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Fishing Line for Dec. 31, 2020

Catches of the week
Thomas Tapia, of Tesuque Pueblo, caught a 27.5-inch rainbow trout at Eagle Nest Lake using a worm Oct. 8.
Justin Estrada, of Las Vegas, caught and released a 16-inch rainbow trout on the Gallinas River using a black Woolly Bugger fly Dec. 22.
Teyah Herrera, 8, of Roswell, caught an 18-inch rainbow trout at Lake Van using PowerBait on Dec. 26.
Joseph Lueras and Anthony Dupree, of Albuquerque, caught a 23-inch walleye and a 22.5-inch walleye at Santa Rosa Lake using nightcrawlers on trolling hooks Dec. 26.
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NOTES from GAME & FISH
Northeast fishing report
Cabresto Lake had no reports from anglers this week.
Charette Lakes is closed for the season.
Streamflow 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, New Mexico 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.
Fishing for walleye at Conchas Lake was slow using jigs tipped with worms.
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 N.M. 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 N.M. residents for day-use only. Please check the state parks website for more information. The lake is open to ice fishing. Fishing for trout was good using worms and PowerBait. Fishing for perch was good using worms.
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 black Woolly Bugger flies.
Hopewell Lake had no reports from anglers this week.
At Lake Alice, in accordance with the public health order, effective Dec. 3, N.M. state parks reopened to N.M. residents for day-use only. Please check the state parks website for more information. The lake opened for ice fishing.
At Lake Maloya, in accordance with the public health order, effective Dec. 3, N.M. state parks reopened to N.M. residents for day-use only. Please check the state parks website for more information. Fishing for trout was good using dough bait.
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. No firm opening date has been set.
Streamflow on the Pecos River near the town of Pecos on Monday morning was not measured due to ice. Fishing for trout was fair using worms.
Streamflow on the Red River below the hatchery Monday morning was 36.3 cfs. Fishing for trout near the hatchery was good using egg pattern, zebra midge and bead head nymph flies.
Streamflow on the Rio Grande at the Taos Junction Bridge on Monday morning was 338 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair to good using heavy bright colored nymph, egg pattern and midge flies.
Streamflow on the Rio Hondo on Monday morning near Valdez was not measured due to ice.
Streamflow on the Rio Mora on Monday morning was not measured due to ice.
Streamflow on the Rio Pueblo near Peñasco on Monday morning was not measured due to ice.
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.
At Storrie Lake, in accordance with the public health order, effective Dec. 3, N.M. state parks reopened to N.M. residents for day-use only. Please check the state parks website for more information.
Stubblefield Lake had no reports from anglers this week.
At Ute Lake, in accordance with the public health order, effective Dec. 3, N.M. state parks will reopen to N.M. residents for day-use only. Fishing for white bass was fair using vibrating blade baits in 40-to-45-feet of water. The main lake surface temperature was in the mid-40s.
Northwest fishing report
The boat ramp is open at Abiquiú Lake.
Water flow on the Animas River below Aztec on Monday morning was 147 cfs.
Fishing for trout at the Albuquerque Area Drains was fair using nymph flies.
At Bluewater Lake, in accordance with the public health order, effective Dec. 3, N.M. state parks reopened to N.M. 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 47 cfs, respectively. Fishing for trout below El Vado Lake was fair using nightcrawlers. Fishing for trout below Abiquiú Lake was good using big nymph flies fished deep, midge pattern flies, brown and black size 12-16 weighted bead head nymph flies, hare’s ear, pheasant tail and mayfly pattern flies.
Cochiti Lake is scheduled to reopen for day use beginning Jan. 4, 2021. Visitors to the lake will need to make a reservation by purchasing a ticket at least 24 hours in advance through recreation.gov. Tickets and reservations will NOT be sold at the lake. The ticket cost consists of a $3 personal vehicle fee and a $2 non-refundable reservation fee. The cost of the ticket is the day-use fee and applies to entry to the park. The boat ramp will be open.
El Vado Lake State Park is open at the Dam Day Use area only from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. to N.M. residents only. Salmon snagging season continues through Dec. 31. The lake is closed to boating and ice fishing due to recent weather conditions that have led to unsafe lake surface conditions.
