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Want to catch Arizona’s state fish?
Then get into an Apache trout state of mind for the Oct. 1 opening of the catch-and-release only fishery at Silver Creek near the department’s hatchery there.
“The opening of this unique fishery has become like a small party each autumn for Apache trout aficionados,” said Kirk Young, the fisheries chief for the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
This catch-and-release section of Silver Creek requires Apache and rainbow trout to be immediately released unharmed, and is artificial flies and lures only with barbless hooks. This segment of Silver Creek is open for fishing from Oct. 1 through March 1 of each year.
“This seasonal fishery is especially revered by fly and spin anglers who have discovered the joys of fishing for native Apache trout,” Young said.
Silver Creek is located east of Show Low about 5 miles on Highway 60. Turn north off 60 onto Bourdon Ranch Road for five miles to Hatchery Way Road. Turn east on Hatchery Way Road for 1 mile to where you can park at the Silver Creek Hatchery. Then simply follow the signs.
Don’t forget that the White Mountains of Arizona is the only place where you can fish for pure-strain Apache trout. This large area offers lots of opportunities to fish for this native salmonid.
Apache trout can be caught by a variety of methods, including wet or dry flies, or small lures such as spinners. For more information on how and where to fish for Apache trout, visit the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Web site.