Fishing Season: May-November

Reservation Lake - AZ

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:


Orvis Phoenix 's Tip of the Week

Fish some come at me crays slow up on the banks and hope it catches the eye of a big cruising brown! We love to dredge big streamers off the points and see what comes out to play!

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Map of Reservation Lake

5-Day Outlook as of 10/1/23

We love big fish on the strip but big foam bugs are even better, so always keep those things in your box, plus the Extended body calibaetis.

Techniques & Tips as of 10/1/23

Your level leader indicator setup for fishing longer then 10 feet is good to always have rigged up. Keeping a spool of intermediate line and a depth charge line will make sure that regardless what the fish are gonna be eating you will be able to hook one!

Local Species Available May-November

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    Rainbow Trout

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    Brown Trout

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    Brook Trout

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    Apache Trout

Orvis Phoenix 's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Flying Ant N/A
May's Clearwater Crayfish N/A
Griffith's Gnat N/A
Come at Me Cray N/A
Mini Drunk and Disorderly N/A

Flying Ant

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Orvis Phoenix 's Recommended Gear

Description: About Reservation Lake

This lake is located deep within the White Mountain Apache Reservation in Eastern Arizona and is home to the state record Brown Trout of 24lbs. There is primitive camping available at the lake that can be used with permits purchased from the White Mountain Apache Tribe. This lake is over 9,000ft and access is closed from Dec-mid May. It fished good for stocked rainbows throughout its short season, but is known to produce some trophy sized Brown Trout in the Fall every year.

Nearest Airport:



Callibaetis Terrestrials Leeches Chironimids

Best Time to Fish:

Morning to Afternoon, Night

Best Stretch:

East Fork or West fork of the lake

Best Access:

Rd 8