Fishing Report — July 4

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

Cabresto Lake: Trout fishing was fair to good using spinners, Pistol Petes and copper John Barrs.
Charette Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Cimarron River: Water flow below Eagle Nest on Monday was 71cfs. Increased flows don’t seem to be bothering the anglers or the trout. Fishing was very good this past week using salmon eggs, worms, streamers, wooly buggers, caddis and spinners. Serg Beltran and his wife and son, Chris,had a great time here. They caught browns and rainbows and their best bait was salmon eggs. Chris took big fish honors with a 17.5-inch fat rainbow. Trout fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes was slow to fair using salmon eggs and Pistol Petes.
Clayton Lake: As of Monday the water was clearing and trout fishing had picked up a bit but was still considered slow. A few trout were caught by anglers using worms. We had no reports on other species.
Conchas Lake: Fishing was good using minnows, topwater lures, curly tail grubs and shallow running crank baits for walleye. Fishing was very good using topwater lures around rocky points for a mix of largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair using crank baits and topwater lures for white bass. Fishing was fair using nightcrawlers, cut bait and liver for catfish. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp on Monday was in the low to mid 70s. The lake rose about two feet over the weekend and additional rains were expected in the area. The Cove and Central campgrounds will reopen for the 4th of July weekend.
Coyote Creek: Trout fishing was good for anglers using salmon eggs and Power Bait and fishing early and late in the day.
Eagle Rock Lake: Fishing was good using salmon eggs, Power Bait, worms, Panther Martins and Pistol Petes for trout.
Eagle Nest Lake: Water levels are dropping and four-wheel drive is now needed for launching boats. Extreme caution is advised. Boats over 20-feet are having considerable difficulty. Hot Spot for Perch: Fishing was excellent using worms and spinners from the bank and from boats for perch. The majority of the perch caught from the bank were small. Fishing was good trolling Platte River specials, Panther Martins and Arnies tipped with corn for kokanee. Anglers trolling for kokanee are also picking up a few rainbow trout and northern pike. Bank fishing for trout was fair using Power Bait, salmon eggs, Pistol Petes and spinners. Bank 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, brassies, elk hair caddis and copper John Barrs.
Lake Alice: Fishing was fair using Power Bait and salmon eggs for trout.
Lake Maloya: Fishing was good using Pistol Petes, wooly buggers, hoppers, assorted colors of 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 very good using salmon eggs, spinners, elk hair caddis, mosquitoes and flash back pheasant tails.
Manzano Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Monastery Lake: The area is currently closed while aircraft are drawing water to fight a wildfire in the area.
Morphy Lake: The park is closed until further notice due to extreme fire conditions in the area.
Nutrias Lakes: Trout fishing was fair using spinners, worms, salmon eggs and dry flies. The best dry fly action was in the evening hours.
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, Mt View Ponds (aka Cowles Ponds), Dalton Canyon area and all Pecos Wilderness lakes and streams.
Red River: Water flow near the hatchery on Monday was 51cfs. Trout fishing was good above and below the hatchery. Anglers did well using salmon eggs, worms, Panther Martins, elk hair caddis, parachute adams, copper John Barrs and poundmeisters
Rio Costilla: Trout fishing was good using elk hair caddis, parachute adams and small bead-head pheasant tail nymphs.
Rio Grande: Water flow near the Taos Junction Bridge on Monday was 206cfs. Fishing was good using hoppers, elk hair caddis, poundmeisters, copper John Barrs, salmon eggs and gold Panther Martins. Fishing for smallmouth bass was fair to good using a variety of streamers. Fishing for northern pike was slow.
Rio Hondo: Stream flow near Valdez on Monday was 25cfs. Trout fishing was good using green drakes, poundmeisters, copper John Barrs, worms and salmon eggs.
Rio Pueblo de Taos: Water flow near Taos was 11cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Santa Barbara: Mike Stank reported good evening fishing here. He did well above and below the campground using Panther Martin spinners. Mike also reported that there was good surface activity in the evening hours and that other anglers did well using dry flies.
Shuree Ponds: Opened 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 fair to good using salmon peach Power Bait and salmon eggs for trout. We had no reports on other species.
Ute Lake: Fishing was very good using a variety of topwater lures for white bass which appeared to be schooling. Fishing for walleye was best described as sporadic. Anglers trolling bottom bouncer nightcrawler rigs and crank baits managed to pick up a few. Fishing was good using worms for bluegill. Fishing for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass was slow. Fishing for catfish was slow with just a few taken on cut bait and chicken liver. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the mid 70s.

