Crescent Lake

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  • At 138 surface acres, Crescent Lake shouldn't be overshadowed by any body of water, but it's nearest neighbor, Big Lake, does exactly that. Crescent Lake offers shore fishermen a total of 4.5 miles of shoreline to work.

    This impoundment is home to rainbow and brook trout. Annually it will receive around three rainbow trout stockings, the first in early May and the last in late June. This lake is something special, and I've enjoyed every day I've spent here. -G.J Sagi, from the travel handbook Fishing Arizona

    Bait and shore fishermen can try night crawlers and Power Bait. Rocky points on the west side are good for shore anglers when the lake is weedy. Boat anglers consistently do better at Crescent than shore fishermen. Boaters can try trolling with flies, such as wooly buggers, prince nymphs or peacock ladies, or use spinners like Panther Martins, small Mepps or Rooster Tails. - Arizona Game and Fish
  • GPS:
    the gps for Crescent Lake trail is Latitude: 33° 54' 32.0"N Longitude: 109° 25' 9.71"W
    Phone Numbers for more information::
    Game and Fish (928)367-4281
    Restrictions/Season of Use:
    Crescent Lake is open from May to November
    Road Conditions:
    Paved to gravel
    Land Ownership:
    Crescent Lake 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
    The elevation at Crescent Lake is 9400 feet
    Max Surface Acres:
    Average Depth:
    15 ft
    Bag Limit:
    6 trout for licensed anglers and 3 for unlicensed under 14
    Boat/Engine Restrictions:
    10 horse or less
    Boats to Rent:
    You can rent boats at Crescent Lake
    No but there is at Big Lake
    Barrier free Access:
    Trailer Spaces:
    Launching Area:
    Yes there are three and one on the west side of Crescent Lake
    Water Skiing:
    No marinas at Crescent Lake
  • Located in the White Mountains, Crescent Lake is south of Springerville off the 273. Go west on the one of the exit to get to the lake. There are a few different roads to take to the west depending on what side of the lake you want to land on. Be sure to check ahead if your going in the winter because many of the road close do to ice. The Lake is at 9,000 feet you it is fairly common. There is snow mobile access though in the winter and most of the roads are paved. 2 miles north of Big Lake, at the junction of State Highway 261 and Forest Road 113 (Highway 273). It is less than 30 miles southwest of Springerville and Eager by paved road, or less than an hour’s drive from Pinetop using Highways 260 and 273 and Forest Road 113

Recent User Reports and Reviews

  1. HookedAZ
    May 19, 2017
    Fishing is excellent! Fish population survey show good holdover numbers on brook trout and nice healthy rainbow trout (16in). We have stocked this lake heavily this year with more brook trout and rainbow trout. Go try out your luck before you even hit Big Lake! Brook trout are being caught, as are rainbow trout. Try black or olive green wooly buggers. Large rainbows 14-18 inches are being caught from boats and shore! Fishing pier and boat docks are accessible!
  2. Jeff k
    Mar 9, 2017
    Inaccessible and ice covered. Ice may be unsafe with warm winter days melting the ice. A winterkill is NOT predicted here as of Feb. 16. We look forward to fishing for large rainbow trout and brook trout in the spring! Highways 261 and 273 are closed for the winter.
  3. Reports
    Jan 24, 2017
    Inaccessible and ice covered. Highways 261 and 273 are closed for the winter.

User Comments

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  1. AGFD bio
    There is a project in the works to replace the fishing pier with something that works. Just not enough money to follow through with it in the near future.
  2. Roger Hightower
    There are no boat rentals at the lake. Live bait fishing is prohibited except for worms.
  3. Joe S.
    The fishing dock used to accessable to people with disabilities but for the past few years it has been detached from its original place & just kind of up on the shore...Was just wondering if anyone knew if it was ever goning to be reattached and anchored down to where it originally was??