Flagstaff Williams Fishing Report
Dogtown Lake was stocked with about 5700 catchable (10 inch) so far this year. The hatchery also be stocked 4700 smaller (6 inch) Rainbow Trout 2 weeks ago. The smaller fish needed to be moved from the hatchery to reduce crowding and allow other fish to grow up to size faster. Dogtown is one of the few lakes in the Region in the area that produces enough food to grow these smaller fish.
We are starting to see reports of folks catching some nice size holdover fish trolling with lures on the lake. One of the Trout posted on a blog looked to be over 20 inches. I haven’t heard any report of folks catching fish on bait yet.
About 8,600 Rainbow Trout have been stocked this year. I haven’t heard any reports from anglers about anyone catching fish. Stocked this week
There was a report posted on a fishing blog of an angler catching some trout on Cataract. Looking at the pictures posted it looks like some of the smaller fish that were stocked last fall to make room at the hatcheries have survived and grown big enough for folks to catch. It appeared the fish were caught on a spinner.
Santa Fe and City Reservoirs
No reports but both of these lakes were stocked at the same time last fall as Cataract with the smaller Rainbow Trout so you may be able to catch trout on these lakes.
Flagstaff Area Lakes
We have stocked about 12,000 Rainbow Trout in the lake along with about 5,000 smaller Brown trout. The water in the lake is relatively clear so I would try fishing with lures for the fresh stockers. With the low water level of the lake prior to the spring runoff I don’t think many fish survived the winter. Stocked this week
Frances Short Pond
Frances Short pond was stocked last week and will be stocked this week. This morning Folks were catching fish on pistol petes, white roostertails and green powerbait. Stocked last week, scheduled to be stocked this week.
Lower Lake Mary
Lower Lake Mary has had about 22,000 larger (10 + inch) Rainbow Trout stocked in the last couple of weeks along with about 12,000 smaller (6-8 inch) Rainbow Trout. The stockings of Rainbow Trout contained some really nice trout with one being measured at about 18 inches. Fishing is starting to pick up a little bit with some fish being caught on powerbait. I had a report from a fly angler who was catching some nice size trout on leach patterns. Scheduled to be stocked this week.
The road is open. I talked to an angler who was fishing Kinnikinick late last week and caught a small Rainbow Trout and a large Brown Trout. He said it was pretty windy when he was up there so fishing was difficult.
Upper Lake Mary
A new state record Channel Catfish was caught on an anchovy 3/26. The fish was 39.5 inches long and weighed 33.36 lbs. The person who caught the fish also told us some of his friends have been catching some nice Northern Pike on anchovies. We have had some recent