Fishing report

Fishing Report For: June 30, 2022

Water Report Recommendations / Tips

A-1 Lake



A-1 Lake is accessible. Try Charteuse Powerbait, nightcrawlers or marshmallows for stocked rainbow trout.  Try casting lures like spinners and spoons with brass finish or blades.  Try wet fly patterns.  Boat ramp accessible

Black River



Special -Use Permit Required. the Black River is accessible. Try nightcrawlers, small, soft plastics near structure and pools. Pack-It-In/Pack-It-Out.  Keep food and trash properly secure and out of reach of black bears.

Bog Tank Good

Bog Tank is accessible. Try nightcrawlers or powerbait.  Try casting & retreving spinners or spoons off points around the lake. Day Use Only.  No Camping

Bootleg Lake  Fair Try jigs or sofbaits for largemouth bass near rock strutures afround lake. Try cheese or stinkbait for channel catfish
Christmas Tree Lake   Christmas Tree Lake reservations can be taken by calling (9928) 369-7669.  Limited to 20 anglers a day by reservation. day Use Only. No Camping
Cooley Lake  Good Cooley Lake is accessible. Try nightcrawlers for trout off the top. Try crankbaits or topwater for  largemouth bass near weed beds around lake. Try nightcrawlers or stink bait for channel catfish. Help 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 doughbaits like powerbait or zeke's sierra gold.  Try spinnerbaits like Joe's flies or small crankbaits try flies.

Earl Park Lake

 Fair Earl Park Lake is accessible. Try nightcrawlers or garlic powerbait  for rainbow trout.  Try lures like roodter tail spinners or kastmaster spoons around lake or from boat.  Boat launching area accessible.  Hawley Lake Store is open.

Hawley Lake

 Good Hawley Lake is accessible. Try baits like nightcrawler or garlic  powerbait. Try casting or trolling panter martin spinners or acme pheobe spoons. Hawley Lake Store and facilities are open. Boat ramps accessible.  

Horseshoe Lake

 Good Horseshoe Lake is accessible. Try nightcrawlers, Chartuese powerbait or salmon eggs. Try lures like mepps spinners or pheobe spoons in silver color. 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-and-release. Artuficial Lures and Flies only with single barbless hook.  Try wet flies under an indicator or bobber Reservation Store is Closed.
Reservation Lake  Fair Reservation Lake is accessible.  The Reservation Lake store is Closed.  Try powerbait or nightcrawlers from boat or shore.  Try trolling spinners or small crankbaits.  Try wet flies like woolet buggers.
Salt River  
Salt River is CLOSED.

Shush Be Tou Lake

(Big Bear)

 Good Big Bear Lake is accessible. Try nightcrawlers or Purple 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, purple powerbaitor salmon eggs. Trout chasinf lures like brass kastmaster spoons and bright colored panther martin spinners.  Boat ramp accessible.

Sunrise Lake


Try nightcrawlers,green color powerbait, or salmon eggs. Try spoons like acme phoebes or spinners like mepps. Rainbows taking midges and scuds. Try earlier in day before winds pick up. No boat launching. Sunrise General Store open 8am-5pm.
Streams Fair Try earlier in the day as water temperatures warm up by late morning and trout aren't as active.  Try nightcrawlers, spinners, and jigs in slower moving pools and riffles. In lower elevation streams try nightcrawlers or jigs for smallmouth bass.

Tonto Lake

(Tribal members only)


Tonto Lake is accessible. Try pink powerbait and nightcrawlers around lake.   Try trolling small crawfish crankbaits or kastmasters.  Tribal members can pick up annual fishing permits at Game & Fish Offices in Whiteriver & Hondah from 8am to 5pm Monday-Friday


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 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect:

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect year-round on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. This means building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, coal or wood burning stove, any type of charcoal fueled broiler or open fire of any type must occur within DEVELOPED areas, camp sites, fire pits, and residences, All use and types of fires are prohibited in UNDEVELOPED areas.