Weekly Fishing Report
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: Aug. 16, Riley Arnold of Roswell caught a 20-inch 5-pound largemouth bass. He was using a pink worm.
Bluewater Lake: Aug. 19, Judith Johanna Heise caught a 41-inch, 23.5-pound tiger musky. She was using a gold spoon.
The following came in too late for last week’s report but we thought they were definitely worth mentioning:
Bluewater Lake: Aug. 9, Isaiah Ural age 10 of Albuquerque caught a 43-inch tiger musky. He was fishing from the bank and using a Wally Diver. Aug. 11, Johnny Montoya of Stanley caught and released a 41.5-inch tiger musky. He was using a green and yellow 6-inch Rapala.
Abiquiu Reservoir: Aug. 11, Julian Padilla caught a 29-inch walleye. He was trolling a Rapala diver.
Navajo Lake: Aug. 11, Tom Wasson caught and released a 4.1-pound smallmouth bass. He was using a Yamamoto minnow on a drop shot rig.
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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 elk hair caddis, tricos, zebra midges, small spinners salmon eggs and worms. Water flow below Eagle Nest Lake as of Monday was 25 cfs. The water was slightly stained from recent rains. From now to Aug. 30, anglers may experience restricted access to Cimarron Canyon State Park between the Perryville Fishing Access and the eastern boundary of the park. Crews filming “The Lone Ranger” will be shooting a scene on U.S.64 between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. Fishing at the Gravel Pit lakes was slow to fair using salmon eggs.
Clayton Lake: Fishing was slow for all species and fishing pressure was very light. Due to low water conditions, only small boats, kayaks and canoes can be launched.
Conchas Lake: The boat ramps are closed and will remain closed until water levels come up and are deemed safe for launching boats. Anglers may still launch non motorized craft such as canoes and kayaks. Fishing was slow to fair using liver, cut bait, dough bait and nightcrawlers for catfish. A few smallmouth bass were caught by anglers fishing from the bank and using worms and crank baits. Fishing was slow for all other species.
Coyote Creek: Trout fishing was slow.
Eagle Nest Lake: Fishing was fair to good trolling Arnies, Panther Martins and wedding rings on light line for a mixed bag of kokanee, rainbow trout and an occasional northern pike. A few kokanee and rainbows were also taken by anglers trolling with lead core at three to four colors. Fishing was good using worms for perch. Fishing was slow to fair using spoons, swim baits and jerk baits for northern pike.
El Rito Creek: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Hopewell Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Lake Maloya: Trout fishing was slow.
Los Pinos: Trout fishing was fair using worms, Power Bait and hopper dropper combinations.
Maxwell Lake 13: Fishing was slow for all species.
Monastery Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Morphy Lake: Trout fishing was slow with just a few fish taken by anglers using Power Bait.
Pecos River: Water flow near the town of Pecos on Monday was 42 cfs. Trout fishing was good using bead-head hare’s ears, elk hair caddis, prince nymphs, worms and salmon eggs. Anglers fishing salmon eggs did best again this week drifting a single egg on a small hook. The campground, picnic area and fishing access on the State Game Commission property at Terrero will be closed through 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24.
Red River: Water flow below the hatchery was 36 cfs. Trout fishing above the hatchery was slow but there were a few taken by anglers using San Juan worms, copper John Barrs, Power Bait and worms
Rio Costilla: Trout fishing was good using small tan and olive elk hair caddis, small midges and parachute adams. The water was low and slightly off color from recent rains.
Rio Grande: The water flow Monday at the Taos Junction Bridge was 202 cfs. Below the confluence with the Red River, trout fishing was good using hopper/dropper combos, red copper John Barrs, micro mays, poundmeisters and San Juan worms. We had no reports on other species.
Rio Hondo: Water flow near Valdez on Monday was 18 cfs. Trout fishing was good using elk hair caddis, bead-head pheasant tails, bead-head hares ears and San Juan worms. The best fishing on the lower river continued to be in the morning hours while the upper river fished best in the evenings.
Rio Mora: Water flow near Terrero on Monday was 16 cfs. Trout fishing was fair using bead-head hares ears, copper John Barrs, worms 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, salmon egg corn combinations and cheese. We had no reports on other species.
Ute Lake: Fishing was fair using slab spoons for white bass. A few were also taken on crank baits and minnows. Fishing was good using chicken liver, dough bait and nightcrawlers for catfish. Fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and walleye was slow. The surface water temp was in the low 80s.
Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was very good using fresh chicken marinated in a mix of garlic and anise oil. That’s what Chris Marcengill, Steve Hale and C. J. Carman of Los Alamos used to reel in 16 nice catfish in the 3 to 5 pound range this past week. They were fishing in 10 feet of water and reported fishing as very good after 5 in the evening. In addition to the catfish, they landed one 4-pound walleye. Walleye fishing was fair for Brian McCool and David Stuedell of Los Alamos on Aug. 18. The walleye were running at depths of 12 to 18 feet. They used a variety of baits including yellow jigs, mini Rapalas and black with yellow dot Panther Martins to catch the walleye as well as several smallmouth bass and bluegill. The latter two species were caught near the dam and included one nice 15.5-inch smallie. Others reported good smallmouth bass fishing using tubes, topwater lures and olive wooly buggers.
