Fishing Line for May 5, 2022 - Albuquerque Journal

Fishing Line for May 5, 2022

CATCHES OF THE WEEK

Ensley Aguilar of Santo Domingo Pueblo caught a 33.5-inch, 9-pound, 8-ounce pike at Cochiti Lake using a shad pattern Glide Swimbait on April 26.

At Elephant Butte Lake, Mark Melhoff Sr. of Carrizozo caught a 20-inch, 2.5-pound walleye using a garlic nightcrawler April 29. … Jaqlene Tinsley of Las Cruces caught a 20-pound flathead catfish using cut shad bait on the north end of the lake April 24.

Coda and Mason Saunier, 10 and 5, of Rio Rancho caught their limit of trout at Fenton Lake using garlic PowerBait on April 23.

Gilbert Salas of Albuquerque caught his limit of trout at Monastery Lake using a Pistol Pete Mafia Pete spinner fly April 15.

Corey Mcdowell of Pecos caught an 18-inch brown trout on the Pecos River using worms April 26.

Santiago Holguín, 5, of Bosque Farms caught 19.25-inch and 17.5-inch rainbow trout at Santa Cruz Reservoir using PowerBait on April 30.

Roman and Emiliano Perea, 3 and 10, of Albuquerque caught an 18-inch rainbow trout and a limit of trout at Seven Springs Brood Pond using salmon peach PowerBait on April 21.

Kathy Leal of Logan caught a 5.66-pound smallmouth bass at Ute Lake using a live minnow April 28.

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NOTES FROM GAME & FISH

Northeast fishing report

Cabresto Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Charette Lakes had no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow on the Cimarron River near Cimarron on Monday morning was 38.5 cubic feet per second (cfs).

Fishing for trout at Clayton Lake was good using various PowerBaits and spoons. Fishing for walleye was fair using curly tail grubs. Fishing for bass was fair using crankbaits.

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.

All U.S. Forest Service land in the Pecos-Las Vegas Ranger District is currently closed including Cowles Ponds. For more information, visit the Santa Fe National Forest webpage or call the Pecos-Las Vegas Ranger District office at 505-425-3534.

Coyote Creek State Park is currently closed due to wildfire concerns. For more information, visit the park’s webpage or call 575-387-2328.

Fishing for rainbow trout at Eagle Nest Lake was fair to good using salmon peach PowerBait, corn and red worms. Fishing for pike was fair using rainbow trout pattern crankbaits.

Eagle Rock Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

All U.S. Forest Service land in the Pecos-Las Vegas Ranger District is currently closed including the Gallinas River. For more information, visit the Santa Fe National Forest webpage or call the Pecos-Las Vegas Ranger District office at 505-425-3534.

Hopewell Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

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

Fishing for trout at Lake Maloya was good using Gulp Worms and pink and brass Kastmaster lures.

Los Pinos River had no reports from anglers this week.

Maxwell Lake 13 had no reports from anglers this week.

Monastery Lake is currently closed. For more information, visit the Open Gate webpage.

Morphy Lake State Park is currently closed due to wildfire concerns. For more information, visit the park’s webpage or call 575-387-2328.

All U.S. Forest Service land in the Pecos-Las Vegas Ranger District is currently closed including the Pecos River, as is Pecos Canyon State Park. For more information on the Forest Service closure, visit the Santa Fe National Forest webpage or call the Pecos-Las Vegas Ranger District office at 505-425-3534. For more information on the Pecos Canyon State Park closure, visit the park’s webpage or call 505-670-8196.

Streamflow on the Red River below the hatchery Monday morning was 89.4 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair using San Juan worms and large heavy nymph flies. The water levels were high, and the river was muddy.

Streamflow on the Rio Grande at the Taos Junction Bridge on Monday morning was 640 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair using San Juan worms and large heavy nymph flies. The water levels were high, and the river was muddy.

Streamflow on the Rio Hondo on Monday morning near Valdez was 38.4 cfs.

All U.S. Forest Service land in the Pecos-Las Vegas Ranger District is currently closed including the Rio Mora, as is Pecos Canyon State Park. For more information on the Forest Service closure, visit the Santa Fe National Forest webpage or call the Pecos-Las Vegas Ranger District office at 505-425-3534. For more information on the Pecos Canyon State Park closure, visit the park’s webpage or call 505-670-8196.

Streamflow on the Rio Pueblo near Peñasco on Monday morning was 65.6 cfs.

Fishing for trout at the Santa Cruz Reservoir was good using garlic PowerBait and cheddar PowerBait.

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

Springer Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout was good at Storrie Lake using salmon peach PowerBait and green garlic PowerBait. The boat ramp and lake access to all motorized vessels is closed. Forest fires in the area are likely to impact the lake. For more information, visit the park’s webpage or call 505-425-7278.

