Reel Talk: weekly fishing and stocking report

Riggin' a jig and plopping the whoppers for a big one

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Posted 9/26/19

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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Reel Talk: weekly fishing and stocking report

Riggin' a jig and plopping the whoppers for a big one

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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.

Tuesday (Sept. 24)

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.

Bluewater Lake: Michael Flores of Albuquerque caught a 39-inch tiger muskie using a black and gold jointed Rapala Sept. 21. Sly Bruce of Grants caught a 31-inch tiger muskie using a crankbait Sept. 12.

Eagle Nest Lake: Elicia Gonzales, age 11, of Albuquerque caught her limit of trout using Panther Martin spinners Sept. 7.

Elephant Butte Lake: Isaiah Gonzales, age 10, and Marcelo Gonzales, age 5, of El Paso, Texas, caught 25 white bass - with the largest being 2-pounds - jigging silver and gold spoons in 20 feet of water near Long Point Sept. 20. Justin Moquino, age 7, of Albuquerque caught an approximately 3-pound largemouth bass using spinners around the marina Sept. 21. Ashley Bunting of Deming caught a 2-pound white bass jigging Sept. 20.

Embudo Creek: Benito Garcia caught a 19-inch, 2-pound, 11-ounce brown trout using a fly Sept. 12.

Fenton Lake: Israel Salina of Río Rancho caught a 19.5-inch, 2-pound, 7-ounce rainbow trout using PowerBait Sept. 19. Jacob Blackburn-Shepherd, age 9, of Albuquerque caught a 19-inch rainbow trout off the dam using red PowerBait salmon eggs Sept. 21.

Hopewell Lake: Corina Chavez of Río Rancho caught a 19-inch rainbow trout using pink glitter PowerBait Sept. 20.

Red River: Hugo Melchor of Río Rancho caught and released an 18-inch rainbow trout using a San Juan Worm Sept. 13.

Río Grande: Seth Hardy of Questa caught a 23-inch rainbow trout near Bear Crossing using a fly rod with a tan streamer Sept. 21. Bill and Leslie Mansfield of Santa Fe caught a brown and rainbow trout measuring approximately 17 and 19 inches, respectively, using tungsten beadhead nymph flies Sept. 21.

San Juan River: Austin Copeland of Dallas, Texas, caught and released a 25.5-inch rainbow trout using a moss fly Aug. 31

Seven Springs Brood Pond: Lili Doleman, age 6, of Nevada City, California, caught and released a 19-inch rainbow trout while fly-fishing using a leech pattern Sept. 22.

Statewide Waters

Rivers and lakes with no report for the week are not listed.

Northwest

Abiquiú Lake: Angler activity was light but limited reports indicated fishing for walleye and bass was fair to good using jerk baits, crank baits and 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 243 cubic feet per second. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Albuquerque Area Drains: Fishing for bass was fair to good using Texas rigged weightless Googan baits, Bandito bugs, Kracking Kraw and slim shake worms. Fishing for bluegill was good using small dry flies and small worms.

Bluewater Lake: Fishing for tiger muskie was fair to good using paddle-tail swimbaits, jointed swimbaits, Rapalas and spinnerbaits. We had no reports on other species this week.

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 598 cfs and 333 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.

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

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

Jemez Waters: Streamflow on the Jemez near the town of Jemez Monday morning was 7.93 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.

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 Juan River: Streamflow Monday morning was 996 cfs. The Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled a decrease in the release from Navajo Reservoir from 1,000 cfs to 800 cfs on Tuesday (Sept. 24) at 4 a.m. and to 600 cfs on Wednesday (Sept. 25) at 4 a.m.. Fishing for trout in the quality water was good using small midge larva fly patterns size 24 and 26 in dark colors, ant patterns and size-10 dead chicken flies. Top-water fly-fishing for trout was good using midge clusters and Griffith Gnats.

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

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

Trout Lakes: Fishing for trout was good using PowerBait.

Northeast

Cimarrón River: Streamflow near Cimarrón Monday morning was 27.9 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 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 for white bass and walleye was fair using live minnows. Fishing for catfish was good using hot dogs. We had no reports on other species.

Costilla Creek: Streamflow near Costilla Monday was 55 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using small dry flies, hoppers and spruce moth flies. Fishing for trout was also good using beadhead 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 Panther Martin spinners. 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 hopper fly with an olive flashback hares' ear dropper, floating PowerBait, salmon eggs and worms.

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

Hopewell Lake: Fishing for trout was good using pink glitter PowerBait and Pistol Pete spinners underneath a bobber.

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 Monday morning was 34.2 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using salmon eggs, PowerBait, woolly buggers, leech pattern flies and Panther Martin spinners.

Red River: Streamflow below the hatchery Monday morning was 46.3 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using salmon eggs, San Juan Worms, nymph flies and Panther Martin spinners.

Río Grande: Streamflow at the Taos Junction Bridge was 465 cfs. North of Española the water clarity was improving and fishing for trout was good using streamers and tungsten 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 16.6 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using small hopper flies and nymph flies.

Río Mora: Streamflow Monday morning was 7.91 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Río Pueblo: Streamflow Monday morning near Peñasco was 6.64 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using a variety of dry flies and small bead head 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.

Ute Lake: Fishing for smallmouth and largemouth bass was good using Whopper Ploppers, Pop-R's and Senkos. Fishing for white bass was good using jigging slabs and blade baits in 30 to 35 feet of water. Fishing for walleye was fair in 20 to 25 feet of water using jigging blade baits and Berkley Gulp Minnows rigged with jig heads. Fishing for catfish was fair to good using chicken liver and night crawlers. Fishing for bluegill was very good using worms. Fishing for crappie was slow with only a few reported in 30 to 35 feet of water using small spoons and jigs tipped with minnows. The main lake was clear and the water temperature was in the mid-70s.

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