Willow Springs Lake
Willow Springs is a great lake for fishing (stocked with trout, large mouth bass, sunfish) and for swimming. It's one of the few lakes with super easy access if you have a boat. If you don't, there is plenty of shoreline for casting or setting up your towels and blow ups for a day of sunning and swimming.
Location & Description. Like its nearby sister-lake, Wood Canyon, Willow Creek is one of the most accessible of the Rim lakes and has a very scenic setting in a heavily forested area on the edge of the Mogollon Rim. The landscape which includes Ponderosa Pine, Oak and Douglas Fir trees is simply gorgeous and at an elevation of about 7,500 feet, visitors can expect very pleasant temperatures in the spring and summer months. It's four season territory with a cool, colorful autumn, and a cold and snowy winter. The lake is located about 23 miles east of Payson, Arizona and 22 miles southwest of Heber off US 260 on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. Trophy size catches have occurred here. Lake Size. The water surface of the lake is 158 acres with an average depth of 60 feet. Fish Variety. Rainbow Trout, Largemouth Bass and Smallmouth Bass. Fishing. Willow Springs Lake is stocked weekly with catchable size Rainbow trout from May through September annually. When fishing from the shore, try nightcrawlers. Trolling for trout is usually productive. Spinner baits and artificial worm rigs work well for bass around underwater structure. In the summer the fish typically move to deeper depths of between 10 to 20 feet. The lake contains crayfish, so using lures that imitate them is a good way to attract bass. A fishing license with a trout stamp is required for anglers over 13 years old. The daily bag limit is six trout and six bass and bass limits are halved for unlicensed anglers 13 and younger. Boating. Boat motors are restricted to electric or 10 hp or less gas motors.
Location & Description. Like its nearby sister-lake, Wood Canyon, Willow Creek is one of the most accessible of the Rim lakes and has a very scenic setting in a heavily forested area on the edge of the Mogollon Rim. The landscape which includes Ponderosa Pine, Oak and Douglas Fir trees is simply gor…