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Reel Talk – October 18

By Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish
Posted 10/17/18

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Reel Talk – October 18

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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:

Bluewater Lake: Christopher Duran caught and released a 34-inch tiger muskie on his first cast Oct. 14. He was fishing from shore and using a triple-jointed shad swim bait.

Dennis Chavez Lake: Rufino Gonzalez of Clovis caught a 28-inch, 10-pound, channel catfish Oct. 13. He was using hot dogs.

Pecos River: Anthony Gallegos of Santa Fe caught a 22-inch rainbow trout Oct. 13. He was using an olive green Pistol Pete.

Navajo Lake: Christian Gladfelter of Albuquerque caught and released a 5.34-pound smallmouth bass Oct. 14. He was using a ½-ounce jig. Sara Weber of Niwot, Colorado caught and released her very first northern pike. She was fishing near Eul Canyon and using a crank bait. Chris Sanchez of Albuquerque caught and release a 5.03-pound smallmouth bass Oct. 14. He was using a jerk bait.

San Juan River: Wesley Velasquez, 4, of Rio Rancho caught and released a 22-inch rainbow trout Oct. 13. He was fishing from the handicapped ramp in the Texas Hole and using an egg pattern. His dad helped him cast, but he did all the rest.

The following catch came it late but is definitely worth mentioning:

Tingley Beach: Amaris Hidalgo, 4, of Los Lunas caught a 19-inch catfish Oct. 5. She was using hot dogs.

If you have a catch of the week story or 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. 18, 2018

Northeast

Cimarron River: Streamflow near the town of Cimarron on Monday morning was 22.2 cfs. Fishing was good using small streamers, copper John Barrs, San Juan worms, Fire Balls and worms for trout. Fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes was fair to good using PowerBait and Fire Balls for trout.

Clayton Lake: Fishing for trout was slow with a few caught by anglers using PowerBait. We had no reports on other species. Fishing pressure continued to be very light.

Conchas Lake: Fishing was fair to good using jigs, creature baits, worms and tubes for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing was good using homemade dough baits, shrimp, cut bait and chicken liver for catfish. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the mid 60s.

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

Coyote Creek: Trout fishing was slow.

Eagle Nest Lake: Fishing was good using worms, PowerBait, spinners and small jigs for perch. Fishing was good using worms, PowerBait, Fire Balls, Pistol Petes and spinners for rainbow trout. Kokanee snagging was slow. We had no reports on other species.

Eagle Rock Lake: Fishing was very good using PowerBait, Fire Balls, wooly buggers, Panther Martins and Pistol Petes for trout.

Gallinas River: Fishing was fair using red copper John Barrs, Fire Balls and worms for trout.

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

Monastery Lake: Fishing was good using Pistol Petes, woolly buggers, PowerBait and salmon eggs for trout.

Morphy Lake: Work has begun on the dam and the lake will remain closed through the end of the year.

Pecos River: Streamflow near the town of Pecos on Monday morning was 32.6 cfs. Fishing was slow to fair using beef liver and shrimp for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

Red River: Streamflow below the hatchery on Monday morning was 45.2 cfs. Trout fishing was good using poundmeisters, woolly buggers, Fire Balls, PowerBait and worms. Fishing at the hatchery pond was good using PowerBait and worms.

Río Grande: Streamflow on Monday morning at the Taos Junction Bridge was 171 cfs. Trout fishing was good using black and olive woolly buggers, beadhead hare's ears, copper John Barrs, Panther Martins, PowerBait and night crawlers. We had no reports on other species.

Río Pueblo: Streamflow near Peñasco on Monday morning was 9.79 cfs. Fishing was good using copper John Barrs and salmon eggs for trout.

Storrie Lake: Fishing was good using Velveeta cheese and PowerBait for trout. A few were also caught by anglers using salmon eggs. We had no reports on other species.

Ute Lake: Fishing was good using shrimp, cut bait, blood bait and chicken liver for catfish. Fishing was fair using crank baits, senkos, drop shot rigs and tubes for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair using minnows, spoons and grubs for walleye. Fishing was fair using slab spoons and blade baits at 35 to 40 feet for white bass. The surface water temperature was in the mid 60s.

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. A few walleye were caught by anglers using crank baits, spoons and worm harness rigs. We had no reports on other species.

Animas River: Water flow below Aztec on Monday morning was 194 cfs. Trout fishing was fair to good using copper John Barrs, San Juan worms and salmon eggs.

