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Carlos Hammer, 15, of Taos caught a 44-inch, 22-pound pike using a gold jigging spoon at Eagle Nest Lake.

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 as of Tuesday (Jan. 12). Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

Catch of the Week

Bear Canyon Lake: TJ, 14, caught two rainbow trout at once using glitter garlic PowerBait Jan. 3.

Eagle Nest Lake: Carlos Hammer, 15, of Taos caught a 44-inch 22-pound pike using a gold jigging spoon Jan. 2. Marcello Richert, 9, of Arroyo Hondo caught several large trout and a pike using small jigs Jan. 1.

Fenton Lake: Amy Kelly, age 5, of Río Rancho caught her first fish, a rainbow trout, using an ice jig Jan. 10.

Santa Rosa Lake: Eric Chavez of Albuquerque caught a three-pound largemouth bass using a five-inch paddle tail swimbait Jan. 3. Eric also caught a 22-inch walleye using a five-inch paddle tail swimbait Jan. 9.

Tingley Beach: Josh Martínez of Albuquerque caught a 31.5-inch 10-pound 12-ounce catfish using PowerBait Jan. 9.

If you have a catch of the week story or just want to tell us about your latest New Mexico fishing experience, send it to us at funfishingnm@gmail.com. We may include your story in our next report.

For catches of the week, include name, age, hometown, date, location, type of fish, length and weight if possible, and bait, lure or fly used.

State Waters

Northeast

Cabresto Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Charette Lakes: Closed for the season.

Cimarrón River: Stream flow near Cimarrón on Monday morning was not measured due to ice. In accordance with the Public Health Order, effective Dec. 3, NM State Parks reopened to New Mexico residents for day-use only. Please check the State Parks’ website for more information.

Clayton Lake: Closed until March 2021.

Conchas Lake: Conchas Lake State Park has closed access to all boat ramps due to dropping water levels. In accordance with the Public Health Order, effective Dec. 3, NM State Parks reopened to New Mexico residents for day-use only. Please check the State Parks’ website for more information.

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 the 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 the 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 the completion of this final phase in the fall of 2021. Please check the department website for additional information on the project and to identify alternative angling opportunities in the interim.

Cowles Ponds: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Coyote Creek: In accordance with the Public Health Order, effective Dec. 3, NM State Parks reopened to New Mexico residents for day-use only. Please check the State Parks’ website for more information.

Eagle Nest Lake: In accordance with the Public Health Order, effective Dec. 3, NM State Parks reopened to New Mexico residents for day-use only. Check the State Parks’ website for more information. The lake was open to ice fishing, but ATV traffic and Six Mile Day Use Area closed due to unsafe ice conditions. Fishing for trout was good using jigs tipped with worms. Fishing for perch was very good, using small ice-fishing jigs tipped with wax worms and earthworms. Fishing for pike was fair to good jigging spoons.

Eagle Rock Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Fawn Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.

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

Hopewell Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Lake Alice: In accordance with the Public Health Order, effective Dec. 3, NM State Parks reopened to New Mexico residents for day-use only. Please check the State Parks’ website for more information. The lake opened for ice fishing.

Lake Maloya: In accordance with the Public Health Order, effective Dec. 3, NM State Parks reopened to New Mexico residents for day-use only. Please check the State Parks’ website for more information. Fishing for trout was good using dough bait.

Los Pinos River: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Maxwell Lake 13: Closed for the season.

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: Stream flow near the town of Pecos on Monday morning (Jan. 10) was not measured due to ice.

Red River: Stream flow below the hatchery Monday morning was 34.0 cubic feet per second (cfs). Fishing for trout near the hatchery was fair using tungsten beadhead nymphs and midge flies.

Río Grande: Stream flow at the Taos Junction Bridge on Monday morning was 354 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair using beadhead nymphs, midges and small Griffith’s gnat dry flies for rising fish.

Río Hondo: Stream flow Monday morning near Valdez was not measured due to ice.

Río Mora: Stream flow Monday morning was not measured due to ice.

Río Pueblo: Stream flow near Peñasco Monday morning was not measured due to ice.

Santa Cruz Reservoir: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Shuree Ponds: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Springer Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Storrie Lake: In accordance with the Public Health Order, effective Dec. 3, NM State Parks reopened to New Mexico residents for day-use only. Please check the State Parks’ website for more information.

Stubblefield Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Ute Lake: In accordance with the Public Health Order, effective Dec. 3, NM State Parks reopened to New Mexico residents for day-use only.

Northwest

Abiquiú Lake: The boat ramp is open. Anglers reported that there was a lot of ice on the lake.

Animas River: Water flow below Aztec on Monday morning was 100 cfs.

Albuquerque Area Drains: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Bluewater Lake: In accordance with the Public Health Order, effective Dec. 3, NM State Parks reopened to New Mexico residents for day-use only. Check the State Parks’ website for more information. Closed to boating and ice-fishing due to recent weather conditions that have led to unsafe lake surface conditions. The lake is currently closed to all watercraft, including canoes, kayaks, inflatables and all types of motorboats.

Brazos River: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Canjilón Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Chama River: Monday morning flows below El Vado and Abiquiú were 249 cfs and 51.7 cfs, respectively. Fishing for trout below Abiquiú Lake was good using size 14 beadhead hare’s ear nymph and orange zebra midge flies. Anglers reported trout feeding on the surface during the late afternoons.

Cochiti Lake: Visitors to the lake will need to make a reservation by purchasing a ticket at least 24 hours in advance through recreation.gov. Tickets and reservations will NOT be sold at the lake. Anglers reported that fishing for all species was slow.

El Vado Lake: In accordance with the Public Health Order, effective Dec. 3, NM State Parks reopened to New Mexico residents for day-use only. Check the State Parks’ website for more information. El Vado Lake is open for ice fishing at the Dam Day Use Area.

Fenton Lake: Opened to ice fishing. Fishing for trout was slow, with the best reports coming from anglers using pink jigs tipped with mealworms.

Heron Lake: In accordance with the Public Health Order, effective Dec. 3, NM State Parks reopened to New Mexico residents for day-use only. Check the State Parks’ website for more information. ​Heron Lake is open for ice fishing.

Jémez Waters: Stream flow on the Jémez near the town of Jémez on Monday morning was 12.3 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair using midge and beadhead nymph flies.

Laguna del Campo: Closed for the season.

Lagunitas Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Lake Farmington: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Manzano Lake: Closed until further notice.

McGaffey Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Navajo Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

San Gregorio Lake: Anglers reported the lake is frozen.

San Juan River: Stream flow Monday morning was 397 cfs. In accordance with the Public Health Order, effective Dec. 3, NM State Parks reopened to New Mexico residents for day-use only. Check the State Parks’ website for more information. Fishing for trout in the quality waters was good using small size 24 chocolate foam wing emergers, size 20 black zebra midges, size 22 crystal midges, black flashbacks, black Baetis fly patterns and small chartreuse egg patterns.

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 and green PowerBait fished deep. Fishing for catfish was slow, but one angler reported catching a large catfish while fishing for trout using PowerBait. Reminder: the far north fishing pond is only for children 12-years-old and younger.

Trout Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.

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