Reel Talk: June 14 edition

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Posted 6/15/18

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. …

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Reel Talk: June 14 edition

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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:

Bluewater Lake: Greg “Doc” Scargill of Santa Fe caught a 42-inch, 22-pound tiger muskie June 9. He was trolling a 7-inch flatstick.

Cochiti Lake: Michael Olson of Santa Fe caught and released a 38-inch, 15-pound northern pike June 5. He was using a crank bait. Donovan Trujillo, age 9, of Albuquerque, caught a 19.25-inch, 2-pound, 7-ounce, catfish and a 12.75-inch, 15-ounce, white bass June 7. He was bank fishing in the Tetilla Peak area and using minnows. Zach Stimson of Rio Rancho caught a 27.75-inch, 9-pound, 10-ounce carp June 11. He was using corn.

Elephant Butte Lake: Ruthie Chavez, age 11, of Albuquerque, caught two white bass at the same time June 9. She was using a green and yellow Bomber crank bait. Victor Rose of Las Cruces took his grandchildren from Colorado fishing June 10, and they caught and released 46 white bass ranging from 1 to 3 pounds. They were trolling white curly tail grubs and Bomber crank baits.

Grants River Walk Pond: Donald Skilton III of Albuquerque caught a 24-inch channel catfish June 9. He was using cut bait.

Río Pueblo: Logan Cajete, age 7, of Albuquerque, caught a limit of rainbow trout June 9. He was using salmon eggs on light weight tackle.

Tingley Beach: Adrian Dupree, age 9, of Albuquerque, caught a 25-inch, 6-pound catfish June 7. He was using cut bait.

The following reports came in late but deserve a mention:

Bluewater Lake: Steve Ortiz of Peralta caught and released a 36-inch tiger muskie June 5. He was using a custom tied fly.

Elephant Butte Lake: Chase Bernal, age 16, of Los Chavez, caught a 40-inch striped bass that weighed close to 25 pounds May 25. He was using a bluegill.

Fenton Lake: Abbey Zamilpa, age 8, of Little Rock, Arkansas, caught a 19.5-inch rainbow trout June 2. She was using 4-pound test line and green garlic PowerBait with a sinking water bobber rig.

Lake Roberts: Izrael Pena, age 6, of Silver City, caught an 18-inch Gila trout June 2, He was using a spoon.

Monastery Lake: Dominic Landavazo, age 8, of Albuquerque, caught a rainbow trout estimated to be 15 to 16 inches in length June 3. He was using salmon peach PowerBait.

Young Pond: Lorraine Mondragon of Las Cruces caught a 20-inch channel catfish June 1. She was using worms.

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.

June 12, 2018

Northeast

Charette Lakes: Fishing was fair to good using Pistol Petes and PowerBait for rainbow trout.

Cimarron River: As of Monday, the road through Cimarron Canyon reopened to the public. We had no reports from anglers.

Clayton Lake: Fishing was good using worms and small spinners for bluegill. Fishing was fair to good using night crawlers and spinners for walleye. Fishing was fair using spinners, crank baits and soft plastics for largemouth bass. Fishing was slow to fair using worms and PowerBait for trout. Fishing was good using worms and liver for catfish.

Conchas Lake: Fishing was fair to good using tubes, senkos, jigs and jerk baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was fair using tubes, minnows, bottom bouncer night crawler rigs and curly tail grubs for walleye and white bass. Fishing was good using worms and small grubs for bluegill. Fishing was good using liver, cut bait and homemade dough bait for catfish. The surface water temperature was in the low 70s.

Costilla Creek: Streamflow below Costilla Dam on Monday morning was 81.7 cfs. Trout fishing was good using small emergers and small beadhead pheasant tail nymphs for trout.

Cowles Ponds: Closed until further notice due to extreme fire danger.

Coyote Creek: Fishing was good using Fire Balls and pheasant tail nymphs for trout.

Eagle Nest Lake: The lake is now open to boating. Fishing from the bank was very good using worms, salmon eggs and small spoons for perch. Fishing was fair to good using PowerBait from the bank and trolling Arnies for rainbow trout. We had no reports on other species.

Gallinas River: Fishing was fair to good using worms and beadhead prince nymphs for trout.

Hopewell Lake: Fishing was good using Pistol Petes, Panther Martins and Pistol Petes for trout.

Lake Alice: Fishing was good using Pistol Petes, PowerBait, spoons and an assortment of flies for rainbow trout.

Lake Maloya: Fishing was very good using PowerBait, Pistol Petes, gold spinners, elk hair caddis, beadhead wooly buggers and beadhead pheasant tail nymphs for trout. The best reports came from anglers fishing in the early morning and late evening hours.

Los Pinos River: Fishing was fair to good using beadhead hare’s ears, worms and Fire Balls for trout.

Maxwell Lake 13: Fishing was good using Fire Balls, PowerBait, Panther Martins, flatfish and Kastmasters for trout. We had no reports on other species.

Monastery Lake: The lake has been closed due to extreme fire danger.

Morphy Lake: The park has been closed due to extreme fire danger.

Pecos River: The river and its tributaries above the town of Pecos on the Santa Fe National Forest have been closed until further notice due to extreme fire danger.

