Lakes of Arizona

Sunrise Lake

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  • Sunrise Lake is often called the best fishery resource on the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation. Big fish in the 5-pound range regularly surrender here, although most anglers just go prepared to accept limiting out. Not a bad prospect!

    If you're fishing from a boat, troll the middle of the lake with cowbells. During the summer, fishermen who trail their cowbells with live nightcrawlers or green and brown flies can land at least one 3-ounder in a day. Anglers who work from the shore will find deep areas near the dam some of the most protective. -G.J. Sagi, from the essential travel handbook Fishing 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
    Land Ownership:
    Sunrise Lake is owned by the White Mountain Apache Tribe
    Ranger Station/District:
    Pinetop Game and Fish (928)3674281
    Entrance Fees/Permits:
    White Mountains Permit
    Elevation:
    9200
    Max Surface Acres:
    900
    River Lake Impounds:
    Black River, White 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:
    10 horse Max
    Boats to Rent:
    Yes "seasonal"
    Swimming:
    No
    Camping:
    Yes camping 200 units that fill quickly are available at Sunrise Lake
    Barrier free Access:
    Yes
    Launching Area:
    Yes
    Water Skiing:
    No
    Marinas:
    No the Sunrise Marina has been closed for some time
  • To get to Sunrise Lake take State Route 260 east from McNary and turn south on the 273. It's only a few minutes away and you will see signs.

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