Apache Lake Fishing Report near Apache Junction, Arizona

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Great fishing here at Apache Lake / Horse Mesa Dam

on January 15th

Great fishing at Apache Lake, aka Horse Mesa Dam which feeds off of the Salt River.

Fishing Tips for Apache Lake

on March 13th

Apache Lake is best fished in spring and fall. Winter is a close third. You will probably be better off fishing in your bathtub during the summer. You can find lots of good shoreline fishing here because of the irregular shoreline. The best places to fish here are deep coves, extended points, and rocky cliffs. All the rocks found here make perfect places for crayfish. Coincidentally the crayfish population here is huge. Because of that the best lures or baits you can use are crayfish colored. The fishing in the lake used to be much better. In fact the smallmouth here used to be the best fishery in all of Arizona. Then golden algae came and wiped out the fish though. The lake is on the upswing but it’s not the best yet. Hopefully in a few years the lake will be returned to its former glory. Tight Lines!

Fishing Info for Apache Lake

on March 2nd

Apache Lake is 2,500 acres with an average depth of 180ft. There are all sorts of facilities, places to get supplies, and a nice boat launch for you to use when you fish here. If you want to fish here you are going to need a U.S. Forest Service Tonto Pass. You can keep 6 bass but only one can be in between 13-16 inches. You can use any size of motor here which will come in handy if you like water skiing which you can do here. Good luck fishing!

Fishing Hot Spots near Apache Lake

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