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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

Recent User Reports and Reviews

  1. HookedAZ
    5/5,
    "Good smallmouth bite"
    Date:
    Dec 22, 2016
    Lake elevation is 1,908 feet (92-percent full).

    There is a good smallmouth bass bite. Anglers can catch a lot of fish on jerkbaits. Also try dropshot-rigged Roboworms in morning dawn, or crawdads imitations in chartreuse chugger (Texas rig or Carolina rig).

    Various jigs also can be effective – try crawdad imitations. Points, islands and rocky structures tend to hold the majority of largemouth bass – keep moving.

    Largemouth bass fishing is good. You might also find bass chasing shad at the surface, especially at first light. Try working the major points using soft plastic crayfish like lures worked along the bottom. Crankbaits can also work well at times.

    Crappie fishing should pick up as winter progresses and they congregate in bigger and tighter schools.

    Rainbow trout have been stocked, and some anglers are having success throwing trout imitations for monster bass.

    Walleye fishing could be decent at first and last light using nightcrawler rigs, or jigs tipped with worm. Apache is also full of some really nice yellow bass. Try gold KastMasters or yellow/gold Rooster Tails.

User Comments

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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