Reel Report

Using a jig? Try the Swedish Pimple lure

Posted 2/19/20

This fishing report, provided by Dustin Berg and Go Unlimited (supporting disabled anglers) and the New Mexico 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

Using a jig? Try the Swedish Pimple lure

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This fishing report, provided by Dustin Berg and Go Unlimited (supporting disabled anglers) and the New Mexico 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 live in or around Taos County, share your fishing photos with sports@taosnews.com and we will make sure to include you in a future fishing 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.

Tuesday (Feb. 18)

Statewide Waters

Northwest

Animas River: Water flow below Aztec Monday morning was 171 cubic feet per second (cfs).

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

Bluewater Lake: The winter trout-stocking plan is to stock 6,000 catchable size rainbow trout per month through March.

Chama River: Monday morning flows below El Vado and Abiquiú were 102 cfs and 72.2 cfs, respectively. Fishing for trout below El Vado Lake was fair to good using small spinners and worms. We had no reports from below Abiquiú Lake. Anglers should expect seasonal closures on the Río Chama below Abiquiú Dam until March as a fish habitat improvement project is currently underway.

Cochiti Lake: Fishing for catfish was slow to fair using stink bait.

Fenton Lake: The lake is open for ice fishing with ice reported at 13 inches thick. Fishing for trout was good using ice fishing jigs tipped with mealworms. 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 21.1 cfs. Fishing for trout was good below Battleship Rock using worms, salmon eggs, orange egg pattern flies and orange mop flies.

Manzano Lake: Fishing for trout was good using salmon peach PowerBait.

San Juan River: Streamflow Monday morning was 382 cfs. Fishing for trout in the quality waters was fair to good using size-24 and size-26 black, olive and gray midge pattern flies, size-22 red-larva chocolate emergers and size-12 streamers. Fishing for trout in the bait waters was fair to good using egg patterns and pheasant tail nymph flies.

Tingley Beach: Fishing for trout was good using garlic yellow PowerBait and garlic corn.

Northeast

Conchas Lake: Fishing for walleye was fair jigging chartreuse grubs.

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.

Lake Alice: The lake is open for ice fishing with ice reported at 10-inches thick.

Lake Maloya: The lake is open for ice fishing with ice reported at 17-inches thick. Fishing for trout was good using dough bait.

Pecos River: Streamflow near the town of Pecos Monday morning was 27.2 cfs.

Red River: Streamflow below the hatchery Monday morning was 43.2 cfs.

Río Grande: Streamflow at the Taos Junction Bridge Monday morning was 584 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using nymph flies.

Río Mora: Streamflow Monday morning was 5.63 cfs.

Ute Lake: Fishing for white bass and walleye was slow to fair jigging in 50 to 60 feet of water. The surface water temperature was 42 degrees Fahrenheit and the main lake was clear.

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