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