This Oct. 23 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.
Catch of the week
Alto Lake: Tyler Handly, age 15, caught a 19-inch, 3-pound rainbow trout using garlic PowerBait Oct. 14.
Bluewater Lake: Ruth Herrera, age 11, of Santa Fe, caught a 41-inch tiger muskie with the help of her stepsister Hailey Lucero, age 9, trolling a black and white Rapala lure Oct. 17. Elijah Garcia, age 14, of Grants, caught a 12-pound channel catfish using hotdogs Oct. 11.
Clayton Lake: Andre Garcia, age 12, of Clovis, caught his limit of trout using PowerBait Oct. 18.
Red River Hatchery Pond: Viviana Ortega of Santa Fe caught a 15-inch rainbow trout using a brown Whoolly Bugger Oct. 13.
San Juan River: Michelle Haines of Counselor caught a 20-inch rainbow trout using a brown San Juan worm Oct. 18.
The following reports came in late, but we thought they were worth mentioning.
Bluewater Lake: Andrew Judd, age 10, of Albuquerque, caught a 33-inch tiger muskie using a rooster tail spinner Oct. 9. Corina Moya of Artesia caught a 41-inch tiger muskie using a square bill KVD crankbait Oct. 3.
Cimarrón River: Lanissa Darnell, age 5, of Alcalde, caught her first fish ever, a 12-inch rainbow trout using salmon eggs Oct. 10.
Eagle Nest Lake: Joslyn Salazar, age 10, of Santa Fe, caught a 19-inch rainbow trout using a white bomber Oct. 10.
Pecos River: Jim McKay caught and released a 22-inch rainbow trout using a hare's ear nymph fly Oct. 6. He also caught and released an 18-inch rainbow trout using a Royal Wulff dry fly Oct. 8.
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New Mexico waters
Cabresto Lake: Fishing for brook trout was fair to good using dry flies.
Charette Lakes: Fishing for trout was good using worms and PowerBait.
Cimarrón River: Streamflow near Cimarrón Monday morning was 7.75 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 walleye was fair using diving lures. 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 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 FR 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 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: Fishing for trout was fair to good using chamois leech flies.
Eagle Nest Lake: Fishing for trout was fair to good using Whoolly Bugger flies and chartreuse garlic glitter PowerBait.
Eagle Rock Lake: Fishing for trout was slow using PowerBait and salmon eggs. Fishing for trout was fair to good using spinners.
Gallinas River: Fishing for trout was fair using worms.
Hopewell Lake: Fishing for trout was good using green PowerBait eggs 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 17.7 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using Royal Wulff dry flies, night crawlers, hare's ear nymphs and beadhead nymph flies.
Red River: Streamflow below the hatchery Monday morning was 31.7 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 Whoolly Bugger flies.
Río Grande: Streamflow at the Taos Junction Bridge Monday morning was 167 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using double nymph fly rigs in slow-moving pools and mayfly dry dropper setups in the riffles.
Río Hondo: Streamflow Monday morning near Valdez was 25.7 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair using small attractor dry flies.
Río Mora: Streamflow Monday morning was 3.67 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Río Pueblo: Streamflow near Peñasco Monday morning was 3.82 cfs. Anglers reported that the water level was very low and not good for fishing.
Ute Lake: Fishing for white bass was fair using slabs and vibrating blade baits in 25 to 30 feet of water on main lake flats. Fishing for walleye was fair to good using blade baits and slab jigs in 30 to 35 feet of water on main lake points. Fishing for catfish was good using punch bait and cut bait. The surface water temperature was in the mid-60s and the main lake was clear.