White Mountain Apache Tribe Game & Fish

updated May 3

  • A-1 Lake: Fair. Try nightcrawlers or powerbait fished floating off the bottom. Try lures like Mepps spinners and z-ray spoons in bright colors. A-1 Lake is accessible.
  • Big Bear Lake: Fair. Try nightcrawlers, turbo powerbait, or salmon eggs fished off the bottom. Try different lures like spinners and spoons. Boat ramp is accessible. Big Bear Lake is accessible.
  • Bog Tank: Fair. Bog Tank is accessible. Try nightcrawlers or garlic powerbait, lures like bright colored spinners and spoons. No camping-Day use only. The Annual Kids Fishing Derby is on Saturday, June 1st.
  • Bootleg Lake: Fair. Try nightcrawlers or topwater lures for bass. Try stinkbaits or nightcrawlers for channel catfish.
  • Christmas Tree Lake: Reservations for Christmas Tree Lake can be made by calling (928) 369-7669. Limited to 20 anglers per day.
  • Cooley Lake: Fair. Cooley Lake is accessible. Try nightcrawlers or powerbait for trout. Try different jigs and crankbaits later in day for early spring largemouth bass near the aquatic vegetation in the lake. Try stinkbaits for channel catfish. Please keep Cooley Lake clean.
  • Drift Fence Lake: Fair. Drift Fence lake is accessible on AZ route 273-Forest road 116 (through Sunrise) and on Indian route(s) 55, 70 and 20. Try nightcrawlers or rainbow Powerbait off the bottom. Try lures like spinners and spoons. Reservation Lake store is closed.
  • Earl Park Lake: Fair. Try fishing with nightcrawlers or garlic powerbait off the bottom. Try retrieving spinners like rooster tails or spoons like kastmasters at different speeds and depths at different points around the lake.
  • Hawley Lake: Fair. Try nightcrawlers, different color powerbait like rainbow, pink, charteuse for cruising trout. Try spinners like panther martins, spoons like kastmasters, or small crankbaits. Hawley Lake facilities like store and marina are not available. Boat launching available.
  • Horseshoe Lake: Fair. Try turbo powerbait in rainbow color, nightcrawlers either off the top or bottom off points and in coves around lake. Try retrieving spinners or spoons in bright colors. Horseshoe Lake is accessible. Boat launching available. Horseshoe Lake store is closed.
  • Little Bear Lake: Fair. Try nightcrawlers, pink powerbait, salmon eggs or jigs. Try panther martin spinners or z-ray spoons. Little Bear Lake is accessible. Boat launching is available.
  • Pacheta Lake: Fair. Pacheta Lake is Catch-and-Release, artificial lures and flies with single barbless hook. Try flies in different midge patterns and lures try small crankbaits and spoons.
  • Reservation Lake: Fair. Reservation Lake is accessible on AZ 273-Forest road 116 (through Sunrise) and on Indian route(s) 55, 70 and 20. Try nightcrawlers, different bright color powerbait off the top or bottom. Try lures like Mepps spinners or Zray spoons in silver or brass. Store is closed.
  • Sunrise Lake: Fair. Try nightcrawlers, charteuse powerbait, or salmon eggs. Try different lures like spinners or spoons for rainbow trout.
  • Streams: Fair. Streams are flowing above normal due to snow melt and recent storms. Try larger, brighter colored spinners and jigs in slower moving, deeper pools and riffles near structures like logs and boulders.
  • Black River
  • : Fair. Special-Use Permit Is Required. River flows are high due to snowmelt. Try bright, larger lures like spinners and spoons in slower moving water.
  • Salt River: Fair. A Special-Use Permit Is Required. Try night crawlers and jigs. The Salt River is still flowing above normal for this time of the year and is turbid. Try stink bait for catfish. It is your responsibility to pack out what you packed in.
  • Tonto Lake: (Tribal Members). Tonto Lake is Closed. Daily bag limits for trout: 15 and older is 5 fish/day; 10-14 years old is 3 fish/day; 9 and younger is 2 fish/day.

A valid White Mountain Apache Tribal Permit is required and must carried at all times while fishing and other recreation activities on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. Permits can be obtained online at wmatoutdoor.org or at an authorized permit vendor. Firework possession and its use is prohibited on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. Visit website: wmatoutdoor.org or call their office at 928-338-4385 for the latest fishing report.

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