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

Canjilon Lakes: Trout fishing was fair to good using PowerBait, worms, Fire Balls, Panther Martins, bead-head nymphs and Pistol Petes. Mary Tabin caught a nice 17-inch rainbow using garlic PowerBait and Andrew Leyba of Rio Rancho reported catching a 17-, an 18- and 19-inch rainbow. He was using a gold bead nymph behind a clear bubble. Craig Scargall of Santa Fe caught his first Rio Grande Cutthroat trout here last week while using a Panther Martin. It measured 17 inches.

Chama River: Monday morning flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 144 cfs and 350 cfs, respectively. Trout fishing below El Vado was good using woolly buggers, Pistol Petes, copper John Barrs, elk hair caddis, micro mays, night crawlers and PowerBait for brown and rainbow trout up to 18 inches. Fishing was good using worms, copper John Barrs and woolly buggers for perch and bass. 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 and white bass. Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits, jigs and creature baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing for all other species was slow.

El Vado Lake: Fishing was fair using worms and grubs for perch and smallmouth bass. Kokanee snagging was slow. We had no reports on other species.

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

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

Jemez Waters: Streamflow on the Jemez near the town of Jemez on Monday morning was 18.5 cfs. Trout fishing on the Jemez, East Fork, San Antonio and Cebolla was good using copper John Barrs, terrestrials, elk hair caddis, Fire Balls and worms for brown and rainbow trout.

Laguna del Campo: Fishing was fair using PowerBait for trout. Fishing pressure was light.

Manzano Lake: Fishing was fair using garlic scented PowerBait and salmon eggs for trout. We had no reports on other species.

Navajo Lake: HOT SPOT FOR SMALLMOUTH BASS: Fishing was excellent using jerk baits, jigs, crank baits, senkos, tubes, worms and swim baits for smallmouth bass. Bass anglers also reported catching several largemouth bass. Fishing was very good using spinnerbaits, jerk baits, swim baits, crank baits and jigs for northern pike. We had no reports on other species. Designated no-wake areas are closed from October 1 through November 8.

San Juan River: Streamflow below Navajo Lake on Monday morning was 570 cfs and has been scheduled to be reduced to 500 cfs at 3:30 p.m. Fishing was good using red annelids, egg patterns, Griffiths gnats, fore and afts, zebra midges, midge clusters, crystal flash emergers and dead chickens for brown and rainbow trout. Through the bait waters, trout fishing was good using San Juan worms, copper John Barrs, emergers, egg patterns, worms and salmon eggs.

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

Tingley Beach: Fishing was slow with just a few catfish reports from anglers using hot dogs and homemade dough baits.

Southwest

Alumni Pond: Fishing continued to be slow for all species.

Bear Canyon Lake: Fishing was good using worms and liver for small catfish. We had no reports on other species.

Caballo Lake: Fishing was fair using chicken liver, blood bait and homemade dough bait for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

Elephant Butte Lake: Fishing was fair to good using sassy shad, spoons, curly tail grubs and blade baits for white bass. Fishing was fair to good using crank baits, tubes, creature baits, 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 86.3 cfs. Fishing was fair to good using liver and worms for catfish. Fishing was good using woolly buggers and worms for smallmouth bass. We had no reports on other species.

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

Lake Roberts: Fishing was good using crank baits and spinnerbaits for largemouth bass. Fishing was slow to fair using salmon eggs and PowerBait for trout. We had no reports on other species.

Percha Dam: Fishing was slow for all species. Tony Cardella reported that he and his wife fished here over the weekend and saw no less than 100 carp in one of the deeper holes remaining since the flow was cut off. They did not catch any of them.

Río Grande: Streamflow below Elephant Butte Monday morning was 0.00 cfs. Fishing in the Mesilla Valley Dam area was fair to good using chicken liver and homemade dough bait for channel catfish. We had no other reports.

Snow Lake: Fishing was good using PowerBait for rainbow trout.

Young Pond: Fishing was slow for all species.

Crews stocked 87,619 triploid rainbow trout in the following waters: Abiquiu Reservoir, Alto Lake, Animas River, Aztec Pond #1, Brazos River, Cimarron River (West of Cimarron), Cimarron River Gravel Pit Lakes, Costilla River, Eagle Rock Lake, Glenwood Pond, Grants Municipal Pond (River Walk Pond), Grindstone Reservoir, Lake Alice, Lake Maloya, Los Pinos River, Monastery Lake, Navajo Reservoir, Pecos River (Cowles to Village of Pecos), Río Grande (Gorge Above Pilar and Pilar to Cochiti Lake), Ruidoso River, San Juan (below Quality Waters) and Timberon Ponds.

In addition, crews stocked 21,518 channel catfish in the following waters: Abiquiu Reservoir, Bear Canyon Reservoir and Bill Evans Lake.

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