By GEORGE MORSE
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
The near record-breaking spring runoff continues and the weather remains relatively cool for this time of year.
We had a nice, soaking rain Monday in the Espanola Valley. The Rio Grande and Rio Chama continue to run high and heavy. Some of the smaller streams are offering some good fishing now and the best fishing continues to be in the smaller lakes and ponds.
Some fruits like cherries and mulberries are starting to ripen here in Espanola and show up at the Farmers Market. Early varieties of sweet cherries like Black Tartarian are starting to show up, with later varieties like Bing soon to follow. The latest ripening sweet cherries are the Gold varieties, which are commonly found here in Espanola and the Rio Grande Valley.
Be sure to pack some rain gear when you head outdoors right now. You will be thankful to have it when an afternoon thunderstorm develops during what may have started out as a clear day. It’s a little early for that type of weather, but this has been and continues to be an unpredictable weather pattern. Just Monday there was what looked like fresh snow on the Truchas Peaks. It may have been a big hail storm, but it was still a surprise to see the Peaks covered in white this time of year.
The fishing in the Jemez Mountain area is improving in the streams as they continue to drop. The Jemez River, which has been heavily-stocked, is now running near normal for this time of year. The conditions on the lower Jemez River are much better now and it could be worth a try.
The fishing on upper Jemez River, the Cebolla River (Rio Cebolla) near Fenton Lake and the Rio San Antonio near La Cueva has been good The Rio de las Vacas is also worth a try. All of these streams have been stocked with rainbow trout and also contain wild brown trout. In their very headwaters, there are some native Rio Grande cutthroats still left. The Rio de las Vacas in the San Pedro Parks Wilderness Area is one stream to try if you’d like to catch some cutthroats. The fishing in the Rio de las Vacas headwaters is restricted to artificial flies and lures with single, barbless hooks and all cutthroat trout must be released.
The Rio Cebolla was stocked June 12 with 299 rainbow trout. The Rio San Antonio was stocked June 12 with 316 rainbow trout.
The Seven Springs Fish Hatchery north of Fenton Lake is where the Rio Grande cutthroat trout used to stock the lakes and streams in our state are raised. The Seven Springs Brood Pond at the Hatchery has good fishing for kids under 12 years-of-age. It is well-stocked with rainbow trout and has some wild brown trout. There are some good-sized fish in this pond.
Fenton Lake is a very popular fishing destination and is kept well-stocked with rainbow trout. It also contains wild brown trout, some of which can grow to surprisingly big sizes. A few years ago one young angler caught a 34-inch brown trout at Fenton. The fishing has been good all spring at Fenton. It was stocked June 12 with 2,200 rainbow trout.
The fishing at Abiquiu Lake is slowly improving. It has been fair for crappie and walleye. Thefishing for smallmouth bass has been fair-to-good. No reports on the trout fishing, but there are some big rainbow and brown trout here.
They are not currently storing water at Abiquiu Lake, as more water is being released below the dam then is flowing into the lake from the Chama River. It is still recommended that a four-wheel drive vehicle be used for launching boats.
The Chama River below Abiquiu Dam is running high at 1,790 cubic-feet-per-second. The fishing is slow.
The Chama River below El Vado Dam is flowing at 1,210 cubic-feet=per-second. The fishing has been fair for brown and rainbow trout.
The fishing for bass has been good at El Vado Lake. No reports on the trout fishing.
The fishing at Heron Lake has been slow with just a few carp and rainbow trout being caught by anglers.
The upper Chama River is still high. The streamflow at La Puente was 2,000 cubic-feet-per-second. The streamflow above the town of Chama has dropped a bit and is 468 cubic-feet-per-second. The upper Chama River was stocked June 12 with 494 rainbow trout.
Laguna del Campo near Los Ojos has been very good for trout. Fishing here is restricted to anglers 14 years of age or younger and to anglers 65 years-of-age or older.
The fishing at the Canjilon Lakes was fair-to-good. Some big trout were caught thanks to a recent stocking.
The Trout Lakes near Cebolla were stocked June 12 with 988 rainbow trout. The fishing, however, was rated as slow. It should pick up after the recently-stocked trout get hungry again.
The fishing at Hopewell Lake between Tierra Amarilla and Tres Piedras has been good for rainbow trout and brook trout.
Still no reports on the Rio de los Pinos near the Colorado border. All I can figure is the heavy flows are keeping anglers away. They have been stocking heavily here, including a stocking June 10 of 1,801 rainbow trout. The fishing should be good, especially in the bigger and deeper pools.
A stream not normally stocked or mentioned in the fishing reports is the Rio Vallecitos near Ojo Caliente. It has a strong population of wild brown trout and the streamflow is dropping. The fishing should be good here.
Santa Cruz Lake near Chimayo has been good for stocked rainbow trout and it has wild brown trout. The cool weather this spring has kept the fishing here good.
