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Memorial Day fishing opportunities abound despite forest closures

Posted May 23, 2018

PHOENIX — Lots of quality fishing opportunities will keep anglers’ reels singing during Memorial Day weekend — despite forest closures.

Some of the best options in the White Mountains for trout fishing include: Big Lake; Greer lakes; Show Low Lake; Fool Hollow Lake; Luna Lake, Hulsey Lake, Woods Canyon Lake; Willow Springs Lake; Bear Canyon Lake; Carnero Lake; and various White Mountains streams.

Options in addition to trout include walleye fishing at Lyman Lake and smallmouth bass fishing at Show Low Lake.  Quality smallmouth have been caught lately at Show Low Lake.

Want to catch a tiger trout? Tigers have already been stocked into Becker Lake (April 16), Carnero Lake (April 25), Kinnikinick Lake (May 5 and 11), and Willow Springs and Woods Canyon lakes (May 21).

In the Flagstaff and Williams area, anglers can try Ashurst Lake, Kinnikinick Lake; Kaibab Lake and Frances Short Pond.

Reservoirs along the Salt and Verde rivers on U.S. Forest Service land remain open, as well as lakes in the Coronado National Forest.

The closures, meanwhile, will have the following impacts:


For more closure information, see websites for the Apache-Sitgreaves NFS, Tonto NFS, and Kaibab NFS.

For fishing reports, news and more, head to our Fish AZ site.