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:
Bluewater Lake: Aug. 8, Kc Chavez caught and released a 38-inch tiger musky while using a green skirted Mepps spinner.
Elephant Butte Lake: Aug. 11, Dean Terrell caught a 21-inch, 4.5-pound largemouth bass. He was fishing in the Jungles area and using a live shiner.
Ute Lake: Aug. 11, Sheri Jorde of Clovis caught and released a 5.98-pound largemouth bass. Aug. 12, Gabriel Rivera of Clovis caught and released a 5.96-pound largemouth bass. Both fish were caught in a bass tournament.
The following came in too late for last week’s report but we thought it was definitely worth mentioning:
Bluewater Lake: Aug. 5, Bev Williams of Albuquerque caught and released a 43-inch, 23.5-pound tiger musky. She was trolling a black and gold Yozuri in 15 feet of water.
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Cabresto Lake: The lake and campground closed May 14 and will stay closed for about six months while the dam is being rebuilt.
Charette Lakes: Fishing was slow for all species.
Cimarron River: Trout fishing was fair to good using zebra midges, parachute adams, small woolly buggers, tricos, small gold Panther Martins, salmon eggs and worms. Water flow below Eagle Nest Lake as of Monday was 29 cfs. Fishing at the Gravel Pit lakes was slow to fair using salmon eggs.
Clayton Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using Power Bait and homemade dough bait for trout. We had no reports on other species. Fishing pressure was very light. Due to low water conditions, only small boats, kayaks and canoes can be launched.
Conchas Lake: The last boat ramp was closed as of last Friday and will remain closed until water levels come up. Fishing from the bank should continue to be good. Try using minnows, nightcrawlers, topwater lures, spinner baits and flies under a bubble for a mix of bluegill, white bass, catfish, walleye and black bass. The walleye and white bass may be suspended so try using bait or a curly tail grub under a slip bobber cast to deeper water.
Coyote Creek: Trout fishing was fair using Power Bait, salmon eggs, worms and elk hair caddis.
Eagle Nest Lake: Fishing was good trolling Arnies and Panther Martins on light line for a mixed bag of kokanee and rainbow trout. A few were also taken by anglers trolling lead core at three colors. Fishing was good using worms for perch. Fishing was fair using red and white Daredevles, Mepps spinners, Rapalas and swim baits for northern pike. Bank fishing was again best in the early morning and evening hours. Anglers using Power Bait, Pistol Petes under a bubble and worms caught a mixed bag of perch, kokanee and rainbow trout.
El Rito Creek: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Hopewell Lake: Trout fishing was slow to fair using Power Bait, salmon eggs and elk hair caddis.
Lake Maloya: Fishing was fair using salmon eggs, Power Bait, elk hair caddis, parachute adams, hoppers and Pistol Petes for rainbow trout. The best reports came from anglers using flies and Pistol Petes and fishing in the early morning and late evening hours.
Los Pinos: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Maxwell Lake 13: Fishing was slow for all species.
Monastery Lake: Trout fishing was slow to fair using Power Bait, salmon eggs and Pistol Petes.
Morphy Lake: Trout fishing was fair using homemade dough bait, salmon peach Power Bait and salmon eggs.
Pecos River: Water flow near the town of Pecos on Monday was 46 cfs. Trout fishing was good using tan and brown elk hair caddis, bead-head hares ears, prince nymphs, worms and salmon eggs. Anglers fishing salmon eggs did best drifting a single egg on a small hook.
Red River: Water flow below the hatchery was 40 cfs. Trout fishing above the hatchery was fair to good using copper John Barrs, elk hair caddis, stimulators, Panther Martins and worms. Another slide has stained part of the river and that stain may reach the Rio Grande within the next 48 hours or so.
Rio Costilla: Trout fishing was very good using small parachute hoppers, tan and olive elk hair caddis and PMDs. Through the Valle Vidal the Costilla and Comanche Creek continued to fish well. The water was low and clear.
Rio Grande: The water flow Monday at the Taos Junction Bridge was 210 cfs. Trout fishing was good using Panther Martins, worms, copper John Barrs and orange stimulators. The best trout fishing reports again this week came from anglers fishing above the John Dunn Bridge. We had no reports on other species.
Rio Hondo: Water flow near Valdez on Monday was 14 cfs. Trout fishing was good using flashback pheasant tails and tan and brown elk hair caddis in the evening hours. The best fishing on the lower river was in the morning hours while the upper river fished best in the evenings and produced some nice cutthroats and browns.
