New Mexico Weekly Fishing Report March 20, 2012

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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.

CATCHES OF THE WEEK:

Navajo Lake: March 14, Spencer Schreiber of Duranglers caught and released a 41-inch, 21-pound northern pike. He was using a big fly.
Bluewater Lake: March 14, Doug Manley of Albuquerque caught and released a 31-inch tiger musky caught on a Dynamo swim bait.

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 fishforfun2@hotmail.com. We may include your story in our next report. For catches of the week, include name, date, and location, type of fish, length and weight if possible and bait, lure or fly used.

Northeast

Charette Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Cimarron River: Water flow below Eagle Nest Lake as of Monday was 3 cfs. Trout fishing was slow with very light fishing pressure.
Clayton Lake: Fishing for all species has been slow. The lake level is low and boat access is limited to kayaks, canoes and other small non-motorized boats.
Conchas Lake: Fishing for white bass and walleye has been fair to good for anglers using jigs tipped with minnows and fishing deep. Fishing for black bass has been slow. We have had no reports on other species. The surface temp is still in the mid 40-degree range.
Eagle Nest Lake: The lake is closed to all activities on the ice due to unsafe ice conditions. There is some open water along the edges for bank fishing but it is quite limited access at this time.
Lake Alice and Lake Maloya: Due to warm weather, Lake Maloya is closed to ice fishing until further notice. Contact Sugarite State Park at (575) 445-5607 for updated information. Lake Alice is free of ice but has not fished well since the big fire.
Maxwell Lake 13: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Monastery Lake: Trout fishing was fair using salmon peach or lime twist Power Bait and salmon eggs.
Morphy Lake: Opens April 1.
Pecos River: Water flow near the town of Pecos on Monday was 67 cfs. Trout fishing was fair using copper john barrs, salmon eggs and worms.
Red River: Water flow below the hatchery was 64 cfs. Trout fishing below the hatchery has been great. Anglers are doing well using egg patterns, bead-head San Juan worms, micro May flies, baetis, salmon eggs and worms.
Rio Grande: The water flow Monday morning at the Taos Junction Bridge was 784 cfs. Fishing on the upper Rio was slow for all species.
Shuree Ponds: Closed for the season. Opens July 1.
Springer Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Storrie Lake: Trout fishing was fair using salmon eggs and Power Bait .
Ute Lake: Fishing for suspended white bass was good trolling white crank baits at 15 to 18 over 40 feet in the Ute Creek arm. Fishing for catfish was very good using various stink baits in 4-to-10 feet of water. Fishing for walleye has picked up and some anglers reported decent catches using minnows at 14 to 25 feet while others had luck trolling white crank baits. A few crappie were taken by anglers using minnows and fishing at the marina. A few smallmouth bass were taken on spinner baits and jigs. The surface water temps ranged from 45 degrees on the main lake to 55 degrees up the Ute Creek and Canadian arms.

