Apache Lake Arizona

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Fishing At Apache Lake Arizona

Apache Lake is one of four artificial reservoirs created along the Salt River in central Arizona as part of the Salt River Project. It was created by Horse Mesa dam in 1927. The lake is second heading south starting with Roosevelt Lake and spills into Canyon just below. This lake suffered a bad fish kill off around 2008 but there is water and fish in there now. This lake was once once a prime spot to catch walleye, largemouth, flathead and crappie. I haven't fished it since the kill off, but its worth a trip out to fish and if you've never been down the Apache Trail, definitely worth the trip. The Apache trail is a historic dirt road the follows the south shores off Apache and Canyon Lake just south of Roosevelt Dam and will eventually take you back into town on the 88 near Mesa. A four wheel drive is not necessary in good weather. - Tom

It looks like the lake is doing well here's the last summary from the Game and Fish Report "APACHE - Lake elevation is 1,911 ft (97 percent full). 

Some anglers over Memorial Day did well on yellow bass using light night crawlers or gold-colored KastMasters worked along the secondary points inside the coves. Some nice largemouth bass were caught as well. This should be a good time for fish for walleye.

We finished sampling Apache recently and one site we caught nearly 2,000 shad in 25 foot section of our net; they were caught procreating"

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Directions to Apache Lake Arizona

To get to Apache Lake take the 88 north just before Globe all the way to the lake or just on the south side of Roosevelt Dam take the Apache Trail.

Information for Apache Lake Arizona
Consumption Advisory To check if there is an advisory read this Game and Fish report article.
Restrictions/Season of Use Open all year
GPS Latitude: 33° 34' 44.46"N Longitude: 111° 15' 20.87"W
Land Ownership Apache Lake is owned by the Tonto National Forest
Tournament this week No
Elevation The elevation at Apache Lake is 1900 feet
Max Surface Acers 2500
Spawning Season Spring for Largemouth bass and crappie
River lake Impounds The Salt River Creates Apache Lake
Water Temp warm although Apache contains some cold water like walleye and it used to have trout
Average Depth 240
Road Condition Paved parking lots and ramps at the Apache Marina but the Apache Trail that takes you in is a dirt washboard road
Fly Fishing You can fly fish at Apache Lake
Bait Fishing You can bait fish at Apache Lake
Access Fee Tonto Pass available Here
Tonto Pass Just the Tonto Pass
Bag Limit 6 bass; of which no more than 1 bass between 13 and 16 inches (protected slot limit) in length may be in possession through Dec 31, 2010 (Check Posted signs for other species, state wide bag limits apply)
Boats to Rent Yes (you can rent boats at Apache Lake)
Licenses for Sale Yes
Swimming Yes
Camping Yes
Drinking Water Yes
Barrier free Access Yes, there are a lot of spots you can pull your truck right near the shore at the north end of the lake.
Restrooms Yes
Trailer Spaces Yes
Electricity Yes
Boat & Engine Restrictions There are no motor restrictions at Apache Lake
Launching Area Yes Paved
Water Skiing Yes
Cleaning Stations  
Phone Number for Water Level You can check the Salt River flow on the SRP web site
Marinas Yes
Bait Shops There is a small general store at the marina that has small tackle "no live bait"
Ranger Station Tonto Basin Ranger Station HC02 Box 4800 Roosevelt, AZ 85545 (928)-467-3200
Ranger District Tonto Basin Ranger District (928) 467-3200
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Last Updated on Sunday, 01 April 2012 09:35


# Jana Earnest 2013-06-01 08:31
Hi, I am looking for a fishing guide for Saturday, June 8th on Apache Lake. My family of four would like to go fishing and I have heard we can hire a guide who could take us out with a boat and reels. Can you give us some names?


Jana and Keith Earnest
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# kris 2013-03-13 23:02
what is the date for the fishing tournament this March
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