Fishing Line for June 2, 2022 - Albuquerque Journal

Fishing Line for June 2, 2022

CATCHES OF THE WEEK

Noa Soliz, 2, of Silver City caught an 11-inch catfish at Bill Evans Lake using blood dough bait May 25.

At Bluewater Lake, Esmeralda Marquez Chavez and Emma Marquez Chavez, 14 and 11, of Albuquerque each caught a 36-inch tiger muskie using hotdogs May 26. … Rio Lynn Fifer, 6, of Aztec caught a 43-inch tiger muskie using an earthworm May 23. … Aaron Hopkins of Albuquerque caught a 47-inch, 18-pound tiger muskie using a homemade crankbait May 23. … Jimmie Begay Jr. of Pine Hill caught and released a 40-inch tiger muskie using a Panther Martin spinner May 22. … Abel Lovato Jr., 16, of Albuquerque caught a 41.5-inch tiger muskie using a hotdog May 21.

Oscar Fierro and his father of Peña Blanca caught a 22- and 24-inch rainbow trout ay Eagle Nest Lake using PowerBait on May 28.

Robert Elias Barba, 2, of Belen caught an 18-inch catfish at Escondida Lake using red worms under a bobber May 23.

Ruben-Micah, 3, of Ruidoso caught his first fish, a 12-inch rainbow trout, on the Rio Bonito using worms May 24.

David Shelle of Tecumseh, Michigan, caught and released a 40-inch pike on the Rio Grande using a nightcrawler worm north of Bernalillo May 24.

Joonas Iivanainen of Albuquerque caught an 18-inch rainbow trout at Santa Cruz Reservoir using Berkley Gulp nightcrawlers May 27.

Cheyenne Fahey of Mora caught a 30-inch catfish at Storrie Lake using green chartreuse glow worms May 17.

Cora Brown, 12, of Albuquerque caught an 18-inch catfish at Tingley Beach using chartreuse PowerBait on May 28.

If you have a catch of the week story, send it to funfishingnm@gmail.com.

 

NOTES FROM GAME & FISH

Northeast fishing report

Cabresto Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Charette Lakes was good using garlic PowerBait and salmon peach PowerBait.

Streamflow on the Cimarron River near Cimarron on Monday morning was 30.2 cubic feet per second (cfs). Cimarron Canyon State Park is closed until further notice due to extreme fire danger. For more information, visit the park’s webpage or call 575-377-6271.

Fishing for trout at Clayton Lake was good using chartreuse and salmon peach PowerBait. Fishing for walleye was fair to good using chartreuse curly tail grubs and crankbaits.

Fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass at Conchas Lake was good using 3.5-inch blue tube baits and soft plastic worms. Fishing for walleye was fair using green curly tail grubs and orange Rat-L-Trap crankbaits. Fishing for white bass was good using white curly tail grubs and Rat-L-Trap crankbaits. Fishing for crappie was very good using 3.5-inch tube jigs in 12-feet of water.

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 the 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. All U.S. Forest Service land in the Carson National Forest Service district is currently closed due to wildfire concerns. For more information on the Forest Service closure, visit the Carson National Forest webpage or call the Carson National Forest office at 505-758-6200.

All U.S. Forest Service land in the Santa Fe National Forest Service district is currently closed due to wildfire concerns including Cowles Ponds. For more information on the Forest Service closure, visit the Santa Fe National Forest webpage or call the Santa Fe National Forest office at 505-438-5300.

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

Eagle Nest Lake is closed to boating for water resource firefighting activities. However, fishing from the shore is open. Fishing for rainbow trout was good using salmon peach PowerBait. For more information, visit the park’s webpage or call 575-377-1594.

All U.S. Forest Service land in the Carson National Forest Service district is currently closed due to wildfire concerns including Eagle Rock Lake. For more information on the Forest Service closure, visit the Carson National Forest webpage or call the Carson National Forest office at 505-758-6200.

All U.S. Forest Service land in the Santa Fe National Forest Service district is currently closed due to wildfire concerns including the Gallinas River. For more information on the Forest Service closure, visit the Santa Fe National Forest webpage or call the Santa Fe National Forest office at 505-438-5300.

All U.S. Forest Service land in the Carson National Forest Service district is currently closed due to wildfire concerns including Hopewell Lake. For more information on the Forest Service closure, visit the Carson National Forest webpage or call the Carson National Forest office at 505-758-6200.

Lake Alice had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Lake Maloya was good using green homemade dough bait, lime green PowerBait and rainbow PowerBait.

All U.S. Forest Service land in the Santa Fe National Forest Service district is currently closed due to wildfire concerns including Los Pinos River. For more information on the Forest Service closure, visit the Santa Fe National Forest webpage or call the Santa Fe National Forest office at 505-438-5300.

Maxwell Lake 13 had no reports from anglers this week.

Monastery Lake is currently closed due to wildfire concerns. 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.

