Fishing Line for August 19, 2021

Catches of the week

At Alumni Pond, Jesus Chacon, 11, of Las Cruces caught a 22-inch, 9-pound catfish using nightcrawler worms Aug. 14. … Brennan Orr, 8, of Fredericksburg, Virginia caught a 28.5-inch, 8.13-pound catfish using nightcrawler worms Aug. 13.

Eric Baros of Los Lunas caught a 40-inch tiger muskie at Bluewater Lake using a silver spoon Aug. 14.

Stacie Barreras Mohler of Albuquerque caught a 24-inch, 4-pound walleye at Cochiti Lake using a dark-colored deep-diving crankbait Aug. 14.

Adrian Garcia of Rio Rancho caught a 20-inch rainbow trout at Eagle Nest Lake using a Panther Martin spinner Aug. 11.

Jay Lopez, 13, of Albuquerque caught a 2-pound largemouth bass at Elephant Butte Lake using a curly tail grub Aug. 16.

Estrella Garcia, 7, of Mora caught a 19.5-inch, 4.5-pound smallmouth bass at El Vado Lake using a crawdad pattern crankbait July 30.

Maya Segovia and Chuck Youngquist caught an albino catfish at Greene Acres Lake using a red hotdog Aug. 5.

At Navajo Lake, Lisa Douglas of Albuquerque caught a 15-inch kokanee salmon trolling an orange squid and dodger Aug. 14. … Curtis Winner of Tom é caught a 4.6-pound largemouth bass using a plastic crawdad lure Aug. 14. … Suzie Rhodes of Bayfield, Colorado caught an 18-inch kokanee salmon trolling a pink spinner and dodger Aug. 11.

Diego Baca of Santa Fe caught and released an 18-inch brown trout on the Rio Grande using a nightcrawler worm Aug. 8.

Levi Weiss, 9, of Albuquerque caught an albino catfish and a 2.5-pound catfish at Tingley Beach using worms Aug. 15.

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NOTES from GAME & FISH

Northeast fishing report

Cabresto Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout was fair at Charette Lakes when using worms and yellow PowerBait.

Streamflow on the Cimarron River, near Cimarron, on Monday morning was 19.8 cubic feet per second. Fishing for trout was fair when using worms.

Fishing for trout was fair to good at Clayton Lake when using PowerBait. Fishing for catfish was fair to good when using chicken liver. Fishing for walleye was fair when using Wally Diver lures.

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 when using shad-colored crankbaits.

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.

Cowles Ponds had no reports from anglers this week.

Coyote Creek had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Eagle Nest Lake was slow to fair when using Panther Martin spinners and gold and black spoons. Fishing for pike was fair when using gold spoons.

Fishing for trout was good at Eagle Rock Lake when using salmon eggs and PowerBait.

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

Fishing for trout was fair to good at Hopewell Lake when using black Pistol Pete spinner flies.

Lake Alice had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout was fair at Lake Maloya when using PowerBait, Pistol Pete spinner flies, nymph flies and dry flies in the mornings and evenings.

Los Pinos River had no reports from anglers this week.

Maxwell Lake 13 had no reports from anglers this week.

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

Fishing for trout at Morphy Lake was good when using streamer flies.

Streamflow on the Pecos River, near the town of Pecos, on Monday morning was 95.4 cfs. Fishing for trout was good when using gold spinners, worms and Woolly Bugger flies.

Streamflow on the Red River, below the hatchery, on Monday morning was 55.7 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair to good when using Panther Martin spinners and beadhead nymph flies.

Streamflow on the Rio Grande at the Taos Junction Bridge on Monday morning was 276 cfs. Fishing for trout was good when using dry fly with dropper nymph fly setups and nightcrawler worms.

Streamflow on the Rio Hondo on Monday morning, near Valdez, was 26.4 cfs. Fishing for trout was good when using grasshopper flies.

Streamflow on the Rio Mora on Monday morning near Tererro was 36.6 cfs.

Streamflow on the Rio Pueblo, near Peñasco, on Monday morning was 22.7 cfs. Fishing for trout was good when using small dry flies with dropper beadhead nymph flies.

Fishing for trout at Santa Cruz Reservoir was slow when using PowerBait.

Fishing for trout at Shuree Ponds was good when using Berkley Power Worms and Parachute Adams dry flies.

Springer Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

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

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

Fishing for white bass at Ute Lake was slow to fair when using Kastmaster lures and swimbaits. Fishing for walleye was slow when using nightcrawler harness rigs, bottom bouncing in 20 to 25 feet of water. Fishing for smallmouth bass was slow to fair when using soft plastics, Ned rigs and Carolina rigs in 8 to 12 feet of water. Fishing for catfish was fair to 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 clear.

Northwest fishing report

Fishing for catfish at Abiquiú Lake was good when using cut bait, nightcrawler worms and shrimp.

Waterflow on the Animas River, below Aztec, on Monday morning was 159 cfs.

