Carnero Lake Fishing Report

Carnero Lake - Springerville, AZ (Apache County)

Photo Credit: Courtesy of AZFW

by Arizona Game & Fish Department
9-16-2019
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Fishing rating: Good

Fishing from the shoreline or using spinners or lures is difficult at this lake because of the weeds. The best way to fish is from a small boat, canoe or float tube. Fly fish for rainbow trout and tiger trout with wooly buggers, prince nymphs or light-colored nymphs in open areas. The water is deepest near the islands on the north end of the lake. Water levels are still low this year. However there are fewer weeds than normal and more open water. Water quality will only improve throughout the fall as cooler daytime temperatures and afternoon monsoons cool things down. Access is still difficult and requires a slog out into the mud to get a float tube or kayak in. Carnero won’t fill back up until winter storms, so put your chest waders on and fish!



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