Fishing report

White Mountain Apache Tribe

updated Aug. 17

• A-1 Lake: Fair. A-1 Lake is accessible. Try fluorescent red power bait or night crawlers. Try lures like spinnerbaits in bright colors and spoons like kast masters. Boat ramp accessible. Do not drive or park vehicles off main roads and parking areas.

• Big Bear Lake: Fair. Big Bear is accessible. Try baits like night crawlers or green power bait. Try spoons in brass finish. Try spinners like panther martins and mepps. The boat ramp is not accessible.

• Bog Tank: Fair. Bog Tank is accessible. Try night crawlers, garlic rainbow power bait, or salmon eggs. Try panther martin spinners and z-ray spoons. Day use only-No camping allowed.

• Bootleg Lake: Fair. Bootleg accessible. Try topwater lures and crank bait for largemouth bass in weeds around lake. Try night crawlers and stink bait 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 night crawlers or orange power bait for trout. Try night crawlers or soft plastics for largemouth bass near weed beds around lake. Try stink bait or chicken liver for channel catfish.

• Drift Fence Lake: Fair. Try different colors of power bait like rainbow and charteuse or night crawlers. Lures like kast masters spoons and Mepps spinners in bright colors.

• Earl Park Lake: Fair. Earl Park Lake is accessible. Try night crawlers, garlic power bait in different colors, or salmon eggs. Try lures like spinners or spoons trolled from boat..

• Hawley Lake: Good. Hawley Lake is accessible. Try baits like nightcrawler or pink power bait rigged to fish off the bottom. Try lures like mepps spinners, kast master spoons, or crank baits. Boat ramps around lake are accessible.

• Horseshoe Lake: Fair. Horseshoe Lake is accessible. Try night crawlers or charteuse power bait. Try lures like spinnerbaits with silver blades. Boat anglers try night crawlers, power bait, or spoons. The Horseshoe Lake Store is closed. The boat ramp is accessible.

• Little Bear Lake: Good. Little Bear Lake is accessible. Try night crawlers, rainbow glitter power bait off the bottom, or lures like silver kast master 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. Try power bait with glitter in orange or rainbow or night crawlers. Boat anglers try spinners or spoons. Try wet fly patterns. Reservation lake store is closed.

• Sunrise Lake: Good. Try night crawlers or charteuse power bait. 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 around Sunrise Lake.

• Streams: Fair. Try night crawlers, spinners, and jigs in slower moving, deeper pools and riffles near structures like logs and boulders. In lower elevation streams try night crawlers, 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, night crawlers, or spinners near structures or in pools for bass. Try stink bait or night crawlers for catfish.

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

• Tonto Lake: (tribal members). Fair. Try pink power bait or night crawlers for rainbow trout. Try small crank baits, 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 our office at (928)338-4385 for the latest fishing report, fire restrictions and closures.

For more information, call White Mountain Apache Tribe at 928-338-4385.

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