Water Ranch Lake Fishing Guide

The fishing lake at Water Ranch (Riparian Preserve) is operated as and Community Fishing Lake by Gilbert in partnership with the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Stocked species include: Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Bluegill, Sunfish, Channel Catfish, Tilapia and White Amur.

The Riparian Preserve consists of 110 acres, with 70 acres of 7 water recharge basins.


These rules are in place to reduce waterfowl injuries:

  • Catch-and-release for bass and sunfish.
  • Catch-and-keep for trout, catfish, and all other species.
  • Only single barbless hooks can be used.

Current fishing regulations and stocking schedules for the Water Ranch Fishing Lake are posted on site, and available though the Arizona Game and Fish website: AZGFD

Fishing is strictly prohibited in the basins and waterways of the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch, as fish in these natural habitat areas are not stocked, but naturally occurring, and therefore protected from interference in order to support the wildlife within this unique ecosystem.

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.



Trout 2
Channel Catfish 2
Large Bass 0
Sunfish 0
White Amur 1 (must be 30-inch min. length)

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Water Ranch Lake (Riparian Preserve) Address

2757 E Guadalupe Rd
Gilbert, AZ 85234