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Reel Talk: October 11

By Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish
Posted 10/11/18

NEW MEXICO FISHING REPORTThis 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. …

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Reel Talk: October 11

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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.

CATCHES OF THE WEEK:

Navajo Lake: Ray Stroup of Pagosa Springs, Colorado caught a 27-inch catfish Oct. 6. He was fishing for smallmouth bass and using a twin tail grub.

Ute Lake: The team of Elrod and Chatwell of Borger, Texas caught a 7-pound walleye Oct. 6. They were fishing a team tournament and using a crank bait in 3 feet of water.

The following catches came in late but are definitely worth mentioning:

Bluewater Lake: Alicia Greenwood of Artesia caught and released a 33-inch tiger muskie Sept. 30. She was using a red crank bait.

Canjilon Lakes: Dylan Dean,12, and Derek Dean, 8, of Española teamed up to catch a 21-inch rainbow trout and a 15-inch Río Grande cutthroat trout Sept. 29. They were using yellow Fire Balls.

Cochiti Lake: Jesus Lopez, 8, of Albuquerque caught a 21-inch, 3-pound, 10-ounce carp Sept. 30. He was fishing by the old marina cove and using worms.

Gila River: Harper Seal, 4, of Silver City caught a 15-inch catfish Sept. 30. She was using a hellgrammite. Michelle Tafoya of Silver City caught a 20-inch catfish Sept. 30. She was also using a hellgrammite.

Río Grande: Olivia Suazo, 11, of Española caught and released a 16-inch brown trout Sept. 29. She was fishing the river between Embudo and Pilar and was using a worm.

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 fishforfun2@hotmail.com. We may include your story in our next report.

For catches of the week, include name, age, hometown, date, and location, type of fish, length and weight if possible and bait, lure or fly used.

Oct. 9, 2018

Northeast

Cimarron River: Streamflow near the town of Cimarron on Monday morning was 24.6 cfs. Fishing was good using beadhead hare's ears, copper John Barrs, San Juan worms, salmon eggs and worms for trout. Fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes was fair using PowerBait, worms and salmon eggs for trout.

Conchas Lake: Fishing was good using top water lures, spinnerbaits, chatter baits and square-billed crank baits for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair using sassy shad, curly tail grubs, crank baits and blade baits for white bass. Fishing was good using homemade dough baits, cut bait and chicken liver for catfish. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temperature ranged from the mid-60s to the low 70s.

Costilla Creek: Streamflow on Monday morning below Costilla Dam was .38 cfs. Mark your calendar to check this one out next spring.

Cowles Ponds: Fishing was fair using PowerBait for trout.

Eagle Nest Lake: Fishing was very good using worms, PowerBait, spinners and small jigs for perch. Fishing was fair using worms, PowerBait, woolly buggers, Pistol Petes and spinners for rainbow trout. Kokanee snagging season opened October 1, but we had no reports.

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

Gallinas River: Fishing was good using Fire Balls and worms for trout.

Hopewell Lake: Fishing was fair using a variety of small beadhead nymphs, worms, PowerBait and Pistol Petes for trout.

Lake Maloya: Fishing was fair to good using Pistol Petes and PowerBait for trout.

Monastery Lake: Fishing was fair to good for anglers using PowerBait and salmon eggs for trout.

Red River: Streamflow below the hatchery on Monday morning was 32.8 cfs. Trout fishing was good using beadhead hare's ears, woolly buggers, Fire Balls, PowerBait and worms. Young anglers trout fishing at the hatchery pond did very well using PowerBait and worms.

Río Grande: Streamflow on Monday morning at the Taos Junction Bridge was 155 cfs. Trout fishing was good using black woolly buggers, pheasant tails, beadhead hare's ears, copper John Barrs, micro mays and night crawlers. We had no reports on other species.

Río Hondo: Streamflow on Monday morning near Valdez was 8.77 cfs. Fishing was fair to good using worms and copper John Barrs for trout.

Río Pueblo: Streamflow near Peñasco on Monday morning was 6.11 cfs. Adam Archuleta reported excellent trout fishing this past weekend as he had no trouble catching a limit. He was using salmon eggs.

Storrie Lake: Fishing was fair to good using Velveeta cheese and PowerBait for trout. We had no reports on other species.

Ute Lake: Fishing was very good using worms, Gulp baits and crank baits for bluegill. Fishing was good using shrimp, cut bait, night crawlers and chicken liver for catfish. Fishing was fair to good using Whopper ploppers, senkos, crank baits, drop shot rigs and spinnerbaits for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair using minnows, top water lures, crank baits and grubs for walleye. The walleye were scattered at vaRióus depths. The surface water temperature ranged from the high 60s to the low 70s.

Northwest

Abiquiu Lake: The lake level remains low and anglers should use extreme caution when launching boats. Four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended for launching. Much safer launching would be with canoes or kayaks. Fishing was fair using swim baits, jigs, tubes, senkos, spinner baits and crank baits for smallmouth bass. We had no reports on other species.

Bluewater Lake: Fishing was fair to good using spinnerbaits, crank baits, hot dogs and crank baits for tiger muskie. We had no reports on other species.

Canjilon Lakes: Trout fishing was fair using Fisher Chick spinners, Panther Martins, PowerBait, worms, Fire Balls and Pistol Petes.

