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Hawley Lake, AZ

Popular Fish Species Hawley Lake, AZ

Hawley Lake is a great trout fishing lake in the White Mountains, in east-central Arizona. According to the White Mountain Apache Tribe Game and Fish, nightcrawlers, or green and rainbow powerbait are working for bait. For spinning reel fishing, try spinners or silver kastmaster spoons.

Hawley Lake Popular Fish - Rainbow Trout

Rainbow Trout Fishing

Of all the trout species in Hawley Lake, Rainbow trout are the most commonly caught. Fish for rainbow trout here with worms, salmon eggs, prepared baits, small spinners, spoons, and crankbaits in vibrant colors to mimic their preferred prey. Additionally, floating or sinking flies, such as nymphs, streamers, or dry flies, are popular choices for fly anglers targeting rainbow trout. Trolling with lures or flies behind a boat, casting near shoreline structures, or still fishing with bait can all yield success. Adjusting lure size, color, and retrieve speed can enhance chances of enticing these colorful and spirited fish.

Hawley Lake Popular Fish - Brown Trout

Brown Trout Fishing

Currently, fishing for brown trout in Hawley Lake is occasionally delivering some nice catches. These hearty fighters migrate around the lake in search of baitfish and comfortable water temperatures, preferably in the 50 to 62 degree range. In spring brown trout, along with the baitfish, move to the shallows which warms first. As the days get warmer in summer they move deeper, again following schools of bait. As Fall and Winter arrive, browns tend to stay in deeper water. When these trout move deep, it is typically in the 20- to 45-foot range. Nightcrawlers are always a good bait for brown trout. In-line spinners, bait-colored crankbaits and small spoons are other options. Experiment with depth and retrieve speed.

Hawley Lake Popular Fish - Cutthroat Trout

Cutthroat Trout Fishing

This year, fishing for cutthroat trout in Hawley Lake is again delivering great results, year round. While the ideal setting for cutthroats is in a river or stream, they are also stocked in reservoirs, like Hawley Lake. For those who enjoy fly fishing, the key is to match the hatch. Like all fish, cutthroat like to have some sort of cover. They will hang out in boulders, fallen trees, along drop-offs and ledges. Catching cutthroat trout here with lures or bait is also productive. Presented properly, cutthroat trout can be caught on small spinners and spoons.

Fish species to fish for...

Guide to fishing for rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, brook trout and brown trout at Hawley Lake in Arizona.

Hawley Lake Fishing Video

Located in the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation, Hawley Lake offers both cold-water fish species. Trout flourish in this 8,200 feet elevation lake with 300 surface acres. Only electric-powered boats are allowed on the lake, and there are boats for rent at the lake. Canoes, kayaks and non-powered boats are also a good option here. Easy access to shoreline all around the lake makes fishing from shore a convenient option. During winter, roads are open and the lake is a popular ice-fishing destination. Earl Park Lake is also located in the Hawley Lake Campground Area.

Hawley Lake, located in the White Mountains of Arizona, is a tranquil and scenic destination for fishing enthusiasts. The lake is nestled amidst a picturesque pine forest and offers a serene setting for anglers looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Hawley Lake is primarily known for its excellent trout fishing opportunities.

Trout fishing at Hawley Lake is a popular activity, with rainbow trout being the predominant species found in its waters. The lake is regularly stocked with rainbow trout by the Arizona Game and Fish Department, ensuring a consistent supply of fish for anglers to target. Fly fishing, spin casting, and bait fishing are all effective techniques for catching trout at Hawley Lake.

Primary fish species residing in Hawley Lake

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Rainbow trout Cutthroat trout Brook trout Brown trout

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Hawley Lake Amenities

Marina: NO
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: NO
Lodging: NEARBY
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: NO

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Boating is permitted at Hawley Lake, providing anglers with additional opportunities to explore the lake and reach different fishing spots. Only electric motors are allowed, preserving the tranquil atmosphere of the lake. Anglers can paddle in canoes, kayaks, or use electric-powered boats to navigate the calm waters of Hawley Lake.

Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Deer Trail Boat Launch Ramp
A small paved ramp is located in the middle of the northern shoreline, off Deer Trail Road.

Fishing Guides On Hawley Lake

If you offer fishing guide services on this lake, please contact us for a free listing, to be posted here.

Fishing License

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Camping at Hawley Lake is a popular choice for those who wish to fully immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area. The lake features a campground with both tent and RV sites, offering a peaceful and scenic place to spend the night. Campers can enjoy the cool mountain air, have easy access to the lake for fishing, and take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding forest.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Hawley Lake Campground Area - 928 338-4385

Cyclone Lake Campground - 928 369-7669

Diamond Creek Campsite Number Three - 928 338-4385

Hawley Lake AZ Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Hawley Lake
White Mountain Apache Tribe
201 E Walnut St
Whiteriver, AZ 85941
928 338-4385


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Hawley Lake in Arizona.

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Hawley offers a nice, mixed bag of fish species for anglers in the beautiful pine country of Eastern AZ.

Fishing at Hawley Lake, in Arizona.