Phoenix Urban Lakes and Canals, Arizona Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Phoenix Urban Lakes and Canals, Arizona Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Try to lead carp 5-7ft, put your fly in their path and watch for a change in the fish's body language. Often we do not see the eat, but see the fish change their behavior and set the hook.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Phoenix Urban Lakes and Canals is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Water flow:

Visibility: 8 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 63 Degrees F

Water condition: Stained

Best time of day to fish: Early morning and late afternoons

Best stretch: NA

Best access point: NA

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Baitfish Eggs

Fish species: Rainbow Trout, Carp, Bass and Catfish

Fishing season: Year Round, Trout Stocking in Winter

Nearest airport: Phoenix Sky Harbor

Person Fishing in a stream

Phoenix Urban Lakes and Canals Description

Arizona Game and Fish manages over 30 ponds in the Phoenix Metro area under the Urban Lakes Program. Most of these lakes are stocked throughout the winter with trout and always have some bass, catfish and carp present. Also there are a series of canals running throughout the Valley that are home to some giant carp as well as bass, tilapia and various other warm water fish. One of the best places to catch ...

Techniques & Tips

If targeting carp, make sure to spot the fish first and cast in front of them by 10-15ft giving your fly a chance to hit the water unseen and sink to the bottom as they approach. We have several carp specific flies in the shop, but we fish bright colored eggs as much as any other pattern. Carp in the canals are often seen surface feeding; try buggy dries and small hoppers. When targeting trout or bass we generally fish streamer patterns like buggers or messy minnows with a fast retrieve.

7-Day Forecast

The grassy's are starting to rise throughout the day.

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