Fool Hollow Lake.
Show Low, Arizona
Location & Description. If you are a novice fisherman or looking for the best fishing spot for kids, Fool Hollow Lake is the ideal lake. It is located less than two miles from Show Low Arizona in the White Mountains and is within the Fool Hollow Recreation Area. The lake, built in 1957, was named after a "hapless" settler who attempted to farm the rocky canyon in the 1880s. The elevation of the lake is about 6,260 feet. The lake gives a feeling of high country seclusion. The lake is open all year and rarely freezes over in the winter. See Show Low Weather Chart.
Lake Size. The water surface of Fool Hollow is about 150 acres with an average depth of 23 feet.
Fish Variety. The lake has a self-sustaining population of Walleye, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Black Crappie, Sunfish and Carp. The lake is stocked with catchable size Rainbow Trout during the spring and summer.
Fishing. Fool Hollow features great fishing for novices and kids as well as seasoned anglers. Kids have the most fun fishing with nightcrawlers on the lake bottom or with a bobber. Spinner baits, jigs and nightcrawler rigs around underwater rocky structure produces great results for bass and walleye. Trophy-size walleye lurk here. Catfishing is best in the summer and early fall using nightcrawlers or chicken livers on the lake bottom. A state fishing license and trout stamp is required for all anglers over 13 years-old. The daily bag limit is six trout, six bass of either type. Limits are not placed on other species.
Boating. The lake is restricted to electric or maximum of 10 HP gas motors.
Camping, Hiking & Amenities. There are 31 tent camping sites and 92 RV campground sites with water and electric hookups. Other amenities and conveniences include two boat ramps, two fish-cleaning stations, picnic tables, barrier-free restrooms, showers, drinking water, a dump station, four fishing piers, ten single-family picnic ramadas and five large group ramadas that can handle 150 people. Existing fees (2008) are $20 per night for an RV site with hookup, $15 nightly for tent camping and $6 per vehicle for day use. The west side boat ramp and parking is free for day users.
Directions. From Show Low AZ, access Old Linden Road from either Highway 60 in town or at its western end from Highway 260.
Nearest Lodging. The nearest hotels are Show Low Hotels. You might also consider Bed and Breasfasts in the White Mountains area.
Show Low County Park