Recommended Waters to Fish
Spring fishing is here, which means great fishing is here! All roads are open to Big Lake! Rainbow Lake, Show Low Lake, and Fool Hollow Lake were each stocked with large “supercatchable” size trout last week that will test the limits of your tackle (make sure you have good or fresh line on your reels). Woodland lake was also stocked with supercatchable size trout this week. Becker Lake, Luna Lake, Big Lake, Chevelon Lake, River Reservoir and Nelson Reservoir have good carryover trout in larger sizes. Nelson Lake also has a good population of black crappie. Becker is catch and release only with special gear restrictions.
MOGOLLON RIM LAKES
Note: All other Forest Roads on the Black Mesa Ranger District of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest are also open including Forest Road 300 (Rim Road).
BEAR CANYON LAKE – The Rim Road (FR300) opened on April 6 from the turnoff to Woods Canyon Lake to the Forest boundary with the Coconino National Forest. Forest Roads 84 and 208 are open but muddy. The lake was stocked last week and there are some 12-14 inch carryover rainbows. Fishing is good to fair.
BLACK CANYON LAKE – Forest Roads 86 and 300 (south of Hwy 260) are open to the lake. There have been some improvements to the parking area, with a new boat ramp and new rest room. The lake was stocked two weeks ago and there are some 12-14 inch carryover rainbows. Fishing is good to fair. Try in the evenings or mornings.
CHEVELON LAKE – Fishing is fair for carryover rainbow trout wild brown trout. A recent fish survey found some 9-14 rainbow trout and several large brown trout up to 25.6 inches long and almost 6 pounds.
WILLOW SPRINGS LAKE – The lake was stocked with rainbow trout this and last week. Fishing is fair.
WOODS CANYON LAKE – The lake was stocked last week with rainbow trout. Fishing is good to excellent.
PINETOP/SHOW LOW/ST. JOHNS LAKES
FOOL HOLLOW LAKE – Large, “supercatchable” size trout were stocked last week. Fishing for trout is good and bass fishing is fair. Try lures, spinners, and worms for trout. Lake level is low, but boats are launchable.
RAINBOW LAKE – Large, “supercatchable” size trout were stocked last week. Fishing for trout is good. Bass fishing is fair. The lake is full and the weed levels are low, so boating in the lake is currently good.
SCOTT RESERVOIR – Rainbow trout were stocked two weeks ago fishing is fair. Also try fishing for catfish using a nightcrawler on the bottom.
SHOW LOW LAKE – Large “supercatchable” trout were stocked last week and fishing is good. Fishing piers are attached and usable. The campground is open. The store and boat rentals are still closed but expect to open May 1. The access road over the dam is open. Fishing for bass and walleye is fair as temperatures warm up.
WOODLAND LAKE – Fishing is good to excellent for trout. The lake will be stocked this week with large “supercatchable” trout.
PATTERSON PONDS – This is a new community fishing water in St. John’s. A regular fishing or a community fishing license is required to fish here. Rainbow trout were stocked in March and fishing is good. Chanel Catfish are slated to be stocked in May! The pond daily bag limits in the community fishing waters (2 trout; 2 catfish) regulations apply.
WHITE MOUNTAIN LAKES
Note: Highways 273 and 261 are OPEN!
BECKER LAKE – Fishing is good. Anglers have been catching 17-20 inch rainbow trout on zebra and snow cone midges. Becker Lake is open to catch-and-release only, artificial fly and lure only; single barbless hooks only. No trout may be kept.
BIG LAKE – Fishing is good to excellent from shore and boats. Lots of cutthroat trout are being caught! Highways 273 and 261 are opened!
CARNERO LAKE – Forest Road 117 is passable to the lake but muddy. Fishing is good. A recent fish survey found no fish indicating a winterkill, however, it was stocked two weeks ago with super catchables and catchables. The lake is weed free, so easily fishable!
CLEAR CREEK RESERVOIR – Fishing is poor for trout, but fair for sunfish, bullheads, and bass.
CONCHO LAKE – Fishing is fair. The lake was stocked the first week of March with rainbow trout.
CRESCENT LAKE – The roads are open but fishing is poor.
GREER LAKES (River; Tunnel; Bunch) – All are ice free, full of water, and stocked last week! Boats can be launched with ease. Fishing is good at all three lakes! A recent fish survey at River found good carryover rainbow trout 12-16 inches in length and also several large brown trout up to 5 pounds.
HULSEY LAKE – The lake is ice free and roads are open and clear. Hulsey was stocked the first week of April with rainbow trout for the first time since the Wallow Fire and will be stocked again this week. The lake was dredged deeper last year and it filled by late fall. Hulsey Lake is back and improved with two fishing jetties!
LEE VALLEY LAKE – The road is open. Fishing for grayling is fair. Try near the inlet and in the bays. Small boats are launchable.
LUNA LAKE – Fishing is good. The fishing has been on and off, but anglers are catching some large trout. Many 4-5 pound fish have been caught. Try PowerBait with garlic, any color.
LYMAN LAKE – Lyman Lake State Park is open. Fishing is fair for bass, carp and catfish. Use corn or night crawlers for carp and catfish.
NELSON RESERVOIR – Fishing for trout is fair. The lake has not been stocked yet this season, but there are some large carry over trout. A recent fish survey found several trout and several black crappie. Try fishing for these in the south end of the lake, furthest from the dam.
WHITE MOUNTAIN STREAMS
Note: Highways 273 and 261 are OPEN!
EAST FORK of the BLACK RIVER – Fishing is fair. The stream has not been stocked yet this season but wild brown trout are present. Stream stocking will begin in May.
LITTLE COLORADO RIVER in GREER – Fishing is fair. The stream has not been stocked yet this season but wild brown trout are present. Stream stocking will begin in May.
SHOW LOW CREEK – Fishing is poor. The access road over the dam is now open, but the creek has not been stocked this year. It is scheduled to be stocked in May.
SILVER CREEK – Fishing is fair. On April 1, anglers had caught and harvested many 14-22 inch rainbow trout that were previously stocked for the winter catch-and-release season. Current regulations are statewide regulations where bait and barbed hooks are allowed, and a 6 trout daily bag limit is in effect. There might not be many left in the creek, but those that are remaining are good size trout. The upper section is now closed to entry and fishing from April 1 through September 30. Regular stream stocking begins in May.