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New Mexico Fishing Report


04/05/2016 – Southwest Fishing News 

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

Check out the stocking report through March 18. Lake levels and stream flows.

Attention All Anglers: Don’t get caught fishing with an expired license. The new season started April 1. Buy a new license online at www.wildlife.state.nm.us, or over the telephone with the department’s Information Center at 888-248-6866. Many bait and tackle, fly shops, sporting goods and convenience stores also sell fishing licenses. Get your new license today!

Catches of the week:

Abiquiu Reservoir: Abi Lechel, 12, of Los Alamos caught and released her personal best smallmouth bass March 31. The first was a two-pound, 14-ounce fish followed by another weighing in at 3-pound, 4-ounces. She was using a Lucky Craft Pointer, ghost chartreuse shad, #78.

Cochiti Lake: Wayne Garcia of Albuquerque caught and released a 27-inch northern pike March 29. He was using a Burt,10-inch, yellow perch jerk bait. Adam Turrietta caught a 20-inch, 2-pound, 5 ounce walleye and a 15-inch, 2-pound, 6-ounce largemouth bass March 31. He was using a jig and curly tail grub.

Lake Maloya: Nathan Segovia of Raton caught a 25-inch rainbow trout April 2. He was using a gold Rooster Tail spinner.

San Juan River: Damone Aguirre, 13, of Farmington caught a 21-inch German brown April 3. He was using worms.

Santa Rosa Lake: Andrew Orlicky of Albuquerque caught a 20-inch walleye April 4. He was fishing along the dam and using a green grub.

Tingley Beach: Chris Griego of Albuquerque caught and released a 23-inch rainbow trout March 29. He also caught and released two smaller trout. All were caught on a San Juan worm. Shannon Barba, 10, of Albuquerque caught an 18-inch rainbow trout April 2. He was using green garlic PowerBait.

The following reports came in late but we felt they were definitely worth mentioning:

Cochiti Lake: Nathan Dougherty of Albuquerque caught a northern pike that was well over 20 inches March 20. He was using a Rebel Tracdown minnow.

Sumner Lake: Luci Gonzales of Loving caught and released a 5-pound, 11-ounce largemouth bass March 26 and a 3-pound, 4-ounce smallmouth bass March 27. She was fishing in cold front conditions and using plastic worms.

If you have a catch of the week story or just want to tell us about your latest New Mexico fishing experience, send it to us at [email protected] We may include your story in our next report. For catches of the week, include name, age, hometown, date, and location, type of fish, length and weight if possible and bait, lure or fly used.

 

Northeast

Charette Lakes: Fishing was slow for all species.

Clayton Lake: Fishing was good using assorted PowerBait and trolling gold spoons for rainbow trout. We had no reports on other species.

Cimarron River: Stream flow near Cimarron on Monday was 6.3 cfs. Trout fishing was fair to good using San Juan worms, red annelids and small spinners. A few were also caught by anglers drifting worms. We had no reports from the Gravel Pit Lakes.

Conchas Lake: Fishing was fair using crank baits, jig and minnow combinations and sassy shad for white bass. Fishing was fair to good using shrimp, liver and stink bait for catfish. Fishing was fair using jerk baits, crank baits, swim baits, creature baits and jigs for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair using jig and minnow combinations, curly tail grubs and crank baits for walleye. We had no reports on other species.

Cowles Ponds: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Coyote Creek: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Eagle Rock Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.

Eagle Nest Lake: Bank fishing was fair using PowerBait and roe sacs for rainbow trout. The best action was reported by anglers fishing in the afternoon hours. We had no reports on other species. As of this past Sunday, the lake was still closed to boating

Gallinas River: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Hopewell Lake: Tim Henson reported that as of March 29, the lake was still covered with ice.

Lake Alice: Fishing was good using PowerBait, corn and salmon eggs for trout.

Lake Maloya: Fishing was very good using corn, PowerBait and gold spinners and spoons for trout. Kerry Medina of Raton did very well here Sunday evening using a Joe’s fly black leech. She caught and released about a dozen rainbows, the largest measuring 19 inches.

Los Pinos River: Fishing was good using micro, May nymphs and worms for trout.

Maxwell Lake 13: Fishing was good using PowerBait and worms under a bobber for trout up to 20.5 inches.

Monastery Lake: Trout fishing was fair to good using salmon eggs, PowerBait, egg patterns and worms.

Morphy Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using Kastmasters, PowerBait, salmon eggs and worms for trout.

Pecos River: Stream flow on Monday was 59 cfs. Fishing was fair to good using worms, small streamers, prince nymphs and San Juan worms for trout.

Red River: Stream flow below the hatchery on Monday was 53 cfs. Fishing was slow to fair using worms and mayfly nymphs for trout.

