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Last Updated: 09/19/2014

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Weekly Fishing Report

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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:

Bluewater Lake: Sept. 11, Chris Ortega of Albuquerque caught and released a 34-inch tiger musky. He was using a custom-tied jig with a white power craw trailer. Sept. 10, Robert and Michael Lury of Santa Fe caught and released five tiger musky ranging in size from 28 to 34 inches. They were using a silver Blue Fox spinner and a white Booyah spinnerbait with silver and gold Colorado blades.

Elephant Butte Lake: Sept. 11, Bob Coleman of El Paso caught and released a 3.5-pound largemouth bass. He caught and released several smaller bass as well and all were caught on a perch-colored crank bait in about 10 feet of water.

The following came in too late for last week’s report but we felt it was definitely worth mentioning:

Cochiti Lake: Sept. 6, Chris Johnson of Albuquerque caught a 5.06-pound largemouth bass. He was using a ½-ounce homemade bladed green pumpkin jig with a green pumpkin craw trailer.

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.



Sept 15, 2014

 

Northeast

 

Charette Lakes: Trout fishing was fair using Christmas tree-worm combinations and Power Bait. We had no reports on perch.
Cimarron River: Stream flow below Eagle Nest on Monday was 15 cfs. Trout fishing was good using elk hair caddis, parachute Adams, micro mays, copper John Barrs, brassies, spinners, worms and salmon eggs. Trout fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes was good using Power Bait and worms.
Clayton Lake: Fishing pressure was very light and fishing was slow for all species.
Conchas Lake: Fishing was fair using spoons and crank baits for white bass. Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass was fair using tubes, salt craws, worms, senkos and crank baits. A few walleye were caught by anglers trolling crank baits. Fishing was fair using worms for bluegill. Fishing was fair using stink baits for catfish. The surface water temp was in the mid to upper 70s. We had no reports on other species.
Coyote Creek: Trout fishing was good using grasshoppers, salmon eggs and worms.
Eagle Rock Lake: Trout fishing was very good using worms, Power Bait and spinners.
Eagle Nest Lake: Perch fishing was very good using worms from the bank and from boats. Fishing for trout was fair trolling Arnies, Z Rays, Platte River specials and Panther Martins tipped with Power Bait. Anglers trolling also picked up a few kokanee. Fishing for northern pike was slow. The 22nd Annual Fish Fest will be Sept. 20-28. For details call (575) 377-6941.
Gallinas River: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Hopewell Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Lake Alice: Fishing was fair using Power Bait and grasshoppers for trout.
Lake Maloya: Trout fishing was good using Gulp eggs, green and orange Power Bait, Pistol Petes, grasshoppers and spinners. Fishing for small perch was good using worms.
Los Pinos: Trout fishing was fair to good using small spinners, salmon eggs and worms.
Manzano Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
Maxwell Lake 13: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Monastery Lake: Trout fishing was fair to good using worms, rainbow and salmon peach Power Bait and salmon eggs.
Morphy Lake: Fishing was fair using worms, Power Bait and salmon eggs for trout.
Mt. View Ponds: Trout fishing was fair to good using salmon eggs and Power Bait.
Pecos River: Water flow near the town of Pecos on Monday was 45 cfs. Trout fishing was good using worms, Power Bait, salmon eggs, San Juan worms, elk hair caddis, hoppers and small streamers. Fishing in the Villanueva area was fair using night crawlers, liver and salmon eggs for catfish.
Red River: Water flow near the hatchery on Monday was 75 cfs. Fishing was good using poundmeisters, bead-head hares’ ears, bead-head wooly buggers, copper John Barrs, spinners, night crawlers and salmon eggs for trout. Chris Gabaldon of Edgewood caught a nice 17-inch rainbow here this past Sunday. He was fishing near the hatchery and using salmon eggs.
Rio Costilla: Water flow below the dam as of Monday morning was 36 cfs. Trout fishing was good using small elk hair caddis, bead-head pheasant tails, copper John Barrs and worms.
Rio Grande: Water flow near the Taos Junction Bridge on Monday was 296 cfs. Trout fishing was good using hoppers, poundmeisters, wooly buggers, bead-head hares’ ears, copper John Barrs, spinners and night crawlers. A few smallmouth bass were caught by anglers using wooly buggers and spinners. We had no reports on northern pike.
Rio Hondo: Stream flow near Valdez on Monday was 16 cfs. Fishing was good using elk hair caddis and bead-head hares’ ears for trout.
Rio Mora: Stream flow near Terrero on Monday was 11 cfs. Trout fishing was good using bead-head prince nymphs, salmon eggs and worms.
Rio Pueblo: Stream flow near Penasco on Monday was 6.8 cfs. Fishing was good using poundmeisters and elk hair caddis for trout.
Santa Barbara: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Shuree Ponds: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Springer Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
Storrie Lake: Trout fishing was fair to good using garlic Power Bait, worms and spinners. We had no reports on other species.
Stubblefield Lake: Fishing was slow but there were a few bluegill caught by anglers using worms under a bobber.

