Flagstaff Arizona Fishing, Fly Fishing

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Sit back and embrace the serene, calm of the water, the stillness of the air while out fishing in a Flagstaff lake.

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Where should I go fishing?

Enjoy some Flagstaff fishing at these local lakes:

Ashurt Lake
This lake is a great place to camp and fish, so long as you aren’t looking to do any water activities that require a lot of power. 

  • Location: 24 miles south of Flagstaff along Lake Mary Road 
  • Seasons: May through October 
  • Marina/Boat Launch: Boat ramps along the bank. 
  • Boat Restrictions: Boats are limited to 10 horsepower. 
  • Camping: There is camping, just not along the shores. There are no fees associated with camping. 
  • Fishing: There are usually rainbow trout and brook trout in the lake.

Upper Lake Mary
If you want to fish, water-ski or just romp around in a lake, this is the place to go. Plus it’s close to town which makes it great for a quick afternoon fishing trip. 

  • Location: 12 miles southeast of Flagstaff along Forest Road 3. 
  • Seasons: The lake typically freezes in winter. 
  • Marina/Boat Launch: There are two paved boat ramps by the damn. 
  • Boat Restrictions: None. 
  • Camping: There are two campgrounds by Upper Lake Mary. 
  • Fishing: This lake usually has northern pike, channel cat, crappie and trout fish.

Mormon Lake
For good summer fishing that is outside of town in a remote area with its own modern conveniences (at Mormon Lake Lodge) go to Mormon lake for a nice weekend or overnight trip away from Flagstaff. 

  • Location: 29 miles south of Flagstaff; 25 miles south on Lake Mary Road and 4 miles west on Forest Road 90 
  • Seasons: The lake will be frozen in winter. The lake can also dry up if there hasn’t been enough precipitation that year. 
  • Marina/Boat Launch: None. 
  • Boat Restrictions: Non-motorized boats only. 
  • Camping: There is camping by the lake from May until September at Dairy Springs campground. 
  • Fishing: There are trout, Northern Pike and Catfish.

Kinnikinick Lake
If seclusion is your aim, Kinnikinick Lake is where you need to play the fishing waiting game. This lake is great if you want to get away from it all but be close enough to sleep at your hotel. 

  • Location: 30 miles south of Flagstaff along Lake Mary Road. Go East on Forest Road 125 and drive for four miles on Forest Road 82, from here it is only 5 miles. 
  • Seasons: The lake might freeze in winter. 
  • Marina/Boat Launch: There are boat launches on the lake bank. 
  • Boat Restrictions: Boats are limited to 10 horsepower. 
  • Camping: Camping is only permitted at Kinnikinick Campground. The camping season is May through October. 
  • Fishing: You’ll catch trout and then some more trout.

Do I need a fishing license?

You need a license to fish in any public waters if you are over the age of 14-years-old. You can get a fishing license from the Arizona Game and Fish Department. The license you’ll need depends on where and what you are fishing. You can call AZGFD at (928) 774-5045.

I am looking for a fishing guide.

There are several places in town that can help ensure that you have everything you need for your fishing trip. See the listings on this page.

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