Gold, silver, pink and purple lures land big fish

Reel Report

Posted 11/21/19

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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Gold, silver, pink and purple lures land big fish

Reel Report

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Weekly Fishing and Stocking Report

Updated: Tuesday (Nov. 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.

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.

Alto Lake: Bryan and Tamatha Witt of Lubbock, Texas caught their limit of rainbow trout, including one measuring 17-inches, using corn and PowerBait Nov. 16.

Berrendo Creek: Chevy Wyatt, age 12, of Roswell caught a 15-inch rainbow trout using PowerBait Nov. 16.

Eagle Nest Lake: Ellie Herman, age 4, of Cimarrón caught her first fish, a 17-inch rainbow trout, using chartreuse PowerBait Nov. 17.

Elephant Butte Lake: David DiBartolomeo of Socorro caught and released a 26-pound blue catfish using cut bait Nov. 17.

Fenton Lake: Tony Ea of Albuquerque caught an 18-inch rainbow trout using worms Nov. 16.

Grindstone Reservoir: Elena Esquibel of Albuquerque caught a 17-inch rainbow trout using a gold spoon Nov. 16.

Heron Lake: Aliyah Lysette, age 9, of Río Rancho caught a 30-inch, 9-pound lake trout using a silver Kastmaster lure while fishing with her Papa Larry Nov. 16.

Quemado Lake: Kaelynn and Roman Abeita, ages 9 and 2, caught 4 rainbow trout ranging from 13 to 14 inches using purple nymph PowerBait Nov. 17.

Santa Cruz Reservoir: Ashlyn Nunley of Santa Fe caught a 21-inch rainbow trout using pink glitter PowerBait Nov. 17.

Tingley Beach: Laila Grace Garley, age 10, of Los Lunas caught her limit of rainbow trout using green PowerBait Nov. 15.

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

Caballo Lake: Jeremy Kohler of Albuquerque caught and released a 28-inch catfish using a jig with a minnow Nov. 10.

Eagle Nest Lake: Lance and Calvin Ottinger, ages 13 and 10, of Dumas, Texas, caught their limits of kokanee salmon using snagging hooks on the south side of the boat dock Nov. 10. Lucas Herrera and Eppie Tapia of Santa Fe caught six pike and one kokanee salmon using soft swimbaits and Rapala lures Nov. 9.

Win Smith of Taos caught a 42-inch northern pike trolling a Rapala lure Nov. 8.

Green Meadow Lake: Sylvia Muñoz of Hobbs caught a 19-inch rainbow trout using garlic-flavored PowerBait Nov. 9.

Heron Lake: Samuel Williams, age 12, Marcel Almanzar, Cody Sullivan, age 13, and Shawn Williams, age 14, of Río Rancho caught 24 kokanee salmon using snagging hooks Nov. 10.

Red River: Serenity Cardenas, age 3, of Albuquerque caught a 17-inch rainbow trout using pink salmon eggs Nov. 10.

Seven Springs Brood Pond: Mia Khotsombath, age 9, of Río Rancho caught a 16-inch rainbow trout using Canadian red worms Nov. 9.

Statewide waters

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

Northwest

Abiquiú Lake: Fishing pressure was light. 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 204 cubic feet per second. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Bluewater Lake: Fishing for tiger muskie was fair using crank baits and jerk baits. We had no reports on other species this week.

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

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

Chama River: Monday morning flows below El Vado Lake and Abiquiú Lake were 1,200 cfs and 1,170 cfs, respectively. We had no reports from below El Vado Lake this week. Fishing for trout below Abiquiú Lake was slow.

Fenton Lake: Fishing for trout was good using mealworms, earthworms, PowerBait and beadhead nymph flies. A reminder: anglers are only allowed to harvest two cutthroat trout per day within the regular five fish limit.

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

Jémez Waters: Streamflow on the Jémez River near the town of Jémez Monday morning was 16.7 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 fair to good around the dam. Kokanee salmon snagging season is open from Oct. 1 - Dec. 31. We had no reports on other species.

San Juan River: Streamflow Monday morning was 329 cfs. The Bureau of Reclamation extended the current 300 cfs release from Navajo Reservoir until Tuesday (Nov. 19) at 4 a.m., at which point the release was increased to 600 cfs. Fishing for trout in the quality water was very good using small dark midge pattern flies and blue-winged olive flies. Fishing the lower section of river for trout was good using baetis-pattern flies. Fishing has been good using dry flies.

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

Tingley Beach: Fishing for trout was good using green PowerBait.

Northeast

Cimarrón River: Streamflow near Cimarrón Monday morning was 18.5 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 10.4 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 near the boat dock. Fishing for pike was good trolling Rapala lures. We had no reports on other species this week.

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

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 25.0 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using PowerBait and San Juan worms.

Red River: Streamflow below the hatchery Monday morning was 41.2 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using salmon eggs and blue-winged olive dry flies.

Río Grande: Streamflow at the Taos Junction Bridge Monday morning was 306 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using small mayfly dry flies, blue-winged olives, nymphs and emergers in the afternoons.

Río Hondo: Streamflow Monday morning near Valdez was 11.8 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Río Mora: Streamflow Monday morning was 5.63 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Río Pueblo: Streamflow near Peñasco Monday morning was 7.72 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Santa Cruz Reservoir: Fishing for trout was good using Rapala lures and pink glitter PowerBait.

Shuree Ponds: We hand no reports from anglers this week. Fishing is open on the Valle Vidal, including Shuree Ponds, July 1-Dec. 31.

Ute Lake: Fishing for white bass was good using Jigging Rap Rapalas, Gulp Minnows and blade baits in 25 to 35 feet of water. Fishing for walleye was good using Jigging Rap Rapalas, Gulp Minnows and blade baits in 30 to 40 feet of water. We had no reports on other species. The main lake color was clear and the water temperature was in the low 50s.

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