Fishing report: White Mountains and Mogollon Rim lakes

Ackre Lake, south of Alpine, is good for the above artic grayling. Try No. 16-18 royal coachman flies on the surface.


Recommended White Mountains and Mogollon Rim waters to fish

Woods Canyon Lake and Willow Springs Lake are good for stocked trout in the Rim Lakes area.  Show Low Lake is good for recently stocked supercatchable size (12-13”) rainbow trout.  Fool Hollow Lake is good for bass and sunfish. Big Lake is good for holdover rainbow, cutthroat, and brook trout.  Fishing at East Fork of Black River, LCR in Greer, Sheeps Crossing, Silver Creek, and Show Low Creek are also good as monsoonal storms are increasing.

See our Fish & Boat Arizona map for Google-map locations of the following:


Water Fishing Rating Stocked 6/29-7/3 Stocked 6/22-6/26
Excellent Good Fair Poor
Mogollon Rim Lakes
Bear Canyon Lake x x
Black Canyon Lake x x
Chevelon Lake x x
Willow Springs Lake x x x
Woods Canyon Lake x x x
In-Town Lakes (Pinetop/Show Low)
Fool Hollow Lake x x
Rainbow Lake x
Scott Reservoir x x
Show Low Lake x x
Woodland Lake x
White Mountain Lakes
Becker Lake x
Big Lake x
Bunch Reservoir x x
Carnero Lake x x
Clear Creek Reservoir x x
Concho Lake x
Crescent Lake x x
Lee Valley Lake x
Luna Lake x x
Lyman Lake x
Nelson Reservoir x
River Reservoir x x
Tunnel Reservoir x
White Mountain Streams
East Fork Black River x x x x
West Fork Black River x x x x
Little Colorado River/Greer x x x x
Sheeps Crossing x x x
Show Low Creek x x
Silver Creek x x x x
Long Tom Tank x x

Jim Goughnor of Rim Country Custom Rods wrote the following report:

“The rim lakes and streams continue to produce some great fishing trips. Trout stockings are underway and most anglers are reporting excellent fishing on most every lake and stream. Several baits were reported successful so you will need to experiment. Small crankbaits in a crawfish color, Z-Rays, Mepps size 0 spinners and Powerbait were all reported successful recently.

Fly anglers are reporting that dry flies fished extremely slow is the best summertime technique. Mornings and evenings were the best times reported which is a typical summer time pattern. If you’re trout fishing in a stream, watch for areas where the water slows and makes a small pool in the stream. Trout will always be attracted to those areas. If you catch a trout with a identification tag near the dorsal fin, call the game and fish office. So trout have transmitter in them to track their movement.”

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