Fishing Line for Aug. 26, 2021

Catches of the week
Mindy Girrard, 15, of Capitan caught eight largemouth bass at Alto Lake using grubs and nightcrawler worms Aug. 14.

 

At Bluewater Lake, Jacob Shaw of Santa Fe caught a 39-inch tiger muskie using a black leach streamer fly Aug. 18. … Dane Chance of Carlsbad caught a 36-inch tiger muskie using a blue Rat-L-Trap lure Aug. 15.

 

At Canjilon Lakes, Lorraine Sandoval of Chimayo caught a 20-inch rainbow trout using lemonade PowerBait Aug. 14. … Sandra Yalch of Los Lunas caught a 19-inch rainbow trout using yellow PowerBait on Aug. 13.

 

At Eagle Nest Lake, Kohen Caputo, 5, of Rio Rancho caught a 21-inch rainbow trout using a blue, pink and white spinner bait Aug. 15. … Clifford Chacon of Albuquerque caught a 20-inch rainbow trout using salmon peach PowerBait on Aug. 15.

 

Kace Green, 7, of Belen caught and released a 14-inch striper at Elephant Butte Lake using a curly tail grub Aug. 21.

 

Frank Angowski of Rio Rancho caught a 17.5-inch rainbow trout at Fenton Lake using PowerBait on Aug. 20.

 

Mike Estrada of Belen caught a 20-pound pike at Navajo Lake using a ½-ounce jig with a chigger craw trailer Aug. 21.

 

Jaxson Otero, 5, of Albuquerque caught an 11-inch rainbow trout on the Pecos River using salmon eggs Aug. 21.

 

Elijon Casados, 10, of Albuquerque caught his limit of trout on the Rio Pueblo using a silver Mepps spinner 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 using worms and yellow PowerBait.

 

Streamflow on the Cimarron River, near Cimarron, on Monday morning was 17.2 cubic feet per second. Fishing for trout was good using salmon eggs and orange PowerBait.

 

Fishing for trout at Clayton Lake was fair to good using PowerBait. Fishing for catfish was fair to good using chicken liver. Fishing for walleye was fair 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 using shad-colored crankbaits.

 

At Costilla Creek, fishing for trout was good 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 fair using spinners and salmon peach PowerBait.

 

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

 

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

 

Fishing for trout at Hopewell Lake was fair to good using brown and silver spinners.

 

Lake Alice had no reports from anglers this week.

 

Fishing for trout at Lake Maloya was good using Pistol Pete spinner flies, orange PowerBait Mice Tails, white garlic PowerBait and black and gold Panther Martin spinners.

 

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 fair using green garlic PowerBait.

 

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

 

Streamflow on the Pecos River, near the town of Pecos, on Monday morning was 65.9 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using Trout Magnets, Prince Nymph flies, grasshopper flies and beadhead nymph flies.

 

Streamflow on the Red River, below the hatchery, on Monday morning was 43.7 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair to good using Panther Martin spinners and beadhead nymph flies.

 

Streamflow on the Rio Grande at the Taos Junction Bridge on Monday morning was 257 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using Pale Morning Dun flies, Prince Nymph flies and black-colored Blue Fox spinners.

 

Streamflow on the Rio Hondo on Monday morning near Valdez was 22.3 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using grasshopper flies.

 

Streamflow on the Rio Mora on Monday morning near Tererro was 22.5 cfs.

 

Streamflow on the Rio Pueblo near Peñasco on Monday morning was 14.0 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using silver Mepps spinners and small dry flies with dropper beadhead nymph flies.

 

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

 

Fishing for trout at Shuree Ponds was good 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 using chicken liver.

 

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

 

Fishing for white bass at Ute Lake was slow when trolling. Fishing for walleye was fair using crankbaits that dive 15 to 20 feet deep. Fishing for bass was fair using drop shot rigs and mojo rigs in 15 to 20 feet of water. Fishing for catfish was fair 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 fair to good using cut bait, nightcrawler worms and shrimp.

