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Pena Blanca Sponsored by
Date 01-Jan-15
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Conditions : PENA BLANCA : Don L.: My friends and I returned to Pena Blanca yesterday, Dec. 6. We arrived around 8:30 a.m., and while overcast it wasn't cold. The lake is full and pretty clean except for a lot of green algae down by the dam. The water temperature was 53 degrees. While we know the lake is stocked with trout, we went ahead and fished for bass. Between the three of us, we caught and released 28 bass by the time we quit at 2 p.m. The bass were small, but a lot of fun to catch. All were caught drop-shotting. We hope there is enough forage for them to someday get larger.

Considering it is December and snowing in other parts of the country, we had a great time getting out on the water.

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About: - Peña Blanca Lake was built in 1957 by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. It provides water-related recreation year round, although its location so close to the Mexican border can be a bit deceptive. The mountain lake located at 4,000 feet above sea level and its climate reflects that fact. The body of water fills 49 acres of Peña Blanca Canyon in the Pajarito Mountain foothills. It is surrounded by grassy, oak-dotted hills, some of which are topped with bluffs of limestone. Peña Blanca Lake is a popular recreation spot for visitors from neighboring Nogales, Arizona and nearby communities in Mexico as well.

Whenever you choose to visit Peña Blanca Lake, you’ll find a number of recreational opportunities to enjoy. In the winter, fishing for stocked trout is the best. Warm water species such as catfish, bass and bluegill challenge anglers year-round. The lake is also open to boats with power sources limited to single electric trolling motors. Birdwatching, photography and hiking are some of the other activities that are quite popular here and one of the best ways to enjoy them is on the Peña Blanca Trail #41. This mostly level pathway follows the shoreline for the majority of its two mile route which goes most of the way around the lake.


  • From Tucson, travel south on I-19 towards Nogales. Turn right on SR 289 (Ruby Road). Follow signs to lake and boat ramp (10 miles).

RAMP/ACCESS: Ramp is cement with slight slope. PHYSICAL INFORMATION:

  • Average Acreage -45
  • Average Depth - 65 ft.
  • Elevation - 4000 ft.

*Because trout is the only species of fish currently in the lake anglers must have a trout stamp to fish.

Currently there are no boat launching facilities available for launching boats. Small boats that can be carried to the lake shore and float tubes are possible and those wanting to use such watercraft should use caution as there is a lot of debris floating in the lake. Shoreline anglers should have no trouble finding a place to fish(5/20/2010)

  • Rainbow Trout
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Crappie
  • Sunfish
  • Channel Catfish

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