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Fishing Line for Feb. 4, 2021

Catches of the week

Tony Valdes, of Artesia, caught a 19.5-inch, 4-pound, 1-ounce largemouth bass at Brantley Lake using an Ozark Trail Sexy Shad Jerkbait on Jan. 25.

Xaryan Padilla, 8, Elijah Garcia, 6, MyKaila Garcia, 11, and Ezekiel Padilla, 2, of Artesia, caught seven trout at Carlsbad Municipal Lake using PowerBait Jan. 23.

Kiko Rascon, of Taos, caught a 34-inch northern pike at Eagle Nest Lake using a jig worm Jan. 28. Martin Gonzales and Kristina Parrack, of Nambe, caught 50 perch using jigs tipped with worms Jan. 24. Timothy Errickson and Kristina Bueche, of La Mesilla, caught 60 perch using jigs tipped with worms Jan. 24.

Valerie Wyatt, of Roswell, caught her limit of rainbow trout on the Pecos River in Carlsbad using a Kastmaster lure Jan. 30.

Evan Torres, of Albuquerque, caught a 26-inch brown trout on the San Juan River in the Texas Hole using a red annelid Jan. 17.

A.J. Pino, of Albuquerque, caught a 28-inch 8-pound walleye at Santa Rosa Lake using a 5-inch paddle tail swimbait Jan. 23.

Beaux Morgan, 5, and Adaline Morgan, 4, of Albuquerque, caught an 18.5-inch rainbow trout and 16-inch rainbow trout, respectively, at Tingley Beach using salmon eggs Jan. 29.

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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 Jan. 29, New Mexico state parks are open to N.M. residents for day-use only. Please check the state parks website for more information.

Clayton Lake is closed until March 2021.

At Conchas Lake, in accordance with the public health order, effective Jan. 29, N.M. state parks are open to N.M. residents for day-use only. Please check the state parks website for more information. Conchas Lake State Park has closed access to all boat ramps due to dropping water levels. The boat ramps on the south side of the lake managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are open.

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 Jan. 29, N.M. state parks are open 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 Jan. 29, N.M. state parks are open to N.M. residents for day-use only. Please check the state parks website for more information. The lake was open to ice fishing. Fishing for trout was fair to good using jigs tipped with worms and Kastmaster spoons. Fishing for perch was good using small ice fishing jigs tipped with worms.

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 Jan. 29, N.M. state parks are open to N.M. residents for day-use only. Please check the state parks website for more information.

At Lake Maloya, in accordance with the public health order, effective Jan. 29, N.M. state parks are open to N.M. residents for day-use only. Please check the state parks website for more information. 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 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 42.4 cfs. Fishing for trout near the hatchery was slow to fair using small nymph and egg pattern flies.

Streamflow on the Rio Grande, at the Taos Junction Bridge, on Monday morning was 365 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair using nymphs fished close to the bottom, white Woolly Buggers and small Griffith’s Gnat dry flies for rising fish in the evenings.

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 is closed until July 1, 2021.

Anglers reported that Springer Lake was iced over.

At Storrie Lake, in accordance with the public health order, effective Jan. 29, N.M. state parks are open 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 Jan. 29, N.M. state parks are open to N.M. residents for day-use only. Please check the state parks website for more information. 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 Abiquiú Lake is open. Anglers reported that there is a lot of ice on the lake.

Water flow on the Animas River, below Aztec, on Monday morning was 164 cfs.

Albuquerque Area Drains had no reports from anglers this week.

At Bluewater Lake, in accordance with the public health order, effective Jan. 29, N.M. state parks are open to N.M. residents for day-use only. Please check the state parks website for more information. Bluewater 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 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 37.5 cfs, respectively. Fishing for trout below El Vado Lake was fair using spinners and nightcrawlers. Fishing for trout below Abiquiú Lake was good using size 14-18 beadhead midge nymph flies.

Visitors to Cochiti Lake will need to make a reservation by purchasing a ticket at least 24 hours in advance through recreation.gov. Anglers reported that the lake was mostly iced over.

At El Vado Lake, in accordance with the public health order, effective Jan. 29, N.M. state parks are open to N.M. residents for day-use only. Please check the state parks website for more information. El Vado Lake is open only at the Dam Day Use Area. Annual pass or $5.00 entry fee applies.

At Fenton Lake, in accordance with the public health order, effective Jan. 29, N.M. state parks are open to N.M. residents for day-use only. Please check the state parks website for more information. Fishing for trout was slow to fair using Velveeta cheese, earthworms and mealworms.

At Heron Lake, in accordance with the public health order, effective Jan. 29, N.M. state parks are open to N.M. residents for day-use only. Please check the state parks website for more information. ​Heron Lake is open for ice fishing. 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 and will open May 1.

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.

At Navajo Lake, in accordance with the public health order, effective Jan. 29, N.M. state parks are open to N.M. residents for day-use only. Please check the state parks website for more information.

Fishing for catfish on the Rio Grande near Albuquerque was fair using cut bait.

Anglers reported that San Gregorio Lake is frozen.

Streamflow on the San Juan River on Monday morning was 377 cfs. In accordance with the public health order, effective Jan. 29, N.M. state parks are open 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 size 24 black foam wing emergers, size 20 black zebra midges, size 22 crystal midges, midge cluster dry flies and red annelids.

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 salmon eggs and 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 at Bill Evans Lake was slow.

At Caballo Lake, in accordance with the public health order, effective Jan. 29, N.M. state parks are open 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 Jan. 29, N.M. state parks are open 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 to good using cut bait and shad.

Escondida Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow on the Gila River on Monday morning was 61.2 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 Jan. 29, N.M. state parks are open to N.M. residents for day-use only. Please check the state parks website for more information.

Fishing for trout was slow at Quemado Lake using salmon eggs.

Rancho Grande Ponds had no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow on the Rio Grande, below Elephant Butte, on Monday morning was .64 cfs.

Snow Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout was good at Trees Lake using salmon peach PowerBait and worms.

Fishing for trout at Young Pond was good using corn and nymph scented PowerBait.

Southeast fishing report

Alto Lake had no fishing reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Bataan Lake was good using dough bait and PowerBait.

Streamflow on the Black River, at Malaga, on Monday morning was 5.10 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 Jan. 29, N.M. state parks are open 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 Jan. 29, N.M. state parks are open to N.M. residents for day-use only. Please check the state parks website for more information. Fishing for bass was fair to good using Ozark Trail Sexy Shad Jerkbaits.

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

Fishing for trout was fair to good at Chaparral Park Lake 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 fair to 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.

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 Jan. 29, N.M. state parks are open 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 .66 cfs. Fishing for trout in Carlsbad was good using Kastmaster lures.

Perch Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow on the Ruidoso River on Monday morning at Hollywood was 1.97 cfs.

At Santa Rosa Lake, in accordance with the public health order, effective Jan. 29, N.M. state parks are open to N.M. residents for day-use only. Please check the state parks website for more information. Fishing for walleye was fair to good using 5-inch paddle tail swimbaits.

At Sumner Lake, in accordance with the public health order, effective Jan. 29, N.M. state parks are open to N.M. residents for day-use only. Please check the state parks website for more information.

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