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Weekly New Mexico fishing report

 

March 29, 2017



This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and New Mexico Department of Game & 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.

Northwest

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

Animas River — Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 1,230 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Albuquerque Area Drains — Fishing on the Albuquerque Drain, Belen Drain and Peralta Drain was good salmon eggs, worms, PowerBait, small spinners and marshmallows for trout. Fishing for catfish was fair using worms. We had no other reports.

Bluewater Lake — Fishing was described as slow to fair using worms and PowerBait for trout. Fishing for tiger muskie was slow but there were a few caught by anglers using jig and grub combinations, swim baits and crank baits. We had no other reports.

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 1,010 cfs and 1,360 cfs respectively. Fishing was slow at both locations due to the high-water release but there were a few browns and rainbows caught by anglers using weighted wooly buggers and night crawlers.

Cochiti Lake — Fishing was slow for all species. Fishing pressure was light.

El Vado Lake — Fishing was good using crank baits and jerk baits near the dam for smallmouth bass. We had no other reports.

Fenton Lake — Fishing was good using brown and black wooly buggers, Pistol Petes, San Juan worms, assorted colors of PowerBait, salmon eggs and worms for trout. The best reports came from anglers using an assortment of flies.

Heron Lake — Bank fishing was good using roe sacs and green PowerBait for rainbow trout and a few kokanee salmon. Fishing was fair using cut bait for lake trout. We had no other reports. The boat ramps remain closed but the lake level is rising slowly.

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 323 cfs. The Jemez, San Antonio, East Fork are all running high right now and fishing has been slow. Fishing on the Cebolla above Fenton Lake was good using small gold spinners, worms and salmon eggs for trout. We had no other reports.

Lake Farmington — We had no reports from anglers this week. Nonmotorized 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 slow to fair using crank baits and PowerBait for brown trout and rainbow trout. Fishing was fair using jigs, tubes, worms, swim baits and crank baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was slow to fair using swim baits, spinner baits and crank baits for northern pike. We had no other reports.

San Gregorio Lake — We had no reports from anglers.

San Juan River — Stream flow from Navajo Reservoir on Monday was 484 cfs. There will be some minor variations in flow during the day from Tuesday, March 28, through Thursday, March 30. The changes are a result of a City of Farmington tests on one of their power production units. Following the tests, the release will be set at 500 cfs. Trout fishing through the Quality waters was fair to good using red larva, red annelids, small jigs, black bunny leeches, OJs, princess nymphs and olive and brown wooly buggers. Fishing through the bait waters was good using salmon eggs, night crawlers, copper John Barrs, wooly buggers, jerk baits and Kastmasters.

Tingley Beach — Trout fishing at the Central and Youth ponds was excellent for most anglers using PowerBait, Gulp eggs, marshmallows, salmon eggs, homemade dough bait, small spoons and Pistol Petes. Trout fishing at the Bob Gerding catch and release pond was good using small leech patterns, zebra midges and San Juan worms. We had no other reports.

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

Northeast

Charette Lakes — Fishing was fair using PowerBait for trout. We had no other reports.

Clayton Lake — Fishing was good using PowerBait, worms and marshmallows for limits of trout. We had no reports on other species. Due to low water conditions, the boat ramp remains closed.

Cimarron River — Stream flow below Eagle Nest Lake on Monday was .20 cfs. Trout fishing was good using gold Panther Martins, worms, salmon eggs and brown San Juan worms. A section of the river has been closed due to a fuel spill. The closed area starts a mile marker 291 and goes to the Perryville Day use area. Anglers are asked to steer clear of the area. Fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes was fair using salmon eggs and garlic and salmon peach PowerBait.

Conchas Lake — Fishing was good using crank baits, jerk baits, spinner baits, swim baits, senkos and tubes for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair to good using jig and grub combinations, crank baits and jig and minnow combinations for walleye. Fishing was fair to good using minnows, small grubs, small tubes and feathered jigs for crappie. Fishing was good using liver, prepared baits and night crawlers for catfish. The surface water temp was in the low to mid 50s.

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

Coyote Creek — Trout fishing was slow.

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

Eagle Nest Lake — Bank fishing was good using worms, salmon eggs and PowerBait. We had no reports on other species. The lake has opened to boating but the courtesy docks are not yet in place.

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

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

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

Lake Maloya — Trout fishing was very good for some but slow for others. Anglers having the best luck were using a variety of flies including dark colored wooly buggers and parachute Adams. A few trout were also taken on Z Rays and PowerBait.

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

Maxwell Lake 13 — Fishing was slow for all species.

Monastery Lake — Fishing was very good using San Juan worms, egg patterns, PowerBait, salmon eggs, small spoons and Pistol Petes for trout.

Morphy Lake — Trout fishing was slow.

Pecos River — Streamflow near Pecos on Monday was 157 cfs. Fishing was good using San Juan worms, copper John Barrs, salmon eggs and worms for trout. Mary E. Guevara reported that she and a friend caught limits of fish last week. They were using worms and salmon eggs.

Red River — Stream flow below the hatchery on Monday was 87 cfs. Fishing was fair to good using copper John Barrs, wooly buggers, San Juan worms, salmon eggs and worms for a mix of brown and rainbow trout.

Red River City Ponds — Fishing was fair to good using PowerBait for trout.

