Many New Mexico fish remain uncaught, but you can help

REEL TALK: Weekly Fishing Report

Posted 9/5/19

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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Many New Mexico fish remain uncaught, but you can help

REEL TALK: Weekly Fishing Report

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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

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.

Navajo Lake: Avyn Trujillo, age 5, of Albuquerque caught her limit of kokanee salmon on Sept. 2 using red Arnie's tipped with corn and fishing 50 to 60 feet deep.

Lake Maloya: Kateri Dierking, age 6, of Albuquerque caught an 18.5-inch rainbow trout using PowerBait Sept. 1.

Seven Springs Brood Pond: Owen Middagh, age 7, of Albuquerque caught a 19-inch, 4-pound rainbow trout using white glitter Gulp bait Sept. 1.

Monastery Lake: Andrew Ulibarri, age 5, of Río Rancho caught a 17-inch rainbow trout using salmon peach PowerBait Sept. 1.

Fenton Lake: Twins Lauren and Jackie Valdez of Albuquerque caught their limits of rainbow trout with three measuring 18.5-inches, 19.5-inches and 20.75-inches using a mixture of cheese and corn PowerBait Aug. 31. Journey White, age 13, of Pojoaque caught an 18-inch, 3.5-pound rainbow trout using rainbow PowerEggs fished on the bottom with a Carolina rig Aug. 31. Claire Swinhoe of Los Alamos caught a 16-inch trout using garlic PowerBait Aug. 29.

Conchas Lake: Curtis Farris, age 8, of Albuquerque caught a 20-inch catfish using a crappie plastic lure Aug. 31.

Caballo Lake: Patricia DiBartolomeo of Socorro caught a 3-pound largemouth bass using a crankbait Aug. 30.

Laguna del Campo: Arturo Villanueva of Chama caught a 21-inch rainbow trout using a gold spinner Aug. 31.

Tingley Beach: Dominic Candelaria, age 12, of Cochiti Pueblo caught a 26-inch 6.7-pound catfish using chicken liver/chicken blood Magic Bait Aug. 31. Donovan Candelaria, age 12, of Cochiti Pueblo caught a 22-inch, 3.2-pound catfish using chicken liver/chicken blood Magic Bait Aug. 31.

Bluewater Lake: Jim Baldonado of Las Vegas, Nevada, caught and released a 40-inch 15-pound 5-ounce tiger muskie using a swimbait Aug. 28.

Berrendo Creek: Valerie Wyatt of Roswell caught a 4-pound largemouth bass using a yellow and black spinner bait Aug. 29.

Pecos River: Tate Chandler, age 5, of Cloudcroft caught a 24-inch, 5-pound catfish using chicken liver at the lower Tansil damn near Carlsbad Aug. 29.

Northwest

Abiquiú Lake: Fishing pressure has been light probably due to a blue green algae bloom. The lake remains open for fishing. Angler activity was light but limited reports indicated fishing for walleye was fair using curly-tail grubs with jig heads. 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 155 cubic feet per second. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Albuquerque Area Drains: Fishing for bass was fair to good using mop flies and small crankbaits. Fishing for bluegill was good using small dry flies.

Bluewater Lake: Fishing for tiger muskie was good using swimbaits, jointed crankbaits and top-water lures. Fishing for catfish was fair using water dogs and hot dogs. Fishing for trout was very slow.

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

Canjilon Lakes: Fishing for trout was good using elk-hair caddis dry flies, worms and PowerBait.

Chama River: Monday morning flows below El Vado and Abiquiú were 612 cfs and 453 cfs, respectively. Fishing for trout below El Vado Lake was good using salmon eggs, worms, Panther Martin spinners, night crawlers, nymph flies, egg pattern flies and PowerBait worms. Fishing below Abiquiú Lake for trout was good using size 18 and 22 yellow-colored flies.

Cochiti Lake: Fishing for catfish was good using cut bait. We had no reports on other species.

Fenton Lake: Fishing for trout was good using garlic/cheese/corn-flavored PowerBait and rainbow PowerEggs.

Heron Lake: Fishing for trout was slow using PowerBait and salmon eggs.

