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Fishing Line for March 4, 2021

Catches of the week

Stacy Preston, of Artesia, caught a 6.8-pound, 22.5-inch largemouth bass at Brantley Lake using a Storm Largo Shad on Feb. 25.

Crystal Garcia, of Albuquerque, caught a 22-inch brown trout on the Chama River below El Vado Lake using a minnow imitation swimbait Feb. 27.

Alonso Ordaz, 13, caught and released a 55-pound blue catfish at Elephant Butte Lake using cut bait shad on a Santee Cooper Rig with a Muddy River Catfishing Demon Dragon Feb. 22. Keith Rogers, of Silver City, caught 16 white bass in the 2 to 2.5-pound range trolling white/silver shad-color deep-diving crankbaits Feb. 27.

Jusiah Estrada, 11, of Las Vegas, caught and released a 17-inch cuttbow trout at Morphy Lake using a brown and gold Joe’s Fly on March 1.

William Schroeder, of Las Cruces, caught and released a 7.5-pound channel catfish on the Rio Grande near Mesilla using shad bait Feb. 28.

David G. Manning, of Santa Fe, caught a 28-Inch rainbow trout on the Pecos River using a size 10 black Woolly Worm fly Feb. 27.

For more fishing report updates, including lake closures, go to abqjournal.com/go.

 

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. Effective Feb. 27, New Mexico state parks are open to all visitors. Please check the state parks website for more information. Fishing for trout was good using worms, salmon eggs and peach PowerBait.

Clayton Lake is closed until March 2021.

At Conchas Lake, effective Feb. 27, N.M. state parks are open to all visitors. 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 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 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 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, effective Feb. 27, N.M. state parks are open to all visitors. Please check the state parks website for more information.

At Eagle Nest Lake, effective Feb. 27, N.M. state parks are open to all visitors. Please check the state parks website for more information. The lake is closed to ice fishing due to deteriorating ice conditions.

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, effective Feb. 27, N.M. state parks are open to all visitors. Please check the state parks website for more information. The lake is closed to ice fishing due to deteriorating ice conditions.

At Lake Maloya, effective Feb. 27, N.M. state parks are open to all visitors. Please check the state parks website for more information. The lake is open for ice fishing.

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 opened on March 1. Effective Feb. 27, N.M. state parks are open to all visitors. Please check the state parks website for more information. Fishing for trout was good using brown and gold Joe’s Flies.

Streamflow on the Pecos River, near the town of Pecos, on Monday morning was not measured due to ice. Fishing for trout was fair to good using black Woolly Worm flies.

Streamflow on the Red River, below the hatchery, on Monday morning was 29.5 cfs. Fishing for trout near the hatchery was fair using small nymph flies, egg pattern flies and Blue Winged Olive flies on cloudy days.

Streamflow on the Rio Grande, at the Taos Junction Bridge, on Monday morning was 417 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using crane flies and Blue Wing Olive flies on cloudy days.

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 is closed for the season and will open July 1, 2021.

Springer Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

At Storrie Lake, effective Feb. 27, N.M. state parks are open to all visitors. Please check the state parks website for more information.

Fishing for catfish at Stubblefield Lake was fair to good using green worms.

At Ute Lake, effective Feb. 27, N.M. state parks are open to all visitors. Please check the state parks website for more information. Fishing for all species was slow. The water surface temperature was about 40 degrees.

Northwest fishing report

 

Abiqui ú Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Water flow on the Animas River, below Aztec, on Monday morning was 144 cfs.

Fishing for trout was fair to good at the Albuquerque Area Drains using salmon eggs. Anglers reported locating trout near the bridges in Albuquerque.

At Bluewater Lake, effective Feb. 27, N.M. state parks are open to all visitors. 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 37.5 cfs, respectively. Fishing for trout below El Vado Lake was good using minnow imitation swimbaits. Fishing for trout below Abiquiú Lake was good using black leaches, orange zebra midges, Warden’s Worry flies and salmon eggs.

