Reel Talk: May 10-16

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NEW MEXICO FISHING REPORTThis fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. …

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Reel Talk: May 10-16

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NEW MEXICO FISHING REPORT

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn 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.

CATCHES OF THE WEEK:

Cochiti Lake: Chris Bailliett of Cochiti Lake caught a 27.75-inch, 6-pound, 7-ounce walleye May 2. He was using minnows. Anthony Sanchez of Albuquerque caught a 30-inch northern pike. He was using a green curly tail jig. His brother Raymond, also of Albuquerque, caught a 19-inch catfish while using chicken liver. Gabriel Lopez of Albuquerque, with the help of his daughter Lauren, landed a 20-inch walleye May 5. It was their first walleye ever, and they were using a Rooster Tail. Dean Kracko of Albuquerque caught and released a 41-inch northern pike May 5. He was using a diving crank bait. The fish broke off, then grabbed the minnow on his second rod and re-hooked itself.

Conchas Lake: Daylon Cabrera of Albuquerque caught and released a 21-inch, 5.4-pound largemouth bass May 6. He was using a pumpkin pepper green soft bait.

Cowles Ponds: Josiah Roybal, age 6, of Santa Fe, caught his limit of trout including a 19-inch, 3-pound rainbow trout. He was using worms and marshmallows.

Eagle Nest Lake: Marty Alexander of Clovis caught a 20-inch rainbow trout May 6. He was using a salmon peach/red glitter PowerBait mix.

Elephant Butte Lake: Manny Cedillo of Las Cruces caught a 23-inch walleye May 1. He was fishing near Rattlesnake Island and using a green and yellow spoon. Jerry Lay Jr., age 5, of El Paso, Texas, caught and released his first 17-inch white bass May 5. He was using a silver Super Duper.

Farmington Lake: Matt Buell of Farmington caught a 33-inch channel catfish May 5. He was using a 1-inch pink pinched crawler.

Lake Maloya: Steven Downing, age 70, of Lubbock, Texas, caught and released a 26-inch rainbow trout May 3. He was trolling a #6 Black Panther Pistol Pete.

Maxwell Lake 13: Doug Frederickson of Raton caught a 5.5-pound largemouth bass May 5. He was using a Walleye Nation Shaky Shad.

Morphy Lake: Andrez Romero, age 7, of Ribera, caught an 18-inch rainbow trout May 5. He was using salmon peach PowerBait.

San Juan River: Dennis Barela of Albuquerque caught and released a 30-inch, 20-pound brown (with another trout in its mouth May 5. He was using a cream-colored egg pattern fly.

Santa Rosa Lake: Jeromy Trujillo a student at New Mexico Tech, caught and released a 4.35-pound largemouth bass May 5. It was his first bass tournament, and he was using a chatter bait. Garrett Rice of Albuquerque caught and released a 4.30-pound largemouth bass May 6. He was using a senko.

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 atfishforfun2@hotmail.com. We may include your story in our next report.

For catches of the week, include name, age, hometown, date, and location, type of fish, length and weight if possible and bait, lure or fly used.

May 8

Northeast

Charette Lakes: Fishing was good using salmon peach PowerBait and Fire Balls from the bank for rainbow trout. Most of the fish caught ranged from 14 to 17 inches. Anglers fishing from the bank did better than those trolling lures.

Clayton Lake: HOT SPOT FOR TROUT: Fishing was very good using PowerBait for trout up to 17 inches. We had no reports on other species.

Cimarron River: Streamflow below Eagle Nest on Monday morning was 27.3 cfs. Trout fishing was good using elk hair caddis, beadhead hare's ears and Platte River specials. Anglers also did well drifting worms and salmon eggs. Fishing at the Gravel Pit lakes was good using PowerBait, salmon eggs and worms.

Conchas Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using jerk baits, crankbaits, chatter baits, swim baits, tubes, worms and senkos for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing for walleye was fair to good using crankbaits, jerk baits, jig and minnow combinations and curly tail grubs. Fishing for crappie was fair to good using minnows. Fishing was fair using chicken liver, homemade dough bait and worms for catfish. We had no other reports. The surface water temperature was in the low 60s.

Cowles Ponds: Fishing was very good using red worms, marshmallows and PowerBait for trout.

Coyote Creek: Fishing was very good using Fire Balls, worms, copper John Barrs and small beadhead prince nymphs for trout.

Eagle Nest Lake: Fishing from the bank was good using PowerBait, Fire Balls and worms for rainbow trout up to 20 inches. Anglers fishing from boats caught a few trout also. They were using spinners, spoons, Platte River specials and PowerBait. The courtesy docks are scheduled to be put in May 10. For updated conditions, contact the state park office at (575) 377-1594.

Hopewell Lake: Trout fishing was fair to good using copper John Barrs, Pistol Petes and PowerBait for trout.

Lake Alice: Trout fishing was good using Pistol Petes, gold spoons, Fire Balls and PowerBait for trout.

Lake Maloya: Fishing was good using PowerBait, Pistol Petes, spinners and gold spoons for trout.

Maxwell Lake 13: Fishing was good using worms, soft plastics and PowerBait for trout. A few largemouth bass were caught by anglers using shaky shad, tubes and crank baits. We had no other reports.

Monastery Lake: Fishing was fair to good using PowerBait, worms and Fire Balls for trout.

Morphy Lake: The boat ramp has been closed due to low water conditions. Hand launching of small craft, such as kayaks and canoes, is still allowed. For updates, contact the park office at (575) 387-2328. Fishing was good using PowerBait, Pistol Petes and worms for trout.

Pecos River: Streamflow near Pecos on Monday morning was 24.5 cfs. Trout fishing was good using Panther Martins, prince nymphs, beadhead hare's ears, worms and small spinners for trout.

Red River: Streamflow below the hatchery on Monday morning was 44.0 cfs. Trout fishing was fair to good using copper John Barrs, Fire Balls and worms. Trout fishing at the hatchery pond was good using Fire Balls, worms and PowerBait.

Río Grande: Streamflow on Monday morning at the Taos Junction Bridge was 238 cfs. Fishing in the Taos area was very good using elk hair caddis, San Juan worms, poundmeisters, beadhead pheasant tail nymphs, copper John Barrs, night crawlers and spinners for trout. Fishing was good using slump busters, wooly buggers and spoons for smallmouth bass. We had no reports on other species.

Río Hondo: Streamflow on Monday morning near Valdez was 16.1 cfs. Trout fishing was fair to good using worms, prince nymphs and beadhead hare's ears.

Río Pueblo: Streamflow near Penasco on Monday morning was 10.2 cfs. We had no reports from anglers.

Santa Cruz Reservoir: Fishing was good using Kastmasters, copper spoons, wooly buggers, Fire Balls and PowerBait for rainbow and brown trout. Phil Chavez of Santa Fe caught a nice 18-inch rainbow this past Saturday. He was fishing on the bottom and using PowerBait.

Shuree Ponds: Closed for the season.

Storrie Lake: Fishing was fair to good using PowerBait and Fire Balls for trout. We had no other reports.

Stubblefield Lake: Fishing was fair to good using crank baits, swim baits, jerk baits and night crawlers for walleye and largemouth bass.

Ute Lake: HOT SPOT FOR CRAPPIE: Fishing continued to be very good using minnows for crappie. Fishing was good using swim jigs, stick baits, crank baits, jerk baits and spinner baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was fair to good using minnows, sassy shad and crank baits on points for walleye. The best walleye reports came from anglers fishing at night. Fishing was good using stink bait and cut bait for catfish. The surface water temperature was in the low 60s.

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