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Posted 10/3/19

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 …

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Small fish, big fish, we all fish

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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.

Catch of the week

Tuesday (Oct. 1)

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.

San Juan River: Tyler Savell, age 16, Tateum Boswell, age 7, and Damone Aguirre, age 17, all of Farmington caught many trout averaging 17 inches using worms and spinners in the bait waters Sept. 29.

Roswell Kids Pond: Chevy Wyatt, age 12, of Roswell caught an 8-pound catfish using hot dogs Sept. 28.

Tingley Beach: Adrian DuPree, age 10, of Albuquerque caught and released a 2-pound largemouth bass using a Senko Sept. 28.

Río Grande: Mike Botto of Río Rancho caught and released 24 trout, including a 23.5-inch brown trout, using a modified single-hook silver Panther Martin spinner near Taos Sept. 27.

The following reports came in late, but are definitely worth mentioning:

Hopewell Lake: Marcelo Richert and his dad, Mark, of Arroyo Hondo caught their limit of trout including a 22-incher using flies, spinners and worms Sept. 22.

Red River: Andres Valdez, age 13, of Velarde caught an 18-inch rainbow trout above the fish hatchery using salmon eggs Sept. 22.

Seven Springs Brood Pond: Luke Fazio, age 5, of Albuquerque caught his first rainbow trout. It was 10 inches long and was caught using orange PowerBait Sept. 22.

Valles Caldera: Aaron Sanchez caught a beautiful specimen of brown trout using a hopper fly Sept. 22.

Gila River: Mehron Arasteh of Silver City caught an approximately 26-inch, 15-pound catfish using worms and fishing near the Mogollon Box Sept. 21.

Río Grande River: George Torres of Stanley caught a 29-pound flathead catfish above Elephant Butte Lake using cut gizzard shad in 3 feet of water Sept. 19.

Roswell Kids Pond: Diego Reyes, age 9, of Roswell caught a 16-inch catfish using hot dogs Sept. 18.

Statewide Waters

Rivers and lakes with no report for the week are not listed.

Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

Northwest

Abiquiú Lake: Angler activity was light but limited reports indicated fishing for walleye and bass was fair to good using jerk baits, crank baits and curly-tail grubs. Fishing for catfish was fair using night crawlers. The lake has remained open to anglers but not swimmers due to the presence of blue green algae. 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 218 cubic feet per second. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Albuquerque Area Drains: Fishing for bass was fair to good using wacky rigged Senko worms. Fishing for bluegill was good using small dry flies and small worms. Fishing for carp ranging up to 20 pounds was good using dough bait.

Bluewater Lake: Fishing for tiger muskie was fair using paddle tail swimbaits, jointed swimbaits, Rapalas and spinnerbaits. We had no reports on other species this week.

Brazos River: Fishing for trout was fair to good using Panther Martin spinners and salmon eggs.

Canjilon Lakes: Fishing for trout was good using Panther Martin spinners and PowerBait.

Chama River: Monday morning flows below El Vado and Abiquiú were 298 cfs and 428 cfs, respectively. Fishing for trout below El Vado Lake was good using tungsten beadhead green scud flies, peacock nymph flies, salmon eggs, worms, Panther Martin spinners, night crawlers and PowerBait. Fishing below Abiquiú Lake for trout was fair using PowerBait, small flies and worms.

Fenton Lake: Fishing for trout was good using yellow PowerBait, garlic-flavored PowerBait and PowerBait Power Worms.

Heron Lake: Fishing for trout was slow using worms, PowerBait and salmon eggs. We had no reports on other species.

Jemez Waters: Streamflow on the Jémez River near the town of Jémez Monday morning was 9.05 cfs. Fishing for trout in the Valles Caldera, Río San Antonio and East Fork was good using terrestrial pattern flies, hoppers and gold spinners.

Laguna del Campo: Fishing for trout was fair to good using gold spinners and PowerBait.

Lagunitas Lakes: Fishing for trout was good using terrestrial pattern flies.

