Fishing Report 02-10-12

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Charette Lakes: The lake has closed for the season and will reopen March 1.

Clayton Lake: Closed until noon March 1.

Conchas Lake: No report.

Costilla Creek: No report.

Coyote Creek: Closed for the winter.

Eagle Nest Lake:15 inches of ice. Fishing has been good for perch and a few northern pike. Trout and salmon fishing has been sporatic. Try jigging Kastmasters tipped with worms or Power Bait. 

Lake Alice and Lake Maloya: Ice fishing has been fair for trout at Lake Maloya. Try Power Bait, dough bait and salmon eggs. Fishing is poor at Lake Alice due to thin ice and the lake has not been stocked.

Maxwell Lakes: Closed until noon March 1.

Monastery Lake: Closed to ice fishing.

Morphy Lake: Closed until April 1.

Pecos River: Portions of the upper river have some open water but fishing is still slow due to low, cold water levels.

Red River: No report.

Rio Grande: Anglers have been catching cutbows at the confluence with the Red River on size 20 midges. A few northern pike have been taken on black whistlers around Pilar.

Rio Hondo: No report.

Rio Pueblo: No report.

Shuree Ponds: Closed until July 1.

Springer Lake: Closed to ice fishing.

Storrie Lake: Cold, windy weather has kept most anglers away. The lake is ice-free and a few trout have been caught on yellow Power Bait. The lake was stocked with 40,000 3.5-inch trout last week.

Ute Lake: The water temperature is 42 degrees. Fishing has been slow for walleye, although a few have been taken deep. White bass fishing has been fair upriver and is expected to pick up in the next few weeks.




Animas River:  Fishing has been slow.

Chama River: Fishing below Cooper’s lodge is fair with a few browns being taken on wooly buggers and Panther Martins. The water is running at 80 cfs. Fishing below Abiquiu has been fair to good with anglers catching some trout on brown and green wooly buggers and size 24 midge patterns in black and silver.  Orange Power Bait also has been working. 

Abiquiu Lake: Fishing is slow for all species. A few walleye have been caught on live minnows.

El Vado Lake: The main campground is closed and most of the shoreline is frozen over, making it tough to fish. The ice is too thin for ice fishing.

Heron Lake: Fishing is slow, with some anglers having luck catching trout on Power Bait.

Jackson Lake: Fishing is very slow.

Lake Farmington: Trout fishing is slow and pressure has been light.

Ramah Lake: The lake has very little water and is frozen in most places. No anglers to report.

Navajo Lake: Fishing is slow.

San Juan River: The quality water section is starting to clear up and the fishing has been really good with most anglers reporting best luck on standard nymph patterns in sizes 24 and 26. The lower section of the river is fishing well with lighter colored egg patterns and large pheasant tail nymphs.




Jemez River, East Fork, Guadalupe and San Antonio:All of the streams above the San Antonio fishing access are frozen and covered with snow. The Rio Guadalupe and Rio Cebolla are inaccessible due to forest road closures. The Jemez River was stocked with2,916 rainbows last week. Fishing should be good on beaded nymphs.

Metro Drainages: Fishing good for trout on spinners, corn and salmon eggs.

Bluewater Lake: The lake is mostly frozen with 10-12 inches of ice. Fishing is fair for trout using Power Bait. Fishing for muskies is fair on rubber jigs.

Cochiti Lake: Fishing is still slow due to the ice that is forming around the lake. Boats are still unable to launch due to the ice and the Tetilla Peak side will remain closed for the season.

Fenton Lake: The lake is iced over and there is no fishing due to unsafe conditions caused by warm thermal releases under the ice. The lake most likely will be closed until spring.

Tingley Beach: Fishing in the children’s and central ponds has been great. The ponds are being stocked weekly with 2,400 rainbow trout. Homemade baits and cheesy garlic Power Bait are catching the most. Fly fishing in the catch and release pond is hit and miss using dark bunny leaches with skinny bead heads. The trout in the catch and release pond were socked three months ago and they are getting smart. Patience is playing a big role in catching fish there.




Gila River: Fishing pressure is very light. 

Rio Grande: Fishing has been fair between Elephant Butte and Caballo for stocked triploid rainbow trout.

Bear Canyon Lake: Fishing for trout is fair with bright-colored Power Bait. Other species are slow.

Bill Evans Lake: Fishing for trout is reported as good with bright-colored Power Bait, fireballs, spinners and flies all working well. It was stocked with 2,167 triploid rainbow trout last week so fishing should remain good. No reports on other species. 

Caballo Lake: Water levels are very low and caution should be used if boating. Very light fishing pressure and no report of success. 

Elephant Butte Lake: No report.

Escondida Lake: Fishing for rainbow trout is fair with most methods catching an occasional fish. The lake was stocked with 2,080 trout last week.

Glenwood Ponds: Fishing is reported as good for trout. Bright-colored Power Bait is working best.

Lake Roberts: Trout fishing should pick up as it was stocked with 4,233 11.4-inch trout last week.

Quemado Lake: Fishing pressure has been light due to unsafe ice.
Snow Lake: Roads to Snow Lake are impassible.




Rio Ruidoso: No report.

Bonito Lake: The lake is closed for the season and will reopen April 1.

Bottomless Lakes: No report. Stocked with 261 trout last week.

Brantley Reservoir: There has been light pressure and no current report. A mandatory catch and release is in place at Brantley Lake because pesticides have been found in the fish. Do not keep or eat them.

Carlsbad Municipal Lake: Stocked with 2,800 rainbow trout last week. Try Power Bait or salmon eggs.

Bataan Lake: Stocked with 4,000 trout last week.

Black River: Stocked with 400 trout last week.

Grindstone Reservoir: No report, but fishing should be good as it was stocked with 4,872 9-inch rainbow trout recently. Try worms, Power Bait and Pistol Petes.

Lake Van: Fishing is good on Power Bait and salmon eggs. The lake was stocked with 3,169 trout last week.

Young Pond: The small Las Cruces lake was stocked with 201 trout last week.