Becker Lake

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  • Becker Lake is one of Arizona's true Blue Ribbon trout fisheries. Lee's Ferry may dwarf it in quality, but located a few miles northwest of Springerville on U.S. Route 60, its 85 surface acres and special regulations highlight just how successful scientifically managing our waterways can be.

    Becker Lake (named for Gustav and Julius Becker), is more than 200 years old and Arizona's oldest manmade reservoir. It was originally created when an abandoned oxbow to the Little Colorado River was flooded. The only fish in the water at the time were the Apache trout that came in with the original rush of water. They were thick enough to support a commercial fishing operation until the late 1800s when carp were introduced.

    Because of its age, there are a number of "legends" associated with the lake, not the least of which includes several outlaws allegedly buried somewhere beneath the water. -G.J Sagi, from the travel handbook Fishing Arizona
  • GPS:
    the gps for Becker Lake trail is Latitude: 34° 09' 8.67"N Longitude: 109° 18' 24.32"W
    Phone Numbers for more information::
    Game and Fish (928)367-4281
    Restrictions/Season of Use:
    Becker Lake is open all year
    Road Conditions:
    Paved to dirt
    Land Ownership:
    Becker Lake is owned by the Arizona Game and Fish Department
    Ranger Station/District:
    Pinetop Game
    Entrance Fees/Permits:
    You will need a White Mountains pass available on this site coming soon.
    The elevation at Becker Lake is 7,000 feet
    Max Surface Acres:
    Average Depth:
    The depth at Becker Lake 21 ft
    Bag Limit:
    There will posted signs for bag limits on Rainbow and Apache trout. November 10 was 2 trout
    Boats to Rent:
    There is nowhere to rent boats at Becker Lake
    Becker Lake has a several nearby campgrounds
    Barrier free Access:
    Yes there are areas at Becker lake where you can drive to the shore
    Launching Area:
    Water Skiing:
  • Becker Lake is just north of Sprinerville off Becker Lake Rd.

Recent User Reports and Reviews

  1. HookedAZ
    May 19, 2017
    Fishing is excellent. Becker Lake is open to catch-and-release only for trout, artificial fly and lure only; single barbless hooks only. No bait. No trout may be kept. Many large, thick rainbow trout are being caught nymph fishing under a strike indicator at 8-10 feet. Tiger trout are also being caught. More tiger trout will be stocked this week. To apply for the state record or fish of the year, a picture of the fish must be taken on a reliable ruler. See pg. 42 of our regulations for more details! Our Becker Lake hosts are back, be sure to ask them what is biting and welcome them back! Remember, Becker Lake is a windy lake—maybe not the best this week!
  2. Jeff k
    Mar 9, 2017
    Fishing is fair. Becker Lake is open to catch-and-release only for trout, artificial fly and lure only; single barbless hooks only. No bait. No trout may be kept.

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  1. HookedAZ
    Fly fish Arizona still catching fish at Becker lake.


    full article and more pics flyfisharizona.com/first-guide-trip-of-2017/
  2. HookedAZ
    In the last fishing report in November the lake's water level was around 90% full. Fishing is fair to good for rainbow trout. Nymphs and midges near weed beds work well. No bait fishing is allowed at Becker Lake, 2 trout bag limit.Water temperature 56.
  3. Dan
    The best months to fish at Becker Lake are April, May, September and up to the middle of November. You can expect to catch large fish at Becker because of the bag limit and the restrictions on bait fishing. There are some nice sized brown trout in Becker Lake. I've pulled in 2 pounders on the norm with an occasional 3. [​IMG]
  4. Nick
    I'll be heading out to Becker Lake on the snow melts a little more to do some Apache Trout hunting. I live pretty close to this lake and it always products good sized fishing. [​IMG]
    1. HookedAZ
      Any luck with those Apache Trout at Becker Lake? I was thinking of heading up the next week or so. Thank Nick.
      HookedAZ, Oct 25, 2016
  5. AGFD bio
    Just a few corrections for the info you have on Becker Lake. It is not 200 years old, it was built in 1880s. Stocked with only rainbow trout, no Apache trout anymore, occasional wild brown trout comes in with water diversion from LCR. No access fee is needed, no such thing as a White Mountains Pass, don't buy one if someone offers it. Bag limit is zero, not 2, lake is catch and release year round, with artificial fly and lure with SINGLE barbless hook. Barrier free ADA fishing pier available.