Lower Salt River

Apache Junction, Arizona

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Only 40 minutes from downtown, the Salt River is metro Phoenix’s closest fishery. It’s very popular with fly fishers who don’t have the time to travel to the high-elevation trout waters. It’s hard to believe such a beautiful canyon and creek are so close to a major city. Canyon walls several hundred feet high offer solitude for several types of birds, including at least one nesting pair of bald eagles. Coyotes and Javelina abound, as well do more than a few rattlesnakes. Because the lower Salt originates deep below the surface of Saguaro Lake, its waters run cold and clear for most of the year. It’s stocked with rainbow trout and there are bluegill, largemouth and smallmouth bass, and way too many suckers. Types of Fish: Suckers, bass, bluegill, stocked rainbow trout. This eTrail covers the "where, when, and how" to fish in this region. You'll get a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to bring, and the best flies to use.

Lower Salt River Professional Review and Guide

"Only 40 minutes from downtown, the Salt River is metro Phoenix’s closest fishery. It’s very popular with fly fishers who don’t have the time to travel to the high-elevation trout waters. It’s hard to believe such a beautiful canyon and creek are so close to a major city. Canyon walls several hundred feet high offer solitude for several types of birds, including at least one nesting pair of bald eagles. Coyotes and Javelina abound, as well do more than a few rattlesnakes.

Because the lower Salt originates deep below the surface of Saguaro Lake, its waters run cold and clear for most of the year. It’s stocked with rainbow trout and there are bluegill, largemouth and smallmouth bass, and way too many suckers. Types of Fish: Suckers, bass, bluegill, stocked rainbow trout. This eTrail covers the "where, when, and how" to fish in this region. You'll get a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to bring, and the best flies to use."

Activity Type: Fly-Fishing
Nearby City: Apache Junction
Trail Type: Several options
Season & Limits: Year-round
Driving Directions: Directions to Lower Salt River

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May 2018