In response to Governor Ducey’s Executive Order on 6/29/2020 the Mesa Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities Department will make the following adjustments to our Recreation Reopening plan:

  • The Red Mountain Center will be closed beginning June 30, 2020 through at least July 27, 2020.  Memberships will be suspended during this closure. Aster Aging Senior services will not be available onsite.
  • Public pools will reduce public swim capacities and enforce increased social distancing measures to follow the Executive Order. Swimming lessons and fitness lap swim will continue as scheduled.
  • Summer Camp programs will continue to operate as they meet capacity and social distancing requirements.
  • The Mesa Tennis Center will limit its capacity to no more than 50 people.
  • Sports field rentals will continue to operate facilitating team practices only and will require compliance of social distancing requirements.

The City of Mesa will continue to evaluate and respond to Executive Orders to ensure the health and safety of our community. We appreciate your patience and understanding during these unprecedented times. Please visit for the most up to date information on all programs and facilities.


Face Coverings in Mesa required beginning Monday, June 22 at 8 am - Proclamation & Frequently Asked Questions


Community Fishing Program

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Community-Fishing-Program-logoThrough a cooperative program between Arizona Game and Fish and the City of Mesa, urban fishing lakes are stocked throughout the year for fishing recreation.

Stocking Schedule

Community Fishing Bulletin

Community Fishing Regulations

Community Fishing Program Locations:

Cold Kills Tilapia.  Read more [PDF].

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 Dispose of Fishing Line and Help Keep Waterfowl Safe

 You can help keep our waterfowl safe by disposing of fishing line in the fishing line disposal canisters at all of the City of Mesa's Community Fishing sites: Red Mountain Park, Riverview Park and Greenfield Park.

Did you know...

The Arizona Game and Fish Department makes 20-24 fish stockings per year?

The 18,800 fish delivered in Mesa are worth $49,100?

Mesa anglers generate $750,000 in direct expenditures per year to the local economy?

Frequently Asked Questions

Who pays for the Community Fishing Program?

The Community Fishing Program is a cooperative effort between the City of Mesa and Arizona Game and Fish.  The program is fully funded by the sale of Community Fishing Licenses and from fees from the city parks and recreation departments.

Mesa contributes $10,600 annually to partially support the Urban Fishing Program.

What is the limit at Community Fishing Lakes?

Daily bag and possession limits:

Community Fishing, Youth Combo Hunt/Fish, General Fishing, Combo Hunt/Fish, Short Term Combo Hunt/Fish and Pioneer Combo Hunt/Fish Licenses, Blind Arizona Residents
4 trout and 4 catfish daily
Unlicensed juveniles under age 10
2 trout and 4 catfish daily
Largemouth bass 2 fish daily, a minimum of 13 inches
White amur 1 fish daily, a minimum of 30 inches
Sunfish 10 fish daily

Are the fish safe to eat?

Yes, the fish are safe to eat.

Overseeing the quality and health of the lakes and the fish involves a partnership between the cities, the Game and Fish Department and the Department of Environmental Quality.  Lake water quality is monitored to ensure compliance with state standards.  The trout, catfish, bass and sunfish stocked into the lakes come from reputable fish farms with strict fish health standards and quality control practices.  Most of the stocked fish don't stay in the lakes for long, as 80% of the stocked fish are caught within 30 days.  Finally, remember that proper handling and cooking of your catch will ensure a healthy and delicious meal!  

What types of fish are in Community Fishing Lakes?

Catchable rainbow trout are stocked during the winter (November to March)

Channel catfish are stocked in the summer (March to November)

Hybrid sunfish are stocked three times per year 

Bluegill and other sunfish species are common, and occasional catches of largemouth bass are reported.

Red Mountain Park Lake contains:  channel catfish, rainbow trout (in season), bluegill, hybrid sunfish, largemouth bass, carp, and white amur.

Riverview Park Lake contains:  channel catfish, rainbow trout (in season), bluegill, redear sunfish, hybrid sunfish, largemouth bass, tilapia and carp.

What kind of license do I need to fish the designated Community Fishing Lakes and where can I purchase one?

If you are 10-17 years of age you must buy a $5 Youth Combo Hunt/Fishing License (rates are the same whether a resident or non resident).  The license covers all fish species found in urban lakes.  Juveniles under age 10 and blind Arizona residents do not need a license. 

Other licenses that are valid at Community Fishing Lakes are: Community Fishing License ($24 res./non-res.), General Fishing License ($37 res./$55 non-res.), Combo Hunt/Fish License ($57 res./$160 non-res.), Short Term Combo Hunt/Fish License ($15/day res./$20/day non-res.), Pioneer Combo Hunt/Fish License (complimentary to AZ residents for past 25 years and age 70 or older) and Disabled Veteran License.

Fishing licenses can be purchased from any of 300 dealers statewide that sells state fishing and hunting licenses or any Game and Fish office.

17-335. Blind resident; fishing license exemption

A blind resident may fish without a license and is entitled to the same privileges as the holder of a valid license.

Additional License Information

A Fishing License is required for any person age 10 and older.  Children 9 and younger can fish without a license.

Fishing without a license or the proper license is the #1 Game & Fish violation.

When fishing, Game and Fish laws require you to attend your line, that is, stay near your fishing pole at all times.

When fishing, the hook, fly or lure must be used in such a manner that the fish voluntarily attempt to take it in their mouths.

It is a violation to fail to keep all edible portions of fish in an edible condition or to leave fish to die.  This is wasting game meat.

Arizona's fish and wildlife belong to all of us, so when someone takes an over-limit, it's like taking a fish off your stringer and putting it on theirs.  Bag and possession limits are designed to give everyone an equal chance and protect the fishery.  If you see someone breaking the law, call Operation Game Thief immediately, 24 hours a day.

To make the best case against the violators, Game and Fish need to know exactly what they did, when and where they did it, a description of the person or persons, and a description of their vehicle and license plate number (very helpful).

To report violators, call Operation Game Thief  24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-352-0700.

Community Fishing Videos

Fishing 101: Purchasing A Fishing License


Fishing 101: General Fishing Rules


Fishing 101: Clean Up Rules and Proper Etiquette

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