Fishing report

Fishing Report For: October 29, 2021

Water Report Recommendations / Tips

A-1 Lake



Try night crawlers or Powerbait either off the bottom or top for stocked rainbow trout. Try retrieving lures like Mepps spinners.  

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. Black River upstream of Bonito Creek confluence closed till April 1, 2022.

Bog Tank  Fair

Try night crawlers or Garlic PowerBait off the bottom. Rainbow trout were taking lures like spinners retrieved from shore. 

Bootleg Lake  Fair For largemouth bass try top-water lures in or near weed beds later in the day. Try stink-bait for channel catfish. There are a lot of weeds along the shoreline make casting difficult into open parts of lake.
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  Good Try weedless jigs and spinnerbaits near weed beds for largemouth bass. Try nightcrawlers or stink bait for channel catfish. Please help keep Cooley Lake clean.
Cyclone Lake    Call (928)338-4385 for Cyclone Rent-A-Lake Reservations and information.
Drift Fence Lake  Fair Try night crawlers or pink PowerBait. Try bright-colored spinners like Roostertail spinners and spoon-type lures like Kastmasters.

Earl Park Lake

 Good Try night crawlers or orange PowerBait for rainbow trout. Lures such as Kastmasters, Panther Martins, or small crank-bait retrieved from bank and trolled from boat. 

Hawley Lake

 Fair Try night crawlers or rainbow PowerBait for rainbow trout. Try spinners or rapalas. For flies try wet fly patterns. The Hawley Lake store and facilities are closed. Boat ramps around lake are accessible.

Horseshoe Lake

 Fair Try powerbait or night crawlers either off the top or bottom. Try retrieving lures like panther martin spinners or Z-Ray spoons. Try wet fly  The Horseshoe Lake Store is closed. Boat ramp accessible.
Hurricane Lake   Call (928)338-4385 for Hurricane Rent-A-Lake Reservations and more info.
Pacheta Lake  Good
Pacheta Lake is Catch-N-Release. Artificial flies and lures with single barbless hooks. Try large streamers like wooly booger. Try lures like kastmaster and crawdad or rapala crankbait.
Reservation Lake  Good Try night crawlers, PowerBait, and marshmallows. Try lures like chartreuse colored Mepps spinners, brass Z-Rays, and flies. The Reservation Lake store is closed. The boat ramp is accessible.
Salt River Fair A Special-Use Permit Is Required. Water is running turbid. Try night crawlers in riffles and pools. Try stink-bait for catfish. Pack-It-In/Pack-It-Out. It is your responsibility to pack out what you packed in.

Shush Be Tou Lake

(Big Bear)

 Fair Try Powerbait or night crawlers off the bottom for rainbow trout. Try lures like Z-Rays and Roostertails either from the shoreline or from a boat.   

Shush Be Zahze Lake

(Little Bear)

Good Stocked size rainbow trout are being caught with nightcrawlers, marshmallows, or PowerBait in rainbow or chartreuse color. Try off the top or the bottom. Try lures like Roostertail spinners and flies

Sunrise Lake


Try chartreuse PowerBait or night crawlers. Try Panther Martin spinners. Try wet flies like bead-head zugbug and scuds. Water level at Sunrise Lake is low but nice size rainbow trout are being caught. No boat launching due to low water and soft mud at ramps.
Streams Good Try night crawlers or spinners near structures like rocks or logs in larger pools and deeper riffles for trout. Try flies in the larger pools. Try small floating Rapala, jigs, or small spinners in lower reaches for smallmouth bass. 

Tonto Lake

(Tribal members only)

 Fair Tonto Lake is accessible. Try baits off the bottom like night crawlers and pink and rainbow PowerBait. Try spinners and Kastmasters retrieved or trolled for rainbow trout. 

Daily bag limits for trout: 15 & older is 5 fish/day; 10-14 years 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 while fishing, boating, camping, sight-seeing and other outdoor recreation activities on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. Permits can be obtained at an authorized permit vendor.  Firework possession and use is prohibited on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. Visit our website: or call our office at (928)338-4385 for the latest fishing report.