Pena Blanca Lake Arizona

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Fishing At Pena Blanca Lake Arizona.

Pena Blanca Lake, a 45 surface-acre impoundment just 18 nikes north and west of Nogales, is still home for some of the southern Arizona's finest crappie fishing-at least for those anglers who know how to properly prospect for the speckled beauties (again, anglers should practice catch-and-release due to elevated mercury readings).

Trout are also voracious when they hit the small lake's water. Because they spend so little time in lake, the Arizona Game and Fish Department emphasized that it is safe to consume the trout.

The source of the lake's mercury contamination was later discovered to be an old mining operation upstream. Mercury was often used in the amalgamation process, and residue had migrated into the lake. though the site of the contamination has been cleaned up, the lake's level remain high. -G.J. Sagi, from the essential travel handbook Fishing Arizona

his medium-sized body of water fills 49 acres of Peña Blanca Canyon in the Pajarito Mountain foothills. It is surrounded by grassy, oak-dotted hills, some of which are topped with bluffs of limestone. Peña Blanca Lake is a popular recreation spot for visitors from neighboring Nogales, Arizona and nearby communities in Mexico as well. On weekends, and even weekdays, during the peak summer season, this area can be quite crowded. On holidays, especially Easter, it becomes extremely crowded. Peña Blanca Lake was built in 1957 by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. It provides water-related recreation year round, although its location so close to the Mexican border can be a bit deceptive. Frequently, people who come here during the winter expecting warm, balmy weather are surprised at how cool it can be. This is a mountain lake located at 4,000 feet above sea level and its climate reflects that fact. - Coronado National Forest

Pena Blanca Lake Fishing Report

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Directions to Pena Blanca Lake Arizona

urn west off Interstate 19 approximately 8 miles north of Nogales at the Peña Blanca–Ruby Road (AZ Hwy 289) exit. Follow this road about 9 miles to Peña Blanca Lake Recreation Area. Turn right (north) on the paved road that leads to the lake and the boat launching ramp

Information for Pena Blanca Lake Arizona
Consumption Advisory Yes there is a alert for Pena Blanca Lake. To view the alert read this Game and Fish report.
Restrictions/Season of Use Open all year
GPS Latitude: 31° 24' 1.22"N Longitude: 111° 05' 15.64"W
Land Ownership Coronado National Forest
Tournament this week No
Elevation The elevation at Pena Blanca Lake is 4000 ft feet, Desert/ sonoran terrain
Max Surface Acers 45 on average
Spawning Season spring for largemouth, stocked with rainbows in the winter
River lake Impounds Sonoita Creek
Water Temp Pena Blanca Lake is a warm body or water. Read the article above about the water changing
Average Depth The average depth for Pena Blanca Lake is 65 ft
Road Condition Paved
Fly Fishing You can fly fish at Pena Blanca Lake
Bait Fishing You can bait fish at Pena Blanca Lake
Access Fee No unless its changed by the Coronado National Forest
Tonto Pass No
Bag Limit As posted
Boats to Rent No
Licenses for Sale No
Swimming No
Camping Yes
Drinking Water No
Barrier free Access No
Restrooms Yes
Trailer Spaces Yes
Electricity No
Boat & Engine Restrictions  
Launching Area Yes
Water Skiing No
Cleaning Stations No
Phone Number for Water Level Safford Coronado National Forest Safford Ranger District (928) 428-4150
Marinas No
Ranger Station Safford Coronado National Forest Safford Ranger District (928) 428-4150
Ranger District Tucson Game and Fish (520) 628-5376
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