By GEORGE MORSE
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
After a relatively cool May when we received some much-welcome precipitation, the weather in June is looking hot and dry for the coming week.
Most streams in Northern New Mexico are running high, but still below normal for this time of year. Streamflows should continue to drop,
Lakes are beginning to warm up and trout will start to move away from the shoreline seeking deeper water and cooler water temperatures. Fishing for trout will soon be best pursued early and late in the day. Where allowed, night fishing may be effective.
A good summer monsoon season can help to see us through the dog days of summer by keeping streamflows higher and water temperatures lower. Increases in streamflows during summer thunderstorms can trigger lethargic trout into feeding. Take cover if there is lightening
Trout ate a coldwater fish. Water temperatures above 70 degrees will make them turn lethargic and quit feeding As streamflows drop trout-especially wild trout, will become easily spooked. A stealthy approach and lower profile will pay dividends. Hatchery fish not so much because they are used to seeing people and being fed by them.
If you are going camping, please check the fire restrictions for the national Forest lands and other government property you may be camping on. There has already been one fire, if not more, started by an illegal campfire. Currently, most forest lands are under Stage One restrictions with campfires only allowed in developed areas. Under Stage Two restrictions no open fires are allowed. If extreme fire danger exists and the exceptional drought continues, the National Forests may be closed. This has happened before.
New Mexico State Parks are open to all visitors. Overnight camping is still by reservation only. Call 877.664.7787 for reservations. Some campsites may be open on a first come, first served basis. It is beneficial to check the state parks website for conditions at individual state parks if you are planning a trip to one of them. The website is: emnrd.state.nm.us/SPD/FindaPark.html.
Fenton Lake State Park in the Jemez Mountains is open. The fishing has been good. This lake can get very crowded. It is heavily-stocked. It was stocked June 2 with 1,922 rainbow trout. Camping is allowed by reservation only. Call 877.664.7787 for reservations. Fenton also has wild brown trout and you might catch a Rio Grande cutthroat trout from an earlier stocking. Only two cutthroat trout may be kept per-day as part of the five-trout-per-day bag limit. Call (575).829.3630 for current conditions at Fenton.
Fishing the Rio Cebolla below Fenton Lake might be worthwhile. It was stocked June 2 with 400 rainbow trout.
San Gregorio Lake is open It appears a few fish may have survived the winter here despite its tendency to winterkill. The fishing is reported as fair using midge fly patterns. It has not yet been stocked this year.
The Seven Springs Brood Pond is now open. It is also known as the Kid’s Pond. It was stocked June 2 with 450 catchable- size rainbow trout. It was stocked May 14 with 200 rainbow trout averaging 17.1 inches in size. There are a few big brown trout in this pond too. A 30-inch brown trout was caught here recently. The fishing is for anglers under 12 years old.
The trout fishing has been fair-to-good in the Jemez River. The streamflow has dropped and is now just 14.5 cubic-feet-per-second. This is very low. The Jemez River was stocked May 12 with 998 rainbow trout. The fishing is good once you find where the stocked fish are. The smaller streams in the Jemez Mountains are fishing well. The Rio de las Vacas was stocked May 12 with 499 rainbow trout. The San Antonio River was stocked May 18 with 750 rainbow trout. All the streams in the Jemez Mountains have wild brown trout.
The East Fork of the Jemez River was stocked April 23 with 3,500 small Rio Grande cutthroat trout averaging 3.7 inches in size. The Guadelupe River was stocked April 23 with 3,500 small Rio Grande cutthroat trout averaging 3.7 inches in size. Please practice catch and release to give them a chance to grow.
Eagle Nest Lake State Park has good fishing when the wind isn’t blowing hard. Boating conditions are listed as good.
The boat docks are were installed May 6 at Eagle Nest. Overnight camping resumed March 15 by reservation only.
Rainbow trout, yellow perch and northern pike are the species that can be caught, with an occasional kokanee salmon.
The fishing for trout and perch has been good. It was stocked twice June 3 with a total of 18,778 sub-catchable rainbow trout. Some big pike are being landed. Some good-sized kokanee salmon are being caught. Remember you must keep any northern pike you catch and can’t return them to the lake. For more information and current conditions, call (575).377.1594.
