Weekly Fishing Report: June 16, 2020

By GEORGE MORSE
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

The big news for Northern New Mexico anglers this week is the opening up of most developed campgrounds in Carson National Forest and Santa Fe National Forest.

The Forest Service also will begin picking up trash and the restrooms will reopen. Most campgrounds reopened Monday so anglers can now spend the night or nights close to the areas they like to fish.

Group camping areas remain closed. Campfire restrictions are in effect under Stage Two fire restrictions.

Most New Mexico State Parks are open for day use only and there is still no overnight camping at any State Park. Many State Parks open for day use have extended the hours during which they are open.

Fenton Lake State Park in the Jemez Mountains and Bluewater Lake State Park near Grants are still closed with no opening date yet announced.

State fish hatcheries are closed to the public. This includes the Seven Springs Brood Pond at the Seven Springs Fish Hatchery and the Red River Hatchery Pond ant the Red River Fish Hatchery. The State Department of Game and Fish Wildlife Management areas are open with the exception of the Bernardo Loop.

Monastery Lake, Morphy Lake and Rio Costilla Open Gate properties remain closed.

Anglers report many popular areas are crowded and fishing pressure has been heavy. The Department of Game and Fish has been stocking the most popular areas with rainbow trout, including some good-sized fish at many locations.

In the popular Jemez Mountains area, streams are running low at this time. They have not been stocked and the fishing is tough. These streams also contain wild brown trout with some cutthroat trout in the highest headwaters.

San Gregorio Lake was heavily stocked about two weeks ago and the fishing is still pretty good for these stockers.

Abiquiu Lake is open 24/7, although there is still no overnight camping. The boat ramp is open but the water is still low and a four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended for launching boats. The fishing for smallmouth bass and walleye has been fair-to-good. There are also rainbow trout, brown trout, catfish and crappie here.

The Chama River below Abiquiu Dam was flowing at 864 cubic-feet-per-second, which is kind of heavy and fishing can be challenging. There are stocked rainbow trout here and some big wild brown trout. The road from Abiquiu Dam is now open.

The streamflow in the Chama River below El Vado Dam was just 108 cubic-feet-per-second Monday. This is a great level for fishing, which should be good for stocked rainbow trout and wild brown trout.

El Vado Lake State Park and Heron Lake State Park are both open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Boating conditions are good. El Vado Lake has rainbow trout, brown trout, smallmouth bass and perch. The fishing should be fair-to-good.

Heron Lake has rainbow trout and some lake trout. The rainbow trout fishing from the bank should be pretty good. The lakers are probably hanging out in deeper water now. Heron Lake was once an excellent kokanee salmon fishery, but has suffered due to low water conditions. It is hoped that the kokanee fishery can be rebuilt.

The streamflow in the Chama River above El Vado Lake is extremely low for this time of year. Normally flowing at 639 cubic-feet-per-second at La Puente, it is now 59.1 cubic-feet-per-second. This is a great level for fishing, particularly fly fishing. It does not bode well for later this summer. Right now, the fishing is good. Later this summer, the trout could very well suffer from low water and high water temperatures.

The fishing is good right now at the Canjilon Lakes. The campground is now open. The lakes were recently stocked and there are some brook trout in the upper lake.

The Trout Lakes near Cebolla were stocked June 8 with 464 rainbow trout. The fishing has been good. The campground is open.

Laguna del Campo near Los Ojos is open. It was stocked June 9 with 464 catchable-size rainbow trout and with 50 rainbow trout averaging 16.7 inches in size. The fishing has been good.

Hopewell Lake between Tierra Amarilla and Tres Piedras is open, as is the campground. The fishing has been good for holdover rainbow trout and wild brook trout.

The Rio de los Pinos Wildlife Management Area near the Colorado border is now open. It was stocked June 11 with 1,801 rainbow trout. Fishing should be good and there are some wild brown trout here.

Santa Cruz Lake near Chimayo is closed, although there are reports of anglers walking into the lake. It has not been stocked recently.

The streamflow in the Rio Grande is very low for this time of year. The flow at Cerro near the Colorado border was just 141 cubic-feet-per-second versus a normal flow of 1,046 cubic-feet-per-second. At Taos Junction Bridge, the flow is 327 cubic-feet-per-second versus a normal flow of 1,700 cubic-feet-per-second. This is not good news for river rafters, as flows are already too low to safely run the Rio Grande Box. The fishing is very good right now and conditions are good for fly fishing.

The Rio Pueblo near Penasco is really low, flowing at just 4.87 cubic-feet-per-second. It was stocked June 12 with 1,201 rainbow trout. At water levels this low, the trout will be concentrated in deeper pools and even visible. Fishing should be good. There are also wild brown trout here. The Sipapu Pond was stocked June 12 with 67 rainbow trout.

The Red River is still carrying a good flow at 92.8 cubic-feet-per-second. The Red River above Questa was stocked June 10 with 1,531 rainbow trout. The fishing has been fair-to-good.

Eagle Rock Lake near Questa was stocked June 10 with 500 rainbow trout. This little lake is right by the highway and receives heavy fishing pressure. Fishing is good as long as the stockers last.

Eagle Nest Lake State Park has been fishing well. The Park is open for day use daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. The fishing has been good for rainbow trout. Perch fishing is good with worms. The fishing has been fair for northern pike.

