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Date 19-Oct-14
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Conditions : PENA BLANCA : Angler report from Doug L.: My friend Mike and I went to Pena Blanca yesterday, Sept. 20. Dodging a few light rains showers, we arrived at the lake about 8 a.m.

Water was running a small amount down the wash into the lake on its south end. The entire lake was chocolate brown. Getting on the water, we found what I call peat moss floating over a good portion of the lake, including branches and logs that had washed in.

The quarter of the lake in front of the dam was impossible to fish. We heard water going over the spillway. We eventually caught four small bass, which were released. All were caught drop-shotting. We gave up about 1:30 p.m. and headed home.

If you want to fish Pena Blanca for bass, I would recommend waiting a couple of weeks or longer to let the water and debris clear out some.

Reported by: Arizona F&G

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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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