Reel Talk – March 14 fishing report

Posted 3/13/19

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 – March 14 fishing report

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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:

Tingley Beach: Nathan Orona of Albuquerque caught and released a 21-inch rainbow trout March 6. He was using a black and orange Panther Martin. Jazzlin Freelong, age 10, of Albuquerque caught her first fish ever, an 18-inch rainbow trout March 10. She was using green PowerBait.

The following reports came in late, but are definitely worth mentioning:

San Juan River:Joseph Lingnau of Albuquerque caught a 21-inch rainbow trout March 1. He was fishing by the pump house and using corn.

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

March 12, 2019

Northeast

Charette Lakes: Fishing was very good using PowerBait on the bottom for rainbow trout. A few trout were also caught by anglers using spoons.

Cimarron River: Stream flow near Cimarron on Monday morning (March 11) was 5.46 cubic feet per second. Fishing in the deeper holes was good using salmon peach PowerBait for trout. A few were also taken by anglers using bead head hare's ears.

Clayton Lake: Fishing was slow with just a few trout caught by anglers using PowerBait, spoons and spinners. The boat ramp is closed due to low water conditions.

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

Eagle Nest Lake: As of Monday, the lake remained closed to fishing. For updates, call the state park office at (575) 377-1594.

Lake Alice: The lake has been closed to fishing due to thin ice conditions.

Lake Maloya: As of Sunday (March 10), the lake remained closed to ice fishing due to unstable ice conditions. Some open water areas were forming along the shoreline. For updates, call the state park office at (575) 445-5607.

Maxwell Lake 13: Fishing was very good using PowerBait for trout up to 23 inches.

Monastery Lake: Fishing was good using PowerBait and homemade dough bait for trout.

Morphy Lake: Closed for a renovation project on the dam. Work is scheduled to be completed in June, but no firm opening date has been set.

Pecos River: Stream flow near the town of Pecos on Monday morning was 40.3 cfs. Fishing was fair to good using bead head hare's ears, San Juan worms, Fire Balls and worms for trout.

Red River: Stream flow below the hatchery on Monday morning was 36.3 cfs. Fishing was good using worms, red and orange egg patterns, bead head pheasant tail nymphs and San Juan worms for trout.

Río Grande: Stream flow at the Taos Junction Bridge was 625 cfs. Fishing was fair using Blue Winged Olives (BWOs), woolly buggers and spoons for trout. We had no reports on other species.

Río Mora: Stream flow on Monday morning was 10.1 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Santa Cruz Reservoir: Peter Romero reported the lake was almost full and fishing was fair using pheasant tail nymphs and brown jigs. The jigs were productive at the inlet where browns were active. There is no boat dock in the water at this time.

Shuree Ponds: Closed for the season.

Springer Lake: 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 live minnows under lights for catfish in 15 to 18 feet of water. Fishing was fair to good using live minnows in about 35 feet of water for crappie. Fishing was slow to fair using reaction baits and jigs in 8 to 10 feet of water for smallmouth bass. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the mid 40s.

Northwest

Abiquiú Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using tubes, grubs and spoons for walleye. We had no reports on other species. The lake level remains low, and the concrete boat ramp is completely out of the water.

Animas River: Water flow below Aztec on Monday morning was 414 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Albuquerque area drains: Trout fishing on the Albuquerque (South), Bernalillo, Belen and Peralta drains was good using PowerBait, worms, Fire Balls, copper John Barrs and bead head pheasant tail nymphs. We had no reports on other species.

Bluewater Lake: Fishing from shore was slow to fair using spinner baits and crank baits for tiger muskie. We had no reports on other species.

Chama River: Monday morning flows below El Vado and Abiquiú were 27.6 cfs and 391 cfs, respectively. Trout fishing below Abiquiú was fair using bead head hare's ears, prince nymphs and worms. We had no reports from below El Vado.

Cochiti Lake: Fishing was slow for all species. Fishing pressure was very light.

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

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

Heron Lake: As of Monday, there was a small amount of open water and the lake remained closed to fishing. For updates, check the state park web site or call the state park office at (575) 588-7470.

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

Jemez Waters: Stream flow on the Jemez near the town of Jemez on Monday morning was 159 cfs. Fishing on the Cebolla was fair to good using worms and Fire Balls for stocked trout. We had no other stream reports.

Laguna del Campo: Closed for the season.

Manzano Lake: Fishing was good using salmon peach and chartreuse PowerBait and salmon eggs for trout.

Navajo Lake: Fishing was slow with just a few northern pike reported caught by anglers using swim baits and spinner baits.

San Gregorio Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

San Juan River: Stream flow below Navajo Lake on Monday morning was 280 cfs and the water was quite murky. Trout fishing was fair through the Quality Water for anglers using bunny leeches, woolly buggers, RS2s, princess nymphs and San Juan worms. Through the bait waters, trout fishing was fair using worms, Fire Balls, woolly buggers and spoons.

Tingley Beach: Fishing was very good using PowerBait, worms, Fire Balls, spoons and Pistol Petes for trout. We had no reports on other species.

STOCKING REPORT

Crews stocked 78,406 triploid rainbow trout in the following waters: Albuquerque Drain, Albuquerque Drain (South), Alumni Pond, Bataan Lake, Bear Canyon Reservoir, Belen Riverside Drain, Bernalillo Drain, Bill Evans Lake, Black River, Blue Hole Park Pond, Bottomless Lake, Carlsbad Municipal Lake, Cebolla River, Chama River (Below Abiquiú), Conservancy Park Lake (aka Tingley Beach), Corrales Riverside Drain, El Rito Creek (Near Santa Rosa), Escondida Lake, Fenton Lake, Glenwood Pond, Jemez River, Lake Roberts, Lake Van, Manzano Lake, Monastery Lake, Navajo Lake, Pecos River (Village of Pecos to Villanueva), Peralta Drain, Perch Lake (Guadalupe County), Rio Grande (Elephant Butte to Caballo and Pilar to Cochiti Lake), Roswell Kids Pond, Santa Cruz Reservoir, Seven Springs Brood Pond, Storrie Lake and Tiger Park Pond (Aztec).

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