Silver Creek Arizona Trout
Copyright 2018 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Silver Creek Arizona
Silver Creek is a clear, spring creek that is stocked with
some huge, trophy size rainbow trout and the state of
Arizona's fish, the Apache Trout. The stream is stocked
from the Silver Creek Hatchery located upstream Silver
Creek. Brood stock from the hatchery is also stocked on
occasions. These trout may be as large as 25 inches.
This stream is located near Show Low, in the White
Mountains. It is "catch and release" only and barbless
hooks are required.

The stream is at a high elevation and approximately two
miles long. It has plenty of undercut banks but also some
pool, runs and riffles. The Arizona Game and Fish
Department owns the land.

Silver Creek is very silty and ranges from difficult to
impossible to wade. The stream can be fished from the
banks. The stream meanders back and forth through
open meadows.

Many anglers are not aware that the native Apache trout
is Arizona’s state fish. It is listed under the Endangered
Species Act, but anglers can fish for it in some waters.
Silver Creek is one of them along with the Little Colorado
River in the Greer Valley and the East and West Forks of
Black River. The White Mountains of Arizona is the only
place in the World where you can fish for the pure strain
Apache trout.

Apache trout may become the first native fish in the
United States to come off the endangered species list.
This is all due to the excellent efforts made by the  White
Mountain Apache tribe, the Arizona Game and Fish
Department, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and many
angling organizations.

The C and R season opens the first day of October and
extends through March 31st.
Open for catch and release until March 31st.
Catch and Keep season, April 1 to Sept 30th.
Catch and Release season open October 1st and fishing
is the best it will be.
The season is open all winter and fishing is good all
winter thanks to the almost constant water temperature of
the spring fed creek.
Type of Stream
Spring Creek

Rainbow Trout (Stocked)
Apache Trout (Stocked)


Northern Arizona

Nearest Towns
Show Low

Catch and keep - April-Sept
(catch and release) Oct 1- March 31)


Non-Resident License
State of Arizona

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Silver Creek Arizona Fly Fishing Report:
06/16/15 Open for catch and keep

10/01/15 Catch and release only. This is the best time to fish Silver Creek.

05/07/16 The "catch and keep" season started April 1st and continues until April 30th.

01/03/17 We keep getting ask about barbless hooks - Yes, you can squeeze the barbs
down flat on flies with barbs. That way you don't have to ruin all the flies you take for other
waters. Mash them down as you use them.
Options For Selecting Flies:
1. Email us (
with the dates you will be fishing this
stream and we will send you a list of our
fly suggestions. Please allow up to 24
hours for a response.

2. Call us 800-594-4726 and we will help
you decide which flies you need.

3. Email us (
with a budget for flies and we will select
them to match the budget and get them to
you in time for your fly fishing trip.

All orders are shipped free in the
U. S. Orders over $50 are shipped via
Priority Mail.  
Caught by:
Alex Latorre
Silver Creek
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Alex Latorre with Silver Creek Trout
Caught by:
Alex Latorre
Silver Creek