The White Mountains Fort Apache Indian Reservation is in the center of a lake infested region "The White Mountains" in northern Arizona. Its home to some of the best cold water fishing in the state plus a lot of its lakes and rivers hold the native Apache trout only found in Arizona. There's more to do there than fish including hunting, white water rafting and sight seeing. This article just focuses on the fishing.
Keep in mind if your on the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation doing anything recreational other than just driving though you will need to get a White Mountains Pass/Permit for the day or a White Mountains Fishing Permit. All of the lakes on this list require one with some special exceptions such as Christmas Tree Lake that requires reservations and a special use permit. Some of these lakes such as Tonto Lake is only open to tribal members. Some of these lakes may be in areas marked as closed due to road conditions or to preserve quality experience. View this map of the White Mountain areas marked closed or special use before you go.
Where to Fish in the White Mountains Reservation
Below is a list of the best places to fish in the White Mountain Apache Reservation. It includes lakes, rivers and creeks.
Keep in mind these listed waters are for the White Mountain Indian Reservation only, NOT White Mountain Region.
Big Bear Lake
Black River (Special Use)
Christmas Tree Lake (Special Use)
Drift Fence Lake
Earl Park Lake (Special Use)
Horseshoe Cienega Lake
Hurricane Lake (Special Use)
Shush Be Tou Lake (Big Bear)
Shush Be Zahze Lake (Little Bear)
Tonto Lake (Special Use)
White River (Special Use)
White Mountain Fishing Permit Pricing
White Mountains fishing permit vendors, where to get a permit or pass
Where to get a White Mountains fishing permit or pass "map on the way"
Pinetop-Lakeside Carrizo Station (928) 332-2404
Pinetop-Lakeside Hon-Dah Ski & Outdoor Sport (928) 369-7669
Pinetop-Lakeside Hon-Dah Service Station (928) 369-4311
McNary Mc Nary Food Store (928) 334-2217
Whiteriver North Fork Food Store (928) 338-4923
Whiteriver WMAT Game & Fish Department (928) 338-4385
Hawley Lake Store "only open in the summer at the lake"
Pinetop-Lakeside Pinetop Sporting Goods (928) 367-5050
Show Low K-Mart (928) 527-3192
Springerville Western Drug (928) 333-4321
Phoenix Sportsman's Warehouse (623) 516-1400
Mesa Sportsman's Warehouse (480) 558-1111
Tucson Tucson Sportsman's Warehouse (520)-887-4500
White Mountains Rules and Regulations
Bag limits on the White Mountains
For more information contact the White Mountains Game and Fish Department/ WILDLIFE & OUTDOOR RECREATION DIVISION (928) 338-4385