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NEW MEXICO FISHING REPORT

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.

July 3

Northeast

Charette Lakes: Fishing was fair to good using Pistol Petes, PowerBait and Fire Balls for trout. Fishing was fair using worms for perch.

Clayton Lake: Fishing was fair using PowerBait and salmon eggs for trout. We had no other reports. Fishing pressure was light. Due to low water conditions, the boat ramp remains closed.

Cimarrón River: Streamflow below Eagle Nest on Monday was 6.28 cubic feet per second. Trout fishing was good using bead-head hares ear nymphs, elk hair caddis, PMDs, stimulators, Cimarrón specials, worms, salmon eggs, PowerBait and spinners. Fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes was good using Pistol Petes, orange stimulators, bead-head hares ears, salmon peach and garlic-scented PowerBait, salmon eggs and worms for trout up to 20 inches.

Conchas Lake: Fishing was fair using Pop Rs, stick baits, plastic worms, senkos, crawdads, curly tail grubs, swim baits and jerk baits for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing for white bass and walleye was slow, but a few were caught by anglers using tubes, leeches, minnows, grubs and crank baits. Fishing was good using shrimp, liver, cut bait and homemade dough bait for catfish. We had no other reports.

Cowles Ponds: Fishing was good using PowerBait, Fire Balls, Pistol Petes and spinners for trout.

Coyote Creek: Trout fishing was fair to good using elk hair caddis, copper John Barrs, worms and salmon eggs.

Eagle Rock Lake: Fishing was good using PowerBait, Fire Balls, Pistol Petes, Super Dupers and Kastmasters for trout.

Eagle Nest Lake: Fishing for trout was very good fishing from the bank and from anchored boats for anglers using PowerBait. Anglers trolling Platte River specials tipped with PowerBait also did very well catching trout and a few kokanee salmon. Fishing was very good using worms for perch. Fishing was fair using spoons, swim baits and large streamers for small northern pike. We had no other reports.

Gallinas River: Fishing was good using worms and salmon eggs for trout.

Hopewell Lake: The lake has opened to fishing following temporary closures during the Bonita Fire. Fishing was good using elk hair caddis, copper John Barrs, PowerBait, Kastmasters and Fire Balls for trout. Kiko Rascon, of Taos, caught an 18-inch cutthroat trout July 1. He was using a fly under a bubble.

Lake Maloya: Trout fishing was very good using Pistol Petes, Colorado spoons, Kastmasters, wooly buggers and PowerBait. Several fish in the 6- to 8-pound class were caught this past week. The best reports are coming from anglers fishing during the evening hours.

Los Pinos River: Fishing was good using with bead-head pheasant tail nymphs, copper John Barrs, salmon eggs and worms for rainbow and brown trout.

Monastery Lake: Fishing was good using Pistol Petes, PowerBait and Silver Label salmon eggs for trout.

Morphy Lake: Fishing was good using Pistol Petes, wooly buggers, PowerBait and salmon eggs for trout.

Pecos River: Streamflow near Pecos on Monday was 62.9 cfs. Fishing was good using Fire Bait and Fire Balls, PowerBait, San Juan worms, prince nymphs, stone flies, elk hair caddis and Panther Martins.

Red River: Streamflow below the hatchery on Monday was 129 cfs. Fishing was very good using Mepps and Panther Martin spinners, Silver Label Fire Balls, PowerBait, night crawlers, spinners, copper John Barrs and wooly buggers for trout. The best action was reported by anglers fishing in town.

Red River City Ponds: There were no reports from anglers at the kids pond this week. The adult pond is closed.

Río Grande: Streamflow on Monday at the Taos Junction Bridge was 636 cfs. Fishing was good using poundmeisters, wooly buggers, San Juan worms, Mepps and Panther Martin spinners and night crawlers. Tom Chrobocinski, of Ojo Caliente, caught and released several brown and rainbow trout, including one 18-inch rainbow. He was using a brown Mepps spinner. We had no other reports. Fishing was good using chicken liver and blood baits for catfish. We had no other reports.

Río Mora: As of Monday, streamflow near Terrero was 17.8 cfs. Fishing was good using night crawlers and Fire Balls for trout.

Santa Cruz Reservoir: Fishing was good using gold and copper spoons, Fisher Chick spinners, PowerBait and Fire Balls for trout. We had no other reports.

Shuree Ponds: Open for the season July 1.

Storrie Lake: Fishing was fair to good using salmon eggs and garlic and salmon peach PowerBait for trout. Fishing for all other species was slow.

Ute Lake: Fishing for smallmouth bass was fair to good using a wide assortment of plastics, including worms senkos, tubes, salt craws and finesse worms. Fishing for bluegill was very good using small grubs and worms under a bobber. Fishing was good using chicken liver, cut bait, night crawlers and stink bait for catfish. Fishing for all other species was slow. The surface water temperature was in the 70s.

Northwest

Abiquiú Lake: Fishing was good using curly tail grubs, spinners, wooly buggers, tubes, jerk baits, crank baits, wooly buggers, crawdad imitation flies and night crawlers for smallmouth bass. Fishing for walleye was fair for anglers using leeches, spinners, curly tail grubs and crank baits. Most of the walleye caught were at depths of 8 to 15 feet. Fishing was slow to fair using worms for perch. Fishing for trout was slow, but some were caught by anglers using Kastmasters, PowerBait, Fire Bait and Fire Balls. We had no other reports.

