Weekly Fishing & Stocking 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.

NOTE: There will be fewer reports available as we move into the cooler seasons and fishing slows. The department will make every effort to provide as much information as possible during the coming winter months.

Friday 11-25-2022

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Catch of the Week

Rio Chama: Christopher Ortega and Peter Ortega of Albuquerque caught and released several trout up to 18 inches long using streamer and nymph flies below Abiquiu Lake Nov. 24.

Tingley Beach: Jason Jaramillo caught and released a 20-inch rainbow trout using a black streamer fly in the catch-and-release pond Nov. 25. Isabella Gurule, age 9, of Albuquerque caught her limit of trout using peach PowerBait Nov. 23.

 

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, age, hometown, date, location, type of fish, length and weight if possible, and bait, lure or fly used. Fish weights and measurements are provided by the angler and printed here as received.

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The Department’s new Fishing Conditions and Trip Planner was created using data from the 2016 to 2019 Weekly Fishing Reports to develop graphs depicting fishing conditions for several species and waterbodies throughout the year. Each graph represents the average fishing conditions for each week of the year over the four-year period. New Fishing Conditions and Trip Planner, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

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Lake Levels & Streamflow

Lake levels for the latest water storage reports for New Mexico reservoirs (USDA website).

River and streamflow for New Mexico provided by USGS.

Fishing Publications

Record Fish Information

New Mexico record game fish:
Coldwater (pg 12)| Warmwater (pg 22)

Fish Donation Certificate

Use the following if you give fish, game meat, or parts of game animals to an individual: Possession Certificate.

Northeast

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

Charette Lakes: Closed to boating and fishing until March 2023.

Cimarron River: Streamflow near Cimarron Monday morning was not measured due to ice.

Clayton Lake: Closed to boating and fishing until March 2023.

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

Costilla Creek: The department recently stocked 90,000 Rio Grande cutthroat trout, including 1,000 catchable-sized fish, into Costilla Creek and its tributaries as part of a long-term project to expand the distribution of Rio Grande cutthroat trout in 120 miles of the Costilla watershed in northern New Mexico. The department anticipates stocking Rio Grande cutthroat trout into this area over the next several years to assist with establishing a self-sustaining population of Rio Grande cutthroat trout. The public is reminded of the existing catch and release regulation for streams on the Valle Vidal and to release all fish at their point of capture—do not move fish above waterfalls, culverts or other fish barriers. The Valle Vidal remains open to fishing through Dec. 31.

Cowles Ponds: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Coyote Creek: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Eagle Nest Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Eagle Rock Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Gallinas River: National Forest closures have been in place restricting fishing access. Visit the Santa Fe National Forest webpage or call the Santa Fe National Forest office at 505-438-5300 for the latest closure information.

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

Lake Alice: Anglers reported that the lake is beginning to freeze over.

Lake Maloya: Fishing for trout was good when using size-16, prince nymph flies and silver beadhead haps tail flies.

Los Pinos River: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Maxwell Lake 13: Closed to boating and fishing until March 2023.

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

Morphy Lake: Closed to boating and fishing until March 2023.

Pecos River: Streamflow near Pecos Monday morning was not measured due to ice.

Red River: Streamflow below the Red River Hatchery Monday morning was 60 cfs. Fishing for trout was good when using beadhead nymph flies and streamers near the hatchery.

Rio Grande: Streamflow below the Taos Junction Bridge Monday morning was 593 cfs. Fishing for trout was slow to fair when using streamer and nymph flies.

Rio Hondo: Streamflow near Valdez Monday morning was not measured due to ice.

Rio Mora: Streamflow near Terrero Monday morning was not measured due to ice.

Rio Pueblo: Streamflow near Penasco Monday morning was not measured due to ice.

Santa Cruz Reservoir: Fishing for trout was very good when using light-colored Pistol Pete spinner flies.

Shuree Ponds: We had no reports from anglers this week. The Valle Vidal remains open to fishing through Dec. 31.

