Fishing is one recreational activity that probably doesn't come to mind when thinking of Tucson, Arizona. For the most part, people only see water during monsoon season, a dreaded time of year when streets flood due to torrential rains. Tucson, though, has a few urban fishing spots in or near the city. These fishing spots primarily serve recreational fishers, not people who look for large trophy fish.
Christopher Columbus Park
4600 N. Silverbell Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85745
Located in Christopher Columbus Park in northwest Tucson, Silverbell covers a 13-acrea area and has a depth of approximately six feet. This lake contains channel catfish, rainbow trout, largemouth bass, redear and hybrid sunfish, white amur, bluegill, crappie and carp. Fishers cannot use live bait. The park prohibits gasoline-run motorboats but allows 17-foot canoes and 14-foot boats.
Chuck Ford-Lakeside Park
8300 E. Stella Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85730
Lakeside Lake in Chuck Ford-Lakeside Park is located on Tucson's eastside and covers 14 acres. It has a maximum depth of 35 feet. The lake contains largemouth bass, redear and hybrid sunfish, rainbow trout, bluegill, channel catfish and crappie. The park has a dock that physically disabled fishers may use. Boater must use canoes 17 feet or less or boats 14 feet or less.
John F. Kennedy Park
Ajo Way and Mission Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85713
Kennedy Lake is located in southwest Tucson between La Cholla Boulevard and Mission Road in J. F. Kennedy Park. This fishing spot consists of a 10-acre area and has a maximum depth of 12 feet. Fishes living in the lake include channel catfish, sunfish, carp, white amur, largemouth bass, rainbow trout and bluegill. Like other lakes operated by the City of Tucson, this lake accommodates canoes up to 17 feet and boated up to 14 feet.
Sahuarita Lake Park
1544 S. Camino Lago Azul
Sahuarita, AZ 85629
Sahuarita Lake is 18 miles south of downtown Tucson and only allows fishing during daylight hours. Sahuarita Lake covers 10 acres and has a depth of 12 feet. The lake contains channel catfish, rainbow trout, largemouth bass, sunfish and bluegill. Boats are permitted between sunrise and sunset. For boating rules, fishers must call the park's department for further details.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department requires urban fishing licenses to fish in the abovementioned lakes. As of April 2010, a Class U (Urban) fishing license costs $18.50 for residents and nonresidents. Class U fishing license and the Trout Stamp packages cost $53. Classes L, Super Conservation fishing licenses are also acceptable at urban fishing lakes. These lakes use state-of-the-art aeration systems to improve oxygen conditions for fish, and parks set limits on the amount of fish each person may catch.