Key access roads in the mountains are now open allowing anglers and other outdoor recreational users entry to Woods Canyon Lake along the Mogollon Rim and Big Lake in the White Mountains.
Arizona Game and Fish Department officials said most high country lakes are now ice-free and all but a few are accessible.
"This is a superb time to fish the high country for those larger, hard-fighting hold-over trout," said Rory Aikens, the department's fishing report editor. Aikens added that anglers should not necessarily expect high catch rates because the colder water temperatures right after ice melt can mean trout can be a little lethargic. Another factor can be lake and stream turbidity from runoff.