Jemez Waters: Streamflow on the Jemez near the town of Jemez Monday morning was 8.3 cfs. Fishing for trout in the Valles Caldera was good using dry flies such as hoppers. Fishing for trout on the East Fork was good using gold spinners.

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

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

Navajo Lake: Fishing for pike was fair to good using swimbaits. The best pike fishing reports came from anglers fishing the Pine arm of the lake and the north end of the San Juan arm. Fishing for bass was slow. Fishing for kokanee salmon was good using purple and orange spinners tipped with corn fished 45 to 75 feet deep. Anglers reported having success fishing for kokanee using Double Whammies, Kokanee Killers and other assorted spinners. We had no reports on other species.

San Gregorio Lake: Fishing for trout was fair to good using flies.

San Juan River: Streamflow Monday morning was 1,740 cfs. Fishing for trout in the quality water was good using small midge larva and pupa fly patterns. Further downstream trout fishing was good using baetis patterns such as pheasant tails, root beers, foam wing emergers and CDC RS2s. Top-water fly-fishing for trout was slow but some anglers reported having success using midge clusters and hoppers.

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

Tingley Beach: Fishing for catfish was fair to good using chicken liver/chicken blood Magic Bait and worms.

Northeast

Cimarrón River: Streamflow near Cimarrón Monday morning was 43.4 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair to good using woolly buggers, salmon eggs, PowerBait, yellow stimulator flies, blue-wing olive nymphs and caddis dry flies.

Clayton Lake: Fishing for trout was slow to fair using PowerBait and night crawlers. Fishing for catfish was fair to good using chicken liver. We had no reports on other species. The boat ramp is closed due to low water levels.

Conchas Lake: Fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass was good using drop shot rigs, crankbaits, Pop-Rs, Whopper Ploppers, Senkos and creature baits. Fishing was fair to good for white bass and walleye using live minnows. Fishing for catfish was good using worms and cut bait.

Costilla Creek: Streamflow near Costilla Monday was 68.9 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using small dry flies such as yellow sallies, hoppers and spruce moth flies.

Coyote Creek: Fishing for trout was good using salmon eggs. Anselmo Contreras of Río Ranchos caught and released 10 rainbow trout.

Eagle Nest Lake: Fishing for trout was good using salmon peach PowerBait, and Chernobyl ants. Fermine Delgado of Albuquerque caught his limit of rainbow trout in less than an hour using PowerBait. Fishing for perch was fair to good using worms. Fishing for pike was fair using spoons. We had no reports this week on other species.

Eagle Rock Lake: Fishing for trout was good using 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 fair to good using streamers, PowerBait, worms, woolly buggers and Pistol Petes.

Lake Maloya: Fishing for trout was good using PowerBait.

Los Pinos River: Fishing for trout was fair to good using red zebra midge droppers on a hopper fly.

Monastery Lake: Fishing for trout was fair to good using salmon peach PowerBait and woolly buggers.

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 47.8 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using salmon eggs, PowerBait, woolly buggers, leech-pattern flies and Panther Martin spinners.

Red River: Streamflow below the hatchery Monday morning was 46.3 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using salmon eggs, nymph flies and Panther Martin spinners.

Río Grande: Streamflow at the Taos Junction Bridge was 594 cfs. Fishing near Albuquerque for catfish was good using cut bait. Anglers are advised to bring bug spray.

Río Hondo: Streamflow Monday morning near Valdez was 21.6 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair to good using small hopper flies.

Río Mora: Streamflow Monday morning was 15.4 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Río Pueblo: Streamflow Monday morning near Peñasco was 14.0 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair using Parachute Adams, mosquito flies and blue-wing olives.

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

Ute Lake: Fishing for bass was good using top-water lures early in the morning. Fishing for smallmouth bass was good using drop shot rigs and Neko rigs in 12 to 20 feet of water. Fishing for largemouth bass was good using chatter baits and flukes worked in heavy cover. Fishing for walleye was slow. Fishing for white bass was good using jigging spoons and blade baits in 35 to 45 feet of water. Fishing for catfish was good using chicken liver, night crawlers and shrimp. We had no reports on other species. The main lake was clear and the water temperature was in the lower 80s.

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