Apache Lake

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  • 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.
  • GPS:
    Latitude: 33° 34' 44.46"N Longitude: 111° 15' 20.87"W
    Phone Numbers for more information::
    Tonto Basin Ranger Station HC02 Box 4800 Roosevelt, AZ 85545 (928)-467-3200 - Tonto Basin Ranger District (928) 467-3200
    Restrictions/Season of Use:
    Open all year
    Land Ownership:
    Tonto National Forest
    Entrance Fees/Permits:
    Tonto Pass Required
    Max Surface Acres:
    2500
    River Lake Impounds:
    Salt River
    Average Depth:
    240
    Fishing Allowed:
    Yes
    Barrier free Access:
    Yes

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  1. Jana Earnest
    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?

    Thanks,

    Jana and Keith Earnest
  2. kris
    what is the date for the fishing tournament this March
  3. Jana Earnest
    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?

    Thanks,

    Jana and Keith Earnest