Red River: Streamflow below the hatchery on Monday morning was 35.1 cfs. Trout fishing was good using Fire Balls, poundmeisters, San Juan worms, small spoons and PowerBait.

Río Grande: Streamflow on Monday morning at the Taos Junction Bridge was 262 cfs. Fishing was good using elk hair caddis, parachute Adams, mop flies, leeches, San Juan worms, Kastmasters, Panther Martins and night crawlers for brown and rainbow trout. We had no reports on other species.

Río Hondo: Streamflow on Monday morning near Valdez was 12.2 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Río Mora: Closed until further notice due to extreme fire danger.

Río Pueblo: Streamflow near Peñasco on Monday morning was 3.47 cfs. Fishing was good using emergers, copper John Barrs and salmon eggs for trout.

Shuree Ponds: Closed for the season.

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

Ute Lake: HOT SPOT FOR BLUEGILL: Fishing was excellent using small plastics and worms for bluegill. Fishing was good using top water lures, jerk baits, senkos and chigger craws for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing was good using crank baits and jig and leech combinations for walleye. Fishing for white bass was fair to good trolling crank baits. Fishing was good using cut bait on trot lines for catfish. Fishing for crappie was slow. The surface water temperature on the main lake was in the mid 70s.

Northwest

Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was good using tubes, jerk baits, soft swim baits, crank baits, Rooster Tails, curly tail grubs and small swim baits for smallmouth bass. Fishing was good using jig and grub and jig and worm combinations, crank baits, spoons and minnows for walleye. Fishing for crappie was good using white jigs. Anglers fishing with worms reported catching several perch. We had no other reports.

Animas River: Water flow below Aztec on Monday morning was 419 cfs. Fishing was fair to good using Kastmasters, PowerBait and worms for trout.

Bluewater Lake: Fishing was fair to good using crank baits, jerk baits, spoons, in-line spinners and hot dogs for tiger muskie. Fishing for trout and catfish was slow.

Canjilon Lakes: Closed by the U.S. Forest Service until further notice. The area may reopen later this year.

Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 733 cfs and 902 cfs respectively. Trout fishing below El Vado was good using weighted wooly buggers, Kastmasters, Panther Martins, night crawlers, Fire Balls and PowerBait for brown and rainbow trout. We had no reports from below Abiquiu.

Cochiti Lake: Fishing was fair using minnows for small crappie. Fishing was slow to fair using sassy shad, minnows and crank baits for white bass. Fishing was fair using crank baits, top water lures, senkos, worms and tubes for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was slow to fair using minnows, crank baits and swim baits for northern pike and walleye. Fishing was fair using minnows and liver for catfish. Fishing was fair to good using corn for carp. We had no other reports.

El Vado Lake: Fishing was fair using crank baits, jerk baits, tubes, Panther Martins, swim baits and worms for smallmouth bass. Fishing was slow to fair using spinners and PowerBait for rainbow and brown trout.

Fenton Lake: Closed until further notice due to extreme fire danger.

Heron Lake: Fishing from the bank was fair using spinners, worms and PowerBait for rainbow trout. Fishing for all other species was slow.

Jemez Waters: Closed until further notice due to extreme fire danger.

Laguna del Campo: Fishing was fair using gold Panther Martins, worms and PowerBait for trout.

Manzano Lake: Fishing was fair using PowerBait and Fire Balls for trout.

Navajo Lake: Fishing was good using jerk baits, curly tail grubs, top water lures, tubes, crank baits and chatter baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was fair to good using swim baits, spinner baits, jerk baits and crank baits for northern pike. Fishing was fair trolling crank baits for brown and rainbow trout. A few rainbow trout were also caught by anglers using PowerBait and marshmallows. Fishing was good using worms for perch. We had no reports on other species.

San Gregorio Lake: Closed until further notice due to extreme fire danger.

San Juan River: Streamflow on Monday morning was 627 cfs. Fishing through the Quality Waters was good using small red annelids, small beadhead pheasant tail nymphs, fore and afts, RS2s, ant patterns, Griffiths gnats, Chernobyl ants, hoppers and foam beetles. Trout fishing through the bait waters was good using jerk baits, Kastmasters, San Juan worms, copper John Barrs, chamois leeches and Fire Balls.

Seven Springs Brood Pond: The pond has been closed due to extreme fire danger.

Tingley Beach: Fishing in the Central and Youth ponds was good using liver, homemade dough bait, cut bait, shrimp, hot dogs and worms for catfish. Fishing in the Bob Gerding Catch and Release Pond was slow. We had no other reports.

Crews stocked 26,286 triploid rainbow trout in the following waters: Brazos River, Chama River (above and below El Vado), Clayton Lake, Costilla River, Coyote Creek (near Guadalupita), Coyote Creek Pond, El Rito Creek (near Santa Rosa), Estancia Park Lake, Glenwood Pond, Harris Lake, Hopewell Lake, Laguna Del Campo (Burns Lake), Los Pinos River, Nutrias Lakes (aka Trout Lakes), Red River (above and below Questa), Red River Hatchery Pond, Río Pueblo, San Juan River (below Quality Waters) and Storrie Reservoir.

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