Heron Lake State Park is open. Camping is available by reservation only. There is open water for bank fishing at Heron and at El Vado Lake. Due to low water the boat ramps at Heron Lake are closed and boating conditions are described as fair. Bank fishing should be at least fair for rainbow trout with the possibility of catching a lake trout at Heron. It was stocked May 19 with 6,055 catchable-size rainbow trout. It was stocked May 24 with 56,986 fingerling rainbow trout.
The lake level is rising. The primitive boat ramp is open and four-wheel drive is recommended.
El Vado has rainbow trout, brown trout and small smallmouth bass. Call (575).588.7470 for conditions at both Heron Lake and El Vado Lake. The main park is now open at El Vado Lake. Boating conditions are described as poor. The main boat ramp is open.
Abiquiu Lake is open, including the boat ramp and picnic areas. The campground is open. Camping is by reservation only.
Reservations may be made at www.reservation.gov.
The water level is low at Abiquiu. A four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended for launching boats. The fishing has been fair-to-good for walleye. The fishing is slow-to-fair for smallmouth bass. You might catch a good-sized rainbow or brown trout this time of year at Abiquiu. It was stocked April 30 with a total of 458,376 walleye fry. Call 505.685.4371 for more information.
The Chama River below Abiquiu Dam is flowing at 422 cubic-feet-per-second. The flow is lower and fishing conditions are a little better. The water here is usually murky. The fishing could be at least fair for stocked and holdover rainbow trout.
There are some big, wild brown trout here. The limit here is two-fish-per-day. It was stocked June 1 with1,032 rainbow trout.
The Chama River below El Vado Dam is flowing at 506 cubic-feet-per-second. The flow has been steady. The fishing has been fair-to-good for stocked rainbow trout and wild brown trout. It was stocked June 1 with 516 rainbow trout. Some big brown trout were caught recently by anglers using Rapalas. The state-record brown trout was caught here.
You may catch some small Rio Grande cutthroat trout below El Vado. It was stocked April 26 with 5,998 fingerling Rio Grande cutthroat trout. Please release them carefully and give them a chance to grow.
The Chama River above El Vado Lake is experiencing early spring runoff conditions. The streamflow at La Puente has fallen to 422 cubic-feet-per-second. The fishing conditions are improving and some big trout will be caught now. It was stocked May 24 with 1,032 rainbow trout.
The nearby Brazos River is also experiencing runoff conditions and is flowing at 139 cubic-feet-per-second. It has not been stocked but fishing could be fair-to-good for holdover rainbow trout and wild brown trout.
Laguna del Campo near Los Ojos is open. Opening date was May 1 at this little lake. Fishing is for anglers under 14 years of age or 65 years old and older. It was stocked June 2 with 462 catchable-size rainbow trout and with 90 rainbow trout averaging 16.4 inches in size. It is open sunrise to sunset and the limit is three fish-per-day.
Santa Cruz Lake near Chimayo is currently open. It will be open Thursday-Sunday from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Overlook campground is closed due to vandalism. The North Shore campground is closed. The fishing has been good here in the early spring. There is open water here for bank fishing. The lake is nearly full and the boat ramp is open. It was stocked May 6 with 3,290 catchable-size rainbow trout and with 300 rainbow trout averaging 17.1 inches in length. The fishing has slowed down here and the trout are likely moving to deeper water. For updated conditions, check the Bureau of Land Management website at: blm.gov/visit/santa-cruz-lake-recreation-area
The Cimarron River in Cimarron Canyon State Park is open. Fishing has been fair for rainbow and brown trout. It was stocked June 2 with 2,424 rainbow trout. Streamflow below Eagle Nest Dam is 0.09 cubic-feet-per-second. This is very low. The water near the Dam is very low. The flow picks up downstream and is at 69.9 cubic-feet-per-second near the town of Cimarron.
The Gravel Pit Lakes at Maverick campground are open. They were stocked June 2 with 355 catchable-size rainbow trout and with 45 rainbow trout averaging 14.0 inches in size.
Sugarite Canyon State Park near Raton is open daily. Lake Alice and Lake Maloya are now open for bank fishing.
Camping is available by reservation only. Lake Alice is a small lake and the fishing is primarily for recently-stocked rainbow trout. It was stocked May 26 with 499 rainbow trout. Lake Maloya is much larger and is capable of producing larger, holdover trout. It is well-stocked. It was stocked May 26 with 2,001 catchable-size rainbow trout and with 347 rainbow trout averaging 15.8 inches in size. Call (575) 445-5607 for current conditions.
