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