Fishing report

Fishing Report For: August 13, 2021

Water Report Recommendations / Tips

A-1 Lake


Try Lemon Twist Powerbait or nightcrawlers off the bottom for stocked rainbow trout. Try lures like spinners and spoons.  

Black River


A Special-Use permit Is Required. Try nightcrawlers, jigs, and plastic crawdads in pools and deeper riffles near structures for smallmouth bass. Pack-It-In/Pack-It-Out. Drink plenty of water.

Bog Tank  Fair

Try nightcrawlers, charteuse Powerbait off the top.  Spinners like panther martins and mepps were working for rainbow trout      

Day Use Only-No Camping.

Bootleg Lake  Fair Try topwater lures or carolina rigged soft worms for largemouth bass. Try frog type lures in weeds for bass. Try chicken liver or stinkbait for channel catfish
Christmas Tree Lake   Christmas tree lake permit required. Reservations for Christmas Tree Lake can be taken by calling (928)369-7669. Artificial flies and lures with single barbless hook. Limited to 20 anglers/day.
Cooley Lake  Fair Try weedless jigs and soft worms for largemouth bass in weed beds around lake. Try nightcawlers or stink bait for channel catfish. Pack-it-in/Pack-it-out. Help keep Cooley Lake clean.
Cyclone Lake    Call (928)338-4385 for Cyclone Rent-A-Lake Reservations and information.
Drift Fence Lake  Good Try nightcrawlers, rainbow colored powerbait for rainbow trout. Try lures like spinners in bright colors or silver kastmaster spoons. Try wet fly patterns. The Reservation Lake store is closed so be sure to purchase permits before heading up. 

Earl Park Lake

 Fair Try nightcrawlers, rainbow color powerbait, or salmon eggs for rainbow trout. Try lures like panther martin spinners or kastmaster spoons. 

Hawley Lake

 Good Try baits like nightcrawler or lime twist powerbait off bottom. Try spinners or silver z-rays spoons. Fish holding up deeper in cooler water. Boat ramps accessible. The Hawley Lake Store and facilities are open.

Horseshoe Lake

 Fair Try nightcrawlers or garlic powerbait. Try lures like  kastmaster spoons or spinners. Boat anglers try nightcrawlers, powerbait, spoons, or flies like nymphs deeper, cooler water. The Horseshoe Lake Store is closed.
Hurricane Lake   Call (928)338-4385 for Hurricane Rent-A-Lake Reservations and more info.
Pacheta Lake  Fair
Pacheta Lake is Catch-n-Release. Artificial lures and flies with single barbless hook. Try wet fly patterns like streamers deep during the day and dry patterns during the morning and evenings. 
Reservation Lake  Good Try nightcrawlers or charteuse powerbait. Try lures like z-ray spinners, spinner flies or spoons. Try wet fly patterns deep. Boat ramp accessible, electric trolling motors only. The store is closed.
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. River is running turbid from recent summer monsoon storms. Drink plenty of water.

Shush Be Tou Lake

(Big Bear)

 Fair Try nightcrawlers or green colored powerbait. Try spoons in silver finish like z-rays or kastmasters and spinners like mepps black fury or panther martins. Boat ramp accessible.

Shush Be Zahze Lake

(Little Bear)

Good Try nightcrawlers, charteuse garlic powerbait, or lures like kastmaster spoons and bright colored roostertail spinners. Boat ramp accessible.

Sunrise Lake


Try nightcrawlers or powerbait. Try spinners. Flies try wooly buggers and nymphs patterns. No boat launching due to soft mud at launch ramp locations. Stay on roads, no driving/parking off roads. Sunrise Store is open.
Streams Fair Try nightcrawlers, spinners, and jigs in slower moving pools and riffles. In lower elevation streams try nightcrawlers, small crankbaits or marabou jigs for smallmouth bass. Streams run turbid after monsoon storms.

Tonto Lake

(Tribal members only)

 Good Try charteuse colored powerbait, nightcrawlers, or corn. Try mepps spinners and spoon type lures. Boat anglers try kastmasters or crayfish crankbait.

Daily bag limits for trout: 15 & older is 5 fish/day; 10-14 year old is 3 fish/day; 9 & younger is 2 fish/day.  A valid White Mountain Apache Tribal Permit is required and must be carried at all times when fishing, boating, camping and for all outdoor recreation activities on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. Permits can be obtained at permit vendors located on and off the reservation. Visit our website at or call our office at (928)338-4385 for the fishing report.