Sure, it’s Arizona. It’s hot, we have mountains, cacti and the occasional tumbleweed, but there is more to desert life than what one may see in an old western flick.
Did you know the City of Surprise has a lake? Yup! And it’s a fishing lake at that.
Most would never expect to find this type of oasis in the middle of a park, in the Sonoran Desert.
At five acres and a max depth of 12 feet, Surprise Lake is home to many different species. On top of the gaggles of geese and droves of ducks, here is a look at what you might find swimming in the glistening, sun-veiled water and tips on how to catch them:
- None of these species are native to Arizona. They’re stocked as sportfish for recreational opportunity.
- No fish are stocked in July and August due to the high water temperatures.
- Catfish, Bass and Sunfish will reproduce in these community waters. Trout will not reproduce. In fact, the high summer water temperatures will kill trout. None will carry over to the following season.
If you plan to cast away, please help keep park-goers and animals safe by tossing hooks and fishing line in the trash.
You may also want to familiarize yourself with the bag limits:
- 4 Catfish
- 4 Trout
- 2 Bass (13” minimum)
- 10 Sunfish
- 1 White Amur (30” minimum)
*Statewide limits apply to all other species
A fishing license is required for ages 10 & up.
- Community Fishing License: $24
Will allow you to fish at any designated Community Fishing Program lake.
- General Fishing License: $37 for residents | $55 for non-residents
Will allow you to fish Community Fishing Program lakes as well as all other state waters
- Short Term Combo Hunt/Fish License: $15/day for residents | $20/day for non-residents
- Youth License: $5 (ages 10-17)
Licenses can be purchased online at www.AZGFD.com, any Game and Fish Office and select outdoor gear retailers.
Licenses are good for 365 days from date of purchase.