Reservation Lake Arizona

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Fishing At Reservation Lake Arizona

Reservation Lake, which is at a frigid elevation of 9,000 feet above sea level, is rather out-of-the-way destination on the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation. Once you get there though you'll find 280 surface acres of trout-infested waters that include rainbow, brook, brown and Apache.

Try Working the shorelines with small Mepps spinners in red and yellow or any of the marshmallow-style trout baits. When trolling (remember only electric trolling motors are allowed), use cowbells and work deep, especially during the daytime. A silver Rapala probably isn't a bad idea either.. -G.J Sagi, from the essential travel handbook Fishing Arizona


The south end of the lake and the dam are accessible for shore fishermen and the rock-dam is a popular spot often filled with fishermen all the way across. I've had the best luck at this lake with Rainbow Power Bait. - Tom

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Directions to Reservation Lake Arizona

Take State Route 273 to the Big Lake turnoff take a right at Service Road 116 this will lead you south to Reservation Lake.
Information for Reservation Lake Arizona
Consumption Advisory To check if there is an advisory read this Game and Fish article.
Restrictions/Season of Use Open all year Stocked first in May when weather permits, The roads to Reservation lake often closed in the winter so call ahead.
Land Ownership Reservation Lake is owned by the White Mountain Apache Tribe
Tournament this week No
Elevation The elevation at Reservation Lake is 9000 feet
Max Surface Acers 280
Spawning Season Spring for other species and stocked regularly through the summer with trout starting in May through Labor Day
River lake Impounds Black River, White River
Water Temp cold
Average Depth  
Road Condition Paved to dirt road filled with potholes
Fly Fishing Yes you can fly fish at reservation lake
Bait Fishing You can bait fish at Reservation Lake
Access Fee White Mountains Permit
Tonto Pass You do not need a Tonto Pass for Reservation Lake
Bag Limit Trout: 5 for adults (15 and over) 3 for juveniles (10-14) 2 for kids (under 10)
Bass and Catfish: 15 for adults, 8 for juveniles, 8 for kids
All other species "No limit"
Boats to Rent No
Licenses for Sale No
Swimming No
Camping Yes
Drinking Water No
Barrier free Access Yes you can get a vehicle pretty close say within 20 feet of the water
Restrooms Yes
Trailer Spaces  
Boat & Engine Restrictions Electric only
Launching Area  
Water Skiing No
Cleaning Stations  
Phone Number for Water Level Game and Fish (928)338-4385
Marinas No marinas at Reservation Lake
Bait Shops  
Ranger Station Pinetop Game and Fish (928)3674281
Ranger District For more information contact the White Mountains Apache Fish and Game Department at (928)338-4385
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# Erin 2015-08-08 16:35
Is there cell service at reservation lake? If not do you know where the closest reception toba signal is?
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# PaulLaky 2015-05-31 09:30
Are there boat rentals with electric motors available at Reservation Lake. if so- what are the rates and the hours. also-do you sell tribe licenses there?
Lastly- how is the fishing ?
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# Mark Glover 2014-07-27 15:10
Are boats no longer rented at Reservation Lake ?
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# Nancy 2014-07-20 08:12
Are the cabins at Reservation available in mid September 2014? If so, what are the rates?
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# David Esquivel 2013-05-03 16:05
Are the cabins at Reservation Lake still available for rent?

Thank you,

David :)
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