Morphy Lake State Park near Mora was opened for day use March 1 after being closed for more than a year. There is no overnight camping here and it is open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Initially, it was closed for repairs on the dam. Later, it was closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fish here had over a year to grow unmolested and there are some nice, large holdover trout here. Fishing had been described as slow initially, but anglers were catching good-sized cutbow trout and cutthroat trout. It has now been heavily-stocked. It was stocked June 1 with 2,700 catchable-size rainbow trout and 299 rainbow trout averaging 14.7 inches in size.
Clayton Lake and the Charette Lakes are now open for fishing after being closed over the winter. The fishing has been pretty good for some nice-sized holdover rainbow trout at Lower Charette Lake. Lower Charette Lake was stocked May 10 with 2,250 catchable-size rainbow trout an with 250 rainbow trout averaging 16.7 inches in size.. The Charette Lakes are located between Wagon Mound and Springer.
Clayton Lake State Park is now open daily with camping by reservation only. It was stocked May 4 with 3,604 catchable-size rainbow trout and with 250 rainbow trout averaging 16.5 inches in size. It also has some big walleye and a few trophy-size largemouth bass. There are also catfish here. Due to warming temperatures, it is unlikely that Clayton Lake will be stocked again until later this fall. This is a trophy bass lake where the daily limit is two bass-per-day 14 inches in size or longer. It was stocked April 28 with 44,118 walleye fry. The state-record walleye was caught at Clayton Lake. The boat ramp is closed. At Clayton Lake, be sure to check out the Dinosaur Tracks.
Maxwell Lake 13 on the Maxwell Lakes National Wildlife Refuge opened up March 1 for fishing. Save yourself a trip. This lake practically dried up last fall and will need to be restocked.
Stubblefield Lake is also very low, but could be worth a try for catfish. The state-record channel catfish was caught here.
There were also largemouth bass and walleye here but they may not have made it through the winter due to low water.
Cochiti Lake had been closed most of last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It reopened Jan. 4 by reservation for day use. Fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass has been fair-to-good. Catfish and northern pike are being caught as well. The boat ramp is open. Tickets and reservations may be made at www.recreation.gov. They are not sold at the lake. The Tetilla Peak Recreation Area is closed. This lake is managed by the Corps of Engineers.
The gate hours at Storrie Lake State Park near Las Vegas are from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. It was stocked May 18 with 3,034 catchable-size rainbow trout. It was stocked May 13 with 450 rainbow trout averaging 15.4 inches in size. Camping is available by reservation only. It’s likely at least fair if not better for stocked trout. There are some big catfish in this lake too. Call (505).425.7278 for conditions.
High-elevation lakes are opening up. Hopewell Lake between Tres Piedras and Tierra Amarilla still has snow around the lake. The fishing has been fair-to-good at Hopewell. It is stocked with raimbow trout and has wild brook trout. It was stocked May 11 with 1,804 catchable-size rainbow trout and with 185 rainbow trout averaging 17.1 inches in size.
The Canjilon Lakes and the Trout Lakes near Cebolla are open and accessible. Forest service roads may still have some muddy conditions. Trout do not carryover well through the winter at these small lakes and the fishing is much better after they are stocked. The Canjilon Lakes were stocked June 2 with 1,032 catchable-size rainbow trout and with 115 rainbow trout averaging 16.4 inches in size. The Trout Lakes were stocked May 24 with 494 catchable-size rainbow trout.
The Lagunitas Lakes have not been stocked yet and fishing is likely pretty slow.
Ute Lake State Park is open. The fishing should be fair for white bass, walleye and largemouth bass. The state-record smallmouth bass was caught at Ute Lake. Conchas Lake State Park is open, but the boat ramps are closed. The boat ramps on the south side are open. Some crappie, walleye, white bass and largemouth bass are being caught. Santa Rosa Lake State Park is open and anglers have been catching some crappie, smallmouth bass, walleye and catfish. This lake is extremely low and the boat ramp is closed. Sumner Lake State Park is open and fishing for walleye could be fair.
Camping is allowed by reservation only at all these lakes.
Conchas Lake was stocked recently with 156,027 walleye fry averaging less than an inch in length. Ute Lake was stocked with a total of 739,332 walleye fry.