Stubblefield Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for walleye at Ute Lake was good using live minnows, Berkley Gulp minnows and crankbaits in 8 to 12 feet of water on gravel points. Fishing for white bass was fair when trolling Model A Bomber lures and Bandit 200 crankbaits on the main lake near the dam. Fishing for smallmouth and largemouth bass was very good using spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, medium diving crankbaits, Senko worms, live minnows and swimbaits. Fishing for crappie was good using live minnows, small grubs and Road Runner lures on the Ute Creek arm of the lake. The main lake water surface temperature was in the low 60s 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 1,240 cfs.

Albuquerque Area Drains had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for tiger muskie at Bluewater Lake was fair using crankbaits and swimbaits.

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 1,630 cfs and 1,790 cfs, respectively. 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.

Due to the Cerro Pelado Fire, Cochiti Lake is closed for fishing and all recreation. For more information, visit the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

El Vado Lake can be accessed at Hargroves Day Use Area off of State Road 322 as well as the Main Park area off of State Road 112. The Rio Chama River can be accessed at the North El Vado Day Use area on SR 95 10 miles west of U.S. Highway 84. Lake levels are steady but expected to drop as crews work on the El Vado Dam. The Dam Day Use Area is closed due to the ongoing construction. State Road 112 over the dam will experience periodic closures. For more information, visit the park’s webpage or call 575-588-7247.

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

Heron Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

At the Jemez Waters, streamflow on the Jemez River near the village of Jemez Springs on Monday morning was 67.6 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using worms.

Laguna del Campo had no reports from anglers this week.

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 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 to good using streamer flies, jerkbaits and crankbaits. Fishing for trout was slow to fair using trout pattern lures. Fishing for smallmouth bass was slow to fair using crankbaits and skirt jigs.

Fishing for catfish on the Rio Grande near Albuquerque was fair to good using nightcrawler worms and shrimp.

Fishing for trout at the Riverside Park Pond (Aztec Pond #1) was fair to good using PowerBait.

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 size 22 Baetis nymphs, crystal flash midge flies, zebra midge flies and midge cluster dry flies. Fishing for trout in the bait waters was fair to good using PowerBait, worms and spinners.

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

Fishing for bass at Tingley Beach was fair to good using Senko worms and Woolly Bugger flies.

Trout Lakes had no reports from anglers this week.

Southwest fishing report

Fishing for trout at Alumni Pond was slow to fair using white beadhead hare’s ear flies and garlic PowerBait.

Bear Canyon Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for largemouth bass at Bill Evans Lake was fair to good using soft plastic jigs.

Fishing for white bass at Caballo Lake was good using crankbaits. Fishing for catfish was good using large shiners. Fishing for walleye was good using large shiners. Fishing for crappie was good using live minnows.

Fishing for catfish at Elephant Butte Lake was good using cut gizzard shad bait. Fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass was fair to good using chartreuse crankbaits, jigs and soft plastic lures. Fishing for white bass was good using white Bombers, jointed Rapalas and Rat-L-Trap lures. Fishing for crappie was good using small jigs and live minnows. Fishing for walleye was fair to good using garlic nightcrawler worms and curly tail grubs.

Escondida Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow on the Gila River on Monday morning was 41.2 cfs.

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 fair using silver Panther Martin spinners.

Rancho Grande Ponds had no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow on the Rio Grande below Elephant Butte on Monday morning was 4.16 cfs.

Snow Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Trees Lake was good using worms, PowerBait and shrimp.

Fishing for all species at Young Pond was slow.

Southeast Fishing report

Fishing for trout at Alto Lake was good using PowerBait, salmon eggs and worms.

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 8.26 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 largemouth bass at Bosque Redondo Lake was good using spinnerbaits.

Bottomless Lakes had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for white bass at Brantley Lake was good using spinners and curly tail grubs.

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.

Eunice Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for bass at Green Meadow Lake was fair to good using small swimbaits and 3-inch plastic worms.

Greene Acres Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

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

Jal Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at the Kids’ Pond at Santa Rosa Fish Hatchery was good using PowerBait.

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

Oasis Park Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow on the Pecos River below Sumner Lake on Monday morning was 91.5 cfs. Fishing for catfish was fair to good using worms.

Perch Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow on the Ruidoso River on Monday morning at Hollywood was 5.82 cfs.

Fishing for walleye at Santa Rosa Lake was fair using live minnows. Fishing for bass was fair using live minnows.

Fishing for catfish at Sumner Lake was fair using jigs and worms.

Fishing for trout at Timberon Ponds was fair to good using pink PowerBait.

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