If you’re looking for excellent trout fishing in the spring, summer and fall, head out to Black Canyon Lake. In the early spring and summer, the Arizona Game and Fish Department stocks this lake with trout, and in the fall, they stock it with other types of fish. Additionally, this lake holds largemouth bass and green sunfish. To catch a lot of fish here, try fishing from a float tube or boat using peacock ladies, nymphs or wooly buggers.
Black Canyon Lake is located in a forested area at 7,000 feet above sea level. Access roads are generally closed from December to April due to snowfall, but late spring, summer, and fall are great times to catch fish. Black Canyon Lake is a day-use-only area with a boat launch and primitive toilets. There are first-come, first-serve campgrounds close by, and a town is several miles away.
The daily bag limit with an Arizona fishing license is six trout, six bass, and unlimited sunfish. Anglers under 14 can take home three trout and unlimited sunfish; set them with a bobber and nightcrawlers to join the fun. They might snag a crayfish while they’re at it.
If trout is on your radar, head out on a boat of less than ten horsepower in the early morning or late in the day. For lake-bottom fishing, use nightcrawlers; for surface fishing, use dry flies.