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Fishing report — Jan. 9

 


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.

Northeast

San Juan rainbowCharette Lakes — Closed for the season.

Cimarron River — Keep this water on your list for spring. Low water conditions this time of year make for some tough fishing.

Clayton Lake — Closed for the season.

Conchas Lake — The shallow and steep boat ramps on the north side of the lake are now open along with the Cove campground ramp. Fishing pressure was very light and fishing was slow for all species.

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

Eagle Rock Lake — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Eagle Nest Lake — As of Monday, the lake was closed to fishing due to thin ice conditions. For updated information, contact the State Park office at 575-377-1594.

Lake Alice — We had no reports from anglers.

Lake Maloya — As of this past Saturday the ice was at least eight inches thick. Trout fishing was good using sherbet and purple Power Bait and homemade dough bait.

Los Pinos — We had no reports from anglers this week.

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

Maxwell Lakes — Closed for the season.

Monastery Lake — We had no reports from anglers this week. The lake is closed to ice fishing.

Morphy Lake — Closed for the season.

Nutrias Lakes — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Pecos River — Water flow near Anton Chico on Monday was 26 cfs. The Mora and Jamie Koch fishing and recreation areas have reopened. The Bert Clancy and Terrero campgrounds remain closed. Trout fishing through the Villanueva area was slow to fair for anglers using salmon eggs and Power Bait. We had no reports on the upper river.


Red River — Water flow near the hatchery on Monday was 35 cfs. Trout fishing was good using San Juan worms, olive and black wooly buggers and salmon eggs for a mixed bag of brown and rainbow trout.

Rio Grande — Water flow near the Taos Junction Bridge on Monday was 422 cfs. Fishing was slow for all species.

Rio Hondo — We had no reports from anglers.

Rio Mora — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Rio Pueblo — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Santa Barbara — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Shuree Ponds — We had no reports from anglers.

Springer Lake — We had no reports from anglers.

Storrie Lake — As of Monday the ice on the lake was too thin to allow ice fishing. For updates contact the State Park office at 505-425-7278.

Ute Lake — Fishing was slow to fair using slab spoons, blade baits and jigs tipped with Gulp minnows for white bass and walleye. All fish were caught at depths of 60 to 70 feet. We had no reports on other species. Fishing pressure was light. The surface water temp was in the upper 30s.


Northwest

Abiquiu Lake — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Animas River — Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 237 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Albuquerque Area Drains — Fishing was very good using worms, salmon eggs, bead-head pheasant tails, small foam wing emergers and San Juan worms for trout. We received good reports from anglers fishing the Peralta, Corrales, Albuquerque, Albuquerque South and Bernalillo drains. We had no reports on other species.


Bluewater Lake — The ice is about five inches thick and anglers are allowed on the ice but advised to use extreme caution. We had no reports from anglers this week. For updates contact the State Park office at 505-876-2391. Anglers should be aware that it is illegal to use bait fish at this lake.

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

Canjilon Lakes — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Chama River — Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 44 cfs and 79 cfs respectively. Trout fishing below Abiquiu was good for anglers using midge patterns and small bead-head nymphs. We had no reports from below El Vado.

Cochiti Lake — As of Monday about 30 percent of the lake was iced over but the main boat ramp was open. To check for updates, contact the Corps office at 505-465-0307. We had no reports from anglers this week.

El Vado Lake — We had no reports from anglers this week. The main area of the State Park has closed until March 31 but there is still fishing access and open water near the dam.

Fenton Lake — A layer of ice has formed on the lake and it is closed to fishing. For updated conditions, contact the State Park office at 575-829-3630.

Heron Lake — The only boat ramp open is the primitive ramp in the Ridge Rock area. Boaters are able to launch but advised to use caution. Launching with four-wheel-drive vehicles is recommended. There was some ice forming in the coves but the main lake was open. We had no reports from anglers this week.


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

Jemez Waters — The Jemez River was flowing at 12 cfs on Monday. We had no reports from anglers this week. The tunnel access to the Guadalupe is closed for the winter months. The Valles Caldera has been closed to fishing for the winter but should be back up and running next spring.

