage, in       gram waters) to determine if length limits apply           be determined. If minimum length limits apply
  transport, at home, or elsewhere under their       to species found in the water you wish to fish.            to the species, the head, tail and skin must
  ownership.                                         A minimum length means that a fish shorter                 be intact so fish length and species can be
                                                     than a designated length must be returned to               determined.
• An angler may take daily bag limits of
                                                     the water unharmed immediately after being
  several types of fish per day. Daily bag limits
                                                     caught.
  apply to all Arizona waters fished that day.




    LICENSE REVOCATION AND CIVIL LIABILITY

License Revocation                                       hunting or fishing                                   Civil Liability
                                                     • unlawful entry into a closed area for
You can have your fishing, hunting and trapping                                                               Under state law (A.R.S. 17-314) anyone who is
                                                         purposes of taking wildlife
license privileges revoked by the Commission for                                                              found to have unlawfully wounded or killed, or
up to five years or more for a conviction of:        • unlawful posting of state or federal lands             unlawfully possessed any of the following wildlife
• unlawful taking or possession of wildlife          • residency license fraud                                may be subject to civil action by the Arizona
  (including fish)                                   Such revocations may be recognized by other              Game and Fish Commission. The civil damages
                                                     states that are members of the Interstate Wildlife       may reach as much as $8,000 per incident.
• careless use of firearms resulting in human
                                                     Violator Compact.                                        (A.R.S. 17-314)
  injury or death
• destroying or injuring livestock                   You may also be civilly liable for the loss of wild-
                                                     life to the state (see below). (A.R.S. 17-340)
• acts of vandalism or littering while



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COMMON VIOLATIONS




                                                                                                                                                                  General Statewide Fishing Regulations
Fish or Take Aquatic Wildlife                         may not be legally possessed. Whether or             their fish carcasses. Shorelines and waterways
Without a License or With the                         not you were involved in the illegal taking of       must be kept as clean as they were found.
Wrong License                                         wildlife or fish, you cannot legally possess such    (A.R.S. 17-309A9)
                                                      parts thereof. (A.R.S. 17-309A16)
In order to fish or take any aquatic wildlife in
Arizona, you must have a valid fishing license,
                                                                                                           Unlawful Possession or
as applicable, in your possession if you are
                                                      Obtain License or Permit by                          Transportation of Live Crayfish
10 years of age or older. You should check
                                                      Fraud                                                Except for Yuma County and a portion of La
your license every time that you go fishing.          Only persons who have been a domiciled resi-         Paz County or under a live wildlife license
A Community fishing license is not valid at           dent (A.R.S. 17-101A17) of Arizona for the six       authority, it is unlawful for a person to import,
state waters. Community Fishing Program               months immediately preceding the date of ap-         transport or possess live crayfish other than on
guidebooks are available at all Game and Fish         plication, or members or spouse of a member          or at the body of water where caught. (A.R.S.
offices, license dealers or online at                 of the armed forces of the United States who         17-309A1, R12-4-316)
www.azgfd.gov. (A.R.S. 17-331)                        are on active duty and stationed in this state
                                                      for either permanent or temporary duty may           Other Violations
Fishing with an Unattended Line                       obtain resident fishing licenses and permits. If
                                                                                                           • Refuse to produce a license or fish for
                                                      the residency of the applicant is in question,
Anytime you are fishing your line must be             the following factors will be considered: Does         inspection upon request of an enforcement
constantly attended and within your immedi-           not claim residency for any purpose in any             officer.
ate control. Before you leave the area, even for      other state or jurisdiction; has been issued an      • Snag or attempt to snag fish except as al-
a short while, your line must be reeled in and        Arizona driver’s license or an Arizona com-            lowed by R12-4-313.
removed from the water. (A.R.S. 17-301C)              mercial driver’s license; is employed full-time      • Attempt to take fish by hand, with or without
                                                      in Arizona; files federal and/or state income          a hook.
Exceed Daily Bag and/or                               taxes as an Arizona resident; votes in Arizona;
                                                                                                           • Use a landing net to capture fish, except to
Possession Limit                                      is enrolled in, or has minor children enrolled in
                                                                                                             land a legally-hooked fish. Dip or seine nets
                                                      an Arizona public school without payment of
Fish may only be taken as prescribed by Com-                                                                 are only legal for the capture of baitfish.
                                                      non-resident tuition.
mission Order for daily bag and/or possession                                                              • Waste game fish by intentionally leaving or
limit. Please consult Commission Orders for           Unlawful Possession,                                   abandoning any fillets or commonly edible
specifics. After you have caught and kept your        Transportation or Release                              portion of any fish.
daily bag limit, it is illegal to continue to:        of Live Fish                                         • Offer any recreationally caught fish or
• Fish for that same species of fish and prac-        Except for designated baitfish, it is illegal for      aquatic wildlife for sale or barter, except as
  tice catch-and-release;                             a person to transport live fish away from the          authorized by R12-4-305.P.
• Fish for that same species of fish with the         waters where caught. It is also illegal to release   • Use electrical devices, explosives, firearms,
  intent of replacing any fish in your bag            live fish into a body of water if they did not         drugs, chemicals or poison that may kill or
  with a “better fish” ­— this is also known as       come from that body of water or without a              injure fish and aquatic wildlife.
  culling;                                            proper stocking permit. (A.R.S. 17-306 and 17-       • Use or possess live bait in areas or on waters
• Fish for that same species of fish with the         309A 1, R12-4-315 and R12-4-316)                       where fishing is restricted to the use of arti-
  intent of “helping” another angler get his/                                                                ficial flies and lures only, or where the use of
  her daily bag limit; or                             Littering While Taking                                 live baitfish is restricted. (pages 10-11).
• Fish for a species of fish if you already have      Aquatic Wildlife
                                                                                                           It is every angler’s responsibility to
  the possession limit (twice the daily bag           All anglers are responsible for cleaning up
  limit) for that species (e.g., in an ice chest at                                                        protect our fishing heritage. You can
                                                      after themselves. All camp and shoreline areas
  camp, or at home in your freezer). (A.R.S.                                                               help ensure responsible and ethical
                                                      should be left clean. Bait containers, wrappers,
  17-309A14 and 15)                                   hooks, line and associated debris constitute
                                                                                                           fishing by reporting violations imme-
                                                      litter and should be picked up, packed out,          diately to our Operation Game Thief
Possess Unlawfully Taken                                                                                   hotline 1-800-352-0700.
Aquatic Wildlife                                      and properly disposed of. Also, all anglers are
                                                      responsible for the proper care and disposal of
Any aquatic wildlife that is unlawfully taken