Cimarron Canyon State Park is open daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. The fishing for stocked rainbow trout has been good and there are some wild brown trout here. The 1.4 mile stretch from Tolby Campground to the first bridge on Highway 64 is catch-and-release with artificial flies and lures with a single, barbless hook. The fishing in the Gravel Pit Lakes at Maverick Campground has been fair-to-good for stocked trout.

The fishing has been fair-to-good at Stubblefield Lake for largemouth bass, walleye and catfish.

The fishing at Maxwell Lake 13 on the Maxwell Lakes National Wildlife Refuge has been fair for holdover rainbow trout. There are also catfish and largemouth bass here.

Sugarite Canyon State Park near Raton is open daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Lake Maloya was stocked June 8 with 2,601 catchable –size rainbow trout and with 383 rainbow trout averaging 15.5 inches in size. Lake Alice was stocked June 8 with 499 rainbow trout. The fishing has been good.

Clayton Lake State Park is open daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. This lake has not been stocked for a while and the trout fishing is slow. There are some big walleyes in this lake and also catfish.

Ute Lake State Park near Logan is open daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. The fishing has been fair-to-good for walleye, white bass, small mouth bass and largemouth bass.

The Charette Lakes between Wagon Mound and Springer were stocked June 9 with 2,424 rainbow trout. The fishing has been good for trout with some bigger holdover fish. There are also yellow perch here.

Coyote Creek State Park near Guadalupita is open daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Coyote Creek was stocked June 10 with 800 rainbow trout. The Coyote Creek Pond was stocked with 601 rainbow trout. Fishing has been good.

Storrie Lake State Park is open Thursday-Sunday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. It has not been stocked recently and the fishing is slow. There are also catfish in this lake.

The Gallinas River near Las Vegas was stocked June 10 with 1,029 rainbow trout. There are also some wild brown trout here. The Gallinas Ice Pond was stocked with 201 rainbow trout.

Conchas Lake State park on the Canadian River is open Thursday-Sunday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The fishing has been fair-to-good for walleye, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, white bass, catfish and bluegill.

The Pecos River Canyon State Park is open Thursday-Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Pecos River is flowing well between Cowles and Pecos. This area receives very heavy fishing pressure. It was stocked three times last week with a total of 2,998 catchable-size rainbow trout and with 94 rainbow trout averaging 16.9 inches in size.

Santa Rosa Lake State Park near Santa Rosa is open Friday-Sunday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The fishing has been fair-to-good for walleye, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass and crappie.

Over in the Four Corners area, Navajo Lake State Park is open daily from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The fishing should be good for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike and crappie.

The streamflow in the San Juan River below Navajo Dam is low for this time of year at 527 cubic-feet-per-second. The fishing has been good in the Quality Water with a variety of fly patterns. Some very large brown trout have been landed in this catch-and-release water. The fishing in the Bait Water has been good with flies, lures and nightcrawlers.

Tingley Beach in Albuquerque is now open. It is no longer being stocked with rainbow trout and the trout fishing is slow.

The fishing for catfish is slow.

The drainage canals in the Albuquerque area are no longer being stocked with rainbow trout. The fishing has been fair for catfish, carp and a few largemouth bass.

The Rio Grande in the Albuquerque area is running well-below normal. The fishing has been fair for catfish and carp. The flow in the Rio Grande near San Antonio is 0.00.

Elephant Butte State Park is open daily from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. The fishing has been very good for white bass. The fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and walleye has been fair. The fishing for catfish is good.

The Rio Grande below Elephant Butte Dam is flowing at 1,770 cubic-feet=per-second. The fishing is fair for walleye, catfish and white bass.

Caballo Lake State Park is open Thursday-Sunday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The fishing has been fair for white bass and walleye.

In the Ruidoso area, the trout fishing has been good at Alto Lake and Grindstone Reservoir. Alto Lake was stocked last week with catfish and also has largemouth bass. The fishing for bluegill has been good at Grindstone.

In the Gila area around Silver City, the trout fishing has been fair at Lake Roberts. This is a designated trophy bass water.

The limit is two largemouth bass per-day 18 inches or longer in length. There are also catfish and bluegill in Lake Roberts. It was stocked June 10 with 2,017 rainbow trout.

Bear Canyon Lake is now open. The trout fishing is about over here. The best fishing will be for catfish and crappie.

Bill Evans Lake is open. There may still be a few trout hanging on in deeper water here. Bill Evans is a designated trophy bass lake with a limit of two largemouth bass 18 inches in length or longer. The state record largemouth bass was caught at Bill Evans. There are also catfish here.

There is a good flow in the Gila River. They have been catching some big flathead catfish in the lower Gila River. There are also smallmouth bass here. The fishing in the upper Gila River and its forks is for rainbow trout, brown trout and Gil trout. Gilita Creek in the Gila drainage was stocked June 11 with 94 Gila trout averaging 15.3 inches in size.

The trout fishing has been very good at Quemado Lake. It was stocked June 9 with 2,610 rainbow trout. Quemado Lake was stocked June 12 with 300 4.5-inch tiger muskies. Tiger muskies are a sterile hybrid between a northern pike and a muskellunge. They are fast-growing, voracious predators and are used to control rough fish and invasive species in some lakes.