Over in the Four Corners Navajo Lake State Park is open. Camping is by reservation only. The best fishing may be for trout and possibly northern pike. Bass fishing and crappie fishing should pick up as the water warms up. It was stocked May 19 with 42,629 fingerling rainbow trout. Now is a good time to troll lures like Rapalas for big brown trout. Check at the marina to see if the kokanee salmon have schooled up in deeper water and can be caught trolling. Boating conditions are good. Call (505).632.2278 for conditions.
Lake Farmington is open. This Lake is administered by the City of Farmington. It was stocked May 10 with 1,000 rainbow trout. The fishing should be good for these stocked fish.
Tiger Park Pond in Aztec was stocked May 5 with 760 catchable-size rainbow trout and with 150 rainbow trout averaging 16.5 inches in size. Aztec Pond # 1 was stocked April 6 with 317 catchable-size rainbow trout and with 35 rainbow trout averaging 16 inches in size.
The Animas River in Aztec was stocked June 3 with 125 rainbow trout. The streamflow in the Animas River at Aztec is strong at 3,130 cubic-feet-per-second.
Jackson Lake north of Farmington has had good fishing for stocked trout. It was stocked April 13 with 1,007 rainbow trout. It is part of the Jackson Lake Wildlife Management Area managed by the State Game and Fish Department Bluewater Lake State Park is open. Boating conditions are listed as good. Camping is allowed by reservation only. It was stocked Feb. 10 with 6,000 rainbow trout. It was stocked again March 8 with 5,992 rainbow trout. The trout fishing has been very good, but is slowing down. A few tiger muskies are being caught and the fishing for them should pick up.
Fishing for catfish is fair. Call (505).876.2391 for current conditions.
McGaffey Lake was stocked April 21 with 899 rainbow trout. This was its first stocking this spring. It is also stocked with catfish. It was stocked May 27 with 92 channel catfish averaging 18 inches in size. The water may get really low in this little lake. It may dry up later this year.
Rivers and streams are swollen with runoff but are running below normal for this time of year.
The Rio de los Pinos near the Colorado border is running high from spring runoff. The high water may make fishing difficult, but bigger fish can be caught this time of year. It was stocked May 18 with 1,800 rainbow trout.
The Rio Grande streamflow is 817 cubic-feet-per-second at Taos Junction Bridge. This is well-below normal but heavier than last week. The fishing has been fair-to-good for rainbow and brown trout. Bait is your best choice under these conditions. Spinners may work too.The Rio Grande in the Pilar area was stocked May 20 with 2,000 rainbow trout. In the Rio Grande Gorge above Pilar, it was stocked May 20 with 250 rainbow trout. Some of this stocking takes place near the John Dunn Bridge north of Taos near Arroyo Hondo. Caddis hatches are occurring on the Rio Grande.
The Rio Grande Gorge above Pilar was stocked March 10 with 10,661 fingerling Rio Grande cutthroat trout. It was stocked again April 29 with 7,169 fingerling Rio Grande cutthroat trout. The State Game and Fish Department is hoping to establish a naturally-reproducing population of cutthroats here. These stockings are done by carrying the trout on backpacks into the Wild Rivers section near Questa.
Some anglers like to toss large streamers in the Rio Grande hoping to entice a strike from a big northern pike. The Pilar area and the Orilla Verde Recreation Area are good spots to try.
The Rio Pueblo near Penasco has lost its ice and the streamflow is 35.2 cubic-feet-per-second. It was stocked May 19 with 1,199 rainbow trout. The fishing could be fair-to-good for stocked rainbow trout and wild brown trout.
The pond at Sipapu was stocked May 19 with 166 rainbow trout.
The Red River near the Red River Fish Hatchery is flowing at 130 cubic-feet-per-second. The fishing is normally fair-to-good here. It was stocked June 4 with 699 rainbow trout. The Red River above Questa is thawed out and was stocked May 24 with 1,998 rainbow trout. It was flowing at 118 cubic-feet-per-second. The East Fork and the West Fork of the Red River were each stocked with 301 rainbow trout.
The Red River Hatchery Pond is now open and was stocked June 4 with 399 catchable-size rainbow trout and with 80 rainbow trout averaging 14.7 inches in size. The fishing here is for anglers under 14 years-of-age and over 65 years old.
Eagle Rock Lake near Questa is open. This little lake is right off the highway. It was stocked May 24 with 499 catchable-size rainbow trout and with 54 rainbow trout averaging 16.7 inches in size. It should be worth a try.
