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Black River Sponsored by
Date 01-Aug-19
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Conditions : BLACK RIVER: The West Fork of the river is stocked weekly with Apache trout starting from the Forest Road 68 to the first crossing at the West Fork Campground. Fishing is usually great early in the summer until the monsoons start. The storms cause the fishing to slow down a bit.The East fork is stocked weekly from the Buffalo Crossing up to Diamond Rock. Apache trout are stocked in early summer and rainbow trout are stock in mid to late summer. Along with the West fork, the fishing should be good until the summer monsoons start rolling around.

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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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