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Game & Fishing Recreation


The White Mountains provide what is considered some of the best elk hunting in the world. Bear, mountain lion and antelope are also hunted, though there are strict season restrictions and limitations. Deer, javalina, turkey, quail, rabbit and a variety of waterfowl are also plentiful in the region. Professional guides are available. Fishing draws anglers from throughout the region, and several state records have been set in the White Mountain area. Fly-fishing, shore casting and exploring lakes by boat are all favorite activities. Lyman Lake is one of the few bodies of water in northeast Arizona with no size restrictions on boats. The west end of the lake is bouyed off and restricted as a no-wake area to allow anglers the chance at walleye, channel catfish and large mouth bass without the interference of speed boats and water skiers

fly fishing

At Show Low Lake County Park, early spring is the preferred season for trout fishermen. This 100-acre park is also home to walleye, large mouth bass, bluegill and catfish. Nestled amid same of the tallest stands of ponderosa pine in the nation, Fool Hollow State Recreational Park boasts a 140-acre lake brimming with large mouth and small mouth bass, walleye, channel catfish, black crappies, bluegills and brown trout. The park also offers fishing piers and cleaning stations, if trout fishing is your game. Some of the best lakes in the state include: Big Lake, Willow Springs, Black Canyon, Woods Canyon, Chevelon Canyon and Bear Canyon. Stocked with rainbow trout in the summer months, some areas also offer bass and brown trout. For fly fishing, head for Canyon Creek near the fish hatchery.

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