                                                                                                   2019 & 2020 Arizona Fishing Regulations                    9
Live Baitfish — Legal Species, Legal Areas and Regulations
Live baitfish that are legal for use in Arizona include only those
                                                                                     It is illegal
species identified on these two pages. No other fish species
may be used as live bait.                                                            • To release live baitfish or other live fish into any Arizona
                                                                                       waters.
Live baitfish may be obtained and used only in the legal areas
                                                                                     • To use or possess any restricted live baitfish while fishing
identified below.
                                                                                       waters prohibiting use of that baitfish.
No live baitfish may be used or possessed while on any waters                        • To sell live baitfish (or waterdogs) without a Live Baitfish
in Coconino, Apache, Navajo, Pima and Cochise counties. All                            Dealers License.
other counties have specific baitfish regulations by body of
                                                                                     • To keep or harm any game fish or aquatic wildlife inci-
water or area.
                                                                                       dentally taken while capturing live baitfish with seines, dip
Please dispose of all unwanted baitfish by burying them on                             nets, traps or cast nets.
land far from the water.


Legal Areas Anglers May Transport and Use Live Baitfish
Arizona Live Baitfish License Dealers may offer for sale any of the following:     These five baitfish species may also be collected and used alive onsite only
fathead minnows (most common), threadfin shad, mosquitofish, golden                in the identified legal areas.
shiner and goldfish. Any legal baitfish obtained from a licensed baitfish dealer
may be transported for use only to the following legal areas.

                               Legal Areas Allowed
                               Fathead minnows, threadfin shad and mosquitofish are permitted on all waters of the counties of La Paz, Maricopa Pinal and
                               Yuma. These baitfish may be used in all waters of Mohave county except the Virgin River. Additional open areas include: 1) the
                               mainstream portions of the Gila and Salt rivers, and that portion of the Verde River below the Tuzigoot Bridge, including impounded
                               reservoirs, 2) Tonto Creek from Gisela downstream, 3) those portions of Apache, Roosevelt, Pleasant and Horseshoe lakes lying out-
                               side of these counties, and 4) that portion of the San Francisco River in Greenlee County. Notes: Live baitfish may not be transported
                               to the Verde River upstream from Horseshoe Dam and the Salt River above the Roosevelt Diversion Dam in Gila County. Threadfin
                               shad are permitted for use if caught and used on site at Patagonia Lake in Santa Cruz County. Fathead Minnows are permitted for
                               use as live bait only when caught and used on site at Riggs Flat Lake in Graham County. No waters of any other counties are open.




                                             Fathead minnow                             Threadfin shad                            Mosquitofish
                                           (most commonly used)

                               Legal Areas Allowed
                               Golden shiner and goldfish are permitted on all waters of the counties
                               of La Paz and Yuma. Open areas include: 1) Lake Mead, and 2) the
                               Colorado River downstream from Hoover Dam to the Southern Inter-
                               national Boundary with Mexico, including impounded reservoirs, and
                                                                                                                 Golden Shiner                        Goldfish
                               3) Alamo Lake. No waters of any other counties are open.



