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Reel Talk– December 28

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Posted 1/3/19

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Reel Talk– December 28

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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 just 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, date, and location, type of fish, length and weight if possible and bait, lure or fly used.

Dec. 28, 2018

Bataan Lake: Rafael Chacon of Loving caught a 21-inch catfish Dec. 16. He was using PowerBait.

Lake Van: Mark Salas of Dexter caught a 21-inch rainbow trout Dec. 23. He was using PowerBait.

Ute Lake: Olivia Vang, age 17 of Dalhart, TX caught her first walleye, a 20-inch, 2-pound, 11-ounce fish, Dec. 22. She was using a silver and blue blade bait.

Northwest

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

Animas River: Water flow below Aztec on Monday morning was 197 cubic feet per second. Fishing was fair to good using salmon eggs, wooly buggers and egg patterns.

Albuquerque Area Drains: Trout fishing on the drains this past week was good using wax worms, salmon eggs, PowerBait and small streamers. We had no reports on other species.

Bluewater Lake: Rainbow trout stocked weekly during winter months. The lake has been closed to boating and about 50 percent was iced over as of Sunday morning. Shoreline fishing was available. For updated conditions, call the state park office at (505) 876-2391. Bluewater State Park's winter hours (November 1-March 31, gate open 7AM-5PM).

Chama River: Monday morning flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 24.2 cfs and 105 cfs respectively. Trout fishing at both locations was fair using small streamers, small bead head nymphs and salmon eggs.

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

Heron Lake: Fishing was good using PowerBait from the bank for rainbow trout. We had no reports on other species. Fishing pressure was very light.

Jackson Lake: Fishing was fair using PowerBait for trout. We had no reports on other species.

Jemez Waters: Stream flow on the Jemez near the town of Jemez on Monday morning was 17.9 cfs. Fishing below Battleship Rock was good using salmon eggs and copper John Barrs for trout. We had no other reports.

Laguna del Campo: Closed for the season.

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

Navajo Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using swim baits and crank baits for northern pike. We had no reports on other species.

San Juan River: Stream flow below Navajo Lake on Monday morning was 289 cfs. Fishing through the Quality Water area was good using red larva, bright colored egg patterns, leeches and small midge patterns. Through the bait waters, trout fishing was fair to good using salmon eggs, wax worms, small egg patterns and earthworms.

Seven Springs Brood Pond: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Tingley Beach: Fishing was good using salmon eggs, PowerBait, wax worms and earthworms for trout. A few catfish were caught by anglers fishing deep and using worms. We had no reports on other species.

Northeast

Charette Lakes: Closed for the season.

Cimarron River: Stream flow below Eagle Nest on Monday morning was 2.77 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: 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: The lake is closed to fishing at this time, due to dangerous ice conditions. For updated conditions, call the state park office at (575) 445-5607.

Lake Maloya: Fishing was good using PowerBait and salmon eggs 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: We had no reports from anglers. The lake 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: Stream flow near the town of Pecos on Monday morning was 20.5 cfs. Fishing in the Villanueva area was good using salmon eggs, copper John Barrs and PowerBait for trout.

Red River: Stream flow below the hatchery on Monday morning was 35.1 cfs. Trout fishing below Questa was fair to good using salmon eggs and PowerBait.

Rio Grande: Stream flow at the Taos Junction Bridge was 312 cfs. Trout fishing was fair to good using wooly buggers, spoons and salmon eggs. One angler using a spoon reported hooking but losing a northern pike. We had no other reports.

Rio Mora: Stream flow on Monday morning was 6.02 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Storrie Lake: Fishing was fair using PowerBait and Fire Balls for trout. Estevan Alarcon of Las Vegas caught a 16-inch rainbow December 18. He was using pink lemonade PowerBait.

Ute Lake: Fishing was fair to good using blade baits at depths from 15 to 65 feet for a mixed bag of walleye, white bass, catfish and smallmouth bass. Anglers casting blade baits on the deeper flats had the best luck catching smallmouth. We had no reports on other species. The surface temp was in the mid 40s.

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