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

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

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

Ute Lake: Fishing for all species was slow. The main lake water surface temperature was in the low 50 F range and the water was dirty.

Northwest

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

Animas River: Streamflow below Aztec Monday morning was 224 cfs.

Albuquerque Area Drains: Fishing for trout was fair when using salmon eggs and small, black-and-yellow jigs.

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

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

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

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

El Vado Lake: El Vado Lake can be accessed at Hargroves Day Use Area off State Road 322 and the Main Park area off State Road 112. The Rio Chama can be accessed at the North El Vado Day Use Area on State Road 95, 10 miles west of U.S. Highway 84. Lake levels are steady but expected to drop as crews work on the El Vado Dam. The Dam Day Use Area is closed due to the ongoing construction. State Road 112 over the dam will experience periodic closures. For more information, visit El Vado Lake State Park’s webpage or call 575-588-7247.

Fenton Lake: Closed to fishing due to unsafe ice conditions.

Grants Riverwalk Pond: The city is in the final stages of repairs; stocking will resume soon.

Heron Lake: Fishing for kokanee salmon was very slow when using snagging hooks.

Jemez Waters: Streamflow near Jemez Monday morning was 21 cfs.

Laguna del Campo: Closed to fishing until March 2023.

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

Lake Farmington: Fishing for trout was good when using corn and gold Joe’s Flies.

McGaffey Lake: Stocking efforts have been suspended due to extremely low water levels and unstable ground conditions. Lake conditions will be monitored and stocking will resume once conditions improve.

Navajo Lake: Fishing for kokanee salmon was good near the dam when using size 6/0 weighted snagging hooks.

Rio Chama: Streamflow below El Vado Lake and below Abiquiu Lake Monday morning was 100 cfs and 557 cfs, respectively. Fishing for trout below El Vado Lake was fair when using worms and orange PowerBait. Fishing for trout below Abiquiu Lake was very good when using streamer flies, nymph flies, nightcrawler worms, salmon eggs and Rapala lures. Please remember, from the river-crossing bridge on U.S. Highway 84 at Abiquiu upstream 7 miles to the base of Abiquiu Dam is special trout waters with a bag limit of two trout only.

Rio Grande: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Riverside Park Pond (Aztec Pond #1): Fishing for trout was fair to good when using spinners and flies.

San Gregorio Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

San Juan River: Streamflow near Archuleta Monday morning was 357 cfs. Fishing for trout in the quality waters was fair to good when using size-18, egg-pattern flies and size-22 red annelid flies. Fishing for trout in the bait waters was good when using nightcrawler worms and size-18, egg-pattern flies.

Seven Springs Brood Pond: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Tiger Park Reservoir: Fishing for trout was fair to good when using spinners and flies.

Tingley Beach: Fishing for trout was good when using black streamer flies, leech-pattern flies, peach PowerBait, garlic PowerBait and worms. Fishing for trout in the catch-and-release pond was good when using single-barbless-hook, black streamer flies.

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

Southwest

Alumni Pond: Fishing for trout was good when using small, silver-and-black spinners, salmon-peach PowerBait, Velveeta cheese, live worms and nymph flies. Fishing for bass was fair when using 4-inch, perch-pattern hard lures.

Bear Canyon Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

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

Caballo Lake: Fishing for catfish was good when using cut bait. Fishing for walleye was fair when using cut bait.

Elephant Butte Lake: Fishing for catfish was good when using cut carp bait and cut shad bait.

Escondida Lake: Fishing for trout was good when using homemade dough bait and nightcrawler worms.

Gila River: Streamflow near Gila Monday morning was 198 cfs.

Glenwood Pond: Fishing for trout was slow and anglers reported a lot of moss growing in the pond.

Lake Roberts: Fishing for trout was fair to good when using chartreuse PowerBait and flies.

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

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

Rancho Grande Ponds: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Rio Grande: Streamflow below Elephant Butte Dam Monday morning was 0 cfs. Fishing for catfish was good when using cut bait north of Elephant Butte Lake.

