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Fishing Line for July 15, 2021

CATCHES OF THE WEEK

Alan Fiala, of Ruidoso, caught a 31-inch, 15-pound catfish at Alto Lake using a nightcrawler worm July 8.

Irma Herrada, of El Paso, Texas, caught a 21-inch catfish at Bear Canyon Lake using worms July 3.

At Bluewater Lake, Johnny Chavez, of Thoreau, caught a 43-inch, 20-pound tiger muskie using a 7-inch swimbait on the Thoreau side of the lake July 3. … Jordan Brown, of Grants, caught a limit of rainbow trout using salmon eggs June 26.

Chon Chavarria, of Las Cruces, caught a 20-pound catfish at Caballo Lake using cut bait July 8.

Christina Baros, 2, of Hernandez, caught her first fish, a rainbow trout at Canjilon Lakes using worms July 4.

Gianna Kay Maynes, 6, of Española, caught a 17.5-inch brown trout on the Chama River using nightcrawler worms July 9.

Marcos Balizan, 6, of Eagle Nest, caught several 15-inch catfish at Clayton Lake using nightcrawler worms July 9.

Josiah Romo, 13, of Albuquerque, caught a 19-inch catfish at Cochiti Lake using chicken liver July 10.

At Fenton Lake, Isaac Chavarria, of Española, caught a 17-inch rainbow trout using a Woolly Bugger fly July 4. … Daniel Garcia Jr., of Albuquerque, caught a 16-inch rainbow trout using green garlic PowerBait on July 4.

Adam Gonzales, of Las Vegas, caught and released a 22-inch rainbow trout on the Gallinas River using a mop fly July 9.

Staci Saiz and her husband Kooper Saiz, of Roswell, caught their limits of trout, including a 17-inch rainbow trout caught by Staci at Grindstone Reservoir, using PowerBait on July 10.

Yuki Martinez, of Raton, caught a 19-inch, 2.8-pound rainbow trout at Lake Maloya using PowerBait on July 3.

Agnes Ulibarri, of Santa Fe, caught a 19-inch trout at Monastery Lake using salmon egg PowerBait on July 8.

Taiyari Romero, 6, of Santa Fe, caught a 13-inch rainbow trout at Santa Cruz Reservoir using green PowerBait on July 3.

Abrielle Jaurequi, 6, of Carlsbad, caught a 15.25-inch rainbow trout on the Red River at the Red River Fish Hatchery using chartreuse PowerBait July 7.

At Seven Springs Brood Pond, Kennedy Cox, 5, of Portales, caught a 19-inch rainbow trout using PowerBait on July 10. … Jaykob Radman, 6, of Albuquerque, caught an 18-inch rainbow trout using glitter orange PowerBait on June 30.

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 44.5 cubic feet per second. Fishing for trout was good when using PowerBait and spinners.

Fishing for catfish was good at Clayton Lake when using nightcrawlers and chicken liver.

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 and smallmouth bass was fair to good when using green tubes. Fishing for walleye was fair to good when using Berkley Flicker Shad lures and jigs tipped with nightcrawlers. Fishing for crappie was fair when using live minnows. Fishing for catfish was good when using cut bait. Fishing for carp was good when using worms.

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.

Fishing for trout at Cowles Ponds was good when using grasshoppers and salmon eggs.

Coyote Creek had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Eagle Nest Lake was slow to fair using Panther Martin spinners tipped with nightcrawler. Fishing for perch was good when using worms and corn. Fishing for pike was good when using red and yellow Rapala lures, swim baits and Mepps spinners.

Fishing for trout at Eagle Rock Lake was fair when using pink PowerBait and worms.

Fawn Lakes had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout on the Gallinas River was fair to good when using mop flies and worms.

Fishing for trout at Hopewell Lake was good when using cheese PowerBait and scud flies.

Lake Alice had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout a Lake Maloya was good when using Pistol Pete spinner flies and PowerBait.

Fishing for trout on the Los Pinos River was good when using dry flies with dropper nymph flies.

Maxwell Lake 13 had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Monastery Lake was good when using Hare’s Ear flies, rainbow glitter PowerBait and live worms.

Fishing for trout at Morphy Lake was good when using salmon-peach PowerBait and olive Pistol Pete spinner flies.

Streamflow on the Pecos River, near the town of Pecos, on Monday morning was 141 cfs. Fishing for trout was good when using Woolly Bugger flies, worms and gold Panther Martin spinners.

