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Fishing Line for Dec. 17, 2020

Catches of the week

Benjamin Abeyta, of Silver City, caught a 17.5-inch rainbow trout at Bear Canyon Lake using garlic PowerBait on Dec. 12.

Ciera Navarrette, of Carlsbad, caught an 18-inch rainbow trout at Carlsbad Municipal Lake using white PowerBait on Dec. 9.

Grayson Baca, 3, of Peralta, caught his first trout, an 11-inch rainbow trout on the Jemez River using salmon eggs Dec. 3.

Valerie Wyatt and Jennifer Rodriguez, of Roswell, caught two 2-pound rainbow trout at Lake Van using a spoon and dough bait Dec. 11.

Hue Gonzales, 16, of Angel Fire, caught an 18-inch walleye at Stubblefield Lake using a custom-tied jig in about two to five feet of water Dec. 7.

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.

Charette Lakes are closed for the season.

Streamflow cfs on the Cimarron River, near Cimarron on Monday morning, was not measured due to ice. In accordance with the public health order, effective Dec. 3, N.M. state parks reopened to New Mexico residents for day-use only. Please check the state parks’ website for more information. Anglers reported limited open water to fish.

Clayton Lake is closed until March 2021.

Conchas Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

At Costilla Creek, 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 the 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 the 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.

Cowles Ponds had no reports from anglers this week.

At Coyote Creek, in accordance with the public health order, effective Dec. 3, N.M. state parks reopened to New Mexico residents for day-use only. Please check the state parks’ website for more information.

At Eagle Nest Lake, in accordance with the public health order, effective Dec. 3, N.M. state parks reopened to New Mexico residents for day-use only. Please check the state parks’ website for more information. The lake is closed to all fishing due to recent weather conditions that have led to unsafe lake surface conditions. The lake is currently closed to all watercraft, including canoes, kayaks, inflatables and all types of motorboats.

Eagle Rock Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fawn Lakes had no reports from anglers this week.

Gallinas River had no reports from anglers this week.

Hopewell Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

At L ake Alice, in accordance with the public health order, effective Dec. 3, N.M. state parks reopened to New Mexico residents for day-use only. Please check the state parks’ website for more information. The lake is closed to all fishing due to recent weather conditions that have led to unsafe lake surface conditions. The lake is currently closed to all watercraft, including canoes, kayaks, inflatables and all types of motorboats.

At Lake Maloya, in accordance with the public health order, effective Dec. 3, N.M. state parks reopened to New Mexico residents for day-use only. Please check the state parks’ website for more information. The lake is closed to all fishing due to unsafe ice conditions. The lake is closed to all fishing due to recent weather conditions that have led to unsafe lake surface conditions. The lake is currently closed to all watercraft, including canoes, kayaks, inflatable and all types of motorboats.

Los Pinos River had no reports from anglers this week.

Maxwell Lake 13 is closed for the season.

Monastery Lake is closed due to COVID-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 cfs on the Pecos River near the town of Pecos on Monday morning was not measured due to ice. Fishing for trout was fair to good using small copper and black nymph flies.

Streamflow on the Red River below the hatchery Monday morning was 34.0 cfs. Fishing for trout near the hatchery was fair using dry hopper and nymph fly rigs.

Streamflow on the Rio Grande at the Taos Junction Bridge on Monday morning was 271 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair using large colorful bead head nymph flies.

Streamflow cfs on the Rio Hondo on Monday morning near Valdez, was not measured due to ice.

Streamflow cfs on the Rio Mora on Monday morning, was not measured due to ice.

Streamflow cfs on the Rio Pueblo near Pe ñ asco on Monday morning was not measured due to ice.

Fishing for trout at Santa Cruz Reservoir was good using green and yellow swirl PowerBait.

Shuree Ponds had no reports from anglers this week.

Anglers reported thin ice and unsafe fishing conditions at Springer Lake .

At Storrie Lake, in accordance with the public health order, effective Dec. 3, N.M. state parks reopened to New Mexico residents for day-use only. Please check the state parks’ website for more information.

Fishing for walleye was fair at Stubblefield Lake using jigs in 2-5 feet of water. Anglers reported ice conditions varying from day-to-day and often being unsafe.

At Ute Lake, in accordance with the public health order, effective Dec. 3, N.M. state parks will reopen to New Mexico residence for day-use only. Fishing for all species was slow. The water surface temperature was in the upper 40s.

Northwest fishing report

The boat ramp at Abiqui ú Lake is closed.

Water flow on the Animas River below Aztec on Monday morning was 116 cfs.

Albuquerque Area Drains had no reports from anglers this week.

At Bluewater Lake, in accordance with the public health order, effective Dec. 3, N.M. state parks reopened to New Mexico residents for day-use only. Please check the state parks’ website for more information. It is closed to boating and ice-fishing due to recent weather conditions that have led to unsafe lake surface conditions. The lake is currently closed to all watercraft, including canoes, kayaks, inflatables and all types of motorboats.

Brazos River had no reports from anglers this week.

Canjilon Lakes had no reports from anglers this week.

Monday morning flows on the Chama River below El Vado and Abiquiú were 105 cfs and 74.8 cfs, respectively. Fishing for trout below El Vado Lake was fair to good using Panther Martin spinners. Fishing for trout below Abiquiú Lake was good using spinners, small bead head nymph flies, zebra midge flies and dry topwater flies.

