White Mountain Apache Game & Fish

updated April 27

A-1 Lake: Fair. Try charteuse Powerbait or nightcrawlers off the bottom or top. Try lures like spinners in dark colors and silver finish spoons. Boat ramp accessible.

Big Bear Lake: Good. Try nightcrawlers or garlic powerbait. Try spoons in silver finish like z-rays and spinners in bright colors like roostertails. Boat ramp accessible.

Bog Tank: Fair. Try nightcrawlers, rainbow powerbait, or salmon eggs. Try spinners and silver/red colored spoons. The Kids Fishing Derby at Bog Tank will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 2. 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 nightcrawlers or stinkbait for channel catfish.

Drift Fence Lake: Good. Try nightcrawlers, charteuse garlic glitter powerbait. Try lures like spinners in dark colors or gold kastmaster spoons. Try wet fly patterns. Drift Fence is accessible. Reservation Lake Store is closed.

Earl Park Lake: Fair. Try nightcrawlers, powerbait with litter, 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 or silver kastmaster spoons. Hawley Lake Store and facilities are closed. Boat ramps around lake are accessible.

Horseshoe Lake: Good. Try nightcrawlers or rainbow glitter powerbait. 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.

Little Bear Lake: Good. Try nightcrawlers, orange glitter powerbait, or lures like red and white spoons and bright colored panther martin spinners. Boat ramp accessible.

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 kastmasters. Pacheta Lake is accessible. 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. Boat ramp accessible. Reservation Lake store is closed. Reservation Lake is accessible.

Sunrise Lake: Good. Try nightcrawlers, rainbowpowerbait, or salmon eggs. Try spoons like kastmasters and bright colored spinners. Fly pattern try nymphs and streamers. Best in morning before it gets windy. 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.

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).

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

Tonto Lake: (Tribal members). Good. Try pink colored powerbait, nightcrawlers, or corn. 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.

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 located on and off the Reservation. Firework possession and its use is prohibited on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation.

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