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

Trees Lake: Fishing for trout was good when using worms, PowerBait and homemade garlic dough bait.

Young Pond: Fishing for trout was fair to good when using marshmallows and garlic PowerBait.

Southeast

Alto Lake: Fishing for trout was good when using peach PowerBait and copper spoons.

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

Berrendo Creek: We had no reports from anglers this week. Please visit the Open Gate webpage for more information on this property.

Black River: Streamflow at Malaga Monday morning was 8 cfs.

Blue Hole Park Pond: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Bonito Lake: Closed until further notice by the City of Alamogordo due to fire damage.

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

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

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

Carlsbad Municipal Lake: Fishing for trout was fair to good when using rainbow PowerBait.

Chaparral Park Lake: Fishing for trout was good when using sweet corn.

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

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

Green Meadow Lake: Fishing for trout was fair to good when using yellow PowerBait and purple Pistol Pete spinners.

Greene Acres Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Grindstone Reservoir: Fishing for trout was good when using nightcrawler worms, black Pistol Pete spinner flies and pink, egg-pattern flies.

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

Lake Van: Fishing for trout was good when using PowerBait.

Oasis Park Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Pecos River: Streamflow below Sumner Lake Monday morning was 1 cfs.

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

Rio Bonito: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Rio Ruidoso: Streamflow at Hollywood Monday morning was 11 cfs. Anglers reported fishing was slow.

Rock Lake Hatchery Kids’ Pond: We had no reports from anglers this week.

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

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

Timberon Ponds: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Tips and Tricks

Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout

By Dennis Segura, aquatic sport fishing educator, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

The Rio Grande cutthroat trout, a member of the family Salmonidae, is one of 14 subspecies of cutthroat trout native to the western United States and is the official state fish of New Mexico. The cutthroat trout gets its name from the bright red streak across its lower jaw.

Cutthroat trout were the first North American trout encountered by Europeans in 1541 when Spanish explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado’s chroniclers recorded seeing trout in what is now the Pecos River near modern day Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The Rio Grande cutthroat trout occupies cold, clear mountain streams and lakes and are found in the headwaters of the Rio Grande, Pecos and South Canadian drainage basins of New Mexico and Colorado. They currently live in only about 100 headwater streams, occupying 10 percent of their former range.

Most streams occupied by the Rio Grande cutthroat trout have been severely damaged over the last 150 years due to human activities, including excessive agriculture, livestock overgrazing, logging, road building, mining and oil and gas development projects. Another consequence of the cutthroat’s decline was the introduction of non-native species of trout. This introduction caused hybridization, or cross-breeding with rainbow trout and other species of cutthroat trout, and led to competition with the much more aggressive, non-native brown and brook trout.

Human and naturally occurring damage such as drought, fire and flooding have all affected the fragile trout streams and their sensitive riparian ecosystems. Riparian habitat destruction leads to increased water sedimentation and warmer stream temperatures, which kills the cutthroat’s primary food supply, aquatic insects. Warmer stream temperatures also produce spawning failure for the cutthroat.

For more than 20 years, Department biologists and its partners have been searching for Rio Grande cutthroat trout populations, studying their habitat and restoring the species to their headwater streams. This effort by state, federal and tribal governments has led to the removal of the cutthroat trout from being listed on the Endangered Species list.

One female cutthroat will lay 250 to 4,500 eggs in a gravel nest she builds known as a redd. The nests are usually built between November and January when the water is at its coldest and contains plenty of oxygen needed for the eggs to hatch. Spawning, or fertilization of the eggs by the male, then occurs from March to July, depending on the water temperature.

Cutthroat trout are visual and opportunistic feeders, eating terrestrial (land) insects that have fallen in the water and aquatic macro-invertebrate insects that live in the streams. Cutthroat trout also eat other smaller fish and their eggs as well.

Let us know how your fishing trip goes! Share your tips and tricks with your fellow anglers by emailing us at funfishingnm@gmail.com and let’s help the next generation of anglers find success.

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