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Surprise Community Lake Fishing Guide

Surprise Community Lake, also know as an urban lake, is 5 acres with a maximum depth of 12 feet oasis in the middle of a park, in the Sonoran Desert.

Surprise Lake is home to many different fish species that includes: Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Sunfish, Catfish and White Amur. These fish are stocked throughout the year (Fish schedule varies) and no fish are stocked during the months of July and August due to the very high water temperatures.

Urban Fishing Program

A class U Urban Fishing License is required to fish in the pond. Fishing pond is open during park hours only. 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. Licenses can be purchased from the Arizona Game and Fish Department online or at more than 300 license dealers statewide.

FISH SPECIES

MAX. NUMBER OF FISH PER DAY

Trout4 (1 for unlicensed child)
Channel Catfish4
Large Bass2 (must be 13-inch min. length)
Sunfish10
White Amur1 (must be 30-inch min. length)

LICENSE REQUIREMENTS:

To fish at Sunrise Lake you'll need a fishing license, which is required for anyone who is 10 years and older.

  • Community Fishing License:
    The fishing license will allow you to fish at any designated Community Fishing Program lake is $24.
  • General Fishing License:
    The fishing license will allow you to fish at any designated Community Fishing Program lake; Plus, other waters in the state. $37.
  • Short Term Combo Fishing/Hunting License:
    The fishing license will allow you to fish at any designated Community Fishing Program lake; Plus, other waters in the state. $15/day for residents and $20/day for non-residents.
  • Youth Fishing License:
    The fishing license will allow kids from 10-17 to fish. $5

  • Purchase a License:
    To get your fishing licenses, you can purchase it online at www.AZGFD.com, which is preferred, or at any 300+ outdoor retailers. When you purchase your fishing licenses it's good for 365 days from the date you purchase the license.

Surprise Community Lake Photos

Popular Types of Fish at Surprise Community Lake

Surprise Community Lake offers a wide variety of fish for Anglers such as Rainbow Trout, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Sunfish and White Amur.

Largemounth-bass-fish

Largemouth Bass

Rainbow Trout Fish

Rainbow Trout

Sunfish

Sunfish

Channel-Catfish

Channel Catfish

Highly Recommended Bait, Tackle & Gear 

Rainbow Trout Fish

Rainbow Trout

Surprise Community Lake you can fish for Rainbow Trout, which is stocked every other week from November - March. Rainbow Trout can be caught using night crawlers, spinnerbaits (rooster tails), PowerBait, marshmallows, salmon eggs and more.

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Largemouth Bass

Surprise Community Lake you can fish for Largemouth Bass which is stocked each spring. Largemouth Bass is a large predator fish and can be caught using night crawlers, spinnerbaits, crank-baits and jibs.

Sunfish

Sunfish

Surprise Community Lake you can fish for Sunfish (Bluegill and Redear) which these fish are stocked each spring. Sunfish and can be caught usually in shallow water using night crawlers, corn, meal worms, marshmallows, etc.

Channel-Catfish

Channel Catfish Preferred Bait

Surprise Community Lake you can fish for Channel Catfish, which are stocked every other week. Channel Catfish during the months of March - June and can be caught using "Stinky Baits" such as Catfish baits and chunks, hot dogs, marshmallows, garlic smells, etc. Channel Catfish usually lay at the bottom of the lake so you'll need to set your lines accordingly.

Directions to Surprise Community Park

Surprise Lake is located in the City of Surprise, AZ, on the Surprise Recreation Campus in the north-west Valley, between Bell Road and Greenway on the east side of Bullard Avenue.

Address
15930 N Bullard Ave
Surprise, AZ 85374

Park Hours
6am to 10:00 p.m.