Red River City Ponds: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Rio Costilla: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Rio Grande: Stream flow on Monday at the Taos Junction Bridge was 797 cfs. Fishing was fair using worms, Kastmasters and Panther Martin spinners for trout. We had no reports on other species .

Rio Hondo: Stream flow near Valdez on Monday was 13 cfs. Fishing was good using small mayfly nymphs for trout.

Rio Pueblo: Stream flow near Penasco on Monday was 38 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Santa Barbara River: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Santa Cruz Reservoir: Fishing was good using PowerBait, spinners, small crank baits, wooly buggers and Pistol Petes for trout. We had no reports on other species.

Shuree Ponds: Opens for the season July 1.

Springer Lake: The lake is full and boats can be launched now. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Storrie Lake: Fishing was fair using salmon eggs and PowerBait for trout. Fishing for catfish was slow. We had no reports on other species.

Stubblefield Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Ute Lake: Fishing was fair using grubs, tubes and plastic worms for smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair using jigs tipped with grubs or minnows for walleye. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp ranged from the low to mid 50s.

Winsor Creek: We had no reports from anglers this week.

 

Northwest

Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using grubs and crank baits for walleye. Fishing was fair to good using tubes, jerk baits and crank baits for smallmouth bass. We had no reports on other species.

Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 379 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Albuquerque Area Drains: Fishing on the Albuquerque and Bernalillo Drains was fair using worms and PowerBait for trout. Anglers using worms on the Albuquerque Drain also caught and released a few small largemouth bass. We had no reports on other species or from other drains.

Bluewater Lake: HOT SPOT FOR TROUT. Fishing was excellent using PowerBait for rainbow trout. Fishing for tiger muskies was slow but there were two caught by anglers trolling jointed Rapalas. Fishing for catfish was slow.

Brazos River: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Canjilon Lakes: Closed by the U.S. Forest Service until further notice due to danger from falling trees.

Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 79 cfs and 119 cfs respectively. Fishing below Abiquiu was fair using worms and pheasant tail nymphs for rainbow and brown trout. We had no reports from below El Vado.

Cochiti Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using jerk baits, crank baits and grubs for a mixed bag of northern pike, smallmouth bass, walleye and white bass. We had no reports on other species.

El Vado Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Fenton Lake: Fishing was fair using olive Pistol Petes, homemade dough bait, worms and garlic PowerBait for trout.

Heron Lake: Bank fishing was good using roe sacs and garlic scented PowerBait for rainbow trout to 10 inches and small lake trout in the 16 to 18 inch class. We had no reports on other species.

Jackson Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Jemez Waters: Stream flow on the Jemez River near Jemez Springs on Monday morning was 74 cfs. Fishing was slow to fair using worms, salmon eggs and San Juan worms for trout. Trout fishing on Cebolla Creek and the Rio San Antonio was fair to good using worms and salmon eggs. We had no reports on other streams in the area.

Laguna Del Campo: Opens for the season May 1.

Lake Farmington: Fishing was fair using garlic PowerBait, Zeke’s Sierra Gold trout bait and homemade dough bait for trout. We had no reports on other species. Non-motorized watercraft are now allowed on Lake Farmington. Fees are $50 for the season or $5 daily.

Manzano Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Navajo Lake: Fishing was fair using swim baits and jerk baits for northern pike. Fishing was fair using jerk baits jigs, tubes and creature baits for smallmouth bass and an occasional largemouth bass. A few rainbow trout were caught by anglers fishing from the bank and using PowerBait. We had no reports on other species.

San Gregorio Lake: We had no reports from anglers.

San Juan River: Water flow below Navajo Lake on Monday morning was 453 cfs with a visibility of about two feet. Trout fishing through the Quality Waters was fair to good. Anglers having the best luck were using a variety of nymphs including red and cream larva, small bead-head, pheasant tail nymphs and zebra midges. Fishing through the bait waters was good using worms, jerk baits, Gulp eggs, spoons and chamois leeches for trout.

Seven Springs Brood Pond: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Tingley Beach: Fishing for trout at the Central Pond and Youth Pond was good using worms, homemade dough bait, PowerBait, Pistol Petes and small spoons. Trout fishing at the Bob Gerding Catch and Release Pond was very good using San Juan worms, small streamers and an assortment of custom tied flies. We had no reports on other species.

Trout Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.

 

Southwest

Alumni Pond: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Bear Canyon Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.

Bill Evans Lake: Fishing was good using worms, PowerBait, spinners and small spoons for trout. A few largemouth bass were caught by anglers using plastics and crank baits. We had no reports on other species.

Caballo Lake: Fishing was fair using crank baits, jerk baits, minnows and sassy shad at the north end of the lake for white bass and walleye. Fishing for catfish was fair using liver, night crawlers and stink bait. We had no reports on other species.

