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Fishing Report - November 14th 2013

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Fishing Report - November 14th 2013


Note: Skim ice is starting to develop on cold nights along the shoreline of the higher elevation lakes, but has been melting off by mid-day.

BECKER LAKE – Fishing is fair to good. Large trout are becoming more active with cooler water temperatures. Becker Lake is open to catch-and-release fishing, with artificial fly and lure only and single barbless hooks only.

BIG LAKE – Fishing is fair. The store is open, and boat rentals are available. This is the time of year to try for larger cutthroat trout that feed more actively with cooler water. A thin algae bloom still exists, but is slowly disappearing. Bait, flies and casting lures are working for rainbows and cutthroats up to 13 inches, but trolling is slow.

CARNERO LAKE – Fishing is fair. It is difficult getting to open water with kickboats, but there is some open water in the center once you get past the weedy shoreline. Water levels had come up with the heavy summer rains. There are not a lot of fish in the lake, but those that are left are averaging about two pounds.

CLEAR CREEK RESERVOIR – Fishing is poor for trout, but fair to good for bullheads, bass and catfish. Boats can be launched at the official boat ramp, but will have difficulty reaching the canyon above the highway bridge due to shallow water and vegetation.

CONCHO LAKE – Fishing is poor.
CRESCENT LAKE – Fishing is fair. Anglers have been catching some rainbow trout on PowerBait and nightcrawlers. The store is closed. Access to the boat ramps on the west and south sides is good.

FOOL HOLLOW LAKE – Fishing is fair. Anglers have been catching a few trout on nightcrawlers and PowerBait. A few bass are also being caught on lures by boat anglers.

GREER LAKES – Fishing is fair to good. River Reservoir is full, and boats can be launched. High flows from an exceptional monsoon season filled the lake early. Anglers have recently caught a few rainbow and brown trout by trolling Kastmaster lures. Bunch and Tunnel Reservoirs are filling slowly.

HULSEY LAKE – The lake was drained following the Wallow Fire to help reduce expected flooding on Escudilla Mountain and has not been stocked since the fire.

LEE VALLEY LAKE – Fishing is fair for Arctic grayling. The lake lake level has come up a few feet, and the boat ramp is usable again. The algae bloom is gone, and the pH level is normal. Watch for surface action in the evening to catch grayling. Apache trout in this lake were killed by high pH levels over the summer.
LUNA LAKE – Fishing is fair. Some anglers are catching trout on Power Bait and worms in the early morning and late evening hours. The lake is full, but the water is a turbid brown color.

LYMAN LAKE – Lyman Lake State Park is open to day-use only through December 3. Overnight camping is not available at this time. Fishing is poor for bass and fair for catfish. 

NELSON RESERVOIR – Fishing is fair. The lake is full. From September 1 through March 31, the bag limits on trout at Nelson are unlimited; it will change back to a six-trout limit on April 1.

RAINBOW LAKE – Fishing is poor, but boating conditions are good. The aquatic weeds in Rainbow Lake are thinned out quite a bit by the white Amur (grass carp) that were stocked under a special permit to control the weeds. Please release these fish if incidentally caught so they can do their job at eating weeds. The water level is good, up from where it was in mid-summer, which helps when launching and operating boats in the lake.

SCOTT RESERVOIR – Fishing is fair for trout. The water is turbid, but the lake level is good.

SHOW LOW LAKE – Fishing is good for trout. Anglers are catching larger-sized rainbow trout with KastMasters from shore. The lake was stocked at the end of September with 3,010 rainbow trout. It is still time to catch large walleye by trolling with plugs at night. The concession and boat rental store is closed for the season.

WOODLAND LAKE – Fishing is poor. The lake is weedy around the shoreline areas.


Note: Skim ice is starting to develop on cold nights on some of the higher elevation streams, but has been melting off by mid-day.

EAST FORK of the BLACK RIVER – Fishing is fair for wild brown trout and hold-over Apache trout. The stocking season has ended for the year.

WEST FORK of the BLACK RIVER – Fishing poor to fair for wild brown trout and hold-over Apache trout. The stocking season has ended for the year. Vehicle access to the West Fork Campground will remain closed through this year.

LITTLE COLORADO RIVER in GREER – Fishing is fair for wild brown trout and hold-over Apache trout. The stocking season has ended for the year.

SHEEPS CROSSING – Fishing is fair for wild Apache trout. The stocking season has ended for the year.

SHOW LOW CREEK – Fishing is poor. The stocking season has ended for the year.

SILVER CREEK – Fishing is fair. Anglers are still catching larger rainbows on flies in the upper section, with good numbers of Apache Trout in the rest of the creek. The trout are getting a little harder to catch after being caught several times. Try bead-headed wooly buggers, brown or olive simi seal leeches and bead-headed prince nymphs. Be sure to bring a few of your favorite patterns in white, which can be the right color some days. Silver Creek was stocked on October 1 to kick off the catch-and-release season, which runs from October 1 through March 30. Silver Creek is now open to artificial lures and flies only, and barbless hooks. No bait fishing is allowed during this season. Please remember to practice good catch-and-release techniques to help maintain the fishery during this season by playing the fish quickly, keeping the fish in the water as much as possible (don’t lay them on the bank), and revive the fish carefully when releasing them.

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