Laguna del Campo — Closed for the season.

Lake Farmington — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Navajo Lake — We had no reports from anglers this week.

San Gregorio — We had no reports from anglers this week.

San Juan River — Water flow below Navajo Dam on Monday was 235 cfs and stained. Fishing through the Quality Waters was fair to good using dark-colored wooly buggers and leeches, San Juan worms, red larvae, little princess nymphs and red annelids. Dry fly action was nonexistent. Fishing through the bait waters was fair using wooly buggers, Power Bait and night crawlers.

Santa Cruz Lake — Closed to ice fishing.

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

Tingley Beach — Trout fishing was reported as excellent again this past week. Anglers caught limits of trout using salmon eggs, garlic-scented Power Bait, homemade dough bait, assorted bead-head nymphs and Pistol Petes. Fishing at the Catch and Release Pond was fair using wooly buggers, bunny leeches, egg patterns and small streamers.

Southwest

Bear Canyon — Fishing was fair using salmon eggs, garlic cheese and Power Bait for trout. We had no reports on other species.

Bill Evans Lake — Trout fishing was good using Pistol Petes, wooly buggers, Power Bait, salmon eggs and homemade dough bait. We had no reports on other species.

Caballo Lake — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Elephant Butte — Fishing was slow for all species. The Marina del Sur, Rock Canyon and Dam Site boat ramps are now open. The Monticello ramp remains closed due to low water conditions.

Escondida Lake — Trout fishing was fair using Power Bait and homemade dough bait. We had no reports on other species.

Gila River — Water flow on the Gila as of this past Monday was 78 cfs. We had no reports again this past week from the main river or from the Forks.

Glenwood Pond — Trout fishing was fair to good for anglers using Power Bait.

Lake Roberts — A construction project to improve the dam has begun and extremely low lake levels make it increasingly difficult to fish. The project is expected to continue into next summer. The lake is still open to bank fishing but difficult to access.

Percha Dam — We had no reports from anglers this week.

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

Rio Grande — We had no reports from anglers this week.

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

Young Pond — Trout fishing was good using corn, Power Bait and salmon eggs. We had no reports on other species.

Southeast

Bataan Lake — Fishing was fair to good using salmon eggs and green and garlic scented Power

Bait for trout. We had no reports on other species.

Black River — Stream flow at Malaga on Monday was 10 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Blue Hole Park Pond — Trout fishing was fair using salmon eggs and garlic-scented Power Bait.

Bonito Lake — Closed.

Bosque Redondo — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Bottomless Lakes — Trout fishing at the Devil’s Inkwell was fair to good using rainbow, lime green and chartreuse Power Bait.

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 fair using homemade dough bait, garlic cheese and Power Bait.

Chaparral Park Lake — Trout fishing was very good using garlic scented Power Bait, garlic cheese and Panther Martin spinners.

El Rito Creek — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Eunice Lake — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Green Meadow Lake — Trout fishing was slow to fair using garlic cheese, salmon eggs and Power Bait. We had no reports on other species.

Greene Acres Lake — Fishing was slow for all species.

Grindstone Reservoir — Trout fishing was good using salmon eggs, Power Bait and homemade dough bait. We had no reports on other species.

Jal Lake — We had no report from anglers this week.

Lake Van — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Oasis Park Lake — Trout fishing was fair using olive wooly buggers, Power Bait and salmon eggs.

Pecos River — Stream flow below Sumner Lake on Monday was 13 cfs. Fishing was slow for all species.

Perch Lake — Trout fishing was fair using Pistol Petes, salmon eggs and garlic scented Power Bait.

Ruidoso River — Stream flow at Hollywood on Monday was 2.8 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Santa Rosa Lake — We had no reports from anglers this week. The water was still a bit murky but clearing.

Sumner Lake — Fishing was slow for all species. Fishing pressure was nonexistent. The Alamo boat ramp and the main boat ramp are the only ramps open.

 
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