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Fishing report for April 22, 2021

Catches of the week
Carlos Orona, of Las Cruces, caught an 18-inch 4-pound rainbow trout at Alto Lake using a fly April 15.

 

Kobie Jojola, of Carlsbad, caught a 3.5-pound largemouth bass at Bataan Lake using a plastic jig April 10.

 

Robert B., of Albuquerque, caught a 5-pound largemouth bass using a black and blue 5-inch stick worm at Caballo Lake on April 5.

 

Mitchell Curtis, of Santa Fe, caught a 40-inch pike using a lipless crankbait at Cochiti Lake on April 16.

 

At Eagle Nest Lake, Renee Baird, of Rio Rancho, caught a 20-inch, 4-pound rainbow trout using a nightcrawler April 12. Jon Conklin, of Cedar Crest, caught a 47-inch, 24.3-pound pike using a Kokanee salmon rig April 13. Kelly Byars, of Albuquerque, caught a 20-inch rainbow trout using PowerBait on April 10. Ron Santi, of Albuquerque, caught a 23-inch rainbow trout using PowerBait on April 10. Rio Cordova, 9, of Arroyo Seco, caught a 23-inch rainbow trout using PowerBait on April 5.

 

Scott Whitney, of Rio Rancho, caught a 4.5-pound largemouth bass at Elephant Butte Lake using a swimbait April 12.

 

Jazelle and Aria Trujillo, 5 and 4, of Rio Rancho, caught their first trout using worms at Fenton Lake on April 10.

 

Efrain Rodriguez, of El Paso, caught and released a 20-inch rainbow trout at Grindstone Reservoir using orange PowerBait mice tails April 17.

 

Jeff Stuhlmann, of Placitas, caught a 4.5-pound smallmouth bass at Navajo Lake using a jig April 9.

 

Luke Rodriguez, 7, of Santa Fe, caught his first fish a 12-inch rainbow trout on the Pecos River using worms that he dug up April 11.

 

Seth Hardy, of Red River, caught a 17-inch cutbow trout on the Rio Grande near Questa using a homemade white and silver nymph fly near April 18.

 

Uriah Dickson, 12, of Springer, caught four pike 24 to 26-inches long at Springer Lake using yellow jigs and rainbow trout colored #5 Mepps spinners April 18.

 

Shelbie Corriz and Jeremy Garcia, of Albuquerque, caught a 23-inch largemouth bass at Tingley Beach using a lime green Rapala lure April 16.

 

Gary Riley, of Hereford, Texas caught a 28-inch, 7.46-pound walleye at Ute Lake using a swim jig April 18.

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 had no reports from anglers this week.

 

Streamflow on the Cimarron River, near Cimarron, on Monday morning was 25.3 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair to good using worms and flies.

 

Fishing for trout at Clayton Lake was good using nightcrawlers and PowerBait. Fishing for walleye was fair to good using jigs.

 

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. Fishing for largemouth bass was fair using shallow diving crank bait lures. Fishing for white bass was good using chartreuse lipless and medium diving crankbait lures. The water surface temperature was in the mid-50s.

 

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.

 

Coyote Creek had no reports from anglers this week.

 

Eagle Nest Lake is now open to shore fishing and boating. Fishing for trout was good using salmon peach PowerBait and nightcrawlers. Fishing for pike was good using Mepps spinners.

 

Fishing for trout at Eagle Rock Lake was good using PowerBait and pink PowerBait mice tails.

 

Fawn Lakes had no reports from anglers this week.

 

Fishing for trout on the Gallinas River was good using beadhead nymph flies.

 

Hopewell Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

 

Lake Alice had no reports from anglers this week.

 

Lake Maloya had no reports from anglers this week.

 

Los Pinos River had no reports from anglers this week.

 

Anglers reported Maxwell Lake 13 had little to no water.

 

Fishing for trout was fair to good at Monastery Lake using olive Pistol Pete spinners.

 

Fishing for trout was fair to good at Morphy Lake using Panther Martin spinners and beadhead nymphs.

 

Streamflow on the Pecos River, near the town of Pecos, on Monday morning was 68.4 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using San Juan worms, pheasant tail nymph flies, salmon eggs and beadhead nymph flies.

 

Streamflow on the Red River, below the hatchery, Monday morning was 64.3 cfs. Fishing for trout was slow to fair using dry dropper setups with beadhead nymphs and caddis flies.

 

Streamflow on the Rio Grande, at the Taos Junction Bridge, on Monday morning was 405 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using caddis nymphs, silver and white nymph flies and caddis dry flies in the late afternoons.

 

Streamflow on the Rio Hondo on Monday morning, near Valdez, was 21.5 cfs.

 

Streamflow on the Rio Mora on Monday morning was not measured due to ice. Fishing for trout was fair to good using worms.

 

Streamflow on the Rio Pueblo near Peñasco on Monday morning was 47.8 cfs.

 

Fishing for trout at the Santa Cruz Reservoir was fair to good using white PowerBait. Fishing for trout from a boat was good using Countdown Rapala lures.

 

Shuree Ponds is closed until July 1, 2021.

 

Fishing for pike at Springer Lake was good using yellow jigs and rainbow colored #5 Mepps spinners.

 

Storrie Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

 

Stubblefield Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

 

Fishing for white bass at Ute Lake was fair to good trolling medium diving crankbaits. Fishing for walleye was good using Berkley Flicker Shad, spinners tipped with nightcrawlers, swimbaits and Wiggle Warts. Fishing for bass was good using vibrating jigs trailed by swimbaits, Berkley Generals and Berkley Chigger Craws. Fishing for catfish was fair to good using cut bait, worms and chicken liver. Fishing for crappie was slow. The water surface temperature was in the low-to-mid-50s and the úmain lake color was clear.

