Reservation, Drift Fence and Pacheta lakes are accessible on state Route 273 (from Sunrise to Big Lake) and on Forest Service road 116, or via Indian routes 70, 55 and 20. There is road construction on state Route 273 (from Sunrise to Big Lake) so expect 30-minute delays.
The lakes and streams have been stocked. Rivers and streams are returning to more favorable fishing conditions.
A valid White Mountain Apache Tribal permit is required for fishing, boating and camping on the Fort Apache Reservation, which may be obtained at different vendors both on and off the Reservation. Be sure to purchase your permits before heading to Reservation, Drift Fence or Pacheta lakes because the Reservation Lake store is closed. Visit the website www.wmatoutdoors.org or call the WMAT's Wildlife and Outdoor Recreation Department at (928) 338-4385 for the latest fishing report, permit vendor and access information.
The following information was received from WMAT WORD July 26:
A-1 LAKE - Fishing is fair. Use rainbow Powerbait, nightcrawlers, salmon eggs, corn and spinners like Mepp's Black Fury and spoons like gold-colored Kastmasters. Boat launching area is accessible. Best times are early mornings.
BIG BEAR LAKE - Fishing is fair. Use nightcrawlers, orange twist Powerbait, corn, silver/blue Kastmaster spoons or brightly-colored Mepp's Aglia spinners. No swimming allowed. Try fishing off the bottom as trout have moved to deeper, cooler waters of the lake.
BOG TANK - Fishing is good. Use baits such as nightcrawlers, corn, or chartreuse Powerbait fished off the bottom. Try lures such as green Z-Rays, gold Little Cleo spoons, dark-colored Rooster Tails or Mepp's spinners. Lake is full and water is clear.
BOOTLEG LAKE - Fishing is fair. Use spinner baits and topwater lures for largemouth bass; stinkbaits for catfish; Powerbait Alive, nightcrawlers, marshmallows or corn for trout. Water is murky on the edges and clearer in middle of lake.
CHRISTMAS TREE LAKE - (Artificial wet or dry flies and lures with single hook only) Christmas Tree Lake permit required. Limited to 20 anglers per day - no camping. Fishing is good. Call Hon-Dah Ski and Outdoor Sport at 1-877-226-4868 to make reservations.
COOLEY LAKE - Fishing is fair. Lake is full; water is murky to clear. Use nightcrawlers, Powerbait, Z-Rays, Kastmaster spoons, Panther Martin spinners and flies. Try spinner baits, crankbaits or Power worms for largemouth bass. Use nightcrawlers, chicken liver and other stinkbaits for catfish. Best times are early mornings and late evenings.
DRIFT FENCE LAKE - Fishing is good. Try nightcrawlers, yellow Powerbait and corn. Try silver-blade Panther Martins spinners or gold Z-Rays. Be sure to get your permits before going to Drift Fence because the Reservation Lake store is closed. Lake is full; water is clear.
EARL PARK LAKE - (Valid Earl Park permit required for everyone, including tribal members - available at Hawley Lake store. Flies only, wet or dry - catch-and-release only, no baits, treble hooks, lures, plastic or rubber baits or egg patterns allowed) Fishing is fair. Try buggers, ants and midges. Best time is late evenings.
HAWLEY LAKE - Fishing is fair. Use nightcrawlers, marshmallows, chartreuse Powerbait or corn fished off the bottom. Try blue/silver Kastmaster spoons, or Panther Martin spinners. Boat anglers are catching fish with worms. Hawley Lake's store, marina, restaurant and facilities are open. Permits may be purchased at the store. Boat and cabin rentals are available. Lake is full; water is clear.
HORSESHOE LAKE - Fishing is good. Try baits like nightcrawlers, corn, salmon eggs, or orange Powerbait and lures such as silver Kastmaster spoons, wooly bugger flies and dark-colored Panther Martin spinners. Get your permits before going to Horseshoe - the Horseshoe Lake store is closed - no boat rentals. Lake is full.
