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Bill Evans Lake Sponsored by
Date 25-Nov-15
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Conditions : BILL EVANS LAKE: Fishing was good using wooly buggers, corn, worms, PowerBait and spinners for trout. We had no reports on other species.

Bear Canyon: Fishing was fair to good using spoons, PowerBait and salmon eggs for trout.

Reported by: New Mexico F&G

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Bill Evans Lake sits 300 feet above the Gile River that fills it. The lake is suited to both trout and warmwater fish species, and is a great year-round place to watch birds and wildlife.

Bill Evans provides a great view of surrounding mountain ranges. The lake is surrounded by a gravel road, providing access to much of the shoreline. The gravel road can be uneven and may require a high ground clearance vehicle in some areas — but the lake is relatively small and all of the shoreline can be reached easily by foot.

The lake consists of crappie, channel catfish, bluegill and largemouth bass. Trout, although present throughout the year, are more active from October through May. Compared to other southwestern lakes, Bill Evans has relatively cool waters and largemouth bass grow slower than in warmer lakes. But big largemouth are still found in Bill Evans, including the state record 15-pound, 13-ounce largemouth caught in 1995. The lake is typically maintained at a level of 62 surface acres.

Camping is permitted at the lake, although there are no developed campsites. Boating is permitted on the lake, but only electric motors and self-propelled boats are allowed. All of the lake is a no-wake zone.

  • Bass
  • Catfish

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