National Fishing and Boating Week 

National Fishing and Boating Week is a celebration that highlights the importance of recreational boating and fishing. How about taking a trip to Lake Pleasant in Maricopa County, Arizona? This beautiful lake is a hidden gem and a popular spot for anglers looking to reel in some of the biggest fish in the area. 

We’re providing a few tips to ensure a trip to Lake Pleasant is enjoyed by all. As you plan your outing to Scorpion Bay Marina on Lake Pleasant, this information will help you have a safe and enjoyable lake adventure:

Fishing at Scorpion Bay Marina

Scorpion Bay Marina on Lake Pleasant provides boat rentals and mountain views, plus many species of fish including largemouth bass, striped bass, white bass, crappie, channel catfish, and tilapia, as well as guided fishing trips with Hook Up Tackle OutfittersReel Em In Adventures or other great local outfitters.

Approved outfitters have guides that are licensed through the Arizona Game and Fish Department and most are fully certified in first aid and CPR. Guides supply gear, lifejackets, reels, poles and bait and can accommodate all ages and skill levels. Hook Up Tackle Outfitters is a full-service fly shop, renting rods, reels, bait, and accessories, and Reel Em In Adventures is known for taking you straight to the “honey hole” to catch some stripers.

Address: 10970 Peninsula Blvd, Morristown, AZ 85342 

How to Celebrate:

  1. Grab a Fishing Rod and Reel
    Don’t own a rod and reel? You can rent one at any marina or fishing tackle shop. Pack up some high-quality bait and do your best to land the big one.
  1. Invite a Friend
    Share your love of the water with others. Not everyone has a boat, so invite others for a day of cruising in warm sunshine to show them all the perks of boating. If you need a boat, look into boat rentals or shares in your area. 
  1. Plan a Raft Up
    It's always more fun to hang out with fellow boaters. Coordinate a time and date with some friends for a raft-up, where you anchor out together and tie off the boats into a long “raft” for a party on the water. One boat might have a great sound system, another a terrific barbecue grill and another might have water toys galore. Party on!
  1. Treat Yourself to New Gear

There’s no better time than National Boating and Fishing Week to upgrade with something new for yourself. Depending on your budget, choose something you’ve always wanted, whether it’s a new fishing rod or a whole new boat.

  1. Share Your Love for Boating and Fishing on Social Media 

Share the news with friends and family on social media that you’re having fun during National Boating and Fishing Week.

Use the hashtags #NFBW2023 and #SeeYouOutHere to let everyone know that you’re at the helm and having a blast—and of course, don’t forget to tag @DiscoverBoating for a chance to be featured in Who knows? You may encourage a new boater or two to discover the waterways.

A few safety tips:

  1. Lifejackets are Required: The moment children arrive at the Scorpion Bay dock, it’s a good idea to put a lifejacket on them. State and federal law requires children 13 and under to wear a well-fitting, Coast Guard-approved life jacket at all times when they are onboard any boat; all others must have a life jacket readily accessible. It’s important to note that all people on personal watercraft or being towed by a boat must wear a life jacket regardless of their age. The best rule of thumb is to consistently wear a life jacket around water regardless of your age. Remember to always be sure to have enough life jackets in your water craft for everyone on board. It’s important to be safe at all times as even strong swimmers and adults can easily become fatigued in the hot sun.
  1. Designate a Captain: At the beginning of the day, each family or group should assign someone to act as the head of the party. The captain makes sure all members of the party are safe and are where they are supposed to be throughout the day. Keeping an ongoing headcount during the day is a great way to ensure everyone is safe and makes it home at the end of the day. The captain should also avoid alcohol to remain alert.
  1. Drink Responsibly: Although most water-safety organizations warn lake-goers to avoid caffeinated and alcoholic drinks, those who choose to imbibe alcohol should do so responsibly. Be sure to keep hydrated with water even when not thirsty and never operate a boat or any other watercraft while intoxicated. 
  1. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate: Although the lake is a place for people to kick back and relax, it is an important time to keep hydrated. Banner Health suggests drinking eight to 10 eight-oz. glasses of water during extreme heat, low humidity or activity even if you’re not thirsty and to avoid caffeinated or alcoholic beverages. Protecting your skin with sunscreen and protective attire—including hats and sun glasses— along with reducing activity during the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. are all parts of staying hydrated. Urine should be a pale-yellow color; if it is dark, your body is telling you to drink more fluids. Dehydration is often the root cause of sickness and accidents on the lake, so be sure to learn the warning signs of heat exhaustion and heat-related illnesses to make sure everyone in your group stays healthy.
  1. Never Swim Alone: The buddy system is always a good idea around water. Make sure before you do any activities on the lake that everyone has a buddy to keep their eye on throughout the day—swimming alone is unsafe, even for adults. Never leave young children unattended near water and never ask a child to watch another child near water. If a child goes missing, always check the water first.
  1. Keep an Eye on the Weather: Weather conditions can change quickly at Lake Pleasant. If there is any chance of inclement weather, be sure to be up-to-date on forecasts at the National Weather Service site. Any visitors on land should stay out of the washes. According to the Maricopa County Parks & Recreation Department, even if a wash is currently dry, rushing water could potentially be unexpectedly headed to them at any time. Also, if you are on a watercraft, make sure to make your way to the docks before weather conditions become dangerous. Overcrowded docks can prevent visitors from being able to get their watercraft out of the water safely. 

Whether you’re an experienced angler or just starting, this lake has something for everyone. Remember, safety comes first, so always wear your life jacket and follow local regulations. Good luck and tight lines!

Scorpion Bay is Arizona’s premier floating playground, offering everything from daily pontoon and ski boat rentals to slips for carefree lifestyles. Come for the fishing or come for the frolicking—either way, incredible mountain views, fantastic dining and world-class marina services await less than an hour out of Phoenix

Scorpion Bay is Arizona’s premier floating playground, offering everything from daily pontoon and ski boat rentals to slips for harboring your yacht (or dinghy). Come for the fishing or come for the frolicking—either way, incredible mountain views, fantastic dining and world-class marina services await less than an hour out of Phoenix.