New Mexico fishing report — Oct. 3

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 — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Charette Lakes — Due to low water levels only small boats are being launched here and with some difficulty. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Cimarron River — Water flow below Eagle Nest Lake on Monday was 6.3 cfs. With low water conditions the best bet was pocket waters again this past week. Trout fishing was rated as fair to good by anglers using caddis, bead-head pheasant tails, copper John Barrs and worms. We had no reports from the Gravel Pit Lakes.

Clayton Lake — Fishing for trout was very good using gold and silver spoons. Several limits were reported. We had no reports on other species.

Conchas Lake — The shallow and steep boat ramps on the north side of the lake are now open along with the Cove campground ramp. Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits, jerk baits, topwater lures and jigs for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits for white bass. Fishing for catfish was fair to good using liver, shrimp, homemade dough baits and night crawlers. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp ranged from the mid- to high 60s

Coyote Creek — Trout fishing was good using spinners, worms and Power Bait. The water level remains high but within the creek’s banks. All access roads to the park have reopened and repairs to the fences and catwalk are under way.

Eagle Rock Lake — Fishing was fair to good using worms, Pistol Petes, spinners and salmon eggs.

Eagle Nest Lake — Fishing from the bank and from anchored boats was fair using Power Bait for trout. Fishing for northern pike was fair to good using crank baits, jerk baits and spoons. Fishing was fair using worms for perch. We had no reports on kokanee. The State Park closed the access point from Fisherman’s Lane to incoming traffic Sept. 30. The south boat ramp will be closed until further notice while an extension is being put in place. The lake will remain open for shoreline fishing. For more information contact the Eagle Nest State Park office at 575-377-1594. The kokanee snagging season opened today and runs through December.

Gallinas River — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Lagunitas Lakes — Fishing on the lower lake was quite good using Power Bait, worms, Pistol Petes and Fisher Chick spinners.

Lake Maloya — Trout fishing was rated as good to excellent as most people caught limits of trout. The trout ranged in size from 10 to19 inches. Los Pinos — Trout fishing was fair to good using worms, caddis, copper John Barrs and salmon eggs.

Manzano Lake — Trout fishing was slow with just a few fish caught by anglers using salmon peach Power Bait.

Monastery Lake — Trout fishing was good using copper John Barrs, bead-head prince nymphs, Pistol Petes, salmon eggs and Power Bait.

Morphy Lake — Trout fishing was good for anglers using Power Bait and salmon eggs.

Red River — Water flow near the hatchery Monday was 48 cfs. Trout fishing was fair to good using poundmeisters, copper John Barrs, Panther Martins, night crawlers, Power Bait and salmon eggs.

Rio Grande — The water was off-color and fishing slowed considerably. Just a few trout were taken by anglers using night crawlers and weighted wooly buggers. We had no reports on other species.

Rio Pueblo — Water flow near Penasco on Monday was 16 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Springer Lake — The water was quite murky and fishing was slow for all species.

Storrie Lake — The water color from the recent runoff was still described as chocolate this past weekend.

Ute Lake — Fishing for catfish slowed this past week but there were a few caught by anglers using stink bait, shrimp and night crawlers. Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits and spoons for white bass. Fishing for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass was tough with just a few keeper size fish caught by anglers using crank baits and jerk baits. Fishing for walleye was slow. The surface water temp ranged from the high 60s to about 70 degrees.

 

Southeast

Bosque Redondo — Fishing was slow for all species.

Bottomless Lakes — Fishing was slow for all species.

Greene Acres Lake — Fishing was slow for all species.

Grindstone Reservoir — Trout fishing was very good using salmon peach Power Bait, salmon eggs and spinners. We had no reports on other species.

Lake Van — Fishing was slow for all species. Fishing pressure was light.

Oasis Park Lake — Fishing was slow for all species and fishing pressure was light. Anglers are reminded that there is a 2-fish limit on channel catfish.

Pecos River — Stream flow below Sumner Lake on Monday was 446 cfs. The area below Sumner Lake has been closed to fishing due to the high water release.

Ruidoso River — Stream flow at Ruidoso on Monday was 18 cfs. Trout fishing was slow to fair using worms.

Santa Rosa Lake — Fishing was slow for all species.

Sumner Lake — The water clarity was reported as good in spite of the recent rapid rise in water level. Fishing pressure was light and fishing was slow for all species. The Alamo boat ramp and the main boat ramp are the only ramps open. The east side boat ramp is totally under water and not usable at this time.

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