Fishing Line for Sept. 2, 2021

CATCHES OF THE WEEK
Eric Hickman of El Paso caught an 18.5-inch golden rainbow trout at Alto Lake using rainbow PowerBait on Aug. 28.

 

At Bluewater Lake, Andres and Jayden Baca of Albuquerque caught and released a 41-inch and a 37-inch tiger muskie using a red Rapala and a red Dare Devil spoon Aug. 21. … Corey Alden of Albuquerque caught a 22-inch catfish using chicken gizzard tipped with liver Aug. 21.

 

At Canjilon Lakes, Robert and Eddie Rios of Pojoaque each caught 20-inch rainbow trout using olive Woolly Bugger flies Aug. 28. … Rick McCall of Santa Fe caught a 21-inch rainbow trout using Berkley pink worms Aug. 26. … George Martinez of Santa Fe caught an 18-inch rainbow trout using Berkley pink worms Aug. 26.

 

Nick Keele of Hobbs caught a 15-inch albino catfish at Chaparral Park Lake using a green Rooster Tail spinner Aug. 23.

 

At Eagle Nest Lake, Steven Brashear, 15, of Springer caught a 22-inch rainbow trout using a gold Kastmaster on Aug. 28. … Cadence Mondragon, 5, of Española caught two 20-inch rainbow trout using rainbow PowerBait on Aug. 28. … James Rowe of Española caught a 24-inch rainbow trout using PowerBait on Aug. 22. … Shiloh Bohman of Albuquerque caught a 22.25-inch kokanee salmon using a small yellow jig head with a pumpkin chartreuse curly tail trailer Aug. 21.

 

At Elephant Butte Lake, Dylan Bailey, 13, of El Paso caught and released a 6-pound, 7-ounce largemouth bass fishing near Rattlesnake Island using a 4-inch swim bait Aug. 29. … Grady Le Ivins, 12, of Deming caught two white bass simultaneously using a firetiger popper lure Aug. 29.

 

At Fenton Lake, Vicente and Cielo DeVargas, 9 and 6, each caught 10-inch rainbow trout using garlic PowerBait on Aug. 27. … Claire Swinhoe of Los Alamos caught a 19-inch, 3.2-pound rainbow trout using PowerBait on Aug. 26.

 

Dennis Echavia of Ruidoso caught a 36-inch, 15-pound catfish at Grindstone Reservoir using a hotdog Aug. 28.

 

Jerome Jara of Santa Fe caught a 17.75-inch rainbow trout at Monastery Lake using a nightcrawler worm Aug. 28.

 

Ayden and Jarryd Ortiz, 4 and 7, of Bernal caught a 17-inch rainbow trout at Morphy Lake using salmon egg PowerBait on Aug. 29.

 

Ramona Emerson of Tohatchi caught a 21-inch rainbow trout on the Pecos River using a worm Aug. 26.

 

At Seven Springs Brood Pond, Nolan Kersting, 19 months, of Albuquerque caught his first trout, a 16-inch rainbow trout using salmon eggs Aug. 29. … Landon Bourassa, 7, of Albuquerque caught a 17-inch and 19-inch rainbow trout using salmon peach PowerBait on Aug. 21.
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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 green PowerBait.

 

Streamflow on the Cimarron River, near Cimarron, on Monday morning was 30.0 cubic feet per second (cfs). Fishing for trout was good using beadhead nymph flies.

 

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.

 

A 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 was fair to good at Eagle Nest Lake using gold Kastmasters, silver Mepps spinners, rainbow PowerBait and salmon peach PowerBait. Fishing for pike was good using white and black Rapala lures and silver Mepps spinners.

 

Fishing for trout was good at Eagle Rock Lake using rainbow and pink PowerBait.

 

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

 

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

 

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 to good using nightcrawler worms and green garlic PowerBait.

 

Fishing for trout at Morphy Lake was good using salmon egg PowerBait and streamer flies.

 

Streamflow on the Pecos River, near the town of Pecos, on Monday morning was 74.4 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using nightcrawler worms, grasshopper flies and beadhead nymph flies.

