Fishing Line for April 7, 2022 - Albuquerque Journal

Fishing Line for April 7, 2022

CATCHES OF THE WEEK

Aria and Gabriella Jaquez, 6 and 9, of Las Cruces caught their limit of rainbow trout at Bear Canyon Lake using salmon eggs and yellow PowerBait March 29.

Baudie Balliett of Cochiti Lake caught a 20.5-inch, 5-pound, 14-ounce largemouth bass at Cochiti Lake using a crank bait April 3.

At Elephant Butte Lake, Jim Hill of Elephant Butte caught a 39.5-inch, 53-pound catfish using chicken March 31. … Steven Castillo of Los Lunas caught a 15-inch white bass using a sassy shad March 27.

Dawn C’deBaca and Sharlene Sanchez of Albuquerque caught their limit of trout at Fenton Lake using a variety of colored PowerBaits and salmon eggs April 3.

Terri Keele of Hobbs caught a 16.5-inch rainbow trout at Green Meadow Lake using a Thomas buoyant Colorado spoon March 31.

Sutton Faught, 7, and Emmett Garcia, 8, both of Tucumcari caught and released 10 trout each at Morphy Lake using a Pistol Pete spinner fly with a water bubble April 2.

Alex Morton of Santa Fe caught a 14-inch rainbow trout on the Red River below the Red River Hatchery using a size 14 green beadhead caddis nymph fly March 28.

On the San Juan River, Donna Brubach of Albuquerque caught a 15-inch brown trout using a black foam wing midge emerger fly April 3. … Alex Martinez, 10, of Farmington caught a 15-inch rainbow trout using garlic PowerBait on March 27.

Renee Herrera of Juan Tomas caught a 22-inch, 4-pound catfish at Sumner Lake using worms below the dam Ap ril 2.

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NOTES FROM GAME & FISH

Northeast fishing report

Cabresto Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

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

Streamflow on the Cimarron River near Cimarron on Monday morning was 6.96 cubic feet per second.

Fishing for trout at Clayton Lake was good using various PowerBaits and nightcrawler worms.

Fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass at Conchas Lake was fair to good using shallow diving jerkbaits. Fishing for walleye was fair using crankbaits and curly tail grubs. Fishing for white bass was good using Bomber and Rat-L-Trap crankbaits.

At Costilla Creek, the department is implementing 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 involves 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 2023. 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.

Eagle Nest Lake is closed to ice fishing due to deteriorating ice conditions. For updated lake conditions visit the park’s webpage or call the park office at 575-377-1594.

Eagle Rock Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Gallinas River had no reports from anglers this week.

Hopewell Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Lake Alice was fair to good using corn.

Fishing for trout from the bank at Lake Maloya was good using green PowerBait. The lake is temporarily closed to boating due to some remaining ice. For updated lake conditions visit the park’s webpage or call the park office at 575-445-5607.

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 orange PowerBait.

Fishing for trout at Morphy Lake was good using Pistol Pete spinner flies with a water bubble.

Streamflow on the Pecos River near the town of Pecos on Monday morning was 72.3 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using beadhead pheasant tail nymph flies, PowerBait and salmon eggs.

Streamflow on the Red River below the hatchery Monday morning was 42.4 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair to good using green beadhead caddis nymph flies.

Streamflow on the Rio Grande at the Taos Junction Bridge on Monday morning was 503 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using Blue Wing Olive dry flies.

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 on Monday morning was not measured due to ice.

Fishing for trout at the Santa Cruz Reservoir was good using garlic PowerBait, Rapala lures and red or chartreuse spoons.

Shuree Ponds is 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 walleye at Ute Lake was fair to good using suspending jerkbaits and jigging live minnows in 5 to 12 feet of water. Fishing for white bass was fair using small spinners and grubs. Fishing for smallmouth and largemouth bass was fair using jerkbaits, jigs, Senko style baits and square bill crankbaits in 6 to 12 feet of water. Fishing for catfish was slow to fair using trot lines. The main lake water surface temperature was in the low to mid 50-degrees and the water clarity was stained.

Northwest fishing report

Abiquiú Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Waterflow on the Animas River below Aztec on Monday morning was 299 cfs.

Fishing for trout at the Albuquerque Area Drains was good using PowerBait. Fishing for bass was fair using jigs and swimbaits.

Fishing for tiger muskie at Bluewater Lake was fair using jointed Rapala lures.

