Reel Talk – December 20

Submitted by by Bill Dunn
Department of Game and Fish
Posted 12/19/18

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.

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Reel Talk – December 20

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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:

If you have a catch of the week story or want to tell us about your latest New Mexico fishing experience, send it to us at fishforfun2@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.

Dec. 18, 2018

Northeast

Charette Lakes: Closed for the season.

Cimarron River: Stream flow below Eagle Nest on Monday morning was 3.25 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Clayton Lake: Closed for the season.

Conchas Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.

Costilla Creek: Mark your calendar to check this one out next spring.

Cowles Ponds: We had no reports from anglers this week. Check this one out in the spring for some great trout action.

Eagle Nest Lake: The lake remains closed to boating and ice fishing due to unsafe ice conditions. For updates, call the state park office at (575) 377-1594.

Lake Alice: A thin layer of ice is on the lake and it is closed to fishing at this time.

Lake Maloya: Fishing was good using PowerBait for trout. A good deal of the lake was free of ice. Fishing pressure was light.

Maxwell Lake 13: Closed for the season.

Monastery Lake: As of this past weekend, the lake was still frozen over and is closed to ice fishing.

Morphy Lake: Work has begun on the dam and the lake will remain closed through the end of the year.

Pecos River: Streamflow near the town of Pecos on Monday morning was 23.5 cfs. Fishing in the Villanueva area was slow to fair using small bead head nymphs and PowerBait for trout.

Red River: Streamflow below the hatchery on Monday morning was 37.5 cfs. Trout fishing below Questa was fair to good using Fire Balls, small streamers and PowerBait.

Río Grande: Streamflow at the Taos Junction Bridge was 329 cfs. Trout fishing was fair using streamers, wooly buggers, spoons, worms and salmon eggs. We had no reports on other species.

Río Mora: Streamflow on Monday morning was 7.13 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Storrie Lake: There is a thin layer of ice around the edges that has been melting off by late morning. We had no reports from anglers.

Ute Lake: Fishing was slow for all species. The surface temp was in the low to mid 40s. We had no reports on other species.

Northwest

Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was slow for all species. Fishing pressure remained extremely light. Anglers should be aware that the boat ramp is in rough shape and four wheel drive has been recommended for launching boats.

Animas River: Water flow below Aztec on Monday morning was 203 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Albuquerque Area Drains: Trout fishing on all of the drains this past week was reported as good to very good by anglers using wax worms, salmon eggs, PowerBait, small midge patterns and small streamers. We had no reports on other species.

Bluewater Lake: The lake has been closed to boating and about 75 percent was iced over as of Monday morning. For updated conditions, call the state park office at (505) 876-2391.

Chama River: Monday morning flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 81.5 cfs and 151 cfs respectively. Trout fishing at both locations was fair to good using small streamers, small bead head nymphs, worms and salmon eggs.

Cochiti Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.

El Vado Lake: As of Monday, there was a thin layer of ice on the lake which was unsafe for fishing. For updates, call the state park office at (575) 588-7247.

Fenton Lake: The lake was completely frozen over and remained unsafe for ice fishing as of Monday morning. For updates, call the state park office at (575) 829-3630.

Heron Lake: Fishing was fair to good using PowerBait and corn in the La Laja area for rainbow trout. Kokanee snagging was slow. We had no reports on other species.

Jackson Lake: Fishing was good using PowerBait and salmon eggs for trout. We had no reports on other species.

Jemez Waters: Streamflow on the Jemez near the town of Jemez on Monday morning was 16.1 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Laguna del Campo: Closed for the season.

Lake Farmington: Fishing was fair to good using PowerBait, salmon eggs and small Kastmasters for trout. We had no reports on other species.

San Juan River: Streamflow below Navajo Lake on Monday morning was 289 cfs. Fishing was good using CDCs, red larva, root beers, dead chickens, bead head pheasant tails and egg patterns for brown and rainbow trout. Through the bait waters, trout fishing was fair to good using salmon eggs, wax worms, PowerBait and spoons.

Tingley Beach: Trout fishing continued to be very good this past week. Anglers were using PowerBait, wax worms and salmon eggs. A few were also caught by anglers using an assortment of wet flies and spoons. We had no reports on other species.

STOCKING REPORT

Crews stocked 66,910 triploid rainbow trout in the following waters:

Albuquerque Drain, Albuquerque Drain (South), Alto Lake, Alumni Pond, Belen Riverside Drain, Bernalillo Drain, Bill Evans Lake, Blue Hole Park Pond, Bluewater Lake, Bosque Redondo, Chaparral Park Lake, Conservancy Park Lake (Aka Tingley Beach), Corrales Riverside Drain, Dennis Chaves Pond, El Rito Creek (Near Santa Rosa), Escondida Lake, Eunice Lake, Glenwood Pond, Grants Municipal Pond (River Walk Pond), Green Meadow Lake, Greene Acres Lake, Harry Mcadams Park Pond, Jackson Lake, Jal Lake, Lake Farmington, Manzano Lake, Ned Houk Ponds, Oasis Park Lake, Pecos River (Lake Sumner To Roswell), Peralta Drain Perch Lake (Guadalupe County), Rio Grande (Elephant Butte To Caballo And Pilar To Cochiti Lake), San Juan River (Quality Waters) And Young Pond.

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