Weekly Fishing and Stocking Report

Peacock flies, salmon eggs and night crawlers yield success in Chama River

Posted 9/19/19

This fishing report, provided by Dustin Berg and Go Unlimited (supporting disabled anglers) and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area …

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Weekly Fishing and Stocking Report

Peacock flies, salmon eggs and night crawlers yield success in Chama River

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This fishing report, provided by Dustin Berg and Go Unlimited (supporting disabled anglers) 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.

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 funfishingnm@gmail.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.

Catches of the Week

Bluewater Lake: Kenneth Epaloose of Zuni caught a 39-inch, 17.5-pound tiger muskie using an 8-inch swimbait Sept. 8.

Conchas Lake: Madison Bogle of Dexter caught a 3.5-pound largemouth bass, and 14 others, using a Randy rig in shallow water Sept. 14.

Eagle Rock Lake: Yonah Leon, age 5, Sol Leon, age 8, and Kamaeli Leon, age 11, of Taos caught 13 trout using Berkley floating PowerBait Aug. 22.

Fenton Lake: Joey Velasquez of Bernalillo caught a 17-inch trout using PowerBait Sept. 15.

Navajo Lake: Mani Loveless of Tijeras caught her first pike. It was 26-inches. On her next cast she caught a 3.5-pound smallmouth bass. Both were caught using a gold 4-inch crappie crank bait Sept. 8.

Río Grande: Jordan Sierra of Albuquerque caught and released a 30-pound flathead catfish using cut carp Sept. 14.

San Juan River: Deavon Tabish Moran of Albuquerque caught a 23-inch rainbow trout using a chocolate emerger Sept. 7.

Seven Springs Brood Pond: Kaitlynn Flora, age 7, caught and released five trout. Ashlynn Flora, age 4, caught and released four trout and her twin sister Brooklynn Flora, age 4, caught two trout, releasing one and keeping a 17-incher. The Floras are from Río Rancho and they caught all trout within two hours using pink PowerBait Sept. 14. Owen Tucker, age 8, of Albuquerque caught and released over 30 trout and filled his limit with five rainbow trout measuring between 18 and 21-inches using a variety of nymphs and dry flies Sept. 14. Coen Crandall, age 7, of Río Rancho caught a 19-inch, 3-pound, 2-ounce rainbow trout using garlic PowerBait Sept. 15.

Statewide Waters

Northwest

Abiquiú Lake: Angler activity was light but limited reports indicated fishing for walleye and bass was fair to good using brown and chartreuse curly-tail grubs. Fishing for catfish was fair using night crawlers. The lake has remained open to anglers but not swimmers due to the presence of blue green algae. Due to low water levels anglers are advised to use four-wheel drive vehicles to launch boats and watch for obstructions on the water.

Animas River: Water flow below Aztec Monday morning was 328 cubic feet per second. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Albuquerque Area Drains: Fishing for bass was fair to good using night crawlers and small crankbaits. Fishing for bluegill was good using small dry flies and small worms.

Bluewater Lake: Fishing for tiger muskie was fair to good using swimbaits, jointed crankbaits, Rapala X-Raps and top-water lures. Fishing for catfish was fair using hot dogs. Fishing for trout was very slow.

Brazos River: Fishing for trout was fair to good using Panther Martin spinners and salmon eggs.

Canjilon Lakes: Fishing for trout was good using Panther Martin spinners and PowerBait.

Chama River: Monday morning flows below El Vado and Abiquiú were 803 cfs and 271 cfs, respectively. Fishing for trout below El Vado Lake was very good using tungsten beadhead green scud flies, double brown hackle peacock flies, salmon eggs, worms, Panther Martin spinners, night crawlers and PowerBait. Fishing below Abiquiú Lake for trout was fair using PowerBait, flies and worms.

Cochiti Lake: Fishing for catfish was slow to fair using minnows and night crawlers. We had no reports on other species.

El Vado Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Fenton Lake: Fishing for trout was good using garlic-flavored PowerBait and rainbow PowerEggs.

Heron Lake: Fishing for trout was slow using PowerBait and salmon eggs.

Jemez Waters: Streamflow on the Jemez near the town of Jemez on Monday morning was 24.3 cfs. Fishing for trout in the Valles Caldera, Río San Antonio and East Fork was good using terrestrial pattern flies, wax worms and gold spinners.

Laguna del Campo: Fishing for trout was fair to good using gold spinners and PowerBait.

Lagunitas Lakes: Fishing for trout was very good using terrestrial pattern flies.

