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 12-2-2022

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Catch of the Week

Bill Evans Lake: EJ Palacios, age 14, of Las Cruces caught and released a 4-pound largemouth bass using a white fluke lure Nov. 27. Horacio Palacios of Las Cruces caught and released a 4.5-pound largemouth bass using a white fluke lure Nov. 27.

Red River: Justin Estrada of Las Vegas caught and released a 19-inch rainbow trout using a hand-tied, pink-collared Frenchie fly on the lower section of river Dec. 3.

Rio Chama: John Cominiello of Corrales caught a 21-inch brown trout using an egg-pattern fly below Abiquiu Lake on Dec. 4.

Rio Grande: Tom Chrobocinski of Ojo Caliente caught a combination of 11 brown and rainbow trout, including a 19-inch brown trout, using a Joe’s Fly near the Taos Junction Bridge on Dec. 1.

Tingley Beach: Isaac Gurule of Albuquerque caught his limit of trout using orange PowerBait Nov. 29.

 

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 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: The lake surface is closed to boating and ice fishing. Ice is beginning to form on the lake, but is not yet safe for ice fishing. Parks staff will monitor the ice on a weekly basis and provide updates when the lake is open for ice fishing. For updated lake conditions, visit the park’s webpage or call the park office at 575-377-1594.

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 66 cfs. Fishing for trout was good when using pink-collared Frenchie flies on the lower section of the river.

Rio Grande: Streamflow below the Taos Junction Bridge Monday morning was 632 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair to good when using Joe’s Flies, streamer flies 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 242 cfs.

Albuquerque Area Drains: We had no reports from anglers this week.

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 33 cfs.

Laguna del Campo: Closed to fishing until March 2023.

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

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

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 trout was fair when using PowerBait.

Rio Chama: Streamflow below El Vado Lake and below Abiquiu Lake Monday morning was 103 cfs and 552 cfs, respectively. Fishing for trout below El Vado Lake was fair when using nightcrawler worms. Fishing for trout below Abiquiu Lake was very good when using egg-pattern flies, 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: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Tingley Beach: Fishing for trout was good when using orange PowerBait. 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 fair to good when using yellow PowerBait, salmon-peach PowerBait, Velveeta cheese, live worms and nymph flies. Fishing for bass was slow to fair when using floating hard lures.

Bear Canyon Lake: Fishing for rainbow trout and crappie was good when using size-10, barbless hare’s ear jig flies under an indicator.

Bill Evans Lake: Fishing for bass was good when using white fluke lures.

Caballo Lake: Fishing for catfish was good 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 401 cfs. Anglers reported fishing for trout was slow near the Gila Hot Springs and Catwalk.

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

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 1 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 fair to good when using salmon eggs, PowerBait and homemade garlic dough bait.

Young Pond: Fishing for trout was fair to good when using salmon eggs, Velveeta cheese and salmon-peach PowerBait.

Southeast

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

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 9 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 10 cfs.

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

Rio Bonito: Fishing for brook trout was fair to good when using size-16 pheasant-tail flies and size-14, hand-tied rainbow warrior variant flies a few hundred yards above the closed reservoir.

Rio Ruidoso: Streamflow at Hollywood Monday morning was 17 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair when using size-12, black stonefly flies near Hondo.

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 Spinner Fishing

By Tom Chrobocinski

When fishing in the Rio Grande this time of year, my choice of lures depends on the ever-changing conditions, such as whether it is clear or cloudy, cold or warm, windy or calm. I have the most luck using some form of spinner. A Joe’s Fly is usually my go-to lure that I start out with, and then I make adjustments from there.

The way I like to work the lure is to cast it straight out in front of me, tighten my line, let it sink a little and keeping my rod tip low. I let the river do the work for me. Keeping the line taut, I let the current take my lure down and across the river. On bright, sunny, cold days, I find the fish right on the drop-offs on either side of the riverbank—right on the near side of the bank, more often than not. If there is a sandbar in the river, I usually work the edges of it 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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