 

Northwest fishing report

 

Fishing for walleye at Abiquiú Lake was good jigging plastic minnows and curly tail grubs.

 

Water flow on the Animas River, below Aztec, on Monday morning was 122 cfs.

 

Fishing for trout at Albuquerque Area Drains was slow to fair using worms and plastic minnows.

 

Bluewater Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

 

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 694 cfs and 802 cfs, respectively. Fishing for trout below El Vado Lake was slow using nightcrawlers. Anglers reported high water flows below Abiquiú Lake and poor fishing conditions. Please remember, from the river-crossing bridge on U.S. Highway 84 at Abiquiú upstream seven miles to the base of Abiquiú Dam is special trout waters with a bag limit of two trout only.

 

Visitors to Cochiti Lake 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. Fishing for bass was good using drop shot rigs, Ned rigs and lipless crankbaits. Fishing for pike was fair to good using lipless crankbaits.

 

El Vado Lake Dam Day Use area is open.

 

Fishing for trout was fair to good at Fenton Lake using Kastmaster lures, pheasant tail nymph flies, leech pattern flies, hare’s ear pattern flies and worms. Please remember, only two cutthroat trout are allowed to be harvested per day within the regular five fish limit.

 

Heron Lake is open for fishing. All boat ramps are closed due to low water levels. Paddle craft can be launched from the shoreline.

 

At the Jemez Waters, streamflow on the Jemez near the village of Jemez Springs on Monday morning was 59.7cfs. Fishing for trout was fair to good using flashy and white nymph flies.

 

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

 

Lagunitas Lakes had no reports from anglers this week.

 

Lake Farmington had no reports from anglers this week.

 

McGaffey Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

 

Fishing for bass was fair at Navajo Lake using perch shad rap crank baits and jigs.

 

Rio Grande had no reports from anglers this week.

 

San Gregorio Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

 

Streamflow on the San Juan River on Monday morning was 510 cfs. Fishing for trout in the quality waters was good using red San Juan worms, red annelids, crystal flash midges, Baetis nymph flies and midge emerger flies. Fishing for trout in the bait waters was good using worms, salmon eggs and spinners.

 

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 yellow garlic scented PowerBait. Fishing for bass was fair to good using lime green Rapala lures.

 

Trout Lakes had no reports from anglers this week.

 

Southwest fishing report

 

Fishing for trout was slow at Alumni Pond.

 

Fishing for trout was fair to good at Bear Canyon Lake using cheese PowerBait, gold, red and yellow spinners and black Pistol Pete spinners. Fishing for crappie was good using black and tan beadhead nymph flies.

 

Fishing for trout at Bill Evans Lake was good using dark colored dry flies and PowerBait. Fishing for catfish was fair to good using cut carp bait and live worms. Fishing for bass was slow.

 

Fishing for bass at Caballo Lake was slow to fair using chatter baits, jerk baits and stick worms. Fishing for crappie was fair to good using curly tail grubs.

 

Fishing for white bass at Elephant Butte Lake was very good using white crankbaits, jerk baits and swim baits. Fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass was fair using swimbaits and Senko worms in shallow water. The water surface temperature was in the low-60s.

 

Fishing for trout at Escondida Lake was good using bright pink Pistol Pete spinners and garlic-scented PowerBait. Fishing for catfish and bass was slow.

 

Streamflow on the Gila River on Monday morning was 51.2 cfs.

 

Fishing for trout at Glenwood Pond was good using rainbow and chartreuse PowerBait.

 

Fishing for trout at Lake Roberts was good using light brown dry flies, worms and garlic scented PowerBait.

 

Percha Dam had no reports from anglers this week.

 

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 0.06 cfs. Fishing for catfish north of Elephant Butte Lake was good using cut bait.

 

Snow Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

 

Fishing for bass at Trees Lake was good using spinner baits and motor-oil-colored 6-inch plastic worms.

 

Fishing for trout at Young Pond was good using pink marshmallows, PowerBait and corn.

 

Southeast fishing report

 

Fishing for trout at Alto Lake was good using PowerBait power eggs, nightcrawlers and flies.

 

Fishing for trout, catfish and bluegill at Bataan Lake was fair to good using dough bait. Fishing for bass was fair using plastic jigs.

 

Streamflow on the Black River, at Malaga, on Monday morning was 4.16 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 that the lake will be out of commission until 2022.

 

Bosque Redondo Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

 

Bottomless Lakes had no reports from anglers this week.

 

Fishing for crappie at Brantley Lake was fair to good using small yellow jigs.

 

Carlsbad Municipal Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

 

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 at Green Meadow Lake was fair to good using garlic PowerBait.

 

Greene Acres Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

 

Fishing for trout at Grindstone Reservoir was good using garlic PowerBait and orange PowerBait mice tails.

 

Jal Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

 

Lake Van had no reports from anglers this week.

 

Oasis Park Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

 

Streamflow on the Pecos River, below Sumner Lake, on Monday morning was 84.3 cfs. Fishing for catfish was good using worms and cut bait.

 

Perch Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

 

Streamflow on the Ruidoso River on Monday morning, at Hollywood, was 4.54 cfs.

 

Fishing for walleye and bass at Santa Rosa Lake was fair using minnows and curly tail grubs.

 

Sumner Lake had no reports from anglers this week.



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