LITTLE BEAR LAKE - Fishing is fair. Use baits like nightcrawlers, corn, chartreuse Powerbait, corn and spoons such as Daredevils, Kastmasters or Z-Rays, and spinners such as Panther Martins, Mepp's or Rooster Tails. Best time is early in the mornings.
PACHETA LAKE - (Catch-and-release with single barbless hook only - no bait fishing or treble hooks allowed) Fishing is fair. Try flies such as semi seal leeches, Zug Bugs, C'mids or hoppers. Lake is full; water is murky. Be sure to get permits before traveling to Pacheta because the Reservation Lake store is closed.
RESERVATION LAKE - Fishing is fair. Use nightcrawlers, rainbow or pink Powerbait or spoons like rainbow-trout-colored Z-Rays or spinners like Mepp's Aglia. Be sure to get your permits before going to Reservation Lake because the lake's store is closed. There are no boat or cabin rentals. Best in the mornings.
SUNRISE LAKE - Fishing is fair. Use nightcrawlers, corn or rainbow Powerbait or Mepp's Black Fury spinners. For flies, try nymphs or Simi Seal leeches. Boat and shore anglers are doing well. Best time is in early mornings before the winds pick up. The Sunrise Lake marina and Sunrise convenience store is closed - no boat rentals. The Sunrise Hotel desk is selling permits.
STREAMS - Fishing is good. Try floating baits like nightcrawlers, Powerbait, or grasshoppers below riffles or in pools. Try small spoons like Kastmasters, Z-Rays in assorted colors or brown Panther Martin spinners retrieved across larger pools.
BLACK AND SALT RIVERS - (Black/Salt special use permit required) Fishing is good. Use baits such as nightcrawlers and try lures like jointed Rapala's, curly-tail grubs or silver Z-Rays, or flies like hoppers in larger pools for smallies and brown trout. Remember to pack out your trash. Be aware of bears - stash food and trash away from your area. Drink plenty of water - it's very warm in the canyon.
TONTO LAKE (Tribal members only) - Fishing is fair. Use nightcrawlers, salmon eggs, Powerbait, blue/silver Kastmaster spoons or Rooster Tail spinners off the bottom as trout have moved to deeper, cooler waters. Water is cloudy. Reminder: Pick up your fishing permits at the Wildlife and Outdoor Recreation office in Whiteriver - bring in proof of tribal enrollment.
The following information was received from the Arizona Game and Fish Department Aug. 2:
Recommended waters to fish - Woods Canyon and Willow Springs Lakes on the Rim are stocked weekly and fishing is good.
Show Low Lake in the Pinetop-Lakeside/Show Low area was heavily stocked in the spring and anglers have been catching trout, walleye, and bluegill from fishing piers and boats. In higher elevations, try Big Lake; trout are deep and boat anglers are doing better than shore fishermen. Some anglers are catching a few trout at Crescent Lake.
Mogollon Rim waters
BEAR CANYON LAKE - Fishing is fair to good for stocked trout. Anglers are catching fish on Power Bait and night crawlers. This is a hike-in lake. There is plenty of shoreline access, but it is best fished from a float tube or kayak.
BLACK CANYON LAKE - Fishing is fair for stocked trout. Anglers have been catching trout on Power Bait and night crawlers. This lake also contains largemouth bass and green sunfish - please catch and keep all you can of these illegally-stocked warm-water species, there is no limit on them.
CHEVELON LAKE - Fishing is fair at this hike-in lake. The lake is open to artificial lures and flies only and trout between 10 and 14 inches may not be possessed. The daily bag and possession limit is 6 trout. It is illegal to use bait here. Fly and spinning gear fishermen using boats and float tubes have been catching trout.
WILLOW SPRINGS LAKE - Fishing is fair to good. The lake will be stocked this week and nearly every week throughout the summer with catchable-size rainbow. Anglers have been catching these trout on Power Bait, night crawlers, and small lures. This lake also has largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and crappie -- please catch and keep all you can of these illegally-stocked warm-water species, there is no limit on them.
