Scott Reservoir

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  • Built in 1928, Scott Reservoir is an irrigation impoundment on Porter Creek near Pinetop-Lakeside. The least developed of the “in town” lakes, trees surround Scott Reservoir, giving it a secluded feel. Locals know you can catch big catfish at Scott Reservoir in the fall.

    Scott Reservoir has 80 surface acres with an average depth of 10 feet, and lies at 6,720 feet. It is usually somewhat turbid, which helps control algae blooms and aquatic weeds. This, coupled with a good perennial stream flowing in, means there are no real water quality problems. The lake is stocked with catchable-sized rainbow trout in spring, early summer and fall, and occasionally stocked with channel catfish. There are a few largemouth bass.

    Fish for trout in spring and early summer using a boat or float tube at the upper end of the lake where fish tend to congregate. Troll spinners or fish with night crawlers off the bottom. For stocked trout, try night crawlers or Power Bait. For catfish in the summer, try chicken liver or water dogs. Catch large catfish in the fall using waterdogs. Bass fishing is slow to average at this lake. - Arizona Game and Fish
  • GPS:
    Latitude: 34° 10' 47.1"N Longitude: 109° 57' 66.3"W
    Phone Numbers for more information::
    Alpine Ranger District (928) 339-5000
    Road Conditions:
    Paved
    Land Ownership:
    Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
    Ranger Station/District:
    Alpine Ranger District (928) 339-5000
    Entrance Fees/Permits:
    No unless the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest has it posted otherwise
    Elevation:
    6720
    Max Surface Acres:
    On average 80 acres
    River Lake Impounds:
    Porter Creek
    Average Depth:
    10 feet
    Bag Limit:
    The daily bag limit is six trout, six bass and 25 catfish for licensed anglers. Trout bag limits are halved for unlicensed anglers under the age of 14.
    Boat/Engine Restrictions:
    Electric Trolling motors only
    Boats to Rent:
    Seasonal
    Camping:
    Along the road into the lake is a 15-site campground. Each site has a fire ring and picnic table, but there are no other amenities. A campground host is present during summer months. Camping is free, but there is a five-day stay limit. Additional camping is available nearby at the Lakeside Campground, located on Highway 260 about ¼-mile west of Porter Mountain Rd. This campground has 82 sites, vault toilets, potable water and firewood for sale. You can make reservations for a site at Lakeside Campground by visiting www.reserveusa.com on the web, or by calling (877) 444-6777. - Arizona Game and Fish
    Trailer Spaces:
    Yes nearby
    Electricity:
    No
    Launching Area:
    Yes
    Water Skiing:
    No
    Cleaning Stations:
    No
    Marinas:
    No
  • Scott Reservoir has 80 surface acres with an average depth of 10 feet, and lies at 6,720 feet. It is usually somewhat turbid, which helps control algae blooms and aquatic weeds. This, coupled with a good perennial stream flowing in, means there are no real water quality problems. The lake is stocked with catchable-sized rainbow trout in spring, early summer and fall, and occasionally stocked with channel catfish. There are a few largemouth bass. - Arizona Game and Fish

Recent User Reports and Reviews

  1. HookedAZ
    3/5,
    "Fishing is good for stocked rainbow trout! This la"
    Date:
    May 19, 2017
  2. Jeff k
    3/5,
    "Fair. No ice."
    Date:
    Mar 9, 2017
  3. Reports
    3/5,
    ""
    Date:
    Jan 20, 2017
    Trout and catfish fishing is fair. Try fishing for catfish using chicken liver on the bottom. No ice present. The lake is full and very turbid.

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  1. Jo
    I just spent 2 1/2 days camping at Scott Reservoir. I could not believe how filthy the bathrooms were. You never saw the camp host. There are people who move from site to site every 5 days. I have been down there a few times since I came to Pinetop - Lakeside in April. I have noticed the same tent in the same place everytime I have been out there. People let their dogs run free to do their business just anywhere with no cleaning up behind them. I fear this will turn right back into a meth lab again. Lots of partying going on with lots of screaming and yelling.
    How sad for such a beautiful place