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Hi guys, I just joined the forum. I'm trying to get into bass fishing and learn more about this sport.

I was just wondering if there is a list somewhere of rivers and streams that are good for bass fishing. I know there is a lot of lakes for bass fishing but I don't have a boat and I really like river and stream fishing.

My friend and I went Saturday morning to the upper Salt River, where the bridge is on the way to Young, and fished there in the morning but we only caught 1 bass the whole day (on a dropshotted Robo worm). The water was chock full of some kind of tiny minnows about an inch long, they were everywhere. We would be wading in the water and feel the tickle of them swarming all over pecking at our legs and arms. What the heck are these little guys, and do bass eat them? If so I bet they don't need to look far for food.

Anyway just wondering where I can go to fish for bass. I heard the Black River was good. Anywhere closer to the valley that is good? Thanks!
 

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Close to town the Salt below Saguaro Lake holds good numbers and some big ones. The Verde where you can find access has smallies and LM, but the biggest thrill IMHO is the Black River in far eastern AZ, starting in the White Mountains. It's full of Small Mouth and they can be caught on spinning as well as fly gear pretty easily.
 

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Sounds like some great places to try.

I am especially interested in the Gila River as I never knew you could fish there.

Does anyone know how or where to go to access the Gila River for fishing purposes?

Is it on reservation land or will the normal fishing license do?

I found some sites about fishing the Gila River but they all were about New Mexico.
 
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