Fishing for trout on the Pecos River was good using salmon eggs near the town of Pueblo. All U.S. Forest Service land in the Santa Fe National Forest Service district is currently closed due to wildfire concerns, as is the Pecos Canyon State Park. For more information on the Forest Service closure, visit the Santa Fe National Forest webpage or call the Santa Fe National Forest office at 505-438-5300. 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 97.9 cfs. Fishing for trout was slow using San Juan worms and large, heavy nymph flies. The water levels were high, and the river was muddy. All U.S. Forest Service land in the Carson National Forest Service district is currently closed due to wildfire concerns. For more information on the Forest Service closure, visit the Carson National Forest webpage or call the Carson National Forest office at 505-758-6200.

Streamflow on the Rio Grande at the Taos Junction Bridge on Monday morning was 685 cfs. Fishing for trout was slow to fair using black Pistol Pete spinners. Fishing for pike was fair using chartreuse Panther Martin spinners near Pilar. All U.S. Forest Service land in the Carson and Santa Fe National Forest districts is currently closed due to wildfire concerns. For more information on the Forest Service closure, visit the Carson National Forest or Santa Fe National Forest webpage. You can also call the call the Carson National Forest office at 505-758-6200 or the Santa Fe National Forest office at 505-438-5300.

Streamflow on the Rio Hondo on Monday morning near Valdez was 60.9 cfs. All U.S. Forest Service land in the Carson National Forest Service district is currently closed due to wildfire concerns. For more information on the Forest Service closure, visit the Carson National Forest webpage or call the Carson National Forest office at 505-758-6200.

All U.S. Forest Service land in the Santa Fe National Forest Service district is currently closed due to wildfire concerns, as is the Pecos Canyon State Park and the Rio Mora. For more information on the Forest Service closure, visit the Santa Fe National Forest webpage or call the Santa Fe National Forest office at 505-438-5300. 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 Monday morning was 29.0 cfs. All U.S. Forest Service land in the Carson National Forest Service district is currently closed due to wildfire concerns. For more information on the Forest Service closure, visit the Carson National Forest webpage or call the Carson National Forest office at 505-758-6200.

Fishing for trout at the Santa Cruz Reservoir was good using Berkley Gulp nightcrawlers and yellow garlic PowerBait.

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

Springer Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Storrie Lake State Park is currently closed due to wildfire concerns. 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 bottom bouncers with nightcrawler worm harnesses and trolling medium diving crankbaits. Fishing for white bass was fair trolling Flicker shad lures and casting spinners. Fishing for smallmouth and largemouth bass was good using swimbaits, Chigger craws and wacky rigged worms. Fishing for crappie was good using live minnows. Fishing for catfish was fair using nightcrawler worms and chicken liver. The main lake water surface temperature was in the upper 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 1,230 cfs.

Albuquerque Area Drains had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for tiger muskie at Bluewater Lake was fair to good using homemade crankbaits, Panther Martin spinners, earthworms, large chartreuse swimbaits and hotdogs.

Brazos River had no reports from anglers this week.

All U.S. Forest Service land in the Carson National Forest Service district is currently closed due to wildfire concerns including Canjilon Lakes. For more information on the Forest Service closure, visit the Carson National Forest webpage or call the Carson National Forest office at 505-758-6200.

Monday-morning flows on the Chama River below El Vado and Abiquiú were 232 cfs and 442 cfs, respectively. Fishing for trout below El Vado Lake was fair to good using Rapala lures. 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. All U.S. Forest Service land in the Carson and Santa Fe National Forest districts is currently closed due to wildfire concerns. For more information on the Forest Service closure, visit the Carson National Forest or Santa Fe National Forest webpages. You can also call the call the Carson National Forest office at 505-758-6200 or the Santa Fe National Forest office at 505-438-5300.

Fishing for bass at Cochiti Lake was fair to good using plastic worms. Fishing for catfish was fair to good using chicken liver.

El Vado Lake can be accessed at Hargroves Day Use Area off State Road 322 and the Main Park area off State Road 112. The Rio Chama River can be accessed at the North El Vado Day Use Area on State Road 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.

Fenton Lake State Park is currently closed due to wildfire concerns. For more information, visit the park’s webpage or call 575-829-3630.

Heron Lake had no reports from anglers this week. For more information, visit the park’s webpage or call 575-588-7470.

At the Jemez Waters, streamflow on the Jemez River near the village of Jemez Springs on Monday morning was 48.4 cfs. All U.S. Forest Service land in the Santa Fe National Forest Service district is currently closed due to wildfire concerns. For more information on the Forest Service closure, visit the Santa Fe National Forest webpage or call the Santa Fe National Forest office at 505-438-5300.

Fishing for trout at Laguna del Campo was good using PowerBait and spinners.

All U.S. Forest Service land in the Carson National Forest Service district is currently closed due to wildfire concerns including Lagunitas Lakes. For more information on the Forest Service closure, visit the Carson National Forest webpage or call the Carson National Forest office at 505-758-6200.

