Fishing report

Fishing Report For: December 2, 2021

Water Report Recommendations / Tips

A-1 Lake



Try night crawlers, salmon eggs or Powerbait stocked rainbow trout. Try retrieving lures like Mepps spinners.  A-1 lake is accessible.  

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 PowerBait. Trout were taking lures like spinners retrieved from shore. Bog Tank is accessible. Day-use only no camping.

Bootleg Lake  Fair For largemouth bass try top-water lures later in the day. Try stink-bait 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 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. Drift Fence Lake is accessible.

Earl Park Lake

  Arizona State Route 473 is closed for winter. 

Hawley Lake

  Arizona State Route 473 is closed for winter. 

Horseshoe Lake

 Fair Horseshoe Lake is accessible. Try powerbait, salmon eggs 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 or crankbait. Pacheta Lake is accessible.
Reservation Lake  Good Reservation Lake is accessible. Try night crawlers, PowerBait, and marshmallows. Try lures like chartreuse colored Mepps spinners, spoons, and flies. The Reservation Lake store is closed. The boat ramp is accessible.
Salt River Fair A Special-Use Permit Is Required. 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. Try lures like Z-Rays and Roostertails. Big Bear Lake is accessible. Boat ramp is accessible.   

Shush Be Zahze Lake

(Little Bear)

Fair Stocked size rainbow trout are being caught with nightcrawlers, salmon eggs, or powerbait in rainbow or chartreuse color. Try off the top or the bottom. Try lures like spinners and wet flies.

Sunrise Lake


Sunrise Lake is accessible. Try white powerbait, salmon eggs or night crawlers. Try kastmasters and spinners. No boat launching due to low water and soft mud at ramps. The Sunrise General Store is open.
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 crankbaits, 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 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.