Fishing report

White Mountain Apache Tribe Game & Fish

Updated Aug. 29

A-1 Lake: Good. A-1 Lake is accessible. Try pink powerbait or nightcrawlers. Try lures like spinnerbaits like panther martins and spoons like kastmasters. Water level is down but you can still launch boat. Do not drive or park vehicles off main roads and parking areas.

Big Bear Lake: Good. Big Bear is accessible. Try baits like nightcrawlers or green powerbait. Try spoons in brass finish. Try spinners like panther martins and mepps. The boat ramp is not accessible.

Bog Tank: Good. Bog Tank is accessible. Trout being caught from shore with nightcrawlers, garlic powerbait and lures like panther martin spinners and z-ray spoons. Day use only-No camping allowed.

Bootleg Lake: Fair. Bootleg accessible. Try topwater lures and crankbait for largemouth bass in weeds around lake. Try nightcrawlers and stinkbait for channel catfish. There are weeds around lake.

Christmas Tree Lake: Reservations for Christmas Tree Lake can be made online at Limited to 20 anglers per day with reservations.

Cooley Lake: Fair. Try nightcrawlers or orange powerbait for trout. Try nightcrawlers or soft plastics for largemouth bass near weed beds around lake. Try stinkbait or chicken liver for channel catfish.

Drift Fence Lake: Fair. Try different colors of powerbait like rainbow and charteuse or nightcrawlers. Lures like kastmasters spoons and Mepps spinners in bright colors.

Earl Park Lake: Fair. Earl Park Lake is accessible. Try nightcrawlers or garlic powerbait in different colors. Try lures like spinners or spoons trolled from boat..

Hawley Lake: Good. Hawley Lake is accessible. Try baits like nightcrawler or charteuse powerbait rigged to fish off the bottom. Try lures like mepps spinners, kastmaster spoons, or crankbaits in coves around lake. Boat ramps around lake are accessible.

Horseshoe Lake: Fair. Horseshoe Lake is accessible. Try nightcrawlers or yellow powerbait. Try lures like spinnerbaits in bright colors. Boat anglers try nightcrawlers, powerbait, or spoons. The Horseshoe Lake Store is closed. The boat ramp is accessible.

Little Bear Lake: Good. Little Bear Lake is accessible. Try nightcrawlers, rainbow glitter powerbait off the bottom, or lures like silver kastmaster spoons and bright colored panther martin spinners retrieved or trolled from boat. Boat ramp accessible.

Pacheta Lake: Fair. Pacheta Lake is "catch-and-release" artificial flies and lures only with single, barbless hooks. Pacheta Lake is accessible. Try dry fly patterns like hoppers and wet fly patterns like streamers. Reservation Lake store is closed.

Reservation Lake: Good. Reservation lake is accessible. People catching trout from shore with rainbow garlic powerbait or nightcrawlers. Boat anglers try spinners or spoons. Try wet fly patterns. Reservation lake store is closed.

Sunrise Lake: Good. Try nightcrawlers or charteuse powerbait. Try lures like spinners. Fly patterns try wet patterns. The Sunrise General Store is open. Do not drive or park vehicles off main roads and parking areas. Boat launching is difficult.

Streams: Fair. Try nightcrawlers, spinners, and jigs in slower moving, deeper pools and riffles near structures like logs and boulders. In lower elevation streams try nightcrawlers, small spinners or jigs for smallmouth bass earlier in day before monsoon storms make streams turbid.

Black River: Fair. Special-use permit is required. Try jigs, nightcrawlers, or spinners near structures or in pools for bass. Try stinkbait or nightcrawlers for catfish.

Salt River: Fair. A special-use permit is required. Try night crawlers and jigs. Try stink-bait or nightcrawlers for catfish. It is your responsibility to pack out what you packed in.

Tonto Lake: (Tribal Members). Good. Try pink or white powerbait or nightcrawlers for rainbow trout. Try small crankbaits, spinners, and spoons retrieved from shore or trolled from boat.

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, boating, camping and other recreation activities on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. Permits can be obtained online at or at permit vendors. Firework possession and its use is prohibited on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. Visit our website at or call their office at 928-338-4385 for the latest fishing report, fire restrictions and closures.

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