Reel Talk – December 6

Submitted by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish
Posted 12/5/18

Río Grande: Streamflow at the Taos Junction Bridge was 279 cfs. Trout fishing was fair to good using woolly buggers, San Juan worms, Kastmasters, worms and salmon eggs.

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Reel Talk – December 6

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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:

Whitewater Creek: Tom Tighe of Mora caught his first ever Gila trout Dec. 1. He was using a woolly bugger in the deep holes along the first mile from the trailhead.

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

Dec. 4, 2018

Northeast

Charette Lakes: Closed for the season.

Cimarron River: Streamflow below Eagle Nest on Monday morning was 6.78 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Clayton Lake: Closed for the season.

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

Eagle Nest Lake: As of Monday morning, a good deal of the lake was covered with thin ice and snow and not accessible for bank fishing. For ice updates, call the state park office at (575) 377-1594.

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

Lake Maloya: Trout fishing was good using PowerBait. Fishing pressure was light.

Maxwell Lake 13: Closed for the season.

Monastery Lake: Fishing was good using Fire Balls, PowerBait and copper John Barrs for trout. A reminder to anglers that ice fishing is not permitted at this lake.

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 30.1 cfs. Fishing in the Villanueva area was good using copper John Barrs and PowerBait for trout.

Red River: Streamflow below the hatchery on Monday morning was 34.0 cfs. Trout fishing below Questa was good using Fire Balls, PowerBait, copper John Barrs and spinners. Pearl Yeager of Taos caught an 18.5-inch brown trout this past week. She was using a Rooster Tail.

Río Grande: Streamflow at the Taos Junction Bridge was 279 cfs. Trout fishing was fair to good using woolly buggers, San Juan worms, Kastmasters, worms and salmon eggs. We had no reports on other species.

Río Hondo: Streamflow on Monday morning near Valdez was 6.89 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Río Mora: Streamflow near Terrero on Monday morning was 6.29 cfs. Trout fishing was slow. Fishing pressure was very light.

Río Pueblo: Streamflow near Peñasco on Monday morning was 6.11 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Storrie Lake: Fishing was fair using PowerBait, and Fire Balls for trout. We had no reports on other species.

Ute Lake: Fishing was fair to good using blade baits and spoons at 30 to 40 feet for white bass. Anglers fishing for white bass also caught a few walleye. We had no reports on other species. Fishing pressure was very light. The surface water temperature was in the high 40s.

Northwest

Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was fair using crank baits for walleye and trout. Fishing pressure was 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 220 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Albuquerque Area Drains: Fishing on the Albuquerque, Belen and Peralta drains was good using salmon eggs, PowerBait and wax worms for trout. We had no reports on other species.

Bluewater Lake: As of Monday morning, about 50 percent of the lake was covered with ice. There was some open water fishing access on the west side. We had no reports from anglers.

Brazos River: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Canjilon Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Chama River: Monday morning flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 31.6 cfs and 76.8 cfs, respectively. Trout fishing below El Vado was good using salmon eggs, night crawlers, PowerBait and San Juan worms for brown and rainbow trout. Trout fishing below Abiquiu was fair using small streamers, worms and salmon eggs.

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

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

Jemez Waters: Streamflow on the Jemez near the town of Jemez on Monday morning was 11.0 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Laguna del Campo: Closed for the season.

Navajo Lake: Kokanee snagging was slow. Fishing was slow with a few trout and northern pike reported. The trout were caught by anglers using Fire Balls, salmon eggs and PowerBait and the two pike reported were taken with swim baits.

San Juan River: Streamflow below Navajo Lake on Monday morning was 289 cfs. Fishing was good using small bead head pheasant tails, RS2s, red annelids, red larva and small egg patterns for brown and rainbow trout. There have been some decent baetis hatches coming off on the cloudy afternoons. Through the bait waters, trout fishing was fair to good using night crawlers, salmon eggs, wax worms, copper John Barrs and small gold spoons.

Tingley Beach: Fishing was very good using small spoons, woolly buggers, PowerBait, worms and salmon eggs for trout. We had no reports on other species.

Stocking Report

Crews stocked 51,606 triploid rainbow trout in the following waters: Albuquerque Drain, Albuquerque Drain (South), Alto Lake, Alumni Pond, Belen Riverside Drain, Bill Evans Lake, Blue Hole Park Pond, Bosque Redondo, Carrizozo Recreation Lake, Chapparal Park Lake, Conservancy Park Lake (aka Tingley Beach), Corona Pond, Corrales Riverside Drain, Dennis Chaves Pond, El Rito Creek (Near Santa Rosa), Escondida Lake, Eunice Lake, Fenton Lake, Glenwood Pond, Grants Municipal Lake, (River Walk Pond), Green Meadow Lake, Green Acres Lake, Grindstone Reservoir, Harry McAdams Park Pond, Jackson Lake, Jal Lake, Lake Farmington, Lake Maloya, Liam Knight Pond, Manzano Lake, Monastery Lake, Navajo Reservoir, Ned Houk Ponds, Oasis Park Lake, Pecos River (Lake Sumner to Roswell), Peralta Drain, Perch Lake (Guadalupe County), Río Grande (Elephant Butte to Caballo and Pilar to Cochiti Lake), Ruidoso River and Young Pond.

In addition, crews stocked 3,944 Gila trout in Black Canyon and Lake Roberts.

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