Fishing Report: White Mountains/Mogollon Rim regions
While partial forest closures are blocking access to some areas, it is still hardly impacting fishing in the White Mountains region, and is presenting some great opportunities.
The only access that is blocked to prime fishing areas in this region includes Black Canyon Lake and the West Fork Little Colorado River upstream of Greer to the Highway 273 bridge at Sheeps Crossing.
It is important to note that stream fishing within the town of Greer is still open and the stocked trout are more concentrated. We are still stocking it weekly with the same number of trout, but putting them all down within the town of Greer. Fishing in front of the Rendezvous Cafe and along the East Fork Road is great.
It is also important to note that fishing at Sheeps Crossing is still open but only upstream of the Hwy 273 bridge. We are still stocking it weekly with the same number of trout, but putting them all upstream of the bridge (up to the old bridge).
This region has also accepted thousands of catchable size rainbow trout that could not be stocked into closed areas on other national forests in the state into lakes that are open to fishing. Woods Canyon Lake and Willow Springs Lake have been stocked with over 10,000 rainbow trout and over 4,000 tiger trout each over the last several weeks (over 28,000 trout total). Big Lake has been stocked with 4,000 extra catchable rainbow trout and may get more.
Plus, all other lakes in the region (except for Black Canyon Lake) are still getting stocked on the regular schedule.
Mike Lopez is AZGFD’s fish program manager out of Pinetop