Streamflow on the Red River, below the hatchery, on Monday morning was 62.8 cfs. Fishing for trout was good when using stimulator dry flies with a beadhead Hare’s Ear nymph dropper fly. Fishing for trout at the hatchery was good when using chartreuse PowerBait.

Streamflow on the Rio Grande, at the Taos Junction Bridge, on Monday morning was 276 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair to good when using dry flies, nymph flies and Rooster Tail spinners. Fishing for smallmouth bass was fair to good when using pink spinnerbaits near the Taos Junction Bridge.

Streamflow on the Rio Hondo on Monday morning, near Valdez, was 27.1 cfs. Fishing for trout was good when using attractor dry flies and beadhead nymph flies.

Streamflow on the Rio Mora on Monday morning, near Terrero, was 93.1 cfs.

Streamflow on the Rio Pueblo, near Peñasco, on Monday morning was 41.2 cfs. Fishing for trout was good when using salmon eggs.

Fishing for trout at the Santa Cruz Reservoir was good when using green garlic PowerBait.

Shuree Ponds had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for pike at Springer Lake was fair to good when using spinners and spoons.

Fishing for trout at Storrie Lake was good when using PowerBait. Fishing for catfish was good when using chicken liver.

Fishing for catfish at Stubblefield Lake was good when using chicken liver.

Fishing for white bass at Ute Lake was fair when using casting spoons and trolling Model A Bombers. Fishing for walleye was slow to fair when using live minnows jigging or trolling in 15 to 20 feet of water. Fishing for bass was slow to fair when using Berkley flat worms on drop shot rigs and finesse jigs with craw trailers. Fishing for catfish was fair when using nightcrawlers and punch bait. Fishing for crappie was slow. Fishing for bluegill was good when using worms. The water surface temperature was in the upper 70s and the main lake color was stained, with the Ute and Canadian arms being muddy.

Northwest fishing report

Fishing for walleye at Abiquiú Lake was slow when using curly tail grubs tipped with worms. Fishing for catfish was fair when using worms. Fishing for perch was fair when using worms. Fishing for smallmouth bass, crappie and bluegill was fair when using worms.

Waterflow on the Animas River, below Aztec, on Monday morning was 230 cfs.

Albuquerque Area Drains had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for tiger muskie at Bluewater Lake was good when using top-water plug lures, large crankbaits, Yo-Zuri lures, Rapala lures and 7-inch swim baits. Fishing for trout was good when using salmon eggs. Fishing for catfish was fair to good when using salmon eggs and hotdogs.

Fishing for trout on the Brazos River was fair to good when using crickets and worms.

Fishing for trout at Canjilon Lakes was good when using Pistol Pete spinner flies, worms and green PowerBait.

Monday-morning flows on the Chama River, below El Vado and Abiquiú, were 88.8 cfs and 47.2 cfs, respectively. Fishing for trout below El Vado Lake was good when using spinners and nightcrawlers. Fishing for trout below Abiquiú Lake was fair when using beadhead nymph flies. 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.

Fishing for bass at Cochiti Lake was fair when using spinner baits. Fishing for catfish was good when using cut bait and chicken liver.

Fishing for bass, perch and trout at El Vado Lake was good when using spinners and PowerBait. El Vado Lake Dam Day Use Area is open. The main lake area, boat launch and campground opened April 1. Camping by reservation only.

Fishing for trout at Fenton Lake was fair when using green PowerBait, Woolly Bugger flies and nightcrawlers. Please remember, only two cutthroat trout are allowed to be harvested per day within the regular five-fish limit.

Fishing from a boat for rainbow trout and kokanee salmon at Heron Lake was good when using Panther Martin spinners, Rooster Tail spinners, Kokanee Killers and Rapala lures trolled 10 to 25 feet deep. Fishing from shore for rainbow trout and kokanee salmon was good when using chunky cheese garlic PowerBait, green PowerBait and salmon eggs. Sierra Vista and La Laja boat ramps are both open due to rising water levels.

A t the Jemez Waters, streamflow on the Jemez, near the village of Jemez Springs, on Monday morning was 6.68 cfs. Fishing for trout was good when using Pistol Pete spinner flies and mop flies.

Fishing for trout at Laguna del Campo was fair to good when using orange PowerBait.

