Arizona Game and Fish Department
Despite being several miles down a dirt road and having few amenities, Bear Canyon Lake still draws many visitors.
Description - Bear Canyon Lake consists of 60 surface acres with a maximum depth of 50 feet. It lies at 7,560 feet elevation. Because of its depth, this lake has no water quality problems. The Department stocks it with catchable-sized rainbow trout about six times each year. At one time, the lake was stocked with Apache trout and arctic grayling, but none remain today.
Amenities - There is free, dispersed camping at the junction of FR 89 and 89A. There are also several barrier-free toilets along FR 89A and at the two trailhead access points. There is no boat ramp. All boats must be carried in.
Fishing Techniques - Bear Canyon Lake is steep, as well as deep. For this reason, there is little shallow water, except at the upper end of the lake. Fish using small spinners and lures. If you are fishing off the bottom, avoid casting out too far. Bait anglers should try fishing with a worm suspended under a bobber. Fly anglers using a float tube can find solitude at Bear Canyon Lake, especially on weekdays. However, fly-fishing from shore or wading is not recommended because the tree line comes right to the water's edge, and the water gets deep close to shore.
Special notes - Statewide fishing regulations apply and a trout stamp is required. The daily bag limit is six trout; three for unlicensed anglers under the age of 14. Boat motors are restricted to electric motors only.
It's illegal to move live fish from one lake or stream to another because of the potential to harm existing fisheries. Without exception, no live baitfish may be used or be in possession on any fishable waters in Apache, Coconino or Navajo Counties.
Please pack out your trash, including discarded fishing line and other tackle.