Reel Report

Stocking 6,000 catchable-size rainbow trout per month from November through March

Posted 12/12/19

Grindstone Reservoir: Mary Mendoza of Roswell caught a 22-inch, 5-pound, 12.5-ounce rainbow trout using 6-pound test line with a size 16 gold treble hook baited with yellow corn-scented PowerBait Dec. 6.

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Reel Report

Stocking 6,000 catchable-size rainbow trout per month from November through March

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This fishing report, provided by Dustin Berg and Go Unlimited (supporting disabled anglers) and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

Tuesday (Dec. 10)

If you have a catch of the week story or just want to tell us about your latest New Mexico fishing experience, send it to us at funfishingnm@gmail.com. We may include your story in our next report. For catches of the week, include name, date and location; type of fish, length and weight, if possible; and bait, lure or fly used.

If you are an angler in Taos or Colfax counties, you can also send your favorite high-res fishing photo of the week to sports@taosnews.com

Catch of the Week

Grindstone Reservoir: Mary Mendoza of Roswell caught a 22-inch, 5-pound, 12.5-ounce rainbow trout using 6-pound test line with a size 16 gold treble hook baited with yellow corn-scented PowerBait Dec. 6.

Red River: Tom and Bev Colvin and Thomas and Cheryl Ritcherson of Black Lake caught their limits of rainbow trout ranging in size from 12- to 18-inches using orange and green PowerBait Dec. 6.

Santa Cruz Reservoir: Jon Gonzalez of Santa Fe caught and released a 24-inch, 4.76-pound rainbow trout trolling a Super Duper lure Dec. 6.

Tingley Beach: Freddy Cogburn, age 5, of Albuquerque caught his first three rainbow trout using garlic-scented PowerBait on his birthday Dec. 1.

Statewide waters

Northwest

Abiquiú Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week. Due to low water levels anglers are advised to use four-wheel drive vehicles to launch boats and watch for obstructions on the water.

Animas River: Water flow below Aztec Monday morning was 271 cubic feet per second. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Albuquerque Area Drains: Fishing for trout was fair to good using rainbow-colored PowerBait.

Bluewater Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week. Winter trout stocking is underway; the department plans to stock 6,000 catchable-size rainbow trout per month from November through March.

Chama River: Monday morning flows below El Vado and Abiquiú were 318 cfs and 109 cfs, respectively. We had no reports this week from below El Vado Lake. Fishing for trout below Abiquiú Lake was good using egg-pattern flies, salmon eggs and worms.

Fenton Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week. Remember that only two cutthroat trout are allowed to be harvested per day within the regular five fish limit.

Jémez Waters: Streamflow on the Jémez near the town of Jémez Monday morning was 27.4 cfs. Fishing for trout above and below Battleship Rock was good using mop flies and worms.

Manzano Lake: Fishing for trout was good using corn-colored PowerBait and salmon eggs.

Navajo Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week. Kokanee salmon snagging season is open through Dec. 31.

San Juan River: Streamflow Monday morning was 558 cfs. Fishing in the quality waters for brown trout was good using small size 22 brown foam wing emergers, black zebra midges, crystal midges and blood worm patterns. Fishing for rainbow trout in the Texas Hole was good using dead drifting green, black and white bunny leeches.

Seven Springs Brood Pond: We had no reports from anglers this week. Last Saturday about half of the pond was frozen and half was fishable.

Tingley Beach: Fishing for trout was fair to good using garlic-scented PowerBait in the kids' pond.

Northeast

Cimarrón River: Streamflow near Cimarrón Monday morning was 7.75 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Clayton Lake: The lake is closed to fishing and boating until March 1, 2020.

Costilla Creek: Streamflow near Costilla Monday was 12.1 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Eagle Nest Lake: The south boat ramp was the only fishable area from the bank this past week and fishing for trout was very good using PowerBait. The lake is closed to boating and ice fishing due to recent weather conditions that have produced unsafe lake conditions. The lake is currently closed to all watercraft including canoes, kayaks and inflatables as well as all types of motor boats. A layer of ice has formed over portions of the lake; however, these conditions currently prohibit boating or ice fishing activities. Park staff will continue monitoring ice conditions and will advise when the lake is safe for ice fishing. Fishing from the shore is only permitted where open water touches the shore.

Morphy Lake: Closed for a renovation project on the dam and no firm opening date has been set.

Pecos River: Streamflow near the town of Pecos Monday morning was 31.8 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using worms and nymph flies.

Red River: Streamflow below the hatchery Monday morning was 41.2 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using flies and orange and green PowerBait.

Río Grande: Streamflow at the Taos Junction Bridge Monday morning was 619 cfs. Fishing for trout was slow using streamers.

Río Hondo: Streamflow Monday morning near Valdez was 10.0 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Río Mora: Streamflow Monday morning was 7.63 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Río Pueblo: Streamflow near Peñasco Monday morning was 9.28 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Santa Cruz Reservoir: Fishing for trout was fair to good using Rapala Countdown lures and Super Duper lures.

Ute Lake: Fishing for white bass was fair to good using blade baits in 35 to 40 feet of water. Fishing for walleye was fair to good using blade baits in 40 to 45 feet of water. The main lake water color was clear and the water temperature was 45 degrees.

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