Albuquerque Area Drains had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for tiger muskie was good at Bluewater Lake when using silver spoons and swimbaits.

Fishing for trout on the Brazos River was fair to good when using worms and black and gold Panther Martin spinners.

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

o n the Chama River, Monday-morning flows below El Vado and Abiquiú were 99.5 cfs and 79.0 cfs, respectively. Fishing for trout below El Vado Lake was fair to good when using nightcrawlers and flashy nymph flies. Please remember, from the river-crossing bridge on U.S. Highway 84 at Abiquiú upstream 7 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 walleye was fair to good when using dark-colored deep-diving crankbaits.

Fishing for smallmouth bass at El Vado Lake was good when using crawdad pattern crankbaits. Fishing for perch was good when using worms.

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

Willow, Sierra Vista and La Laja boat launches are closed at Heron Lake . The primitive boat launch is open. Shoreline fishing is available between Sierra Vista and the spillway or in Rincon. The Quality Waters of the Rio Chama can be accessed at the Rio Chama Trailhead. The stairs are closed so use the road to the dam release into the river. Non-quality waters can be accessed at the North El Vado Day Use Area located on NM-95, 13 miles west of U.S. Highway 84.

At the Jemez Waters, Streamflow on the Jemez near the town of Jemez Monday morning was 9.23 cfs. Fishing the Rio Cebolla for trout was good when using beadhead nymph flies.

Laguna del Campo had no reports from anglers this week.

Lagunitas Lakes had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for bass was good at Lake Farmington when using plastic crawdad and worm lures.

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

Fishing for bass was fair to good at Navajo Lake when using plastic crawdad lures. Fishing for pike was fair to good when using crankbaits and jerkbaits. Fishing for kokanee salmon was good when using firetiger spinners, pink squid and orange spinners tipped with corn.

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

San Gregorio Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow on the San Juan River on Monday morning was 933 cfs. Fishing for trout in the quality waters was good when using red annelid flies, leech pattern flies and midge cluster pattern flies. Fishing for trout in the bait waters was good when using PowerBait and worms.

Seven Springs Brood Pond had no reports from anglers this week.

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

Trout Lakes had no reports from anglers this week.

Southwest fishing report

Fishing for catfish at Alumni Pond was fair to good when using nightcrawler worms.

Fishing for crappie was fair at Bear Canyon Lake when using gold beadhead nymph flies with salmon-colored bodies.

Fishing for largemouth bass was slow to fair at Bill Evans Lake when using brown poppers.

Fishing for white bass at Caballo Lake was fair to good when using live minnows and white swimbaits. Fishing for catfish was fair to good when using cut carp bait, beef liver and live shad.

Fishing for white bass was good at Elephant Butte Lake when using topwater lures, white and chartreuse swimbaits and white and chartreuse slab spoons. Fishing for largemouth bass was fair to good when using 6-inch floating shad imitation lures, curly rail grubs and stick baits. Fishing for walleye was slow when using bottom bouncers with nightcrawler harness rigs. Fishing for crappie was fair to good when using live minnows. Fishing for catfish was good when using cut carp, homemade dough bait and shad.

Fishing for catfish at Escondida Lake was fair to good when using hotdogs and nightcrawler worms.

Streamflow on the Gila River on Monday morning was 102 cfs. Fishing for catfish was fair to good when using cut bait.

Glenwood Pond had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Lake Roberts was slow to fair when using silver spinners. Fishing for catfish was slow to fair when using nightcrawlers.

Percha Dam had no reports from anglers this week.

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

Rancho Grande Ponds had no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow on the Rio Grande, below Elephant Butte, on Monday morning was 0.0 cfs.

Snow Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for catfish was fair to good at Trees Lake when using live worms and dough bait.

Young Pond had no reports from anglers this week.

Southeast fishing report

Fishing for trout was fair at Alto Lake when using rainbow PowerBait and pink PowerBait. Fishing for catfish was fair when using nightcrawlers.

Bataan Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Please visit the Open Gate webpage for more information on Berrendo Creek . Fishing for bass was fair to good when using jigs.

Streamflow on the Black River, at Malaga, on Monday morning was 6.81 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.

Brantley Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for catfish was fair to good at Carlsbad Municipal Lake when using shrimp and hotdogs.

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 when using shad swimbaits.

Fishing for catfish was good at Greene Acres Lake when using red hotdogs and shrimp.

Fishing for trout was fair at Grindstone Reservoir when using green garlic PowerBait.

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 99.7 cfs. Fishing for catfish was fair to good when using nightcrawler worms near the town of Roswell.

Perch Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow on the Ruidoso River on Monday morning at Hollywood was 23.0 cfs.

The boat ramp at Santa Rosa Lake has opened as water levels have increased due to recent rains. Due to low lake levels, Santa Rosa Lake State Park will operate as a no-wake lake until conditions improve. Fishing for walleye was fair when using live minnows. Fishing for bass was fair when using crankbaits.

Sumner Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

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