State fishing report — Oct. 24

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: Trout fishing was fair using Power Bait for 17 to 20-inch fish. We had no reports on perch.
Cimarron River: Water flow below Eagle Nest Lake on Monday was 22cfs. Fishing was fair to good using BWOs, bead head hares ears, worms and salmon eggs for a mixed bag of brown and rainbow trout. We had no reports from the Gravel Pit Lakes.
Clayton Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using Power Bait for trout. 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 spoons, minnows and crank baits for white bass and a few walleye. Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits, jigs and spinner baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the low 60s
Coyote Creek: Trout fishing was fair using salmon eggs, worms and Power Bait.
Eagle Rock Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Eagle Nest LakeKokanee snagging appears to be tapering off as only a few limits were taken this past week. Anglers doing best are those who get close to the boat ramp early. Snagging on the boat ramp is not allowed. Fishing for trout was fair to good using yellow and yellow glitter Power Bait from the bank and from boats. Fishing was fair using worms for perch. The south boat ramp has been extended and is now open.
Gallinas River: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Hopewell Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Lagunitas Lakes: Chris Niemann reported fair to good fishing here on the upper lake but slow on the lower lake for trout. He caught several rainbows and one brown trout while using yellow and rainbow Power Bait and brown Pistol Petes.
Lake Alice: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Lake Maloya: Fishing was fair using Power Bait, homemade dough bait and Pistol Petes for trout.
Los Pinos: Trout fishing was fair using salmon eggs, bead head pheasant tail nymphs, copper John Barrs and Power Bait.
Manzano Lake: Trout fishing was fair using Power Bait and salmon eggs.
Monastery Lake: Trout fishing was good using Pistol Petes, Power Bait and salmon eggs.
Morphy Lake: The state park closed for the season today and reopens April 1, 2014.
Nutrias Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Pecos River: Water flow near the town of Pecos on Monday was 15cfs. The Mora and Jamie Koch fishing and recreation areas have reopened. The Bert Clancy and Terrero campgrounds remain closed. Trout fishing was good using spinners, small copper John Barrs, bead head prince nymphs, bead head hares ears, worms, Power Bait and salmon eggs. Fly anglers doing best were using dry dropper combinations with most of the fish hitting the dropper.
Red River: Water flow near the hatchery on Monday was 45cfs. Trout fishing was good using  copper John Barrs, rubber legged hare’s ears, Power Bait and salmon eggs.
Rio Costilla: Water flow below Costilla Dam on Monday was .59cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Rio Grande: Water flow near the Taos Junction Bridge on Monday was 405cfs. Trout fishing was fair to good using bead head hares ears, copper John Barrs, hoppers, San Juan worms and salmon eggs. We had no reports on other species.
Rio Hondo: Stream flow near Valdez on Monday was 20cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Rio Mora: Water flow near Terrero on Monday was 15cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week but judging from the action on the Pecos trout fishing should be good.
Rio Pueblo: Water flow near Penasco on Monday was 9.8cfs. Trout fishing was slow.
Santa Barbara: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Shuree Ponds: We had no reports from anglers.
Springer Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
Storrie Lake:  The water clarity is improving but still a bit murky. Fishing was slow for all species.  The lake has been opened to boating.
Ute Lake: Fishing was fair using spoons and deep diving crank baits for schooling white bass. Most of the fish were found at 20 to 25 feet. There were also a few walleye mixed in with the white bass. Fishing was fair using stink bait and night crawlers for catfish. The catfish were scattered at depths of 8 to 30 feet.  Fishing for black bass was slow. The surface water temp was in the low 60s.

 