Ute Lake: Fishing was fair to good using crank baits, blade baits and jigs for white bass. Fishing was fair using tubes, senkos, chigger craws and salt craws for smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair to good using stink baits for catfish. We had no reports on other

 

Northwest

 

Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was good using crank baits, jerk baits and tubes for smallmouth bass. Michael Giudicissi of Albuquerque reported his best day ever here on last Friday. They caught and released 1 walleye and 15 smallmouth bass of which a half-dozen were in the 2-pound range with one over 3 pounds. They caught most of the bigger fish at the south end of the lake while casting square-billed crank baits along weed lines in about 6 feet of water. Fishing for walleye was fair to good using crank baits, jerk baits, tubes and bottom-bouncer night crawler rigs. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the high 60s.
Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 277 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Albuquerque Area Drains: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Bluewater Lake: Fishing was fair using jerk baits, jointed Rapalas, hot dogs and jigs for tiger musky. Fishing for catfish was slow but there were a few caught by anglers using night crawlers. We had no reports on trout. The surface water temp was in the low 60s. Anglers should be aware that it is illegal to use bait fish at this lake.
Brazos River: Trout fishing was good using worms, bead-head pheasant tails and small copper John Barrs.
Canjilon Lakes: Trout fishing was fair to good for anglers using Pistol Petes and worms. Fishing pressure was light.
Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 782 cfs and 711 cfs respectively. Fishing below El Vado was fair to good using night crawlers, Rapalas, Panther Martins, grasshoppers and weighted wooly buggers for a mixed bag of rainbow and brown trout. Fishing below Abiquiu was slow.
Cochiti Lake: Fishing was fair using jigs, tubes, crank baits and jerk baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was fair using crank baits for white bass. A few catfish were caught by anglers using night crawlers and liver. We had no reports on other species.
El Vado Lake: Fishing was slow but there were a few bass caught by anglers fishing near the dam and using night crawlers.
Fenton Lake: Trout fishing was slow to fair using Power Bait and worms.
Heron Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week. All boat ramps have been closed due to low water conditions. Small boats, canoes and kayaks may still be used.
Jackson Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
Jemez Waters: Stream flow on the Jemez as of Monday was 8.7 cfs. Fishing on the Rio Cebolla was very good using elk hair caddis, small hopper patterns, small bead-head hares’ ears, grasshoppers, salmon eggs and worms. Fishing on the Jemez was slow but there were a few trout caught by anglers using small dry flies and worms. We had no reports from the Guadalupe or the Rio Las Vacas. Fishing on the Valles Caldera was very good for anglers on the San Antonio and the East Fork. The small hopper pattern seems to still be working best. The best reports from the East Fork again this week came from anglers fishing near the headwaters.
Laguna Del Campo: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Lake Farmington: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Navajo Lake: Hot spot for bass: Fishing continued to be very good this past week for anglers fishing for bass. They did well using senkos, tubes, curly tail grubs, crank baits and jerk baits. Most of the smallmouth bass were small. Fishing was fair using crank baits and jerk baits for northern pike. Fishing was good using worms for perch. Fishing was fair using chicken liver and night crawlers for catfish. A few kokanee were caught by anglers trolling the Francis Canyon area and near the dam. Best baits were Arnies and Z Rays tipped with corn and trolled behind cow bells. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the low 70s.
San Gregorio: We had no reports from anglers this week.
San Juan River: Water flow below Navajo Dam on Monday was 592 cfs. Trout fishing through the Quality Waters was good using small gray and chocolate foam wing emergers, Griffith’s gnats, San Juan worms, parachute Adams and small bead-head pheasant tails. Fishing through the bait waters was fair to good using jerk baits, night crawlers, copper John Barrs, hoppers and wooly buggers.
Santa Cruz Lake: Trout fishing was slow to fair using Power Bait and worms. We had no reports on other species.
Seven Springs Brood Pond: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Tingley Beach: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Trout Lakes: Fishing was fair using worms, hoppers, wooly buggers and spinners for trout.

