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 11-18-2022

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Catch of the Week

Chaparral Park Lake: Mark Arreola of Lovington caught a 17-inch fantail carp using sweet corn Nov. 13.

San Juan River: Francisco J. Melchor and Hugo Melchor of El Paso, Texas, caught their limits of trout in the bait waters using size-18, egg-pattern flies Nov. 11. Hugo Melchor of El Paso, Texas, caught and released a 20-inch rainbow trout and an 18-inch brown trout in the quality waters using a size-22, red annelid fly and micro leech-pattern fly Nov. 11.

 

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)

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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 6 cubic feet per second (cfs).

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: Fishing for rainbow trout was good when using Panther Martin spinners, salmon-peach PowerBait and corn.

Eagle Rock Lake: Fishing for trout was good when using garlic PowerBait and salmon-peach PowerBait.

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: Fishing for trout was good when using brown, leech-pattern flies and silver Pistol Pete spinner flies.

Lake Alice: Anglers reported that the lake is beginning to freeze on the north end.

Lake Maloya: Fishing for trout and perch was good when using nightcrawler worms.

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

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

Monastery Lake: Fishing for trout was good when using worms and silver-and-black spinners.

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 53 cfs.

Rio Grande: Streamflow below the Taos Junction Bridge Monday morning was 393 cfs. Fishing for trout was good when using small mayfly dry flies, streamer and nymph flies. Fishing for pike near Pilar was good when using Kastmaster lures.

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: We had no reports from anglers this week.

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 walleye was fair when using blade baits in 20-25 feet of water. Fishing for white bass was fair when using vertical jigging spoons in 30-35 feet of water. 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 221 cfs.

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

Bluewater Lake: Fishing for tiger muskie was good when using Countdown Rapala lures and water dogs.

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

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

Cochiti Lake: We had no reports from angler 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: Fishing for trout was good when using nightcrawler worms and garlic-peach PowerBait.

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 20 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 pike was good when using streamer flies and orange, medium-depth-diving crankbaits. 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 174 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 good when using Panther Martin spinners with a single barbless hook. 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 311 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 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 salmon eggs, Pistol Pete spinner flies, leech-pattern flies, green PowerBait, garlic PowerBait and worms. Fishing for trout in the catch-and-release pond was good when using single barbless hook beadhead nymph flies.

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

Southwest

Alumni Pond: Fishing for trout was good when using salmon-peach PowerBait, Velveeta cheese and nymph flies. Fishing for bass was slow to fair when using 4-inch minnow and perch-pattern hard lures.

Bear Canyon Lake: Fishing for trout was good when using flies and red, orange and black Rooster Tail spinners. Fishing for crappie was fair to good when using flies.

Bill Evans Lake: Fishing for trout was slow.

Caballo Lake: Fishing for catfish was good when using cut bait. Fishing for walleye was fair when using cut bait. Fishing for crappie was slow to fair when using Road Runner lures.

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 216 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 slow.

Southeast

Alto Lake: Fishing for bass was fair to good when using small streamer flies. 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 Kastmaster lures, black Pistol Pete spinner flies and pink, egg-pattern flies.

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

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

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 9 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

San Juan River Flies

Hugo Melchor from El Paso, Texas, is an avid fly fisherman and flytier. He is a disabled Navy Veteran who learned to tie flies thanks to Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing. He is especially thankful for Dave Patton, Williams Frangos and all the volunteers who introduced him to the adventures of fly fishing.

“I learned the basics there and went crazy afterwards,” Hugo said. “My Instagram (@NAVYLIVE4DASTRIKE) is where I share my ties and fly-fishing adventures.”

His tip for the San Juan River this time of year is to fish two barbless-hook flies on a 9-foot long 5x leader. Tie the flies two feet apart from the end of the leader and place a strike indicator about six feet above the flies on the leader. Look for foam in the river and fish there. He likes to use size-22 red annelid flies, size-18 Pump House specials and micro leech-pattern flies.

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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