Lakes of Arizona

Pacheta Lake

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  • When I first heard the reports I couldn't believe it. A 15-pound, 9-ounce brown trout caught at tiny Pacheta Lake on the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation in August 1993 came within 14 ounces of eclipsing the old state record. More than a few eyebrows were raised over Pacheta's productivity.

    Of course, the reason why I really couldn't believe the report at first was primarily because Pacheta is so far off the beaten path. The lake may only impounds a total of 63 surface acres, but there are 2 miles of shoreline to work, and the waterway plummets to a brown trout-pleasing depth of 28 feet in at least one spot. -G.J Sagi, from the essential travel handbookFishing Arizona
  • Phone Numbers for more information::
    Game and Fish (928)338-4385
    Restrictions/Season of Use:
    Open all year Stocked first in May
    Road Conditions:
    Paved to dirt Four Wheel Drive required in Rain or Snow
    Land Ownership:
    Pacheta Lake is owned by the White Mountain Apache Tribe
    Ranger Station/District:
    Pinetop Game and Fish (928)3674281
    Entrance Fees/Permits:
    White Mountains Permit
    Max Surface Acres:
    River Lake Impounds:
    Black River, White River
    Average Depth:
    Bag Limit:
    Catch and release only
    Boat/Engine Restrictions:
    Electric only
    Boats to Rent:
    Launching Area:
    Water Skiing:
    No marinas at Pacheta Lake
  • Take Y55 east from Whiteriver and turn east at Y80 another mile to the lake.

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  1. mcraig
    you cannot use live bait on the lake only the creek. Also just FYI no treble hooks, single only.
  2. HookedAZ
    Thank you for that feedback mcraig. I updated this page with that info.
  3. rufi
    Can we take a 25 ft trailer up there? its an off road trailer but are there any narrow turns? is there space to park it/ reverse the trailer?
  4. timSpence
    Do the Osprey frequent this lake?