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Last Updated: 10/24/2014

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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:



The following came in too late for last week’s report but we felt it was definitely worth mentioning:

Navajo Lake:  Oct. 11, Matt Everest caught and released a big largemouth bass. He was using a white crank bait.

 

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, date, and location, type of fish, length and weight if possible and bait, lure or fly used.

Abiquiu Reservoir:  Oct. 15, Booth Gallett of Santa Fe caught and released a 4.5-pound smallmouth bass. He was using a crank bait.

Bluewater Lake:  Oct. 19, Wayne Garcia of Albuquerque caught and released a 31-inch tiger musky.  Oct. 19, Leslie Benefield of Albuquerque caught and released a 33-inch tiger musky. Both anglers were using Berkley shad.

Navajo Lake:  Oct. 17, Kristin Nelson and Hailee Hauquitz of Albuquerque both snagged their very first kokanee. They were using LED light-up pink fishing poles.

Red River:  Oct. 18, Josh Anspach-Hanson of Albuquerque caught and released a 23-inch rainbow trout and two others over 20 inches. He was using prince nymphs and poundmeisters.





Oct 21, 2014

 

Northeast

 

Charette Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week. Close for the season Oct. 31.
Cimarron River: Stream flow below Eagle Nest on Monday was 21 cfs. Trout fishing was good using bead-head pheasant tails, brassies, spinners, worms and salmon eggs. We had no reports from the Gravel Pit Lakes.
Clayton Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using Power Bait for trout. We had no reports on other species. Closes for the season Oct. 31.
Conchas Lake: Fishing was good to excellent for smallmouth bass and fair to good for largemouth bass. Anglers did best using tubes and crank baits and reported the fish were staging in the mouths of creeks at 8 to 22 feet. Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits and spoons for white bass. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the low to mid 60s.
Coyote Creek: Trout fishing was fair using salmon eggs and worms.
Eagle Rock Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Eagle Nest Lake: Kokanee snagging was good for some but a bit slow for others. The best area was near the boat ramp. Bank fishing was good using roe sacs, salmon eggs and Power Bait for rainbow trout and worms for perch. Fishing for northern pike was slow. The boat ramp has been closed due to low water conditions. Canoes and kayaks may still be launched.
Gallinas River: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Hopewell Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Lake Alice: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Lake Maloya: Fishing was fair to good using salmon peach and green garlic scented Power Bait and Pistol Petes for trout. Fishing pressure was light.
Los Pinos: Trout fishing was good using San Juan worms, bead-head pheasant tails, prince nymphs, spinners and salmon eggs.
Manzano Lake: Fishing was good using salmon peach Power Bait, worms and salmon eggs for trout. We had no reports on other species.
Maxwell Lake 13: We had no reports from anglers this week. Closes for the season Oct. 31.
Monastery Lake: Trout fishing was very good using Pistol Petes, Power Bait and salmon eggs. Last Thursday, Zeke Gabaldon caught a 19-inch and three 17-inch rainbows. He was using an olive with tan Pistol Pete and working it just off the bottom.
Morphy Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Mt View Ponds: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Pecos River: Water flow near the town of Pecos on Monday was 36 cfs. Trout fishing was fair using worms, prince nymphs, pheasant tails and salmon eggs. We had no reports on catfish.
Red River: Water flow near the hatchery on Monday was 51 cfs. Fishing was good using copper John Barrs, bead-head prince nymphs, poundmeisters, salmon eggs and worms for trout.
Rio Costilla: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Rio Grande: Water flow near the Taos Junction Bridge on Monday was 426 cfs. Trout fishing was fair to good using copper John Barrs, wooly buggers, San Juan worms, spinners and salmon eggs. Fishing was fair using spinners and wooly buggers for smallmouth bass. We had no reports on other species.
Rio Hondo: We had no reports on other species.
Rio Pueblo: Stream flow near Penasco on Monday was 8 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Santa Barbara: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Shuree Ponds: Fishing for trout was slow.
Springer Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
Storrie Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using salmon eggs and Power Bait for trout. We had no reports on other species. Fishing pressure was very light.
Stubblefield Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Ute Lake: Fishing was good using slab spoons and deep-running crank baits for white bass. Fishing was fair to good using live minnows at 34 to 36 feet for walleye. Fishing was fair to good using tubes, chigger craws small worms and curly tail grubs for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing for catfish was sporadic with just a few caught by anglers using stink baits. The surface water temp was in the low 60s.

 

Northwest

 

Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using tubes, jigs and crank baits for smallmouth bass. A few walleye were caught by anglers using crank baits and grubs. We had no reports on other species. Anglers reported the lake has turned over.
Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 890 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Albuquerque Area Drains: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Bluewater Lake: Fishing was fair using crank baits, jerk baits, spinners and swim baits for tiger musky. Fishing for all other species was slow. Anglers should be aware that it is illegal to use bait fish at this lake.
Brazos River: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Canjilon Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 110 cfs and 128 cfs respectively. Fishing below El Vado was good using salmon eggs, night crawlers, bead-head pheasant tails and copper John Barrs for a mixed bag of rainbow and brown trout. Fishing below Abiquiu was fair to good using worms and salmon eggs for rainbow trout.
Cochiti Lake: Fishing was slow for all species but there were a few smallmouth bass and white bass caught by anglers using crank baits.
El Vado Lake: Fishing for trout was good from boats as well as from the bank. Anglers did well using spinners, Z Rays and salmon eggs. Kokanee snagging was slow with just a few taken by anglers working near the dam. We had no reports on other species.
Fenton Lake: Trout fishing was very good using olive and black Pistol Petes, wooly buggers, garlic-scented Power Bait and worms. Anglers fishing from boats did very well using olive Pistol Petes.
Heron Lake: Fishing was slow for all species and fishing pressure was very light. All boat ramps have been closed due to low water conditions. Small boats, canoes and kayaks may still be used. Possession of kokanee is not permitted here or on Willow Creek during the closed season which runs from Oct. 1 through November 13.
Jackson Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Jemez Waters: Stream flow on the Jemez as of Monday was 25 cfs. Fishing on the Rio Cebolla was good using salmon eggs and worms. Fishing on the Jemez was good for anglers using salmon eggs and copper John Barrs. We had no reports from other Jemez waters.
Laguna Del Campo: We had no reports from anglers this week. Closes for the season Oct. 31.
Lake Farmington: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Navajo Lake: Kokanee snagging was very good again this past week. A few rainbow trout were caught by anglers using salmon eggs and Power Bait. Fishing for bass was slow to fair using crank baits, tubes and senkos. Fishing for northern pike was fair to good using crank baits and jerk baits. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp ranged from the high 50s to the low 60s.
San Gregorio: We had no reports from anglers this week.
San Juan River: Water flow below Navajo Dam on Monday was 361 cfs. Trout fishing through the Quality Waters was good using foam wing emergers, red annelids, San Juan worms, crystal midges, RS2s and zebra midges. Fishing through the bait waters was good using salmon eggs, San Juan worms, copper John Barrs and wooly buggers.
Santa Cruz Lake: This water has closed to boating and will remain closed until mid-July of 2015. The only fishing access will be from the overlook, which will remain open. The Bureau of Land Management will be renovating the north lake campground, boat launch, picnic area and main access road. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Seven Springs Brood Pond: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Tingley Beach: Fishing at the Youth and Central ponds was good using salmon eggs, homemade dough bait and Power Bait for trout.  We had no reports on other species or from anglers fishing the Bob Gerding Catch and Release Pond.
Trout Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.

 

 

Southwest

 

Bear Canyon: Fishing was fair using worms and Power Bait for trout. We had no reports on other species.
Bill Evans Lake: Fishing was fair using worms, salmon eggs, Pistol Petes and Power Bait for trout. Fishing was slow to fair using worms for sunfish. We had no reports on other species.
Caballo Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Elephant Butte Lake: Fishing was fair to good using crank baits, blade baits and slab spoons for white bass. Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits, tubes and jigs for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing was slow to fair using chicken liver, night crawlers and shrimp for catfish. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the mid to high 60s. 
Escondida Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Gila River: Water flow on the Gila as of this past Monday was 160 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Glenwood Pond: Fishing was good using Power Bait and salmon eggs for trout.
Lake Roberts: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Percha Dam: Fishing was slow for all species.
Quemado Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Rio Grande: Water flow below Elephant Butte on Monday was 28 cfs. Fishing was fair using night crawlers, homemade dough bait, worms and liver for catfish. We had no reports on other species.
Snow Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Young Pond: Fishing was good using salmon eggs, Power Bait and small dry flies for trout. Fishing was slow to fair using homemade dough bait and liver for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

 

 

Southeast

 

Bataan Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Black River: Stream flow at Malaga on Monday was 123 cfs. We had no reports from anglers.
Blue Hole Park Pond: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Bonito Lake: Closed.
Bosque Redondo: Fishing was slow for all species.
Bottomless Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Brantley Lake: Anglers are to practice catch-and-release for all fish here as high levels of DDT were found in several fish. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Carlsbad Municipal Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Chaparral Park Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
El Rito Creek: Fishing was slow with just a few trout caught by anglers using salmon eggs.
Eunice Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Green Meadow Lake:  We had no reports from anglers this week.
Greene Acres Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
Grindstone Reservoir: Fishing was fair to good using garlic-scented Power Bait, worms and salmon eggs for trout. We had no reports on other species.
Jal Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Lake Van: Fishing was slow for all species.
Oasis Park Lake: Fishing was slow for all species and fishing pressure was light. The Park and Friends of Oasis are sponsoring their 24th annual Kids Fishin’ Clinic on Nov. 1 from 9 a.m.to 2 p.m. For pre-registration or more information contact the Oasis State Park office at (575) 356-5331.
Pecos River: Stream flow below Sumner Lake on Monday was 85 cfs. Fishing was slow to fair using night crawlers for catfish. We had no reports on other species. Fishing on the river below Brantley Reservoir was very good for David Wagner of La Luz. He caught and released 32 white bass in less than two hours. He was using a number 1 silver Blue Fox spinner. 
Perch Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
Ruidoso River: Stream flow at Ruidoso on Monday was 13 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Santa Rosa Lake: Fishing was fair using tubes, chigger craws and crank baits for smallmouth bass. We had no reports on other species.
Sumner Lake: Fishing was fair to good trolling and casting crank baits for white bass and an occasional walleye. Fishing was good using tubes and salt craws for smallmouth bass in shallow water. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the low 60s.

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