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Big Lake Sponsored by
Date 01-Nov-18
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Conditions : BIG LAKE: Bait and shore fishermen can try anything from worms to PowerBait. Fishing from a boat is generally more successful in the early fall than fishing from the shoreline, when the fish move into deep, cooler water. As temperatures cool, trout will be found in shallower water, but shore angling remains difficult due to low water levels. Boaters should try trolling spinners and flies. Rainbow trout often forage on bottom, while cutthroat trout may be a couple feet higher in the water column. To attract cutthroat, use lures that resemble crayfish or their movements. Brook trout will hit flies, but also try nightcrawlers on the bottom. Spring 2018 fish population surveys found healthy numbers of rainbow and cutthroat trout, including cutthroat up to 20 inches and weighing more than 3 pounds. Cooling daytime temperatures and afternoon monsoon storms are helping to break up algae blooms and improve visibility in Big Lake. Because of its size, productivity and visitor amenities, Big Lake is considered one of the White Mountains best fishing lakes. Anglers should see increased bite as the weather cools and trout become more active.

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About: - 400 acres. Elev. 9,000 ft. 19 miles southwest of Eager using Arizona 260 and U.S. 273 either approaching from the east near Eagar or the west near Sunrise Resort. Open May to November, with snowmobile access in the winter. Big Lake is very popular among campers and families. To accommodate the numbers, it is stocked each spring and fall with more than 30,000 trout. Rainbow is the best yield with good catches of brookies and cutthroat trout. Facilities include a grocery store, boat rental, minor auto service repair and plenty of campsites in Brookchar, Cutthroat, Grayling, or Rainbow campgrounds.
  • Big Lake Fish Species: Rainbow, Brook, & Cutthroat trout
  • Access: Paved, Gravel
  • Boating: 8 hp Single (or less), Launching area
  • Amenities: Parking area, boats to rent, motors to rent, licenses for sale, groceries, gas & oil, tackle & equipment, tables, drinking water, fireplaces, restrooms, trailer spaces, camping allowed - campground nearby.
  • Winter freeze: yes
  • Live Bait Fish prohibited
  • Nearest Town: Springerville - restaurants, lodging
  • Rainbow
  • Brook
  • Cutthroat Trout

Misc Info: - The lake is open to electric trolling motors and up to 10 hp. gas motors. The store is open and has boats for rent. This lake has easy boat and shore fishing access. The South Cove boat dock has been installed.

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