Fishing Report 02-17-12

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Charette Lakes: Closed for the season.
Cimarron River: No read on flows due to ice.
Clayton Lake: Closed for the season and will reopen next spring.
Conchas Lake: Fishing pressure has been slow due to cold temperatures and wind.
Costilla Creek: No report.
Coyote Creek: Closed for the season.
Eagle Nest Lake: 15 inches of ice. Fishing is good for yellow perch and rainbows caught with Power Bait, meal worms, night crawlers and salmon eggs suspended at about mid level. Fishing pressure is up when the wind dies down. 
Lake Alice and Lake Maloya: Ice is 13 inches thick at Maloya. Fishing is good with Power Bait, dough bait, rubber worms, and salmon eggs catching 9-12 inch rainbow trout. Fishing is closed at Lake Alice due to thin ice.
Maxwell Lakes: Closed for the season.
Monastery Lake:  Closed to ice fishing.
Morphy Lake: Closed for the season and will reopen next spring.
Pecos River: More of the upper river is open water but fishing is still slow due to low, cold water levels. Villanueva was stocked Jan. 24 but fishing has been slow to fair.
Red River: No report.
Rio Grande:  458 cfs at Pilar; Fishing is slow for pike due to high fishing pressure and clear water. You can see them but they are not biting. Best to try using bunny leeches. Trout is slow using midges and bead-head nymphs. Fishing is poor for smallmouth bass.
Rio Hondo: No report.
Rio Pueblo: No read on flow due to ice. No report.
Santa Rosa Lake: Walleye and crappie fishing are picking up. Several good-sized
“eye” were caught this last week.
 by anglers using Sassy Shad and other small grubs in less than 15 feet of water. The crappie were small but hitting the same plastics.
Shuree Ponds: Closed for the season. Reopens July 1.
Springer Lakes: Springer Lake is closed to ice fishing.
Storrie Lake: No report.
Ute Lake: No report.


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 black and gold Panther Martins. The water is running at 45 cfs. Rainbows are being caught on nightcrawlers. 
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: A few Lake trout are being caught through the ice at Willow Creek Marina on 1.32 oz jig worms and cut bait. Rainbows are being caught on fireballs and corn at Willow Creek and a few rainbows biting on orange Power Bait at the primitive dock.  Fishing around the rest of the lake has been slow.
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, but a few brown trout have been caught while trolling the main channel with Rapalas at about 20 to 30 feet.
San Juan River: Fishing is reported as good using size 24 and 26 small black and gray midge patterns.  Reports from fishermen say that the size 18 red larva is still working the best.


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 with 2,916 rainbows Jan. 30. Fishing is good below Battleship Rock on dry flies and beaded nymphs.
Metro Drainages: Fishing good for trout on spinners, corn and salmon eggs.
Bluewater Lake: With the warm weather from last week, the ice is 8 inches thick in the center with some water showing on the sides. Fishing pressure has slowed down quite a bit with a few trout being caught on Power Bait.  Very few fishermen are reporting catching muskies.
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. Most people are catching their limit within a few hours regardless of bait. Homemade baits and cheesy garlic Power Bait are catching the most. Fly fishing in the catch and release pond is hit and miss using wet flies. 
Manzano Lake: Fishing has been good using salmon eggs and Power Bait.


Gila River: Fishing pressure is very light. A small load of retired Gila trout brood stock were stocked at the forks last week.   
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 fair 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 in the open water of the south end of the lake has been pretty good this past week. A 24-inch and a 22-inch trout were caught on Power Bait. The fish were good and fat. Power Bait seems to be the way to go as that is what everyone is catching with. The ice is moving toward the dam and in some spots has pushed up on the bank.  Ice is thin enough to break easily.
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.
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 two weeks ago week. Try Power Bait or salmon eggs.
Bataan Lake: Stocked with 4,000 trout two weeks ago.
Grindstone Reservoir: No report, but fishing should be good as it was stocked with 2,998 9.6-inch rainbow trout last week. 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 two weeks ago.