Rio Grande — Stream flow on Monday at the Taos Junction Bridge was 1,900 cfs. Fishing in the Taos area was slow due to high water conditions. Fishing in the Corrales and Albuquerque area was fair using liver for catfish. We had no other reports.

Rio Hondo — Stream flow near Valdez on Monday was 36 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Rio Pueblo — Stream flow near Penasco on Monday was 53 cfs. Fishing was slow.

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

Santa Cruz Reservoir — Fishing was fair to good using Z Rays, Fisher Chick spinners, Panther Martins, PowerBait and salmon eggs for trout. We had no other reports.

Shuree Ponds — Open for the season July 1.

Springer Lake — Fishing was slow to fair using cut bait, swim baits and crank baits for northern pike. We had no reports on other species.

Storrie Lake — Fishing was fair to good using PowerBait and salmon eggs for trout.

Ute Lake — Fishing was good using bottom bouncer spinner minnow combinations, jig and minnow combinations, curly tail grubs and jerk baits for walleye. The fish were found in depths ranging from 10 to 25 feet. Fishing was fair to good using soft plastics and spinner baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing for white bass slowed a bit from the previous week but a few were caught by anglers using grubs and crank baits. Fishing was fair to good using stink baits and prepared baits in shallow water for catfish. The surface water temp was in the low 50s.

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

Southwest

Alumni Pond — Fishing was good using PowerBait, worms and salmon eggs for trout. We had no other reports.

Bear Canyon Lake — Fishing was slow to fair using garlic PowerBait, salmon eggs and worms for trout.

Bill Evans Lake — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Caballo Lake — Fishing for walleye was slow to fair using curly tail grubs, minnows and crank baits. Fishing for white bass was fair using grubs and crank baits. Fishing was fair using night crawlers, liver and cut bait for catfish.

Elephant Butte Lake — Fishing was good using crank baits, jerk baits, tubes, top water lures and grubs for white bass. Fishing was fair using tubes, spinner baits, senkos, swim baits, crank baits and jerk baits for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing was good using cut bait, night crawlers, prepared baits and liver for catfish. We had no other reports. The surface water temp ranged from the high 50s to the low 60s.

Escondida Lake — Fishing was fair to good using Kastmasters, Super Dupers, PowerBait, worms and salmon eggs for trout. Fishing for all other species was slow. We had no other reports.

Gila River — Stream flow on Monday morning was 429 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Glenwood Pond — Fishing was good using PowerBait for trout.

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

Percha Dam — Fishing was slow for all species.

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

Rio Grande — Stream flow below Elephant Butte Monday morning was 1,240 cfs. Fishing was fair using grubs and spoons for white bass and walleye. We had no other reports.

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

Young Pond — Fishing was good using salmon eggs, worms, homemade dough bait and PowerBait for trout.

Southeast

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

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

Black River — Stream flow at Malaga on Monday was 17 cfs. Fishing was fair using salmon eggs and worms for trout. We had no other reports.

Blue Hole Park Pond — Fishing continued to be very good using PowerBait, worms, Gulp eggs and salmon eggs for trout.

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

Bosque Redondo Lake — Fishing was good using PowerBait, Panther Martins, Kastmasters, worms and salmon eggs for trout.

Bottomless Lakes — Fishing was good using salmon peach PowerBait and salmon eggs 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, swim baits, senkos, tubes, grubs and jerk baits for a mixed bag of white bass and largemouth bass.

Carlsbad Municipal Lake — Fishing was good using worms, homemade dough bait, salmon eggs, PowerBait and spoons for trout. Anglers using worms also caught a few catfish and bluegill. We had no other reports.

Chaparral Park Lake — Fishing was fair to good using spinners, salmon eggs, worms and PowerBait for trout. We had no other reports.

El Rito Creek — Fishing was good using PowerBait, salmon eggs, worms, small spoons, Pistol Petes and garlic cheese for trout. We had no other reports.

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

Green Meadow Lake — Fishing was fair using salmon eggs, garlic cheese, worms and PowerBait for trout. We had no other reports.

Greene Acres Lake — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Grindstone Reservoir — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Jal Lake — Fishing was very good using worms, salmon eggs and PowerBait for trout.

Lake Van — Fishing was fair using Panther Martins, Kastmasters, Pistol Petes, PowerBait, and salmon eggs for trout. We had no other reports.

Oasis Park Lake — Fishing was very good using PowerBait, spoons, spinners and salmon eggs for trout.

Pecos River — Stream flow below Sumner Lake on Monday was 91 cfs. Fishing for trout was slow with just a few caught by anglers using PowerBait. A few catfish were caught by anglers using worms and liver. We had no other reports.

Perch Lake — Fishing was very good using Pistol Petes, worms, PowerBait and salmon eggs for trout. Fishing was slow to fair using stink bait and worms for catfish. We had no other reports.

Ruidoso River — Stream flow at Hollywood on Monday was 20 cfs. Fishing was good using black zebra midges, green sparkle caddis pupa, salmon eggs and worms for trout.

Santa Rosa Lake — Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits, spinner baits, jerk baits, worms, minnows and swim baits for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. A few catfish were caught by anglers using stink bait and liver. We had no other reports.

Sumner Lake — Fishing was fair to good using jigs, minnows, curly tail grubs and bottom bouncer spinner minnow combinations for walleye. Fishing was fair using crank baits, spinner baits, swim baits, grubs and senkos for white bass, smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. We had no other reports.

 
 

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