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 100 cfs and 200 cfs, respectively. Fishing for trout below El Vado Lake was fair using beadhead nymph flies. Fishing for trout below Abiquiú Lake was fair using beadhead Woolly Bugger 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 pike at Cochiti Lake was good using small jerkbaits. Fishing for smallmouth and largemouth bass was fair to good using crankbaits and jigs. Fishing for catfish was good using cut bait and nightcrawler worms.

El Vado Lake State Park is open for day use and can be accessed at the Main Park area, North El Vado Day Use Area off State Road 95 and Hargroves Day Use Area off of State Road 322.

Fishing for trout at Fenton Lake was good using a variety of colored PowerBaits and salmon eggs. Please remember, only two cutthroat trout are allowed to be harvested per day within the regular five-fish limit.

Heron Lake is free of ice and open to bank fishing or fishing from paddle craft and small boats that can be launched from the shoreline.

At the Jemez Waters, streamflow on the Jemez near the village of Jemez Springs on Monday morning was 65.8 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using orange PowerBait and red worms.

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

Lagunitas Lakes had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Lake Farmington was good using pink and yellow rainbow original scent PowerBait.

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 pike at Navajo Lake was fair using crankbait lures. Fishing for trout was slow to fair using trout pattern lures. Fishing for smallmouth bass was slow using crankbaits.

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 333 cfs. The Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled a decrease in the release from Navajo Dam from 350 cfs to 300 cfs for Tuesday, April 5. Fishing for trout in the quality waters was good using black zebra midge pattern flies and black foam wing midge pattern flies. Fishing for trout in the bait waters was fair to good using garlic PowerBait and worms.

Fishing for trout at Seven Springs Brood Pond was good using orange PowerBait.

Fishing for trout at Tingley Beach was good using salmon eggs, flies, pink Berkley Gulp trout bait and garlic PowerBait.

Trout Lakes had no reports from anglers this week.

Southwest fishing report

Fishing for trout at Alumni Pond was slow using garlic PowerBait and worms.

Fishing for trout at Bear Canyon Lake was good using salmon eggs and yellow PowerBait.

Bill Evans Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for catfish at Caballo Lake was fair using hot dogs and nightcrawler worms.

Fishing for catfish at Elephant Butte Lake was good using chicken and cut shad bait. Fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass was fair using swimbaits, jigs and plastic worms. Fishing for white bass was fair to good using white crankbaits. Fishing for crappie was good using small jigs and live minnows.

Escondida Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow on the Gila River on Monday morning was 68.1 cfs. Fishing for trout on Whitewater Creek was fair to good using beadhead prince nymph flies and worms.

Glenwood Pond had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Lake Roberts was fair to good using streamer flies and dry flies.

Water levels are very low at Percha Dam.

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 0.10 cfs.

Snow Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Trees Lake was fair to good using PowerBait.

Fishing for trout at Young Pond was slow to fair using garlic PowerBait hare’s ear nymph flies.

Southeast fishing report

Fishing for trout at Alto Lake was good using silver Kastmaster lures and PowerBait.

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 4.16 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.

Fishing for trout at Bosque Redondo Lake was fair using hare’s ear nymph flies and Trout Magnet lures.

Fishing for trout at Bottomless Lakes was fair to good using orange PowerBait.

Fishing for bass at Brantley Lake was fair to good using black and silver 2-inch grubs, pumpkin brown and black pepper plastic worms and crawdad imitation lures.

Carlsbad Municipal Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Chaparral Park Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Corona Pond had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Eunice Lake was good using orange and garlic PowerBait.

Fishing for trout at Green Meadow Lake was fair to good using Thomas buoyant Colorado spoons.

Greene Acres Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Grindstone Reservoir was good using shrimp salmon eggs and salmon peach PowerBait.

Fishing for trout at Jal Lake was fair using homemade dough bait.

Fishing for trout at Lake Van was fair using salmon peach PowerBait.

Oasis Park Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow on the Pecos River below Sumner Lake on Monday morning was 60.2 cfs. Fihsing for catfish was fair to good using worms.

Fishing for trout at Perch Lake was good using yellow and orange PowerBait.

Streamflow on the Ruidoso River on Monday morning at Hollywood was 6.99 cfs.

Santa Rosa Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for catfish at Sumner Lake below the dam was fair to good using worms.

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