Arizona may be a landlocked state, but it has plenty of lakes and fishing holes. From bass and catfish to trout and tilapia, you can reel in fish of all kinds if you have a valid Arizona fishing license.
We encourage you to get out, explore, and cook up some fresh fish to take advantage of the oral health benefits they provide!
Lake Havasu State Park
Home of London Bridge, Lake Havasu has 450 miles of shoreline to explore. You can also escape the crowds for a relaxing day on the water. Largemouth bass are the typical catch of the day in this lake on Arizona’s western border. You might also hook smallmouth bass, striped bass, catfish, sunfish, or trout. Before you cast your line, learn about the lake’s fishing limits and regulations.
With 700+ miles of shoreline and 290 square miles of water surface, Lake Mead is a can’t-miss fishing area in Arizona. Bass weighing more than 40 lbs. have been caught here! In addition to bass, crappie, catfish, and bluegill are other common catches. If you want to cool down after a few hours in the sun, Lake Mead is also a great place to swim. Prior to heading out to Lake Mead, read up on the area’s limits, hours and protected species.
If you’re looking for a great fishing hole in the Phoenix metro area, try Lake Pleasant. It’s home to 12 species of fish, including the state’s only white bass population. Other fish at the lake include striped bass, large mouth bass, bluegill, white crappie, black crappie, bigmouth buffalo fish, channel catfish, flathead catfish, green sunfish, redear, sunfish, and tilapia.
Lake Pleasant is home to several pair of nesting bald eagles, so access to some areas of the lake may be limited during breeding season. Bald eagle closure announcements, park hours and more information is available on the Maricopa County Parks website.
One of the most popular lakes in Arizona is at the north part of the state. If big fish, scenery and solitude are on your list, Lake Powell is a must-see. You’re likely to see huge striped bass, walleye, catfish and crappie on the end of your line here. This can be a trendy vacation spot during holidays, so plan your trip accordingly.
Patagonia Lake State Park
Only an hour drive from Tucson, Patagonia Lake is a popular area with a lot of bass. The bass are known for their size – typically weighing in around 8 lbs. Patagonia Lake is also home to crappie, bluegill, trout, and big catfish. The fishing here is easy and there is plenty of shade from pine trees, which makes it a great spot to bring the whole family. Check out the lake’s fish stocking schedule to help plan your visit.
The Oral Health Benefits of Eating Fish
You may be asking yourself why we love the fishing opportunities here. Freshwater fish such as bass and trout contain high levels of Omega-3 fatty acids and iron. These are fantastic for heart health and your teeth and gums! Omega-3 fatty acids found in freshwater fish have anti-inflammatory properties that can boost our tooth and gum health.
Since nearly 50% of Americans have gum disease, it’s important to get the proper nutrients to support our oral health. Studies have shown that fatty acids provide “dramatic protection against inflammation-induced tissue and bone loss associated with periodontitis.” This means that eating fish rich in Omega-3 can help prevent gum disease and bone loss.
Make Fishing Your New Hobby
Fishing in Arizona is a great way to explore our state and catch some of the tastiest freshwater fish out there! It’s a fun hobby that can lead to more meals that are good for your teeth, gums, and heart. That’s a win in our book.
Don’t forget to purchase or renew your fishing license before heading out on the water. Anyone over the age of 10 needs a fishing license. Buy a fishing license online at the Arizona Game and Fish website.
Wishing you “tight lines” from all of us at Delta Dental of Arizona! Feel free to tag us (@DeltaDentalAZ) in all your fishing photos on social media! We want to see your fishing adventures and big smiles!