WOODS CANYON LAKE - Fishing is fair to good for stocked trout. The lake was stocked last week and will be stocked again this week. Large sized (1to 8-pound) incentive rainbow trout were stocked in early July in addition to the normal catchable-size trout. A recent report indicated that trout were biting well on slowly trolled small Rebel crankbaits, Crickhoppers, spinners, and cowbells with an attached worm or fly. Trolling Super Dupers or cowbells is popular here. The store is open and boat rentals are available. Be aware of a bald eagle nesting closure on the southwest side of the lake.
White Mountain waters
State route 273 (Big Lake road) is paved and open. However, paving on a short section between Sunrise and Sheeps Crossing is in progress and traffic through this area may be slow. Flagmen and pilot cars are being used to maintain vehicle access while construction is occurring. Expect some delays. To avoid this construction, use SR 261. For more information, call the Pinetop office of the Arizona Game and Fish Department at (928) 367-4281.
BECKER LAKE - Fishing is fair for large rainbow trout. Anglers have been catching rainbows on nymphs and small midges. The lake is open to artificial lure and fly only, barbless hooks, and a two-trout bag and possession limit.
BIG LAKE - Fishing is fair. The lake is nearly full. Rooster Tail spinners and wooly bugger flies are working well, and the usual night crawlers, Power Bait, and salmon eggs are working. Trout are being caught in deep water areas of the lake. Boat anglers trolling cowbells and lures tipped with a night crawler in deep areas of the lake have been catching trout. Bank anglers should fish off rocky points where there is deep water. The store is open and boat rentals are available.
CARNERO LAKE - Fishing is fair to good for stocked rainbow trout. Fly fishermen are catching stocked rainbow trout on small nymphs. The lake winter-killed but has been restocked with 2,350 large catchable (11-inch) and 6,935 sub-catchable (6-inch) rainbow trout earlier in the spring. This lake is best fished from a float tube, canoe or kayak. The weeds along the shoreline are very thick, but there is some open water in the middle. Trout have been feeding along the weed line near deeper water.
CLEAR CREEK RESERVOIR -Fishing is poor for trout and good for warm-water species. Try night crawlers and spinners for trout, and night crawlers on the bottom for bullheads, sunfish, and bass.
CONCHO LAKE - Fishing is poor. The lake level is very low and launching a boat is difficult.
CRESCENT LAKE - Fishing is fair to. The lake winter-killed but has been heavily restocked with 5,000 catchable size brook trout, and 4,949 catchable and 7,457 sub-catchable rainbow trout since mid-May. . Anglers are catching stocked trout on night crawlers and Power Bait off rocky points that are located over deep water. The store is closed for the season.
FOOL HOLLOW LAKE - Fishing is poor to fair. A few trout in the 15-inch range are being caught on night crawlers and Power Bait. There were 1-7-pound channel catfish stocked on May 19. Anglers are catching catfish at night on chicken livers and night crawlers. Bluegills and black crappies are being caught on night crawlers and small jigs off the west and east side fishing piers. Some bass and walleyes are being caught on lures. One fishing pier on the east side is closed for repairs. This lake is managed as a State Recreation Area.
GREER LAKES - Fishing is fair at all Greer lakes (Bunch, Tunnel and River). Water levels are dropping at all three reservoirs, so use caution when launching a boat. Boats cannot be launched at the boat ramp at River Reservoir due to very low water levels. Also be careful about launching a boat at Bunch Reservoir due to the concrete lip at the end of the ramp. Anglers should use Power Bait and night crawlers early in the morning and late evening. Boat anglers should try small lures or cowbells with an attached lure, fly or bait. River Reservoir also contains illegally-stocked yellow perch, which can be caught easily by kids fishing a small piece of night crawler under a bobber.
HULSEY LAKE - Fishing is fair to good. Trout have been caught on Power Bait, night crawlers and small dry flies. Stocked trout are rising during the early morning and late evening hours. There is a short hike down to this small lake.
