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Becker Lake

Becker Lake is managed as a trophy trout lake. Located near Springerville, it also includes the Becker Wildlife Area, where wintering bald eagles can be spotted most years in nearby cottonwood trees. Built around the year 1880, Becker Lake is one of the oldest reservoirs in the White Mountains. The Arizona Game and Fish Department acquired the lake and property around it in 1973.

Location

The lake is located at . Easily accessible, it is a mere from the center of Springerville, off the west side of U.S. Highway 60.

Description

Becker Lake has with a maximum depth of and an average depth of . It is located on a diversion of the Little Colorado River. The Department owns water rights in the lake, so water levels can be maintained. The lake is stocked with sub-catchable rainbow trout twice a year and many of these fish survive the winter, reaching a good size the following spring. The lake also contains native Little Colorado suckers and illegally introduced green sunfish. It is open to angling year-round.

Boating Facility Features

  • Single or Less Motor
  • Launching Area
  • Boat Trailer Parking
  • Handicap Accessible
  • Restrooms
  • Gravel Access

Amenities

The lake has a boat ramp, dirt parking and barrier-free restroom. The Department has developed two hiking trails through the Wildlife Area. No camping is allowed at the lake, but there is a private RV campground nearby. Restaurants and lodging options ranging from hotels to bed and breakfast inns can be found in the nearby towns of Springerville and Eager.

Fish Species

Fishing Techniques

Becker Lake can only be fished with artificial fly and lures (single barbless hook). In spring, trout spawn in gravel beds near the boat ramp. Big fish also lurk along the weed beds. Flies to try are prince nymph, brown Montana stone and KP bugger. Using a boat or float tube are the best ways to fish here. There is limited opportunity for shore fishing and wading. Spin fishermen can try Z-rays, small Kastmasters or Panther Martins.

Special Notes

Special fishing regulations apply at Becker Lake. Angling is with artificial fly and lure only. The bag limit is two trout; one trout for unlicensed anglers under the age of 14. Boat motors are restricted to either electric or gas motors or less.

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