Saguaro Lake, the land of the GIANTS, was the last of the reservoir’s to be built on the Salt River. Saguaro is located about 20 min from Mesa and 40 miles from downtown Phoenix. It’s packed with beauty all over. With Saguaro’s covering the lake, the shore lined with tall canyon walls where you will see bald eagles sitting on their perch. If you are lucky enough you will see them waiting to dive down for their next meal or even catch a fish in front of you.
If you want get on some big largies like the ones below, make sure to book a trip with our FishIn48 Saguaro Lake fishing guides. The top picture was in late spring and the one below was during a summer night tournament. Saguaro Lake fishing has some of the best bass fishing in Arizona when it’s on, and days like these below aren’t uncommon.
Saguaro is 1,274 acres and 10 miles long with an average depth of 90ft. Saguaro Lake fishing has always been known to produce some of the biggest Largemouth Bass in the state with a good population of Florida strain largies. With rocky banks and tons of shoreline covered in reeds, this lake has the habitat for these fish to thrive. The largemouths primarily feed on threadfin shad and crawdads, with the bigger bass feeding on yellow bass and rainbow trout. There has been plenty of double-digit bass caught here each year so don’t miss out on your chance for a trophy! There are also several other species of fish to target in Saguaro Lake which include, crappie, smallmouth bass, white bass, yellow bass, rainbow trout, carp, bluegill, walleye, flathead catfish, and channel catfish. Although you won’t see too many smallmouth or walleye on your Saguaro Lake fishing trip, they are caught on occasion. Saguaro Lake fishing spots are some of the best in the state, and our Saguaro Lake fishing guides can help you reel in some big ones! Book a trip here today!
When you aren’t enjoying some Saguaro Lake fishing with FishIn48, the lake has some great options for outdoor enthusiasts. The hiking trails are top-notch around Butcher Jones where you can walk hiking trails along the lake. Precision Marine is on-site and has full marina services, including boat rentals, a marina store, fishing supplies, and marine repair. If you don’t want to rent a boat, they have the Desert Belle which is their tour boat. The Desert Belle is a two-level boat that has been taking folks out for the past 50 years.
It’s a great way to relax and listen to the captain give the history of the lake while pointing out the wildlife that is often seen there. You can expect to see all sorts of wildlife with bighorn sheep being the most common, you can also see javelina, bobcats, and mountain lions.
If you are looking to camp at Saguaro, you have the option of Bagley Flat Campground. It’s about 4 miles from the dam and has 30 campsites that are accessible by boat only. It has everything you need except drinking water. Bagley will have grills, restrooms, picnic tables, and a short distance to the water to do some short fishing. If you want to stay in some great overnight accommodations after your day of Saguaro Lake fishing, you must check out Saguaro Lake Guest Ranch. It is a hidden gem and offers some amazing scenery and privacy. It is located on the bank of the salt river and has 20 rustic cabins for guests. It is a great spot for wedding and corporate events as well. Info for the ranch is below