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Fishing report for Oct. 8, 2020

Catches of the week

On Oct. 3., Mikayla Randall, 13, of Albuquerque, caught a 35-inch tiger muskie at Bluewater Lake using a jointed gold Rapala lure; and Jessica Pacheco, of Albuquerque, caught and released a 38-inch tiger muskie using water dogs.

On Oct. 3., Uriah Baldonado, of Belen, caught a 15-inch brown trout on the Chama River using a yellow and orange Panther Martin spinner; and Marcus Mattmann, of Los Lunas, caught a 15-inch brown trout using a brown and white Rooster Tail spinner.

Lucas Salas, 13, of Albuquerque, took 3rd Place at the Eagle Nest Fishing Tournament with a 20.5-inch rainbow trout caught using a Platte River Pistol Pete spinner on Sept. 27.

Aileen Contreras, of Los Lunas, caught an 18-inch rainbow trout at Hopewell Lake using live worms Sept. 30.

Brooke Martinez, 6, of Espa ñ ola, caught a 22-inch rainbow trout at Laguna del Campo using green PowerBait on Oct. 2.

Matthew Medina, of Albuquerque, caught his limit of kokanee salmon at Navajo Lake using snagging hooks on Oct. 1.

Robert Ortiz Sr. and Robert Ortiz Jr., of Rio Rancho, caught a 23 and 20-inch rainbow trout, respectively, on the Red River using dry fly dropper setups Sept. 30.

Warren Wolf, of Albuquerque, caught a 33-inch tiger muskie at Bluewater Lake using an 8-inch horsehair fly Sept. 23.

Peyton Gonzales, 3, caught her first fish, a 12-inch rainbow trout, at the Battleship Rock picnic area using salmon eggs Sept. 25.

If you have a catch of the week story send it to funfishingnm@gmail.com.

 

NOTES from GAME & FISH

Northeast Fishing Report

Cabresto Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Charette Lakes was good using worms, salmon eggs and bead head nymph flies.

Streamflow on the Cimarron River near Cimarron on Monday morning was 10.5 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using fly dry dropper setups with zebra midges and tricos.

Fishing for trout at Clayton Lake was fair to good using PowerBait and nightcrawlers. Fishing for catfish was fair to good using chicken liver and homemade baits.

Fishing for bass at Conchas Lake was fair to good using crankbaits and spinnerbaits.

Streamflow at Costilla Creek near Costilla on Monday morning was 6.14 cfs. Portions closed Sept. 24 — Oct. 9, 2020: Rio Costilla, from Costilla Dam downstream to the Valle Vidal Boundary, including all tributaries and Comanche Creek, from the road culvert crossing on FR 1950 downstream to its confluence with Rio Costilla and all tributaries. FR 1950 is open for public travel, but stopping within the marked project area is prohibited. The primary goal of the overall project is to expand native Rio Grande cutthroat trout distribution in northern New Mexico by 120 miles, with the majority of the project already completed. This year’s project will remove nonnative fish within the closed area with a tentative restocking of Rio Grande cutthroat trout in Spring 2022. Places to fish nearby include Costilla Creek below the fish barrier, Upper Comanche Creek, Shuree Ponds, Middle Ponil Creek, Upper Powderhouse Creek, Little Costilla Creek, Vidal Creek and McCrystal Creek.

Cowles Ponds had no reports from anglers this week.

Coyote Creek had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing at Eagle Nest Lake for perch was good using worms. Fishing for trout was good trolling brown and black Woolly Buggers tipped with corn.

Eagle Rock Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fawn Lakes had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout on the Gallinas River was fair using worms.

Fishing for trout at Hopewell Lake was good using green Pistol Pete’s spinners and live worms.

Lake Alice had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Lake Maloya was fair using silver spinners.

Los Pinos River had no reports from anglers this week.

Maxwell Lake 13 had no reports from anglers this week.

Monastery Lake is closed due to COVID-19 health concerns.

Morphy Lake is closed for a renovation project on the dam. No firm opening date is set.

Streamflow on the Pecos River near the town of Pecos on Monday morning was 18.6 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using Baetis nymph flies, salmon eggs, worms, hare’s ear nymphs and bead head nymph flies.

Streamflow on the Red River below the hatchery Monday morning was 30.6 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using a dry fly with dropper setups with small nymphs and worms.

Streamflow on the Rio Grande at the Taos Junction Bridge on Monday morning was 159 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using crane fly nymphs with small Baetis bead head nymphs trailing and dry/dropper fly rigs.

Streamflow on the Rio Hondo on Monday morning near Valdez was 19.1 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair using small attractor dry flies.

Streamflow on the Rio Mora on Monday morning was 11.4 cfs.

Streamflow on the Rio Pueblo near Pe ñ asco on Monday morning was 2.56 cfs. Anglers reported that the water level was very low and not good for fishing.

Santa Cruz Reservoir had no reports from anglers this week.

Shuree Ponds had no reports from anglers this week.

