Top-3 high-country bass fishing holes for summer

This Arizona fishing adventure is simple: keep cool, catch bass.

Although you might not hammer the bass like you might in some of our desert dandies, there are some pristine lakes at more than 6,000 feet of elevation where bassin’ is an option.

Here, then,  are the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s top-3 summertime high country bass fishing spots (click on the name of the water for Google map directions):

1. Fool Hollow Lake. Elevation: 6,255 feet

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Smallmouth and largemouth bass can be caught, and this 150-acre lake near Show Low once produced the catch-and-release state record for smallmouth bass (21 inches).

2. Show Low Lake. Elevation: 6,540 feet

Show Low offers smallmouth and largemouth bass options. Try fishing nightcrawlers in rocks along the dam.

3. Dogtown Reservoir. Elevation: 7,070 feet

AZGFD is developing this fishery near Williams to have a sustainable bass population, and so there are special regulations at this lake: two bass at a minimum size of 13 inches.

Honorable mentions

Rainbow Lake, Cataract Lake, Black Canyon Lake, Black River (on the reservation), Kaibab Lake, Whitehorse Lake. See a Fish & Boat map for directions to all.

So get that license online (conserve all species of wildlife while doing so) and get out for some high country bass action.

Managing bass fishing opportunities

Managing for bass fishing opportunities has to mesh with that area’s management goals. Please remember to not transport any live fish from one water to another.

See more information on fishing in Arizona.

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