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New Mexico weekly fishing report
By New Mexico Department of Game & Fish
Jul 12, 2018
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Abiquiu Lake: HOT SPOT FOR CRAPPIE: Fishing was excellent using micro tubes, small crank baits and small white and chartreuse curly tail grubs for crappie. Fishing was very good using chartreuse curly tail grubs or night crawlers on ¼ – ounce jig heads for walleye. Fishing was fair using senkos, jerk baits, spinner baits, curly tail grubs and swim baits for smallmouth bass. The surface temp was in the mid 70s.

Animas River: Water flow below Aztec on Monday morning was 79.8 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Albuquerque Area Drains: Michael Griego II reported good fishing on the Peralta Drain catching small largemouth bass, sunfish and bluegill. He was using small crank baits and night crawlers. We had no other reports.

Bluewater Lake: Fishing was good using crank baits, jerk baits, water dogs, large streamers and swim baits for tiger muskie. Fishing for catfish was slow to fair using hot dogs, water dogs and night crawlers. We had no other reports. The Las Tusas Recreation Area on the south side of the lake has been closed due to extreme fire danger.

Brazos River: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Canjilon Lakes: Closed by the U.S. Forest Service until further notice. The area may reopen later this year.

Chama River: Monday morning flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 827 cfs and 698 cfs respectively. Trout fishing below El Vado was fair using PowerBait, spoons and night crawlers for rainbow trout. We had no reports from below Abiquiu.

Cochiti Lake: Fishing was fair to good using worms, hot dogs, spinners and liver for catfish. Fishing was fair using minnows, worms, plastics, crank baits and spinners for a mixed bag of crappie, perch, white bass and northern pike. Fishing was slow to fair using jigs, sweet beavers, senkos and crank baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. We had no other reports.

El Vado Lake: Fishing near the dam was good using worms, PowerBait, spinners, tubes and grubs for rainbow trout and smallmouth bass. A few bass were also caught by anglers using top water lures.

Fenton Lake: Fenton Lake State Park is tentatively scheduled to open on Wednesday, Jun 11. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Heron Lake: Fishing was fair to good using PowerBait, Arnies, Panther Martins, Z Rays and worms for rainbow trout and kokanee. We had no reports on other species.

Jackson Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Jemez Waters: The streams within the Santa Fe National Forest boundaries reopened to fishing July 9. We had no reports from anglers.

Laguna del Campo: Fishing was fair to good using PowerBait and Pistol Petes for trout.

Lagunitas Lakes: Reopened to fishing July 10. We had no reports from anglers.

Lake Farmington: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Manzano Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Navajo Lake: Fishing was good using curly tail grubs, tubes, senkos, spinner baits, crank baits, swim baits and chatter baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was good using swim baits, jerk baits and crank baits for northern pike. Fishing was fair to good using worms, curly tail grubs and crank baits for perch. Fishing for kokanee continued to be a bit sporadic but anglers did manage to catch a few at 40 to 50 feet. They were trolling Arnies and Panther Martins behind sling blades. Fishing was slow to fair using spinners, crank baits and worms for trout. We had no reports on other species.

San Gregorio Lake: Reopened to fishing July 9. We had no reports from anglers.

San Juan River: The stream flow below Navajo Lake was raised to 1020 cfs Monday afternoon. Hatches were sporadic this past week and nymphing was a better way to go for the fly fishermen. Fishing through the Quality Waters was fair to good using red annelids, cream larva, small bead-head pheasant tail nymphs, mini Macs and RS2s. Trout fishing through the bait waters was fair to good using Pistol Petes, copper John Barrs, chamois leeches, Panther Martins, jerk baits, worms and Fire Balls.

Seven Springs Brood Pond: Reopened to fishing July 9. Fishing was good using Fire Bait, salmon eggs and PowerBait for trout.

