Through a cooperative program between Arizona Game and Fish and the City
of Mesa, urban fishing lakes are stocked throughout the year for fishing
Cold Kills Tilapia.
Did you know...
The Arizona Game and Fish Department makes 48 fish stockings
The 18,800 fish delivered in Mesa are worth $49,100?
Mesa anglers generate $750,000 in direct expenditures per
year to the local economy?
Frequently Asked Questions
Who pays for the Urban Fishing Program?
The Urban Fishing Program is a cooperative effort between the City of Mesa
and Arizona Game and Fish. The program is fully funded by the sale of Urban
Fishing Licenses and from fees from the city parks and recreation
departments. Mesa contributes $10,600 annually to partially support the
Urban Fishing Program.
What is the limit at Urban Lakes?
Daily bag and possession limits:
|Class U (Urban Fishing), Class
D, Pioneer, and Disabled Veteran Licenses
||4 trout and 4 catfish daily
|Unlicensed juveniles under age
14 and blind Arizona residents
||2 trout and 4 catfish daily
||4 fish daily, a minimum of 13 inches
||1 fish daily, a minimum of 30 inches
||10 fish daily
Are the fish safe to eat?
Yes, the fish are safe to eat.
Overseeing the quality and health of the lakes and the fish involves a
partnership between the cities, the Game and Fish Department and the
Department of Environmental Quality. Lake water quality is monitored to
ensure compliance with state standards. The trout, catfish, bass and
sunfish stocked into the lakes come from reputable fish farms with strict
fish health standards and quality control practices. Most of the stocked
fish don't stay in the lakes for long, as 80% of the stocked fish are caught
within 30 days. Finally, remember that proper handling and cooking of your
catch will ensure a healthy and delicious meal!
What types of fish are in Urban Lakes?
Catchable rainbow trout are stocked during the winter (November to
Channel catfish are stocked in the summer (March to November)
Hybrid sunfish are stocked three times per year
Bluegill and other
sunfish species are common, and occasional catches of largemouth bass are
Red Mountain Park Lake contains: channel catfish, rainbow trout (in
season), bluegill, hybrid sunfish, largemouth bass, carp, and white amur.
Riverview Park Lake contains: channel catfish, rainbow trout (in
season), bluegill, redear sunfish, hybrid sunfish, largemouth bass, tilapia
What kind of license do I need to fish the designated Urban Lakes and
where can I purchase one?
If you are 14 or over you must buy a $16 Class U Urban Fishing License
(rates are the same whether a resident or non resident). The Class U
license covers all fish species found in urban lakes. Juveniles under age
14 and blind Arizona residents do not need a license. A regular
Arizona fishing license (Class A or F) is not needed nor valid at Urban
Other licenses that are valid at Urban Lakes are: Class D resident or
non-resident one-day fishing licenses; resident youth-group two-day fishing
licenses (sold to groups of 20 juveniles age 14-17); and Pioneer and
disabled veteran complimentary licenses.
Urban and one-day fishing licenses can be purchased from any of 300
dealers statewide that sells state fishing and hunting licenses or any Game
and Fish office.
Additional License Information
An Urban Fishing License is required for any person age 14 and older.
Children 13 and younger can fish without a license.
Fishing without a license or the proper license is the #1 Game & Fish violation.
When fishing, Game and Fish laws require you to attend your line, that
is, stay near your fishing pole at all times.
When fishing, the hook, fly or lure must be used in such a manner that
the fish voluntarily attempt to take it in their mouths.
It is a violation to fail to keep all edible portions of fish in an
edible condition or to leave fish to die. This is wasting game meat.
Arizona's fish and wildlife belong to all of us, so when someone takes an
over-limit, it's like taking a fish off your stringer and putting it on
theirs. Bag and possession limits are designed to give everyone an
equal chance and protect the fishery. If you see someone breaking the
law, call Operation Game Thief immediately, 24 hours a day.
To make the best case against the violators, Game and Fish need to know
exactly what they did, when and where they did it, a description of the
person or persons, and a description of their vehicle and license plate
number (very helpful).
To report violators, call Operation Game Thief 24 hours a day, 7
days a week at 1-800-352-0700.
Parks & Recreation home
Fishing Lakes can be found at the following parks:
Red Mountain Park
Sunrise to 10pm
Maximum depth 17 feet, average depth 12 feet.
The park is currently under construction as part of the Cubs Spring
Training Facility build. The future park will include a lake.
Swimming and wading are prohibited. No boating is
For current stocking updates and fishing reports visit
Information includes weekly stocking schedules, the current Urban Fishing
Program Bulletin, and Big Fish-of-the-Year records.