The Rio Costilla near Costilla was stocked April 15 with 2,065 Rio Grande cutthroat trout. From Latir Creek to the boundary of the Valle Vidal, fishing in the Rio Costilla is catch-and-release with flies and lures having a single, barbless hook. In the Valle Vidal, the State Game and Fish Department is conducting a project in the Rio Costilla from the Valle Vidal boundary upstream to Costilla Dam that includes the removal of fish and restocking in 2022 with Rio Grande cutthroat trout. The Rio Costilla below Latir Creek was stocked June 1 with 400 rainbow trout.
The best river in the state and well-known throughout the angling world is the San Juan River below Navajo Dam. The streamflow here is 329 cubic-feet-per-second, which is well-below normal. It offers world-class fly fishing for big trout.
The fishing has been good with a variety of fly patterns in the Quality Water. The fishing here is catch-and-release with flies and lures having a single, barbless hook. The Quality Water is stocked with small rainbow trout that grow quickly in the fertile waters. There are big, wild brown trout in the Quality Water that are not adverse to gobbling up their smaller rainbow brethren. Some of these fish would likely shatter the state record if they could be kept and weighed.
The fishing in the Bait Water of the San Juan below the Quality Water has been fair-to-good with flies, bait and lures.
The Bait Water was stocked June 3 with 3,067 rainbow trout.
Coyote Creek State Park near Guadalupita is open. It was stocked May 25 with 799 rainbow trout. The Coyote Creek Pond was stocked May 24 with 601 rainbow trout.
The Pecos River above the town of Pecos is starting to experience runoff conditions.. Camping is closed in Pecos Canyon State Park. The streamflow at Pecos was 103 cubic-feet-per-second. The fishing has been fair for stocked rainbow trout and wild brown trout. The Pecos River between the town of Pecos and Cowles was stocked twice last week with a total of 3,000 rainbow trout.
The Cowles Ponds were stocked May 18 with 180 catchable-size rainbow trout and with 20 rainbow trout averaging 15.0 inches in size.
The Pecos River is stocked with rainbow trout at Villanueva State Park, which is open. Fishing can be good after these stockings. It was stocked April 7 with 1,496 rainbow trout between the town of Pecos and Villanueva. The Pecos River from Villanueva to Interstate Highway 40 was stocked May 18 with 194 rainbow trout.
Holy Ghost Creek in the Pecos drainage was stocked June 2 with 400 rainbow trout. The Mora fork of the Pecos River was stocked June 1 with 400 rainbow trout. It also has wild brown trout. Cow Creek in the Pecos River drainage was stocked May 25 with 499 rainbow trout.
The Gallinas River near Las Vegas is running well. The streamflow was 5.07 cubic-feet-per-second. Some good-sized holdover trout have been caught. It was stocked May 26 with 1,002 rainbow trout. The Gallinas Ice Pond was stocked May 26 with 198 rainbow trout.
Monastery Lake is now open again to fishing. It was stocked June 3 with 900 catchable-size rainbow trout and 95 rainbow trout averaging 15.1 inches in size. Please pick up your trash here as this is private property and should be respected. Fishing here is possible through the State Game and Fish Department’s Open Gate program. This lake is very crowded on weekends.
In the Albuquerque area, Tingley Beach is open again. The stocking of trout is over until later this fall. The trout are starting to thin out. It was stocked March 25 with 282 largemouth bass averaging 7.3 inches in size. There is a 14-inch size limit on largemouth bass. During the summer, Tingley Beach is stocked with catfish. It was stocked twice May 27 with a total of 497 channel catfish averaging 18 inches in size.
The Albuquerque-area drainage canals are not being stocked with trout now. The fishing could be fair for some trout left over from previous stockings in the Albuquerque, Albuquerque South, Belen Riverside, Corrales Riverside and Peralta drains. The trout may be starting to thin out. Fishing for other species like bass and catfish may soon pick up as the weather gets warmer. Fishing for catfish in the Rio Grande near Albuquerque has been slow due to high streamflows.
The stockings of trout at Tingley Beach and in the Albuquerque drainage canals have ended and will be resumed later this fall.
Escondida Lake just north of Socorro was stocked March 16 with 800 rainbow trout. This was the last stocking of trout until later this fall. There are also a few catfish, largemouth bass and crappie in this little lake. The fishing for stocked trout will start to slow down. It was stocked March 25 with 198 largemouth bass averaging 7.3 inches in size. There is a 14-inch size limit on largemouth bass. It was stocked May 27 with 228 channel catfish averaging 18 inches in size.
