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TRAVEL TIPS
WEEKLY FISHING REPORT
Fishing Report Date: April 18, 2017
WATER
REPORT
RECOMMENDATIONS / FISHING TIPS
A-1 Lake
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Fair
Try charteuse or rainbow colored Power bait or night crawlers off the bottom or top. Try lures like spinners in bright colors and silver finish spoons.
Black River
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Fair
A Special-Use Permit Is Required. Try night crawlers, jigs and plastic crawdads in pools deeper riffles near structures. Pack-It-In/Pack-It-Out. Avoid Black Bears by storing food in bear-proof containers or by hanging it out of their reach(10ft)
Bog Tank
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Fair
Try nightcrawlers or lime twist powerbait. Try Spinners and gold colored spoons. Kids Fishing Derby at Bog Tank will be on Saturday June 3 2017 From 8:00am to 12:00pm
Bootleg Lake
Fair
Bootleg Lake is accessible. Try Jigsor spinner baits for large mouth bass. Try weedless lures in weeds for bass. Try chicken liver or stinkbait for catfish.
Christmas Tree Lake
Reservations for Christmas Tree Lake are being taken online at wmatoutdoors.org. Limited to 20 anglers per day by reservation.
Cooley Lake
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Fair
Try weedless jigs and carolina rigs for largemouth bass in weed beds around lake. Try nightcrawlers for channel catfish.
Cyclone Lake
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Under our Rent-A-Lake program. Special fees, permits, and reservations required. Call the White Mountain Apache Game & Fish Dept. At (928) 338-4385 for reservation information or email us at outdoors@wmat.us.
Drift Fence Lake
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Good
Try nightcrawlers, lemon twist colored powerbait. Try lures like spinners in dark colors or gold kastmaster spoons. Try wet fly patterns.
Earl Park Lake
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Fair
Try nightcrawlers, pink glitter powerbait, or salmon eggs for rainbow trout. Try lures like mepps spinners or kastmaster spoons. Earl Park lake is accessible.
Hawley Lake
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Good
Try baits like nightcrawlers or orangepowerbait. Try spinners or silver kastmaster spoons.
Horseshoe Lake
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Fair
Try nightcrawlers or rainbow powerbait. Try lures like kastmaster spoons or spinners. Boat anglers try nightcrawlers, powerbait or pistol petes. The boat ramp is accessible.
Hurricane Lake
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Under our Rent-A-Lake program. Special fees, permits, and reservations required. Call the White Mountain Apache Game & Fish Dept. At (928) 338-4385 or email us at outdoors@wmat.us for more information. Artificial flies and lures only, no treble hooks and no bait allowed.
North Fork Ditch Camp
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Ditch camp is inaccessible.
North Fork Lower Log
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Fair
Try drifting nightcrawlers and powerbait in pools and riffles for trout. Try small spinners and spoons. Try wet fly patterns in larger riffles and larger pools.
North Fork Upper Log
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Fair
Try nightcrawlers and powerbait in larger riffles and pools. Try small spinners and jigs in riffles and pools.
Paradise Park
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Paradise Park is inaccessible.
Pacheta Lake
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Fair
Pacheta Lake is Catch-n-Release. Artificial lures and flies with single barbless hook.Try wet fly patterns like streamers, try dry patterns like ants. Pacheta is accessible.
Reservation Lake
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Fair
Try nightcrawlers or charteuse powerbait. Try lures like spinners, spinner flies or spoons. try streamer fly patterns
Salt River
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Fair
A Special-Use Permit Is Required. Try night crawlers and jigs in riffles and pools. Try stink bait or nightcrawlers for catfish. Pack-It-In/Pack-It-Out, it is your responsibility to pack out what you packed in.
Shush Be Tou Lake (Big Bear)
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Fair
Try nightcrawlers or yellow colored powerbait. Try spoons in silver finish like z-rays and spinners in bright colors like mepps aglia.
Shush Be Zahze Lake (Little Bear)
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Good
Try nightcrawlers, charteuse garlic powerbait or lures like red and white spoons and bright colored roostertail spinners. Boat ramp is accessible
Sunrise Lake
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Fair
Try nightcrawlers rainbow powerbait or salmon eggs. Try spoons like kastmasters and bright colored spinners. Best in morning before it gets windy.
Streams
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Fair
Try nightcrawlers, spinners, and jigs in slower moving pools and riffles. In lower elevation streams try nightcrawlers, small crankbaits or marabou jigs for smallmouth bass.
Tonto Lake (Tribal Members Only)
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Fair
Try Pink colored powerbait, nightcrawlers or corn. Try spinners and spoon type lures. Boat anglers try kastmasters or flatfish crankbait. Tribal Members can obtain fishing license with proof of membership at the Game & Fish office.
Information
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AZ state route 473, the highway into Hawley Lake, is closed for winter. Arizona state route 273, the highway from the Sunrise Ski Area to Big Lake is closed for winter. A valid White Mountain Apache Tribal Permit is required for outdoor recreation activities on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. Permits may be purchased from licensed permit vendor or online at www.wmatoutdoors.org. Firework possession and use is prohibited. Visit our website at www.wmatoutdoors.org or call our office at (928)338-4385 for the latest fishing report.
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White Mountain Apache Tribe
Game & Fish Department
P.O. Box 220
Whiteriver, AZ 85941
(928) 338-4385
outdoors@wmat.us