Parker Canyon Lake
Parker Canyon Lake, west of Sierra Vista, offers both cold- and warm-water fish, including stocked rainbow trout and resident bass, sunfish and catfish. The lake was stocked with trout in the early winter and fishermen were reporting good results with Power Bait, Mepp's spinners and corn or cheese. For information call (520) 455-5847.
In addition to a paved lakeside area, there is a fishing pier and a paved boat ramp. The lakeshore country store, which is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the winter and week-long in the summer, offers supplies, boat rentals and fishing licenses. There is also a campground. A 5-mile hiking trail circles the lake.
Roper Lake State Park
The park has seventy-one camping sites, restrooms, showers, and waste disposal facilities. Camping stays are limited to fifteen days. Non-fishermen can enjoy hiking, swimming and picnicking. Only electric motors are allowed on the lake and the ponds. Exit the interstate (I-10) at exit 355 or 352, between Bowie and Willcox. Go north about 30 miles on highway 191. The park is four miles south of Safford. (928) 428-6760
Although this park was scheduled to close March 29, 2010, attempts are being made to save it. Pending Commission approval, the Arizona Game and Fish Department will provide financial assistance to keep Roper Lake State Park open until June 3.
The Arizona Department of Game and Fish regulates sport fishing in the state and provides a wealth of information at their website.
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