Northwest

Abiquiu Lake: There have been very few anglers on the lake. Fishing has been slow for all species.
Albuquerque area drains: Fishing on the Albuquerque and Bernalillo Drains was slow. We had no reports from Corrales, Peralta or Belen.
Bluewater Lake: The lake is free of ice and fishing for trout has been good for anglers using corn and yellow Power Bait . Fishing for tiger musky has been fair using in-line spinners, swim baits and jerk baits for musky up to 36 inches. The surface water temp was about 38 degrees.
Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 158 cfs and 189 cfs respectively. Fishing below El Vado was good during the week for anglers using midges, San Juan worms and spinners. Action slowed over the weekend. Fishing below Abiquiu was fair using worms, salmon eggs, midges and small egg patterns.
Cochiti Lake: It’s ice-out time and the lake is open to boating and fishing. Give this lake a try for some good bass, walleye, catfish and pike fishing. Try spinner baits and jerk baits worked slowly in the shallows and on points for the bass, pike and walleye.
El Vado Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Fenton Lake: The lake is still covered with ice and closed to fishing. If the warm weather and brisk winds continue, it may open by the end of the month.
Heron Lake: Bank fishing was fair using Power Bait and salmon eggs for rainbow trout. We had no reports on other species.
Jackson Lake: Trout fishing was slow with just a few fish taken on Power Bait.
Lake Farmington: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Jemez Waters: Water flow on the Jemez as of Monday morning was 162 cfs and off-color near Jemez Springs. Fishing was slow but a few trout were taken on worms. We had no reports on other streams.
Manzano Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
McGaffey Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Navajo Lake: Fishing was fair using deep-running crank baits, jerk baits, swim baits and big flies for northern pike. Most of the reports came from anglers fishing the main lake and San Juan arm. Fishing for bass was slow but a few were taken on jigs and swim baits. We had no reports on other species. Water surface temps ranged from 39 to 48 degrees.
Ramah Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
San Juan: Water flow below Navajo Lake as of Monday morning was 458 cfs. Trout fishing through the Quality Waters was very good using small midges, ants and small streamers. Fishing through the bait waters was good using night crawlers, salmon eggs, Power Bait and jigs.
Santa Cruz Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Tingley Beach: Trout fishing at the Central Ponds was fair-to-good using Power Bait, corn and salmon eggs. Fishing at the Catch-and-Release Pond was fair using small midges.

Southwest

Bear Canyon: Trout fishing was good using salmon eggs, garlic cheese, worms, spinners and Power Bait. 
Bill Evans Lake: Trout fishing was fair using salmon eggs and Power Bait.
Caballo Lake: White bass fishing has been fair for anglers trolling white and chartreuse crank baits on the east side of the lake. Anglers trolling for white bass also picked up a few walleye. We had no reports on other species.
Elephant Butte: Fishing was fair-to-good using crank baits, grubs and minnows for white bass and crappie. The best reports came from anglers fishing the Black Bluff area and in McCrae Canyon. Fishing was slow to fair using jerk baits, crank baits and swim baits for black bass. A few striped bass were taken by anglers fishing for other species. Water temps ranged from 55 to 60 degrees.
Escondida Lake: Trout fishing was fair using Pistol Petes, salmon eggs, Power Bait and corn.
Gila River: Water flow on the Gila as of this past Monday was 112 cfs. Trout fishing on the Forks was slow to fair using copper john barrs, worms and salmon eggs.
Glenwood Pond: Trout fishing was fair using Power Bait.
Lake Roberts: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Quemado Lake: Trout fishing was good using Power Bait and salmon eggs. We had no reports on tiger musky. The lake is full and looks good for spring fishing.
Rio Grande: Water flow below Elephant Butte on Monday was 15 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Southeast

Bataan Lake: Trout fishing was slow to fair using worms, salmon eggs and spinners.
Bonito Lake: Opens April 1.
Bosque Redondo: Trout fishing was fair using salmon eggs, spinners, wet flies under a bubble and Power Bait.
Bottomless Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Brantley Lake: Anglers are to practice catch-and-release for all fish here as high levels of DDT were found in several fish.
Carlsbad Municipal Lake: Trout fishing was slow-to-fair using Power Bait, salmon eggs and spinners.
Grindstone Reservoir: The water level is down but fishing for trout has been good using Power Bait, salmon eggs, corn and worms.
Jal Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Lake Van: Trout fishing was fair-to-good using worms, Power Bait and salmon eggs.
Pecos River: Water flow on Monday below Sumner Lake was 1,520 cfs. The area below the lake is closed due to high water release
Perch Lake: Trout fishing was fair using Power Bait, corn and spinners.
Ruidoso River: Water flow at Hollywood on Monday was 8.5 cfs. Trout fishing was fair using salmon eggs and bead-head nymphs.
Santa Rosa Lake: Fishing has slowed some after a major water release but anglers are taking a few walleye and crappie. Best baits are shad imitations, minnows and jigs.
Sumner Lake: The lake level is dropping with a current major water release. We will update water and fishing conditions after the release is complete.

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