The Yuma area has long been known by anglers for its rivers – Colorado and Gila.
But apart from the rivers themselves, numerous canals draw from the Colorado, among them the Gila Main Gravity Canal and Salinity Canal.There are also lakes created by the Colorado River, among them Mittry and Martinez.
There are also man-made ponds that are periodically stocked by the Arizona Game and Fish Department, including Fortuna Pond,Redondo Pond,Quigley Pond and Growler Ponds, plus ponds at parks in the cities of Yuma and Somerton.
But whether lake,river or pond,these waterways offer hours of angling adventure.
Species of fish that can be landed in the Yuma area include flathead and channel catfish, largemouth and smallmouth bass, striped bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, tilapia, striped mullet, carp, black crapppie and even stocked rainbow trout.
Fishing is usually best in the early spring and fall months, although Yuma’s weather can support year-round angling. Fishermen and -women can have their best luck in early morning and early evening during the hot days of summer, although catfish can be caught all day long in the winter months.
Anglers not only can fill their bag limits, but can catch some real lunkers while they’re at it. Flathead catfish caught in the Colorado River have been known to tip the scales at 70 pounds and more, while largemouth weighing 16 pounds and heavier have been taken along the river and at Martinez Lake.
Fishing licenses are required of both year-round residents and winter visitors.Consult the game and fish department’s fishing regulations for complete information about license requirements or visit the department’s website at www.azgfd.com.
Fishing licenses are sold at most stores in the
Yuma area that sell hunting and fishing gear. Licenses can also be purchased at the game and fish department’s Yuma office, 9140 E. 28th St., or online at the department’s website.