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Fishing Line for Jan. 28, 2021

Catches of the week

Thayne Bowen, 8, of Roswell, caught his personal best 2-pound 15-ounce largemouth bass at Brantley Lake using a black and yellow jerkbait Jan. 18.

Jude Vojtech, 18, of Rio Rancho, caught a 19-inch brown trout on the Chama River using a brown trout pattern spinner below El Vado Lake on Jan. 22.

Aundrea Rascon, 14, of Taos, caught a 23-inch rainbow trout at Eagle Nest Lake using a silver Kastmaster on Jan. 20

Paul Martinez, of Belen, caught a 20-inch rainbow trout using a jig tipped with worm Jan. 16.

Richard Chavez caught a 20-inch rainbow trout at Quemado Lake using Fire Corn on Jan. 16.

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 2-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.

At E agle 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 closed due to unsafe ice conditions. Fishing for trout was good using jigs tipped with worms and Kastmaster spoons. Fishing for perch was 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. Ice was reported at 11-inches thick. The lake is open 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. Ice was reported at 14-inches thick. Ice fishing for trout was good using PowerBait and 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 Monday morning was 32.8 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 370 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, 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.

Anglers reported that Springer Lake was iced over.

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, NM State Parks will reopen to New Mexico residents for day-use only. Fishing for white bass and walleye was fair in 40 to 50-feet of water using vertical jigs with vibrating blades and Gulp Minnows.

Northwest fishing report

The boat ramp at Abiqui ú 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 182 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 40 cfs, respectively. Fishing for trout below El Vado Lake was good using brown trout pattern spinners. Fishing for trout below Abiquiú Lake was fair using Trout Magnet lures, beadhead nymph flies and orange zebra midge flies.

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 are NOT sold at the lake. Anglers reported that the lake was iced over.

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. Ice was reported at 11-inches thick. Fishing for smallmouth bass was fair using spinners (jigging).

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. Fenton Lake State Park opened to ice fishing. Fishing for trout was fair to good using Velveeta cheese and pink jigs.

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. Ice was reported at 6.5 to 9-inches thick. Fishing for rainbow trout was fair using rainbow trout spinners tipped with fireballs or worms (jigging).

At the Jemez Waters, streamflow on the Jemez, near the village of Jemez Springs, on Monday morning was 19.8 cfs.

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.

Fishing for walleye on the Rio Grande near Albuquerque was fair using jerkbaits around rocky shoreline. Fishing for catfish was fair using worms.

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 streamers, size 24 black foam wing emergers, size 20 black 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 green PowerBait.

Trout Lakes had no reports from anglers this week.

Southwest fishing report

Fishing for trout was slow at Alumni Pond.

Bear Canyon Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Anglers reported fishing for all species was slow at Bill Evans Lake .

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 white bass and walleye was slow. Fishing for catfish was fair.

Escondida Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow on the Gila River on Monday morning was 57.3 cfs.

Glenwood Pond had no reports from anglers this week.

Lake Roberts had no reports from anglers this week.

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.

Fishing for trout was slow to fair at Quemado Lake using Fire Corn and salmon eggs.

Rancho Grande Ponds had no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow on the Rio Grande, below Elephant Butte, on Monday morning was 0.25 cfs.

Snow Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Trees Lake was 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 4.58 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 bass was fair using black/yellow jerkbaits.

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

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

Anglers reported that Corona Pond was frozen.

Eunice Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout was very good at Green Meadow Lake using light green garlic 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 16.3 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 N.M. residents for day-use only. Please check the state parks website for more information. Fishing for walleye was fair using jigs with curly tail grubs.

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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