Mogollon Rim

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April 22nd, 2009

MOGOLLON RIM LAKES

RIM LAKES Most roads are now open and accessible.  Contact the US Forest Service’s Black Mesa Ranger District office at 928-535-7300 for up to date information about forest and road conditions.

Campground status from the Black Mesa Ranger District

Aspen CG – will be open by Friday 4/17/09, 60 sites, water available in portable containers, dump station closed.

Sinkhole CG-open
Crook CG -open
Canyon Point CG – Open, Loop A only, the showers are closed, dump station is open.

Fees are in effect.  Water system is open at Canyon Point. Other open fee campgrounds will have portable water containers available.  Woods Canyon Dump station is closed.

Chevelon Crossing Campground and Chevelon Lake Campground are open.  No fees.  No water or trash. Vault toilets.

Dispersed camping

The 9350 road and the 195 road are open.  Dispersed campers should use caution when pulling off of main roads as vehicles may become stuck due to wet soil conditions.

CHEVELON LAKE — Fishing is fair. The lake is ice-free. The lake is full and spilling.  Try lures such as spinners (Mepps, Panther Martin, and Rooster tail), and spoons such as Super Dupers, KastMasters, and Z-rays, and flies such as peacock ladies, wooly worms and wooly buggers, and semi-seal leeches.

Forest roads from the south were still closed as of April 20 (check with the Ranger District for the latest status). Forest Road 169 from the north is open to Forest Road 169B and Forest Road 169B is open. Forest Road 504 from Heber to FR 169 is also open. The lake is open to electric trolling motors and /or up to 10 hp. gas motors.

BEAR CANYON LAKE — This lake is now accessible, but there are still patches of snow and stretches of mud to navigate.  The Forest Road 300 is now open from Highway 260 through to Highway 87. This deep canyon lake often takes a little longer to warm up and the trails into it from the two parking lots probably have lots of snow still. It should have plenty if holdover trout. It will probably be stocked as soon as our hatchery guys can fit it into the schedule.

BLACK CANYON LAKE — Fishing is fair. The lake was stocked the first week of April.  Forest Roads 300 and 86 are open to the lake. Try worms, Power Bait, lures such as Z-Rays, Super Dupers, and spinners (Mepps, Rooster tail, and Panther Martin), and flies such as wooly worms, wooly buggers, peacock ladies, and small nymphs. The lake is open to electric trolling motors only and/or up to 10 hp. gas motors.

BLUE RIDGE – Road is open. Full and overflowing. No recent reports from anglers. It may be possible to catch some nice holdovers here, but the lake is not very shore-angler friendly. This lake is best fished from a small boat, kayak, canoe or float tube.

KNOLL LAKE – This lake is now accessible, but there are still patches of snow and mud along the shady stretches of road.  This lake is not scheduled for stocking until the second week of May. Knoll is often good for early-season holdover trout, but don’t expect great numbers. The water temperatures could be hovering around 40 degrees or so, so the trout may be a little lethargic. Try salmon eggs or worms. Power Bait might not work as well due to the colder water temperatures.

WILLOW SPRINGS LAKE — Fishing is good.  The lake was stocked the week of April 6-10 with catchable size rainbow trout. Forest Road 149 is open to the lake. Anglers are catching trout on worms. Many anglers reported catching limits from boats, and some from shore as well. Although success varied, the more experienced anglers seemed to have little trout filling up a stringer and the less experienced anglers seemed to enjoy fishing no matter how many they caught.

Try worms, salmon eggs, Power Bait (green seems to work best), lures such as Z-Rays, spinners (Mepps, Rooster tail, and Panther Martin), and flies such as wooly worms, wooly buggers, and Peacock ladies. The lake is open to electric trolling motors and/or up to 10 hp gas motors.  Water temperatures were in the low 50s last week.

WOODS CANYON LAKE — This lake is accessible the store is open, it has been recently stocked and fishing is to good, with lots of experienced anglers catching limits and novice anglers getting some nice trout as well. Anglers are also catching some larger hold-over trout as well as the plentiful stockers. Worms and salmon eggs seemed to work better than Power Bait, but many anglers caught trout no matter what they used.

Forest Road 300 and 105 to Woods Canyon Lake are open and the lake was scheduled to be stocked again this week. The store and marina are both open. This is the only Rim lake with boat rentals.

Try worms, Power Bait, salmon eggs, lures such as spinners (Mepps, Panther Martin, and Rooster tail), small spoons such as Super Dupers, Z-rays, and KastMasters, and flies such as Peacock ladies, wooly worms, small nymphs in black, brown or green.

4 Responses to “Mogollon Rim”

  1. Does anyone know how long the 300 road from Woods Canyon to Knoll lake is open? Also how long do they keep Woods Canyon Lake open and the camping sites open. I heard they close them noramlly Oct 31st.

    Thanks,

  2. Hey Robert,
    The 300 road and woods canyon lake stay open until Mother nature dumps a good amount of snow, and then the Black Mesa Ranger Station will close them. The phone # for the ranger station is 928 535-7300, they can tell you if the roads are open into the lakes. I usually fish up there until they close the roads. Last year we had a late fishing season, we fished into December. I don’t know about the improved camp spots, but there is always the non improved camping if the campgrounds are closed. I think the phone # to check on the campgrounds is 928 537-8888.
    Kevin Thompson

  3. Hey Robert,
    The 300 road stays open until Mother Nature decides to start dumping the snow, then the Black Mesa Ranger Station will close it. The phone # to check the roads is 928 535-7300. To check camp grounds, I think the # is 928 537-8888. If the campgrounds are closed, you can always do unimproved camping. Hope this info helps you.
    Kevin Thompson

  4. If they close them like the rest of the seasonal roads it should be closed Dec. 15th.

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