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Fishing Line for May 13, 2021

CATCHES OF THE WEEK

Seth Garcia, of Raton, caught a 20-inch rainbow trout on the Cimarron River using worms May 8.

David Whitener, of Clovis, caught a 9-pound walleye at Conchas Lake using a crappie jig May 6.

Mark Haber, of Santa Fe, caught a 21-inch kokanee salmon at Eagle Nest Lake trolling a Pistol Pete on May 5. Evangeline Tenorio, 8, of Anton Chico, caught her first fish, a 20.25-inch rainbow trout using green and white glitter PowerBait Turbo Dough on May 1.

Guy Poland, of Santa Fe, caught and released a 7-pound walleye at Elephant Butte Lake using a bottom bouncer worm harness rig May 10. Charlie Maldonado, of Las Cruces, caught a 27.5-inch walleye using a Bandit crankbait May 9. Ryan Medina, 15, of Albuquerque, caught a 27.75-inch, 7-pound walleye using a green and white Cotton Cordell Wally Diver near Mitchell Point on May 8. Moises Bear Echavarria, 14, of Las Cruces, caught and released a 3-pound largemouth bass using a white crankbait May 6. Dal Padilla, of Belen, caught a 16-inch largemouth bass using a PowerBait shad swimbait May 5. John Lucero, of Hatch, caught a 16-inch walleye using minnows May 4.

Alicia Sapien, 13, of Albuquerque, caught her first fish, a 12-inch trout at Fenton Lake using a black Pistol Pete on May 8.

Braxton Groff, 4, of Albuquerque, caught a 22-inch rainbow trout at Laguna del Campo using worms May 9.

Sophia Gabaldon, 6, of Las Cruces, caught a 13-inch rainbow trout at Lake Roberts using PowerBait Power Eggs on April 17.

Valerie Wyatt, of Roswell, caught a 24-inch catfish at Lake Van using hotdogs May 7.

Annette Gabaldon, of Bernalillo, caught an 18-inch rainbow trout at McGaffey Lake using PowerBait on May 8.

Kenneth Haynes, of Las Cruces, caught an approximate 40-pound catfish at Percha Dam using chicken breast May 6.

Cainaan Salido, of Rio Rancho, caught a 34-inch, 11-pound catfish on the Rio Grande using hotdogs near Corrales on May 7.

Angelica Marie McKinney, of La Puebla, caught a 16-inch rainbow trout at Santa Cruz Reservoir using salmon-peach PowerBait on May 9.

Charles Bussey, of Los Lunas, caught a 22-pound flathead catfish at Sumner Lake using a gold crankbait May 7.

Bryan Hages, of Amarillo, Texas caught and released a 5.10-pound smallmouth bass at Ute Lake using a Berkley Champ Craw on May 8.

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 40.3 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using salmon eggs, worms and Panther Martin spinners.

Fishing for trout was good at Clayton Lake using PowerBait. Fishing for walleye was good using swimbaits.

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 bass was good using shallow-diving crankbait lures. Fishing for white bass was good using chartreuse lipless and medium-diving crankbait lures. Fishing for crappie and walleye was fair to good using crappie jigs. Fishing for catfish was good using nightcrawlers.

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 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.

Coyote Creek had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout and perch at Eagle Nest Lake was good using black Woolly Buggers, salmon peach PowerBait, chartreuse glitter PowerBait, nymph grape PowerBait, cheese PowerBait and worms. Fishing for pike was good using Rapala lures, Mepps Aglia spinners, Panther Martin double blade spinners and the Pot-o-Gold spoons.

Fishing for trout at Eagle Rock Lake was fair to good using orange and pink PowerBait.

Fawn Lakes had no reports from anglers this week.

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

Fishing for trout was fair to good at Hopewell Lake using Pistol Pete spinners and beadhead nymph flies.

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 good at Monastery Lake using green garlic PowerBait, red spinners and salmon eggs.

Fishing for trout was fair to good at Morphy LakE using silver spinners.

Streamflow on the Pecos River, near the town of Pecos, on Monday morning was 110 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using salmon eggs, worms, dry flies and pheasant tail nymph flies.

Streamflow on the Red River, below the hatchery, Monday morning was 94.5 cfs. Fishing for trout was slow to fair using salmon eggs and beadhead nymph flies.

Streamflow on the Rio Grande, at the Taos Junction Bridge, on Monday morning was 700 cfs. Fishing for trout was slow to fair using large beadhead nymph flies.

Streamflow on the Rio Hondo on Monday morning, near Valdez, was 36.8 cfs.

Streamflow on the Rio Mora on Monday morning, near Terrero, was 54.7 cfs.

Streamflow on the Rio Pueblo, near Pe ñ asco, on Monday morning was 63.0 cfs.

Fishing for trout was good at Santa Cruz Reservoir using gold Panther Martin spinners, salmon eggs and salmon-peach PowerBait.

Shuree Ponds is closed until July 1, 2021.

Springer Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

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 trolling 12-foot-deep diving crankbaits. Fishing for walleye was fair using Berkley Gulp minnows in 20 to 25-feet of water and Rapala Shad Raps fished shallow. Fishing for bass was good using chigger craws, Berkley Generals and various bass jigs in shallow water. Fishing for catfish was good using punch bait and chicken liver. Fishing for crappie was good using live minnows and Road Runner jigs. The water surface temperature was in the low 60 degrees Fahrenheit and the main lake color was clear.