Animas River: As of Monday morning flow near Aztec was 137 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. Last week Mike Armijo of Los Ranchos caught and released four tiger musky ranging from 28 to 31 inches. He was using assorted Rapalas and while fishing for the musky also caught a 14-inch goldfish. Fishing was slow to fair using stink bait for catfish. The surface water temp was in the high 70s. We had no reports on other species.
Canjilon Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 714 cfs and 697 cfs respectively. Trout fishing below El Vado was fair to good using Power Bait, worms and salmon eggs for rainbow trout and nightcrawlers for brown trout. 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.
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. From the bank, anglers did well using worms, Power Bait, salmon eggs and Pistol Petes under a bubble. From boats and float tubes anglers did best using Pistol Petes, wooly buggers, nightcrawlers and Power Bait. Fred Padilla and his son caught five rainbows in six hours. They were fishing from a canoe and using nightcrawlers and pink Power Bait and had their best success after 4 p.m. Brian McCool and his wife caught limits in about four hours. They were trolling olive Pistol Petes at daylight and switched to a brighter green later in the morning. They also witnessed another angler using a black wooly bugger catch what appeared to be about a 16-inch brown trout.
Heron Lake: Fishing was good using orange, pink and red Arnies, Cripplures, Panther Martins, double whammies and wedding rings tipped with white corn and trolled at a depth of 23 to 40 feet. Fishing from the bank was slow with just a few trout taken by anglers using Power Bait and worms.
Jackson Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week
Jemez Waters: Water flow on the Jemez as of Monday morning was 13 cfs. Trout fishing on the Cebolla above and below Fenton Lake was fair to good using elk hair caddis, copper John Barrs, 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. If you are interested in fishing on the Valles Caldera, visit www.vallescaldera.gov.
Laguna del Campo: Fishing was good using salmon eggs, Pistol Petes and Power Bait for trout. 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: Fishing was slow for all species.
Navajo Lake: Fishing was good trolling Arnies, double whammies and Panther Martins tipped with corn behind flashers at 32 to 45 feet. Fishing was good using tubes, small worms, grubs, clousers, wooly buggers and jigs for smallmouth bass and an occasional largemouth bass. Several anglers reported finding schools of smallmouth bass in the 9- to 12-inch range. The best action was reported by anglers fishing the San Juan arm and La Jara Canyon. Fishing was good using worms for perch. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp ranged from 73 to 79 degrees on the main lake.
Ramah Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
San Gregorio Lake: Trout fishing was fair using salmon eggs, Pistol Petes and Panther Martins for rainbow trout. 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 931 cfs. Trout fishing in the Quality Waters was good using dead chickens, San Juan worms, red annelids, parachute adams, comparaduns, orange pupae and small midge patterns. Fishing through the bait waters was fair to good using nightcrawlers, Rapalas, weighted wooly buggers, red and orange sparkle worms, spinners, salmon eggs and Power Bait.
Santa Cruz Lake: Fishing was slow for all species. The boat ramp has been closed due to low water conditions.
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: Fishing was slow to fair using 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 will remain open to fishing and camping but boat ramps will be inaccessible. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Caballo Lake: Fishing was slow for all species but there were a few white bass and walleye caught by anglers using minnows, grubs and crank baits. The surface water temp was in the 80s and the lake level was dropping. The main boat ramp was down to two lanes.
Elephant Butte: Hot spot for white bass: With the falling water the fish are concentrated and white bass fishing has been very good for the past few weeks and should continue. Anglers are doing well using slab spoons, curly tail grubs, crank baits, minnows and spinners. Watch for bird activity throughout the day for some good topwater action. Fishing was fair using worms, liver, cut bait and shrimp for catfish. Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass was slow but there were a few taken by anglers using live minnows, topwater lures and tubes. We had no reports on other species. 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 97 cfs. Fishing slowed with the higher flow from recent rains but should pick up in a few days. 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: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Percha Dam: Fishing was fair to good using minnows and grubs for white bass, walleye and catfish.
Quemado Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using Pistol Petes, Panther Martins and Power Bait for trout. We had no reports on tiger musky.
Rio Grande: Water flow below Elephant Butte on Monday was 952 cfs. Fishing below Elephant Butte was slow to fair using nightcrawlers, minnows and grubs for a mixed bag of catfish, carp, walleye and white bass. Fishing below Caballo was fair using liver for catfish and minnows and grubs for walleye.
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. We had no reports from anglers this week.
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: Trout fishing was slow.
Jal Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Lake Van: Fishing was slow for all species.
Oasis Park Lake: Fishing was slow but there were a few catfish and largemouth bass caught this past week. Best bait for the catfish was nightcrawlers. A 15-inch largemouth was taken on a gold deep-diving Rapala. There was also a report of several small bass caught and kept. Anglers are reminded that there is a 14-inch size limit on largemouth bass.
Pecos River: Water flow on Monday below Sumner Lake was 64 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 2.5 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Santa Rosa Lake: Fishing was good using liver, shrimp, nightcrawlers and dough bait for catfish up to 12 pounds. Fishing was good using small jigs, grubs and minnows for crappie. Fishing for all other species was slow. A major water release is scheduled for this week and the boat ramp will close. The lake will be accessible for canoes and kayaks and some good bank fishing.
Sumner Lake: Fishing was slow for all species. Access to all boat ramps has been closed as of Aug. 15 due to dropping water levels. The boat ramps will reopen when lake level conditions improve.