Elephant Butte Lake: Fishing was good using jerk baits, sassy shad, curly tail grubs and crank baits for white bass. Anglers reported good success around Kettle Top and the Black Bluff area. Fishing was slow to fair using creature baits, crank baits and jerk baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was good using liver and shrimp for catfish. A few crappie were caught by anglers using jig and minnow combinations and small jigs. We had no reports on other species.

Escondida Lake: Trout fishing was fair using Zeke’s trout bait, PowerBait, worms, small spoons and Pistol Petes. We had no reports on other species.

Gila River: Stream flow as of Monday morning was 112 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Glenwood Pond: Fishing was good using PowerBait for trout.

Lake Roberts: Fishing was fair to good using salmon eggs and pink PowerBait for trout. Fishing was slow to fair using plastic worms for largemouth bass. We had no reports on other species.

Percha Dam: Fishing was fair using sassy shad and white jigs for white bass. Fishing was fair using liver and stink bait for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

Quemado Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Rio Grande: Stream flow below Elephant Butte as of Monday morning was 1,930 cfs. Fishing was slow to fair using sassy shad, white and chartreuse curly tail grubs and minnows for walleye. A few trout were caught by anglers using worms. We had no reports on other species.

Snow Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Young Pond: Fishing was fair to good using PowerBait, cheese, homemade dough baits and salmon eggs for trout. Fishing was fair using stink bait and worms for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

 

Southeast

Alto Lake: Fishing was very good using worms, PowerBait, spinners and Pistol Petes for trout. We had no reports on other species.

Bataan Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using small spoons, Pistol Petes, worms, homemade dough bait and salmon eggs for trout. We had no reports on other species.

Black River: Stream flow at Malaga on Monday was 6.7 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Blue Hole Park Pond: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Bonito Lake: Closed until further notice by the city of Alamogordo due to fire damage.

Bosque Redondo Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using salmon peach colored PowerBait, spinners and small spoons for trout. We had no reports on other species.

Bottomless Lakes: Fishing at the Devil’s Inkwell was fair to good using Pistol Petes and PowerBait for trout.

Brantley Lake: Anglers are required to catch and release all fish here as high levels of pesticides have been found in some fish. Fishing was very good using crank baits, spinner baits, tubes, jigs, curly tail grubs and jerk baits for a mixed bag of largemouth bass and white bass. We had no reports on other species.

Carlsbad Municipal Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Chaparral Park Lake: Fishing was fair using rainbow, chartreuse and garlic PowerBait, worms and salmon eggs for trout. We had no reports on other species.

El Rito Creek: Fishing was very good using San Juan worms, small Kastmasters, worms and PowerBait for trout. Fishing was very good using worms and grubs for largemouth bass. Andrew Orlicky of Albuquerque reported catching and releasing about 20 bass and nine rainbows April 3. He was using worms. We had no reports on other species.

Eunice Lake: Fishing was fair to good using salmon peach colored PowerBait and worms for trout.

Green Meadow Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.

Greene Acres Lake: Fishing was fair using garlic PowerBait, worms, power eggs and spinners for trout. We had no reports on other species.

Grindstone Reservoir: Fishing was very good using PowerBait, worms, homemade dough bait, Pistol Petes and Kastmasters for trout. We had no reports on other species.

Jal Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using worms and salmon eggs for trout.

Lake Van: Fishing was slow to fair using PowerBait, worms, homemade dough bait and spoons for trout. Fishing for all other species was slow.

Oasis Park Lake: Fishing was very good using PowerBait, homemade dough baits, Panther Martin spinners, Kastmasters and Pistol Petes for trout. We had no reports on other species.

Pecos River: Stream flow below Sumner Lake as of Monday morning was 110 cfs. Fishing was slow to fair using salmon egg marshmallow combinations and worms for trout. We had no reports on other species.

Perch Lake: Fishing was good using assorted PowerBait, worms, salmon eggs, Super Dupers and San Juan worms for trout. We had no reports on other species.

Ruidoso River: Stream flow at Hollywood on Monday was 20 cfs. Trout fishing was slow.

Santa Rosa Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits, jerk baits, jigs, creature baits and spinnerbaits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing for walleye was slow but there were a few caught by anglers using crank baits and curly tail grubs. Fishing was slow to fair using liver and stink bait for catfish. There were reports of an 8-pound largemouth bass caught here this past week but we have received no more information. We had no reports on other species.

Sumner Lake: Fishing was good using crank baits, jerk baits and sassy shad for walleye and an occasional white bass. Fishing was fair to good using crank baits, jerk baits, swim baits, tubes, worms and creature baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. We had no reports on other species.

 

 

 

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