Outdoor enthusiasts understand that Sedona features all kind of outdoor activities you can enjoy. Hikers will love the various trails found all around Red Rock National Forest. The same can be said for mountain bikers. What you may not know is that Sedona is also a great location to enjoy fishing. What makes fishing so great in Sedona is the nearby Oak Creek where you can find a steady supply of rainbow trout. Having the creek so close lets you spend an entire day fishing in Sedona while being just minutes away from your comfortable rental property.
What to Know
As mentioned, fishing in Oak Creek is especially known for its abundance of rainbow trout. This type of fish is supplied throughout the year by the state. Fishermen can also find wild rainbow trout that are left over from prior years in addition to wild brown trout. The scenery around Oak Creek is beautiful all year round, making it a scenic place to spend the day. The most popular and effective method of Sedona fishing is fly fishing. The shallow stream lets you stand out in the water and try your hand at bringing in a trout. Fishing is most popular in Sedona during the summer seasons and the stream gets busy at certain spots.
Popular Spots to Fish in Sedona
Oak Creek is a lengthy stream providing plenty of locations where you can try to reel in a big catch. Perhaps the most popular spot for fly fishing in Sedona can be found in Page Springs. This area of Oak Creek is easy to get to just off Highway 89 down Forest Road #119. Expect to find plenty of space to fish, though as mentioned it can get busy during the summer. Grasshopper point is another popular spot for fly fishing which is also a swimming area. Instead of fishing here, head about half a mile past this spot where you will find Caner Canyon Trail that leads to a secluded Sedona fishing pool.
More Fishing Opportunity Abounds
Oak Creek is a fly fisherman’s dream, but it’s not the only fishing option in the area. For those who would love for nothing more than to pack a cooler and go perch on the dock with a fishing pole, you’re in luck. A short drive away, 17 miles to be exact, is a place called Dead Horse Ranch State Park. Largemouth bass, rainbow trout, channel catfish, bluegill, green sunfish, and an occasional crappie are the main species you’ll find dwelling within the cattail lined lagoons at the park. Seasonally, the Arizona Game and Fish Department restock the lagoons to ensure everyone has a good time (and a good catch) at this absolutely gorgeous destination. Dead Horse Ranch State Park has three fishing spots to choose from. There are two lagoons as well as access points to the Verde River on the south end of the park. The Arizona Game and Fish Department will be stocking the lagoons at Dead Horse Ranch throughout the winter and spring months.
Close to Sedona but away from the hustle and bustle of Oak Creek, another popular destination is Beaver Creek in the Coconino National Forest. From AZ Hwy 179, take Forest Road 618 to the day use area. This is a gravel road and there are no amenities, but the road is well maintained and suitable for a sedan in most weather conditions. Rainbow trout is stocked in the spring and fall, but you may also catch some largemouth bass, sunfish, channel catfish, crayfish, and crappie.
Learn the Tricks of the Trade
If you’re new to the world of fishing and would like to learn more, you’re in luck. Sedona Fly Fishing Adventures is the only locally owned, fully licensed, and permitted fly fishing guide service in the Sedona and Verde Valley area. Their knowledgeable guides know the area like the back of their hands and are ready to show you an amazing time creekside within the red rocks cliffs and diverse trees providing shade. Book a half day or full day adventure, which includes: a top-notch guide, waders and boots, wet wading guards and a complete rod set up, instructions the entire trip, and great fishing.
Get Your Gear
If you are missing some critical gear for fly fishing in Sedona, make sure to stop at The Hookup Outfitters for everything you need. Expect to find rental gear and all other purchasable gear you need for a successful trip. Not only that, but their friendly staff will be happy to point you in the right direction for the season you visit. With a local knowledge of varying weather patterns, it never hurts to ask where you’ll have the best luck.
When It’s All Said and Done
At the end of the day, hopefully you’ll have a cooler full of fresh caught fish and an appetite to match. Lucky for you, Sedona.Org has a wide variety of vacation rentals to choose from will provide the perfect ‘welcome home’ after a long day out on the water. Come in and put your feet up on the plush sofa of the inviting living room as you tell your friends and family the animated stories of the day. Your renditions of, “I once caught a fish this big,” will be met with a resounding laugh before you head to the fully furnished bathroom to clean up. Or perhaps you’ve chosen to book a rental with a hot tub, opting instead to rinse off outside with an epic view of the towering red rocks above you? When it comes time to cooking your fresh catch, rest assured the kitchen is fully equipped with all the bells and whistles you need to sauté, deep fry, sear, or simply grill the fish outside. However it’s cooked, rest assured a meal has never tasted so good as the one you caught yourself and ate gathered around the table with the ones you love. And when the day comes to an end, find comfort as you slide between the plush luxury linens atop the quality mattresses you’ll find in all of our rentals, guaranteed to provide a good night’s sleep after a fantastic day of casting your fishing line out into the babbling waters of Arizona backcountry.
Pro Tip: Before heading back to your vacation rental, we highly recommend you head to Oak Creek Brewing Co. for delicious appetizer and handcrafted brews. Since you have a fridge at your rental, treat yourself to a growler of your favorite ale for a special treat in the comforts of your vacation rental later; it will make the perfect accompaniment to your fish dinner.
More Fishing in Sedona
We guarantee you will find plenty of fish to reel up in Sedona this season. Be close by to these popular fishing spots by reserving one of our vacation rentals. Call today and see which rental is available for you.