Fishing Line for Jan. 13, 2022 - Albuquerque Journal

Fishing Line for Jan. 13, 2022

CATCHES OF THE WEEK

Kiki Flores of Las Cruces caught a 2-pound blue catfish at Elephant Butte Lake using cut carp bait Jan. 8.

Isaac Sanchez and Matthew Medina of Albuquerque caught and released over 50 rainbow and brook trout at Hopewell Lake using tungsten glow ice jigs tipped with meal worms and wax worms Jan 9.

Nino Furneri of Santa Fe caught 12- and 10-inch rainbow trout at Monastery Lake using salmon peach PowerBait on Dec. 30.

Justin Estrada of Las Vegas caught and released over 20 rainbow trout at Perch Lake using homemade flies resembling a cross between a prince nymph and a hare’s ear nymph Jan. 3.

Cash Lujan, 6, of Santa Fe caught a 14-inch brown trout on the Rio Grande using a nightcrawler worm near the town of Embudo Jan. 8.

Ron and Roberto Devargas of Abiquiú both caught 18-inch rainbow trout on the San Juan River using San Juan worm flies Jan. 6.

Tom Chrobocinski of Ojo Caliente caught a 15-inch rainbow trout at the Santa Cruz Reservoir using a silver spoon Jan. 6.

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NoteS from GAME & FISH

Northeast fishing report

Ice fishing for brook trout at Cabresto Lake was good using small glow tungsten ice jigs with glow plastics. The roads were snow-packed and slippery.

Charette Lakes is closed for the season and will reopen in March.

Streamflow on the Cimarron River near Cimarron on Monday morning was 13.8 cubic feet per second (cfs).

Clayton Lake is closed for the season and will reopen in March.

Conchas Lake has new winter season hours: open for day-use access only Thursday-Sunday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. For updated lake conditions visit the park’s webpage or call the park office at 575-868-2270.

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 this spring. 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. 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.

The State Parks Division of the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department has temporarily closed Eagle Nest Lake to boating and ice-fishing due to recent winter weather conditions that created unsafe lake surface conditions. The lake is currently closed to all watercraft, including canoes, kayaks, inflatables and all types of motorboats. Park staff will continue to monitor ice conditions for ice fishing. While boat ramp access is closed, the park is open for day-use access. Hiking trails remain open at the park. For updated lake conditions visit the park’s webpage or call the park office at 575-377-1594.

Fishing for trout at Eagle Rock Lake was good using salmon eggs, pink PowerBait and small silver spoons.

Gallinas River had no reports from anglers this week.

Anglers reported Hopewell Lake was frozen and the entrance gates are locked until spring. Ice fishing for rainbow and brook trout was very good using tungsten glow ice jigs tipped with meal worms and wax worms.

Lake Alice is temporarily closed due to recent weather conditions and ice forming on the lake. State Park officials have deemed the lake unsafe at this time.

Lake Maloya is temporarily closed due to recent weather conditions and ice forming on the lake. State Park officials have deemed the lake unsafe at this time.

Los Pinos River had no reports from anglers this week.

Maxwell Lake 13 is closed for the season and will reopen in March.

Fishing for trout at Monastery Lake was fair to good using salmon peach PowerBait.

Morphy Lake is closed for the season and will reopen in March.

Streamflow on the Pecos River near the town of Pecos on Monday morning was not measured due to ice. Fishing for trout was fair to good using small beadhead nymph flies.

Streamflow on the Red River below the hatchery Monday morning was 30.6 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair using zebra midge flies and RS2 flies.

Streamflow on the Rio Grande at the Taos Junction Bridge on Monday morning was 429 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair to good using small beadhead nymph flies, midge flies, gold Panther Martin spinners and nightcrawler worms.

Streamflow on the Rio Hondo on Monday morning near Valdez was not measured due to ice.

Streamflow on the Rio Mora on Monday morning near Tererro was not measured due to ice.

Streamflow on the Rio Pueblo near Peñasco Monday morning was not measured due to ice.

