Tuesday (March 17)
Catch of the Week
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 email@example.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.
Bluewater Lake: Kayla Garcia, age 17, of Grants caught a 14-inch rainbow trout using PowerBait March 14. Marcus Garcia, age 13, of Grants caught his limit of rainbow trout using cheese PowerBait March 14.
Chama River: John Mierzwa of Albuquerque caught and released an 18-inch brown trout using a Rapala lure March 14. Cory Davis, of Lindrith, caught and released a 21-inch brown trout using a black and yellow Panther Martin spinner March 13.
Escondida Lake: Bartolo Franco, of Magdalena, caught a 26-inch, 6.5-pound catfish using homemade dough bait March 15.
Lake Roberts: Pete DiVasto, Lynn Lee and Mike Mackewich of Las Cruces and Deming caught their limits of rainbow trout including one 18-incher using gold spinners March 14.
Navajo Lake: Matt Hanifin of Albuquerque caught and released a 31-inch, 7.8-pound brown trout using a homemade streamer fly March 9.
Río Grande: Alberto Rocha of Taos caught a 26-inch brown trout near the John Dunn Bridge March 14. Cameron Ortiz, age 16, of Taos caught a 19-inch brown trout using a yellow and black Panther Martin spinner below Pilar March 15.
Seven Springs Brood Pond: Brooke Paloma Harper, age 5, of Albuquerque caught a 21-inch rainbow trout using black and brown woolly buggers March 12.
Tingley Beach: Nolan Moore, age 3, of Albuquerque caught a limit of rainbow trout using PowerBait on a Spider-Man fishing rod March 14.
Ute Lake: Kolton Stovall of Hereford, Texas, caught a 5-pound largemouth bass using a crankbait March 14.
The following reports came in late, but are definitely worth mentioning:
Bill Evans Lake: Zayla Moser, age 2, of Silver City caught her first fish, a 10-inch rainbow trout using PowerBait on March 9.
Tingley Beach: Aaron Sice of Laguna caught a 14-inch rainbow trout using orange PowerBait on March 7.
Abiquiú Lake: Fishing for walleye was good in 15 to 20 feet of water on rock ledges. 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 233 cubic feet per second. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Albuquerque Area Drains: Fishing for trout was fair to good using worms and salmon eggs.
Bluewater Lake: Fishing for trout was very good using cheese PowerBait, rainbow PowerBait and woolly buggers. Fishing for tiger muskie was fair using swimbaits and spinnerbaits.
Chama River: Monday morning flows below El Vado and Abiquiú were 102 cfs and 50.6 cfs, respectively. Fishing for brown and rainbow trout was fair to good using Power Worms, Rapala lures and black and yellow Panther Martin spinners. We had no reports from below Abiquiú Lake this week. 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'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 to ice fishing due to unsafe ice conditions. Remember that only two cutthroat trout are allowed to be harvested per day within the regular five fish limit.
Heron Lake: The lake is closed to ice fishing. Anglers are encouraged to call the State Park office at (575) 588-7470 for current conditions.
Jémez Waters: Streamflow on the Jémez River near the town of Jémez Monday morning was 97.2 cfs. Fishing for rainbow trout was good using mop flies, beaded hare's ear nymphs and beaded pheasant tail nymphs fished at the bottom of the river.
Laguna del Campo: The lake is currently closed. It is open from May 1 to October 1.
San Juan River: Streamflow Monday morning was 429 cfs. Fishing for rainbow and brown trout in the quality waters was good using size 24 and 26 midge larva flies and size 24 and 22 baetis nymph flies. Water clarity was about 2-feet of visibility. Fishing for trout in the bait waters was good using Fireballs, egg pattern flies and spinners.
Seven Springs Brood Pond: Fishing for rainbow trout was good using brown and black woolly buggers.
Tingley Beach: Fishing for trout was good using orange PowerBait and black Pistol Pete flies.
Cimarrón River: Streamflow near Cimarrón Monday morning was not measured due to ice. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Clayton Lake: Fishing for trout was fair using PowerBait. The boat ramp is closed due to low water levels.
Costilla Creek: Streamflow near Costilla Monday was not measured due to ice. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Eagle Nest Lake: The lake is closed to ice fishing due to unsafe ice conditions.
Gallinas River: Fishing for trout was fair using worms.
Hopewell Lake: The gate to the camping area is closed. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Lake Alice: The lake is closed to ice fishing due to unsafe ice conditions.
Lake Maloya: The lake is closed to ice fishing due to unsafe ice conditions.
Monastery Lake: Fishing for trout was good using yellow PowerBait.
Morphy Lake: The lake is 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 69.0 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair to good using worms and Trout Magnet lures.
Red River: Streamflow below the hatchery Monday morning was 49.8 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair to good using woolly buggers and salmon eggs.
Río Grande: Streamflow at the Taos Junction Bridge Monday morning was 648 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair to good using Mayfly imitators, size-16 Parachute Adams with pheasant tail dropper flies and Panther Martin spinners. Fishing for catfish near Albuquerque was good using cut bait.
Río Hondo: Streamflow Monday morning near Valdez was not measured due to ice. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Río Mora: Streamflow Monday morning was 15.9 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Río Pueblo: Streamflow near Penasco Monday morning was not measured due to ice.
Santa Cruz Reservoir: Fishing for trout was good using green PowerBait and spinners.
Shuree Ponds: The ponds are closed. Fishing is open on the Valle Vidal, including Shuree Ponds, July 1-Dec. 31.
Ute Lake: Fishing for smallmouth and largemouth bass was fair to good using crankbaits. Fishing for walleye was fair to good jigging live minnows and Berkley Gulp minnows in 20 to 25 feet of water. Fishing for white bass was good trolling in the upper Canadian River area. The surface water temperature was in the low 50s and the main lake was clear.
Alto Lake: Fishing for trout was good using salmon eggs, worms and garlic peach PowerBait.
Berrendo Creek: Fishing for trout was good using black Rooster Tail spinners. Fishing for bass was fair using black Rooster Tail spinners.
Black River: Streamflow at Malaga Monday morning was 12.2 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Bonito Lake: The lake is closed until further notice by the city of Alamogordo due to fire damage. It appears now that the lake will be out of commission until 2022.
Grindstone Reservoir: Fishing for trout was very good using small Dare Devil lures and Panther Martin spinners.
using yellow garlic PowerBait. Fishing for catfish was fair using chicken liver.
Pecos River: Streamflow below Sumner Lake Monday morning was 108 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair using salmon eggs and PowerBait.
Ruidoso River: Streamflow Monday morning at Hollywood was 71.5 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
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