National Go Fishing Day: Cast a Line in Chandler City Parks

June 18, 2019
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Communications and Public Affairs

Today, people all around the country are celebrating the joys of casting out and reeling in. On this National Go Fishing Day, take the time to plan your next fishing trip to one of Chandler’s two Community Fishing sites.

Fishing at Veterans Oasis Park

Veterans Oasis Park is located at the southeast corner of the city at the intersection of Lindsay and Chandler Heights Roads. The lake at Veteran’s Oasis was created to recharge reclaimed water into the ground to facilitate natural filtration and to restock groundwater reservoirs.

The lake at Veterans Oasis Park is stocked with fish every two weeks from mid-September through June, with species including Channel catfish, Rainbow trout, Sunfish, and Largemouth bass.

Before you stop by to drop a line, make sure you pick up your community fishing license. You can purchase a community fishing license online at one of these locations close to Veteran’s Oasis Park.


Location Address
Big 5 Sporting Goods 4180 S. Arizona Ave.
Walmart 2750 E. Germann Rd.
Walmart 1175 S. Arizona Ave.


Fishing at Veterans Oasis Park
Fishing at Veterans Oasis Park

Veteran’s Oasis Park and the adjacent Environmental Education Center offer a series of programs and educational opportunities for the whole family, covering topics including birdwatching, green living, gardening, water conservation, nature photography, orienteering, alternative energy and stargazing.

Entrance to the Environmental Education Center is free and visitors are welcome to view the exhibits and walk the more than four miles of trails around the urban fishing lake.

Fishing at Desert Breeze Park

The lake at Desert Breeze Park and the surrounding amenities are an excellent stop for fishing and outdoor activities with the family.

The lake at Desert Breeze Park
The lake at Desert Breeze Park

After you stow away the rods, visit the Hummingbird Habitat at Desert Breeze Park. This demonstration garden familiarizes visitors with low-water-usage, native Southwestern plants that support area wildlife.

In addition to fishing, the park also offers ballfields, a walking trail, picnic pavilions, a playground, restrooms and tennis courts.

Online Resources for Community Fishing

You can find the updated fish-stocking schedule from the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Not that the department only releases the week of the scheduled stocking; specific dates are not published by the AZGFD, and they are not released by Veterans Oasis Park staff.

Due to extreme heat conditions every summer, there are no fish stockings to Community lakes and ponds between June 25 and September 15.

A valid Arizona license is required to fish in Arizona for all residents over the age of 10. You can purchase a community fishing license online or at several retailers

Stocking the lake at Veterans Oasis Park
Stocking the lake at Veterans Oasis Park

around Chandler. Find more information on fishing regulations in our state from the online resources below or at Arizona Game and Fish Department.

Explore More of Chandler’s Parks

The City of Chandler operates more than 60 parks and a variety of park programs for residents to get out and enjoy the outdoors. Plan your next outdoor outing at any of our Chandler’s parks.