Springer Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Storrie Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Stubblefield Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for white bass at Ute Lake was fair trolling Flicker Shad lures. Fishing for large and smallmouth bass was fair in 10- to 15-feet of water using Senko worms, chatterbaits and swimbaits. Fishing for walleye was fair using vibrating jigs in 30 to 40-feet of water on main lake points. Fishing for catfish was fair to good using chicken liver and nightcrawlers. The surface water temperature was in the mid 60s and the water color was clear.

Northwest Fishing Report

Due to low water levels, anglers at Abiqui ú Lake are advised to use four-wheel-drive vehicles to launch boats and watch for obstructions on the water.

Water flow on the Animas River below Aztec on Monday morning was 18.3 cfs. No reports from anglers this week.

Albuquerque Area Drains had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for tiger muskie at Bluewater Lake was good using 8-inch streamer flies, jointed Rapala lures, swimbaits, spinnerbaits, spoons and water dogs. Fishing for trout was slow to fair using PowerBait. Fishing for catfish was very good using chicken liver and water dogs.

Fishing for trout on the Brazos River was fair to good using bead-head nymph and Woolly Bugger flies.

Fishing for trout was good at Canjilon Lakes using black dry flies.

Monday morning flows on the Chama River below El Vado and Abiqui ú were 99.5 cfs and 102 cfs, respectively. Fishing for trout below El Vado Lake was fair to good using orange and yellow Panther Martin spinners, brown and white Rooster Tail spinners, nightcrawlers and PowerBait. Fishing for trout below Abiqui ú Lake was fair using black Woolly Buggers, eggs and San Juan worms.

Cochiti Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

El Vado Lake is open for the salmon snagging season. Park hours are 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. No reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Fenton Lake was good using black leech flies, salmon eggs, PowerBait and worms.

Salmon snagging season at Heron Lake starts Nov. 9. Fishing was reported as slow.

Streamflow on the Jemez River near the town of Jemez on Monday morning was 5.96 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair to good using salmon eggs and worms.

Fishing for trout at Laguna del Campo was good using yellow and green garlic-scented PowerBait.

Lagunitas Lakes had no reports from anglers this week.

Lake Farmington had no reports from anglers this week.

Manzano Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

McGaffey Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for bass at Navajo Lake was fair using watermelon plastic tubes and crankbaits. Fishing for kokanee salmon using snagging hooks was very good. Trolling for kokanee salmon was fair to good 85-feet deep.

San Gregorio Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow on the San Juan River on Monday morning was 721 cfs. Fishing for trout in the quality waters was good using size 24 black, crème and brown midges, chocolate foam wing emergers, red annelids and small Baetis nymph flies.

Seven Springs Brood Pond is closed due to Covid-19 health concerns. Check the department’s alerts page for future updates.

Tingley Beach had no reports from anglers this week.

Trout Lakes had no reports from anglers this week.

Southwest Fishing Report

Alumni Pond had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for crappie at Bear Canyon Lake was fair to good using grey flies and minnows.

Bill Evans Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Caballo Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for white bass at Elephant Butte Lake was good trolling white crankbaits and casting Sassy Shad. Fishing for walleye was fair to good trolling crankbaits close to the lake bottom. Fishing for catfish at night was good using cut carp and liver. Fishing for bass was good using lipless rattle trap lures.

Escondida Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow on the Gila River on Monday morning was 25.0 cfs. Fishing for rainbow and Gila trout was good near Middle Fork using peacock nymph flies.

Fishing at Glenwood Pond for trout was good using mayflies.

Fishing for catfish at Lake Roberts was good using beef liver and worms. Fishing for trout was good using pink and orange PowerBait, flavored salmon eggs and gray/black flies.

Percha Dam had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Quemado Lake was good using PowerBait and worms.

Rancho Grande Ponds had no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow on the Rio Grande below Elephant Butte on Monday morning was 0.0 cfs. No reports from anglers this week.

Snow Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for catfish at Trees Lake was fair using liver and worms.

Anglers reported fishing as slow at Young Pond and there is a lot of moss in the pond.

Southeast Fishing Report

Fishing for trout at Alto Lake was good using green and yellow PowerBait. Fishing for catfish was fair using Fireballs.

Bataan Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow on the Black River at Malaga on Monday morning was 6.49 cfs. No reports from anglers this week.

Blue Hole Park Pond had no reports from anglers this week.

Bonito Lake is closed until further notice by the city of Alamogordo due to fire damage. It appears now that the lake will be out of commission until 2022.

Fishing for catfish at Bosque Redondo Lake was fair to good using hotdogs.

Bottomless Lakes had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for bass at Brantley Lake was good using watermelon and pumpkin-colored plastic worms.

Carlsbad Municipal Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Chaparral Park Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Corona Pond had no reports from anglers this week.

Eunice Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Green Meadow Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Greene Acres Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Grindstone Reservoir was good using peach salmon PowerBait.

Fishing for catfish at Jal Lake was good using cut bait and homemade dough bait.

Fishing for catfish at Lake Van was good using chicken liver ad worms.

Oasis Park Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow on the Pecos River below Sumner Lake on Monday morning was 92.3 cfs. Fishing for catfish was good using hotdogs and worms.

Perch Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow on the Ruidoso River on Monday morning at Hollywood was 3.09 cfs. No reports from anglers this week.

Santa Rosa Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Sumner Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

For more fishing report updates go to abqjournal.com/go.

 

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