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Fishing in the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon Fishing

The Grand Canyon has some great fishing, and in particular fly-fishing.  You can bring your fly rod or casting equipment any time you'll be along the Colorado River, or one of its larger side canyons like Bright Angel Creek whether your hiking or accessing the water from the few roads in the canyon. Lee’s Ferry near the beginning of Grand Canyon National Park is where the local guides and outfitters are based for good reason and the best fishing options need boats for easy access. 

The Grand Canyon has both Rainbows and Brown trout near Lees Ferry and the upper canyon.  If you head further down river on a river trip you'll find striped bass that have been making their way up from Lake Mead, as well as catfish due to the warming water.  Grand Canyon National Park is currently working on the removal and study of these fish species due to their role in the decline of the native humpback chub.  You'll need an AZ fishing license to try your luck, and you can get one day, multi-day and annual licenses with a trout stamp. Read the guide below to learn more.

More About Grand Canyon Fishing

Fishing and Fly-fishing Lee’s Ferry and the Colorado River

Lees Ferry and the Colorado River upstream to Glen Canyon Dam is actually part of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, although Lees Ferry itself is a co-op of sorts between Glen Canyon and Grand Canyon National Park.  Most of the Guided trips and Private Fisherman use the section of the river between Lees Ferry and the Dam with the aid of a powerboat.  Having a motorized boat is the only feasible way to fish these waters.  Below Lees Ferry in Marble Canyon, there are several side Canyons including Ryder, Soap, and Jackass the give access to the River for fishing.  These are not the easiest trails, so get a little info on Grand Canyon trails before you head out.

Fishing the Side Streams of Grand Canyon National Park

Several larger side canyons have streams that hold trout within the Grand Canyon. The best and easiest to access (if you’re a backcountry hiker) is Bright Angel Creek next to the Bright Angel Campground and Phantom Ranch.

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