Lake Farmington: Fishing from shore for smallmouth bass was fair to good using small jerk baits and top water jitterbugs.

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

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

Navajo Lake: Fishing for pike was fair using swimbaits. The best pike fishing reports came from anglers fishing the San Juan arm of the lake. Fishing for bass was slow but some anglers reported having success using white crank baits. Fishing for kokanee salmon was good using pink and orange spinners tipped with corn fished 60 feet deep near the dam. Anglers reported having success fishing for kokanee using Double Whammies, Kokanee Killers and other assorted spinners. We had no reports on other species.

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

San Juan River: Streamflow Monday morning was 1,200 cfs. Fishing for trout in the quality water was good using small midge larva, chocolate emerges and pupa fly patterns size 24 and 26 in dark colors. Top-water fly-fishing for trout was fair using midge clusters and Griffith Gnats around grassy banks. There were a lot of mosquitoes last week and bug spray is recommended.

Seven Springs Brood Pond: Fishing for trout was good using garlic PowerBait, pink PowerBait, salmon eggs and nymph and dry flies.

Tingley Beach: Fishing for catfish was slow using shrimp, hot dogs and chicken liver.

Trout Lakes: Fishing for trout was good using PowerBait.

Northeast

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

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

Cimarrón River: Streamflow near Cimarrón Monday morning was 32.5 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using PowerBait, terrestrial fly patterns, caddis dry flies and small nymph flies.

Clayton Lake: Fishing pressure has been light. Anglers reported fishing as slow with only a few trout and catfish caught. The boat ramp is closed due to low water levels.

Conchas Lake: Fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass was good using drop shot rigs, crankbaits, senkos and creature baits. Fishing was fair to good for white bass and walleye using live minnows. Fishing for catfish was good using hotdogs. We had no reports on other species.

Costilla Creek: Streamflow near Costilla Monday was 59.4 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using small dry flies such as yellow sallies, hoppers and spruce moth flies. Fishing for trout was also good using nymph flies.

Cowles Ponds: Fishing for trout was good using PowerBait.

Coyote Creek: Fishing for trout was fair to good using salmon eggs.

Eagle Nest Lake: Fishing for trout was good using salmon peach PowerBait and woolly buggers. Fishing for perch was fair to good using worms. Fishing for pike was fair using streamers and spinners. We had no reports this week on other species.

Eagle Rock Lake: Fishing for trout was good using floating PowerBait, salmon eggs and worms.

Fawn Lakes: The last report was that high runoff water has created poor fishing conditions.

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

Hopewell Lake: Fishing for trout was good using Pistol Pete spinners with a bobber.

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

Lake Maloya: Fishing for trout was good using PowerBait.

Los Pinos River: Fishing for trout was good using terrestrial flies with a small beadhead dropper.

Maxwell Lake 13: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Monastery Lake: Fishing for trout was good using PowerBait.

Morphy Lake: Closed for a renovation project on the dam and no firm opening date has been set.

Pecos River: Streamflow near the town of Pecos on Monday morning was 62.1 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using salmon eggs, PowerBait, woolly buggers, leach pattern flies and Panther Martin spinners.

Red River: Streamflow below the hatchery Monday morning was 52.9 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using salmon eggs, nymph flies and Panther Martin spinners.

Río Grande: Streamflow at the Taos Junction Bridge was 519 cfs. North of Española the water clarity was improving and fishing for trout was fair to good using streamers and beadhead nymphs. Fishing south of Albuquerque for catfish was good using cut bait, hot dogs and night crawlers.

Río Hondo: Streamflow Monday morning near Valdez was 22.7 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using small hopper flies and nymph flies.

Río Mora: Streamflow Monday morning was 14.9 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Río Pueblo: Streamflow Monday morning near Peñasco was 10.2 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using a variety of dry flies and small beadhead nymph flies.

Santa Cruz Reservoir: Fishing for trout was slow.

Shuree Ponds: We hand no reports from anglers this week. Fishing is open on the Valle Vidal, including Shuree Ponds, July 1-Dec. 31.

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

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

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

Ute Lake: Fishing for smallmouth bass in 8 to 15 feet of water was good using Chigger Craws, Senkos and Berkley Gulp Minnows. Fishing for largemouth bass was slow to fair. Fishing for walleye was slow with anglers reporting only a few being caught using deep diving crank baits. Fishing for white bass was good using jigging spoons and blade baits. Fishing for catfish was good using chicken liver, night crawlers and cut bait. Fishing for bluegill was good using worms. Fishing for crappie was slow. The main lake was clear and the water temperature was in the upper 70s.

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