White Mountain Apache Tribe
Updated May 14
• A-1 Lake: Fair. Try rainbow powerbait or nightcrawlers. Try lures like spinners in bright colors and spoons in brass finish like kastmasters. Boat ramp accessible.
• Black River: Fair. A Special-Use permit Is Required. Try nightcrawlers, jigs, and plastic crawdads in pools and deeper riffles near structures. Pack-It-In/Pack-It-Out. Avoid black bears by storing food in bear-proof containers or by hanging it out of their reach (10 ft).
• Bog Tank: Good. Try nightcrawlers, lime twist powerbait, or salmon eggs. Try spinners and gold colored spoons. The Kids Fishing Derby at Bog Tank will be on Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Bog Tank will be closed Thursday, May 31 and Friday, June 1.
• Bootleg Lake: Fair. Bootleg Lake is accessible. Try jigs or spinner baits for largemouth bass. Try weedless lures in weed mats for bass. Try chicken liver or stinkbait for catfish.
• Christmas Tree Lake: Reservations for Christmas Tree can be made online at www.wmatoutdoors.org. Limited to 20 anglers per day by reservation.
• Cooley Lake: Fair. Try nightcrawlers for trout off the top. Try crankbait and jigs for largemouth bass near weed beds around lake. Try stinkbait for channel catfish.
• Cyclone Lake: Reservations for Cyclone Lake can be made online at www.wmatoutdoors.org.
• Drift Fence Lake: Good. Try nightcrawlers, charteuse powerbait. Try lures like spinners like panther martins or gold kastmaster spoons. Try wet fly patterns. Drift Fence is accessible. Reservation Lake Store is closed.
• Earl Park Lake: Fair. Try nightcrawlers, garlic powerbait in different colors, or salmon eggs for rainbow trout. Try lures like mepps spinners or kastmaster spoons. Earl Park Lake is accessible.
• Hawley Lake: Good. Hawley Lake is full. Try baits like nightcrawler or yellow powerbait. Try spinners like mepps or silver kastmaster spoons. Hawley Lake Store and facilities are closed. Boat ramps around lake are accessible.
• Horseshoe Lake: Good. Try nightcrawlers or glitter powerbait in different colors. Try lures like spinners with silver blade. Boat anglers try nightcrawlers, powerbait, or salmon eggs. The boat ramp is accessible. The Horseshoe Lake Store is closed.
• Hurricane Lake: Reservations for Hurricane Lake can be made online at www.wmatoutdoors.org.
• North Fork Ditch Camp: Good. Try nightcrawlers, spinners, and jigs in slower moving pools and riffles. In lower elevation streams try nightcrawlers, small crankbaits or jigs for smallmouth bass.
• Pacheta Lake: Fair. Pacheta Lake is Catch-n-Release. Artificial lures and flies with single barbless hook. Try wet fly patterns like streamers. Try z-rays or flatfish. Reservation Lake store is closed.
• Reservation Lake: Good. Try nightcrawlers or charteuse powerbait. Try lures like spinners, spinner flies or spoons. Try wet fly patterns like streamers. Boat ramp accessible. Reservation Lake store is closed. Reservation Lake is accessible.
• Salt River: Fair. A Special-Use Permit Is Required. Try night crawlers and jigs in riffles and pools. Try stink-bait or nightcrawlersfor catfish. Pack-It-In/Pack-It-Out. It is your responsibility to pack out what you packed in.
• Shush Be Tou Lake: (Big Bear). Fair. Try nightcrawlers or glitter powerbait in different colors. Try spoons in silver finish like z-rays and spinners in dark colors like roostertails. Boat ramp accessible.
• Shush Be Zahze Lake: (Little Bear). Good. Try nightcrawlers, powerbait eggs, or lures like gold kastmaster spoons and bright colored panther martin spinners. Boat ramp accessible.
• Sunrise Lake: Fair. Try nightcrawlers, rainbow powerbait, or salmon eggs. Try spoons like kastmasters and bright colored spinners. Fly pattern try nymphs and streamers. Sunrise General Store open.
• Streams: Good. Try nightcrawlers, spinners, and jigs in slower moving pools and riffles. In lower elevation streams try nightcrawlers, small crankbaits or jigs for smallmouth bass.
•Tonto Lake: (Tribal members only). Good. Try rainbow colored powerbait or nightcrawlers. Try spinners and spoon type lures. Boat anglers try kastmasters or flatfish crankbait. Tribal members can obtain fishing license with proof of membership at the Game & Fish Office.
Information: 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, boating, camping and other recreation activities on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. Permits can be obtained online at wmatoutdoors.org or at permit vendors. Firework possession and its use is prohibited on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. Visit our website at www.wmatoutdoors.org or call our office at 928-338-4385 for the latest fishing report.