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Fishing Line for Feb. 18, 2021

Catches of the week

Jonathon Casados, of Mora, caught a 16-inch rainbow trout at the Albuquerque Area Drains using a gold Mepps spinner Feb. 13. Darrell Kundargi, of Albuquerque, caught a 15.5-inch rainbow trout using a grub on a jig head Feb. 13.

Rebecca Calcutt and her son Joseph, 9, of Albuquerque, caught 14 large white bass at Elephant Butte Lake trolling crankbait lures Feb. 13.

Easton Sanchez, 5, of Ruidoso, caught a 14-inch rainbow trout at Grindstone Reservoir using green PowerBait on Feb. 11.

Elias Ramirez, 10, of Albuquerque, caught a 19-inch walleye and 7-inch crappie at Santa Rosa Lake using garlic PowerBait and a PowerBait paddle tail lure Feb. 6.

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 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 trout 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 is closed to ice fishing.

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. The lake is closed to ice fishing.

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.

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, Monday morning was 36.3 cfs. Fishing for trout near the hatchery was fair using small nymph and egg pattern flies.

Streamflow on the Rio Grande, at the Taos Junction Bridge, on Monday morning was 393 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using double nymph rig combinations of large crane fly nymphs and small midge larvae.

Streamflow on the Rio Hondo, near Valdez, on Monday morning 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 is closed until Jul. 1, 2021.

Springer Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

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 all species was slow. The water surface temperature was 41 degrees.

Northwest fishing report

Abiquiú Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Water flow on the Animas River, below Aztec, on Monday morning was 174 cfs.

Fishing for trout at Albuquerque Area Drains was fair to good using dough bait, gold Mepps spinners and grub worms. Anglers reported locating trout near the bridges in Albuquerque.

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. 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 32.7 cfs, respectively. We had no reports from anglers below El Vado Lake this week. Fishing for trout below Abiquiú Lake was good, using black balanced leeches, orange zebra midges, Warden’s Worry flies and salmon eggs.

Cochiti Lake has reopened for day use. 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. 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. The lake is closed to ice fishing.

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. The lake is closed to ice fishing. Fishing the river in the state park for trout was good using salmon eggs and flies.

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. 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 17.9 cfs.

Laguna del Campo is closed for the season; it will open May 1, 2021.

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.

Rio Grande 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 387 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 health concerns. Check the department’s alerts page for future updates.

Fishing for trout at Tingley Beach was fair to good using wax worms and PowerBait.

Trout Lakes had no reports from anglers this week.

Southwest fishing report

Fishing for trout at Alumni Pond was fair using marshmallows.

Bear Canyon Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout Bill Evans Lake was good. Trolling small floating Rapala lures from a kayak and bank fishing was good using PowerBait.

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 was good trolling crankbait lures. Fishing for catfish was fair to good using cut bait and shad.

Fishing for trout was fair to good at Escondida Lake using pink PowerBait and purple nymph scented PowerBait.

Streamflow on the Gila River on Monday morning was 68.1 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.

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 .21 cfs.

Snow Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Trees Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Young Pond was fair to good using nymph-scented PowerBait and garlic-scented PowerBait. Fishing for bass was fair using plastic worms.

Southeast fishing report

Fishing for trout at Alto Lake was good using worms, PowerBait and salmon eggs.

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. 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 jerkbaits.

Fishing for trout at Carlsbad Municipal Lake was slow using dough bait and PowerBait.

Fishing for trout at Chaparral Park Lake was fair to 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 at Green Meadow Lake was good using Gulp meal worms dipped in Hatchery Dust.

Greene Acres Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Grindstone Reservoir was good using green PowerBait.

Fishing for trout at Jal Lake was good using yellow PowerBait.

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.

Streamflow on the Pecos River, below Sumner Lake, on Monday morning was 16.7 cfs. Fishing for white bass near the state line was good, using live minnows, Gulp baby yellow minnows and orange and white spinners.

Perch Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow on the Ruidoso River on Monday morning, at Hollywood, was 4.31 cfs. Anglers reported fishing for trout was slow.

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 and crappie was fair using garlic PowerBait and PowerBait paddle tail lures.

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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