While you are on vacation in Sedona, Arizona and looking for some outdoor family activities, why not plan on doing some fishing? Yes, there is fishing in the desert! There are plenty of places to take yourself, or your family, fishing near Sedona. You can even take a guided fishing trip if you prefer, rather than striking out on your own. Two of my all time favorite places to cast are: Oak Creek There are many reasons I like to fish in Oak Creek. The main reason I like to cast in Oak Creek would have to be the scenery. It is one of the most relaxing and beautiful areas near Sedona to fish. The clear canyon stream is easily accessible with a scenic road leading right down the middle of it. You have a chance of catching rainbow trout, brown trout, smallmouth bass and flathead catfish.
The Verde River This clear desert stream is an excellent source of both beauty and fish. It is the only Wild and Scenic River in Arizona. There is a pretty good variety of fish species to catch too, including largemouth bass and trout. The Arizona Game and Fish Department has begun stocking on a “put and take” basis as well. Tips for fishing in Arizona: FISHING LICENSE – A valid Arizona fishing license is required for Arizona resident and non-resident anglers 10 years of age or older fishing any public accessible water in Arizona. Youth under the age of 14 and blind residents do not need to purchase a state fishing license to fish in Arizona. A Red Rock Pass , America the Beautiful Interagency Pass, Golden Age Pass or Golden Access Pass) is required when recreating on National Forest land in Red Rock Country, a high-impact recreation area. The pass must be displayed in the windshield of your vehicle. For more information on places to fish in Sedona visit Coconino National Forest. For more information on fishing in Arizona, rules, regulations and locations, visit the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Guided fishing trips in Sedona The Hook Up Outfitters ” Sedona Red Rock Trout Adventure” Sedona Great adventures “West Clear Creek Fishing Excursions”