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Black River Sponsored by
Date 20-Jan-24
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Conditions : BLACK RIVER: Water clarity is stained through most of the lake. Crappie are being caught around the laydowns and wood on the lake with minnows and Bobby Garland shad bodies. KVD 1.5, Rapala DT6 crankbaits, Booyah Covert spinnerbaits and Strike King flipping jigs will put largemouth bass in the boat.

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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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