Big Lake Fishing - Arizona White Mountain Region
If you do not hale from Arizona, the notion of high mountain lake trout fishing might not be the first thing that comes to mind. Located in the White Mountain region of Arizona is a place that offers exactly this opportunity.
Big Lake is located at 9,000 feet in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.
One attractive feature of this lake is that it offers respite when the temps start to get unmanageable at lower elevations. Though the best fishing is at ice out in spring and later towards fall, the fishing stays productive during the mid-summer months when things have trailed off elsewhere.
Rainbow, brook, and cutthroat trout are what you are most likely to catch here, but there is a decent population of the state fish, the apache trout.
Typical offerings for shore fishermen are worms and powerbaits. The fishing is quite a bit better by boat once the weather heats up...try trolling spinners.
Cutthroats are often produced via crawfish patterns or crankbaits like Rebel-Craws. Big brookies are produced primarily in the Fall fishery and are susceptible to salmon eggs.