The Apache trout is a species of freshwater fish and it generically belongs to the Salmon family. The trout is the native fish of the Arizona State. The only other native fish from here is the Gill trout. Arizona is a delight for anglers of all ages and abilities. Several lakes here notably Lake Havasu has a good population of this fish. There is free year-long public access to the waters.
The trout is officially the first fish to be protected under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. The fish is critically endangered and listed in the red-alert list under the threatened species. The government of Arizona is taking several steps to make sure that the population of the trout is raised. Anglers can cast their nets and lines from the marina or any part of its 25-mile shoreline. Boats are also allowed for deep water fishing.
Some of the places like the Baldy Mountains and Arizona and Colorado State which has a dwindling population of this fish are entirely bereft of fishing. The fish was once only found in the headwaters of the White and the Little Colorado rivers, above 5900 feet.
The fish is olive yellow in color and has a yellow or a golden tint on its belly.
The average size of the Apache trout is from a humble 6 inches to 24 inches in its native waters. The weight of the trout is usually between zero point four inches and six pounds. In places where its food is abundant it is heard to exceed 16 inches too.
The world’s biggest trout caught so far was from the Hurricane Lake in 1993. The trout measured 24 inches in length and measured only about 5 pounds. In high elevation streams where they feed exclusively on aquatic insects, their size hardly exceeds 12 inches on an average.
Less than a century ago, apache trout could be found in a radius of 600 miles in and around the White Mountains. Today, the range has dwindled and sadly this species of trout are found only in a smaller radius of 30 miles around the mountains.
Mount Baldy is another stronghold of this fish. But fishing for Apache trout in the streams of Baldy is completely prohibited in order to conserve their numbers.
The Apache trout’s home is in the clear streams of the White Mountain which has water flowing through forests full of Conifers and marshes. This trout is found in large numbers in the Salt River and also in Colorado River. There are also a lot of streams and ponds in the Grand Canyon where the fish has been introduced recently.
These are some of the places anglers can try their luck for this beautiful trout:
- West Fork of the Little Colorado River
- West Fork of Black River
- East fork of Little Colorado River just above the Coulter Dam
- State hatcheries at
- Ackre Lake
- East Fork of Black River
- Lee Valley Lake
- Silver Creek
The fish is known to consume both land and aquatic insect; so also smaller fishes and zooplanktons.
Type of fishing that can be done at the location is Dry fly fishing with using popular searching patterns such as Parachute Adams, Elk Hair Caddies and humpies. However, there are some lakes where the trout feeds on larger preys and their size can be exponentially big too.
Water Type: Freshwater