Fishing report

Fishing Report For: April 30, 2021

Water Report Recommendations / Tips

A-1 Lake


Try turbo Powerbait or nightcrawlers. Try lures like spinners like panther martins and silver finish spoons. Boat ramp accessible. 

Black River


A Special-Use permit Is Required. Try nightcrawlers, jigs, and plastic crawdads in pools and deeper riffles near structures. Pack-It-In/Pack-It-Out. 

Bog Tank  Fair Try nightcrawlers, garlic scented rainbow powerbait, or salmon eggs. Try spinners and gold colored spoons around different points around lake.
Bootleg Lake  Fair Bootleg Lake is accessible. Try jigs or spinner baits for largemouth bass. Try weedless lures in weeds for bass. Try chicken liver or stinkbait for catfish.
Christmas Tree Lake   Reservations for Christmas Tree Lake can be made by calling (928)369-7669. Limited to 20 anglers per day.
Cooley Lake  Fair Try nightcrawlers for trout off the top. Try jigs for largemouth bass around lake. Try nightcrawlers or stink bait for channel catfish. Pack-It-In/Pack-It-Out. Please help keep Cooley Lake clean, green, and beautiful. 
Cyclone Lake  Closed  
Drift Fence Lake Good Try nightcrawlers, rainbow powerbait. Try lures like spinners in dark colors or gold kastmaster spoons. Try wet fly patterns. Reservation Lake store is closed.

Earl Park Lake

 Fair Try nightcrawlers, powerbait with glitter, or salmon eggs for rainbow trout. Try lures like mepps spinners or kastmaster spoons. Earl Park Lake is accessible.

Hawley Lake

 Good Try baits like nightcrawler or garlic powerbait. Try spinners or silver kastmaster spoons. Hawley Lake Store and facilities are closed. Boat ramps accessible.  

Horseshoe Lake

 Good  Try nightcrawlers or garlic powerbait. Try lures like kastmaster spoons in different color. Boat anglers try nightcrawlers, powerbait, salmon eggs. The boat ramp is accessible. The Horseshoe Lake Store is closed.
Hurricane Lake   Lake is closed.
Pacheta Lake  Fair Pacheta Lake is Catch and Release, all fish caught must be released back into lake, artificial flies and lures with single barbless hook.  Try wet flies. Try z-rays or kastmasters. Reservation Lake store is closed.
Reservation Lake  Good Try nightcrawlers or charteuse powerbait. Try lures like spinners, spinner flies or spoons. Try streamer fly patterns. Boat ramp accessible. Reservation Lake 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 nightcrawlersfor catfish. Pack-It-In/Pack-It-Out. It is your responsibility to pack out what you packed in.

Shush Be Tou Lake

(Big Bear)

 Good Try nightcrawlers or rainbow powerbait. Try spoons in silver finish like z-rays and spinners in bright colors like mepps aglia. Boat ramp accessible.

Shush Be Zahze Lake

(Little Bear)

 Good Try nightcrawlers, rainbow glitter powerbait, or lures like red and white spoons and bright colored panther martin spinners. Boat ramp accessible.

Sunrise Lake


Try nightcrawlers or yellow powerbait. Try spoons like kastmasters and bright colored spinners. Fly pattern try wet fly patterns. Best in morning before it gets windy. 
Streams  Good  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.

Tonto Lake

(Tribal members only)

 Good Try charteuse powerbait or nightcrawlers. Try spinners and spoon type lures. Boat anglers try kastmasters or flatfish crankbait. Tribal members can obtain fishing license with proof of membership at Game & Fish Offices in Whiteriver and Hondah Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM
Information   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.