I know it has been over a month since wrote a blog post and I apologize for not keeping things current. I spent about 25 days on the water in May so time got away from me. I was also having a tough time coming up with something to write about. That changed when I went to Christmas Tree Lake with Steve and some friends of ours, Phil and Nancy.
Christmas Tree Lake is on the White Mountain Apache Reservation and requires a special permit. The lake was built in 1965 at the junctions of Sun and Moon Creek. In 1965, the White Mountain Apache Reservation was chosen to provide the Christmas tree for the White House under President Lyndon B. Johnson. This is how the lake got it’s name.
This is a very unique fishery as it is the home of trophy Apache trout. Apache trout are only located in the White Mountains of Arizona and at this time, there is no other place to consistently catch them over 14 inches. We caught and landed several over 17 inches and almost all of them came by sight fishing to fish that were eating on the surface.
We do this trip from a drift boat. Being able to stand up gives us an edge on seeing these cruising, rising fish. This is often the difference between catching and not catching at this particular lake.
There is a very short window for sight fishing these trophy fish. It is happening now and should continue through the month of June. We have some open dates and the price is $375 for one angler and $400 for two. You will also need a special $30 permit and the Reservation only allows 20 people per day to fish this lake. It will be an early start, meaning that we will meet at 6:00 am (or earlier if you are game).
Call us at 480-217-5089 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to get your dates reserved.