Weekly Fishing Report: June 9, 2020

By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

More State Parks and New Mexico Department of Game and Fish properties were opened to anglers this past week to the point where it is better to list the locations that are still closed to anglers.

Fenton Lake State Park, a popular destination with Los Alamos and Albuquerque anglers, is one of the few remaining State Parks that are still closed.

The Department’s Rio de los Pinos Wildlife Management Area near the Colorado border north of Tres Piedras remains closed.

Monastery Lake near the town of Pecos, Morphy Lake near Las Vegas and the Rio Costilla Open Gate Properties are closed.

Santa Cruz Lake Recreation Area near Chimayo is closed.

Bluewater Lake State Park near Grants is closed.

Public access to all fish hatcheries is closed. This includes the Seven Springs Brood Pond at Seven Springs Fish Hatchery and the Red River Hatchery Pond at the Red River Fish Hatchery.

There is no overnight camping allowed at State Parks. No overnight camping at developed campgrounds in Santa Fe National Forest and Carson National Forest. There is dispersed camping along Forest Service roads. Restrooms are locked and no trash pickup. Please pick up your trash and pack it out.

National Forests in New Mexico are under Stage 2 fire restrictions. Campfires are not allowed.

Fishing conditions and area closures are changing from week-to-week. For camping restrictions and area closures please check for conditions at the location you wish to visit on the Internet or by phone.

The Department has resumed stocking of rainbow trout in waters that are cool enough to support trout through the summer. Stockings of rainbow trout have ceased in waters that are too warm to support trout in the summer. Stockings of channel catfish averaging 18 inches in size have begun in small municipal lakes and ponds throughout Southern New Mexico.

Streamflows throughout Northern New Mexico are below normal and fishing conditions are good. Lakes have reported good fishing, particularly those that have been recently stocked.

San Gregorio Lake in the Jemez Mountains was heavily-stocked a week agao and the fishing has been good for the stocked trout.

Streams in the Jemez Mountains are running below normal.  Streamflow on the Jemez River was 21.1 cubic-feet-per-second. The Rio Cebolla was stocked June 3 with 401 rainbow trout.

The road to the boat ramp at Abiquiu Lake has been opened and you can drive down to the lake. A four-wheel drive vehicle  is recommended for boat-launching as water levels are low. The fishing for smallmouth bass and walleye has been fair.

The Chama River below Abiquiu Dam was stocked June 3 with 1,076 rainbow trout. The streamflow was 711 cubic-feet-per-second. Fishing has been fair. There are also some big brown trout here. The access road at Abiquiu Dam is now open.

The Chama River below El Vado Dam was stocked June 2 with 558 rainbow trout. The streamflow was 598 cubic-feet-per-second. The fishing has been fair-to-good for rainbow trout and wild brown trout.

Heron Lake State Park and El Vado Lake State Park near Tierra Amarilla. Both Parks are open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Both should offer good bank fishing for rainbow trout. El Vado Lake also has brown trout, smallmouth bass and perch. Heron Lake has kokanee salmon and some lake trout.

The Chama River above El Vado Lake is running very low for this time of year. It was stocked June 1 with 1,116 rainbow trout. The fishing has been good for rainbow trout and wild brown trout.

The Canjilon Lakes near Canjilon were stocked June 2 with 1,116 catchable-size rainbow trout and with 115 rainbow trout averaging 16.7 inches in size. The fishing has been good. The campground is closed

The fishing has been good at the Trout Lakes near Cebolla.

Hopewell Lake between Tierra Amarilla and Tres Piedras has been good for holdover rainbow trout and wild brook trout. It should be stocked soon. The road to the lake is now open.

The streamflow in the Rio Grande is very low for this time of year and the river is in good condition for fly-fishing. The fishing has been good for rainbow trout and brown trout. The streamflow at Taos Junction Bridge was 411 cubic-feet-per-second.

The Rio Pueblo near Penasco is very low and the streamflow is just 11.5 cubic-feet-per-second. The fish are concentrated in deep pools and the fishing has been fair-to-good for stocked rainbow trout and wild brown trout.

The Red River is flowing at 116 cubic-feet-per-second near Questa. It was stocked above Questa June 3 with 3,000 catchable-size rainbow trout and with 100 rainbow trout averaging 15.5 inches in size. It was stocked June 2 below Questa with 1,201 catchable-size rainbow trout and 100 rainbow trout averaging 15.5 inches in size. The fishing has been good.

Eagle Rock Lake near Questa was stocked over a week ago. This is a small lake right by the highway that receives heavy pressure. The fishing can be good right after stocking.

Eagle Nest Lake State Park is now open daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. The fishing has been good for rainbow trout. Fishing for northern pike and yellow perch has been fair-to-good. It was stocked June 1 with 9,359 fingerling rainbow trout and with 9,375 catchable-size rainbow trout.

Cimarron Canyon State Park is open  daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Cimarron River was stocked June 1 with 2,424 rainbow trout. The Cimarron Gravel Pit Lakes at Maverick Campground were stocked June 1 with 355 catchable-size rainbow trout and with 101 rainbow trout averaging 15.4 inches in size. The fishing has been good. There are also brown trout in the river.

Stubblefield Lake should have fair-to-good fishing for largemouth bass, walleye and catfish.