LEE VALLEY RESERVOIR - Fishing is fair to good. The lake winter-killed, but has been restocked with 4,000 catchable-size Apache trout and 3,700 arctic grayling (7") since mid-May. Apache trout and grayling are biting on beadhead nymphs, Prince nymphs, Hares ear, zug bugs, and small peacock ladies. Try small nymphs in black, brown or green colors. Lee Valley Lake is open to lures and flies only with a 2-trout bag and possession limit, and a minimum size of 12-inches. It is illegal to use bait here.
LUNA LAKE - Fishing is poor to fair. Some trout are being caught on night crawlers, Power Bait, and salmon eggs. Try fishing early in the morning and late in the evening. The concession store is under new management and is now open. They have fishing tackle and boat rentals available.
LYMAN LAKE - Lyman Lake State Park is open for the summer. Anglers should try night crawlers and chicken liver for catfish. Largemouth bass, sunfish and walleye are also present in the lake. Try night crawlers and lures for these fish. The Park has many campsites and other amenities.
NELSON RESERVOIR - Fishing is fair. The lake was stocked heavily with 10,800 catchable rainbow trout in May. Try worms, Power Bait, and salmon eggs in the early morning and late evening hours for best results. Anglers using nightcrawlers and salmon eggs in the deeper portions of the lake have been catching the most fish.
RAINBOW LAKE - Fishing is poor. Lots of weeds are starting to develop, driving the pH levels up, and the fishing has slowed down. A few trout, bluegills, catfish, and bullheads are being caught off the fishing piers.
SCOTT RESERVOIR - Fishing is fair. The lake was last stocked with catchable-size rainbow trout in May, and 1 to 7-pound channel catfish were also stocked on May 19. Anglers are catching trout and catfish on night crawlers and Power Bait early in the morning and late in the evening.
SHOW LOW LAKE - Fishing is fair. The lake was stocked well during May and June. Anglers are catching trout, walleyes, bass, and bluegills on night crawlers from the fishing piers, and on lures and cowbells with worms fished from boats. Fishing in the early morning and late evenings will bring the best results. A recent report said boat anglers drifting nightcrawlers and flies and trolling small spinners were successful on trout and walleye. A few channel catfish and smallmouth bass are being caught by boat and shore fishermen. A 31/2 pound smallmouth bass was caught last weekend.
WOODLAND LAKE - Fishing is fair for bass, and catfish. Anglers should try night crawlers or Power Bait and lures early in the morning and late in the evening for trout, bass, and catfish. One angler this weekend was catching bass on lures. A 4.5-pound bass was recently caught by a young angler fishing with a worm for catfish. The daily bag and possession limit at Woodland Lake is 4 trout.
White Mountain streams
All regular stocking sites will be stocked weekly through the summer.
EAST FORK BLACK RIVER - Fishing is fair to good. Apache trout were stocked last week and will be stocked again this week. Try drifting worms through pools. Also try spinners, Rapalas or streamers for the resident brown trout.
WEST FORK BLACK RIVER campground - Fishing is fair to good. Apache trout were stocked last week in the campground and will be stocked again this week. Try drifting worms through pools for stocked trout or worms, spinners, or streamers for resident brown trout. The lower river near the campground is open to statewide regulations, but the upper reaches, from Hayground Creek to the Apache Indian reservation boundary, are open to catch-and-release fishing only, with artificial lure and fly.
LITTLE COLORADO RIVER-GREER - Fishing is fair to good. Stream flows are normal. Catchable-size Apache and rainbow trout were stocked last week and will be stocked again this week. Wild brown trout are also present.
SHEEPS CROSSING - Highway 273 is open and fishing is fair to good. However, road paving on Hwy 273 is occurring from Sunrise to Forest Road 87 (road from Greer) and delays should be expected. Traffic along Hwy 273 is being maintained with flagmen and pilot cars. Apache trout were stocked last week and will be stocked again this week. Anglers are catching trout on night crawlers.
SILVER CREEK - Fishing is poor due to flooding conditions on the stream. Silver Creek is currently open to lures, flies and bait; with a daily bag and possession limit of 6 trout from April 1 through Sept. 30. The upper section is closed to fishing at this time. Rainbow trout were stocked last week. No trout will be stocked this week. Try nightcrawlers or Power Bait, or small spinners or spoons in the deeper pools.
