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Fishing line for Jan. 14, 2021

Catches of the week

TJ, 14, caught two rainbow trout at once at Bear Canyon Lake using glitter garlic PowerBait on Jan. 3.

Carlos Hammer, 15, of Taos, caught a 44-inch, 22-pound pike at Eagle Nest Lake using a gold jigging spoon Jan. 2. Marcello Richert, 9, of Arroyo Hondo, caught several large trout and a pike using small jigs Jan. 1.

Amy Kelly, 5, of Rio Rancho, caught her first fish, a rainbow trout, at Fenton Lake using an ice jig Jan. 10.

Eric Chavez, of Albuquerque, caught a three-pound largemouth bass at Santa Rosa Lake using a five-inch paddle tail swimbait Jan. 3. Chavez also caught a 22-inch walleye using a five-inch paddle tail swimbait Jan. 9.

Josh Martinez, of Albuquerque, caught a 31.5-inch, 10-pound, 12-ounce catfish at Tingley Beach using PowerBait on Jan. 9.

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 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 N.M. residents for day-use only. Please check the state parks website for more information.

Clayton Lake is closed until March 2021.

Conchas Lake State Park has closed access to all boat ramps due to dropping water levels. 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 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 the 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 was open to ice fishing, but ATV traffic and Six Mile Day Use Area are closed due to unsafe ice conditions. Fishing for trout was good using jigs tipped with worms. Fishing for perch was very good, using small ice fishing jigs tipped with wax worms and earthworms. Fishing for pike was fair to good jigging spoons.

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 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 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 on the Pecos River, near the town of Pecos, on Monday morning was not measured due to ice.

Streamflow on the Red River, below the hatchery, on Monday morning was 34.0 cfs. Fishing for trout near the hatchery was fair using tungsten beadhead nymphs and midge flies.

Streamflow on the Rio Grande, at the Taos Junction Bridge, on Monday morning was 354 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair using beadhead nymphs, midges and small Griffith’s gnat dry flies for rising fish.

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 Pe ñ asco, 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.

Northwest fishing report

The boat ramp is open at Abiquiú Lake . Anglers reported that there was a lot of ice on the lake.

Water flow on the Animas River, below Aztec, on Monday morning was 100 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 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 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 249 cfs and 51.7 cfs, respectively. Fishing for trout below Abiquiú Lake was good using size 14 beadhead hare’s ear nymph and orange zebra midge flies. Anglers reported trout feeding on the surface during the late afternoons.

Visitors to Cochiti 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. Anglers reported that fishing for all species was slow.

At El Vado 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. El Vado Lake is open for ice fishing at the Dam Day Use Area.

Fenton Lake is open to ice fishing. Fishing for trout was slow, with the best reports coming from anglers using pink jigs tipped with mealworms.

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. Heron Lake is open for ice fishing.

At the Jemez Waters, streamflow on the Jemez, near the village of Jemez Springs, on Monday morning was 12.3 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair using midge and beadhead 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 397 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 in the quality waters was good using small size 24 chocolate foam wing emergers, size 20 black zebra midges, size 22 crystal midges, black flashbacks, black Baetis fly patterns and small chartreuse egg patterns.

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 yellow and green PowerBait fished deep. Fishing for catfish was slow, but one angler reported catching a large catfish while fishing for trout using PowerBait. The far north fishing pond is for children 12 years old and younger only.

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 good using glitter garlic PowerBait and beadhead pheasant tail nymph flies.

Anglers reported that fishing for trout at Bill Evans Lake was slow using spinners and bait.

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. Anglers reported fishing for all species was slow.

Escondida Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow on the Gila River on Monday morning was 52.4 cfs.

Glenwood Pond had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Lake Roberts was very good using PowerBait in various colors and scents.

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.

Fishing for trout at Trees Lake was very good using PowerBait, salmon eggs, worms and spinners.

Young Pond had no reports from anglers this week.

Southeast fishing report

Anglers reported Alto 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 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.

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.

Carlsbad Municipal Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Chaparral Park Lake was fair using salmon eggs, cheese dough bait, nightcrawlers and PowerBait.

Anglers reported that Corona Pond was frozen.

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.

Anglers reported at Grindstone Reservoir the lake was limited to residents and to check openings before you go.

Jal Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Lake Van had no reports from anglers this week.

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 15.9 cfs.

Fishing for trout at Perch Lake was good using green and yellow PowerBait.

Streamflow on the Ruidoso River on Monday morning at Hollywood was 4.31 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 Fuzz-E Grubs tipped with plastic minnows and five-inch paddle tail swimbaits. Fishing for bass was fair using five-inch paddle tail swimbaits.

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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