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Fishing report for Jan. 21, 2021

Catches of the week

Brooklynn and Zoey, both 8, of Espa ñ ola, caught a 19-inch cutbow on the Chama River, below Abiqui ú Lake, using a Trout Magnet on Jan. 13. Alyssa Aldaz, 7, and Destiny Aldaz, 8, of Albuquerque, caught several brown trout, approximately 18-inches each, below El Vado Lake, using rainbow trout pattern lures Jan. 9.

Charles Kaiser, of Albuquerque, caught four 13 to 14-inch crappie at Conchas Lake using two-inch plastic crawfish lures on jig heads Jan. 14.

Arthur Petronio, of Albuquerque, caught a 16-inch rainbow trout at Tingley Beach using garlic green 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. Fishing for crappie was fair using two-inch plastic crawfish lures.

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.

A t 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, but ATV traffic is prohibited and Six Mile Day Use Area is 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.

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 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 is 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 34.6 cfs. Fishing for trout near the hatchery was fair using tungsten bead head nymphs and midge flies.

Streamflow on the Rio Grande, at the Taos Junction Bridge, on Monday morning was 343 cfs. Fishing for trout was good on warm days using bead head 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 no reports from anglers this week.

Shuree Ponds had no reports from anglers this week.

Springer Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

A t 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.

A t 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. There were no reports from anglers this week.

Northwest fishing report

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

Water flow on the Animas River, below Aztec, on Monday morning was 147 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. 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 102 cfs and 48.5 cfs, respectively. Fishing for trout below El Vado Lake was good, using rainbow trout pattern lures, nightcrawlers and nymph flies. Fishing for trout below Abiquiú Lake was good using Trout Magnet lures, beadhead nymph flies and orange zebra midge flies.

Visitors to the 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. The boat ramp will be open. 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 State Park is open to ice fishing. Fishing for trout was slow with the best reports coming from anglers using red salmon eggs.

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. ​

At the Jemez Waters, Streamflow on the Jemez, near the village of Jemez Springs, on Monday morning was 17.3 cfs. Fishing for trout was slow to fair using 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 382 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 very good using small size 24 black foam wing emerges, size 20 black/green zebra midges, size 22 crystal midges, red annelids and Baetis fly 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 at Tingley Beach was good using yellow and green PowerBait fished deep. Anglers reported several adults fishing the children’s pond. The far north fishing pond is for children 12 years of age 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.

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. Anglers reported fishing for all species was slow.

E scondida Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow on the Gila River on Monday morning was 51.2 cfs.

Glenwood Pond had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Lake Roberts was good using PowerBait.

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 .46 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

Alto Lake had no fishing reports from anglers this week. 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 4.8 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.

Carlsbad Municipal Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Chaparral Park Lake was very good using dough bait and PowerBait.

Anglers reported that Corona Pond was frozen.

Eunice Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Green Meadow Lake was very good using dough bait and PowerBait.

Greene Acres Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Grindstone Reservoir had no fishing reports from anglers this week. Anglers reported 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 using PowerBait.

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 3.47 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 jigs tipped with plastic minnows and 5-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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