Fishing report — June 27

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

Cimarron River: Water flow below Eagle Nest on Monday was 60 cfs. The increased flow slowed trout fishing a bit but anglers still managed some good catches. They were using streamers and weighted nymphs. Watch for hatches in the early morning and late evening hours for good dry fly action. Fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes was slow with a few trout caught by anglers using salmon eggs and Pistol Petes.

Clayton Lake: Heavy rain in the area this past week caused the lake level to rise about five feet. The end result was murky water and slow fishing. Expect fishing to improve as the lake clears.

Conchas Lake: Fishing was fair to good using spinner-nightcrawler combinations, crank baits, sassy shad and grubs for walleye. Fishing was good using jerk baits, crank baits, tubes, senkos and topwater lures for smallmouth bass and an occasional largemouth bass. Fishing was good using liver, nightcrawlers and stink bait for catfish. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp ranged from the high 60s to the low 70s. Work on a boat ramp is under way and hope is that it will be open by the first weekend in July.

Coyote Creek: Trout fishing was fair for anglers using salmon eggs and Power Bait and fishing early and late in the day. Anglers who did best were fishing on the bottom.

Eagle Rock Lake: Fishing was fair to good using salmon eggs, Power Bait, worms and Pistol Petes for trout.

Eagle Nest Lake: Hot spot for perch: Fishing was excellent using worms and spinners from the bank and from boats for perch. Fishing was fair to good trolling with light tackle and using Platte River specials, Panther Martins, Arnies and Cripplures tipped with corn for kokanee and rainbow trout. A few trout were also taken by anglers fishing from the bank and using Power Bait, salmon eggs, Pistol Petes and spinners. Fishing was slow to fair using spoons, spinners, jerk baits and nightcrawlers for northern pike.

Hopewell Lake: Trout fishing was good using Power Bait, salmon eggs, spinners, wooly buggers, hares ears and copper John Barrs.

Lake Alice: Fishing was good using Power Bait, salmon eggs and Pistol Petes for trout.

Lake Maloya: Fishing was good using Pistol Petes, wooly buggers, homemade dough bait, garlic scented Power Bait and salmon eggs for trout. For information on tagged fish in the lake, contact the State Park Office at 575-445-5607.

Los Pinos: Trout fishing was good using salmon eggs and spinners. There was some dry fly action in the mornings. Vinny Martinez and sons Elijah and Zachary from Santa Fe caught limits of trout over the past weekend. They were using salmon eggs, spinners and mosquitoes.

Monastery Lake: Closed due to a wildfire in the area.

Morphy Lake: The park is closed until further notice due to extreme fire conditions in the area.

Pecos River: The following waters are closed to fishing due to the wildfire in the area: Pecos River from Cowles to the Village of Pecos, Cow Creek, Mora Creek, Holy Ghost Creek, Panchuela Creek, Winsor Creek, Jacks Creek, Cowles Ponds, Dalton Canyon area and all Pecos Wilderness lakes and streams.

Red River: Water flow near the hatchery on Monday was 53 cfs. Trout fishing was good using copper John Barrs, poundmeisters, Panther Martins, salmon eggs and nightcrawlers.

Rio Grande: Water flow near the Taos Junction Bridge on Monday was 257 cfs. Fishing was good using poundmeisters and copper John Barrs under hoppers and Chernobyl ants. Anglers also did well using salmon eggs and silver and gold Panther Martins. Fishing for smallmouth bass was fair to good using a variety of streamers. We had no reports on northern pike.

Rio Hondo: Stream flow near Valdez on Monday was 28 cfs. Trout fishing on the upper Hondo was good using green drakes, poundmeisters and salmon eggs.

Rio Pueblo de Taos: Water flow near Taos was 7.2 cfs.

Shuree Ponds: Open for the season July 1. Free of vegetation at this time and should provide some good fishing.

Springer Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.

