Reel Report: Yellow jigs, pinks jigs, the fish love the jigs!

Posted 2/5/20

Manny Lujan and Garon Ian Fulgenzi of Las Vegas caught 57 perch and two trout using Swedish Pimple jigs tipped with meal worms Feb. 1. Luke Grossetete, Fisher Joe and Freddy Lawrence of Albuquerque caught three 18-inch rainbow trout using small ice fishing jigs Feb. 1.

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Reel Report: Yellow jigs, pinks jigs, the fish love the jigs!

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Tuesday, Feb. 4

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.

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Catch of the Week

Eagle Nest Lake: Manny Lujan and Garon Ian Fulgenzi of Las Vegas caught 57 perch and two trout using Swedish Pimple jigs tipped with meal worms Feb. 1. Luke Grossetete, Fisher Joe and Freddy Lawrence of Albuquerque caught three 18-inch rainbow trout using small ice fishing jigs Feb. 1.

Red River: Mateo Martinez, age 10, of Velarde caught a 12-inch rainbow trout near the hatchery using salmon eggs Feb. 2.

San Juan River: Michael Fragua, of Albuquerque caught a 21-inch brown trout fishing the Texas Hole Upper Flats using a size 24 chocolate emerger Jan. 28. Dave Blunt, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, caught a 25-inch brown trout using a Yong Special fly Jan. 31.

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

Bataan Lake: Jeorje Valenzuela, age 7, and Joshuah Valenzuela, age 5, of Carlsbad, caught seven rainbow trout ranging in size from 12 to 16 inches using garlic PowerBait Jan. 26.

Statewide Waters

Northwest

Abiquiú Lake: 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 201 cubic feet per second (cfs).

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

Bluewater Lake: 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 cfs and 76.7 cfs, respectively. Fishing for trout below El Vado Lake was fair to good using night crawlers.

Cochiti Lake: This past Saturday the boat ramps were icy and boats couldn't launch. Ice extending from the shoreline prevented bank fishing.

Fenton Lake: The lake is open for ice fishing with the ice reported at 13-inches thick. Fishing for trout was good using Kastmaster lures, yellow jigs, pink jigs and glow ice jigs tipped with wax worms. Remember, only two cutthroat trout are allowed to be harvested per day within the regular five-fish limit.

Heron Lake: Open for ice fishing. Ice reported as 10-inches thick. Fishing for kokanee salmon was fair to good using jigs tipped with Fireballs.

Jémez Waters: Streamflow on the Jémez near the town of Jémez Monday morning was 21.1 cfs. Fishing for trout was good below Battleship Rock using worms, salmon eggs and green mop flies. The water temperature was 44 F.

San Juan River: Streamflow Monday morning was 485 cfs. Fishing for trout in the quality waters was fair to good using size 24 and 26 midge nymph patterns, size 22 red larva, chocolate emergers and size 24 gray adult midge dry fly patterns. Fishing for trout in the bait waters, downstream of the Red Chile Special Trout Waters where any legal bait is allowed, was fair to good using flies, PowerBait and salmon eggs. Water clarity was about 18 inches of visibility.

Tingley Beach: Fishing for trout was fair to good using wax worms, garlic PowerBait 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.

Conchas Lake: Fishing for walleye was fair using green grubs.

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

Eagle Nest Lake: The lake is open for ice fishing. Fishing for trout was good using small ice fishing jigs, spoons and PowerBait. Fishing for perch was good using Swedish Pimple jigs tipped with mealworms. We had no reports on other species.

Lake Alice: The lake is open for ice fishing with ice reported at 11-inches thick.

Lake Maloya: The lake is open to ice fishing with ice reported at 15-inches thick. Fishing for trout was good using PowerBait and dough bait.

Pecos River: Streamflow near the town of Pecos Monday morning was 28.8 cfs.

Red River: Streamflow below the hatchery Monday morning was 44.1 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using salmon eggs and beadhead nymph flies.

Río Grande: Streamflow at the Taos Junction Bridge Monday morning was 478 cfs.

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

Río Mora: Streamflow Monday morning was 5.41 cfs.

Río Pueblo: Streamflow near Peñasco Monday morning was not measured due to ice.

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

Ute Lake: Fishing for all species is very slow. The surface water temperature was 42 F.

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