Reel Report

Trout love garlic-scented PowerBait

Posted 1/10/20

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

Trout love garlic-scented PowerBait

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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 (Jan. 7)

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

Catch of the Week

San Juan River: Audrey Kim of Los Angeles caught a 21-inch brown trout in the bait waters section of the river using a Yongwing fly Jan. 1.

Santa Rosa Lake: Andres Alvarado of Santa Fe caught two big walleye over 21-inches using jigging spoons Jan. 5.

Statewide Waters

Northwest

Animas River: Water flow below Aztec Monday morning was 201 cubic feet per second.

Albuquerque Area Drains: Fishing for trout was fair to good using salmon eggs and PowerBait.

Bluewater Lake: Fishing for trout was fair. The winter trout stocking plan is to stock 6,000 catchable size rainbow trout per month from November through March.

Chama River: Monday morning flows below El Vado and Abiquiú were 108 cfs and 76.6 cfs, respectively. Fishing for brown trout below El Vado Lake was fair to good using night crawlers and flies. Fishing for trout below Abiquiú Lake was good using light tippet with small beadhead nymph flies. Anglers should expect closures on the Río Chama below Abiquiú Dam until March as a fish habitat improvement project is currently underway. For access information call the Department's information center at (888) 248-6866 or the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Abiquiú Project Office at (505) 685-4371.

Fenton Lake: The lake is closed due to dangerous ice conditions. When the lake opens to ice fishing, 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 17.3 cfs. Fishing for trout was good below Battleship Rock using worms and green mop flies.

San Juan River: Streamflow Monday morning was 462 cfs. Dry fly-fishing for trout in the quality waters was fair to good using small midge and midge cluster patterns. Fishing for trout in the quality waters was good using red midge larva patterns, pupa patterns and egg patterns. Fishing for trout in the bait waters was fair to good using flies and salmon eggs. Water clarity was about one-foot visibility.

Tingley Beach: Fishing for trout was good using garlic-scented PowerBait, white PowerBait worms and homemade dough bait.

Northeast

Charette Lakes: The lake is closed to fishing and boating until March 1.

Cimarrón River: Streamflow near Cimarrón Monday morning was not measured due to ice.

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

Costilla Creek: Streamflow near Costilla Monday was not measured due to ice.

Eagle Nest Lake: Open for ice fishing. Fishing for trout was good using bright-colored PowerBait.

Hopewell Lake: The gate to the camping area is closed.

Lake Maloya: Closed due to unsafe ice conditions.

Maxwell Lake 13: The lake is closed to fishing and boating until March 1.

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 27.7 cfs.

Red River: Streamflow below the hatchery Monday morning was 44.1 cfs.

Río Grande: Streamflow at the Taos Junction Bridge Monday morning was 465 cfs. Fishing upstream from Pilar was fair to good using PowerBait.

Río Hondo: Streamflow Monday morning near Valdez was not measured due to ice.

Río Mora: Streamflow Monday morning was 4.58 cfs.

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