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Bag and Possession Limits

10 striped bass
6 bass, minimum size 13 inches
10 catfish, any combination
10 trout
25 crappie

Snagging for carp, tilapia, and shad is allowed from Jan. 1 through March 31, and from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31.



Colorado River Special Use Stamps

Colorado River Special Use Stamps are required when fishing from a boat on waters that form mutual boundaries between Arizona and California or when fishing from the California shorelines of these waters.



Quagga Decontamination Protocols for your Boat

Day-use Boaters - One to five days on the water:

1. CLEAN the hull and remove any cliniging materials
2. DRAIN (remove the plug) the water from the engine, bilge, livewell, etc.
3. DRY the whole boat and equipment
4. If possible, treat any standing water (in bilge, bottom of boat) or other boat surfaces with vinegar.

Long-term or Moored Boats (e.g. in marinas) - more than five days on the water:

1. CLEAN, DRAIN (remove plug) and DRY
2. REMOVE all attached adult mussels
3. DESSICATE your boat. Keep the boat out of the water for a minimum of seven (7) days in the spring, summer and fall, and a minimum of 18 days in the winter to kill hidden quagga mussels.



Help Protect our Fisheries from Crayfish

Help reduce crayfish populations in our waters by removing crayfish at every opportunity.

Crayfish are not native to Arizona, yet they have become established in many waters throughout the state. they endanger aquatic native species as well as sport fish by:

  • Preying on all life stages of fish, amphibians and invertebrates
  • Aggressively competing for habitat and food
  • Destroying productive habitat in our streams,ponds and lakes

Be careful with the use and disposal of crayfish.

  • It is unlawful to transport live crayfish (except for that part of southwestern Arizona south of I-10 and west of Highway 95).
  • If you intend to keep and eat crayfish, pack them in ice for transport. This will kill them while keeping them fresh until you arrive at your destination
  • By law, you may only use live crayfish as bait in the same body of water where they were caught.
  • Do not throw unused bait crayfish, or bait of any kind, back into the water alive.

With a valid fishing license (or for youth under age 14), an unlimited number of crayfish may be caught by the following methods:

  • By hand or hand-held device, such as a fishing pole.
  • Landing nets, dip nets or umbrella nets
  • Crayfish nets or traps not exceeding 3 feet on a side or diameter
  • Cast nets not exceeding a 4-foot radius
  • Minnow traps not exceeding 1 foot in height and width, and 2 feet in length
  • Seine nets not exceeding 10 feet in length and 4 feet in width
  • Crayfish may be caught during the day or night.