Bluewater Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using jerk baits, swim baits and deep diving crank baits for tiger muskies up to 31 inches. Fishing for catfish and trout was slow.

Canjilón Lakes: Closed by the U.S. Forest Service until further notice due to danger from falling trees. They are not expected to open in 2017.

Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiú were 598 cfs and 602 cfs, respectively. Trout fishing above El Vado was good using Chernobyl ants, wooly buggers, hoppers and spoons. Fishing below El Vado was good using Berkley Power Worms, wooly buggers, prince nymphs, pheasant tail nymphs, night crawlers and PowerBait for rainbow and brown trout. Trout fishing below Abiquiú was slow. NEW SPECIAL TROUT WATER: The river from the United States Geological Survey gauging station to the confluence of the Río Nutrias is now catch and release only using single barbless hook artificial flies and lures.

Cochiti Lake: Fishing was fair using crank baits, jerk baits, creature baits, tubes and jigs for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was fair using spinners, swim baits and crank baits for walleye and white bass. Fishing was fair using shrimp, hot dogs and chicken liver for catfish. Some carp were caught by anglers using corn and crank baits. James Brunner, of Santa Fe, caught a nice 19-inch smallmouth bass last week. He was using a Strike King KVD 1.5 green gizzard shad. We had no other reports.

El Vado Lake: Fishing was good trolling with Panther Martins and double whammies for a mixed bag of kokanee salmon and rainbow trout. Anglers fishing at the northeast corner of the dam reported catching several rainbow and brown trout. They were using PowerBait, Fire Balls and a variety of spinners. Fishing was good using Rooster Tails, curly tail grubs and worms for smallmouth bass. The best bass action was reported at the north end of the lake.

Fenton Lake: Fishing slowed considerably with the heat this past weekend. A few trout were caught by anglers using PowerBait, caddis imitations, parachute Adams, wooly buggers and Pistol Petes.

Heron Lake: Fishing for rainbow trout picked up this past week as anglers did well fishing in the Rincon primitive camping area of the lake. They were trolling Panther Martins and double whammies at depths of 10 feet or less. Anglers trolling also picked up a few kokanee salmon. Bank fishing was still a bit sporadic for anglers using PowerBait and salmon eggs. We had no other reports.

Jemez Waters: Streamflow on the Jemez River near Jemez Springs on Monday morning was 15 cfs. The heat continues to have a major effect on the stream fishing here. We had reports of slow fishing on the Jemez, Río Guadalupe, East Fork and the San Antonio. There were a few browns caught on the East Fork by anglers using copper John Barrs and elk hair caddis. Fishing on the Cebolla was slow to fair using elk hair caddis, copper John Barrs, worms and salmon eggs for trout.

Laguna del Campo: Fishing was fair to good using Pistol Petes under a bubble, PowerBait and salmon eggs for trout.

Navajo Lake: Fishing was fair to good using minnows and small jigs for crappie. Fishing was good using Ricos, Whopper Ploppers, Pop Rs, finesse worms on drop shot rigs, jerk baits, wooly buggers and spinners for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was slow to fair using jigs, swim baits, minnows, jerk baits and crank baits for northern pike. Fishing was fair to good trolling kokanee killers, double whammies, Panther Martins and Arnies tipped with PowerBait for kokanee salmon. We had no other reports.

San Gregorio Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week. The lake was recently stocked. Check it out and let us know how you do.

San Juan River: Streamflow from Navajo Reservoir on Monday was 1,720 cfs. The flow will continue to ramp down to an expected 500 cfs on July 5. Trout fishing was good using San Juan worms, pink and cream egg patterns, chamois leeches, wooly buggers, red and orange annelids, RS2s and small jigs. The best action in the bait waters was for anglers using night crawlers, small spoons and jerk baits.

Seven Springs Brood Pond: Fishing was good using PowerBait, Fire Balls, Panther Martin spinners, Pistol Petes, salmon eggs and meal worms.

Tingley Beach: Fishing was good using hot dogs, Velveeta cheese, night crawlers and beef liver for catfish. Fishing for bluegill was slow with just a few caught by anglers using worms. We had no other reports.

Trout Lakes: Fishing was good using PowerBait, Fire Balls and spinners for trout.

Crews stocked 29,294 triploid rainbow trout in the following waters: Charette Lake (lower), Cimarrón River (west of Cimarrón), Gravel Pit Lakes, Costilla River, Cow Creek, Coyote Creek (near Guadalupita), Coyote Creek Pond, Eagle Rock Lake, Gallinas River (near Las Vegas), Glenwood Pond, Grindstone Reservoir, Harris Lake, Laguna del Campo (Burns Lake), Laguna Larga, Lagunitas Lake, Mora (Pecos River Drainage), Nutrias Lake (aka Trout Lakes), Pecos River (Cowles to village of Pecos), Red River (above Questa), Río Pueblo, Ruidoso River and San Juan River (below Quality Waters).

In addition, crews stocked 9,059 Río Grande cutthroat trout in Casias Creek (aka Number 2 Creek) and Costilla Creek.

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