Tingley Beach: Fishing in the Central and Youth ponds was slow to fair using shrimp, liver, hot dogs and worms for catfish. We had no other reports.

Trout Lakes: Reopened to fishing July 10. We had no reports from anglers.

Northeast
Cabresto Lake: Reopened to fishing July 10. We had no reports from anglers.

Charette Lakes: Fishing was very good using PowerBait, night crawlers, Fire Balls, marshmallows and worms for rainbow trout.

Cimarron River: The river through Cimarron Canyon and the Gravel Pit Lakes remain closed until further notice.

Clayton Lake:  Fishing was fair to good using worms and liver for small catfish. Fishing for trout was slow with just a few caught by anglers using worms and PowerBait. We had no reports on other species.

Conchas Lake: Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass was fair for anglers using tubes, finesse worms, minnows, senkos, sweet beavers and swim baits. Fishing was fair to good using minnows, crank baits, spoons, leeches and curly tail grubs for walleye and white bass. Fishing was good using worms and small grubs for bluegill. Fishing was good using shrimp, minnows, cut bait and liver for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

Costilla Creek: Reopened to fishing July 10. We had no reports from anglers.

Cowles Ponds: Reopened to fishing July 9. We had no reports from anglers.

Coyote Creek: Fishing was fair using PowerBait, bead-head hares ears and Fire Balls for trout.

Eagle Nest Lake: Fishing was good using worms for perch. Fishing was very good using PowerBait, worms, Platte River specials, Arnies and Panther Martins for rainbow trout. Vinny Martinez of Santa Fe reported fishing as very good on July 4. He and sons, Elijah and Zachary, caught limits of perch and trout. They were using worms and PowerBait. Fishing was slow to fair using spinner baits, Rapalas and streamers for northern pike. We had no reports on other species.

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

Gallinas River: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Hopewell Lake: Reopened to fishing July 10. We had no reports from anglers.

Lake Alice: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Lake Maloya: Fishing was very good using marshmallows, PowerBait, Pistol Petes, Panther Martins, Kastmasters, bead-head hares ears, elk hair caddis, copper John Barrs and bead-head pheasant tail nymphs for trout. The best action has been in the early morning and evening hours.

Los Pinos River: Reopened to fishing July 10. We had no reports from anglers.

Maxwell Lake 13: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Monastery Lake: Reopened to fishing July 9. We had no reports from anglers.

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

Pecos River: The river and its tributaries reopened to fishing July 9. We had no reports from anglers.

Red River: Stream flow below the hatchery on Monday morning was 54.4 cfs. Trout fishing was fair to good using San Juan worms, night crawlers, small spoons, worms, Fire Balls and PowerBait. Currently, the northeast bank of the river from the hatchery to the confluence of the Rio Grande and the portion of the river in the town of Red River remain open to fishing.

Rio Grande: Stream flow on Monday morning at the Taos Junction Bridge was 183 cfs. Fishing was fair to good using elk hair caddis, bead-head hares ears, copper John Barrs, San Juan worms, Panther Martins and night crawlers for trout. The best dry fly action has been in the evening hours. Fishing through the Albuquerque area was fair using chicken liver, night crawlers and hot dogs for catfish. The portion of the river on the Carson National Forest reopened to fishing July 10.

Rio Hondo: Stream flow on Monday morning near Valdez was 7.98 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Rio Mora: Reopened to fishing July 9. We had no reports from anglers.

Rio Pueblo: Stream flow near Penasco on Monday morning was 10.7 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Santa Cruz Reservoir: Peter Romero of Pojoaque reported that boats can no longer be launched safely due to extremely low water conditions and that fishing was very slow.

Shuree Ponds: Reopened to fishing July 10. We had no reports from anglers.

Springer Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

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

Stubblefield Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Ute Lake: Fishing for walleye was rated as slow. A few were caught by anglers using bottom bouncer rigs and crank baits. Fishing was slow to fair using tubes, finesse worms, creature baits and senkos for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was fair using crank baits for white bass. Fishing was very good using worms for bluegill. Night fishing was very good using chicken liver and night crawlers for catfish. The surface water temp on the main lake was in the high 70s.

