Fishing report

Fishing Report For: April 20, 2018

Water Report Recommendations / Tips

A-1 Lake

Fair 

Try green glitter Powerbait or nightcrawlers off the bottom or top. Try lures like spinners in dark colors and silver finish spoons. 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 Fair 

Try nightcrawlers, garlic scented 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 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. Bog Tank will be closed Thursday, May 31 & Friday, June 1, 2018. 

Bootleg Lake Fair Bootleg Lake is accessible. Try jigs or spinner baits for largemouth bass. Try weedless lures in weeds 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 jigs for largemouth bass near weed beds around lake. Try nightcrawlers for channel catfish.
Cyclone Lake  

Reservations for Cyclone Lake can be made online at www.wmatoutdoors.org.

Drift Fence Lake Good  Try nightcrawlers, rainbow powerbait. Try lures like spinners in dark colors or gold kastmaster spoons. Try wet fly patterns. Drift Fence accessible on route 20. Reservation Lake is closed.

Earl Park Lake

Fair  Try nightcrawlers, powerbait with glitter, 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 charteuse powerbait. Try spinners or silver kastmaster spoons. Hawley Lake Store and facilities are closed. Boat ramps accessible.  

Horseshoe Lake

Good  Try nightcrawlers or garlic powerbait. Try lures like kastmaster spoons in different color. Boat anglers try nightcrawlers, powerbait, 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 crankbaitsormarabou 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 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 streamer fly patterns. Boat ramp accessible. Reservation Lake store is closed. Reservation Lake is accessible from Sunrise on AZ 273 and Forest Rd 116.
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)

Good  Try nightcrawlers or rainbow powerbait. Try spoons in silver finish like z-rays and spinners in bright colors like mepps aglia. Boat ramp accessible.

Shush Be Zahze Lake

(Little Bear)

Good  Try nightcrawlers, rainbow glitter powerbait, or lures like red and white spoons and bright colored panther martin spinners. Boat ramp 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 crankbaitsormarabou jigs for smallmouth bass.

Tonto Lake

(Tribal members only)

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. 
Information  

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. Visit our website at www.wmatoutdoors.org or call our office at (928)338-4385 for the latest fishing report.