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Fishing Line for March 11, 2021

Catches of the week

Mark Haber, of Española, caught a 20-inch walleye trolling at Abiquiú Lake a crankbait March 7.

Edward Marraccini, of Albuquerque, caught and released a 21-inch brown trout on the Chama River, below El Vado Lake, using a Black Bunny on Leech on March 7.

Justin Journal, of Rio Rancho, caught a 7.32-pound largemouth bass at Elephant Butte Lake using a Red Square Bill Crankbait. Michael Cisco Medford, 7, of Las Cruces, caught an 8-pound blue catfish trolling a deep-diving white/chartreuse crankbait March 7. Cole Rogers and Parker McMillian, both of Silver City, caught 18 white bass trolling shad colored crankbaits March 6.

Obadiah Bock, 4, of Los Lunas, caught his first fish, an 11-inch rainbow trout at Escondida Lake using corn Feb. 27.

Taylor Griego, of Las Vegas, caught a 17-inch cutthroat trout at Morphy Lake using a size 14 San Juan worm March 7. Edward Herrea, of Las Vegas, and Nicholas Sanchez, of Los Lunas, caught their limits of trout ranging in size from 14 to 21-inches using Blue Fox #2 Spinners and Pistol Pete flies March 1.

Stephen Routt, 5, of Aztec, caught and released a 27-inch brown trout at Navajo Lake using an 8-inch trout pattern Rapala lure March 3. Matt Buell, of Farmington, caught and released a 28.5-inch, 10-pound, 6-ounce brown trout and a 28.5-inch, 9-pound, 14-ounce brown trout using a rainbow trout swimbait and Panther Martin spinner Feb. 28.

Greg Berg, of Santa Fe, caught and released a 22-inch brown trout on the Pecos River using a 2-inch shad swimbait March 6.

Brayton Neil, of Soldotna, Alaska, caught a 30-inch flathead catfish on the Rio Grande, near Radium Springs, using worms Feb. 28. Milo Chavez, of Albuquerque, caught a 17-inch brown trout using a personally tied size 22 midge larva March 6.

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NOTES from GAME & FISH

Northeast fishing report

Cabresto Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Charette Lakes is open 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 open for the season. Fishing for trout has been fair to good at using PowerBait.

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 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 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, 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. Open to bank fishing only. Anglers reported fishing was slow.

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 closed to ice fishing due to deteriorating ice conditions.

Los Pinos River had no reports from anglers this week.

Maxwell Lake 13 is open for the season.

Monastery Lake is closed due to COVID-19 health concerns. Check the Open Gate webpage for future updates.

Morphy Lake is open. Fishing for trout was good using Blue Fox #2 spinners, Pistol Pete flies, San Juan worms and 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 and small shad swimbaits.

Streamflow on the Red River, below the hatchery, on Monday morning was 37.5 cfs. Fishing for was fair using small bead head nymphs and Mayfly dry flies in the afternoons.

Streamflow on the Rio Grande, at the Taos Junction Bridge, on Monday morning was 478 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair to good using size 22 midge larva 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 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.

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.

Stubblefield Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

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 white bass was fair trolling crankbaits. Fishing for walleye was fair using jigs tipped with live minnows or Gulp minnows in 20 to 25-feet of water. Fishing for bass was fair in the afternoons. Fishing for catfish and crappie was slow. The water surface temperature was in the low 40 degrees.

Northwest fishing report

 

Fishing for walleye at Abiquiú Lake was fair trolling crankbaits.

Water flow on the Animas River, below Aztec, on Monday morning was 151 cfs.

Fishing for trout was fair 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 31.6 cfs, respectively. Fishing for trout below El Vado Lake was good using Black Bunny Leech Flies and minnow imitation swimbaits. Fishing for trout below Abiquiú Lake was good using PowerBait, spinners, Woolly Buggers, egg pattern flies and bead head nymphs. Please remember that the area from the river-crossing bridge on U.S. Highway 84 at Abiquiú upstream 7 miles to Abiquiú Dam’s base is special trout waters with a two trout bag limit.

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.

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. The lake is closed to ice fishing due to deteriorating ice conditions.

At the Jemez Waters, streamflow on the Jemez, near the village of Jemez Springs, on Monday morning was 45.1 cfs.

Laguna del Campo is closed for the season; will reopen on 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. Fishing for trout was fair using Panther Martin spinners and Rapala lures.

Fishing for white bass and walleye on the Rio Grande was fair to good near Bernalillo using curly tail grubs.

Anglers reported that San Gregorio Lake is frozen.

Streamflow on the San Juan River on Monday morning was 418 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 larva 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 using PowerBait worms.

Trout Lakes had no reports from anglers this week.

Southwest fishing report

Fishing for trout at Alumni Pond was good using pink marshmallows. Fishing for bass and catfish was slow to fair.

Fishing for trout at Bear Canyon Lake was good using black Woolly Buggers with a red bead head.

Fishing for trout at Bill Evans Lake was good using bright yellow corn PowerBait and dull orange cheese 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 white bass was good using small deep-diving Bandit crankbaits.

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 walleye was good using gold spoons and spinners. Fishing for white bass was good using white/silver shad color deep diving crankbaits, yellow grubs and yellow crankbaits. Fishing for catfish was good using cut carp bait, dough bait, live worms and shad. Fishing for bass was fair using red square bill crankbaits.

Fishing for trout at Escondida Lake was good using corn.

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, 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 .31 cfs. Fishing for catfish near Radium Springs and Mesilla was fair to good using cut carp bait and worms.

Snow Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Trees Lake was fair. Fishing for all other species was slow.

Fishing for trout at Young Pond was slow to fair using nymph flies with a bobber, pink marshmallows, garlic-scented PowerBait and corn.

Southeast fishing report

Fishing for trout at Alto Lake was good using PowerBait and Kastmaster lures.

Bataan Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow on the Black River, at Malaga, on Monday morning was 3.59 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 fair to good using swimbaits.

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

Chaparral Park Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Corona Pond had no reports from anglers this week.

Eunice Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout was good at Green Meadow Lake using salmon peach glitter PowerBait on six-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.

Jal Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

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 100 cfs.

Perch Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow on the Ruidoso River on Monday morning, at Hollywood, was 4.54 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. Fishing for walleye was fair using curly tail grubs.

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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