Fishing for trout at Santa Cruz Reservoir was fair to good using pink, orange and green PowerBait.

Shuree Ponds are closed for the season and will reopen in July.

Springer Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Storrie Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Stubblefield Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for all species at Ute Lake was slow.

Northwest fishing report

Abiquiú Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Waterflow on the Animas River below Aztec on Monday morning was 201 cfs.

Fishing for trout at the Albuquerque Area Drains was good using salmon eggs, garlic PowerBait, worms and marshmallows.

Bluewater Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Brazos River had no reports from anglers this week.

Canjilon Lakes had no reports from anglers this week.

Monday-morning flows on the Chama River below El Vado and Abiquiú were 97.3 cfs and 59.9 cfs, respectively. Fishing for trout below El Vado Lake was fair to good using spinners and streamer flies. Fishing for trout below Abiquiú Lake was good using Panther Martin spinners, beadhead nymph flies and leech pattern 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 using cut bait, shrimp and chicken liver.

El Vado Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

There was no fishing due to thin ice covering Fenton Lake . Please remember, only two cutthroat trout are allowed to be harvested per day within the regular five-fish limit.

All boat ramps are currently closed at Heron Lake .

A t the Jemez Waters, streamflow on the Jemez near the village of Jemez Springs on Monday morning was 13.0 cfs. Fishing for trout below the town of Jemez was good using worms and flashback nymph flies.

Laguna del Campo is closed for the season and will reopen in May.

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.

Navajo Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Rio Grande had no reports from anglers this week.

San Gregorio Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow on the San Juan River on Monday morning was 302 cfs. Fishing for trout in the quality waters was good using San Juan worm flies, leech pattern flies and black midge pattern flies. Fishing for trout in the bait waters was good using worms.

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

Fishing for trout at Tingley Beach was fair to good using salmon eggs, garlic PowerBait and worms.

Trout Lakes had no reports from anglers this week.

Southwest fishing report

Fishing for trout at Alumni Pond was good using salmon eggs, live worms and marshmallows.

Fishing for trout at Bear Canyon Lake was slow to fair using PowerBait and salmon eggs.

Fishing for all species was slow at Bill Evans Lake .

Fishing for catfish at Caballo Lake was fair using red PowerBait.

Fishing for catfish at Elephant Butte Lake was slow using cut carp bait and shad. Fishing for white bass was slow to fair when casting crankbaits.

Escondida Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow on the Gila River on Monday morning was 83.1 cfs.

Fishing for trout at Glenwood Pond was slow.

Fishing for all species was slow at Lake Roberts .

Percha Dam had no reports from anglers this week.

Quemado Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Rancho Grande Ponds had no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow on the Rio Grande below Elephant Butte on Monday morning was 0.043 cfs.

Snow Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Trees Lake was good using pink and chartreuse garlic PowerBait.

Fishing for trout at Young Pond was fair to good using marshmallows, live worms and lime green garlic scent PowerBait.

Southeast fishing report

Alto Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Bataan Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Please visit the Open Gate webpage for more information on Berrendo Creek .

Streamflow on the Black River at Malaga on Monday morning was 13.0 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 later this year.

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 white bass and smallmouth bass at Carlsbad Municipal Lake was fair using paddle tail shad pattern swimbaits. Fishing for trout was fair using PowerBait.

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.

Green Meadow Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Greene Acres Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Grindstone Reservoir was good using silver spoons and green PowerBait.

Jal Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Lake Van was good using green PowerBait and cheese baits.

Oasis Park Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow on the Pecos River below Sumner Lake on Monday morning was 15.5 cfs. Fishing for white bass and largemouth bass was fair to good using bright pink lures and swimbaits near Carlsbad.

Fishing for trout at Perch Lake was good using prince nymph flies and hare’s ear nymph flies.

Streamflow on the Ruidoso River on Monday morning at Hollywood was 3.67 cfs.

Santa Rosa Lake is open to boating, but due to low lake levels, Santa Rosa Lake State Park will operate as a no-wake lake until conditions improve. Fishing for all species was slow.

Sumner Lake had no reports from anglers this week.


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