Lakes of Arizona

Shush Be Tou Lake

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  • This is probably one of those lakes you've seen but never fished as you sped through the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation on your way elsewhere. A few miles east of McNary on Sate Route 260, Shush Be Tou (Apache for " big bear") is only a quarter-mile north of the road. At 82 surface acres, it's much larger than Shush Be Zahze ('little bear") nearby.

    Species available include rainbow, brook, brown and Apache trout. Usually the best fishing is early in the spring and late in the fall, though real lunkers are relatively rare on this small impoundment.
  • Phone Numbers for more information::
    Game and Fish (928)338-4385
    Restrictions/Season of Use:
    Open all year Stocked first in May when weather permits
    Road Conditions:
    Land Ownership:
    Shush Be Tou Lake is owned by the White Mountain Apache Tribe
    Ranger Station/District:
    Pinetop Game and Fish (928)3674281
    Entrance Fees/Permits:
    White Mountains Permit
    7800 feet
    Max Surface Acres:
    River Lake Impounds:
    Black River
    Bag Limit:
    Trout: 5 for adults (15 and over) 3 for juveniles (10-14) 2 for kids (under 10) Bass and Catfish: 15 for adults, 8 for juveniles, 8 for kids All other species "No limit"
    Boat/Engine Restrictions:
    Electric only
    Boats to Rent:
    Yes seasonal
    Trailer Spaces:
    Yes nearby
    No marinas at Shush Be Tou Lake
  • To get to Shush Be Tou Lake just drive east on the 260 and just before reaching the 273 south look for the signs to the lake. Use the map above to help you out.

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