Lake Farmington: Fishing from shore for smallmouth bass was fair to good using small jerk baits and top water jitterbugs.

Navajo Lake: Fishing for bass was slow but some anglers reported having success using watermelon red flake plastic tubes. Fishing for pike was fair using swimbaits and jerk baits. Anglers reported seeing kokanee salmon porpoising, or leaping, near the dam. Kokanee salmon snagging season is open from Oct. 1-Dec. 31. We had no reports on other species.

San Juan River: Streamflow Monday morning was 586 cfs. Fishing for trout in the quality water was good using small midge larva fly patterns size 24 and 26 dark colors, red annelids and size-10 dead chicken flies. Top-water fly-fishing for trout was good using midge clusters and Griffith Gnats. Fishing for trout in the bait waters was very good using worms and spinners.

Seven Springs Brood Pond: Fishing for trout was good using PowerBait, salmon eggs, leech pattern flies and black dry flies.

Tingley Beach: Fishing for bass was good using Senko worms. We had no reports on other species.

Trout Lakes: Fishing for trout was good using PowerBait.

Northeast

CimarrÓn River: Streamflow near Cimarrón Monday morning was 27.2 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using PowerBait, terrestrial fly patterns, caddis dry flies and small nymph flies.

Clayton Lake: Fishing pressure has been light. Anglers reported fishing as slow with only a few trout caught using PowerBait. The boat ramp is closed due to low water levels.

Conchas Lake: Fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass was good using ThinFin Storm lures, buzz baits, Senkos and creature baits. Fishing for white bass and walleye was fair using live minnows. Fishing for catfish was good using hot dogs. We had no reports on other species.

Costilla Creek: Streamflow near Costilla Monday was 47.7 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using small dry flies, hoppers and beadhead nymph flies.

Coyote Creek: Fishing for trout was fair using salmon eggs.

Eagle Nest Lake: Fishing for trout was good using PowerBait and Panther Martin spinners. Fishing for perch was fair to good using worms. We had no reports this week on other species.

Eagle Rock Lake: Fishing for trout was good using flies, PowerBait, salmon eggs and worms.

Fawn Lakes: The last report was that high runoff water has created poor fishing conditions.

Hopewell Lake: Fishing for trout was good using flies, spinners, PowerBait and worms.

Los Pinos River: Fishing for trout was good using terrestrial fly patterns with a small beadhead nymph dropper fly.

Monastery Lake: Fishing for trout was good using dry flies, spinners, Pautzke's pink corn and PowerBait.

Pecos River: Streamflow near the town of Pecos Monday morning was 30.6 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using red San Juan worm flies, salmon eggs, PowerBait and Panther Martin spinners.

Red River: Streamflow below the hatchery Monday morning was 43.7 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using salmon eggs, San Juan worms, nymph flies and Panther Martin spinners.

Río Grande: Streamflow at the Taos Junction Bridge was 322 cfs. North of Española the water clarity was improving and fishing for trout was good using Panther Martin spinners, streamers and tungsten beadhead nymphs. Fishing near Albuquerque for catfish was good using cut bait, hot dogs and night crawlers.

Río Hondo: Streamflow Monday morning near Valdez was 15.1 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using small hopper flies and nymph flies.

Río Pueblo: Streamflow Monday morning near Peñasco was 6.64 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using a variety of dry flies, salmon eggs and small bead head nymph flies.

Santa Cruz Reservoir: Fishing for trout was slow.

Ute Lake: Fishing for smallmouth and largemouth bass was fair using Whopper Ploppers, chatter baits and wacky-rigged Senkos. Fishing for white bass was good using jigging slabs and blade baits in 30 to 35 feet of water and was also fair trolling Model A Bomber 300 series Bandit lures. Fishing for walleye was slow. Fishing for catfish was good in shallow water using punch bait and night crawlers. Fishing for bluegill was good using worms. We had no reports on other species. The main lake was clear and the water temperature was in the mid-70s.

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