 

Waterflow on the Animas River below Aztec on Monday morning was 215 cfs.

 

Albuquerque Area Drains had no reports from anglers this week.

 

Fishing for tiger muskie at Bluewater Lake was good using blue Rat-L-Trap lures and black leech pattern streamer flies.

 

Brazos River had no reports from anglers this week.

 

Fishing for trout at Canjilon Lakes was good using yellow PowerBait, worms and lemonade PowerBait.

 

Monday-morning flows on the Chama River, below El Vado and Abiquiú, were 102 cfs and 122 cfs, respectively. Fishing for trout below El Vado Lake was fair to good using nightcrawlers and orange bead head 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 at Cochiti Lake was fair to good using worms, cut bait and chicken liver. Fishing for walleye was fair to good using dark-colored, deep-diving crankbaits.

 

Fishing for trout at El Vado Lake was fair to good using PowerBait at the North El Vado Day Use Area off NM-95. Fishing for smallmouth bass, perch and trout was fair to good near the Dam Day Use Area.

 

Fishing for trout at Fenton Lake was good using flies and fluorescent orange and silver Kastmaster lures. 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. Fishing for trout was slow. 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 N.M.-95, 13 miles west of U.S. Highway 84.

 

At the Jemez Waters, streamflow on the Jemez, near the village of Jemez Springs, on Monday morning was 4.67 cfs. Fishing the Rio Cebolla for trout was good 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 at Lake Farmington was fair to good 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 at Navajo Lake was good using ½-ounce jigs and 5-inch green pumpkin Senkos. Fishing for pike was good using chigger craw trailer baits on the north end of the lake. Fishing for kokanee salmon was good using firetiger spinners, pink squid and orange spinners tipped with corn.

 

Fishing for catfish on the Rio Grande was fair to good 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 735 cfs. Fishing for trout in the quality waters was good using red annelid flies, leech pattern flies and size 24 midge emerger flies. Fishing for trout in the bait waters was good using PowerBait and worms.

 

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

 

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

 

Fishing for trout at Trout Lakes was good using silver spoons.

 

Southwest fishing report

 

Alumni Pond had no reports from anglers this week.

 

Fishing for crappie at Bear Canyon Lake was fair using gold beadhead nymph flies.

 

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

 

Caballo Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

 

Fishing for white bass at Elephant Butte Lake was good using topwater lures, Whopper Ploppers, shallow diving Excalibur lures and yellow curly tail grubs. Fishing for largemouth bass was good using brown plastic centipede baits and black and white slab spoons. Fishing for walleye was slow using bottom bouncers with nightcrawler harness rigs. Fishing for crappie was fair using live minnows. Fishing for catfish was good using cut carp, homemade dough bait and shad.

 

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

 

Streamflow on the Gila River on Monday morning was 66.7 cfs. Fishing for catfish was fair using cut bait.

 

Glenwood Pond had no reports from anglers this week.

 

Lake Roberts had no reports from anglers this week.

 

Percha Dam had no reports from anglers this week.

 

Fishing for trout was slow at Quemado Lake.

 

Rancho Grande Ponds had no reports from anglers this week.

 

Streamflow on the Rio Grande, below Elephant Butte, on Monday morning was 9.68 cfs.

 

Snow Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

 

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

 

Young Pond had no reports from anglers this week.

 

Southeast fishing report

 

Fishing for bass at Alto Lake was good using nightcrawlers and grubs.

 

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 using Texas-rigged white paddle tail swimbaits and white creature baits.

 

Streamflow on the Black River, at Malaga, on Monday morning was 5.88 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 at Carlsbad Municipal Lake was fair to good using shrimp.

 

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 fair using green creature baits.

 

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

 

Fishing for trout at Grindstone Reservoir was fair 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 98.0 cfs. Fishing for catfish was fair to good 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 14.7 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair to good using Mepps spinners and nightcrawler worms.

 

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 using live minnows. Fishing for bass was fair using crankbaits.

 

Sumner Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

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