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Fishing Line for Oct. 15, 2020

Catches of the week

At Bluewater Lake, Joshua Garcia, of Grants, caught and released a 32-inch, 17-pound, 5-ounce catfish using hotdogs Oct. 10; Jusiah Estrada, 11, of Las Vegas caught and released a 40-inch tiger muskie using a jointed gold Rapala lure Oct. 10; Wayne E. Brown, of Albuquerque, caught and released a 39-inch, 15.5-pound tiger muskie while kayak fishing using a Rapala XR-12 Oct. 7; Dante Rossetti, of Albuquerque, caught and released a 42-inch tiger muskie using an orange jerk bait Oct. 6; and Kaden Martinez, 15, of Rio Rancho, caught a 37-inch tiger muskie using a water dog, and his sister Maleah Brashear, 10, of Rio Rancho, caught a 35-inch tiger muskie using a paddle tail swim bait Oct. 4.

At Eagle Nest Lake, Thomas Tapia, of Santa Fe, caught a 27.5-inch rainbow trout using worms Oct. 9; Eliza Torres, 12, of Albuquerque, caught an 18-inch rainbow trout using fluorescent yellow PowerBait Oct. 9; Chris and Alicia Eccleston, of Tijeras, snagged six and caught two kokanee salmon using yellow PowerBait Oct. 8; and Mark Parker, of Albuquerque, caught his limit of rainbow trout including two measuring 20-inches using chartreuse garlic glitter PowerBait Oct. 7.

On the Gila River, Cameron Beck, of Silver City, caught a 23-pound flathead catfish using cut bait Oct. 4.

At Hopewell Lake, Sean Rey-Vaughn, 13, of Rio Rancho, caught a 20-inch rainbow trout using green PowerBait eggs Oct. 3.

At Laguna del Campo, Davina Gomez, 5, caught an 18-inch rainbow trout using yellow PowerBait with a worm Oct. 12.

On the San Juan River, Estevan Martinez, of Albuquerque, caught a 20-inch rainbow trout fishing the Upper Flats Quality Waters using a size 24 black midge Oct. 7; and Matt Stimac, of Albuquerque, caught a 26-inch brown trout using a black Woolly Bugger on Oct. 6.

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NOTES from GAME & FISH

Northeast fishing report

Fishing for brook trout at Cabresto Lake was fair to good using dry flies.

Fishing for trout at Charette Lakes was good using worms and PowerBait.

Streamflow on the Cimarron River near Cimarron on Monday morning was 10.9 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using worms and bead head hare’s ear nymphs.

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.

Conchas Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow at Costilla Creek near Costilla on Monday morning was 6.14 cfs. The department has implemented the final phase of a project to expand Rio Grande cutthroat trout in 120 miles of the Costilla watershed in northern New Mexico. The final phase involved removal of fish within a designated area (Rio Costilla from Costilla Dam downstream to the Valle Vidal Boundary including all tributaries and Comanche Creek from the road culvert crossing on Forest Road 1950 downstream to its confluence with Rio Costilla and all tributaries) with a tentative restocking of Rio Grande cutthroat 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. The department anticipates completion of this final phase in the fall of 2021. Please check the department website for additional information on the project and to identify alternative angling opportunities in the interim.

Fishing for trout at the Cowles Ponds was fair to good using corn and worms.

Coyote Creek had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Eagle Nest Lake was good using chartreuse garlic glitter PowerBait, fluorescent yellow PowerBait and worms. Snagging kokanee salmon was fair and a couple were also caught using yellow PowerBait. Fishing for pike was fair to good using large spinners and spoons.

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 PowerBait eggs and Pistol Pete’s spinners.

Fishing for trout at Lake Alice was slow.

Fishing for trout at Lake Maloya was good using elk hair caddis flies and fair using PowerBait.

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 CVOID-19 health concerns. Check the Open Gate webpage for future updates.

