Fishing Line for July 29, 2021

CATCHES OF THE WEEK

Tony Marquez of El Paso caught a 22-inch rainbow trout at Alto Lake using orange PowerBait on July 18.

At Bluewater Lake, Jaelyn Garcia of Silver City caught a 42-inch, 16-pound tiger muskie using a gray shad Rapala lure July 25. … Jordan Moore of Silver City caught a 40-inch, 12-pound tiger muskie using a gray shad Rapala lure July 24. … Antonio Romero, 11, of Albuquerque caught a 32-inch tiger muskie using a Whopper Plopper lure July 17.

April Garcia of Las Vegas caught a 15.5-inch rainbow trout at Charette Lakes using salmon peach at PowerBait on July 25.

Nate Sierra of Albuquerque caught a 33-inch, 10-pound pike at Cochiti Lake using a green pumpkin Senko worm on July 15 and a 16-inch smallmouth bass using a Ned Rig on July 21.

Gregorio and Lynda Bell, 6 and 11, of Tijeras caught two 13-inch smallmouth bass at Conchas Lake using Kastmaster lures July 19.

Samaya Pope, 9, of Virginia Beach, Virginia caught a 16.5-inch and a 15-inch rainbow trout at Cow Creek (up from Pecos River) using salmon eggs July 18.

Steve Henke of Bernalillo caught and released two walleye at Elephant Butte Lake, a 25-inch 6-pound fish and a 24-inch, 5.5-pound fish, using a ¼-ounce chartreuse Roadrunner jig with a 3-inch chartreuse gold flake curly tail grub tipped with a nightcrawler July 24.

Justin Estrada of Las Vegas caught and released a 23-inch rainbow trout on the Gallinas River using a grasshopper dry fly July 24.

Brandi Newland of Hobbs caught an 18-inch largemouth bass at Green Meadow Lake using a Big Bite Suicide Shad on July 21.

Kooper Saiz of Roswell caught a 20-inch golden rainbow trout at Grindstone Reservoir using PowerBait on July 23.

Floyd Trujillo of Ranchos de Taos caught a 17-inch rainbow trout at Hopewell Lake using a mosquito fly July 25.

At Monastery Lake, Joseph Madrid of Santa Fe caught a 17-inch rainbow trout using an olive Pistol Pete spinner fly July 21. … Matthew Rivera, 9, of Santa Fe caught two 13-inch trout using Parachute Adam dry flies July 17.

Zachary Sotelo-Iturralde of Albuquerque caught a 19-inch, 3.10-pound smallmouth bass at Navajo Lake using a topwater popper July 20.

At Quemado Lake, Heather Dixon of Mesa, Arizona caught and released a 16.5-inch rainbow trout using a floating minnow lure July 21. … Brenda Adame of El Paso caught an 18.5-inch rainbow trout using a worm July 16.

Seth Hardy of Red River caught and released a 20-inch rainbow trout on the Rio Grande near the Wild Rivers Recreation Area using a white streamer fly July 22.

At the Seven Springs Brood Pond, Carter Polkovitz, 4, of Rio Rancho caught a 19.5-inch rainbow trout using worms July 25. … Gael Lujan, 7, of Albuquerque caught his first fish and a total of four trout using garlic PowerBait on July 17.

Daniel Valdez, 7, of La Fragua caught an 18-inch catfish at Storrie Lake using chicken liver July 23.

Raymond Begaye of Bread Springs caught a 24-inch, 5.5-pound catfish at Tingley Beach using a nightcrawler worm July 25.

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.

Fishing for trout was fair to good at Charette Lakes when using salmon peach PowerBait.

Streamflow on the Cimarron River, near Cimarron, on Monday morning was 22.8 cubic feet per second. Fishing for trout was fair to good when red and yellow Panther Martin spinners and grasshopper dry flies.

Fishing for trout was fair to good at Clayton Lake when using PowerBait. Fishing for catfish was fair to good when using 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 smallmouth bass was fair to good when using Kastmaster lures.

At Costilla Creek, fishing for trout was good when using caddis dry flies. 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 elk hair caddis flies and worms.

Coyote Creek had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Eagle Nest Lake was fair when using orange, Blue Fox spinners. Fishing for pike was fair to good when using orange and yellow Panther Martin spinners and perch swim baits.

Fishing for trout at Eagle Rock Lake was fair to good when using Pautzke Fire Bait.

Fawn Lakes had no reports from anglers this week.

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

Fishing for trout at Hopewell Lake was good when using mosquito imitation dry flies and Pistol Pete spinner flies.

Lake Alice had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Lake Maloya was good when using dry and nymph flies, Pistol Pete spinner flies and PowerBait.

Fishing for trout was slow on the Los Pinos River .

Maxwell Lake 13 had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Monastery Lake was good when using olive Pistol Pete spinner flies and Parachute Adam dry flies.

Fishing for trout at Morphy Lake was good when using green PowerBait.

Streamflow on the Pecos River, near the town of Pecos, on Monday morning was 217 cfs. Fishing for trout was good when using worms, caddis flies and yellow and red Panther Martin Spinners. Fishing for trout up Cow Creek was good when using salmon eggs.

Streamflow on the Red River, below the hatchery, on Monday morning was 84.5 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair to good when using stimulator dry flies with a bead-head Hare’s Ear nymph dropper fly.

Streamflow on the Rio Grande at the Taos Junction Bridge on Monday morning was 322 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair to good when using white streamer flies, green glitter PowerBait and Rooster Tail spinners.

Streamflow on the Rio Hondo on Monday morning, near Valdez, was 31.8 cfs. Fishing for trout was good when using attractor dry flies.

