Reel Talk: Weekly fishing and stocking report

A 22-pound tiger muskie pulled from Bluewater Lake

Posted 7/25/19

This fishing report, provided by Dustin Berg and Go Unlimited, which supports disabled anglers, and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area …

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Reel Talk: Weekly fishing and stocking report

A 22-pound tiger muskie pulled from Bluewater Lake

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This fishing report, provided by Dustin Berg and Go Unlimited, which supports 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.

Catches of the week

Albuquerque Area Drains: Zachary Sletten of Albuquerque caught a 5-pound bass using a Whopper Plopper July 16.

Bill Evans Lake: Richard Dominguez of Hurley caught and released a 6.9-pound largemouth bass using a drop shot rig July 20.

Canjilon Lakes: Olivia Maestas, age 6, of Albuquerque caught a 16.5-inch rainbow trout using her Frozen Princess Fishing pole with a worm as bait July 20.

Cochiti Lake: Emilio Hernandez, age 11, of Albuquerque caught a 4-pound, 6-ounce, 21-inch long carp at the Tetilla Peak dock fishing with a hotdog July 20.

Lake Maloya: Samantha Quinonez, age 19, of Las Vegas caught a 19-inch rainbow trout that weighed 3.2-pounds. She caught this fish using garlic PowerBait July 21.

Navajo Lake: Brothers Tatum, age 12, and Waylon Lowe, age 11, of Albuquerque caught and released over 50 smallmouth bass each jigging plastic worms and crawdads in the rocks near shore at Francis Canyon between July 18 and 21.

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

Eagle Nest Lake: Dion Jackson of Taos Pueblo caught a 43-inch 21.6-pound pike using worms and fishing on the bottom of the lake on July 14.

Northwest

Abiquiú Lake: Fishing for walleye was good. Several people caught limits using jigs with chartreuse or yellow curly tails, or yellow crank baits, in 10-14 feet of water. Some anglers fishing from the bank did well using night crawlers for a mixed bag of walleye, catfish, smallmouth bass, bluegill, perch and crappie. 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 on Monday morning was 1,650 cubic feet per second (cfs). We had no reports from anglers this week.

Albuquerque Area Drains: Fishing for bass was good using micro crankbaits, Whopper Ploppers and plastic worms.

Bluewater Lake: Fishing was very good for bank and boat anglers fishing for tiger muskie using jerkbaits, square bill crankbaits, spinnerbaits, streamer flies and tiger muskie were caught on top water lures as well. Fishing for catfish at night was fair using stink bait, hotdogs and waterdogs. Trout fishing was slow. No one reported catching any trout this weekend.

Brazos River: Fishing was good using pheasant tail nymphs, worms and salmon eggs for trout.

Canjilon Lakes: Fishing was fair to good using worms, spinners, Pistol Petes and PowerBait for trout.

Chama River: Monday morning flows below El Vado and Abiquiú were 204 and 337 cubic feet per second, respectively. Fishing below El Vado was good using night crawlers, streamers, woolly buggers, flies, Panther Martins and PowerBait for brown and rainbow trout. Fishing was slow below Abiquiú Dam.

Cochiti Lake: Fishing has been slow to fair for bass using night crawlers. Fishing was slow to fair for catfish using beef liver, homemade dough baits, worms, cut bait and stink bait.

El Vado Lake: Fishing for bass was good using plastic worms, night crawlers and crankbaits.

Fenton Lake: Fishing was slow for trout. One angler reported that there might be an algae bloom occurring that is detrimental to the fishing conditions.

Heron Lake: Fishing was slow for all species. The best bank fishing was reported to be on the lake's western edge using worms and PowerBait for trout.

Jemez Waters: Streamflow on the Jemez near the town of Jemez on Monday morning was 13.1 cfs. Fishing on the upper Río Cebolla and East Fork was good using dry flies, Panther Martin spinners, salmon eggs and worms for rainbow and brown trout. Stimulator, hopper and black flies were a few flies that were also working well. The hot weather has slowed the fishing on lower elevation Jemez waters.

Lagunitas Lakes: Trout fishing was slow with only a couple of fish being reported caught using small red worms.

Manzano Lake: We had a report that fishing was slow, but a couple of bass and trout are being caught.

Navajo Lake: Fishing was fair to good for bass using 3- to 4-inch natural, red and orange plastic worms and crawdads. Pike fishing was fair to good using white/yellow crankbaits, swim baits and buzz baits in 10 to 30 feet of water. Kokanee salmon fishing was good using green, pink and orange spinners tipped with corn fished 20- to 40-feet deep. Anglers reported having success fishing for kokanee using Double Whammies, Kokanee Killers and other assorted spinners. A couple of brown trout were also caught by anglers fishing for kokanee salmon. We had no reports on other species.