Waterdogs
                                                                                   Legal live baitfish can be obtained from licensed bait dealers and from wild
Waterdogs are NOT considered baitfish, however they have specific                  capture for personal use only. For regulations on legal capture methods,
regulations governing their use in Arizona. For regulations on live                possession and transport of live baitfish, see:
waterdog legal areas, capture, possession, and transportation see R12-             • Capturing baitfish and crayfish for bait (page 7 of this book)
4-313.C.4 and R12-4-316.A & C.
                                                                                   • Lawful methods R12-4-313.A thru E
No live waterdogs or salamanders may be taken, used or possessed                   • Possession of live fish R12-4-315.A & B
in that portion of Santa Cruz County lying east and south of State
Highway 82, or that portion of Cochise County lying west of the San                • Possession and transportation of live baitfish R12-4-316.A & B
Pedro River and south of State Highway 82 (this includes Parker                    • Seasons for lawfully taking fish R12-4-317.A thru C
Canyon Lake).


10    Arizona Game and Fish Department • www.azgfd.gov
Live Baitfish — Legal Species, Legal Areas and Regulations




                                                                                                                                                           General Statewide Fishing Regulations
The following live baitfish may be collected and used onsite only in the identified legal areas. It is illegal
to transport any of these live baitfish to or from these waters.

                                                   Legal Areas Allowed
                                                   Sunfishes are permitted on all waters of the counties of La Paz and Yuma. Additional open areas
                                                   include: 1) the Colorado River south of the Nevada-California boundary downstream to the
                                                   Southern International Boundary with Mexico, including impounded reservoirs, 2) the Gila, Salt,
                                                   and Verde rivers, including impounded reservoirs, 3) community waters in Maricopa County, 4)
                   Sunfishes (includes bluegill,   Lake Pleasant, 5) Alamo Lake, and 6) Patagonia Lake. Notes: Live baitfish may not be transported
                   redear sunfish, green sun-      to the Verde River upstream from Horseshoe Dam and the Salt River above the Roosevelt Diversion
                   fish, and hybrid sunfish)       Dam in Gila County. No waters of any other counties are open.



                                                   Legal Areas Allowed
                                                   Tilapia are permitted on all waters of Yuma County. Additional open areas include: 1) waters in
                                                   La Paz County located west of Highway 95 and south of Interstate 10, and 2) the Colorado River
                                                   from the Palo Verde Diversion Dam downstream to the Southern International Boundary with
                            Tilapia                Mexico, including impounded reservoirs. No waters of any other counties are open.




                                                   Legal Areas Allowed
                                                   Carp and Goldfish are permitted on all waters of the counties of La Paz and Yuma. Additional
                                                   open areas include: 1) Lake Mead, 2) the Colorado River downstream from Hoover Dam to the
                             Carp
                                                   Southern International Boundary with Mexico, including impounded reservoirs, 3) the Gila, Salt,
                                                   and Verde rivers, including impounded reservoirs, 4) community waters in Maricopa County, 5)
                                                   Lake Pleasant, and 6) Alamo Lake. Notes: Live baitfish may not be transported to the Verde River
                                                   upstream from Horseshoe Dam and the Salt River above the Roosevelt Diversion Dam in Gila
                                                   County. No waters of any other counties are open.
                              Goldfish




                                                   Legal Areas Allowed
                                                   Gizzard shad are permitted for use as live bait only from the following areas: 1) the Colorado
                                                   River south of Separation Canyon downstream to the Southern International boundary with
                                                   Mexico, including impounded reservoirs (e.g., Lake Mead, Lake Mohave and Lake Havasu) and
                                                   directly connected backwaters (e.g., Topock Marsh and Mittry Lake), 2) the Gila and Salt Rivers,
                        Gizzard shad               including impounded reservoirs (e.g., Roosevelt Lake and Apache Lake), 3) community waters in
                                                   Maricopa County, and 4) Lake Pleasant.




                                                                                          2019 & 2020 Arizona Fishing Regulations                     11
Special Regulations and Seasons — Fish: Commission Order 40

     The following bodies of water identified under Special Regulations and Seasons (pages 12–25) have special fishing seasons (R12-4-317), daily
     bag and possession limits, length limits or closures that differ from General Statewide Regulations (pages 6–9) or Statewide Daily Bag and
     Possession Limits (page 6). Only exceptions to General Statewide Regulations and General Sport Fishing Seasons are shown for each area.

