: WILLOW SPRINGS LAKE: Fishing is good to fair. The lake was stocked with tiger trout a few weeks ago and rainbow trout last week. Boat fishing is good or try in the coves on the shore. Rainbows can be caught on PowerBait or roostertails. Tiger trout are more aggressive (more like a brown trout), so try using lures from shore or trolling. They tend to chase the lures. Copper Kastmasters, spinners, spoons, or some flies like wooly buggers or nymphs work well. Dont forget to submit your trout for the state record! Tiger trout can be distinguished from rainbow trout by their worm-like or blotchy pattern throughout their body as compared to the rainbow trouts small black spots. Tiger trout count toward your six trout bag limit.
Lures & Spinners
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.