Chevelon Canyon Lake Fishing Guide

Chevelon Canyon Lake is a hike in lake on the Mogollon Rim and is known for producing big brown trout and has a two trout limit.

Chevelon Canyon Lake offers great fishing for Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout.

To access Chevelon Canyon Lake, there are two main access points at the lake. First is the dam side which we prefer using in the spring and early summer and the inlet side which better in the fall.

We highly recommend using a float tube to access the best water as shore fishing is limited.

Chevelon Canyon Lake Photos

Popular Types of Fish at Chevelon Canyon Lake

Cataract Lake is generally stocked with Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout, but you can also fish for largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill and channel catfish.

You can catch catfish mostly on the road side of the lake while the bluegill were along the dam. Brown trout can be caught on the north side of the lake.

Highly Recommended Bait, Tackle & Gear 

Directions to Chevelon Canyon Lake

Chevelon Canyon Lake is about 2.5-3 hours from Phoenix and the hike in and out of Chevelon Canyon Lake can be strenuous.

Directions from Winslow, AZ: You want to travel for 25 miles south on Forest Road 34 to Forest Road 504, continue south on 504 to Forest Road 169. Follow 169 to 169B, then east (left) to the campground. From the south proceed north on Forest Road 300 to 169. Continue north on 169 to 169B, turn east (right) and follow 169B to campground.