       White Mountains
     Special Regulations include fishing seasons, daily bag and posses-           immediately released unharmed; no trout may be kept; artificial fly and
     sion limits, length limits, bait and hook restrictions, legal methods,       lure only; single-pointed barbless hooks only.
     and waters and areas closed to fishing.                                      East Fork of the Little Colorado River above Colter Dam: in Apache
     Notes:                                                                       County-Catch and release only for trout; trout must be immediately
                                                                                  released unharmed; no trout may be kept; artificial fly and lure only;
     1. General Statewide Regulations apply to all waters and fish spe-           single-pointed barbless hooks only.
        cies within the White Mountains area except as listed below.
                                                                                  West Fork of the Black River From the confluence of Hayground Creek
     2. For each water listed, the possession limit is two times the daily
                                                                                  upstream to the Fort Apache Indian Reservation including tributaries. Catch-
        bag limit, unless a different possession limit is specified.
                                                                                  and-release only for trout. Trout must be immediately released unharmed; no
                                                                                  trout may be kept; artificial fly and lure only; single-pointed barbless hooks only.
     Ackre Lake Catch-and-release only for trout. Trout must be imme-
     diately released unharmed; no trout may be kept; artificial fly and          Woodland Lake The limit is 4 trout.
     lure only; single-pointed barbless hooks only.
                                                                                  Waters and Areas Closed to Fishing
     Becker Lake Catch-and-release only for trout. Trout must be imme-
                                                                                  • Region I headquarters in Pinetop Posted boundary.
     diately released unharmed; no trout may be kept; artificial fly and
                                                                                  • State or federal hatcheries Posted boundaries.
     lure only; single-pointed barbless hooks only.
                                                                                  Native Trout Recovery Closures
     Burro Creek Catch-and-release only for trout. Trout must be imme-
                                                                                  •  Bear Wallow Creek In Greenlee County
     diately released unharmed; no trout may be kept; artificial fly and
                                                                                  •  Conklin Creek In Greenlee County
     lure only; single-pointed barbless hooks only.
                                                                                  •  Hayground Creek In Apache County
     Carnero Lake The limit is 2 trout; artificial fly and lure only.             •  Lee Valley Creek Above Lee Valley Lake.
     Coyote Creek Catch-and-release only for trout. Trout must be                 •  Mineral Creek In Apache County, upstream of the Apache-Sitgreaves
     immediately released unharmed; no trout may be kept; artificial fly             National Forests boundary.
     and lure only; single-pointed barbless hooks only.                           • Raspberry Creek In Greenlee County
     Lee Valley Lake The limit is 2 trout (includes any combination of            • Soldier Creek In Apache County
     trout and grayling); artificial fly and lure only.                           • South Fork Little Colorado River In Apache County
     Mamie Creek Catch-and-release only for trout. Trout must be                  • Stinky Creek In Apache County
     immediately released unharmed; no trout may be kept; artificial fly          • West Fork of the Black River From the upper Apache trout barrier ¼
     and lure only; single-pointed barbless hooks only.                              mile below Forest Service Road 116, downstream for .3 miles to a point
     Nelson Reservoir Unlimited rainbow and brown trout from Sept. 1                 100 yards below the next Apache trout barrier in Apache County.
     through March 31. Note: from April 1 through Aug. 31 the limit is 6 trout.   NOTE: Other seasonal closures may be in effect within some areas due to
     Nutrioso Creek From its confluence with the Little Colorado River            bald eagle breeding closures and/or Wildlife Area closures. See page 46
     upstream to Highway 180 in the city of Nutrioso including Nelson             for information on Crescent Lake, Greer Lakes (Tunnel and River), Luna
     Reservoir. Unlimited rainbow and brown trout from Sept. 1 through            Lake and Show Low Lake.
     March 31. Note: from April 1 through Aug. 31 the limit is 6 trout.           Live Baitfish Regulations
     Patterson Ponds The Community Fishing Program pond limit is 2
                                                                                  No live baitfish may be used or in possession on any waters in this fishing
     trout; 2 catfish; 1 bass, minimum size 13 inches; 5 sunfish.
                                                                                  area in Navajo or Apache Counties, no exceptions. See pages 10–11.
     Show Low Creek Meadow The limit is 2 trout; 2 catfish; 1 bass,
     minimum size 13 inches; 5 sunfish; 1 white amur (30-inch minimum).           Watercraft and Motor Restrictions
     Silver Creek In Navajo County within the boundaries of the Arizona           The use of watercraft and motors are restricted on the following waters in
     Game and Fish Commission-owned property, excluding that portion              this fishing area:
     designated as state fish hatchery. Artificial fly and lure fishing only      Single electric motor only: Ackre Lake, Bunch Reservoir, Carnero Lake, Lee
     using single-pointed barbless hooks and catch-and-release only for           Valley Lake, Scott Reservoir, Tunnel Reservoir, Woodland Lake, Pratt Lake,
     trout from Oct. 1 through March 31. No trout may be kept. Trout              Hulsey Lake.
     must be immediately released unharmed. From April 1 through                  10 horsepower or less: Becker Lake, Big Lake, Concho Lake, Crescent
     Sept. 30 fishing is limited to the designated area below the section         Lake, Fool Hollow Lake, Luna Lake, Nelson Reservoir, Rainbow Lake, River
     boundary fence and general statewide regulations apply.                      Reservoir, Show Low Lake.
     Thompson Creek Catch-and-release only for trout. Trout must be               For more information and a complete listing, refer to page 39.