 

Southwest

 

Bear Canyon: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Bill Evans Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
Caballo Lake: Fishing was slow to fair trolling crank baits for a mixed bag of white bass and walleye. Fishing was fair using night crawlers and stink baits for channel catfish. We had no reports on other species.
Elephant Butte Lake: Fishing was fair using crank baits, topwater lures, grubs and minnows for white bass. Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass was fair using crank baits, jerk baits, tubes and salt craws. Fishing was fair to good using dead shiners, chicken liver and night crawlers for catfish. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the mid to high 70s.
Escondida Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Gila River: Water flow on the Gila as of this past Monday was 63 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Glenwood Pond: Trout fishing was fair to good using Power Bait.
Lake Roberts: The water level is still down but walk-in fishing has been good. Anglers are using worms, stink baits and chicken liver for a mixed bag of catfish and bass.
Percha Dam: Fishing was slow for all species.
Quemado Lake: Fishing was good using wooly buggers, Pistol Petes, worms and Power Bait for trout. We had no reports on tiger musky.
Rio Grande: Water flow below Elephant Butte on Monday was .57 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Snow Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Young Pond: Fishing was slow to fair using chicken livers, hot dogs and homemade dough baits for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

 

Southeast

 

Bataan Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Black River: Stream flow at Malaga on Monday was 37 cfs. We had no reports from anglers.
Blue Hole Park Pond: Fishing was slow to fair using night crawlers and hot dogs for catfish. A few trout were caught by anglers using Power Bait and salmon eggs.
Bonito Lake: Closed.
Bosque Redondo: Fishing was slow for all species. There were a few catfish caught by anglers using chicken liver.
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. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Carlsbad Municipal Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Chaparral Park Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using liver and dough bait for catfish. Fishing for all other species was slow.
El Rito Creek: Fishing was fair using grasshoppers, Power Bait, worms and Pistol Petes for trout.
Eunice Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Green Meadow Lake: Fishing was fair using night crawlers and homemade dough bait for catfish. We had no reports on other species.
Greene Acres Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Grindstone Reservoir: Fishing was very good using Power Bait, worms and salmon eggs for trout. Daniel Aranda and Albert Ortega of Roswell fished here on the 12th and caught limits of trout. They were using salmon peach Power Bait. We had no reports on other species.
Jal Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Lake Van: Fishing was slow for all species.
Oasis Park Lake: Fishing in the evening hours was slow to fair using hot dogs and liver for catfish. We had no reports on other species.
Pecos River: Stream flow below Sumner Lake on Monday was 78 cfs. Fishing was fair using chicken liver, stink baits and night crawlers for catfish. We had no reports on other species.
Perch Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Ruidoso River: Stream flow at Ruidoso on Monday was 21 cfs. We had no reports from anglers.
Santa Rosa Lake: Fishing was fair using crawdads, stink baits and chicken liver for catfish. We had no reports on other species.
Sumner Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using stink baits and chicken liver for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

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