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Snag a tiger muskie using a yellow lure with red diamonds

Posted 11/13/19

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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Snag a tiger muskie using a yellow lure with red diamonds

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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.

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.

Albuquerque Area Drains: Jalen Gallegos caught a 24-Inch 7-pound carp using night crawlers.

Bluewater Lake: Gary Sandoval of Río Rancho caught a 37.5-inch tiger muskie using a yellow lure with red diamonds Nov. 5.

Eagle Nest Lake: Tim Burke reported snagging five kokanee salmon Nov. 5.

Fenton Lake: Prescott Scargall, age 10, of Santa Fe caught a 20-inch rainbow trout with his dad, Greg, while trolling a gold spoon Nov. 9.

Grindstone Reservoir: Brothers Joaquin and Mateo Martinez, ages 9 and 7, of Los Ranchos caught their limit of rainbow trout using PowerBait Nov. 10.

Jal Lake: Kyle Thames of Jal caught a 21-inch largemouth bass using a yellow Panther Martin spinner Nov. 8.

Lake Roberts: Kezia Marin, age 5, of Bayard caught a 14-inch rainbow trout trolling a silver Kastmaster lure Nov. 9.

Oasis Park Lake: Bobby Garcia of Portales caught a 15.5-inch rainbow trout using an olive-colored fly.

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

Fenton Lake: Hugo and Bryan Melchor of Río Rancho caught and released two 15-inch Río Grande cutthroat trout using red zebra midge flies Nov. 1.

Santa Cruz Reservoir: Leroy Catanach of Santa Fe caught a 23-inch rainbow trout using a Panther Martin spinner Nov. 2.

Statewide Waters

Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

Tuesday (Nov. 12)

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 296 cublc feet per second. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Albuquerque Area Drains: An angler reported catching carp using night crawlers.

Bluewater Lake: Fishing for tiger muskie was fair using crank baits and jerk baits.

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

Chama River: Monday morning flows below El Vado Lake and Abiquiú Lake were 945 cfs and 925 cfs, respectively. Fishing for trout below El Vado Lake was good using Panther Martin spinners, beadhead nymph-pattern flies, night crawlers and PowerBait. Fishing for trout below Abiquiú Lake was fair using egg-pattern flies, 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 gold spoons, mealworms, red zebra midge flies, leech-pattern flies, mop flies and beadhead nymph flies. Remember that only two cutthroat trout are allowed to be harvested per day within the regular five fish limit.

Heron Lake: Fishing for kokanee salmon was fair to good using snagging hooks near the dam.

Jémez Waters: Streamflow on the Jémez River near the town of Jémez Monday morning was 15 cfs. Fishing for brown trout on the upper streams was good using Copper Johns and worms. Fishing for trout below Battleship Rock was good using a variety of baits.

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. and back to 500 cfs on Thursday (Nov. 14) at 4 a.m. Fishing for trout in the quality water was very good using midge-pattern flies and blue-winged olives. Fishing the lower section of river for trout was good using baetis fly patterns. Dry fly-fishing has been good lately.

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

Tingley Beach: Fishing for trout was good using a black and purple woolly bugger fished either with a casting bubble or with a fly rod.

Northeast

Cimarrón River: Streamflow near Cimarrón Monday morning was 19.1 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 was 7.5 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Eagle Nest Lake: Fishing for trout was good using salmon peach glitter and salmon egg red glitter PowerBait. Fishing for kokanee salmon, using snagging hooks, was fair to good on the lake's west side and the far south side near Cieneguilla Day Use Area.

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 salmon eggs and peach 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 was 23.5 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using legged nymph flies and PowerBait.

Red River: Streamflow below the hatchery Monday morning was 44.1 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 was 311 cfs. Fishing for trout was very good from the Red River confluence downstream through Pilar. Anglers reported having success using small mayfly dries, nymphs and emergers in the afternoons.

Río Hondo: Streamflow Monday morning near Valdez was 12.2 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Río Mora: Streamflow Monday morning was 9.72 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Río Pueblo: Streamflow near Peñasco Monday morning was 8.48 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Santa Cruz Reservoir: Fishing for trout was good using Panther Martin spinners.

Shuree Ponds: Fishing is open on the Valle Vidal, including Shuree Ponds, through Dec. 31.

Ute Lake: Fishing for white bass was good using jigging slabs and blade baits in 30 to 35 feet of water on main lake flats. Fishing for walleye was good using jigs tipped with live minnows, Gulp minnows and blade baits in 35 to 40 feet of water. The main lake was a stained color and the water temperature was in the low 50s.

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