Apache Lake Fish Report

Apache Lake - Tortilla Flat, AZ


by Arizona Game & Fish Department
9-17-2014
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Lake elevation is 1,908 feet (94-percent full). Surface water temperature this week was about 75 degrees. Robert, outside manager at Apache Lake Marina, said the best options are bass and catfish.


Worms (soft plastics and real) are working well for both species. Anglers also are doing well throwing spinnerbaits, crankbaits and jigs. He said last week an angler caught a 2.5-pound rainbow trout. "That is rare," he said. "They're hiding."


He said the top-water bite has been slow because of heavy rains, but the water should clear up soon.


You still might 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. A few good-sized smallies can be caught -- please practice catch-and-release on these fish, which are in the comeback mode. Walleye fishing should be decent at first and last light using night crawler rigs, or jigs tipped with worms. Apache is also full of some really nice yellow bass. Try gold KastMasters or yellow/gold Rooster Tails. Catfishing should be good. Carp fishing can be very good.




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