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8 Top Fishing Spots in Northeastern Arizona, Near Show Low

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Torreon in Show Low Arizona, is nestled within the White Mountains and the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. The area’s mild four-seasons and lush, diverse flora and fauna beckon outdoor enthusiasts from across the nation to explore more than 40 lakes and 600 miles of mountain streams. This abundance of angling opportunities may seem overwhelming, but we’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular fishing destinations in and around Torreon for fishers of all ages and experience levels. Before you go, check the weather report, pack food and water and be sure to have proper fishing licenses from Arizona Game & Fish.

  1. Torreon’s Catch-and-Release Pond

Children and grandchildren love casting away at Torreon’s members-only catch-and release-trout pond. Stocked with gorgeous Rainbow Trout, this onsite pond is great for beginners to learn the basics of casting, setting a hook and reeling in the prize. Clear blue waters and an abundance of shade trees make this an ideal spot for spreading out a picnic and enjoying the afternoon.

Distance from Torreon in Show Low, Arizona: 0 miles

  1. Fool Hollow Lake

Arizona’s White Mountains is known as a “water wonderland” with a plethora of lakes and streams to enjoy. One of the most popular is Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area. Fool Hollow is located on the northern border of Show Low which makes it aa short drive from Torreon. The fishing is challenging even for the frequent fisherman, but with some skill and luck you can reel in some nice trout. Other known species in the lake include catfish, black crappie, bluegill and green sunfish.

Distance from Torreon in Show Low, Arizona: 4.6 miles

  1. Show Low Creek

You won’t have to go far to cast a line in Show Low Creek. This popular fishing destination runs through town making it easy to access for the quickest of fishing outings and a great option for families.  Even though it’s in town, to fish here you’ll need a valid fishing license, short-term license or a community license. The creek flows through private property so be sure you check your location and obey all signs. At less than a mile long, this quaint creek is known for its catfish and trout.

Distance from Torreon in Show Low, Arizona: 4.6 miles

  1. Show Low Lake

Opposite of Fool Hollow is Show Low Lake, located on the city’s southern end. Like many Arizona lakes, Show Low Lake is regularly stocked with trout. Thanks to the active monsoon season, the lake has a lot of water this year, so the fishing is good, according to locals who visit this lake often. To increase your chances of success, use worms, power bait or lures. Show Low Lake offers several streams as well, which are great for fly fishing. Fishing tends to be best in the Springtime when the trout are more likely to be near the surface, but anglers have success all summer long catching largemouth and smallmouth bass, catfish, black crappie and bluegill.

Distance from Torreon in Show Low, Arizona: 8.6 miles

  1. Rainbow Lake

Located 22 miles south of Show Low, Rainbow Lake offers a wide variety of fish including northern pike, a fish not normally seen in the area. The Arizona Game and Fish Department stocks the lake with rainbow trout in the spring and early summer, making that the best time to cast a line. This is a popular lake for visitors looking to find cooler water and cooler temperatures. Much of the shoreline is privately owned so the best fishing is done from a boat. You can access the ramp on the parcel of public land near the dam. Casting with spinner baits, lures and plastic worms work well for largemouth bass and northern pike.

Distance from Torreon in Show Low, Arizona: 11.2 miles

  1. Big Lake

Known as the trout fisherman’s paradise, Big Lake is a gorgeous reservoir tucked away in the White Mountains of Arizona. Fishing is most successful in spring, specifically late April and May after the winter ice thaws. However, fishing gets even better later in the summer and early fall months. One of the highest elevation lakes in the state, Big Lake sits at 9,000 feet elevation at the base of Mount Baldy.

Distance from Torreon in Show Low, Arizona: 60 miles

  1. Seneca Lake

Take a day trip to Seneca Lake and enjoy the wide variety of Arizona’s landscape on the way. About an hour south of Show Low via Hwy 77, Seneca Lake sits north of the city of Globe. It is known as both a warm-water and cold-water fishery with an abundance of bass, catfish, sunfish and trout. Unlike many of the smaller lakes in Eastern Arizona, Seneca Lake has a boat launch and fishing piers.

Distance from Torreon in Show Low, Arizona: 52 miles

  1. Sunrise Lake

Tucked away in the White Mountains, Sunrise Lake is a high-elevation lake where families can enjoy great fishing and comfortable camping options. Due to its 9,000-foot elevation and limited water flow, the lake is relatively shallow with the average depth between a low of 15 feet and a maximum of 35 feet when completely full. Anglers here have been known to catch some good-sized Rainbow trout or Skamania trout when fishing from a boat in the deepest areas of the lake. You’ll have the best luck trolling a lure, a fly, corn, salmon egg or PowerBait.

Distance from Torreon in Show Low, Arizona: 42 miles

Fish on!

Located just three hours from Phoenix in Show Low, Ariz., Torreon is a luxury golfing community nestled in the White Mountains. It offers convenience, world-class recreation and amenities for the entire family. Offering everything from a sprawling outdoor pool, expansive fitness center to award-winning food at Torreon Grille as well as a family and game center, fishing pond and endless trails throughout the community, every member or guest is sure to enjoy time at Torreon. Learn more at  Contact Linda Cedarblade, designated broker for Torreon Realty at (928) 532-3030 or for more information on gorgeous, high country lots nestled in the White Mountains.