Rio Mora: Water flow near Terrero on Monday was 16 cfs. Trout fishing was fair using worms, bead-head hares ears, copper John Barrs and hoppers.
Santa Barbara: Trout fishing was slow.
Shuree Ponds: The water level on the ponds has been quite low and fishing was reported as slow.
Springer Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
Storrie Lake: Trout fishing was slow to fair using Power Bait and cheese. We had no reports on other species.
Ute Lake: Fishing was fair to good using tubes, chigger craws, topwater lures, jigs and swim baits for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Most of the bass reported were taken in less than five feet of water. Fishing was good using stink bait and chicken liver for catfish. Fishing was fair to good using worms for bluegill. Fishing for white bass was fair using slab spoons over suspended fish. Fishing for all other species was slow. The surface water temp ranged from the high 70s to the low 80s.
Vallecitos Creek: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was good using topwater lures, tubes, olive colored wooly buggers and grubs for smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair trolling spinner/nightcrawler combinations and crank baits for walleye. Most of the walleye were in the 14- to 17-inch range with two reported over 20 inches. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the mid to upper 70s.
Animas River: As of Monday morning, flow near Aztec was 170 cfs. Trout fishing was slow.
Bluewater Lake: Fishing was good using swim baits, crank baits, jerk baits and big spinners for tiger musky. Recommend releasing short fish as soon as possible to keep them healthy and a big catch for the future. This past week Kc and Ed Chavez of Peralta caught and released 16 tiger musky in the 20 to 38 inch range. Fishing was slow to fair using stink bait for catfish. The surface water temp was in the mid to high 70s.
Canjilon Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 721 cfs and 890 cfs respectively. Trout fishing below El Vado was good using Power Bait, worms and salmon eggs for rainbow trout. A few brown trout were taken by anglers using Panther Martins and nightcrawlers. Fishing below Abiquiu was slow.
Cochiti Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using worms, crank baits, grubs and spinners for a mixed bag of largemouth bass, bluegill and white bass. A few catfish were taken by anglers using liver and shrimp. We had no reports on other species. Over the weekend Monique Canales caught a big largemouth, a white bass and a bluegill all on worms while fishing from the bank. Hope to have more info on the big bass for next week’s report.
El Vado Lake: Fishing was slow for all species. The main park boat ramp is still open.
Fenton Lake: Trout fishing was good this past week. Angers did well using worms, salmon eggs, Pistol Petes and light colored caddis. The caddis were working very well in the early morning hours.
Heron Lake: Fishing was good using green, orange and red spinners, double whammies and wedding rings tipped with white corn and trolled at a depth of 23 to 40 feet. Demetrius Montoya age 12 and Marcus Montoya age 8 had another great outing as they caught limits of 15- to 17-inch kokanee. They were trolling orange Panther Martins and double whammies tipped with white corn at a depth of 26 to 33 feet. Fishing from the bank was slow.
Jackson Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
Jemez Waters: Water flow on the Jemez as of Monday morning was 9.2 cfs. Trout fishing on the Cebolla above and below Fenton Lake was fair to good using elk hair caddis, worms, hoppers and salmon eggs. On the East Fork fishing was fair using elk hair caddis and salmon eggs. Best flies on the streams on the Valles Caldera were hoppers, elk hair caddis and PMDs. Best reports came from anglers fishing the upper reaches on the East Fork. The San Antonio was quite murky from recent heavy rains. If you are interested in fishing on the Valles Caldera go to www.vallescaldera.gov.
Laguna del Campo: Fishing was good using salmon eggs, Panther Martins and Power Bait for trout. Last week Nathaniel Chavez, age 2 ½, caught his first fish while using his spider man combo. It was a nice fat 13-inch rainbow. This is a special trout water open to anglers age 14 years or under, 65 years and older, handicapped anglers or up to 2 parents/guardians in direct supervision of a child or children age 14 years or younger who is fishing. This water was formerly known as Burn’s Canyon Lake.
Lake Farmington: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Manzano Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
McGaffey Lake: This body of water has dried up and will be removed from the report.
Navajo Lake: Hot spot for kokanee: Fishing was very good again this past week for anglers fishing for kokanee. They were trolling Arnies, Fish Catchers and Panther Martins tipped with corn behind beer cans or Christmas trees at 35 to 43 feet. Fishing was fair using poppers, minnow imitation flies, tubes, topwater lures and grubs for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was slow to fair using tubes, creature baits and swim baits for northern pike. Back on July 29, Logan Keenom, age 7, caught a 10-pound carp, a 2-pound catfish and a bluegill in a 20 minute period. He was using worms. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp ranged from 73 to 78 degrees on the main lake.