Chama River: Monday morning flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 283 cfs and 412 cfs, respectively. Trout fishing below Heron Lake was good using prince nymphs, copper John Barrs and beadhead hare's ears. Trout fishing below El Vado was very good using woolly buggers, green and red copper John Barrs, micro mays, night crawlers and PowerBait for brown and rainbow trout. Fishing was good using worms for perch. Fishing below Abiquiu was fair to good using woolly buggers and night crawlers for trout. Kokanee snagging season opened Oct. 1 from El Vado Lake to the western boundary of the Río Chama Wildlife Management Area, but we had no reports from anglers.

Cochiti Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using worms and minnows for a mixed bag of crappie, white bass and carp. A few white bass were also caught by anglers using crank baits. We had no reports on other species.

El Vado Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week. Kokanee snagging season opened Oct. 1.

Fenton Lake: Fishing was good using streamers, Pistol Petes, leeches, worms, Fire Balls and PowerBait for trout.

Heron Lake: Fishing was slow for all species. Fishing pressure was light.

Jemez Waters: Streamflow on the Jemez near the town of Jemez on Monday morning was 12.4 cfs. Trout fishing on the Jemez was good using worms, elk hair caddis, copper John Barrs and prince nymphs. Fishing on the Cebolla, San Antonio and East Fork was good with elk hair caddis, copper and red copper John Barrs, Fire Balls and worms for brown and rainbow trout. Dry fly action was best from the late morning through midafternoon hours. We had no reports on other streams.

Laguna del Campo: Fishing was good using PowerBait for trout.

Manzano Lake: Fishing was very good using salmon peach and garlic scented PowerBait, garlic cheese and salmon eggs for trout. We had no reports on other species.

Navajo Lake: Fishing was good using spinnerbaits, crank baits and plastics for northern pike. Fishing was good using drop shot rigs, crank baits, spinnerbaits, ned rigs and curly tail grubs for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was good using worms for perch. Kokanee snagging opened Oct. 1 and was very slow. We had no reports on other species. Designated no-wake areas are closed from Oct. 1 through Nov. 8.

San Juan River: Streamflow below Navajo Lake on Monday morning was 603 cfs. Fishing was good using RS2s, fore and afts, red larva, root beers, parachute Adams, dead chickens, midge clusters, foam wing emergers and chironomids for brown and rainbow trout. Through the bait waters, trout fishing was good using San Juan worms, RS2s, copper John Barrs, PowerBait, small jerk baits, worms and salmon eggs.

Seven Springs Brood Pond: Fishing was very good using PowerBait, salmon eggs and worms for trout.

Trout Lakes: Trout fishing was good using Pistol Petes, PowerBait and Fire Balls.

Southwest

Caballo Lake: Fishing was fair using liver, cut bait and homemade dough bait for catfish. A few white bass and largemouth bass were caught by anglers using crank baits. We had no reports on other species.

Elephant Butte Lake: Fishing was very good using crank baits, swim baits, sassy shad, curly tail grubs and blade baits for white bass. Fishing was good using crank baits, ploppers, senkos, swim baits and spinnerbaits for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing was good using chicken liver, minnows, homemade dough bait and cut bait for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

Gila River: Streamflow on Monday morning was 62.6 cfs. Michelle Tafoya of Silver City reported that she and her family had a great time fishing here and on the West Fork last week. They caught several catfish and smallmouth bass including one bass Michelle caught that measured 16 inches in length. All fish were caught using hellgrammites.

Glenwood Pond: Fishing was good using PowerBait and Fire Balls for trout.

Rió Grande: Streamflow below Elephant Butte Monday morning was 0.00 cfs. Fishing was good using chicken liver, homemade dough bait and night crawlers for channel catfish. We had no reports on other species.

Southeast

Alto Lake: Fishing was fair to good using worms for catfish. Fishing was fair using PowerBait, worms and salmon eggs for trout. We had no reports on other species.

Black River: Streamflow at Malaga on Monday morning was 45.1 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Blue Hole Park Pond: Fishing was slow to fair using PowerBait and Fire Balls for trout. We had no reports on other species.

Bonito Lake: Closed until further notice by the city of Alamogordo due to fire damage. It appears now that the lake will be out of commission until the spring of 2020.

Bosque Redondo Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using chicken liver and stink bait for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

Brantley Lake: Fishing was good using crank baits, top water lures, swim baits, senkos, flukes and ned rigs for largemouth bass and white bass. Fishing was good using liver for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

El Rito Creek: Fishing was very good using PowerBait, Fire Balls, and Gulp trout eggs for trout.

Grindstone Reservoir: Fishing was fair to good using salmon eggs, PowerBait and Pistol Petes under a bubble for trout. A few catfish and small bass were caught by anglers using worms and liver. We had no reports on other species.

Santa Rosa Lake: Fishing was good using creature baits, spinnerbaits, swim baits, ned rigs, senkos and tubes for largemouth and smallmouth bass. We had no reports on other species.

Sumner Lake: Fishing was fair using cut bait, worms and chicken liver for catfish. Fishing was fair using senkos, spinnerbaits, crank baits, jerk baits and creature baits for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. We had no reports on other species.

Crews stocked 107,399 triploid rainbow trout in the following waters: Abiquiu Reservoir, Cebolla River, Chama River (above and below El Vado and Below Abiquiu), Eagle Nest Lake, El Rito Creek (near Santa Rosa), Estancia Park Lake, Fenton Lake, Glenwood Pond, Jemez River, Laguna Del Campo (Burns Lake), Manzano Lake, Navajo Reservoir, Red River (below Questa), Red River Hatchery Pond and Seven Springs Brood Pond.

In addition, crews stocked 9,744 Rió Grande Cutthroat trout in the Cebolla River and Guadalupe River.

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