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Thread: Gila River, NM - Life after Fire?

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    Default Gila River, NM - Life after Fire?

    I'd call the Gila National Forest office and ask, but the Gov't is shutdown.

    Can anyone provide information about the Gila River, especially the Western and Middle Forks, namely are they fishable? Did the fires impact the area around the Cliff Dwellings?

    I will be in Southern NM about 25 October.

    Thanks,

    Kevin

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    Default Re: Gila River, NM - Life after Fire?

    A couple friends and I have been looking for a backup backpacking trip for our original plan for a month or so now. One of the guys called the park ranger office at Gila the day before the shutdown. FWIW, In addition to mentioning the shutdown, the ranger he spoke with gave him a long speech about how bad the area is due to how much land they've had burned...basically spent 10 minutes telling him it would be a waste of time to come out. But who knows, maybe if the human traffic has been way down the fishing may have benefitted?
    Life is like a box of chocolates...and a river runs through it. Or something like that.

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    Default Re: Gila River, NM - Life after Fire?

    I'm a long way from the impacted area but.............

    If I were wanting to go there I would use the internet to search for hydrologic records for the region in question since the fire. This will tell you how much rainfall there has been and that will hint at how much ash and silt may have washed into the river since the burn.

    The only way to really know will be to roll the dice and go.

    Ard

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    Default Re: Gila River, NM - Life after Fire?

    The river near Gila, NM recorded flows over 20,000 cfs during last months monsoons (it's down to 82 csf now). That water pretty much came down out of the burned areas. Between that and the fact that the last burn devastated the newly recovered streams, I'd have very low expectations about fishing that area right now.

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    Howdy All;

    Been awhile since this thread was active but I'd answered a survey
    about fishing for the Gila trouts and corresponded with the Biologist
    in charge of the Gila Trout. This is a response that I'd received;

    "Thank you for responding to the survey.

    Iím glad to hear you will be out there trying to catch a Gila this year! At this point the only place where you can fish for a wild Gila trout is in Mogollon Creek. Between the Whitewater-Baldy Fire and the Silver Fire, fish have been killed in every other stream that is open to Gila trout angling. Gila trout were stocked this fall back into Willow Creek, Black Canyon, West Fork Gila River, the Forks Area, and Sapillo Creek. We donít fin clip the fish, so there isnít a mark that you can use to identify a wild vs. stocked fish. Let me know if you have any other questions.



    Jill





    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Jill Wick

    Gila Trout Biologist

    New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

    PO Box 25112

    Santa Fe, NM 87504

    office: 505.476.8125

    fax: 505.476.8131"

    hank

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    Default Re: Gila River, NM - Life after Fire?

    Here's the latest from NMDGF:

    Gila Trout Fishing Maps

    It looks like there are actually two creeks to fish for wild trout and several places to fish for stocked trout. And there's now a registration to fish for wild trout, above and beyond just having a license.

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