As the weather warms up the fishing for holdover rainbow trout should slow down a bit at Maxwell Lake 13 on the Maxwell Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. There are catfish here and some largemouth bass.

Sugarite Canyon State Park near Raton is open daily from  7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The fishing for rainbow trout has been good at Lake Maloya and good at the smaller Lake Alice

Clayton Lake State Park is open Thursday-Sunday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The fishing here for rainbow trout may be a little slow as it has not been stocked since March. It should pick up once it receives a stocking. This lake has big walleyes, catfish and some largemouth bass.

The Charette Lakes between Springer and Wagon Mound should be at least fair for holdover rainbow trout and yellow perch.

Coyote Creek State Park near Guadalupita is open Thursday-Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It was stocked over a week ago but the fishing is usually good in this little stream for stocked rainbow trout and some brown trout.

Storrie Lake State Park near Las Vegas is open Thursday-Sunday 8 a.m. to 5  p.m. This lake needs a stocking of rainbow trout for the fishing to pick up. It also has some big catfish.

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

The Gallinas River near Las Vegas was stocked over a week ago. The streamflow is low and fishing is fair. There are some brown trout here as well as stocked rainbow trout.

The Pecos River between the towns of Pecos and Cowles is experiencing heavy fishing pressure. The streamflow is still pretty good at 106 cubic-feet-per-second. It has been heavily stocked. It was stocked twice last week with a total of 2,998 catchable-size rainbow trout and 95 rainbow trout averaging 16.7 inches in size. Pecos Canyon State Park is open Thursday-Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Santa Rosa Lake State Park is open Friday-Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The fishing has been fair for walleye, smallmouth bass and crappie.

Over in the Four Corners, Navajo Lake State Park is now open daily from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The fishing should be good for smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, northern pike and crappie. The trout fishing should be fair. No reports yet on kokanee salmon.

The streamflow in the San Juan River  below Navajo Dam is low for this time of year at 503 cubic-feet-per-second. The fishing in the Quality Water has been good with a variety of fly patterns. They have been catching some enormous brown trout over 30 inches in size in the Quality Water, which is catch-and-release. Some of these fish would likely break the state record for brown trout if they could be kept and weighed.

The fishing in the Bait Water below the Quality Water has also been good with some sizeable brown trout being caught here too. Flies, lures and nightcrawlers have been catching fish here.

Tingley Beach will open for fishing Tuesday (June 9). It has not been stocked recently and the trout fishing may be slow. Trout will likely not be stocked again until fall. There may be a few trout left over from earlier stockings. The water is getting a little too warm for trout. The fishing now will be better for catfish, some largemouth bass and bluegill.

The drainage canals in the Albuquerque area are no longer being stocked with trout. The fishing has been fair for catfish, carp and a few largemouth bass. The Rio Grande in the Albuquerque area is running low for this time of year and the fishing has been fair for catfish and carp.

The summer stocking of catfish averaging 18 inches in size has begun in the small municipal lakes and ponds in Southern New Mexico. To find out where these catfish have been stocked, visit the Department’s website at: wildlife.state.nm.us and click on the stocking report.

Escondida Lake near Socorro was stocked June 4 with 192 channel catfish.

Elephant Butte Lake State Park near Truth or Consequences is now open daily from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Park will be allowed to operate at 25 percent of capacity. The fishing should be good for white bass and catfish. Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and walleye are also available at the Butte.

The streamflow in the Rio Grande below Elephant Butte Dam is heavy at over 2,000 cubic-feet-per-second. The fishing should be at least fair for catfish, white bass and walleye.

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

In the Ruidoso area, the trout fishing has been good at Alto Lake. It was stocked June 2 with 1,000 rainbow trout. The trout fishing should start to slow down as the weather warms up. The fishing for catfish and largemouth bass should pick up. It was stocked June 4 with 102 channel catfish averaging 18 inches in size.

Grindstone Lake has been fishing well and drawing crowds. It was stocked June 2 with 3,000 rainbow trout. The fishing has been good for bluegill with worms. This lake also has catfish and smallmouth bass.

The streamflow in the Ruidoso River is low. It has not been stocked recently and the fishing is slow.

In the Silver City area, Lake Roberts has been getting heavy fishing pressure. The fishing has been fair for rainbow trout and some Gila trout. Lake Roberts is a designated trophy-bass water. The limit on largemouth bass is two fish per-day 18 inches in size or longer. There are also channel catfish and bluegill in this lake.

Bear Canyon Reservoir is now open. The trout fishing is about over here. It also has channel catfish and crappie. This fishing should start to pick up.

Bill Evans Lake  is now open. There is some deeper water here and the trout fishing might hang on a little longer here as the trout move to deeper water. This is a designated trophy-bass water with a limit of two largemouth bass per-day 18 inches in size or longer. There also are catfish here.

The streamflow in the Gila River is holding up well. They have been catching some big flathead catfish in the lower Gila River. There are also channel catfish and smallmouth bass here. In the upper Gila, the fishing is for rainbow trout and brown trout. The Gila River was stocked June 3 with 85 Gila trout averaging 14.3 inches in size.

The trout fishing has been good at Quemado  Lake. It was stocked June 3 with 2,160 rainbow trout.

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