12     Arizona Game and Fish Department • www.azgfd.gov
Fishing Waters — White Mountains




                                                                                                                                                                       Special Regulations and Seasons — Fish: Commission Order 40
 1   Ackre Lake                20 Silver Creek
 2   Becker Lake               21 Thompson Creek
 3   Big Lake                  22 East Fork of the Little
                                    Colorado River
 4   Black River
 5   Burro Creek
                               23 West Fork of the Black River                                                      Chambers



 6   Carnero Lake
                               24 Woodland Lake                                                                          Navajo


 7   Coyote Creek
                               25 Patterson Ponds (Community Fishing
                                    Program water)                     h
 8   Crescent Lake
                             00 Popular General Regulation Fishing Waters
 9   Fool Hollow Lake        00 Special Regulation Fishing Waters
                             W Indian Reservation
10   Greer Lakes (Tunnel,
                             W National Park, Monument, or
     Bunch and River)
                                Memorial Closed to Hunting
11   Lee Valley Lake
12   Little Colorado River
13   Luna Lake
                                                                                   Snowflake
14   Mamie Creek                                      Heber                      Taylor                             Concho        25
                                                                                                                                  24
15   Nelson Reservoir                                                   Clay
                                                                       Springs
                                                       Overgaard
16   Nutrioso Creek                                                                   20
                                                                                      2
                                                                      Pinedale
17   Rainbow Lake                                                                9 18
                                                                                    Show Low               Vernon
                                                                                  19
18   Show Low Creek                                                                     Pinetop-Lakeside
                                                                                                                                            Springerville
                                                                                  17                                                   2
19   Show Low Lake                                                                   23                                6                      16
                                                                                                                                              18
                                                                                     24                                                      Eagar
                                                                                   Hon Dah
                                                                                                                                               16
                                                                                                                                               15
                                                                                               McNary
                                                                                                                             10
                                                                                                                             Greer
                                                                                                 Hawley
                                                                                                  Lake
                                                                                                                           14
                                                                                                                           12 2122                     Nutrioso
                                                                                                                         13
                                                                                                                         11                                 14
                                                                                                                            58                               7
                                                                                                                          23 3
                                                                                                                          21
                                                                                                                              23
                                                                                                                              22
                                                                                                                              24
                                                                                                                                                 Alpine
                                                                                                                                                            13
                                                                                                                                   4

                                                                                                                                            Hannagan
                                                                                                                                            Meadow
                                                                                                                                   1                         Blue