The following information was received from the Arizona Game and Fish Department Aug. 3:
Creeks below Mogollon Rim
All creeks are scheduled to receive trout every week. Word is to fish with big terrestrials such as hoppers although the smaller terrestrials will work too. To increase your odds throw a dry dropper nymph on it. The East Verde River also has increased flow levels this year, so it is also worth a try. It has been stocked.
Central Arizona waters
SALT RIVER (upper) - Salt River into Roosevelt is 456 cfs, and Salt River Canyon is 360 cfs.
ROOSEVELT LAKE - Lake Elevation is 2,147 ft (96 percent full). Tonto Creek runoff is 282 cfs while inflow from the Salt River is at 4900 cfs.
Dropshot with a 4 inch roboworm, dark colors seem to be working right now. Crappie are hitting jigs, vertical and trolling. A lot of people are having good luck with shakey jigheads.
A couple anglers fished in the early morning jigging for crappie and caught 1 bluegill and two channel cats in the Salt end later they caught 2 crappie and 4 sunfish. Drop-shot works pretty well off points in 25 to 30 feet of water.
APACHE - Lake elevation is 1,908 ft (94 percent full).
Fishing success tends to spike when runoff is flowing into the lake. Camp out, so to speak, where the water runs into the lake and along the runnels along the lake floor. Bass love to nab terrestrials that are washed down.
Fishing is still good at Apache.
An angler fished near the marina and caught bass and sunfish. Walleye were susceptible to the trolling technique at the points below 15 feet of water. Jointed cranks were the deadliest and the bite was soft. The recreational boaters have their way in the afternoon unless you can find a nice cove to hide out in.
Also, try using gold KastMasters (small) for the plentiful yellow bass. Try working the secondary points just inside the major coves.
CANYON - Lake elevation is 1657 ft, which is 95 percent full.
An angler fished after work from 5 to 8:30 p.m., the weather was great and fishing was excellent in the first hour as he caught 4 largemouth bass, 1 smallmouth and 1 catfish. Dark Senkos worked the best on a jig head. Once the wind died, so did the fishing. Another angler used 4 inch green pumpkin lizards and did real good as well.
The fish want night crawlers fished off the bottom in 6 to 11 feet of water.
If you are out in the daytime fish the shady walls with Texas rigged worms working down the cliffs. For you tubers you can't beat the boulder cove bluegill fishing. Use mealworm and worms on ledges and try the points for bass.
Canyon is loaded with sunfish. Downsize, use an ultra light with mini jigs or small spinners, and catch a passle of bluegill.
SAGUARO - Lake elevation 1,525 feet at 94 percent full.
An angler fished after work till 9 p.m., he enjoyed a bit of rain, overcast skies and a little wind. Drop shot and jigs worked well in 15 to 30 feet of water. The nicest largemouth was about 3 pounds and the smallest was a little over a pound. He saw lots of shad in the coves and open water.
Topwaters and crankbaits are productive. Dropshot off the points near the submerged river bed. Try to keep it above 25 to 30 feet where the thermocline sits.
Catfishing is good try dragging worms along the bottom. The snags is a good place for bass and along the steep walls. Shakey head jigs, Texas rigged worms and Drop shot works well for bass.
A couple experienced anglers caught over 60 fish from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Drop shot worked well for largemouth bass and most were in 10 to 13 feet near drop-offs. Bluegill and channels were both in the shallows and they liked worms and KastMasters. Yellow bass were deeper at 22 -25 feet deep and they liked KastMasters and worms. Shad boils were popping up all day but the fish just wanted to play with the shad not interested in any other presentations.
Colorado River waters
LAKE POWELL - Courtesy Wayneswords.com, August 4, 2010, Lake Elevation: 3,636. Water Temp:80-85 F. Striper boils have now started.
