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Fishing Line for March 5, 2020


John Baxter of Phoenix caught a 26-inch brown trout Friday on the San Juan River using a Yongflasher fly.

At Santa Cruz Lake, Carmella Archuleta of Española caught a 24-inch rainbow trout using PowerBait on Sunday. … Santiago Ramirez, of Los Lunas, caught a 21-inch, 3-pound rainbow trout with an 11-inch girth using a silver Kastmaster lure Saturday.


WHAT THE TROUT SEES: The New Mexico Wildlife Federation’s March “Wildlife Wednesdays” presentation will explain how trout perceive their world — information bound to help anglers catch more of them.

Robert J. Bowman, a retired professor of electrical engineering and biomedical engineering, has been fly-fishing and tying flies since he was a kid. His presentation is titled “Fresh Water Fly Fishing: Trout Species, Sensory Anatomy, and Habitat.”

“The trout thrives in the cold, clear, water of the same watersheds that provide our drinking water,” Bowman said. “By protecting trout habitat, we are, in essence, ensuring clean watersheds and water quality for the years to come.”

Bowman’s talk starts at 5:30 p.m., March 11, at Marble Brewery, 9904 Montgomery NE.

NOTES from GAME & FISH: Fishing for trout at MANZANO LAKE was fair to good using corn and PowerBait.

Fishing for trout at TINGLEY BEACH was good using white and pink PowerBait balls. Fishing for trout in the catch-and-release pond was fair using black and gold bead-head zebra midge flies.

Fishing for catfish at COCHITI LAKE was good using garlic-scented chicken and hot dogs.

At the ALBUQUERQUE-AREA DRAINS, trout fishing was fair to good using spinners and PowerBait.

At BLUEWATER LAKE, fishing for trout was very good using PowerBait, corn, spinners and woolly buggers. The lake was reported as ice-free and open to boating.

Streamflow on the SAN JUAN RIVER on Monday morning was 418 cfs. Fishing for rainbow and brown trout in the “quality waters” section was good using black zebra midges, chocolate/olive foam wing emergers, red/orange annelids, brown fly patterns size 20 to 26 and olive/green leach patterns up to size 12. Best midge hatches were occurring from 9 to 10 a.m., 1 to 2 p.m. and 4 to 5 p.m. Water clarity was about 2.5 feet of visibility. Trout fishing in the “bait waters” was fair to good using egg patterns and spinners.

Monday morning flows on the CHAMA RIVER below El Vado and Abiquiu were 91.4 cfs and 49.1 cfs, respectively. Fishing for trout below El Vado Lake was fair to good using midge flies, streamer flies, PowerBait and PowerBait worms.

Streamflow on the JEMEZ RIVER on Monday morning was 26.0 cfs. Fishing for trout was very good below Battleship Rock using Golden Hare’s Ear and other nymph flies just below the water’s surface.

FENTON LAKE is closed to ice fishing due to unsafe ice conditions. The lake is open for day use and camping.

EAGLE NEST LAKE is open for ice fishing with ice reported at 16 inches thick. Trout fishing was fair to good using small ice fishing jigs, spoons and PowerBait. Fishing for perch was fair to good using Swedish Pimple jigs tipped with mealworms.

LAKE MALOYA is open for ice fishing, with ice reported at 18 inches thick. Fishing for trout was good using dough bait and PowerBait.

Streamflow on the PECOS RIVER near Pecos on Monday morning was 30.0 cfs. Fishing for trout was very good at Villa Nueva State Park using Copper John flies.

Trout fishing at LAKE ROBERTS was good using Peacock Lady flies.

At TREES LAKE, fishing for trout was very good using rainbow PowerBait, green PowerBait, peach PowerBait and spinners.

Fishing for trout at ALTO LAKE was good using salmon eggs, worms and garlic peach PowerBait.


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