                                                                                                                                  Morenci




                                                                                      2019 & 2020 Arizona Fishing Regulations                                     13
North Central
      Special Regulations include fishing seasons, daily bag and posses-          released unharmed; no trout may be kept; artificial fly and lure
      sion limits, length limits, bait and hook restrictions, legal methods,      only; single-pointed barbless hooks only.
      and waters and areas closed to fishing.                                  Oak Creek, West Fork Catch-and-release only for trout. Trout
                                                                               must be immediately released unharmed; no trout may be kept;
      Notes:                                                                   artificial fly and lure only; single-pointed barbless hooks only.
      1. General Statewide Regulations apply to all waters and fish spe-       Perkins Tank Catch-and-release only for trout. Trout must be
         cies within the North Central area except as listed below.            immediately released unharmed; no trout may be kept; artificial
      2. For each water listed, the possession limit is two times the daily    fly and lure only; single-pointed barbless hooks only.
         bag limit, unless a different possession limit is specified.          Sante Fe Reservoir The limit is 2 bass, minimum size 13
                                                                               inches; the limit is 4 channel catfish.
      Beaver Creek (Wet and Dry) Unlimited smallmouth and large-               Stone Dam Lake The limit is 2 bass minimum size 13 inches;
      mouth bass; unlimited channel and flathead catfish.                      the limit is 4 catfish.
      Cataract Lake The limit is 2 bass, minimum size 13 inches; the limit     Verde River and its tributaries Downstream from Granite
      is 4 channel catfish.                                                    Creek to Horseshoe Dam Unlimited smallmouth and large-
      City Reservoir The limit is 2 bass, minimum size 13 inches; the limit    mouth bass; unlimited channel and flathead catfish.
      is 4 channel catfish; the limit is 5 sunfish.                            West Clear Creek Unlimited smallmouth and largemouth
      Dead Horse State Park Lagoons The limit is 4 trout; the limit is 2       bass; unlimited channel and flathead catfish.
      bass; the limit is 4 catfish; the limit is 10 sunfish.                   Whitehorse Lake The limit is 2 bass, minimum size 13 inches;
      Dogtown Lake The limit is 2 bass, minimum size 13 inches; the limit      the limit is 4 catfish.
      is 4 channel catfish.                                                    Yavapai Lakes In Urban Forest Park The limit is 4 catfish, 4
      East Verde River Unlimited smallmouth and largemouth bass;               trout, 2 bass (13 inches or more), 10 sunfish, 1 white amur (30
      unlimited channel and flathead catfish.                                  inches or more), and statewide limits for all other species.
      Elk Tank Catch-and-release only for trout. Trout must be immedi-
      ately released unharmed; no trout may be kept; artificial fly and lure
      only; single-pointed barbless hooks only.
                                                                               Waters and Areas Closed to Fishing
      Fain Lake The limit is 4 catfish, 4 trout, 2 bass (13 inches or more),   • Fossil Creek In Yavapai County; except for the 4.5 mile
      10 sunfish, 1 white amur (30 inches or more), and statewide limits          middle reach portion during open season and open area as
      for all other species.                                                      described under Fossil Creek, Middle Reach Special Regula-
      Fossil Creek, Middle Reach Seasonally, from the first Saturday in           tion/Season language opposite column.
      October through April 30, fishing is allowed between the waterfall       • Gap Creek between Honeymoon Cabin and its confluence
      located approximately 1 mile above the Flume Trailhead parking lot          with the Verde River.
      along FS 708 and the downstream-most power line crossing (imme-          • Grapevine Creek in Yavapai County
      diately below Sally May Wash). Catch-and-release only for roundtail      • Lake Mary, Upper Posted area immediately above the dam.
      chub and headwater chub. Roundtail chub and headwater chub               • State or federal hatcheries Posted boundaries.
      must be immediately released unharmed; no chub may be kept;              NOTE: Other seasonal closures may be in effect within some
      artificial fly and lure only; single-pointed barbless hooks only.        areas due to bald eagle breeding closures and/or Wildlife Area
      Francis Short Pond The limit is 4 trout; the limit is 2 bass, mini-      closures. See page 46 for information on Lower Lake Mary,
      mum size 13 inches; the limit is 4 catfish; the limit is 5 sunfish.      Lynx Lake and Verde River.
      Goldwater Lake The limit is 1 bass, minimum size 13 inches.
                                                                               Live Baitfish Regulations
      Granite Basin Lake The limit is 4 catfish in any combination.
      J.D. Dam Lake Catch-and-release only for trout. Trout must be            No live baitfish may be used or in possession on any waters in
      immediately released unharmed; no trout may be kept; artificial fly      Coconino County, no exceptions. For waters in other counties
      and lure only; single-pointed barbless hooks only.                       within this fishing area, see pages 10–11.
      Kaibab Lake The limit is 2 bass, minimum size 13 inches; the limit       Watercraft and Motor Restrictions
      is 4 channel catfish.
      Lake Mary, Lower The limit is 4 channel catfish.                         The use of watercraft and motors are restricted on the following
      Middle Tank Catch-and-release only for trout. Trout must be im-          waters in this fishing area:
      mediately released unharmed; no trout may be kept; artificial fly and    Single electric motor only: Dogtown Reservoir, Goldwater Lake,
      lure only; single-pointed barbless hooks only.                           Granite Basin Lake, J.D. Dam Lake, Santa Fe Lake, Whitehorse
      Oak Creek                                                                Lake, Willow Creek Reservoir
      • Unlimited smallmouth and largemouth bass; unlimited channel            10 horsepower or less: Ashurst Lake, Cataract Lake, Kaibab
         and flathead catfish.                                                 Lake, Kinnikinick Lake, Lower Lake Mary, Lynx Lake
      • Between Junipine Crossing and Call-of-the-Canyon Crossing              For more information and a complete listing, please refer to
         spanning the confluence of Oak Creek, and West Fork Oak Creeks.       page 39.
         Catch-and-release only for trout. Trout must be immediately

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Fishing Waters — North Central




