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Bill Dunn
For The Taos News
Posted 6/21/17

NEW MEXICO FISHING REPORT: This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn 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 …

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NEW MEXICO FISHING REPORT: This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn 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. June 20:

Northeast

Charette Lakes: Fishing was slow to fair using PowerBait and Fire Balls for trout. We had no other reports.

Clayton Lake: Fishing was slow with just a few trout caught by anglers using assorted PowerBait, worms and Fire Balls. We had no other reports. Due to low water conditions, the boat ramp remains closed.

Cimarrón RiverRiver: Streamflow near Cimarrón on Monday was 32.4 cubic feet per second. Trout fishing was good using San Juan worms, golden stone flies, PMDs, brassies, bead-head pheasant tail nymphs, worms and Fire Balls. Trout fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes was good using Pistol Petes, PowerBait, Fire Balls and worms.

Conchas Lake: Fishing was fair to good using Texas rigged finesse worms, tubes, senkos, jigs, creature baits, curly tail grubs and top water lures for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair using tubes, leeches, minnows and crank baits for white bass and walleye. The best walleye reports came from anglers fishing at night. We had no other reports.

Costilla Creek: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Cowles Ponds: Fishing was good using PowerBait, Fire Balls, Pistol Petes and spinners for trout.

Coyote Creek: Trout fishing was good using elk hair caddis, parachute Adams, copper John Barrs, worms and salmon eggs.

Eagle Rock Lake: Fishing was good using PowerBait, Fire Balls, worms, Pistol Petes and Kastmasters for trout.

Eagle Nest Lake: Fishing for trout was good using PowerBait from the bank and from anchored boats. Anglers also had good luck trolling with Platte River specials, Christmas tree kokanee killers or double whammies combinations baited with corn, salmon eggs or PowerBait. Anglers trolling for trout also picked up a few kokanee salmon. Fishing for perch was good from the bank and from anchored boats for anglers using worms. Fishing was slow to fair using jerk baits, swim baits and large streamers for northern pike. We had no other reports.

Gallinas River: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Hopewell Lake: Shawn Hatten, of Río Rancho, reported good to great fishing for brook trout this past week. He and his son, Oryan, had a great time catching and releasing trout from the lake and from Placer Creek. They were using small dry flies, including elk hair caddis and may flies. We had no other reports.

Lake Alice: Trout fishing was good using PowerBait, Pistol Petes, copper John Barrs, wooly buggers, parachute Adams and Kastmasters.

Lake Maloya: Trout fishing was very good using gold Colorado spoons, Pistol Petes, brown bead-head wooly buggers, elk hair caddis, parachute Adams and PowerBait. The best reports are coming from anglers fishing during the evening hours. The lake has recently been stocked with trout 5 to 8 pounds and several were hooked this past weekend.

Los Pinos River: Fishing was good nymphing with bead-head pheasant tails and bead-head hares ears and using salmon eggs for rainbow and brown trout.

Maxwell Lake 13: Fishing was slow for all species.

Monastery Lake: Fishing was good using Pistol Petes, PowerBait and Fire Balls for trout.

Morphy Lake: Fishing was fair to good using Pistol Petes, wooly buggers, spinners, PowerBait and Fire Balls for trout.

Pecos River: Streamflow near Pecos on Monday was 111 cfs. Fishing was fair to good using worms, Fire Balls, San Juan worms, prince nymphs, stone fly nymphs and dry dropper combinations of parachute Adams and hares ears nymphs for trout.

Red River: Streamflow below the hatchery on Monday was 220 cfs. Fishing was fair using PowerBait, nightcrawlers, spinners and wooly buggers for trout.

Red River City Ponds: Fishing was good using PowerBait, Pistol Petes and salmon eggs for trout.

Río Grande: Streamflow on Monday at the Taos Junction Bridge was 1,360 cfs. Fishing on the upper river was slow to fair using spoons, poundmeisters, wooly buggers, San Juan worms and nightcrawlers. We had no other reports.

Río Hondo: Streamflow near Valdez on Monday was 151 cfs.We had no reports from anglers this week.

Río Mora: As of Monday, streamflow near Terrero was 28.6 cfs. Fishing was good using nightcrawlers and Fire Balls for trout.

Río Pueblo: Streamflow near Peñasco on Monday was 78.6 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Santa Barbara River: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Santa Cruz Reservoir: Fishing was fair to good using wooly buggers, gold spoons, Fisher Chick spinners, PowerBait, worms and Fire Balls for trout. We had no other reports.

Shuree Ponds: Open for the season July 1.

Springer Lake: We had no reports.

Storrie Lake: Fishing was good using wooly buggers, Pistol Petes, PowerBait and Fire Balls for trout.

Stubblefield Lake: Fishing was fair using jig and grub combinations for largemouth bass and walleye.

Ute Lake: Fishing for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass was good using senkos, tubes, curly tail grubs and finesse worms. A few bass were caught on top water lures worked early and late in the day. Fishing for walleye was slow to fair using crank baits, jigs and leeches in deep water. A few were also caught by anglers using swim baits and senkos in the trees. Fishing for bluegill was very good using small senkos and grubs and worms under a bobber. Fishing for crappie, white bass and catfish was slow. The surface water temperature was in the 70s.

