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Willow Springs Lake Sponsored by
Date 29-Jul-16
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Conditions : WILLOW SPRINGS LAKE: Fishing is good/fair. The lake was stocked with tiger trout and rainbow trout last week and rainbow trout again this week. Boat fishing is good. Try in coves on shore. Fish about 10 feet deep, where the water is cooler and still has oxygen. Rainbows can be caught on PowerBait or roostertails. Tiger trout are more aggressive (like brown trout), so try using lures from shore or trolling. They like to chase lures. Kastmasters, spinners, spoons, or flies like wooly buggers or nymphs work well. Don’t forget to submit your trout for the state record! Tiger trout can be distinguished from rainbow trout by their worm-like or blotchy pattern on their body compared to the rainbow trout small black spots. Tiger trout count toward your 6 trout bag limit.

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About: - Willows Springs Lake is located in the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest along the Mogollon Rim. The 150 acre lake is the closest to State Route 260 of any lake on the Rim making it the most accessible. The road is paved to this lake. There is no marina or camping here, but there are restrooms and a boat launch for boats with small motors. Motors are restricted to 8hp or less. Recently and angler caught the Arizona State Record for a Rainbow Trout at Willow Springs Lake.

Misc Info: - The lake is open to electric trolling motors and up to 10 hp gas motors. This lake has easy boat and shore fishing access.



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