Fishing Season: April through November(no winter access)

Woods Canyon Lake - AZ

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Woods Canyon has been closed and evacuated due to a wild fire near chevlon lake

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Map of Woods Canyon Lake

5-Day Outlook as of 7/7/21

Fire danger, closed

Techniques & Tips as of 7/7/21


Local Species Available April through November(no winter access)

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    Rainbow and Tiger Trout

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Description: About Woods Canyon Lake

Woods Canyon is another popular lake on top of the Mogollon Rim located East of Payson. It is managed as a put and take fishery for Rainbow Trout, but does have many fish that hold over from year to year. In 2016 Tiger Trout were also introduced to this lake and are doing very well so far. The gate to this lake is closed in the winter, making access difficult and many years this lake freezes over. Once the snow begins to melt the access road is reopened and the lake fishes very well after not seeing anglers for several months. The weekends can get crowded on this lake, but early and late season during the week you can find plenty of solitude.

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No winter access