Northwest fishing report

Fishing for walleye at Abiqui ú Lake was fair using bottom bouncers with nightcrawler worm harness rigs.

Water flow on the Animas River, below Aztec, Monday morning was 680 cfs.

Albuquerque Area Drains had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for all species at Bluewater Lake was slow using nightcrawlers. Anglers reported that the boat ramp was closed due to low water levels.

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 1480 cfs and 1620 cfs, respectively. Fishing for trout below El Vado Lake was slow to fair using streamers. 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 shallow-diving lipless crankbaits. Fishing for pike was good using swim baits and spinners.

El Vado Lake Dam Day Use area is open. Camping by reservation only.

Fishing for trout at Fenton Lake was good using dry flies, Pistol Pete spinners, PowerBait, grubs 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. Limited campgrounds are open, and camping is by reservation only.

At the Jemez Waters, streamflow on the Jemez, near the village of Jemez Springs, on Monday morning was 52.7 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair to good using worms.

Fishing for trout at Laguna del Campo was good using worms and PowerBait.

Lagunitas Lakes had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Lake Farmington was fair to good using PowerBait mice tails and worms.

Fishing for trout at McGaffey Lake was fair to good using PowerBait.

Fishing for bass at Navajo Lake was good using jerk baits, Ned Rigs, watermelon-green and white tubes. Fishing for pike was fair using joined Rapala lures. Fishing for crappie was good when jigging 20-feet deep. Fishing for trout trolling was slow.

Fishing for catfish on the Rio Grande was fair to good using hotdogs and chicken liver between Bernalillo and Albuquerque.

San Gregorio Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow on the San Juan River on Monday morning was 387 cfs. The Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled a temporary increase in flow from 400 cfs to 600 cfs May 11. Fishing for trout in the quality waters was good using Baetis flies, midge emergers, crystal flash midges and streamer flies. Fishing for trout in the bait waters was good using PowerBait, worms and salmon eggs.

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 slow using PowerBait. Fishing for catfish was fair using hotdogs.

Trout Lakes had no reports from anglers this week.

Southwest fishing report

Fishing for catfish at Alumni Pond was fair to good using cut carp bait and beef liver.

Fishing for trout at Bear Canyon Lake was good using corn and cheese-flavored PowerBait. Fishing for crappie was good using golden hare’s ear flies.

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

Fishing for largemouth bass at Caballo Lake was good using soft white plastic grubs. Fishing for white bass was good using minnows and crankbaits. Fishing for walleye was fair to good using minnows and crankbaits. Fishing for crappie was very good using minnows and jigs. Fishing for catfish was good using chicken breast marinated in Jell-O.

Fishing for white bass at Elephant Butte Lake was good using white crankbaits, jerk baits and swimbaits. Fishing for largemouth bass was fair to good using white crankbaits and swimbaits. Fishing for walleye was good using minnows, Cotton Cordell lures, Bandit crankbaits and bottom bouncer worm harness rigs. Fishing for crappie was good using artificial shad baits over weed beds. Fishing for catfish was good using shad.

Escondida Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow on the Gila River on Monday morning was 39.2 cfs. Fishing for Gila trout was fair using small worm and nymph pattern flies.

Glenwood Pond had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Lake Roberts was good using PowerBait Power Eggs.

Fishing for catfish at Percha Dam was good using chicken breast.

Fishing for trout at Quemado Lake was good using flies.

Rancho Grande Ponds had no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow on the Rio Grande, below Elephant Butte, on Monday morning was 0.10 cfs. Fishing for catfish north of Elephant Butte Lake was good using cut bait and nightcrawlers.

Snow Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for all species was slow at Trees Lake .

Fishing for trout at Young Pond was slow to fair using corn, pink marshmallows and gold-colored nymph flies. Fishing for catfish was fair using hotdogs.

Southeast fishing report

Fishing for trout at Alto Lake was good using green PowerBait and nightcrawlers. Fishing for bass was fair using nightcrawlers.

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

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.

Fishing for bass at Carlsbad Municipal Lake was fair using worms. Fishing for all other species was slow.

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 largemouth bass at Green Meadow Lake was good using Texas rigged purple Zoom worms.

Fishing for trout at Greene Acres Lake was fair using PowerBait.

Fishing for trout at Grindstone Reservoir was good using spinners, worms and PowerBait.

Jal Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for catfish at Lake Van was fair to good using hotdogs. Fishing for trout was fair using PowerBait.

Fishing for trout at Oasis Park Lake was fair using PowerBait.

Streamflow on the Pecos River, below Sumner Lake, on Monday morning was 82.0 cfs. Fishing for bass was fair to good using River2Sea Whopper Plopper lures.

Perch Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow on the Ruidoso River on Monday morning, at Hollywood, was 4.31 cfs.

Fishing for crappie at Santa Rosa Lake was fair using minnows. Fishing for catfish was fair to good using minnows and worms.

Fishing for catfish at Sumner Lake was good using cut bait and crankbaits.



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