Streamflow on the Rio Mora on Monday morning, near Tererro, was 107 cfs.

Streamflow on the Rio Pueblo, near Peñasco, on Monday morning was 55.7 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair when using attractor flies and bead-head nymphs.

Fishing for trout at the Santa Cruz Reservoir was fair when using deep diving crankbaits.

Shuree Ponds had no reports from anglers this week.

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

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

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

Fishing for white bass at Ute Lake was fair when using casting spoons and top-water baits. Fishing for walleye was slow to fair when using nightcrawler harness rigs, bottom bouncing in 20 to 25 feet of water. Fishing for bass was slow to fair when using vibrating jigs and swimbaits. Fishing for catfish was good when using punch bait. Fishing for crappie was slow. The water surface temperature was in the upper 70s and the main lake color was stained.

Northwest fishing report

Abiqui ú Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Waterflow on the Animas River, below Aztec, on Monday morning was 563 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, Whopper Ploppers, gray shad Rapala lures and swimbaits. Fishing for catfish was fair when using 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 PowerBait Power Worms and Pistol Pete spinner flies.

Monday-morning flows on the Chama River, below El Vado and Abiquiú, were 99.5 cfs and 149 cfs, respectively. Fishing for trout below El Vado Lake was good when using suspending jerkbaits and nightcrawlers. Fishing for trout below Abiquiú Lake was fair when using bead-head 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 catfish was fair to good at Cochiti Lake when using worms, cut bait and chicken liver. Fishing for crappie was fair when using small jigs. Fishing for pike was fair when using green pumpkin Senko worms. Fishing for smallmouth bass was fair when using Ned Rigs and crankbaits.

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 slow. Please remember, only two cutthroat trout are allowed to be harvested per day within the regular five-fish limit.

Fishing from a boat at Heron Lake for rainbow trout and kokanee salmon was fair to good when using Panther Martin spinners, Rooster Tail spinners, Kokanee Killers and Rapala lures trolled 20 to 30 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.

At the Jemez Waters, streamflow on the Jemez near the village of Jemez Springs on Monday morning was 21.3 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair when using Copper John nymph flies and mop flies.

Fishing for trout at Laguna del Campo was fair to good when using rainbow 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 at McGaffey Lake, stocking efforts have been suspended. Lake conditions will be monitored, and stockings will resume once conditions improve.

Fishing for bass was good at Navajo Lake when using Ned Rigs and topwater poppers. Fishing for pike was fair to good when using crankbaits and jerkbaits. 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 485 cfs. Fishing for trout in the quality waters was good when using PMD flies, annelid flies, RS2s, leech pattern flies and midge pattern 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 worms and garlic PowerBait.

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

Trout Lakes had no reports from anglers this week.

Southwest fishing report

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

Fishing for trout at Bear Canyon Lake was fair to good when using white trout worms.

Fishing for all species at Bill Evans Lake was slow.

Fishing for largemouth bass at Caballo Lake was good when using peppered lime green artificial grubs, lizard imitation lures, shallow diving crankbaits and crawdad imitation lures. Fishing for white bass was fair when using live shad and white swimbaits. Fishing for catfish was fair to good when using cut carp bait, beef liver and live shad. Fishing for freshwater drum was good when using live shad.

Fishing for white bass at Elephant Butte Lake was good when using silver minnow top-water lures, live minnows, white swimbaits and chartreuse crankbaits. Fishing for largemouth bass was fair to good when using lime green artificial crawdad lures and worms. Fishing for walleye was good when using chartreuse Roadrunner jigs tipped with nightcrawler worms, white crankbaits and bottom bouncers with nightcrawler harness rigs. Fishing for crappie was fair to good when using live minnows. Fishing for catfish was good when using beef liver and shad.

Escondida Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow on the Gila River on Monday morning was 220 cfs.

Glenwood Pond had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Lake Roberts was fair to good when using white trout worms. Fishing for catfish was fair when using nightcrawlers.

Percha Dam had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Quemado Lake was fair to good when using worms and floating minnow lures.

Rancho Grande Ponds had no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow on the Rio Grande, below Elephant Butte, on Monday morning was 1,200 cfs. Fishing for catfish 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.

Fishing for largemouth bass at Trees Lake was good when using Senko worms and shiny spinners. Fishing for catfish was good when using stink bait, nightcrawler worms, beef liver and hotdogs.

Young Pond had no reports from anglers this week.

Southeast fishing report

Fishing for trout at Alto Lake was good when using orange PowerBait and sherbet PowerBait. Fishing for bass was fair using minnow imitation lures. Fishing for catfish was fair when using nightcrawlers.

Bataan Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow on the Black River at Malaga on Monday morning was 7.96 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.

Fishing for bass at Bosque Redondo Lake was fair when using soft green 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 raw chicken.

Eunice Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for largemouth bass at Green Meadow Lake was good when using shad swimbaits. Fishing for crappie was fair when using shad swimbaits.

Greene Acres Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Grindstone Reservoir was good when using garlic PowerBait, green PowerBait, Pistol Pete spinner flies and ant imitation flies.

Jal Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for catfish at Lake Van was fair when using 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 100 cfs.

Perch Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow on the Ruidoso River on Monday morning, at Hollywood, was 6.10 cfs.

Fishing for catfish at Santa Rosa Lake below the dam was fair to good when using nightcrawlers.

Fishing for carp at Sumner Lake was good when using corn.

Share Your Story

Nativo Sponsored Content

Ad Tango


"

taboola desktop

MORE ARTICLES LIKE THIS