White Mountain Apache Tribe fishing report as of Oct. 4
• A-1 Lake: Fair. A-1 Lake is accessible. Try Gulp floating salmon eggs or nightcrawlers. Try casting spinnerbaits like panther martins and spoons like kastmasters around different parts of the lake. Water level is down but you can still launch boat. Do not drive or park vehicles off the main roads and parking areas.
• Big Bear Lake: Good. Big Bear Lake is accessible. Try baits like nightcrawlers or orange powerbait. Try spoons in brass finish. Try spinners like panther martins and mepps. The boat ramp is accessible.
• Bog Tank: Fair. Bog Tank is accessible. Trout being caught with nightcrawlers, yellow powerbait off the top or bottom and retrieving lures like panther martin spinners and z-ray spoons. Day use only-No camping allowed.
• Bootleg Lake: Fair. Bootleg is accessible. Try crankbait lures and jigs for largemouth bass in weeds around lake. Try nightcrawlers and stinkbait for channel catfish. There are weeds around the lake that can make casting and retrieving difficult.
• 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. Try nightcrawlers or Gulp salmon eggs for rainbow trout. Try nightcrawlers or soft plastics for largemouth bass near weed beds around lake later in the day. 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: Good. Earl Park Lake is accessible. Try nightcrawlers or garlic powerbait in different colors. Try lures like spinners or spoons trolled from boat. Try retrieving lures like kastmasters and rapalas off points, near structures and in coves around Earl Park.
• 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: Good. Horseshoe Lake is accessible. Try nightcrawlers or charteuse powerbait. Try casting lures like spinnerbaits in bright colors and wait a second or two before retrieving. Boat anglers try nightcrawlers, powerbait, or spoons. The Horseshoe Lake Store is closed. The boat ramp is accessible.
• Little Bear Lake: Fair. Little Bear Lake is accessible. Water is low. Try nightcrawlers, rainbow glitter powerbait off the bottom, or lures like silver kastmaster spoons and bright colored panther martin snners 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. Water is low. Try dry fly patterns like hoppers/ants and wet fly patterns like streamers. Lake water level is low.
• Reservation Lake: Fair. Reservation lake is accessible. People catching trout from shore with garlic powerbait and 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 8AM-4:30PM. Do not drive or park vehicles off main roads and parking areas. Boat ramps inaccessible. Float tubes/pontoons can be launched.
• 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.
• 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. Black River flows are below normal for this time of the year.
• 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. Salt River flows are below normal for this of the year.
• 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, 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.
For more information, call White Mountain Apache Tribe at 928-338-4385. A Division of the White Mountain Apache Tribe Game & Fish Dept.