Southwest

Alumni Pond: Fishing was fair using hot dogs and worms for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

Bear Canyon Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using liver, shrimp and worms for catfish. We had no other reports.

Bill Evans Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Caballo Lake: Fishing was fair using sassy shad, minnows, curly tail grubs, tubes and crank baits for white bass. A few catfish were caught by anglers using cut bait. We had no other reports.

Elephant Butte Lake: HOT SPOT FOR WALLEYE: Several anglers reported catching limits of walleye this past week. They were using curly tail grubs, Flicker Shad, Walley Divers, Mepps spinners, sassy shad and spoons. White bass fishing was good using shiners, shad, curly tail grubs, sassy shad, top water lures and spoons. Fishing was good using senkos, tubes, top water lures, creature baits, worms and crank baits for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing was good using sassy shad, spoons, crank baits, jerk baits and curly tail grubs for white bass. Fishing for bluegill was good using worms. Fishing was very good using cut bait, shrimp, minnows, homemade dough bait, beef liver and chicken liver for catfish.

Escondida Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using chicken liver, homemade dough bait and hot dogs for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

Gila River: Stream flow on Monday morning was 23.5 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Glenwood Pond: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Lake Roberts: Fishing was slow for all species.

Percha Dam: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Quemado Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.

Rancho Grande Ponds: Fishing was good using hot dogs, worms and liver for catfish.

Rio Grande: Stream flow below Elephant Butte Monday morning was 2,180 cfs. Fishing was good using liver, shiners, cut bait, night crawlers and shrimp for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

Snow Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week

Young Pond: We had no reports from anglers this week.


Southeast

Alto Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Bataan Lake: Fishing was fair using liver, hot dogs and cut bait for catfish. Fishing was fair using worms for bluegill. We had no other reports.

Black River: Stream flow at Malaga on Monday morning was 36.0 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Blue Hole Park Pond: Fishing was slow to fair using night crawlers and liver for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

Bonito Lake: Closed until further notice by the city of Alamogordo due to fire damage. The lake is scheduled to reopen in August 2018.

Bosque Redondo Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Bottomless Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Brantley Lake: Fishing was fair to good using crank baits, spinner baits, senkos, tubes and swim baits for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass.

Carlsbad Municipal Lake: Fishing was fair using hot dogs and chicken liver for catfish. Fishing was good using worms for bluegill. We had no other reports.

Chaparral Park Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using shrimp and liver for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

El Rito Creek: Fishing was good using worms and PowerBait for trout. We had no reports on other species.

Eunice Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using hot dogs, liver and worms for catfish.

Green Meadow Lake: Fishing was fair using worms, hot dogs, liver and shrimp for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

Greene Acres Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using homemade dough bait, worms, shrimp and chicken liver for catfish.

Grindstone Reservoir: Fishing was good using PowerBait, marshmallows, worms and Fire Balls for rainbow trout. Fishing was fair to good using worms and small nymphs for bluegill. We had no reports on other species.

Jal Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using liver and worms for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

Lake Van: Fishing was slow to fair using hot dogs, Charlie’s catfish bait and chicken liver for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

Oasis Park Lake: Fishing was fair using worms, homemade dough bait and liver. We had no other reports.

Pecos River: Stream flow below Sumner Lake on Monday morning was 1,620 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week. The area below Sumner Lake remains closed due to a high-water release.

Perch Lake: Fishing was slow for all species. A few catfish were caught by anglers using liver.

Ruidoso River: Stream flow on Monday morning at Hollywood was 6.24 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Santa Rosa Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Sumner Lake: Fishing was fair using night crawlers for bluegill. Fishing was slow to fair using night crawlers, liver and small plastics for small catfish. We had no reports on other species.