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

Stocking efforts have been suspended due to extremely low water levels and unstable ground conditions at McGaffey Lake. Lake conditions will be monitored and stockings will resume once conditions improve. All U.S. Forest Service land in the Cibola National Forest Service district is currently closed due to wildfire concerns. For more information on the Forest Service closure, visit the Cibola National Forest webpage or call the Cibola National Forest office at 505-346-3900.

Fishing for pike at Navajo Lake was fair to good when using jerkbaits. Fishing for crappie was fair to good using live minnows and small jigs. Fishing for smallmouth bass was slow to fair using crankbaits and skirt jigs.

Fishing for catfish on the Rio Grande near Albuquerque was good when using chicken liver and cut bait. Fishing for pike was fair to good when using nightcrawler worms north of Bernalillo.

Riverside Park Pond (Aztec Pond #1) had no reports from anglers this week.

All U.S. Forest Service land in the Santa Fe National Forest Service district is currently closed due to wildfire concerns including San Gregorio Lake. For more information on the Forest Service closure, visit the Santa Fe National Forest webpage or call the Santa Fe National Forest office at 505-438-5300.

Streamflow on the San Juan River on Monday morning was 293 cfs. Fishing for trout in the quality waters was good using leech pattern flies, Baetis and midge pattern flies. Fishing for trout in the bait waters was good using nightcrawler worms.

Seven Springs Brood Pond is currently closed due to wildfire concerns.

Fishing for rainbow trout at Tiger Park Reservoir was good using salmon egg scent PowerBait.

Fishing for bass at Tingley Beach was fair to good using black spinnerbaits. Fishing for catfish was good using chartreuse PowerBait, chicken liver, nightcrawler worms and shrimp.

All U.S. Forest Service land in the Carson National Forest Service district is currently closed due to wildfire concerns including Trout Lakes. For more information on the Forest Service closure, visit the Carson National Forest webpage or call the Carson National Forest office at 505-758-6200.

Southwest fishing report

Fishing for catfish at Alumni Pond was fair to good using cut carp bait, cut shad bait, red worms and beef liver.

Fishing for catfish at Bear Canyon Lake was good using dough bait and live worms.

Fishing for bass at Bill Evans Lake was slow to fair using 5-inch maroon plastic worms. Fishing for catfish was fair to good using dough bait.

Fishing for crappie at Caballo Lake was fair to good using live minnows and small jigs. Fishing for bass was fair to good using crankbaits. Fishing for walleye was fair to good using live minnows and trolling medium diving crankbaits.

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

Fishing for catfish at Escondida Lake was fair to good using red worms, nightcrawler worms and cut bait.

Streamflow on the Gila River on Monday morning was 20.7 cfs. Fishing for catfish was fair to good using live minnows.

Glenwood Pond had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for catfish at Lake Roberts was good using blood dough bait and worms.

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 Monday morning was 668 cfs. Fishing for catfish was fair to good using live minnows. Fishing for walleye was fair to good using curly tail grubs.

Snow Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Trees Lake was fair to good using worms and PowerBait. Fishing for catfish was fair using shrimp. Fishing for bass was fair to good using maroon plastic worms rigged with a small spinner in front.

Fishing for all species was slow at Young Pond.

Southeast fishing report

Fishing for catfish at Alto Lake was fair to good using nightcrawler worms.

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

Fishing for bass on the Berrendo Creek was fair to good using Whopper Plopper lures. Please visit the Open Gate webpage for more information on this property.

Streamflow on the Black River at Malaga on Monday morning was 18.9 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.

Fishing for walleye at Brantley Lake was fair using red crankbaits. Fishing for white bass was good using red crankbaits.

Fishing for bass at Carlsbad Municipal Lake was good using drop shot Robo worms.

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 catfish at Green Meadow Lake was good using green worms with bass attractant spray.

Fishing for catfish at Greene Acres Lake was good using nightcrawler worms and cut bait.

Grindstone Reservoir had no reports from anglers this week.

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 97.2 cfs. Fishing for bass was good using Texas-rigged soft plastic blue crawdad pattern baits.

Fishing for bass at Perch Lake was fair to good using green jigs.

Fishing for rainbow trout on the Rio Bonito was good when using worms.

Fishing for trout at Rock Lake Hatchery Kids’ Pond was good using PowerBait.

All U.S. Forest Service land in the Lincoln National Forest Service district is currently closed due to wildfire concerns including Ruidoso River. For more information on the Forest Service closure, visit the Lincoln National Forest webpage or call 575-434-7200. Streamflow Monday morning at Hollywood was 3.09 cfs.

Fishing for walleye at Santa Rosa Lake was fair to good using Flicker shad lures, live minnows and Ned rigs. Fishing for bass was fair to good using crankbaits. Fishing for crappie was slow to fair using live minnows.

Fishing for bass at Sumner Lake was fair to good using green Senko worms. Fishing for walleye was fair using nightcrawler worms and green plastic worms. Fishing for catfish was good using hotdogs and worms.

Timberon Ponds had no reports from anglers this week.

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