Point of Pines Lake is not what you'd expect in an area typically associated with a dry climate. The lake is on the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation atop the Natanes Rim at elevation of 6,00 feet, and it is one of the most pristine lakes in the entire Southwest.
Reaching this 30-acre lake can be a real challenge, especially if you are foolish, like I was, and go in early April. The road can be a muddy mess that time of year (and during monsoon season) and a four-wheel-drive vehicle is a must. The next time I visited Point of Pines, in June, it was much better. Any high-clearance, two-wheel-drive vehicle could have negotiated the trail easily.
Although Point of Pines in not known for huge fish, it's a pretty safe bet you'll leave with a couple of trophies for the frying pan. Three-and 4 pounders aren't uncommon. In fact, in the 90s the San Carlos Game and Fish Department reported 20-inch brown trout were becoming a regular occurrence. Rainbow trout are the main species, although you never know what to expect from one year to the next.. -G.J Sagi, from the essential travel handbook Fishing Arizona
I visited Point of Pines on May 30 2010 for the first time. It is a very pristine lake and a very good camping spot. There were familys fishing from the shore with worms and men out on boats working cowbells. My buddy pulled in a small rainbow with a cowbell trolling at low speeds. People were not caching a ton of fish here but I did see about 5 small rainbows come out of the lake that day. I hooked my fish finder up and found about two spots were there were stationary trout at about eight feet and one spot on the east side of the lake along a cliff were there were large fish registery at about 25 feet just along the clif. One registered at 10 lbs on the finder maybe a lunker or a sunken coolchest.