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Reel Talk – January 10

By Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish
Posted 1/10/19

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Reel Talk – January 10

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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:

Eagle Nest Lake: Marcelo Richert, age 7, and his father, Mark, of Taos caught a limit of rainbow trout and several perch Jan. 4. They were using jigs.

Roswell Kids Pond: Andrew Luna, age 6, of Roswell caught an 18-inch rainbow trout Jan. 5. He was using homemade garlic dough bait.

Sumner Lake: Andres Alvarado, age 15, and his father, Michael, of Santa Fe, caught and released a dozen catfish weighing between 8 and 15 pounds on Jan 5. They were fishing for walleye and using slab spoons.

Tingley Beach: Adrian Dupree, age 9, of Albuquerque, caught and released an estimated 8-pound koi Jan. 4. He was using homemade dough bait. Adrian, along with his brothers Aaron, age 7 and Michael, age 11 and cousin Dillon Miele, age 3, also caught limits of trout.

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.

January 8, 2019

Northeast

Charette Lakes: Closed for the season.

Cimarron River: Stream flow below Eagle Nest on Monday morning was 2.31 cubic feet per second (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 this spring.

Cowles Ponds: Check this one out in the spring for some great trout action.

Eagle Nest Lake: Ice fishing was very good using small ice jigs tipped with a piece of worm, a wax worm, corn or PowerBait for a mixed bag of rainbow trout and perch. The Eitzen family of Amarillo, Texas, caught a good number of perch and rainbows using the ice jig/worm combination. We had no reports on other species. As of this past Sunday, the ice thickness was about 11 inches.

Lake Alice: The lake remains 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: The lake remains closed to fishing at this time, due to dangerous ice conditions. For updated conditions, call the state park office at (575) 445-5607.

Los Pinos River: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Maxwell Lake 13: Closed for the season.

Monastery Lake: We had no reports from anglers. The lake is closed to ice fishing.

Morphy Lake: Closed for the season.

Pecos River: Stream flow near the town of Pecos on Monday morning was 28.6 cfs. Fishing in the Villanueva area was good using copper John Barrs, Fire Balls and PowerBait for trout.

Red River: Stream flow below the hatchery on Monday morning was 25.2 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Rio Grande: Stream flow at the Taos Junction Bridge was 290 cfs. Fishing was fair using woolly buggers, San Juan worms and salmon eggs for trout. We had no reports on other species.

Rio Mora: Stream flow on Monday morning was 5.50 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week

Santa Cruz Reservoir: The lake is completely covered with ice and snow. No fishing at this time.

Shuree Ponds: Closed for the season

Storrie Lake: As of Monday morning, there was some open water for fishing, but we had no reports from anglers.

Ute Lake: Fishing was slow for all species. Fishing pressure was extremely light.

Northwest

Abiquiú Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week. About 50 percent of the lake has been covered with a thin layer of ice in the morning hours but clearing off by midday.

Animas River: Water flow below Aztec on Monday morning was 206 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Albuquerque Area Drains: Trout fishing on the Albuquerque South Drain and the Peralta Drain this past week was good using wax worms, PowerBait and Fire Balls. We had no reports on other species.

Bluewater Lake: The lake is closed to fishing at this time due to dangerous ice conditions and more warm weather was moving in. For updated conditions, call the state park office at (505) 876-2391.

Chama River: Monday morning flows below El Vado and Abiquiú were 24.2 cfs and 43.8 cfs, respectively. Trout fishing below Abiquiú was fair to good using streamers, small bead-head nymphs and salmon eggs. We had no reports from below El Vado.

El Vado Lake: As of Monday, the lake remained closed to fishing due to thin ice conditions. For updates, call the state park office at (575) 588-7470.

Fenton Lake: The lake remains closed for ice fishing due to thin ice conditions. For updates, call the state park office at (575) 829-3630.

Heron Lake: As of Monday morning, the lake remained closed to fishing due to thin ice conditions. For updates, call the state park office at (575) 588-7470.

Jackson Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Jémez Waters: Stream flow on the Jémez near the town of Jemez on Monday morning was 18.5 cfs. Fishing below Battleship Rock was fair to good using salmon eggs for trout. All of the streams north of Battleship Rock are frozen over.

Laguna del Campo: Closed for the season.

Lake Farmington: Fishing was slow for all species.

San Juan River: Stream flow below Navajo Lake on Monday morning was 367 cfs. Fishing through the Quality Water area was fair to good using zebra midges, red larva, egg patterns, bunny leeches and princess nymphs. Through the bait waters, trout fishing was fair using salmon eggs, small Kastmasters, egg patterns and worms.

Tingley Beach: Fishing was very good using homemade dough bait, PowerBait and wax worms for trout. Fishing for all other species was slow.

STOCKING REPORT

Crews stocked 13,955 triploid rainbow trout in the following waters: Alumni Pond, Bataan Lake, Bear Canyon Lake, Berrendo Creek, Bill Evans Lake, Black River, Blue Hole Park Pond, Bottomless Lakes, Carlsbad Municipal Lake, El Rito Creek (near Santa Rosa), Glenwood Pond, Lake Roberts, Lake Van, Pecos River (Village of Pecos to Villanueva), Perch Lake (Guadalupe Count), Rancho Grande Pond, Red River (below Questa), Rio Grande (Elephant Butte to Caballo), Roswell Kids Pond and Young Pond.

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