By John Kuells
Arizona might not be the land of 10,000 lakes, but there’s no shortage of high-quality fishing spots spread across the state. In order to catch the best, you need to gear up with the best. The following local shops have all your bait and tackle needs to catch your next trophy fish. Let’s go fishing!
Phoenix Fishing Supply is the go-to spot for Valley residents looking for bait and tackle. This locally-run spot has a wide-range of supplies for anglers of all ages and experience. You can find almost any rod, reel, or tackle item you desire at their Phoenix storefront. Phoenix Fishing Supply caters to both local and out-of-state fishers. They carry all the necessities to gear up for a freshwater or saltwater fishing trip.
Liar’s Korner has just about everything you want from a bait and tackle shop. This small, locally-run shop has a staff of knowledgeable fishing experts. They carry enough brand-name fishing equipment to compete with big corporate stores. They’re also a one-stop shop for outdoor gear. You can buy live bait, tackle, hunting gear, and snacks and drinks at this East Valley shop. Liar’s Korner also provides hunting and fishing licenses to locals.
Looking for an epic fishing adventure? Look no further than the Hook Up Outfitters. This bait and tackle shop also provides guided fishing and fly-fishing excursions around Arizona. Locals can visit their shops located throughout the state from the Valley through Northern Arizona and the White Mountains. Their Peoria location sits on the shores of Lake Pleasant. You can grab rods, reels, flies, and bait from top fishing companies at their shop.
There’s no shortage of fishing holes in Arizona. But none quite stack up to the Colorado River. This 1,450-mile river flows freely through a large part of the state. You can gear up for your next Colorado River fishing adventure at Hillbilly’s Bait & Tackle. Located in Bullhead City, it’s just minutes away from a wealth of fishing opportunities. This shop carries rods, reels, flat weights, spinning reels, and more. They also carry a variety of options for live bait. You can buy live minnows, anchovies, squid, night crawlers, sardines, and more.
Do you like fly fishing? Then you won’t want to miss Desert Sportsman. This Scottsdale retail pro shop carries some of the biggest names in fly fishing equipment. They have been catering exclusively to the fly fishing community since opening in 2006. You can find all of your equipment needs in addition to apparel and information on fly fishing events. This stellar shop lives up to its name as Arizona’s Fly Fishing Outfitter.
Alpine is located in the eastern part of Arizona, near the New Mexico border. The town may be on the small side, but there’s no denying its allure to fishermen. Nearby fishing at Luna Lake offers a quiet reprieve from city life. You can gear up for your fishing trip at the Tackle Shop. This small shop has hunting and fishing supplies, gas, and drinks and snacks.
Dry Creek Outfitters is a staple in the Tucson fishing community. This locally owned and operated shop is a large purveyor of fly-fishing gear. They have some of the best fly fishing products in the industry. A team of fishing experts also runs Dry Creek. You can get advice on techniques, products, and fishing holes at this great shop.
Fishing and archery go hand in hand. At least, that’s the case at TGS Outdoors. This Tucson shop specializes in fishing and archery gear. They carry top bait and tackle equipment in addition to a range of bows, arrows, and accessories. You’ll find a huge selection of rods, bait, reels, fishing line, hooks, and weights at their storefront. You can also find bow-fishing equipment to up your game on your next trip.
Why do fishermen love Lees Ferry? It’s the only place in Glen Canyon where visitors can drive to the Colorado River. This renowned fishing hole is a popular spot among locals and tourists. You can get all the essentials for a fishing trip at Lees Ferry Anglers Fly Shop and Guide. They’ve been providing flies, hooks, and gear to fishermen since 1989. You can also book a fishing guide to make the most of your Colorado River adventure.
Bass Tackle Master has been “kickin’ bass since 1999.” It’s the go-to bait and tackle shop in Lake Havasu City. You can find a variety of lures, terminal tackle, and marine accessories before heading out for a day on the lake. This popular shop carries over 50,000 items in stock at a time.