Ramah Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
San Gregorio Lake: Trout fishing was fair to good using single salmon eggs on a small hook, Pistol Petes under a bubble, Panther Martins and pheasant tail nymphs. Ramon Chavez and his wife from Albuquerque were there last week and rated fishing as poor even thought they caught eight fish including a nice 17-inch rainbow. They were using an orange and red Panther Martin and a pheasant tail nymph.
San Juan: Water flow below Navajo Lake as of Monday morning was 922 cfs. Trout fishing in the Quality Waters was good using PMDs, comparaduns, orange pupae and small midge patterns. The latter are working well in the evening hours. Fishing through the bait waters was fair to good using nightcrawlers, jerk baits, weighted wooly buggers, spinners and Power Bait.
Santa Cruz Lake: Fishing was slow. There were a few trout taken by anglers using Power Bait.
Seven Springs Brood Pond: This water is open to fishing for youth under the age of 12 and
an excellent place to take youngsters and get them interested in fishing. The pond is well stocked to offer youngsters a great fishing experience.
Tingley Beach: Fishing was slow for all species.
Bear Canyon: Night fishing was fair using grubs, liver and stink bait for catfish. We had no reports on other species.
Bill Evans Lake: The lake level is currently being drawn down due to water quality issues on the Gila since the big fire. The lake is expected to continue to drop for the next several months. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Caballo Lake: Fishing slowed considerably this past week. A few white bass were taken by anglers using minnows and grubs. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the upper 70s to low 80s and the lake level was dropping.
Elephant Butte: Fishing was fair using slab spoons and curly tail grubs for white bass. Anglers did best working the area around the mouth of McRae Canyon and the south end of Rattlesnake Island. Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass was slow but there were a few taken by anglers using live minnows, topwater lures and tubes. Fishing was fair using worms, liver, cut bait and shrimp for catfish. We had no reports on other species. The lake level has been dropping steadily and anglers fishing from boats are advised to use extreme caution. The surface temps were in the low to mid 80s.The Monticello and Dam Site boat ramps remain closed.
Escondida Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
Gila River: Water flow on the Gila as of this past Monday was 33 cfs. Fishing below the Grapevine Campground was good using worms and liver for catfish. We had no reports on other species. Although the Middle and West Forks and their tributaries are and will continue to be affected by the ash, the East Fork is unaffected and the smallmouth population is strong. Give it a try with wooly buggers, small grubs and worms.
Glenwood Pond: Trout fishing was fair to good using Power Bait.
Lake Roberts: The water quality is poor under the current dry and warm conditions but anglers were catching catfish and carp while fishing near the dam. Best baits were liver and stink bait.
Percha Dam: Fishing was good using minnows for a mix of white bass and walleye. We had no reports on other species.
Quemado Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Rio Grande: Water flow below Elephant Butte on Monday was 1,880 cfs. Fishing below Elephant Butte was slow to fair using stink bait and minnows for catfish. Fishing was fair using grubs and sassy shad for white bass. We had no reports from below Caballo.
Snow Lake: Some access roads have been cleared and the lake is now open. From Reserve you can access the lake by taking FR 141 to FR 128. From Beaver Head take FR 159 to FR 142. The water level is down but boat launching is still possible.
Bataan Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
Bonito Lake: Closed.
Bosque Redondo: Fishing was slow for all species.
Bottomless Lakes: Fishing was slow for all species.
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: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Grindstone Reservoir: Fishing was poor this past week. Anglers reported extremely low off-colored water conditions. A family of anglers spent a day and a half fishing here. They reported 2 or 3 bites and no fish.
Jal Lake: Fishing was slow but there were a few catfish taken on worms, liver and stink bait.
Lake Van: Fishing was slow for all species.
Oasis Park Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
Pecos River: Water flow on Monday below Sumner Lake was 66 cfs. Fishing was slow for all species.
Perch Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Ruidoso River: Water flow at Hollywood on Monday was 8.0 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Santa Rosa Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using minnows and grubs for crappie. Fishing for all other species was slow. The boat ramp remains open. The surface water temp was in the upper 70s to low 80s. There may be a water release within the next two weeks. Check with the state park office at 575-472-3110 for updated information.f