Fishing report

Fishing Report For: January 31, 2019

Water Report Recommendations / Tips

A-1 Lake

 Fair

A-1 Lake is covered with ice 10-12 inches thick. Safe to ice-fish on, try powerbait, nightcrawlers or jigs. Ice fishing holes cannot exceed 8 inches in diameter. The road into A-1 Lake is not accessible, park at highway pullout and hike into lake.

Black River

 Fair

Special-Use Permit Is Required. Try nightcrawlers or spinners near structures for bass. Try nightcrawlers for catfish. Black River is closed to access upstream from Bonito Creek to the eastern Reservation boundary until April 1st, 2019.

Bog Tank  

Bog Tank is not accessible.

Bootleg Lake   Bootleg Lake is not accessible.
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   Cooley Lake is not accessible
Cyclone Lake  

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

Drift Fence Lake   Drift Fence Lake is not accessible.

Earl Park Lake

  Arizona State Route 473 Closed

Hawley Lake

  Arizona State Route 473 Closed

Horseshoe Lake

 Fair Horseshoe Lake is covered with ice 10-12 inches thick. Safe to ice-fish on but always use caution. Try charteuse powerbait, nightcrawlers, and different lures. Horseshoe Lake accessible. Ice fishing cannot exceed 8 inches in diameter.
Hurricane Lake   Reservations for Hurricane Lake can be made online at www.wmatoutdoor.org.
North Fork Ditch Camp   North Fork Ditch Camp is not accessible.
Pacheta Lake   Pacheta Lake is not accessible.
Reservation Lake   Reservation Lake is not accessible.
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. 

Shush Be Tou Lake

(Big Bear)

  Big Bear Lake is covered with ice 8-10 inches thick. Safe to ice-fish on, try nightcrawlers, pink powerbait, salmon eggs or crappie jigs. Ice fishing holes cannot exceed 8 inches in diameter. Big Bear Lake is accessible. 

Shush Be Zahze Lake

(Little Bear)

  Little Bear Lake is covered with ice 10-12 inches thick. Safe to ice-fish one. Try nightcrawlers, pink powerbait, salmon eggs or jigs. Ice fishing holes cannot exceed 8 inches in diameter. Little Bear Lake is accessible.

Sunrise Lake

Fair 

Sunrise Lake is covered with ice 10-12 inches thick, safe to ice-fish on but always use caution. Try rainbow powerbait, nightcrawlers and small rapalas. Parking available near hotel and at the dam. Ice fishing holes cannot exceed 8 inches in diameter. 
Streams Fair Streams accessible in lower elevations. Try nightcrawlers, spinners, and jigs in slower moving, deeper pools and riffles near structures like logs and boulders. Try nightcrawlers, small spinners or jigs for smallmouth bass later in day. 

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.   Ice has formed on the lakes, safe to ice-fish on, but some lakes are inaccessible due to snow. A valid White Mountain Apache Tribal Permit is required and must be carried at all times while fishing 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 access information,  ice conditions and fishing report.