Lower Salt River Fishing Guide

Check out the Lower Salt River that is a stretch of river located just below Saguaro Lake for the only cold-water trout fishery in the U.S. that’s located in a desert that is very close to metropolitan Phoenix and Trout fishing  reputation is growing quickly.

The Lower Salt River has a unique distinction of being the only cold-water trout fishery in the nation located that is located in the Arizona desert.

The lower Salt River contains rainbow trout, largemouth bass, sunfish, and catfish and is open for fishing year-round.

Arizona Game and Fish Department Information Officer, Rory Aikens stated the Lower Salt River "...is truly a remarkable fishery" and "have run across people who fish for trout before going to work in the morning or after getting off work in the evening."

Video: Fishing the Lower Salt River, Phoenix, AZ

Popular Types of Fish at Lower Salt River

There's a wide variety of fish that is offered at the Lower Salt River such as rainbow trout, large-mouth bass, sunfish and Catfish. Every winter the The Lower Salt River is stocked with catchable-sized rainbow trout. The Lower Salt River is one of the most overlooked local fishing experiences. At the Lower Salt River, below Saguaro Lake, is known for its Rainbow Trout, Catfish, Sunfish and Largemouth Bass fishing. Year-around, you can take advantage and enjoy the Lower Salt River's trout fishing. Even though it could be a 100°F during the summer time the Lower Salt River the water temperate could be 65°F that the Rainbow Trout can thrive in.

For Trout fishing at the Lower Salt River try using  nightcrawlers, Kastmasters, flies and small spinners in this unique desert river trout fishery. Take advantage Trout fishing at the Lower Salt River year-round trout fishery in the summer when the air temperatures are 100°F and the water is 65°F.

Rainbow Trout Fish

Rainbow Trout


Largemouth Bass


Smallmouth Bass






Common Carp





Highly Recommended Bait, Tackle & Gear 

Directions to Lower Salt River

Address: 13020 Bush Highway, Mesa AZ 85215

The Lower Salt River is located along Bush Highway between Usery Pass on the south and Beeline Highway (State Route 87) on the north. From Phoenix, AZ take U.S. Route 60 east from Mesa, AZ and exit on Bush Highway. Travel north for 6 or 7 miles to Granite Reef Dam.