Although the lake stands at an elevation of 6,700 feet and is in a relatively cool portion of the state, it is managed more as a warmwater fishery. Expect to catch an occasional rainbow trout, along with sunfish, channel catfish and largemouth bass. Though trout aren't the main fare at Long Lake, when they do surface, they're usually big. In fact, a 5-pounder was caught with a bass topwater lure. Expect the stocking truck to arrive here with rainbow trout about three times a year, beginning in mid-April and ending in late September. Occasionally special stocking will occur, which is exactly what happened in 1993 when the Game and Fish Department added 10,000 Kamloop trout to the lake.
You never know what will answer the dinner bell either. In July 2000, the Arizona Game and Fish Department was advising that the lake's newest inhabitant, walleye, weighing up to 1.5 pounds were being caught by anglers using night crawlers. On october 26, 2000 a 23-pound, 7.04-ounce northern pike was caught here, and on April 13, 2002, the lake surrendered a 5-pound, 1.92-ounce rainbow trout. -G.J Sagi, from the essential travel handbook Fishing Arizona
Long Lake is one of 4 lakes in the Long Lake Complex. The other three are Soldier Lake, Soldier Annex and Tremain Lake. - Tom
If the fish aren't biting in one of these lakes, you can always try another. Not only will you be helping your chances by changing location, but each of these bodies of water is known for producing a different species of fish. The three shallow lakes in this group serve forest visitors as places to set up a primitive camp and go fishing. Soldier's Lake provides good fishing for bass and catfish. Soldier's Annex Lake is better known for its catfish, although blue gill can also be caught here. Long Lake is the only one of the three that is stocked with trout but is also good for walleye and catfish. Many forest visitors come here to set up primitive camps and enjoy other forest activities besides fishing, such as off highway vehicle riding and wildlife watching. The lakes are located in an area of open grasslands dotted with pinyon and juniper trees. - Coconino National Forest