• Beyond a doubt, this is one of my favorite fishing holes in Arizona. While my father and I could regularly "limit out" on nearby Hawley, my mother insisted nothing could compare to Bog Tank's action.

    So, off we'd go on a thirty minute drive out of Hawley and across State Route 260 to Bog Tank to let her join the ranks of the "limited." At 12 surface acres and situated in the water-infested White Mountains, Bog Tank, which was originally impounded in 1956, earns its name. It may not be very much to look at, but the fishing is pretty good. At an elevation of 8,100 feet, it's also a cooling experience, even in July.

    Bog Tank offers stocker rainbow trout, Apache trout, occasional brookies and browns. Everything from corn to marshmallow-style trout bait seem to work here. I even watched fishermen along the northern shore work a wet fly to catch their limits in minutes one year.-G.J Sagi, from the travel handbook Fishing Arizona
  • Phone Numbers for more information::
    Game and Fish (928)367-4281
    Restrictions/Season of Use:
    Open all year
    Road Conditions:
    Land Ownership:
    Bog Tank is owned by the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest
    Ranger Station/District:
    Pinetop Game and Fish (928)3674281 or the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest at (928)333-4301
    Entrance Fees/Permits:
    You will need a White Mountains pass available on this site coming soon.
    8000 feet
    Max Surface Acres:
    River Lake Impounds:
    Black River
    Average Depth:
    20 ft
    Bag Limit:
    There will posted signs for bag limits
    Boat/Engine Restrictions:
    Small boats and Canoes only
    Boats to Rent:
    Bog Tank has a several nearby campgrounds at Horse Shoe Cienega Lake and Hawley Lake.
    Water Skiing:
    No marinas at Bog Tank
  • To get to Bog Tank drive just south of Show Low on the 260, the Bog Tank is right off the road to the north when you see Horse Shoe Cienega Lake.

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