Normally, good fishing doesn’t readily come to mind when living in or visiting a desert location. However, the Tucson area offers some fine fishing spots where fishing enthusiasts can enjoy reeling in a catch while basking in the sunshine and mystic beauty of the southwestern countryside.
Here are the 5 best fishing spots in and around Tucson:
Sitting within city limits in the southwest section of Tucson between Mission and La Cholla Roads and within J. F. Kennedy Park is Kennedy Lake. Here anglers can pursue largemouth bass, rainbow trout, sunfish (both hybrid and redear), bluegill, catfish, white amur and carp.
Canoes up to 17 feet and boats up to 14 feet are permitted. Anglers must possess an urban fishing license.
Located in the Christopher Columbus Park between Grant and Camino del Cerro Roads is a great spot to reel in catches of bass, white amur, trout, catfish and carp. Swimming is not permitted in Silverbell Lake so anglers don’t have to avoid them.
Canoes up to 17 feet and boats up to 14 feet are allowed and an urban fishing license is needed.
Situated in the eastern section of Tucson is this 35 feet deep lake located in the Chuck Ford-Lakeside Park. Lakeside Lake contains an abundance of crappie, sunfish, trout, bass and catfish and allows 14 feet boats and 17 feet canoes. Anglers must possess an urban fishing license.
Located approximately 18 miles south of Tucson anglers will find a gem of a fishing hole stocked with bluegill, largemouth bass, redear and hybrid sunfish, rainbow trout and catfish. Take Interstate 19 south to Sahuarita Road (Exit 75) and drive east 1 mile to La Villita Road. Sahuarita Lake lies just over one mile north.
Boats to 14 feet and canoes to 17 feet are permitted and an urban fishing license.
Another excellent fishing spot located about a 1.5 hour drive south of Tucson is the 265-acre Patagonia Lake. With an urban fishing license, you can pursue catches of small and largemouth bass, rainbow trout, crappie, bluegill and catfish. Visitors can rent canoes and boats, enjoy tables and grills, shop the marina store, camp, go for a hike and even enjoy a dip in the lake at the beach.
Take I-19 south to the SR 82 exit and drive north for 12 miles to Patagonia Lake. A fishing license is required.