At Fenton Lake, in accordance with the public health order, effective Dec. 3, N.M. state parks reopened to N.M. 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 that has 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 N.M. 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. The lake is closed to boating and ice fishing due to recent weather conditions that have led to unsafe lake surface conditions. A $5 entrance fee to apply if you do not have an annual pass.
At the Jemez Waters, streamflow on the Jemez near the village of Jemez Springs on Monday morning was 17.9 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair using worms and nymph flies.
Laguna del Campo is closed for the season.
Lagunitas Lakes had no reports from anglers this week.
Lake Farmington had no reports from anglers this week.
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 reported that San Gregorio Lake is frozen.
Streamflow on the San Juan River on Monday morning was 333 cfs. In accordance with the public health order, effective Dec. 3, N.M. state parks reopened to N.M. residents for day-use only. Please check the state parks website for more information. Fishing for trout was good using Baetis and mayfly patterns in the afternoons.
Seven Springs Brood Pond is closed due to COVID-19 health concerns. Check the department’s alerts page for future updates.
Fishing for trout at Tingley Beach was good using yellow and garlic flavored PowerBait.
Trout Lakes had no reports from anglers this week.
Southwest fishing report
Alumni Pond is closed by New Mexico State University due to COVID-19 health concerns.
Fishing for trout at Bear Canyon Lake was fair to good using beadhead pheasant tail nymph flies and sinking Rapala lures fished with a casting bubble.
Bill Evans Lake had no reports from anglers this week.
At Caballo Lake, in accordance with the public health order, effective Dec. 3, N.M. state parks reopened to N.M. 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 N.M. residents for day-use only. Please check the state parks website for more information. Fishing for catfish was slow using cut carp bait. Fishing for walleye was slow.
Fishing for trout at Escondida Lake was good using black leech pattern flies.
Streamflow on the Gila River on Monday morning was 52.4 cfs.
Fishing for trout at Glenwood Pond was good using flies.
Fishing for trout at Lake Roberts was good using nymph flies, pink and red marshmallows and spinners. Fishing for catfish was slow using cut carp bait. Fishing for bass was slow to fair using green grubs.
At Percha Dam, in accordance with the Public health order, effective Dec. 3, N.M. state parks reopened to N.M. residents for day-use only. Please check the state parks 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 .74 cfs.
Snow Lake had no reports from anglers this week.
Trees Lake had no reports from anglers this week.
Young Pond is closed 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 was limited to residents and 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 9.57 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 N.M. residents for day-use only. Please check the state parks website for more information.
At Brantley Lake, in accordance with the public health order, effective Dec. 3, N.M. state parks reopened to N.M. residents for day-use only. Please check the state parks website for more information.
Fishing for trout at Carlsbad Municipal Lake was good using white PowerBait.
Fishing for trout at Chaparral Park Lake was good using salmon eggs, cheese dough bait, nightcrawlers and PowerBait.
Fishing for trout at Corona Pond was good using earthworms.
Eunice Lake had no reports from anglers this week.
Fishing for trout at Green Meadow Lake was good using cheese dough bait and salmon eggs.
Greene Acres Lake had no reports from anglers this week.
Fishing for trout at Grindstone Reservoir was good using salmon peach PowerBait and marshmallows. Anglers reported the lake was limited to residents and to check openings before you go.
Jal Lake no reports from anglers this week.
Fishing for trout at Lake Van was good using PowerBait.
At Oasis Park Lake, in accordance with the public health order, effective Dec. 3, N.M. state parks reopened to N.M. residents for day-use only. Please check the state parks website for more information. Fishing for trout was fair to good using PowerBait and spoons.
Streamflow on the Pecos River below Sumner Lake on Monday morning was 21.4 cfs.
Fishing for trout at Perch Lake was good using salmon peach PowerBait.
Streamflow on the Ruidoso River on Monday morning at Hollywood was 3.28 cfs.
At Santa Rosa Lake, in accordance with the public health order, effective Dec. 3, N.M. state parks reopened to N.M. residents for day-use only. Please check the state parks website for more information. Fishing for walleye was good using nightcrawlers on trolling hooks.
At Sumner Lake, in accordance with the Public health order, effective Dec. 3, N.M. state parks reopened to N.M. residents for day-use only. Please check the state parks website for more information.

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