Apache Lake Fishing Report

Apache Lake - Tortilla Flat, AZ


by Arizona Game & Fish Department
1-10-2017
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There is a good smallmouth bass bite. Anglers can catch a lot of fish on jerkbaits. Also try dropshot-rigged Roboworms in morning dawn, or crawdads imitations in chartreuse chugger (Texas rig or Carolina rig).

Various jigs also can be effective – try crawdad imitations. Points, islands and rocky structures tend to hold the majority of largemouth bass – keep moving.

Largemouth bass fishing is good. You might also find bass chasing shad at the surface, especially at first light. Try working the major points using soft plastic crayfish like lures worked along the bottom. Crankbaits can also work well at times.

Crappie fishing should pick up as winter progresses and they congregate in bigger and tighter schools.

Rainbow trout have been stocked, and some anglers are having success throwing trout imitations for monster bass.

Walleye fishing could be decent at first and last light using nightcrawler rigs, or jigs tipped with worm. Apache is also full of some really nice yellow bass. Try gold KastMasters or yellow/gold Rooster Tails.

Lake elevation is 1,908 feet (92-percent full).