Stripers and shad are in transition mode again. "Slurps", where stripers casually eat tiny shad and ignore most angler offerings, are coming to an end. Shad have grown some, but more importantly stripers have ranged a bit closer to shore and found larger forage to eat. Size of shad found in striper stomachs has doubled in a week's time. These larger shad are harder for stripers to corner and catch. That makes stripers much more aggressive in pursuing shad and much more likely to hit lures. All of this equates to good times for anglers who love to use surface lures. Striper "boils" have now started.
In July there were countless numbers of finicky pods of complacent stripers popping up randomly throughout the day. Now there will be fewer surface disturbances seen but those that do come up will hold more fish with a larger appetite. Timing will be much the same with early morning and late evening being most productive. But there will be boils found at random times and locations throughout the day.
It is now wise to have a rod rigged with a full size surface lure that can be cast long distances. When fish come up the rod can be quickly deployed and a fish caught as soon as the boat nears the surfacing fish. If the first fish is landed quickly enough a second can be caught from the same school. Boil duration will increase with each day in August.
Best location for boils is Good Hope Bay but this transition period will make fishing exciting and productive over the length of Lake Powell. Expect to find boils close to the main channel in all canyons. Stripers will not go toward the back of the canyons and coves until later in the month or until September if open water shad numbers hold out that long.
Not all splashes will be made by stripers. One-pound smallmouth have seen tantalizing shad schools and moved out into open water. Bass usually feed individually or with 2-3 friends. Small groups of surfacing fish in shallow water near shore will likely be boiling bass. They provide great sport on surface poppers and shallow running jerk baits. Largemouth will also come to the surface to feed. Run buzz baits, stick baits and poppers over submerged treetops at first light in the morning for largemouth action.
Walleye are still found in large numbers in the tree tops from Bullfrog to Hite. Trolling the edge of the tree line in 30 feet of water with medium diving lures that run just above the tree tops is very effective. Catfish and sunfish are often ignored because of the glamour of their larger cousins but these smaller fish provide great sport for youngsters just learning how to fish. Lake Powell is a great place to teach kids how to fish because their efforts will be rewarded within a short time. Sunfish can be seen swimming around trees and near boats. They can be caught on a small worm-baited hook. Teaching a kid how to fish is a worthy goal for any family trip.
Remember to clean drain and dry your boat before coming to Lake Powell. It is still mussel free and will remain that way if all boaters practice good mussel defensive practices. Please Don't Move A Mussell.
LEES FERRY - Courtesy Lees Ferry Anglers.
Fly Fishing: Fishing is really good, and these fish are looking VERY healthy. The cicadas are starting to get extremely thick upriver, yet still somehow the fish aren't quite keying on them exclusively. There are certain spots though where the bite is definitely getting hot but it's just not spread to the whole river.
The past few days the fish counts have been very large. There are a few tricks to this bite but, if you know how to fish the cicada hatch you are sure to have a great time.
I would also like to mention that drifting with a longer leader and a heavy nymphing rig has been extremely productive. And again, certain areas are better than others so move around a bit. And remember you will need extra shot to get it down in the zone.
This year the hatch is much thicker than we have ever seen, and is sure to improve over the next few weeks. So, if you were thinking of fishing the ferry NOW is the time. Tight lines T
Walk in: This area has been fishing very well.
Report by: Chris Smith
It seems that the fish in the walk-in are finally starting to get settled into the high flows. In the mornings you can still get out to the gravel bar and the fishing off the far side of that has been great. They are hitting the Juan Worm like it's candy and me and many other's are using double Juan rigs (tan and brown seem to be the hot colors). Of course as the flows come up below the bar is the ticket as all the food gets washed out of there. Once again just be careful as the flows come up and pick the shallower spots to get back (right below the top of the boulder field is usually a good bet). Finally the walkin is getting a bit more crowds too which is nice to see (and there's still plenty of room to fish and grab a good spot), too few people have been enjoying the excellent fishing. A lot of bigger fish seemed to have moved in as well and I'm consistently catching 15"-17" fish.
Spin Fishing: Was reported as great this weekend, the lure of choice is still the Panther Martin in gold and black.
Anglers are also using large glo bugs, and bouncing them off the bottom.
The jig has been a fun one too, seems the black ones are working best when the cast is toward the shore. T
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