The Rio Grande is flowing very high. The streamflow at Taos Junction Bridge was 4,700 cubic-feet-per-second. The fishing is slow.
The Rio Pueblo near Penasco has been good for trout. It has both stocked rainbow trout and wild brown trout. The water here is high but the fishing has been good. It was stocked June 13 with 1,200 rainbow trout. The Sipapu Pond was stocked June 13 with 66 rainbow trout.
The Red River near Questa is flowing high at 236 cubic-feet-per-second. The fishing has been fair. The Red River above Questa was stocked June 11 with 701 rainbow trout. The Red River Hatchery Pond was stocked June 11 with 399 rainbow trout. The fishing here is for anglers 14 years-of-age or younger of 65 years-of-age or older.
Eagle Rock Lake near Questa was stocked Jue12 with 500 catchable-size rainbow trout and with 54 rainbow trout averaging 16.6 inches in size. The fishing has been very good.
Eagle Nest Lake has been fair for rainbow trout. The fishing has been fair for northern pike. The perch fishing has been good.
The fishing in the Cimarron River in Cimarron Canyon State Park has been good. The fishing in the Gravel Pit Lakes at Maverick Campground has been good.
No reports from Stubblefield Lake, but it should be worth a try for largemouth bass and walleye. The fishing at Maxwell Lake 13has been slow for all species.
The trout fishing here is likely slowing down as the weather warms up.
The fishing has been very good at Lake Maloya at Sugarite Canyon State Park near Raton for trout up to five pounds. It was stocked June 10 with 2,977 catchable-size rainbow trout and with 400 rainbow trout averaging 15.4 inches in size.
Lake Alice, a much smaller Lake also at Sugarite Canyon, was stocked June 10 with123 rainbow trout.
The fishing has been very good at Clayton Lake for rainbow trout.
The Charette Lakes were stocked June 11 with 2,499 rainbow trout. There are also yellow perch here. The fishing has been slow-to-fair.
Coyote Creek at Guadalupita State Park near Mora was stocked June 12 with 872 rainbow trout. The Coyote Creek Pond was stocked with 600 rainbow trout.
The fishing has been good.
Storrie Lake near Las Vegas was stocked June 10 with 3,099 rainbow trout. The fishing has been fair. No reports on the fishing for catfish.
The Gallinas River near Las Vegas was stocked June 14 with 1,000 rainbow trout. The Gallinas Ice Pond was stocked June 14 with 200 rainbow trout. The fishing has been good.
The Pecos River was stocked June 10 with 1,500 rainbow trout between the towns of Pecos and Cowles. The streamflow here is still a little high at 469 cubic-feet-per-second. The fishing has been fair with flies and worms.
Monastery Lake near Pecos was stocked June 14 with 900 catchable-size rainbow trout and with 95 rainbow trout averaging 14.6 inches in size. The fishing has been good.
The fishing at the Cowles Ponds north of the town of Pecos has been good. The smallest of the ponds is for anglers under 12 years of age.
The fishing has been very good for bluegill at Conchas Lake on the Canadian River. The fishing has been good for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, white bass and walleye. The fishing for catfish has been slow-to-fair.
The fishing at Santa Rosa Lake on the Pecos River near Santa Rosa has been fair for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and walleye. It has been fair-to-good for catfish.
The fishing at Sumner Lake on the Pecos River between santa Rosa and Fort Sumner has beengod for largemouth and smallmouth bass. It has been fair for walleye and white bass.
Over in the Four Corners, the streamflow in the San Juan River below Navajo Dam has now been lowered to 493 cubic-feet-per second. The fishing was good during the high flows last week and should be good for all anglers in the Quality Water with a variety of fly patterns. The fishing in the Bait Waters below the Quality Water has been fair-to-good. The Bait Water was stocked June 13 with 51,332 small rainbow trout and with 3,273 catchable-size rainbow trout.
The fishing at Navajo Lake was fair for crappie. The fishing has been slow-to-fair for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and northern pike. Anglers are picking up a few trout, including some nice brown trout, trolling crank baits.
No reports from Jackson Lake. A few trout were caught at Lake Farmington.
The fishing at Cochiti Lake has been slow-to-fair for catfish. It has been slow for largemouth bass and white bass.
The fishing for bluegill has been fair at Tingley Beach in Albuquerque. The fishing for catfish has been slow-to-fair.
The fishing at Elephant Butte Lake has been fair-to-good for bluegilland catfish. It has been slow-to-fair for white bass, largemouth bass and small mouth bass. Anglers are catching a few walleye and crappie.
The Rio Grande below Elephant Butte Lake has been good for white bass, walleye and catfish.
The fishing has been fair at Lake Roberts near Silver City for rainbow trout and Gila trout.
The fishing at Grindstone Reservoir near Ruidoso has been good for bluegill and rainbow trout.