Fishing report

Fishing Report For: October 8, 2021

Water Report Recommendations / Tips

A-1 Lake



Try nightcrawlers or pink powerbait. Try lures like spinners and z-ray spoons in bright colors. Try wet flies patterns. A-1 Lake is accessible. Boat launching available.

Black River



Special-Use Permit Is Required. Try bright, larger lures like crankbaits, spinners and spoons in slower moving water. Water is clear. Try nightcrawlers drifted downstream across stream. Pack-it-in/Pack-it- out. Store food out of the reach of black bears. 

Bog Tank  Fair

Try nightcrawlers or red/white/blue or spring green powerbait, lures like bright colored spinners and spoons. No camping-Day use only. 

Bootleg Lake  Fair Try nightcrawlers or topwater lures mid-day for bass. Try stinkbaits or nightcrawlers 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  Good Cooley Lake is accessible. Try nightcrawlers or powerbait for trout. Try different jigs and soft baits in frog or worm pattern for largemouth bass. Try stinkbaits 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 nightcrawlers or yellow Powerbait off the bottom for trout. Try lures like spinners and spoons.  Try wet fly patterns. The Reservation Lake store is closed so be sure to purchase permits before heading up. 

Earl Park Lake

 Good Try fishing with nightcrawlers or rainbow powerbait. Try retrieving spinners like rooster tails or spoons like z-rays at different speeds and depths at different points around the lake. Boat launching is available

Hawley Lake

 Fair Try nightcrawlers, different color glitter powerbait in rainbow color for trout. Try spinners like panther martins, spoons like kastmasters, or small crankbaits. Boat anglers try trolling lures. Hawley Lake Store, Marina, and Café are closed. Boat launching available.

Horseshoe Lake

 Fair Try turbo powerbait or nightcrawlers casted out farther and set deeper. Try casting and retrieving jigs, crankbaits, spinners or spoons in coves and off points around Horseshoe Lake. Boat launching available. Horseshoe Lake store is closed. 
Hurricane Lake   Call (928)338-4385 for Hurricane Rent-A-Lake Reservations and more info.
Pacheta Lake  Good
Pacheta Lake is Catch-and-Release, artificial lures and flies with single barbless hook. Try wet flies in different patterns and lures try small crawdad crankbaits and kastmasters deeper in water column.
Reservation Lake  Good Try nightcrawlers, different powerbait in garlic scent. Try lures like suspending minnow crankbaits or spoons in silver or brass. Reservation Lake Store is closed.
Salt River Fair A Special-Use Permit Is Required. Try night crawlers and jigs. Try stink bait for catfish. It is your responsibility to pack out what you packed in. Carrizo Store is open.

Shush Be Tou Lake

(Big Bear)

 Fair Try nightcrawlers or charteuse powerbait off the bottom. Try different lures like spinners and spoons at different depths around lake. Boat ramp is accessible.  

Shush Be Zahze Lake

(Little Bear)

Good Try nightcrawlers or rainbow powerbait. Try panther martin spinners, pistol petes or kastmasters spoons. Little Bear Lake is accessible. Boat launching is available.

Sunrise Lake


Try nightcrawlers or white powerbait or powereggs. Try different lures like spinners or spoons for cruising rainbow trout. No boat launching available. Do not park/drive off main roads/parking areas. Sunrise General Store is open daily. 
Streams Good Streams running clear and cooling down. Drifting nightcrawlers across pools and riffles. Try larger, brighter colored spinners and jigs in slower moving, deeper pools and riffles near structures like logs and boulders. Lower warmer reaches try spinners or jigs for bass

Tonto Lake

(Tribal members only)

 Fair Try nightcrawlers, different colors of Turbo Powerbait. Try crawdad pattern crankbait, kastmasters and z-rays spoons from shore and off boat. Tribal members can pick up 2021 fishing permits at Game & Fish in Whiteriver and Hondah Monday through 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.