fishing_1850Just this past weekend I was having dinner with some friends from the Coachella Valley area.  They had just bought a water ski boat and they had been researching all of the nearby areas where they could water ski.  This conversation caught my boyfriends attention as he is interested in buying a little cabin or lot along the river as a weekend get away to fish and relax. 

As we listened to their descriptions of the various lakes and river destinations the name Martinez Lake kept coming up as one of their favorite finds. I decided to do some research about it and discovered that our own site,, had an article about Martinez Lake and fishing.  So I decided to pull up a selection of our older articles about fishing and boating areas in the desert region.  These are only a few of the many destinations that we have covered over the years.

Fishing on the Colorado River
By Joe Zentner

Includes:  Lake Powell, Lake Mead, Lake Mojave and Lake Havasu.

The thin light of morning nurtures optimists as they head out to fish the mighty Colorado River. Many anglers have a “big one” fixed firmly in mind. A largemouth bass, maybe, or a rainbow trout. Channel catfish, black crappie, walleye and striped bass are all popular catches. Click here to continue reading Fishing on the Colorado River.

Fly Fishing in the Desert
By Joe Zentner

For a long time, fly-fishing intimidated me—the grace, the beauty, the expertise (I thought) it must take to master the sport!  Purists flock to fly-fishing – it’s fishing in the most natural approach – no worms, minnows, bobbers or spinning lures.  The objective, simply stated, is to mimic insects gliding by and hatching on or just below the surface of the water, tricking fish into devouring your artificial offering.  Click here to continue reading Fly Fishing In The Desert.

Patagonia Lake State Park, AZ
By Janet Webb Farnsworth

Southern Arizona has a treasure in the desert: Patagonia Lake State Park. Located approximately twelve miles north of Nogales, this two hundred sixty five-acre man-made lake is one of the prettiest of Arizona’s desert lakes. Click here to continue reading about Patagonia Lake State Park in Arizona.

Martinez Lake, AZ
by Lee Allen

Martinez attracts casually dressed anglers, too, to say nothing of waterfowl and wildlife traveling down river from the southern boundary of the Imperial National Wildlife Refuge. The outdoor haven immediately north of Martinez Lake encompasses 15,000 acres and fronts both banks of the Colorado River for 30 miles. The refuge is a stopover for migratory birds; more than 200 species have been logged by avid birders over the years . Click here to continue reading about Martinez Lake.

Roper Lake State Park, AZ
by Janet Webb Farnsworth

Roper Lake State Park is six miles south of Safford, in southeastern Arizona, can be both inviting and invigorating. At three thousand one hundred and thirty feet, it is a great place to swim, fish, picnic, hike and soak away your aches and pains in a natural hot mineral spring. The park covers four hundred acres with two sections: Roper Lake itself and, three miles south, Dankworth Pond. Click here to continue reading about Roper Lake State Park.

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For a more comprehensive list of fishing and boating areas, please visit our Water Sports pages.

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