 

Streamflow on the Red River, below the hatchery, on Monday morning was 47.6 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair to good using salmon eggs and beadhead nymph flies.

 

Streamflow on the Rio Grande, at the Taos Junction Bridge, on Monday morning was 234 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using Prince Nymph flies and black Rooster Tail spinners.

 

Streamflow on the Rio Hondo on Monday morning near Valdez was 19.1 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using grasshopper flies.

 

Streamflow on the Rio Mora on Monday morning near Tererro was 23.0 cfs.

 

Streamflow on the Rio Pueblo, near Peñasco, on Monday morning was 12.0 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using small dry flies and beadhead nymph flies.

 

Santa Cruz Reservoir had no reports from anglers this week.

 

Fishing for trout at Shuree Ponds was good using 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 slow to fair using drop shot rigs and mojo rigs in 15 to 20 feet of water. Fishing for catfish was slow to 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 61.8 cfs.

 

Albuquerque Area Drains had no reports from anglers this week.

 

Fishing for tiger muskie at Bluewater Lake was good using red Rapala lures, red Dare Devil spoons and gold spoons. Fishing for catfish was good using chicken gizzards tipped with liver.

 

Brazos River had no reports from anglers this week.

 

Fishing for trout at Canjilon Lakes was good using Berkley pink worms and olive Woolly Bugger flies.

 

on the Chama River, Monday morning flows below El Vado and Abiquiú were 96.7 cfs and 122 cfs, respectively. Fishing for trout below El Vado Lake was fair to good using nightcrawlers and 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 using worms, cut bait and chicken liver. Fishing for walleye was fair to good using dark-colored deep-diving crankbaits.

 

Fishing for trout was fair to good at El Vado Lake using PowerBait at the North El Vado Day Use Area off State Road 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 fair to good using 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. 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 spillway. Non-quality waters can be accessed at the North El Vado Day Use Area located on State Road 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 5.99 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 780 cfs. Fishing for trout in the quality waters was good using white mouse pattern flies, leech pattern flies and size 24 midge emerger flies. Fishing for trout in the bait waters was good using PowerBait and Panther Martin spinners.

 

Fishing for trout at Seven Springs Brood Pond was good using salmon eggs and salmon peach PowerBait.

 

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

 

Fishing for trout at Trout Lakes was slow.

 

Southwest fishing report

 

Alumni Pond had no reports from anglers this week.

 

The water level at Bear Canyon Lake is extremely low and will remain low through October for dam repairs.

 

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 and white Berkley Gulp plastic minnows. Fishing for largemouth bass was good using swimbaits. Fishing for walleye was slow using bottom bouncers with nightcrawler harness rigs. Fishing for crappie was fair using small white and green grubs. Fishing for catfish was fair to good using cut carp and shad.

 

Escondida Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

 

Streamflow on the Gila River on Monday morning was 181 cfs. Fishing for catfish was good 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 at Quemado Lake was slow.

 

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.

 

Trees Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

 

Young Pond had no reports from anglers this week.

 

Southeast fishing report

 

Fishing for trout at Alto Lake was good using rainbow PowerBait.

 

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 3.34 cfs. Fishing for catfish was fair using cut carp bait.

 

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 using shrimp.

 

Fishing for catfish at Chaparral Park Lake was fair to good using shrimp and green Rooster Tail spinners.

 

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 dark Rooster Tail spinners.

 

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

 

Fishing for trout at Grindstone Reservoir was fair to good using nightcrawler worms and garlic PowerBait. Fishing for catfish was good using nightcrawler worms and hotdogs.

 

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 89.9 cfs. Fishing for white bass was good using live shiners south of Malaga. Fishing for catfish was good using cut carp bait south of Malaga.

 

Perch Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

 

Streamflow on the Ruidoso River on Monday morning at Hollywood was 28.9 cfs.

 

The boat ramp at Santa Rosa Lake has opened as water levels have increased due to recent rains. Santa Rosa Lake State Park is currently operating as a no-wake lake. Fishing for walleye was fair using live minnows. Fishing for bass was fair using crankbaits.

 

Fishing for catfish at Sumner Lake was good using chicken liver and salmon eggs.

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