Reel Report

Autumn fishing makes for fine tales

Posted 11/7/19

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

Autumn fishing makes for fine tales

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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 (Nov. 5)

Catch of the Week

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.

Chama River: Nicolas Villescas of Edgewood caught a 21-inch kokanee salmon between Heron Lake and El Vado Lake using a Panther Martin spinner Nov. 4.

Navajo Lake: Noe Garcia of Albuquerque caught a 24-inch kokanee salmon using a snag hook near the dam Nov. 2.

San Juan River: Ben Sameshima of Tucson, Arizona, caught a 24-inch rainbow trout near Kiddy Hole using a Yong Wing fly Nov. 2.

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

Fenton Lake: Michelle Cortez of Albuquerque caught a 20-inch rainbow trout using a small gold Kastmaster lure Oct. 27.

Navajo Lake: Erika Thomas of Río Rancho caught a 16-inch kokanee salmon using a snag hook Oct. 25.

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 304 cubic feet per second. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Bluewater Lake: Fishing for tiger muskie was fair using Rapala lures.

Brazos River: Fishing for trout was good using nymph flies and salmon eggs.

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 good using beadhead nymph pattern flies, night crawlers and PowerBait. Fishing for trout below Abiquiú Lake was fair using eggs, beadhead nymphs, woolly buggers and yellow steamers.

Cochiti Lake: Fishing for catfish was good using cut bait in 14-feet of water.

Fenton Lake: Fishing for trout was good using Kastmaster lures, leech-pattern flies, mop flies and beadhead nymph flies in conjunction with a strike indicator. Remember that only two cutthroat trout are allowed to be harvested per day within the regular five-fish limit.

Jémez Waters: Streamflow on the Jémez River near the town of Jémez Monday morning was 14.4 cfs. Fishing for brown trout on the upper steams was good using Copper John flies and worms. Fishing for trout below Battleship Rock was good using a variety of baits.

McGaffey Lake: Fishing for trout was slow.

Navajo Lake: Fishing for kokanee salmon using snagging hooks was good around the dam. Kokanee salmon snagging season is open through Dec. 31.

San Juan River: Streamflow Monday morning was 320 cfs. The Bureau of Reclamation scheduled a decrease in the release from Navajo Reservoir from 500 cfs to 300 cfs on 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 midge-pattern flies and blue-winged olive flies. Fishing the lower section of river for trout was good using baetis-pattern flies.

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

Northeast

Cimarrón River: Streamflow near Cimarrón Monday morning (Nov. 4) was 35.4 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Clayton Lake: The lake is closed to fishing and boating until March 1, 2020.

Conchas Lake: Fishing for bass was slow.

Costilla Creek: Streamflow near Costilla Monday (Nov. 4) was 7.5 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

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 PowerBait, salmon eggs and worms.

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

Monastery Lake: Fishing for trout was good using dry flies and PowerBait.

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 (Nov. 4) was 32.4 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using legged nymph flies.

Red River: Streamflow below the hatchery Monday morning was 47.1 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 (Nov. 4) was 322 cfs. Fishing for trout was very good from the Red River confluence downstream through Pilar. Anglers reported having success using small mayfly dry flies, nymphs and emergers in the afternoons.

Río Hondo: Streamflow Monday morning (Nov. 4) near Valdez was 13.2 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Río Mora: Streamflow Monday morning (Nov. 4) was 11.1 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Río Pueblo: Streamflow near Peñasco Monday morning (Nov. 4) was 9.11 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

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

Ute Lake: Fishing for white bass was good using jigging slabs and blade baits in 20 to 30 feet of water. Vertical fishing for walleye was good using jigs tipped with live minnows, gulp minnows, slabs and blade baits. We had no reports on other species. The main lake was a stained color and the water temperature was in the low 50s.

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