Winsor Creek: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Northwest

Abiquiú Lake: Fishing was very good using curly tail grubs, spinners, wooly buggers, tubes, jerk baits, crank baits and nightcrawlers for smallmouth bass. Fishing for walleye was fair to good for anglers using minnows, leeches, curly tail grubs, bottom bouncer-nightcrawler combinations and crank baits. Fishing was fair using worms for perch. Fishing was slow to fair using Panther Martins, Fisher Chick spinners, PowerBait and Fire Balls for rainbow trout. We had no other reports.

Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 3,250 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Albuquerque Area Drains: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Bluewater Lake: Fishing was slow with just a few tiger muskies caught by anglers using spoons, crank baits and swim baits. We had no other reports.

Brazos River: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Canjilón Lakes: Closed by the U.S. Forest Service until further notice due to danger from falling trees. They are not expected to open in 2017.

Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiú were 591 cfs and 324 cfs, respectively. Fishing below El Vado was good using nightcrawlers, spoons and PowerBait for rainbow and brown trout. Trout fishing below Abiquiú was fair to good using wooly buggers, copper John Barrs and nightcrawlers. NEW SPECIAL TROUT WATER: The river from the U.S. Geological Survey gauging station to the confluence of the Río Nutrias is now catch and release only using single barbless hook artificial flies and lures.

Cochiti Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits, jerk baits, tubes and jigs for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Joelle Dorrance, of Albuquerque, was here Saturday and caught a 16-inch largemouth bass. She was using a jointed shad crank bait. Fishing was fair using spinners and crank baits for white bass. Fishing was fair using shrimp and liver for catfish. We had no other reports.

El VadoLake: Fishing was good trolling with yellow Panther Martins for a mixed bag of kokanee salmon and rainbow trout. A few bass were caught by anglers using curly tail grubs, spinners and crank baits. The boat ramp at the north end of the lake has opened.

Fenton Lake: Fishing was very good using assorted colors and scents of PowerBait, Fire Balls, meal worms, copper John Barrs, chamois leeches, black leeches, wooly buggers, caddis imitations, parachute Adams, spoons and Pistol Petes for trout. Chris Griego, of Albuquerque, caught and released an 18-inch cutthroat trout and five others in the 15-inch range June 17. He was using copper John Barrs.

Heron Lake: Fishing from boats was slow with just a few rainbow trout and an occasional kokanee salmon caught by anglers trolling yellow Panther Martins at about 18 feet. Bank fishing was slow to fair using PowerBait for rainbow trout. We had no other reports.

Jackson Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Jemez Waters: Streamflow on the Jemez River near Jemez Springs on Monday morning was 22.3 cfs. The heat has had a major effect on the stream fishing here this past week. We had reports of slow fishing on the Jemez, Río Guadalupe and the San Antonio. Fishing on the Cebolla was fair to good using copper John Barrs, worms and salmon eggs for trout. Fishing access has remained open to all streams west of U.S. 4 while crews battle the Cajete fire.

Laguna del Campo: The State Game Commission voted at its last meeting in Clayton to drain this body of water and let it revert back to an irrigation ditch. The dam is unsafe and was deemed too costly to repair.

Lake Farmington: Nonmotorized watercraft are now allowed on Lake Farmington. Fees are $50 for the season or $5 daily. Fishing was good using PowerBait, Fire Balls, Pistol Petes and spoons for trout. We had no other reports.

Manzano Lake: Fishing was good using PowerBait, Pistol Petes under a bubble and salmon eggs for trout. We had no other reports.

Navajo Lake: Fishing was good using minnows and small jigs for crappie. Fishing was good using tubes, swim baits, baby brush hogs, worms, jigs, jerk baits, crank baits, wooly buggers and crawfish flies for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was fair to good using jigs, swim baits, minnows, jerk baits and crank baits for northern pike. Fishing was fair to good trolling kokanee killers, double whammies and Arnies tipped with corn or PowerBait for kokanee salmon. A few rainbow and brown trout were caught by anglers using Kastmasters, Panther Martins and PowerBait. We had no other reports.

San Gregorio Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

San Juan River: Streamflow from Navajo Reservoir on Monday was 4,750 cfs. The flow is expected to ramp down beginning June 23 and last about 12 days. The next releases are scheduled Friday (June 23) to 4,000 cfs and Monday (June 26) to 3,400 cfs. Trout fishing from drift boats was good using San Juan worms, orange and peach egg patterns, wooly buggers, large bead-head pheasant tail nymphs and orange and red annelids. We had no other reports.

Seven Springs Brood Pond: Fishing was very good using PowerBait, Fire Balls, Panther Martin spinners, Pistol Petes and worms for trout.

Tingley Beach: Fishing was fair to good using hot dogs, shrimp, nightcrawlers and beef liver for catfish. Fishing was fair using worms for bluegill. We had no other reports.

Trout Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.

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