Canyon Lake Fishing Guide

Canyon Lake in Arizona is home to big bass and the state for bass at over 16 pounds 7.68 ounces caught back in 1997 was caught here at Canyon Lake. Canyon Lake is known for its giant largemouth bass and gorgeous skyscraping canyons that offers spectacular views.

Canyon Lake in Arizona is nestled amongst the mysterious and rugged Superstition Mountain and is a bass fishing jewel of the Arizona Desert. Canyon Lake has a water surface area of 950 acres and is the third and smallest of four lakes created along the Salt River. However, be-aware the Canyon Lake get pretty crowded during the summertime as it is so close to the Phoenix Metropolitan area.

Canyon Lake is 10 miles long and great for fishing. Canyon Lake offers a deep body of water with the average depth being 130 feet and a maximum depth of 141 feet and has over 950 surface acres.

Canyon Lake is great for seclusion-seeking boating who can travel three miles up the lake to fish, between steep cliffs, to fishing at the Point Campground.

Canyon Lake in Arizona offers great fresh water fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, yellow bass, rainbow trout, black crappie, channel catfish, flathead catfish, walleye, bluegill, sunfish, tilapia and at Canyon Lake near the Superstition Mountains in Arizona.

Canyon Lake Fishing Shoreline Hotspots Includes:

  • La Barge Cove to the Acacia Picnic Area
  • Fishing platforms or docks near the second ramp.

Canyon Lake Amenities

Canyon Lake Marina


Boat Rental

Boat Launch Ramp

Convenience Store

Bait, Tackel & Gear

Popular Types of Fish at Canyon Lake

Canyon Lake offers a wide variety of fish for Anglers such as Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Yellow Bass, White Bass, Striped Bass, Walleye, Blue Gill, Crappie, Sunfish, Crappie, Catfish and the always favorite Carp.

Fishing for Bass at Canyon Lake , use 4-inch plastic worms or live night crawlers and small grubs are the top of the bait and tackle list year-round long.

Topwater fishing at Canyon Lake is generally good early and late in the day and anytime the lake water temperature rises above 60 degrees.



Flathead Catfish






Common Carp






Yellow Bass

Highly Recommended Bait, Tackle & Gear 

Directions to Canyon Lake

Located on the Salt River in central Arizona, Canyon Lake is an easy 45 minute drive northwest of Apache Junction AZ on State Highway 88.

To get to Canyon Lake in Arizona from Mesa, AZ take U.S. 60 to the Idaho Exit #196. Go north on State Hwy. 88.