Fishing report

Fishing Report For: May 23, 2022

Water Report Recommendations / Tips

A-1 Lake



 A-1 lake is accessible. Try different colors of powerbait, nightcrawlers or charteuse salmon eggs for rainbow trout. Try lurres like spinners and spoons with brass finish.  Try wet fly patterns.  Boat ramp accessible.

Black River



A Special-Use permit Is Required. Try nightcrawlers, jigs, plastic hellgrammites and crawdads in pools and deeper riffles. Pack-It-In/Pack-It-Out. Avoid bears by storing food in bear-proof containers or by hanging it out of their reach. Permits available at the Carrizo station at jct. of US-60 & AZ-73.

Bog Tank  Fair

Try nightcrawlers or purple powerbait,Try retrieving panther martin spinners and z-rays spoons.  The Kids Fishing Derby will be Saturday, June 4, 2022. 8:00 an to noon. Bog Tank will be closed June 2 & 3, 2022.  Free for ALL kids 14 and under. for information call 928-338-4385

Bootleg Lake  Good Try jigs or spinner baits for largemoutn bass. Try weedless lures in weeds for bass. Try chicken liver or stinkbait for 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  Good Try nightcrawlers for trout off the top. Try  jigs for large largemouth bass near weed beds around lake.  Try nightcrawlers or stink bait for channel catfish. Please keep Cooley Lake clean. Pack-It-In/Pack-It-Out
Cyclone Lake    Call (928)338-4385 for Cyclone Rent-A-Lake Reservations and information.
Drift Fence Lake Fair Drift Fence lake is accessible. Try nightcrawlers, turbo powerbait. Try lures like spinners in dark colors or gold kastmaster spoons. Try wet flys patterns. Reservation Lake store is closed.

Earl Park Lake

 Fair Try nightcrawlers, powerbait with flitter, or salmon eggs for rainbow trout. Try lures like mepps spinners or  kastmaster spoon.  Hawley Lake store is open.

Hawley Lake

 Good Hawley Lake is accessible. Try baits like nightcrawler or charteuse glitter powerbait. Try blue fox spinners or silver kastmaster spoons. Hawley Lake Store and facilities are open. Boat ramps accessible.  

Horseshoe Lake

 Good Try nightcrawlers, pink salmon eggs or rainbow powerbait. Try lures like spinners or spoons in different color. Boat anglers try nightcrawlers or powerbait. The boat ramp is accessible. The Horseshoe Lake Store is open.
Hurricane Lake   Call (928)338-4385 for Hurricane Rent-A-Lake Reservations and more info. Artifical flies and lures with single barbless hooks only. No bait including powerbait.
Pacheta Lake  Fair
Pacheta Lake is Catch-n-Release. Artificial lures and flies with single barbless hook. Try wet fly patterns like midges. Try z-rays or kastmasters. Pacheta Lake is accessible. Reservation Lake store is closed.
Reservation Lake  Good Try nightcrawlers or powerbait colors with garlic scent.  Try lures like spinners, spinner flies or spoons.  Try streamer or bugger fly patterns.  Boat ramp accessible. Reservation Lake Store Closed.
Salt River Fair A Special-Use Permit Is Required. Try night crawlers and jigs 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.  Permits available at the Carrizo station at jct. of US-60 & AZ-73.

Shush Be Tou Lake

(Big Bear)

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

Shush Be Zahze Lake

(Little Bear)

 Fair Try nightcrawlers, glitter powerbait in different colors. Try lures like kastmaster spoons and bright colored mepps spinners. Boat ramp accessible.

Sunrise Lake


Try nightcrawlers, white glitter powerbait, or orange salmon eggs. Try spoons like acme phoebes or spinners like mepps. Fly patterns try midges and streamers. Try earlier in day before winds pick up. Sunrise General Store closed.
Streams Good Try nightcrawlers, spinners, and jigs in slower moving pools and riffles. In lower elevation streams try nightcrawlers, small crankbaits or jigs for smallmouth bass.

Tonto Lake

(Tribal members only)

Good Try pink colored powerbait or nightcrawlers. Try spinners and spoon type lures Boat anglers try kastmasters. Tribal members can obtain their 2022 annual fishing license at the Whiteriver or Hondah Game & Fish Office, Monday-Friday 8am-5pm

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.

STAGE 2 FIRE RESTRICTIONS IN EFFECT ON THE FORT APACHE INDIAN RESERVATION WHITERIVER, ARIZONA - The Fort Apache Indian Reservation is in severe drought conditions and fire danger is VERY HIGH. Effective Monday, May 23, 2022, at 7:00 a.m., Stage Two Fire Restrictions will be in effect on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. The following will apply until further notice to reduce the threat of wildfires on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation: Building, maintaining, attending, or using fire, campfire or charcoal-burning device is prohibited until further noticed. The use of Propane campfire or fire pit devices is prohibited as well. Propane grills for cooking are OK.