Northwest

Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was generally slow for all species with very light fishing pressure. A few walleye and smallmouth bass were caught by anglers using crank baits, spoons and grubs. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp ranged from the high 50 to the low 60s.
Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 424cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Albuquerque Area Drains: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Bluewater Lake: Fishing for tiger musky was fair to good for some but slow for others. Maurice Zeck and Jeff Elmore of Las Cruces had a good time here catching and releasing several tiger musky. They were trolling orange Bomber Herky Jerky lures. Spoons, crank baits and spinner baits also worked for anglers fishing for tiger musky. We had no reports on other species. Anglers should be aware that it is illegal to use bait fish at this lake.
Brazos River: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Canjilon Lakes: Trout fishing was fair using Power Bait and Pistol Petes. The best reports came from anglers fishing the upper lake.
Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 120cfs and 253cfs respectively. Fishing below El Vado was fair to good using salmon eggs, Power Bait, copper John Barrs and dark colored wooly buggers for a mixed bag of brown and rainbow trout. Fishing below Abiquiu was slow with just a few trout taken by anglers using bead head hares ears, wooly buggers and night crawlers. We had no reports on kokanee snagging on the portion of the river from El Vado Lake to the west boundary of the Rio Chama Wildlife and Fishing Area. The season runs through December.
Cochiti Lake: The boat ramps remain closed until further notice due to the tremendous amount of debris in the lake from heavy rains and runoff. The lake is open to bank fishing. We had no reports from anglers this week.
El Vado Lake: Fishing was slow for all species and fishing pressure was very light. The main boat ramp remains open. The kokanee snagging season is open but we had no reports from anglers.
Fenton Lake: Fishing was good using olive Pistol Petes and green, yellow and chartreuse Power Bait for trout.
Heron Lake:  The only boat ramp open is the primitive ramp in the Ridge Rock area. Boaters are able to launch but advised to use caution. Launching with four wheel drive vehicles is recommended. Fishing remained slow for all species and fishing pressure was extremely light. Anglers are reminded that possession of kokanee salmon is not permitted during the closed season which is October 1 through November 7. Open season runs November 8 through December 31. The same rule applies to anglers fishing Willow Creek.
Jackson Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Jemez Waters: The Jemez River was flowing at 16cfs on Monday. Trout fishing was fair using Power Bait, salmon eggs and copper John Barrs. Fishing on the Rio Las Vacas and on the Cebolla below Fenton Lake was fair using small copper John Barrs and bead head hares ears for trout. We had no reports from the Rio Guadalupe. The Valles Caldera has reopened but we had no reports from anglers this week.
Laguna del Campo: Trout fishing was fair to good using Power Bait, Pistol Petes and salmon eggs.
Lake Farmington: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Navajo Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits, spinner baits and jerk baits for northern pike. Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass was slow with just a few caught by anglers using clousers, jigs, spinner baits and crank baits. Kokanee snagging was good near the dam and in the Francis Canyon area.  The New Mexico State Parks Division has closed the Pine and Sims Mesa Boat Ramp areas including the adjacent No Wake zones to salmon snagging and fishing. The closure is due to the low water levels and remains in effect through December 31. The surface water temp was in the high 50s.
San Gregorio: We had no reports from anglers this week.
San Juan: Water flow below Navajo on Monday was 274cfs. Trout fishing through the Quality Waters was very good using parachute adams, RS2, purple haze, sparkle duns, BWOs and streamers. Fishing through the bait waters was good using worms, salmon eggs, streamers, copper John Barrs, wooly buggers and spinners.
Santa Cruz Lake: Recent rains and runoff brought the lake level up about 30-feet and the boat ramp is now open. Fishing was slow for all species.
Seven Springs Brood Pond: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Tingley Beach: Trout fishing was good in the Central and Youth Ponds for anglers using salmon eggs, Power Bait, Pistol Petes spinners. We had no reports from the Catch and Release Pond.

 

Southwest

Bear Canyon: Trout fishing was fair to good using Power Bait, salmon eggs, Pistol Petes and Panther Martin spinners.
Bill Evans Lake: Fishing for catfish was slow with just a few reports of catches by anglers using liver and Power Bait. Fishing for trout was fair using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms. We had no reports on other species.
Caballo Lake: The water ranged in color from murky to muddy and fishing was slow for all species. Fishing pressure was very light.
Elephant Butte: We had several reports from anglers stating they felt the lake was turning over and the condition had slowed fishing success. A few white bass and largemouth bass were caught by anglers using grubs, spoons, tubes and jigs. The Monticello, Rock Canyon and Dam Site boat ramps remain closed due to low water conditions.
Escondida Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Gila River: Water flow on the Gila as of this past Monday was 46cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Lake Roberts: A construction project to improve the dam has begun and falling lake levels may make it increasingly difficult to fish. The project is expected to continue into next summer.
Percha Dam: We had no reports from anglers this week.    
Quemado Lake: Trout fishing was good using Power Bait, wooly buggers, copper John Barrs and salmon eggs. We had no reports on tiger musky.
Rio Grande: Water flow below Elephant Butte on Monday morning was unavailable. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Snow Lake: Fishing was fair using Power Bait, Pistol Petes and salmon eggs for trout.

 

Southeast

Bataan Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Black River: Stream flow at Malaga on Monday was 16cfs. Fishing was slow.
Blue Hole Park Pond: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Bonito Lake: Closed.
Bosque Redondo: Fishing was slow for all species.
Bottomless Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Brantley Lake: The State Park office announced the reopening of the lake to boating and swimming. Anglers are to practice catch-and-release for all fish here as high levels of DDT were found in several fish.
Carlsbad Municipal Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Chaparral Park Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
El Rito Creek: Trout fishing was good using salmon eggs, Power Bait and bead head pheasant tail nymphs.
Eunice Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
Greene Acres Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.   
Green Meadow Lake:  We had no reports from anglers this week.
Grindstone Reservoir: Hot spot for trout: Fishing was very good using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms for trout. We had no reports on other species.
Jal Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Lake Van: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Oasis Park Lake: Fishing continued to be very slow for all species and fishing pressure remained very light.
Pecos River: Stream flow below Sumner Lake on Monday was 98cfs. Fishing was slow to fair using stink bait for catfish. We had no reports on other species.
Perch Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
Ruidoso River: Stream flow at Ruidoso on Monday was 63cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Santa Rosa Lake: The No Wake restriction has been lifted with the major influx of water but anglers are advised to use extreme caught due to floating debris and other possible hazards. The water clarity is improving but still quite murky. Fishing pressure has been extremely light.
Sumner Lake: Fishing for largemouth bass was slow but there were a few caught by anglers fishing from the bank and using minnows. Fishing for all other species was slow. 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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