New Mexico fishing report — Feb. 8

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.

Northwest

Animas River — The flow is 240 cfs. Fishing is reported as slow with little pressure. Best bet is through town at city park using worms and spinners.

Chama River — Upper section flow no read due to ice, no report on the fishing there. Below El Vado Dam, the flow is 40 cfs and the water is low and a little off color. Not much change here either. The release out of El Vado has been reduced, still use big nymphs with flash and sparkle, but over the tail outs of pools thoroughly and hit the obvious seams. Crane fly larva and egg patterns were reported to be the hot flies. The stretch below Abiquiu is fishing well. It’s all about black midge larvae and pupa, and baetis nymphs here.

San Juan River — Upper section-Catch and Release flow is 504 cfs. No change reported except the fishing has improved a bit. The midge hatch has been epic all day long with large clusters from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The best fishing will be with midge pupa and larvae, size 22 and 24, clusters are working well. You can find fish eating midges of all colors, dark midges have been best, black, brown, dark gray and olive. Some fish have been eating cream as well. Try fishing BWO’s from 11 a.m. to about 3 p.m. Dark brown and olive been the best colors in a size 22 and 24. Back to midges in the evenings. Black and brown have been killing it! Colored larvae will catch fish all day long, red, orange, white, black, pink, apricot. Bunny leaches are great attractors. Brown, Black, purple, and white.

Lower section — Open waters, fishing is good with night crawlers, salmon eggs and the same flies as for the upper section.

Abiquiu Lake — Fishing is very slow. The Army Corps of Engineers have switched over to winter staffing and all but a few primitive sites are closed for the season. There was very little pressure and fishing is reported as very slow.

El Vado Lake — No report due to weather and light pressure. The lake is mostly iced over but very thin and unstable at this time.

Heron Lake — The lake is iced over in most parts with some open water near boat ramps and the dam. Anglers are still catching trout with roe sacks and Power Bait. A few lake trout in the 5 -7 pound range were also caught using roe sacs.

Jackson Lake — The lake is iced over but Ice is receding with warmer weather. Still not a lot of traffic and no report.

Lake Farmington — Trout fishing is reported as good using spinners like Blue Fox with rainbow holograms.

Morgan Lake — Bass fishing has picked up and is reported as fair to good. Success has been reported with black jigs and black Finesse worms.

Navajo Lake — The pick have started to bit and reports of fish being taken close to the surface using top water lures and Rapala DT yellow perch jerk baits down to 8 feet. Fish are averaging 30 inches. No report on other species.

Northeast

Cimarron River — No read on flows below Eagle Nest Dam due to an equipment failure and no read due to ice near Cimarron. Fishing conditions are slow due to water levels and cold weather. Conditions are not likely to improve much until spring when warmer weather and flows come back up.

Costilla Creek — The flow, no read due to ice near the town of Costilla. No report due to ice and low flows.

Red River — Flows at Questa no read due to ice and 40 cfs below the hatchery. Fishing is fair for rainbows below the hatchery with bead head nymphs and various flies. Bait fishermen might try spinners, salmon eggs or Power Bait.

Rio Grande — Flows are 281 cfs near Cerro and 434 cfs below the Taos Junction Bridge. Fishing is fair with better reports on pike and trout at Pilar. Be persistent and focus on the tail outs of pools and right below the gravel bars. For trout, try a crane fly larvae or stonefly nymphs with a trailing caddis pupa or flashback pheasant tail. Pike hunt by feel. Large streamers that move water will still get a pikes attention. Vary your retrieves and change up the color of your flies to see which ones trigger a bite.

Rio Hondo — Flows, no read due to ice. Lower section at confluence with Rio Grande is where the only opportunities are until spring. Trout are slow to fair with various flies, spinners and worms.

Rio Pueblo — Flow, no read due to ice and there is no report this week.

Cabresto Lake — Frozen over.

Charette Lakes The lake closed Oct. 31 and re-opens next March.

Clayton Lake The lake closed Oct. 31 and re-opens next March.

Eagle Nest Lake The lake is frozen over and open to ice fishing for foot traffic only. Snowmobiles, off-highway vehicles and other vehicles are not allowed on the lake at this time. Ice thickness is now at 15 inches.

Lake Alice and Lake Maloya Very little pressure due to the weather. Trout are reported as fair to good at Lake Maloya using corn and Power Bait. Lake Maloya ice thickness is around 10 inches and Lake Alice no report.

Maxwell Lakes The lakes closed Oct. 31 and re-opens next March.

Santa Cruz Lake No report.

Shuree Ponds Closed Dec. 31st and re-opens July 1st, 2011.

Springer Lakes — Water levels are low and there has been light pressure.

West-Central, including the Jemez Mountains

Jemez River, East Fork, Guadalupe and San Antonio – Flow on the Jemez River is 26 cfs. The upper streams are iced up and winter fishing is here. The best fishing is when the sun is on the water. The flows are quite low here as well. Fish are taking small dries and small nymphs presented on a dry dropper rig. As far as flies go, use buoyant fry flies to suspend a bead head dropper. Keep the droppers on the small side like #16-18.

Metro Drainages — Trout fishing is reported as good for trout with all methods taking fish.