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Big Lake Fishing Guide

Big Lake has renowned trout fishing with rainbow, brook, cutthroat, and apache trout filling the waters and is known as the fishing lake for its size, fish populations and amenities. Big Lake offers 532 water surface acres with an average depth of about 16 feet.

BIG LAKE: Described as one of "Arizona's Best Kept Secrets" and one of the Best Trout Fishing Opportunities in the state of Arizona!

At the nearby fishing shop, you can grab row boats, motor boats and all of your fishing bait and tackle gear.

Big Lake is located in northern Arizona’s White Mountains towards the eastern side of the state. Big Lake just over 9,000 feet in elevation and is about 680-acre lake regularly that draws fishermen and women from all over the state.

Big Lake is open from mid April to Mid November, depending on the weather. Fishing anglers over 13 need a state fishing license and a Rainbow Trout stamp and are limited to six trout for daily bags.

Popular Types of Fish at Big Lake

Big Lake is stocked with 40,000 around fingerling trout each year that are mostly of the Rainbow variety.

Big Lake fish species includes: Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout and Cutthroat Trout. Sometimes anglers will occasionally catch the native Apache Trout.

Rainbow Trout Fish

Rainbow Trout

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Brown Trout

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Cutthroat trout

Highly Recommended Bait, Tackle & Gear 

At Big Lake there is an on-site store that sells fishing licenses, tackle, bait, gear as well as offer boat rentals.

Directions to Big Lake

Big Lake is located about 25 miles south of Springerville, Arizona in the Arizona White Mountains.

If you're traveling from Springerville, AZ, head west 5 miles to the Big Lake turnoff (AZ261). Drive up the mountain 18 miles to FR 113 and turn left. Drive 2 miles to the Big Lake entrance (FR115) and then turn right. Follow the road all the way around Big Lake and take the first paved road to the right.