Elephant Butte Lake State Park is open. Camping is by reservation only. Some good-sized white bass have been caught trolling crank baits. Fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and walleye should pick up and be fair-to-good soon.
A 55-pound blue catfish was recently caught and released. Now is a good time to perhaps hire a guide, as they make it their business to know where the fish are. The water level is extremely low. It will likely slowly rise over the winter as they try to store as much water as possible to prepare for spring planting. The lake is expected to fall to just three-percent of its capacity this summer.
The Rio Grande below Elephant Butte Lake is now flowing strong as they have begun releasing water from Elephant Butte Lake. The streamflow was 1,900 cubic-feet-per-second. The fish were congregated in the deeper pools, but are now starting to spread out. The fishing should be at least fair for catfish. Walleye and white bass may move into the river from Caballo Lake with the increased flow.
The fishing has been good at Caballo Lake below Elephant Butte Lake for white bass, walleye, crappie and catfish. It was stocked May 3 with 329,956 walleye fry.
Anglers in the Roswell area should be aware that Berrendo Creek is being stocked again. It had been closed because of too much trash being left behind. It was stocked March 16 with 400 rainbow trout. There are also largemouth bass here.
In the Ruidoso area, the fishing remains good at Alto Lake and Grindstone Reservoir. These lakes are administered by the City of Ruidoso. They are now open to all anglers. Alto Lake was stocked May 25 with 999 rainbow trout. Grindstone Reservoir was stocked May 26 with 2,999 rainbow trout. Grindstone Lake has a lot of deep water and is capable of producing larger, holdover trout.
Alto Lake also has catfish and largemouth bass which should be getting more active now. It was stocked May 27 with 92 channel catfish averaging 18 inches in size. Grindstone Lake has smallmouth bass, catfish and bluegill.
The Ruidoso River was flowing at 1.40 cubic-feet-per-second at Ruidoso. Streamflow at Hollywood was 4.31 cubic-feet-per-second. It was stocked May 25 with 748 rainbow trout.
The Timberon Ponds near Cloudcroft are being stocked again. They were stocked May 25 with 249 rainbow trout. They also have catfish and were stocked May 27 with 92 channel catfish averaging 18 inches in size.
The Rio Bonito near Tularosa is now being stocked. The upper Rio Bonito was stocked April 26 with 499 rainbow trout.
The lower Rio Bonito was stocked April 27 with 149 rainbow trout. It will likely be fished out soon.
In Southwestern New Mexico, fishing in the lakes around Silver City should be good for warmwater species like largemouth bass, catfish crappie and bluegill. Only Lake Roberts can carryover trout through the heat of summer. Trout fishing at Bear Canyon Lake and Bill Evans Lake should be slowing down.
Lake Roberts has been fair for rainbow trout and catfish. There are a few Gila trout in this lake. It was last stocked in mid-April with 4,283 rainbow trou.This is a trophy-bass lake where the limit is two largemouth bass-per-day 14 inches in size or longer. This is the time of year when some of the biggest bass will be caught all season.
Bear Canyon Lake has fair fishing for stocked rainbow trout. It was last stocked April 22 with 213 rainbow trout. There are also catfish, crappie and largemouth bass here.
Bill Evans Lake has had fair fishing for stocked trout. It was last stocked April 8 with 513 rainbow trout. There are catfish here. This is a trophy bass lake where the limit is two largemouth bass-bass -per-day 14 inches in size or longer. The state-record largemouth bass was caught at Bill Evans Lake. This is a good time of year to catch a trophy-sized largemouth bass.
The streamflow in the Gila River is 32.0 cubic-feet-per-second near Gila Hot Springs. This is low for this time of year. The fishing has been good for catfish in the lower Gila River. Trout fishing should pick up in the upper Gila River and its forks soon. The Gila Cliff Dwellings are closed due to a nearby forest fire.
The East, West and Middle Forks of the Gila River were stocked May 10 with a total of 725 Gila trout averaging about seven inches in size. Please try to release these fish to give them a chance to grow and reproduce.
Quemado Lake has been fair for rainbow trout. It was stocked May 18 with 1,394 rainbow trout. There may be some nice holdover trout. It was stocked last year with tiger muskies. They should reach catchable size in a couple of years.