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Frigid fishing

Posted 1/24/20

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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Frigid fishing

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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. 21)

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 counites, you can also send your favorite high-res fishing photo of the week to sports@taosnews.com.

Catch of the Week

Chama River: Emilee Kupper of Río Rancho with her 8-week-old son, Ellis Kupper, caught an 18-inch brown trout below El Vado Lake using a Joe's Flies pink shrimp lure Jan. 18. Glenn May of Dolores, Colorado, caught and released a 20-inch brown trout below El Vado Lake in the quality section using a midge fly Jan. 19.

Eagle Nest Lake: Susan and Randy Koonce of New Waverly, Texas, caught their limits of trout including a 22-inch rainbow trout using PowerBait Jan. 15.

Fenton Lake: Father/son team Greg and Prescott Scargall of Santa Fe got their New Mexico Trout Challenge off to a great start by catching 17-inch and 16.5-inch Río Grande cutthroat trout ice fishing using a pink ice-fishing jig Jan. 19. Matthew Medina and Shaun Jaramillo of Albuquerque caught a 20.5-inch rainbow trout and a 15-inch cutthroat trout using glow ice jigs tipped with wax worms at the bottom in eight feet of water Jan. 20. Riyan Schmaltz, age 11, caught his first cutthroat trout using a gold Thomas Colorado spoon Jan. 20.

Lake Roberts: Dmitri Hewitt, age 4, of Las Cruces caught a 13-inch rainbow trout using night crawlers Jan. 19.

Red River: Seth Hardy of Questa caught a 17-inch and 18-inch rainbow trout using a black and red beadhead nymph Jan. 19. Tom Chrobocinski of Ojo Caliente caught and released a 20-inch rainbow trout below the hatchery using salmon eggs Jan. 18.

Ruidoso: Tristan Kim, age 12, of Ruidoso caught his first brook trout measuring 10-inches out of a spring fed creek in Ruidoso using his fly rod and a #20 red and black zebra midge Jan. 19.

Statewide Waters

Northwest

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 102 and 74.4 cubic feet per second, respectively. Fishing for brown trout below El Vado Lake was good using Joe's Flies spinners and midge flies. Fishing for trout below Abiquiú Lake was good using PowerBait. Anglers should expect seasonal 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 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 open for ice fishing with the ice reported at 13-inches thick. Fishing for trout was good using pink jigs, glow ice jigs tipped with wax worms and gold spoons. 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 on Monday morning was 16.1 cfs. Fishing for trout was good below Battleship Rock using worms, salmon eggs and Copper John flies.

San Juan River: Streamflow Monday morning was 491 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 fair using garlic scented PowerBait.

Northeast

Eagle Nest Lake: The lake is open for ice fishing. Fishing for trout and perch was good using bright-colored PowerBait.

Lake Maloya: The lake is open to ice fishing with ice reported at 13-inches thick. Fishing for trout was good using PowerBait, glow ice jigs tipped with salmon eggs and dough bait.

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

Monastery Lake: One angler reported the lake was beginning to freeze.

Morphy Lake: The lake is closed for a renovation project on the dam and no firm opening date has been set.

Red River: Stream flow below the hatchery Monday morning was 51.6 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using salmon eggs and beadhead nymph flies.

Río Grande: Streamflow at the Taos Junction Bridge Monday morning was 447 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Río Pueblo: Streamflow near Peñasco Monday morning was not measured due to ice. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Shuree Ponds: Closed. Fishing is open on the Valle Vidal, including Shuree Ponds, from July 1-Dec. 31.

Springer Lake: One angler reported fishing for trout as very slow.

Storrie Lake: Fishing for trout was fair to good using worms.

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