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

Streamflow on the Pecos River near the town of Pecos on Monday morning was 18.2 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair to good using baetis nymph flies, nightcrawlers, hare’s ear nymphs and bead head nymph flies.

Streamflow on the Red River below the hatchery Monday morning was 34.0 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using stimulator dry flies with small nymph dropper flies and worms.

Streamflow on the Rio Grande at the Taos Junction Bridge on Monday morning was 159 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using Panther Martin spinners and small baetis bead head nymphs.

Streamflow on the Rio Hondo on Monday morning near Valdez was 21.7 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair using small attractor dry flies.

Streamflow on the Rio Mora on Monday morning was 11.4 cfs. There were no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow on the Rio Pueblo near Pe ñ asco on Monday morning was 3.36 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 no reports from anglers this week.

Stubblefield Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for white bass at Ute Lake was slow. Fishing for walleye was fair using blade baits and slab jigs in 30-feet of water on main lake points. Fishing for catfish was good using punch bait and nightcrawlers. The surface water temperature was in the upper 60s and the main lake was clear.

Northwest fishing report

Abiquiú Lake had no reports from anglers this week. Due to low water levels, anglers 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 27.4 cfs. There were no reports from anglers this week.

At the Albuquerque Area Drains fishing for carp was fair to good using red annelid nymph flies.

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

Fishing for trout on the Brazos River was fair to good using bead head nymph baetis flies.

Canjilon Lakes had no reports from anglers this week.

Monday morning flows on the Chama River below El Vado and Abiqui ú were 99.5 cfs and 98.9 cfs, respectively. Fishing for trout below El Vado Lake was good using silver Panther Martin spinners, brown and white Rooster Tail spinners, nightcrawlers and PowerBait. Fishing for trout below Abiquiu 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 salmon snagging season. Park hours are 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Kokanee salmon snagging was reported as slow.

Fishing for trout at Fenton Lake was good using black Woolly Buggers, size 20 crystal flash midge flies, PowerBait and worms.

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

Streamflow on the Jemez near the town of Jemez on Monday morning was 7.0 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair using worms and small spinners.

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

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 to good on the northern portion of the San Juan arm using curly tail jigs and jerk baits. Fishing for kokanee salmon using snagging hooks was good near the dam.

San Gregorio Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow on the San Juan River on Monday morning was 713 cfs. Fishing for trout in the quality waters was good using black, crème, red, and olive midge pupa pattern flies, black Woolly Buggers, small baetis nymph flies and RS2s.

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

Fishing for trout was good at Tingley Beach using garlic PowerBait and white PowerBait eggs.

Trout Lakes had no reports from anglers this week.

Southwest fishing report

Alumni Pond had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for catfish at Bear Canyon Lake was good using nightcrawlers.

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 trolling crankbaits close to the lake bottom. Fishing for catfish at night was good using cut carp and liver.

Escondida Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow on the Gila River on Monday morning was 29.0 cfs. Fishing for catfish in Grant County was good using cut bait.

Fishing for trout at Glenwood Pond was good using dry flies and PowerBait.

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 was slow at Quemado Lake .

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. There were 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. Trout were just stocked and fishing for them is anticipated to get better.

Young Pond had no reports from anglers this week.

Southeast fishing report

Fishing for trout at Alto Lake was fair to 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 4.37 cfs. There were 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.

Fishing for catfish was fair at Green Meadow Lake using chicken and beef liver. Fishing for bass was fair using worms.

Greene Acres Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Grindstone Reservoir was fair to good using spinners and pink and peach PowerBait.

Fishing for catfish at Jal Lake was fair to good using worms, cut bait and homemade dough bait.

Fishing for catfish at Lake Van was fair to good using chicken liver and 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 3.28 cfs. There were no reports from anglers this week.

Santa Rosa Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for walleye, bass and catfish at Sumner Lake was good using dark plastic worms and live worms.



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