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Special Regulations and Seasons — Fish: Commission Order 40
1   Ashurst Lake                                  9          Fain Lake                                                           17           Lake Mary, Lower                                               25   Perkins Tank
2   Beaver Creek, Wet and Dry                    10          Fossil Creek                                                        18           Lake Mary, Upper                                               26   Santa Fe Reservoir
3   Cataract Lake                                11          Francis Short Pond                                                  19           Long Lake                                                      27   Stone Dam Lake
4   City Reservoir                               12          Goldwater Lake                                                      20           Lynx Lake                                                      28   Verde River
5   Dead Horse State Park Lagoons                13          Granite Basin Lake                                                  21           Middle Tank                                                    29   Watson and Willow lakes
6   Dogtown Lake                                 14          J.D. Dam Lake                                                       22           Mingus Lake                                                    30   West Clear Creek
7   East Verde River                             15          Kaibab Lake                                                         23           Oak Creek                                                      31   Whitehorse Lake
8   Elk Tank                                     16          Kinnikinick Lake                                                    24           Oak Creek, West Fork                                           32   Yavapai Lakes
                                                                       Supai

                                                                                                                                                                                   00 Popular General Regulation Fishing Waters
                                                                                                                                                                                   00 Special Regulation Fishing Waters
                                                                                                           Grand
                                                                                                           Canyon                                     Desert View                  W Indian Reservation
                                                                                                                                                                                   W National Park, Monument, or
                                                                                                                                                                                      Memorial Closed to Hunting

                                                                                                                                                                                                Cameron




                                                                                                                                                                                        Gray Mtn.


                                                                                                                         Valle

       Peach
      Springs


                     Yampai




                                                  Seligman


                                                                                                         15
                                                                                                    Williams
                                                                                                                                      Parks    Bellemont
                                                                                        27             3 4
                                                                                                         3
                                                                          Ash Fork
                                                                                                       26
                                                                                                       22 65                                                             11                Winona




                                                                                                                  25
                                                                                                                   2 31
                                                                                                                     30                                                     17
                                                                                                                                                                            1
                                                                                                                  821                                  24                     18
                                                                                                                     14
                                                                                                                     12                                                                    1                                    Winslow




                                                                                        Paulden                                                            23
                                                                                                                                                           20             Munds
                                                                                                                                                                           Park Mormon
                                                                                                                                                                                 Lake
                                                                                                                                                                                                 16
                                                                                                                                                                                                 14
                                                                                                                                                             Sedona

                                         Camp                                                                    Clarkdale
                                                                                                                            4Cottonwood
                                                                                                                            5
                                         Wood                                  Chino
                                                                               Valley
                                                                                                               Jerome

                                                                                                                             28
                                                                                                                             27
                                                                                                                                                   Page
                                                                                                                                                 Springs                                        Happy Jack
                                                                                                                                                                                                          19
                                                                                                                                                                                                          17
                                                                                                                                          Cornville

                                                                                                                             22                             2          Lake

                Bagdad
                                                                          13     32Valley
                                                                          1 29Prescott                                                                 McGuireville
                                                                                                                                                                    Montezuma



                                                                                 9
                                                                                 8                       Dewey
                                                      Skull
                                                      Valley
                                                                              20
                                                                              18                          Humboldt
                                                                                                                                              Camp
                                                                                                                                                           30
                                                                                                                                                           25
                                                  Kirkland
                                                                           12
                                                                           10                                                                 Verde

                              Hillside

                                                Kirkland Jct.
                                                                           Wilhoit                        Mayer
                                                                                                                                                                    10     Strawberry    Pine


                                                                                                                        Cordes Jct.
                                                             Peeples
                                                             Valley

                                                         Yarnell
                                                                                            Crown
                                                                                            King
                                                                                                        Bumble
                                                                                                                                                                         7
                                                                                                                                                                         6
                                                                                                          Bee




                                                                                                  Black Canyon
                                                                                                        City
                                                                                                                    Rock Springs




                                                                                                                    River




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Mogollon Rim
       Special Regulations include fishing seasons, daily bag and                    • From the Pumphouse downstream. The limit is 6 trout. Un-
       possession limits, length limits, bait and hook restrictions, legal             limited smallmouth and largemouth bass; unlimited channel
       methods, and waters and areas closed to fishing.                                and flathead catfish.

