Lakes of Arizona

Wheatfield Lake

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  • You will need to fill out this fishing application to fish this lake. Call (928)871-6450 or 6451 or 6452 if you have any questions.

    It says on the Navajo Fish and Wildlife web site that "Fishing Good - Stocked 5,128 RBT 3/31/10 ;"- Tom

    This lake is located in the heart of the Navajo Indian Nation, and if you haven't tried fishing on the reservation, it's time to make a trip. Wheatfields may be a little out of your way, but it's well worth it.


    To get to Wheatfields Lake, take I-40 toward the New Mexico border. Just a few miles before you cross into New Mexico, take Indian Route 12 north through Window Rock and Fort Defiance. After about 40 miles, you will come to the impoundment.

    Wheatfield is managed strictly as a cold-water fishery. Species you can expect tugging on the line include rainbow and cutthroat trout. -G.J. Sagi, from the essential travel handbook Fishing Arizona
  • Phone Numbers for more information::
    (928) 781-3605/3610
    Restrictions/Season of Use:
    April to October for camping
    Road Conditions:
    Paved to dirt
    Land Ownership:
    Navajo Tribe
    Ranger Station/District:
    Contact the Navajo Nation at (928)871-6450 or 6451 or 6452 if you have any questions
    Entrance Fees/Permits:
    Navajo Fishing Permit
    Max Surface Acres:
    270
    Bag Limit:
    Contact the Navajo Tribe
    Boat/Engine Restrictions:
    No motor restriction on Wheatfield Lake
    Boats to Rent:
    No
    Swimming:
    Yes
    Camping:
    April to October for camping, 25 campsite units
    Launching Area:
    Yes
    Water Skiing:
    Yes
    Cleaning Stations:
    No
  • Read above article and stop and ask directions. Its hard to navigate this reservation as most of the signs are spray-painted over

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  1. Mike Kimbro
    Twas the summer of '70 when my next door neighbors Ralph and Marion Sprague brought me to Wheatfields Lake. It was July, so getting away from the Phoenix heat was awesome. In the early mornings and late evenings we fly fished from Ralph's custom inflattable raft made of blimp material, mainly trolling. Breakfast would be pan fried rainbow trout caught the prior evening, with a side of oatmeal and hot chocolate.
    One morning we ventured North up to Tsaile Lake with Dick Smith, a science teacher from New Mexico. In 2 hours of fly fishing in waders, I caught 3 fish, old man Sprague caught 2, and Dick caught 24, including some as large as 18". He was an artist, and one heck of a nice guy.
    Good times indeed.
    After 3 weeks in this tranquail Navajo piece of heaven, my Dad and sister Sharon drove up to bring me back to reality. As we were about to get on the interstate I looked down and noticed that all my fingernails had completely grown out. I was a high strung kid, and had always chewed my nails to the quick. I've never chewed them since.
    Peace.