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.

At El Vado Lake, effective Feb. 27, N.M. state parks are open to all visitors. Please check the state parks website for more information. The lake is closed to ice fishing due to deteriorating ice conditions.

At Fenton Lake, effective Feb. 27, N.M. state parks are open to all visitors. Please check the state parks website for more information. The lake is closed to ice fishing due to deteriorating ice conditions.

At Heron Lake, effective Feb. 27, N.M. state parks are open to all visitors. Please check the state parks website for more information. Heron Lake is open for ice fishing. Ice was reported as 6-inches deep, 3-feet from the shore and 9-inches deep, 20-feet from the shore.

At the Jemez Waters, streamflow on the Jemez, near the village of Jemez Springs on Monday morning was 13.4 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair to good using salmon eggs and corn.

Laguna del Campo is closed for the season. It opens May 1, 2021.

Lagunitas Lakes had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Lake Farmington was fair using garlic trout bait.

Manzano Lake is closed until further notice.

McGaffey Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

At Navajo Lake, effective Feb. 27, N.M. state parks are open to all visitors. 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 392 cfs. Effective Feb. 27, N.M. state parks are open to all visitors. Please check the state parks website for more information. Fishing for trout in the quality waters was good using leach pattern flies, egg pattern flies, chamois worms, crystal flash midges and red larvae flies.

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 fair to good using green PowerBait and Pistol Pete flies.

Trout Lakes had no reports from anglers this week.

Southwest fishing report

Fishing for trout at Alumni Pond was good using pink marshmallows.

Bear Canyon Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Bill Evans Lake was good using Rapala lures and PowerBait.

At Caballo Lake, effective Feb. 27, N.M. state parks are open to all visitors. Please check the state parks website for more information. Fishing for catfish was good using cut carp bait.

At Elephant Butte Lake, effective Feb. 27, N.M. state parks are open to all visitors. Please check the state parks website for more information. Fishing for white bass was good trolling white/silver shad color deep diving crankbait lures and curly tail grubs. 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 65.3 cfs.

Glenwood Pond had no reports from anglers this week.

Lake Roberts had no reports from anglers this week.

At Percha Dam, effective Feb. 27, N.M. state parks are open to all visitors. 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 .17 cfs. Fishing for catfish near Radium Springs and Mesilla was fair to good using cut carp bait and shad.

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 good using red nymph flies, pink marshmallows, Velveeta cheese, garlic scented PowerBait and corn.

Southeast fishing report

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

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

Streamflow on the Black River, at Malaga, on Monday morning was 3.77 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, effective Feb. 27, N.M. state parks are open to all visitors. Please check the state parks website for more information. Fishing for trout was good using yellow garlic PowerBait.

At Brantley Lake, effective Feb. 27, N.M. state parks are open to all visitors. Please check the state parks website for more information. Fishing for bass was good using Storm Largo Shad lures.

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

Fishing for trout at Chaparral Park Lake was fair to good using earthworms and salmon peach PowerBait.

Corona Pond had no reports from anglers this week.

Eunice Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Green Meadow Lake was very good using salmon peach glitter PowerBait on a 6-pound test line with a slip sinker rig and a #12 single hook.

Greene Acres Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

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

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

Fishing for trout at Lake Van was good using yellow garlic PowerBait.

At Oasis Park Lake, effective Feb. 27, N.M. state parks are open to all visitors. Please check the state parks website for more information.

Streamflow on the Pecos River, below Sumner Lake, on Monday morning was 105 cfs.

Perch Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow on the Ruidoso River on Monday morning, at Hollywood, was 4.09 cfs. Anglers reported fishing for trout was slow.

At Santa Rosa Lake, effective Feb. 27, N.M. state parks are open to all visitors. Please check the state parks website for more information.

At Sumner Lake, effective Feb. 27, N.M. state parks are open to all visitors. Please check the state parks website for more information.

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