This fishing report, provided 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.
The following reports came in late, but we thought they were definitely worth mentioning.
Elephant Butte Lake: Miguel Castillo of Las Cruces caught and released a 17.5-inch largemouth bass using a Rapala crankbait Oct. 25.
Pecos River: Andres Martinez of Las Vegas caught a 30-inch catfish using grub worms Oct. 14.
Río Grande: Andrew Yates of Taos caught a 30-inch northern pike using a large streamer Oct. 23. Matthew Martinez of Magdalena caught a 20-inch brown trout using a blue Panther Martin spinner Oct. 16.
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Cimarrón River: Streamflow near Cimarrón Monday morning (Nov. 2) was 10.5 cubic feet per second. Fishing for trout was fair using nymph flies.
Clayton Lake: Closed until March 2021.
Conchas Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
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 Forest Road 1950 downstream to its confluence with Río Costilla and all tributaries) with a tentative restocking of Río Grande cutthroat in spring 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 more information on the project and to identify alternative angling opportunities in the interim.
Eagle Nest Lake: Fishing for trout was fair to good using salmon peach PowerBait, woolly bugger flies and spinners tipped with PowerBait.
Eagle Rock Lake: Fishing for trout was slow using PowerBait and salmon eggs. Fishing for trout was fair to good using spinners.
Hopewell Lake: Fishing for trout was good using chartreuse PowerBait and Pistol Pete's spinners.
Lake Maloya: Fishing for trout was good using elk-hair caddis flies, silver spinners 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 21.9 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using red Fire Ball salmon eggs and worms. Fishing for catfish was fair at Villanueva State Park using grub worms.
Red River: Streamflow below the hatchery Monday morning was 38.7 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using small nymph flies, woolly buggers, salmon eggs and worms.
Río Grande: Streamflow at the Taos Junction Bridge Monday morning was 225 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using silver Panther Martin spinners, double nymph fly rigs in slow-moving pools and mayfly dry dropper setups in the riffles.
Río Hondo: Streamflow Monday morning near Valdez was 27.8 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Río Mora: Streamflow Monday morning was 5.86 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Río Pueblo: Streamflow near Peñasco Monday morning was 6.02 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Ute Lake: Fishing for white bass and walleye was fair to good vertical jigging slabs, live minnows and blade baits in 25 to 30 feet of water. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temperature was in the mid-50s 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 206 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Bluewater Lake: Fishing for tiger muskie was fair to good Rapala lures and swimbaits. Fishing for trout was fair using green glitter PowerBait. Fishing for catfish was fair using chicken liver and hot dogs.
Chama River: Monday morning flows below El Vado and Abiquiú were 102 cfs and 48.5 cfs, respectively. Fishing for trout below El Vado Lake was good using night crawlers and brown trout pattern Rapala lures. Fishing for trout below Abiquiú Lake was good using mop flies and small egg pattern flies. The water level was low, and the water color was clearing.
Cochiti Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
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.
Fenton Lake: Fishing for trout was fair using worms. Fishing for trout was good using bunny leech flies.
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 near the town of Jémez Monday morning was 16.8 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair 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: Streamflow Monday morning was 435 cfs. Fishing for trout in the quality waters was good using size 24 black, crème and olive midge pupa-pattern flies, 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 fair to good using white PowerBait eggs and PowerBait worms.