Reel Report

It's all about the bait

Posted 11/1/19

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.

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Reel Report

It's all about the bait

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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.

Tuesday Oct. 29, 2019

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, date and location; type of fish, length and weight, if possible; and bait, lure or fly used.

If you are an angler in Taos or Colfax counties, you can also send your favorite high res fishing photo of the week to sports@taosnews.com

Eagle Nest Lake: Val Armijo and grandson Hunter Pritchett-Armijo of Albuquerque caught two limits of 15- to18-inch rainbow trout while bank fishing using PowerBait Oct. 25.

Fenton Lake: Steve Sanchez of Albuquerque caught a 20-inch rainbow trout trolling a Rapala lure Oct. 25.

Jémez Waters: Eric Battle of Los Alamos caught and released 12 trout using a Prince Nymph dropper below a terrestrial fly.

Río Grande: Seth Hardy of Questa was fly-fishing near Bear Crossing and caught a 20-inch rainbow trout, a 20-inch brown trout and a 13-inch Río Grande cutthroat trout using a large, tan beadhead nymph Oct. 23.

Santa Cruz Lake: Luke Grossete and Fisher Joe, both of Albuquerque, caught and released a 22-inch and 24-inch rainbow trout using Rapala lures Oct. 27.

The following reports came in late, but are definitely worth mentioning:

Eagle Rock Lake: Bentlye Blackburn, age 9, of Panhandle, Texas, caught a 16-inch rainbow trout using yellow PowerBait Oct. 19.

Grindstone Reservoir: Luca Stuve, age 11, of Las Cruces caught an 18-inch rainbow trout using yellow PowerBait Oct. 19.

Statewide Waters

Northwest

Abiquiú Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week. 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 328 cubic feet per second (cfs). We had no reports from anglers this week.

Albuquerque Area Drains: Fishing for bass was fair to good using night crawlers.

Bluewater Lake: Fishing for tiger muskie was good using swimbaits, jointed crankbaits, squarebill crankbaits and flies. Fishing for catfish was slow with anglers reporting a few caught using chicken liver and stink bait. We had no reports on other species this week.

Brazos River: Fishing for trout was good using pheasant tails and worms.

Chama River: Monday morning flows below El Vado and Abiquiú were 620 cfs and 669 cfs, respectively. Fishing for trout below El Vado Lake was fair to good using leech-pattern flies, tungsten beadhead green scud flies, peacock nymph flies, salmon eggs, night crawlers and PowerBait. We had no reports from anglers fishing below Abiquiú Lake.

Fenton Lake: Fishing for trout was good using lures and garlic-flavored PowerBait.

Jémez Waters: Streamflow on the Jémez River near the town of Jémez Monday morning was 13.8 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using salmon eggs and nymph flies.

Laguna del Campo: Fishing for trout was fair to good using night crawlers and PowerBait.

Navajo Lake: Fishing for kokanee salmon using snagging hooks was good around the dam. Kokanee salmon snagging season is open through Dec. 31. We had no reports on other species.

San Juan River: Streamflow Monday morning was 530 cfs. The Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled a decrease in the release from Navajo Reservoir from 500 cfs to 300 cfs on Tuesday, Oct. 29. at 4 a.m., and back to 500 cfs on Thursday, Nov. 14. at 4 a.m. Fishing for trout in the quality water was good using nymphs, dry flies, streamers, red and cream midge larva fly patterns, ant patterns, baetis patterns, blue-winged olives, pupa patterns and crystal flash midge emergers. On the lower river into the bait waters fishing for trout was good using baetis nymphs, Parachute Adams, blue-winged lives, worms and spinners.

Seven Springs Brood Pond: Fishing for trout was good using spinners, PowerBait, salmon eggs, leech-pattern flies and salmon eggs.

Tingley Beach: Fishing was slow for all species.

Trout Lakes: Fishing for trout was good using PowerBait.

Northeast

Cimarrón River: Streamflow near Cimarrón Monday morning was 35.8 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair to good using caddis nymph flies and golden hare's ear flies.

Clayton Lake: Fishing for trout was fair to good using PowerBait and night crawlers. Fishing for catfish was fair to good using chicken liver. The boat ramp is closed due to low water levels.

Costilla Creek: Stream low near Costilla Monday was 9.42 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Coyote Creek: Fishing for trout was fair using flies.

Eagle Nest Lake: Fishing for trout was good using PowerBait and Panther Martin spinners. We had no reports on other species this week.

Eagle Rock Lake: Fishing for trout was good using yellow PowerBait, salmon eggs and worms.

Fawn Lakes: The last report was that high runoff water has created poor fishing conditions.

Hopewell Lake: Fishing for trout was fair to good using Pistol Pete's spinners and PowerBait.

Lake Maloya: Fishing for trout was good using silver spinners and PowerBait.

Los Pinos River: Fishing for trout was good using terrestrial fly patterns with a small beadhead nymph dropper fly.

Monastery Lake: Fishing for trout was good using Griffith's Gnat dry flies and PowerBait.

Pecos River: Streamflow near the town of Pecos Monday morning was 30.6 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using legged nymph flies, woolly buggers, salmon eggs and PowerBait.

Red River: Streamflow below the hatchery Monday morning was 41.2 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using salmon eggs, nymph flies, blue-winged olives, Copper Johns and pheasant tails.

Río Grande: Streamflow at the Taos Junction Bridge Monday morning was 316 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using large, tan beadhead nymph flies, Panther Martin spinners, streamers, crane fly larvae flies and pheasant tails. Fishing for catfish near Albuquerque was slow to fair.

Río Hondo: Streamflow Monday morning near Valdez was 14.1 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Río Mora: Streamflow Monday morning was 6.58 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Río Pueblo: Streamflow near Penasco Monday morning was 10.2 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using a variety of caddis dry flies.

Santa Cruz Reservoir: Fishing for trout was good using Rapala lures.

Shuree Ponds: We had no reports from anglers this week. Fishing is open on the Valle Vidal, including Shuree Ponds through Dec. 31.

Ute Lake: Fishing for white bass was fair using jigging slabs and blade baits in 20 to 30 feet of water. Fishing for walleye was fair to good vertical jigging in 35 to 40 feet of water. We had no reports on other species. The main lake was a stained color and the water temperature was in the high 50s.

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