Phoenix anglers don't need to drive far to try their luck in the water. The city of Phoenix has contracted with the Arizona Game and Fish Department to stock lakes at six city parks: Cesar Chavez (Alvord Lake), Cortez, Desert West, Encanto, Papago, and Steele Indian School.
These lakes generally are stocked with catfish in June, September and October and trout in November and December. Check out the stocking schedule for specific dates. Please keep in mind that all Arizona state fishing regulations apply to fishing in Phoenix city parks.
Though neither offer fishing, two other Phoenix park sites feature tranquil lakes: Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area and Roadrunner Park, 3502 E. Cactus Rd.