Lagunitas Lakes had no reports from anglers this week.

Lake Farmington had no reports from anglers this week.

Due to extremely low water levels and unstable ground conditions, stocking efforts at McGaffey Lake have been suspended. Lake conditions will be monitored, and stockings will resume once conditions improve.

Fishing for bass at Navajo Lake was good when using Ned Rigs, buzz baits and green watermelon tubes. Fishing for pike was fair to good when using crankbaits and jerkbaits up the San Juan arm of the lake. Fishing for kokanee salmon was good when using pink and orange spinners tipped with corn.

Fishing for catfish on the Rio Grande was good when using worms and chicken liver near Albuquerque.

Fishing for trout at San Gregorio Lake was slow using PowerBait.

Streamflow on the San Juan River on Monday morning was 503 cfs. The Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled an increase in the release from Navajo Dam from 600 cfs to 700 cfs on July 13. Fishing for trout in the quality waters was good when using ant pattern flies, annelid flies, RS2s, leech pattern flies and midge flies. Fishing for trout in the bait waters was good when using worms and spinners.

Fishing for trout at Seven Springs Brood Pond was good when using orange glitter PowerBait and garlic rainbow glitter PowerBait.

Fishing for catfish at Tingley Beach was fair to good when using hotdogs and shrimp.

Trout Lakes had no reports from anglers this week.

Southwest fishing report

 

Fishing for catfish at Alumni Pond was good when using cut carp, dough bait and live worms.

Fishing for catfish at Bear Canyon Lake was fair to good when using nightcrawlers.

Bill Evans Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for white bass at Caballo Lake was good when using live minnows and small crankbaits. Fishing for walleye was fair to good when using curly tail grubs, bottom bouncers with nightcrawler harness rigs and crankbaits. Fishing for catfish was good when using cut bait and nightcrawlers.

Fishing for white bass at Elephant Butte Lake was good when using white, cream, maroon and light brown plastic worms. Fishing for largemouth bass was fair to good when using 5-inch light brown plastic worms, orange and gold shallow diving crankbaits and blue and silver jointed minnow Rapala lures. Fishing for walleye was good when using chrome crankbaits, chartreuse curly tail grubs tipped with worm, orange and green spoons and bottom bouncers with nightcrawler harness rigs. Fishing for crappie was fair when using live minnows and live worms. Fishing for catfish was good when using shad and stink bait.

Escondida Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow on the Gila River on Monday morning was 45.5 cfs. Fishing for catfish was good when using cut bait.

Glenwood Pond had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for catfish at Lake Roberts was fair when using worms.

Percha Dam had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Quemado Lake was fair to good when using yellow PowerBait.

Rancho Grande Ponds had no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow on the Rio Grande, below Elephant Butte, on Monday morning was 663 cfs. Fishing for catfish near Las Cruces was fair to good when using cut bait. Fishing for catfish near Caballo Lake was fair to good when using raw chicken and worms.

Snow Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Trees Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for all species was slow at Young Pond .

Southeast fishing report

Fishing for trout at Alto Lake was fair to good when using worms and yellow cheese PowerBait. Fishing for catfish was fair to good when using nightcrawlers.

Fishing for catfish at Bataan Lake was good when using hotdogs.

Streamflow on the Black River, at Malaga, on Monday morning was unavailable.

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.

Fishing for bass at Bosque Redondo Lake was fair when using green soft plastic worms.

Bottomless Lakes had no reports from anglers this week.

Brantley Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Carlsbad Municipal Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Chaparral Park Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for catfish at Corona Pond was fair when using nightcrawlers and PowerBait.

Fishing for trout at Eunice Lake was fair when using PowerBait.

Fishing for catfish at Green Meadow Lake was good when using worms and hotdogs at night.

Greene Acres Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Grindstone Reservoir was good when using corn PowerBait and ant imitation flies.

Jal Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for catfish at Lake Van was good when using chicken liver, nightcrawlers and stink bait.

Oasis Park Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow on the Pecos River, below Sumner Lake, on Monday morning was .36 cfs.

Perch Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow on the Ruidoso River on Monday morning, at Hollywood, was 2.53 cfs.

Fishing for crappie at Santa Rosa Lake was good when using small green jigs and live minnows. Fishing for walleye was good when using chartreuse curly tail grubs and live minnows.

Fishing for catfish at Sumner Lake was good when using hotdogs.



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