FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, NOV. 2, 2010: NEW MEXICO FISHING REPORT
This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and thefishphone.com, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.
Cimarron River – The flows are 20 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam and 24 cfs near Cimarron. Fishing is good with flies like dark stimulators, parachute Adam’s, humpies and various bead headed nymphs. Salmon eggs or worms are always a good bet for the bait fishermen.
Costilla Creek – The flow is 10 cfs near the town of Costilla. Trout fishing is reported as slow due to very low water levels.
Red River – Flows at Questa are 19 cfs, and 46 cfs below the hatchery. Fishing is fair for rainbows up to 14 inches with bead head nymphs and various dry flies. Bait fishermen might try spinners, salmon eggs or Power Bait.
Rio Grande – Flows are 92 cfs near Cerro and 262 cfs below the Taos Junction Bridge. Fishing is fair to good at Pilar and the Wild Rivers. The water is murky with visibility about 2 feet. Trout are fair to good with bead head nymphs, stonefly nymphs, caddis larva and white or olive streamers. Smallmouth bass are fair using streamers. Some pike have been taken on large spinners and red and white whisters.
Rio Hondo –The water is low but fishable with flows at 14 cfs, lower section at confluence with Rio Grande is fishing better than upper river. Trout are slow to fair with various flies, spinners and worms.
Rio Pueblo – Flow is 15 cfs and there is no report this week.
Cabresto Lake – Light pressure, water is low with the construction on the dam. There has been some success reported for small Brook Trout using various flies and lures.
Charette Lakes – The lake closes Oct. 31 and re-opens next March.
Clayton Lake – The lake closes Oct. 31 and re-opens next March.
Eagle Nest Lake – Trout are good trolling Platte River Specials. Shore fishing and fishing from boats anchored for rainbows is reported as fair with gold Cast Masters, olive woolly buggers, Power Bait and worms. Kokanee snagging season started as of Oct. 1 and will run till Dec. 31. Snagging for salmon is reported as sporadic but picking up. Perch are good on worms.
Lake Alice and Lake Maloya – Trout are reported as good in both lakes, better at Maloya with woolly buggers, Pistol Petes, dough baits and Power Bait.
Maxwell Lakes – The lakes close Oct. 31 and re-open next March.
Santa Cruz Lake – The water level is very low and fishing is poor from the bank. The boat ramp closed on Sept. 25 because of low water.
Shuree Ponds – Fishing is reported as good from shore and form a float tube for trout averaging from 14 – 20 inches. Best success is reported with spinners and various bead headed nymphs. The ponds close Dec. 31 and re-open next July.
Springer Lakes – Water levels are low and there has been light pressure.
Black River – Flow is 25 cfs. There is no fishing report.
Bonito Creek – No report.
Rio Ruidoso – Flow is .39 cfs. The water is low and trout are slow to fair with worms or salmon eggs.
Bonito Lake – Fishing is good using with Pistol Petes, spinners, spoons, salmon eggs or Power Bait. Lots of nice sized fish being landed. The lake closes for the season Nov. 30 and reopens next April.
Bottomless Lakes: Winter trout waters – Stocking resumes in the fall, reports of 1st stocking this week.
Brantley Reservoir – There has been light pressure. Catfish are reported as fair at night with night crawlers. A mandatory catch and release is in place at Brantley Lake from the dept. of Game and Fish. Pesticides, DDT’s have been found in the fish, do not keep or eat them.
Grindstone Reservoir – Trout fishing remains to be good, limits reported taken with marshmallows and Power Bait. Also reported best near the dam on worms ,salmon eggs and Power Bait.
Lake Van: Winter trout waters – No report.
West-Central, including the Jemez Mountains
Jemez River, East Fork, Guadalupe and San Antonio – Flow on the Jemez River is 24 cfs. The water levels are stable from a week ago. Fly fishing is good with caddis, terrestrials, stimulators and bead headed nymphs. Panther Martins, Power Bait or worms are also working.
Metro Drainages – No report this week.
Bluewater Lake – Fishing is reported as slow to fair for the larger fish.
Cochiti Lake – No report
Fenton Lake – The water is clear and fishing is slow to fair from shore with Power Bait, spinners and worms. Better fishing is reported from float tubes with green or black woolly buggers or green Pistol Petes.
Tingley Beach – South Pond catch and release – No report this week. Children’s and Central Ponds – No report this week.