Fishing report

Fishing Report For: October 4, 2018

Water Report Recommendations / Tips

A-1 Lake

Fair

A-1 Lake is accessible. Try Gulp floating salmon eggs or nightcrawlers. Try caasting spinnerbaits like panther martins and spoons like kastmasters around different parts of the lake. Water level is down but you can still launch boat. Do not drive or park vehicles off main roads and parking areas.

Black River

 Fair

Special-Use Permit Is Required. Try jigs, nightcrawlers, or spinners near structures or in pools for bass. Try stinkbait or nightcrawlers for catfish.

Bog Tank Fair

Bog Tank is accessible. Trout being caught from shore with  nightcrawlers, pink powerbait off the top or bottom and retrieving lures like panther martin spinners and z-ray spoons. Day use only-No camping allowed.

Bootleg Lake Fair Bootleg accessible. Try topwater lures and crankbait for largemouth bass in weeds around lake. Try nightcrawlers and stinkbait for channel catfish. There are weeds around lake.
Christmas Tree Lake  

Reservations for Christmas Tree Lake can be made online at wmatoutdoor.org Limited to 20 anglers per day with reservations.

Cooley Lake Fair Try nightcrawlers or rainbow powerbait for rainbow trout. Try nightcrawlers or soft plastics for largemouth bass near weed beds around lake later in the day. Try stinkbait or chicken liver for channel catfish.
Cyclone Lake  

Reservations for Cyclone Lake can be made online at www.wmatoutdoor.org.

Drift Fence Lake Fair Try different colors of powerbait like rainbow and charteuse or nightcrawlers. Lures like kastmasters spoons and Mepps spinners in bright colors. 

Earl Park Lake

Good Earl Park Lake is accessible. Try nightcrawlers or garlic  powerbait in different colors. Try lures like spinners or spoons trolled from boat.. 

Hawley Lake

Good  Hawley Lake is accessible. Try baits like nightcrawler or charteuse powerbait rigged to fish off the bottom. Try lures like mepps spinners, kastmaster spoons, or crankbaits in coves around lake. Boat ramps around lake are accessible. 

Horseshoe Lake

Good Horseshoe Lake is accessible. Try nightcrawlers or yellow powerbait. Try lures like spinnerbaits in bright colors. Boat anglers try nightcrawlers, powerbait, or spoons. The Horseshoe Lake Store is closed. The boat ramp is accessible.
Hurricane Lake   Reservations for Hurricane Lake can be made online at www.wmatoutdoor.org.
North Fork Ditch Camp Fair  Try nightcrawlers, spinners, and jigs in slower moving, deeper pools and riffles near structures like logs and boulders. In lower elevation streams try nightcrawlers, small spinners or jigs for smallmouth bass earlier in day before monsoon storms make streams turbid.
Pacheta Lake Fair Pacheta Lake is "Catch-and-Release" artificial flies and lures only with single, barbless hooks. Pacheta Lake is accessible. Try dry fly patterns like hoppers and wet fly patterns like streamers. Reservation Lake store is closed.
Reservation Lake Fair Reservation lake is accessible. People catching trout from shore with rainbow garlic powerbait or nightcrawlers. Boat anglers try spinners or spoons. Try wet fly patterns. Reservation lake store is closed. Additional regulation is 
Salt River Fair A Special-Use Permit Is Required. Try night crawlers and jigs. Try stink-bait or nightcrawlers for catfish. It is your responsibility to pack out what you packed in. 

Shush Be Tou Lake

(Big Bear)

Good Big Bear Lake is accessible. Try baits like nightcrawlers or garlic powerbait. Try spoons in brass finish. Try spinners like panther martins and mepps. The boat ramp is accessible.

Shush Be Zahze Lake

(Little Bear)

Fair Little Bear Lake is accessible. Try nightcrawlers, rainbow glitter powerbait off the bottom, or lures like silver kastmaster spoons and bright colored panther martin snners retrieved or trolled from boat. Boat ramp accessible.

Sunrise Lake

Good 

Try nightcrawlers or charteuse powerbait. Try lures like spinners. Fly patterns try wet patterns. The Sunrise General Store is open. Do not drive or park vehicles off main roads and parking areas. Boat launching is difficult.
Streams Fair Try nightcrawlers, spinners, and jigs in slower moving, deeper pools and riffles near structures like logs and boulders. In lower elevation streams try nightcrawlers, small spinners or jigs for smallmouth bass earlier in day before monsoon storms make streams turbid.

Tonto Lake

(Tribal members only)

  Tonto Lake is Closed
Information  

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 carried at all times while fishing, boating, camping and other recreation activities on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. Permits can be obtained online at wmatoutdoors.org or at permit vendors. Firework possession and its use is prohibited on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. Visit our website at www.wmatoutdoors.org or call our office at (928)338-4385 for the latest fishing report, fire restrictions and closures.