San Gregorio Lake: Fishing was good using PowerBait and Pistol Petes.

San Juan River: Streamflow on Monday morning was 1,040 cfs. Trout fishing above Texas Hole is fair to good using size 24 to 26 midges. Fishing below Texas Hole in the deeper runs fishing is fair using San Juan worms, leach patterns and egg patterns. Fishing the bait waters was fair to good using night crawlers, Panther Martin spinners and Gulp eggs. Water clarity is good upriver from Texas Hole. Water clarity below Texas Hole is murky.

Seven Springs Brood Pond: Fishing was very good using PowerBait, salmon eggs, a wide assortment of small flies, leach patterns and woolly buggers for trout.

Tingley Beach: Fishing at all ponds was fair using worms and flies for bluegill. Fishing was slow to fair using worms, hot dogs and homemade dough bait for catfish. We had no other reports.

Northeast

Cimarron River: Streamflow near Cimarron on Monday morning was 33.7 cfs. Fishing was good using woolly buggers and dry flies.

Clayton Lake: Fishing for walleye and trout has been slow. Fishing for catfish has been fair using chicken liver as bait. The boat ramp is closed due to low water levels.

Conchas Lake: Fishing was very good using worms for bluegill. Fishing was fair using minnows and small plastic baits for crappie. Fishing was good using senkos, jigs, tubes and creature baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was good using crank baits for white bass. Fishing was fair to good using bottom bouncer spinner and worm rigs and minnow rigs for walleye. Jig heads with curly tail grub and minnow and worm combinations are also working well for walleye. Fishing was fair using cut bait, worms and liver for catfish.

Costilla Creek: Streamflow near Costilla on Monday was 102 cfs. Fishing is fair using yellow sallies, hoppers, stimulators and small bead head mayfly nymphs.

Eagle Nest Lake: Fishing was fair for trout using bright colored spinners and PowerBait. Fishing was good for perch in the mornings and evenings using a strike indicator with flies such as San Juan worm and black and tan woolly buggers. Anglers using worms were also catching perch. A few pike and kokanee salmon were caught by anglers, but reports were limited.

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

Fawn Lakes: One angler reported this week that high runoff water has created poor fishing conditions.

Hopewell Lake: Fishing was good for trout using worms, salmon eggs, peach PowerBait and large fly patterns such as wooly buggers and Pistol Petes.

Lake Alice: Fishing for trout was fair using a fly below a bobber.

Lake Maloya: Fishing was good using Pistol Petes, spoons, spinners and PowerBait for trout.

Los Pinos River: Fishing was good for anglers using woolly buggers and parachute Adams flies.

Maxwell Lake 13: Fishing was fair to good for trout using worms.

Monastery Lake: Fishing was good using PowerBait, spinners, dry flies and grasshoppers for trout.

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 on Monday morning was 78.8 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using PowerBait, worms, salmon eggs, woolly buggers, leach pattern flies and Panther Martin spinners.

Red River: Streamflow below the hatchery on Monday morning was 73.6 cfs. Fishing was good using salmon eggs with split shot weights, Panther Martin spinners, tungsten bead head nymphs and large dry flies.

Río Grande: Streamflow at the Taos Junction Bridge was 1,670 cfs. Fishing was slow for all species and the water level is high and murky.

Río Hondo: Streamflow on Monday morning near Valdez was 49.2 cfs. Trout fishing was fair to good using small spinners and salmon eggs.

Río Mora: Streamflow on Monday morning was 19.6 cfs. Fishing the upper river for trout was fair to good using worms.

Río Pueblo: Streamflow on Monday morning near Penasco was 17.0 cfs. Trout fishing has been good using parachute Adams, caddis and stimulator flies. Some stocked rainbow trout are being caught on bead head nymphs. Anglers using worms are also having success.

Santa Cruz Reservoir: Fishing was fair using Z-Rays, Rapala Countdowns, PowerBait and Fire Balls for trout.

Shuree Ponds: We had no reports from anglers this week. Fishing is open on the Valle Vidal, including Shuree Ponds, July 1- December 31.

Ute Lake: Fishing was very good using night crawlers for bluegill. Fishing was good for smallmouth and largemouth bass using ned rigs, plastic crawdads, tubes, senkos (rigged wacky) and grubs on brushy points and deeper dropoffs. Good plastic bass bait colors have been natural, green, pumpkin and watermelon. Fishing was fair to good for white bass jigging in 25 feet of water at the mouth of various coves. Fishing was fair using jigs, gulp minnows, night crawlers and live minnows for walleye in 25 to 35 feet of water. Fishing for catfish was good using liver and stink bait. Fishing for crappie was slow. The surface water temperature was in the low 80s.

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