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Fishing Report 03-23-12

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Northwest

Abiquiu Lake: There have been very few anglers on the lake. Fishing has been slow for all species.
Albuquerque area drains: Fishing on the Albuquerque and Bernalillo Drains was slow. We had no reports from Corrales, Peralta or Belen.
Bluewater Lake: The lake is free of ice and fishing for trout has been good for anglers using corn and yellow Power Bait . Fishing for tiger musky has been fair using in-line spinners, swim baits and jerk baits for musky up to 36 inches. The surface water temp was about 38 degrees.
Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 158 cfs and 189 cfs respectively. Fishing below El Vado was good during the week for anglers using midges, San Juan worms and spinners. Action slowed over the weekend. Fishing below Abiquiu was fair using worms, salmon eggs, midges and small egg patterns.
Cochiti Lake: It’s ice-out time and the lake is open to boating and fishing.
 Give this lake a try for some good bass, walleye, catfish and pike fishing. Try spinner baits and jerk baits worked slowly in the shallows and on points for the bass, pike and walleye.
El Vado Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Fenton Lake: The lake is still covered with ice and closed to fishing. If the warm weather and brisk winds continue, it may open by the end of the month.
Heron Lake: Bank fishing was fair using Power Bait and salmon eggs for rainbow trout. We had no reports on other species.
Jackson Lake: Trout fishing was slow with just a few fish taken on Power Bait.
Lake Farmington: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Jemez Waters: Water flow on the Jemez as of Monday morning was 162 cfs and off-color near Jemez Springs. Fishing was slow but a few trout were taken on worms. We had no reports on other streams.
Manzano Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
McGaffey Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Navajo Lake: Fishing was fair using deep-running crank baits, jerk baits, swim baits and big flies for northern pike. Most of the reports came from anglers fishing the main lake and San Juan arm. Fishing for bass was slow but a few were taken on jigs and swim baits. We had no reports on other species. Water surface temps ranged from 39 to 48 degrees.
Ramah Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
San Juan: Water flow below Navajo Lake as of Monday morning was 458 cfs. Trout fishing through the Quality Waters was very good using small midges, ants and small streamers. Fishing through the bait waters was good using night crawlers, salmon eggs, Power Bait and jigs.
Santa Cruz Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Tingley Beach: Trout fishing at the Central Ponds was fair-to-good using Power Bait, corn and salmon eggs. Fishing at the Catch-and-Release Pond was fair using small midges.

Southwest

Bear Canyon: Trout fishing was good using salmon eggs, garlic cheese, worms, spinners and Power Bait.
Bill Evans Lake: Trout fishing was fair using salmon eggs and Power Bait.
Caballo Lake: White bass fishing has been fair for anglers trolling white and chartreuse crank baits on the east side of the lake. Anglers trolling for white bass also picked up a few walleye. We had no reports on other species.
Elephant Butte: Fishing was fair-to-good using crank baits, grubs and minnows for white bass and crappie. The best reports came from anglers fishing the Black Bluff area and in McCrae Canyon. Fishing was slow to fair using jerk baits, crank baits and swim baits for black bass. A few striped bass were taken by anglers fishing for other species. Water temps ranged from 55 to 60 degrees.
Escondida Lake: Trout fishing was fair using Pistol Petes, salmon eggs, Power Bait and corn.
Gila River: Water flow on the Gila as of this past Monday was 112 cfs. Trout fishing on the Forks was slow to fair using copper john barrs, worms and salmon eggs.
Glenwood Pond: Trout fishing was fair using Power Bait.
Lake Roberts: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Quemado Lake: Trout fishing was good using Power Bait and salmon eggs. We had no reports on tiger musky. The lake is full and looks good for spring fishing.
Rio Grande: Water flow below Elephant Butte on Monday was 15 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Southeast

Bataan Lake: Trout fishing was slow to fair using worms, salmon eggs and spinners.
Bonito Lake: Opens April 1.
Bosque Redondo: Trout fishing was fair using salmon eggs, spinners, wet flies under a bubble and Power Bait.
Bottomless Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Brantley Lake: Anglers are to practice catch-and-release for all fish here as high levels of DDT were found in several fish.
Carlsbad Municipal Lake: Trout fishing was slow-to-fair using Power Bait, salmon eggs and spinners.
Grindstone Reservoir: The water level is down but fishing for trout has been good using Power Bait, salmon eggs, corn and worms.
Jal Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Lake Van: Trout fishing was fair-to-good using worms, Power Bait and salmon eggs.
Pecos River: Water flow on Monday below Sumner Lake was 1,520 cfs. The area below the lake is closed due to high water release
Perch Lake: Trout fishing was fair using Power Bait, corn and spinners.
Ruidoso River: Water flow at Hollywood on Monday was 8.5 cfs. Trout fishing was fair using salmon eggs and bead-head nymphs.
Santa Rosa Lake: Fishing has slowed some after a major water release but anglers are taking a few walleye and crappie. Best baits are shad imitations, minnows and jigs.
Sumner Lake: The lake level is dropping with a current major water release. We will update water and fishing conditions after the release is complete.