Cochiti Lake is closed until further notice.

El Vado Lake State Park is open at the Dam Day Use area only from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and New Mexico Residents only. Salmon Snagging season continues through Dec. 31.

At Fenton Lake, in accordance with the public health order, effective Dec. 3, N.M. state parks reopened to New Mexico residents for day-use only. Please check the state parks’ website for more information. The lake is closed to boating and ice-fishing due to recent weather conditions that have led to unsafe lake surface conditions. The lake is currently closed to all watercraft, including canoes, kayaks, inflatables and all types of motorboats.

At Heron Lake, in accordance with the public health order, effective Dec. 3, N.M. state parks reopened to New Mexico residents for day-use only. Please check the state parks’ website for more information. The lake can be accessed at Ridge Rock or La Laja. Salmon Snagging season continues through Dec. 31. Fishing for trout was good using marshmallow bait. All boat ramps are closed due to low water. The Quality Waters of the Rio Chama can be accessed at the Rio Chama Trailhead. The stairs are closed, but access to the river can be gained by using the road.

At the Jemez Waters, streamflow on the Jemez near the town of Jemez on Monday morning was 9.92 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair using salmon eggs.

Laguna del Campo is closed for the season.

Lagunitas Lakes had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Lake Farmington was good using white PowerBait.

Manzano Lake is closed until further notice.

McGaffey Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Navajo Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Anglers at San Gregorio Lake reported that the lake is frozen.

On the San Juan River, the Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled a temporary decrease in Navajo Dam release to accommodate instream work that is being performed downstream. The release will be decreased from 350 cfs to 250 cfs on Dec. 16, starting at 3:00 p.m. The release will be increased back to 350 cfs the following day, Dec. 17, at noon. In accordance with the public health order, effective Dec. 3, N.M. state parks reopened to New Mexico residents for day-use only. Please check the state park’s website for more information. Fishing for trout was good using streamers, bunny leeches and Woolly Bugger flies.

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

At Tingley Beach, in accordance with the public health order, effective Dec. 3, N.M. state parks reopened to New Mexico residents for day-use only. Please check the state parks’ website for more information.

Trout Lakes had no reports from anglers this week.

Southwest fishing report

Fishing for trout at Alumni Pond was good using flies and nymph flavored PowerBait.

Fishing for trout at Bear Canyon Lake was good using small spoons, red PowerBait, garlic PowerBait and flies.

Fishing for trout at Bill Evans Lake was good trolling sinking Rapala lures and using PowerBait and nightcrawlers from the bank.

At Caballo Lake, in accordance with the public health order, effective Dec. 3, N.M. state parks reopened to New Mexico residents for day-use only. Please check the state parks’ website for more information.

At Elephant Butte Lake, in accordance with the public health order, effective Dec. 3, N.M. state parks reopened to New Mexico residents for day-use only. Please check the State Park’s website for more information. Fishing for catfish was good using shad.

Escondida Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow on the Gila River on Monday morning was 56.1 cfs.

Glenwood Pond had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Lake Roberts was good using nymph flies and small gold spoons.

At Percha Dam, in accordance with the public health order, effective Dec. 3, N.M. state parks reopened to New Mexico residents for day-use only. Please check the State Park’s website for more information.

Quemado Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Rancho Grande Ponds had no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow on the Rio Grande below Elephant Butte on Monday morning was .92 cfs.

Snow Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Trees Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Young Pond is closed by the city of Las Cruces due to COVID-19 health concerns.

Southeast fishing report

Fishing for rainbow trout at Alto Lake was good using salmon peach PowerBait. Anglers reported the lake is limited to local residents only. Anglers are reminded to check openings before you go.

Bataan Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow on the Black River at Malaga on Monday morning was 8.26 cfs.

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.

Bosque Redondo Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

At Bottomless Lakes, in accordance with the public health order, effective Dec. 3, N.M. state parks reopened to New Mexico residents for day-use only. Please check the state parks’ website for more information. Fishing for trout was good using worms and PowerBait.

At Brantley Lake, in accordance with the public health order, effective Dec. 3, N.M. state parks reopened to New Mexico residents for day-use only. Please check the state park’s website for more information.

Fishing for trout was good at Carlsbad Municipal Lake using white PowerBait.

Chaparral Park Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout was good at Corona Pond using earthworms.

Eunice Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout was good at Green Meadow Lake using cheese PowerBait.

Greene Acres Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Grindstone Reservoir was fair using salmon peach PowerBait and chartreuse PowerBait. Anglers reported the lake was limited to residence and to check openings before you go.

Jal Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout was good at Lake Van using spoons and dough bait.

At O asis Park Lake, in accordance with the public health order, effective Dec. 3, N.M. state parks reopened to New Mexico residents for day-use only. Please check the state park’s website for more information.

Streamflow on the Pecos River below Sumner Lake on Monday morning was 11.0 cfs.

Perch Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow on the Ruidoso River on Monday morning at Hollywood was 3.87 cfs.

At Santa Rosa Lake, in accordance with the public health order, effective Dec. 3, N.M. state parks reopened to New Mexico residents for day-use only. Please check the state park’s website for more information.

At Sumner Lake, in accordance with the public health order, effective Dec. 3, N.M. state parks reopened to New Mexico residents for day-use only. Please check the state park’s website for more information.

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