This fishing report, provided each Friday by Dustin Berg and Go Unlimited (supporting disabled anglers) 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.
Catch of the Week
Bluewater Lake: Ryatt Turner, age 6, of Bluewater Village caught a 16-inch rainbow trout using green glitter PowerBait Oct. 18.
Eagle Nest Lake: Thomas Lujan of Santa Fe caught a 40-inch northern pike using a red Mepps pike spinner Oct. 23. Chris Serrano, of Albuquerque, caught an 18-inch rainbow trout using a Johnson Minnow spoon Oct. 23. Olivia Rae Cogburn, age 9, and Freddy Cogburn, age 5, both of Albuquerque, caught a 19- and 18-inch rainbow trout respectively using orange PowerBait Oct. 18. Gabe Martinez, also of Albuquerque, caught a 26-inch northern pike using a perch-colored jointed Rapala Shad Rap lure Oct. 17.
Elephant Butte Lake: Kate Smith, age 9, of Santa Fe caught a 13-pound blue catfish using fresh cut carp bait Oct. 18.
Grindstone Reservoir: Joe Giron caught a 15-inch rainbow trout using salmon eggs Oct. 19.
Navajo Lake: Hunter Keelin, age 11, of Albuquerque snagged his first kokanee salmon using a weighted snagging hook Oct. 23.
Trees Lake: Robert Ramirez of Deming caught a 12-pound catfish using a bluegill Oct. 21.
The following reports came in late, but we thought they were definitely worth mentioning.
Eagle Nest Lake: Hunter Pritchett Armijo and his grandfather Val Armijo of Albuquerque caught a 35-inch northern pike and several 15- to 20-inch rainbow trout using PowerBait Oct. 12.
Laguna del Campo: Milton Gallardo, age 7, of Tierra Amarilla caught a 21-inch rainbow trout using a Trout Magnet Oct. 4.
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• Practice social distancing;
• Wash your hands regularly;
• Avoid nonessential travel;
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• And avoid interacting with large groups.
Charette Lakes: Fishing for trout was good using worms and PowerBait.
Cimarrón River: Streamflow near Cimarrón Monday morning was 9.07 cubic feet per second. Fishing for trout was good using worms and beadhead hare's ear nymphs.
Clayton Lake: Fishing for trout was fair to good using PowerBait and night crawlers. Fishing for catfish was fair to good using chicken liver and homemade baits.
Costilla Creek: The department has implemented the final phase of a project to expand Río Grande cutthroat trout in 120 miles of the Costilla watershed in Northern New Mexico. The final phase involved removal of fish within a designated area (Río Costilla from Costilla Dam downstream to the Valle Vidal Boundary including all tributaries and Comanche Creek from the road culvert crossing on FR 1950 downstream to its confluence with Río Costilla and all tributaries) with a tentative restocking of Río Grande cutthroat in spring of 2022. Places to fish nearby include Costilla Creek below the fish barrier, Upper Comanche Creek, Shuree Ponds, Middle Ponil Creek, Upper Powderhouse Creek, Little Costilla Creek, Vidal Creek and McCrystal Creek. The department anticipates completion of this final phase in the fall of 2021. Check the department website for additional information on the project and to identify alternative angling opportunities in the interim.
Eagle Nest Lake: Fishing for trout was fair to good using orange PowerBait, woolly bugger flies, chartreuse garlic glitter PowerBait and Johnson Minnow spoons. Fishing for pike was fair to good using large red Mepps spinners.
Eagle Rock Lake: Fishing for trout was fair to good using PowerBait and spinners.
Gallinas River: Fishing for trout was fair using worms.
Hopewell Lake: Fishing for trout was good using green garlic PowerBait and Pistol Pete's spinners.
Lake Maloya: Fishing for trout was fair using worms, salmon eggs and PowerBait.
Monastery Lake: Closed due to COVID-19 health concerns. Check the Open Gate webpage for future updates.
Morphy Lake: Closed for a renovation project on the dam and no firm opening date has been set.
Pecos River: Streamflow near the town of Pecos Monday morning was 20.5 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using night crawlers, hare's ear nymphs and beadhead nymph flies.
Red River: Streamflow below the hatchery Monday morning was 30.6 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using stimulator dry flies with small nymph dropper flies and worms. Fishing at the hatchery was good using brown woolly bugger flies.
Río Grande: Streamflow at the Taos Junction Bridge Monday morning was 212 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using mayfly dry dropper flies and various spinners.
Río Hondo: Streamflow Monday morning near Valdez was 35.2 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair using small attractor dry flies.
Río Mora: Streamflow Monday morning was 5.63 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Río Pueblo: Streamflow near Peñasco Monday morning was 4.06 cfs. Anglers reported that the water level was very low and not good for fishing.
Ute Lake: Fishing for walleye was fair to good using blade baits and slab jigs in 30- to 35-feet of water. Fishing for all other species was slow. The surface water temperature was in the low-60s and the main lake was clear.
Abiquiú Lake: Angling activity has been very light. Due to low water levels, anglers are advised to use four-wheel-drive vehicles to launch boats and watch for obstructions on the water.
Animas River: Water flow below Aztec Monday morning was 209 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Bluewater Lake: Fishing for tiger muskie was good using Rapala lures, large spinners and swimbaits. Fishing for trout was fair using green glitter PowerBait. Fishing for catfish was good using chicken liver and hot dogs.
Brazos River: Fishing for trout was fair to good using worms and small nymph flies.
Chama River: Monday morning flows below El Vado and Abiquiú were 86.3 cfs and 70.4 cfs, respectively. Fishing for trout below El Vado Lake was good using night crawlers, beadhead nymph flies, small jerk bait lures and orange PowerBait. Fishing for trout below Abiquiú Lake was good using mop flies, egg pattern flies, dark-colored beadhead woolly bugger flies, leech-pattern flies and large beadhead nymph flies.
El Vado Lake: The lake is open for salmon snagging season. Park hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Kokanee salmon snagging was reported as slow. Fishing for smallmouth bass was fair to good using plastic worms and small crankbaits.
Fenton Lake: Fishing for trout was fair to good using worms.
Heron Lake: Salmon snagging season opens Nov. 13. Note Nov. 13 is the correct opening date for snagging season at Heron Lake and any other reported opening dates are incorrect. Fishing was reported as slow.
Jémez Waters: Streamflow on the Jémez River near the town of Jémez Monday morning was 14.5 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using worms and salmon eggs.
Laguna del Campo: Fishing for trout was fair to good using yellow and green garlic-scented PowerBait and worms.
Manzano Lake: Closed until further notice.
Navajo Lake: Fishing for kokanee salmon using snagging hooks was good near the dam. Note that the buoyed no-wake areas and shoreline within the no-wake areas at the Pine River Boat Ramp and Simms Boat Ramp at Navajo Lake are currently closed for salmon snagging and will open on Nov. 13.
San Juan River: Fishing for trout in the quality waters was good using black, crème and red midge pupa-pattern flies and San Juan worms, small baetis nymph flies and RS2s.
Seven Springs Brood Pond: Closed due to COVID-19 health concerns. Check the department's Alerts page for future updates.
Tingley Beach: Fishing for trout was good using yellow PowerBait and PowerBait worms.
Trout Lakes: Fishing for trout was fair using spinners