Northwest

Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was very good using topwater lures, curly tail grubs, jigs, salt craws, tubes, creature baits and zonkers for smallmouth bass. Fishing was good using grubs, tubes, spinner worm rigs and swim baits for walleye. Most of the walleye were caught at depths of 12 to 15 feet. Use orange, green olive and crawdad colors as the fish are actively feeding on crawdads. We had no reports on catfish but suspect the fishing to be quite good in the night time hours. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp ranged from the upper 60s to low 70s.
Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday was 272cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Albuquerque Area Drains: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Bluewater Lake: Fishing was very good using crank baits, jerk baits, swim baits, topwater lures, spinner baits and worms for tiger musky. Fishing for catfish was slow to fair using cut bait and shrimp in the late evening hours. 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 pheasant tail nymphs, elk hair caddis, small streamers and spinners.
Canjilon Lakes: Trout fishing was fair to good using Panther Martins, Fisher Chick spinners, Pistol Petes, zug bugs, beetles, Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms. The best reports have been coming from the upper lake.
Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 348cfs and 718cfs respectively. Trout fishing below El Vado was good using nightcrawlers, wooly buggers, spinners, 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 using crank baits, jerk baits and spinner baits for northern pike. Fishing was fair using bottom bouncer nightcrawler rigs, crank baits and grubs for a mixed bag of walleye and small white bass. Fishing was fair using jigs, grubs, tubes and topwater lures for smallmouth bass. We had no reports on other species.
El Vado Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Fenton Lake: The park is closed and will remain closed 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.
Jackson Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Jemez Waters: The Santa Fe National Forest is closed until further notice.
Laguna del Campo: Trout fishing was good using Kastmasters, Pistol Petes, Panther Martins, Power Bait and salmon eggs.
Lake Farmington: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Navajo Lake: Hot spot for kokanee: Fishing continued to be very good trolling spinners tipped with corn in the area from the dam to Frances Canyon for kokanee. Anglers reported taking fish at 3 to 5 colors. Fishing was very good using grubs, tubes, creature baits, crank baits, jerk baits, and buzz baits for smallmouth bass and an occasional largemouth bass. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp ranged from the mid 60s to the low 70s.
San Gregorio: Closed.
San Juan River: Water flow below Navajo Dam on Monday was 914cfs. Trout fishing has slowed a bit with the higher flows but is still good. Anglers fishing the Quality Waters did well this past week using egg patterns, black leeches, black foam wing emergers, wooly buggers, red larva and barbless hook spinners. Fishing through the bait waters was fair using Panther Martin spinners, jerk baits, wooly buggers and nightcrawlers.
Santa Cruz Lake: Fishing was fair using Panther Martins, Fisher Chick spinners, Pistol Petes, worms and Power Bait. Anglers are having some success from the bank and from boats.
Seven Springs Brood Pond: Closed.
Tingley Beach: Fishing was slow for all species.

 

Southwest

Bear Canyon: Fishing was good using chicken liver and nightcrawlers for catfish. Fishing for all other species was slow. At this time water is being taken from the lake to help combat the Silver Fire.
Bill Evans Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using tubes, worms and creature baits for largemouth bass. We had no reports on other species.
Caballo Lake: Fishing was fair to good using minnows, crank baits and curly tail grubs for white bass. Anglers fishing for white bass also picked up a few walleye. Night fishing was good using chicken liver, nightcrawlers and cut bait for catfish. We had no reports on other species. Both the east-side ramp and west-side ramp are open at this time.
Elephant Butte: The surface water temp was in the mid to high 70s. Fishing was fair to good using shiners, tubes, curly tail grubs, sassy shad, Cripplures, Flicker Shad and topwater lures for white bass. Be sure and watch for the birds to get in on the topwater action. Fishing for walleye was slow with just a few taken by anglers using minnows and crank baits. Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth was slow to fair using tubes, creature baits, salt craws, topwater lures and shiners. Fishing for catfish was fair using shiners, cut bait, chicken 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: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Gila River: Water flow on the Gila as of this past Monday was 18cfs. Fishing was slow for all species.
Glenwood Pond: Trout fishing was good using Power Bait and salmon eggs.
Lake Roberts: Fishing was slow for all species. There were a few trout taken by anglers using worms, Power Bait and salmon eggs. The weeds are getting quite thick and Jim McDonald of El Paso reported ash in the water from the Silver Fire. He also reported that thick grass near the boat ramp made it difficult to navigate with a trolling motor.
Percha Dam: We had no reports from anglers this week.
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 2,140cfs. Fishing below Elephant Butte was fair to good using nightcrawlers, cut bait and chicken liver for catfish. Fishing below Caballo was good using minnows and nightcrawlers for a mixed bag of white bass, walleye and catfish.
Snow Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

 

Southeast

Bataan Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
Black River: Stream flow at Malaga on Monday was 4.5cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Blue Hole Park Pond: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Bonito Lake: Closed.
Bosque Redondo: Fishing was slow for all species. Fishing pressure was very light.
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.
Carlsbad Municipal Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
Chaparral Park Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
El Rito Creek: Trout fishing was good using salmon eggs, worms, elk hair caddis, flashback pheasant tails and small copper John Barrs.
Greene Acres Lake: Fishing was slow with just an occasional catfish caught by anglers using nightcrawlers. We had no reports on other species.
Green Meadow Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
Grindstone Reservoir: Trout fishing was fair to good using salmon eggs, Power Bait, spinners and Pistol Petes under a bubble. 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 but there were a few catfish taken by anglers using blood bait and nightcrawlers.
Oasis Park Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
Pecos River: Stream flow below Sumner Lake on Monday was 98cfs. Fishing was slow to fair using nightcrawlers and liver for catfish. We had no reports on other species.
Perch Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Ruidoso River: Stream flow near Hollywood on Monday was 6.6cfs. Trout fishing was slow.
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 and chicken liver for catfish. Some anglers reported that cut bait was working better for walleye than for catfish. A few walleye were also taken on grubs, minnows and jerk baits. Fishing was fair using grubs and topwater lures for black bass. This past week Arturo Sandoval of Moriarty caught an 18-inch largemouth bass. He was using a white, yellow and green 3-inch curly tail grub. 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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