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Black River Sponsored by
Date 07-Oct-21
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Conditions : BLACK RIVER: Check Road conditions first. EAST FORK of the BLACK RIVER Fishing is fair for wild brown trout. Check with Forest service to make sure the roads are open. Try throwing Panther Martins or Mepps along with power bait and salmon eggs. Also a small ned rig for those small creek small-mouth along with a 4" senko wacky rigged. Also try wooly-buggers and dry flies for those aggressive strikes. Any small crawdad imitations should do well for the bass like rebel crankbaits. Small jigs would also work for trout and bass. Casting z rays have also been working well for anglers along with super dupers.

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About: - Situated in east central Arizona in Greelee, Graham and Gila Counties, the Black River flows through Apache Sitgreaves National Forest and the San Carlos Apache Reservation near the towns of Eagar, Alpine and Fort Apache. The alpine settings surrounding the Black River consist of spruce and fir forests in the White Mountains.

Best known for trout fishing, the Black River maybe Arizona's best smallmouth bass fishery.

The upper stretches of the rivers are inhabited with Apache trout, rainbows and browns in the middle sections, brown trout in the lower mountain stretches, and a mix of bass and trout in the lowest stretches.

Regulations: The Black River has sections that are subject to catch-and-release regulations. A tribal permit is required.

Directions: From Show Low go southeast on Highway 60 to Springerville. If you want to access the West Fork, take a look at the NF map.  Access is by way of dirt roads and FWD vehicle is advisable.  If you want to access the East Fork, continue south from Springerville on 180/191. You can then access the river easiest from Hannagan Meadow or from Alpine on several forest roads. You can also reach the East Fork as it crosses Forest Road 249, and as it parallels Forest Road 276 further south.

  • Rainbow Trout
  • Brown Trout
  • Apache Trout

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