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Fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, rainbow trout, walleye, bluegill and yellow bass at Saguaro Lake in Arizona.

Saguaro Lake, AZ

A picturesque, 1,200-acre reservoir, Saguaro Lake is the last of four lakes on the Salt River chain of lakes, in central Arizona. It is an easy 45 minute drive northwest of Mesa AZ on State Highway 87 to the Bush Highway turnoff. The marina offers boat rentals and has a nice restaurant for lunch or dinner overlooking the water. Camping is limited, most requiring boat access, with limited facilities.

In summer months get up early if you want to fish or go boating at Saguaro on the weekends. Often the parking lot is full by 6:00am and no other boats will be allowed into the lake parking areas.

Josh Schreck Bass at Saguaro Lake
Josh Schreck of Gilbert, AZ likes his new favorite lure, a spinnerbait. This big bass took it very shallow and made his day!

Primary fish species residing in Saguaro Lake

Click images for fishing tips and details about each species.

Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Black crappie Walleye Rainbow trout Bluegill Yellow Bass

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Bass fishing at Saguaro Lake

Bass fishing here can vary from real tough to really good. It is a deep canyon lake with relatively cleat water. Very little brush or vegetation resides in the lake, so bass tend to use rock structures as holding and feeding areas. Light line and small, finesse baits catch the bulk of the fish here. However, at times you can have luck with crankbaits, spinnerbaits, top water, jerk baits and a host of soft plastic lures.

Trout fishing at Saguaro Lake

Arizona Game & Fish Department stocks rainbow trout at the marina and at Butcher Jones Beach.

Saguaro Lake Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: VIA BOAT
RV Hookups: NO
Lodging: NEARBY
Convenience Store: NO
Bait & Tackle: NO
Restaurant: YES

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Fishing Boat Rentals

Precision Marine
Rentals: fishing boats, runabouts, pontoons, kayaks and canoes.


Saguaro Lake Marina
14011 N Bush Hwy
Mesa, AZ 85215
480 986-5546

Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Saguaro Lake Marina
14011 N Bush Hwy
Mesa, AZ 85215
Two public boat launch ramps (#1 and #2) are located just north of the marina. Both are paved, with docks and paved parking.
480 986-5546

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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Bagley Flat Campground (via boat) - 480 610-3300

Saguaro Lake AZ Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

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Contact Information

Saguaro Lake
Restaurant & Marina
14011 N Bush Hwy #2
Mesa, AZ 85215
480 984-5311


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