Chaparral Lake and Eldorado's North Lake are stocked by AZ Game & Fish throughout the year. During the cooler months, October to March, the lake is stocked twice each month with trout (11 to 14 inches each - bag limit four fish). During the warmer months, April to July and September to October, the lake is stocked twice each month with catfish (1.5 to 2 pounds each - bag limit four fish). There are also periodic stockings of sunfish (four to nine inches each - bag limit 10 fish) throughout the year. Stockings cease in late July to early September due to excessive temperatures.
Fishing Fee and License
At Chaparral Lake and Eldorado North Lakes: Anyone age 9 or under does not need an urban fishing license; anyone 10 and up must have one of the following licenses:
- Community Fishing
- General Fishing
- Youth Combination Hunt and Fish (ages 10-17)
- Combination Hunt and Fish (18 and over)
Effective Jan. 1, 2014, the Game and Fish Department's license menu shrank to a simple list of five fishing options, including the Community Fishing license. All extra privileges and stamps have been bundled into the General fishing license creating value and new opportunity. Licenses can be purchased at AZ Game & Fish or sporting good stores, or call 602-942-3000.
Boating is only permitted at Chaparral Lake and McKellips Lake. Boating refers to canoes, row boats (including kayaks), boats with electric motors and sailboats; no inflatable rafts or gas-powered boats. There must be a US Coast Guard Approved flotation device nearby and there must be one per person in the boat although it does not necessarily have to be worn.
If you have any questions, please contact the individual park directly or call Parks & Recreation at 480-312-PARK (7275).