Storrie Lake: Fishing was good using salmon peach Power Bait and salmon eggs for trout and an occasional channel catfish.

Ute Lake: Fishing for walleye was good using bottom-bouncer nightcrawler rigs, crank baits, jig and grub combinations, blade baits, spoons and minnows. Anglers reported catching walleye in depths ranging from 5 to 35 feet. Fishing was good using sassy shad, grubs and crank baits for white bass. Fishing was good using cut bait and liver for catfish. Anglers reported good success on trotlines and rod and reel. Fishing was very good using worms for bluegill. Fishing for smallmouth bass was good using an assortment of plastics, crank baits, topwater and jerk baits. Most of the bass caught were small. Fishing for crappie was slow but there were a few taken by anglers using minnows and trolling crank baits. The surface water temp was in the low 70s.

 

Northwest

Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was very good using curly tail grubs, jigs, senkos, crank baits, swim baits and jerk baits for smallmouth bass and walleye. Anglers reported good catches using a multitude of colors including white, chartreuse and crawdad. Fishing at night was good using liver, cut bait and stink bait for catfish. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the mid to upper 60s.

Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday was 189 cfs.

Bluewater Lake: Fishing was very good using crank baits, jerk baits, swim baits, topwater lures, spinner baits and worms for tiger musky. John and Kyle Williamson of Albuquerque had a great time as they caught and released 16 tiger musky. They were using a variety of baits. We had no reports on other species. Anglers should be aware that it is illegal to use live minnows at this lake. During the hotter months, it is more important than ever to practice good catch and release techniques.

Brazos River: Trout fishing was good using copper John Barrs, elk hair caddis, small streamers and spinners.

Canjilon Lakes: Trout fishing was fair to good using Power Bait, Panther Martins, Fisher Chick spinners, Pistol Petes, zug bugs, wooly buggers, salmon eggs and worms.

Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 789 cfs and 1,070 cfs respectively. Trout fishing below El Vado was very good using Rapalas, nightcrawlers, wooly buggers, copper John Barrs, Power Bait and salmon eggs for a mixed bag of browns and rainbows. Fishing below Abiquiu was slow.

Cochiti Lake: The surface water temp was in the high 60s to low 70s. Fishing was fair to good using bottom bouncer nightcrawler rigs, Wally Divers and Bomber crank baits for a mixed bag of walleye and small white bass. Fishing was fair using jigs, grubs, tubes and crank baits for smallmouth bass. We had no reports on other species.

Fenton Lake: The park is closed and will remain closed to coincide with a closure of the surrounding Santa Fe National Forest due to extreme fire danger.

Heron Lake: Kokanee fishing was very good trolling wiggle hoochies, Cripplures, Panther Martins and Z Rays tipped with white corn. Most of the kokanee were caught at depths of 16 to 22 feet. Anglers fishing for kokanee also caught a few small lake trout. Fishing from the bank was fair using Power Bait and salmon eggs for a mixed bag of kokanee and rainbow trout. Anglers can still launch boats at the La Laja boat ramp.

Jemez Waters: The Santa Fe National Forest is closed until further notice.

Laguna del Campo: Trout fishing was fair to good using Z Rays, Kastmasters, Pistol Petes, wooly buggers, Power Bait and salmon eggs.

Lake Farmington: Trout fishing was fair using Power Bait, salmon eggs and Kastmasters.

Navajo Lake: Hot spot for kokanee: Fishing was very good trolling spinners tipped with corn in the area from the dam to Frances Canyon. Rob Degner reported several limits caught running the spinners at depths of 3 to 4 colors of lead core and in front of brass or copper colored attractors. Fishing was very good using grubs, tube jigs, crank baits, swim baits and buzz baits for smallmouth bass and an occasional largemouth bass. Mike Menicucci of Bloomfield and JT Menicucci of Montana caught and released over 70 smallmouth bass in less than 4 hours. A few northern pike were caught by anglers fishing for bass and using tube jigs. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp ranged from the mid to high 60s.

