updated April 25
• 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, parking is available at entrance. Boat launching not available, road into campground not 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 online at wmatoutdoors.org. Limited to 20 anglers per day with reservations.
• 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. Try stinkbaits for channel catfish. Please keep lake clean.
• Drift Fence Lake: Fair. Drift Fence lake is accessible on Indian route(s) 70 and 20. It is not accessible coming down from Reservation Lake. Try nightcrawlers or charteuse Powerbait off the bottom. Try lures like spinners and spoons.
• 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. 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 charteuse powerbait, nightcrawlers, and different lures. 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.
• Pacheta Lake: Fair. Pacheta Lake is Catch-and-Release, lures and flies only with single barbless hook, all fish caught must be released For flies try different midge patterns and lures try small crankbaits and spoons.
• Reservation Lake: Fair. Reservation Lake is accessible on State route 273-Forest road 116 (through Sunrise) and not yet on Indian route 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. Parking available near dam and hotel. Boat launching not available.
• Streams: Fair. Streams accessible in lower elevations. Streams flows are high due to snow melt. 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. 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 & older is 5 fish/day; 10-14 years old is 3 fish/day; 9 & 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 wmatoutdoors.org or at an authorized permit vendor. Firework possession and its use is prohibited on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. Visit our website: wmatoutdoors.org or call our office at 928-338-4385 for the latest access information, ice conditions and fishing report.
For more information, call White Mountain Apache Tribe Game and Fish at 928-338-4385