9TH October 2014
Howdy Fish Fans,
Reports have been trickling in but barely noticeable, while e-mails and calls have been coming in buckets.
Mundo: Has been fishing slow with catfish and bluegill moving deep with the colder weather. The bass bite which was excellent up until the last week or so but has also slowed with the fall temperatures. The trout fishing is about to get a lot hotter as we are stocking fish in the next few weeks. It has been confirmed we are stocking approximately 3200 sub-catchable rainbow trout and another approximate 2800lbs of 11”-25” fish some up to ten pounds. That’s right a few monsters are going to be stocked as well as ample catchable 2-4 pounders. After this stocking I for see great fishing this fall and hopefully weather permitting an excellent ice season.
Stone Lake: No new reports to mention, water is incredibly low and both boat ramps are currently dry. The department has been launching its 16’ jon boat from shore on the east side near the ramp. We will be extending the south ramp while the lake is low in hopes of having it 100% when the water rises. Snow would really be awesome this year, my fingers are crossed that the drought will loosen its grip this season. The lake will be stocked this fall with its normal healthy dose of sub-catchable trout. The department will also be conducting a gill net survey in the lake next week to gauge growth rates as well as conduct a trout population estimate.
Navajo River: The River is currently flowing at 32cfs and was running clear, though today’s rains may play havoc on turbidity. Rains always play havoc on the access road (j-9) and caution should be taken as rock, mud and ruts make navigation a little more tricky after storms. Fishing for brown trout is the name of the game this time of year. The Fish Crew will be conducting its fall sampling trip on the river Oct 20-23rd and fishermen should be aware that areas sampled will not fish well for a day or so surrounding the survey. If you are on the river you are more than welcome to come say hello but please yield right of way to the sampling crew.
Hopefully with all the fishermen sending me e-mails that there will be more to report in the next few weeks, if anything we should have some excellent pictures for the upcoming sampling events.