Ramah Lake: This lake has dried up and will be removed from the report.

San Gregorio: Closed.

San Juan River: Water flow below Navajo on Monday was 800 cfs. This higher flow mucked up the water a bit but fishing was rated as good by anglers using wooly buggers, San Juan worms, sparkle worms and barbless hook spinners. Fishing through the bait waters was fair to good using spinners, Power Bait, nightcrawlers, jerk baits and wooly buggers.

Santa Cruz Lake: Fishing was fair using Power Bait, worms, Pistol Petes and worms for trout. We had no reports on other species.

Seven Springs Brood Pond: Closed to coincide with the full closure of the Santa Fe National Forest due to extreme fire danger.

Tingley Beach: Fishing was slow for all species.

 

Southwest

Caballo Lake: Fishing was fair using liver and cut bait for catfish. We had no reports on other species. The west-side main boat ramp is still open. The east-side ramp remains closed.

Elephant Butte: The surface water temp was in the low to mid 70s. Fishing was good using shiners, crank baits, curly tail grubs and topwater lures for white bass. The topwater bite was early in the morning near the east end of Long Point. Timothy Jacquez and his father spent three days here on Father’s Day weekend and caught 94 white bass and kept 36. They were fishing in 20 feet of water and using a white grub on a green jig head. Anglers fishing for white bass picked up an occasional walleye. Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass slowed considerably with just a few caught by anglers using senkos, jerk baits, topwater lures and shiners. Fishing for catfish was good using shiners, cut bait, liver and shrimp. We had no reports on other species. The Monticello and Dam Site boat ramps remain closed due to low water conditions. The Rock Canyon ramp is closed.

Escondida Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.

Gila River: Water flow on the Gila as of this past Monday was 14 cfs.

Glenwood Pond: Trout fishing was good using Power Bait and salmon eggs.

Lake Roberts: Fishing was slow for all species.

Quemado Lake: Trout fishing was fair using Power Bait, worms and salmon eggs. We had no reports on other species.

Rio Grande: Water flow below Elephant Butte on Monday morning was 1,880 cfs. Fishing below Elephant Butte was fair to good using nightcrawlers, cut bait and chicken liver for catfish. Fishing was fair using white and chartreuse grubs, tubes and small swim baits for walleye. We had no reports from below Caballo

 

Southeast

Bataan Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.

Black River: Stream flow at Malaga on Monday was 8.8 cfs.

Bonito Lake: Closed.

Bosque Redondo: Fishing was slow for all species. Fishing pressure was very light.

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: Fishing was slow for all species.

El Rito Creek: Trout fishing was good using salmon eggs, worms and small dry flies.

Greene Acres Lake: Fishing was slow with just an occasional catfish caught by anglers using nightcrawlers. We had no reports on other species.

Grindstone Reservoir: Trout fishing was good using Kastmasters, Power Bait, worms, garlic cheese and salmon eggs. We had no reports on other species.

Lake Van: Fishing was slow for all species.

Oasis Park Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.

Pecos River: Stream flow below Sumner Lake on Monday was 99 cfs. Fishing was fair using nightcrawlers and for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

Ruidoso River: Stream flow near Hollywood on Monday was .28 cfs.

Santa Rosa Lake: The lake has reopened to boating but the launch area is undeveloped and boating is restricted to no wake speed only. Fishing was very good using dough bait, nightcrawlers, cut bait and chicken liver for catfish. Anglers also reported catching several 18- to 26-inch walleye and one 4-pound, 3-ounce largemouth bass. Best baits were grubs, worms, nightcrawlers and minnows. We had no reports on other species.

Sumner Lake: Night fishing was good using cut bait, liver, nightcrawlers and dough baits for catfish. Fishing was fair using tubes, crank baits, topwater lures and creature baits for smallmouth bass. We had no reports on other species. The main boat ramp was closed as of Monday but the east side boat ramp remains open.

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