       Notes:                                                                        Green Valley Park Lakes (Town of Payson)

       1. General Statewide Regulations apply to all waters and fish                 Horton Creek in Gila County Catch and release only for
          species within the Mogollon Rim area except as listed below.               trout, trout must be immediately released unharmed; no
                                                                                     trout may be kept; artificial fly and lure only; single-pointed
       2. For each water listed, the possession limit is two times the               barbless hooks only.
          daily bag limit, unless a different possession limit is specified.         Knoll Lake Unlimited rainbow and brown trout from Sept.
                                                                                     1 through March 31. Note: from April 1 through Aug. 31 the
       All waters within the city park systems of Payson The limit                   limit is 6 trout. Unlimited smallmouth and largemouth bass;
       is 4 trout; the limit is 4 catfish in any combination.                        unlimited channel and flathead catfish.
       Bear Canyon Lake Unlimited smallmouth and largemouth                          Long Tom Lake Unlimited smallmouth and largemouth bass;
       bass; unlimited channel and flathead catfish.                                 unlimited channel and flathead catfish.
       Black Canyon Lake Unlimited smallmouth and largemouth                         Willow Springs Lake Unlimited smallmouth and largemouth
       bass; unlimited channel and flathead catfish.                                 bass; unlimited channel and flathead catfish.
       CC Cragin Reservoir (Blue Ridge Reservoir) Unlimited                          Woods Canyon Lake Unlimited smallmouth and largemouth
       rainbow and brown trout from Sept. 1 through March 31. Note:                  bass; unlimited channel and flathead catfish.
       from April 1 through Aug. 31 the limit is 6 trout. Unlimited
       smallmouth and largemouth bass; unlimited channel and                         Waters and Areas Closed to Fishing
       flathead catfish.
                                                                                     • State or federal hatcheries Posted boundaries.
       Canyon Creek
                                                                                     • Dude Creek In Gila County.
       • From the creek source to the O.W. Bridge. The limit is 4 trout.
                                                                                     • Chase Creek In Gila County.
       • From the O.W. Bridge to the Fort Apache Indian Reservation.           NEW   NOTE: Other seasonal closures may be in effect within some
         Catch-and-release only for trout; trout must be immediately                 areas due to bald eagle breeding closures and/or Wildlife Area
         released unharmed; no trout may be kept; artificial fly and                 closures. See page 46 for information on Tonto Creek and
         lure only; single-pointed barbless hooks only.                              Woods Canyon Lake.
       Chevelon Creek
                                                                                     Live Baitfish Regulations
       • From the confluence with Willow Springs Creek to Chevelon
         Crossing including Chevelon Canyon Lake. The limit is 2                     No live baitfish may be used or in possession on any waters in
         trout; artificial fly and lure only.                                        Navajo or Coconino Counties, no exceptions. For waters in other
                                                                                     counties within this fishing area, see pages 10–11.
       • From Chevelon Crossing to the Little Colorado River. Unlim-
         ited rainbow and brown trout from Sept. 1 through March 31.
                                                                                     Watercraft and Motor Restrictions
         Note: from April 1 through Aug. 31 the limit is 6 trout.
                                                                                     The use of watercraft and motors are restricted on the follow-
       Chevelon Canyon Lake The limit is 2 trout; artificial fly and
                                                                                     ing waters in this fishing area:
       lure only. Unlimited smallmouth and largemouth bass; unlim-
       ited channel and flathead catfish.                                            Single electric motor only: Bear Canyon Lake, Green Valley
       East Clear Creek In Coconino and Navajo counties and its                      Lake, Knoll Lake, Woods Canyon Lake
       tributaries upstream from the confluence of East Clear Creek                  10 horsepower or less: Black Canyon Lake, C.C. Cragin (Blue
       and Willow Creek including Blue Ridge and Knoll reservoirs.                   Ridge) Lake, Chevelon Canyon Lake, Willow Creek Reservoir,
       Unlimited rainbow and brown trout from Sept. 1 through March                  Willow Springs Lake
       31. Note: from April 1 through Aug. 31 the limit is 6 trout.
                                                                                     For more information and a complete listing, please refer to
       East Verde River                                                              page 39.
       • From the creek source to the SRP Pumphouse. Catch-and-
         release only for trout; trout must be immediately released
         unharmed; no trout may be kept; artificial fly and lure only;
         single-pointed barbless hooks only. Unlimited smallmouth
         and largemouth bass; unlimited channel and flathead catfish.



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Fishing Waters — Mogollon Rim




                                                                                                                                                     Special Regulations and Seasons — Fish: Commission Order 40
 1   Bear Canyon Lake                                          00 Popular General Regulation Fishing Waters
                                                               00 Special Regulation Fishing Waters
 2   Black Canyon Lake                                         W Indian Reservation
 3   CC Cragin Reservoir (Blue Ridge Reservoir)                W National Park, Monument, or
                                                                  Memorial Closed to Hunting
 4   Canyon Creek
 5   Chevelon Creek
 6   Chevelon Canyon Lake
 7   Christopher Creek
 8   East Clear Creek
 9   East Verde River
10   Green Valley Park Lakes (Community Fishing)
11   Haigler Creek                                                      Winslow
                                                                                                                 Joseph
12   Horton Creek                                                                                                 City
13   Knoll Lake
14   Long Tom Lake
15   Tonto Creek
16   Willow Springs Lake
17   Woods Canyon Lake



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