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Fishing Report 03-29-13

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CATCHES OF THE WEEK:

Ute Lake: March 21, Bob Lechel of Los Alamos caught and released a 4.17-pound largemouth bass. He was flipping a beaver. The same day, Mark Adams of Edgewood caught and released a 4.06-pound smallmouth bass. He was using a jerk bait.

Northeast

Charette Lakes: Fishing was slow for all species. 

Cimarron River: Water flow near Cimarron on Monday was 9.9 cfs. We had no report from anglers. 

Clayton Lake: Bad weather kept most anglers away and we had no reports with the exception of the walleye listed in catches of the week. 

Conchas Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week. Anglers who wish to do so can still launch boats from the Cannon Cove area but should use extreme caution.

Coyote Creek: We had no reports from anglers this week. 

Eagle Nest Lake: As of Monday morning about 80 percent of the lake was still iced over but there was some open water to fish from the bank. We had no reports from anglers. For updated conditions contact the State Park office at (575) 377-1594. 

Lake Alice: Closed to fishing at this time.

Lake Maloya: There was some open water for bank fishing Sunday but cold overnight temps create a thin layer of ice in the early morning hours. For updated conditions contact the State Park office at (575) 445-5607.

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

Manzano Lake: Trout fishing was slow. 

Maxwell Lake 13: The water level is down and fishing was slow for all species. 

Monastery Lake: Trout fishing was good using Power Bait, salmon eggs, copper John Barrs and Panther Martins. 

Morphy Lake: Opens for the season April 1. There will be no boating at this time due to low water levels but bank fishing should be great. 

Pecos River: Water flow on Monday near the town of Pecos was 16 cfs. Trout fishing was good using copper John Barrs, prince nymphs and salmon eggs. 

Red River: Water flow below the hatchery was 31 cfs. Trout fishing was slow to fair using copper John Barrs and salmon eggs. 

Rio Grande: Water flow Monday at the Taos Junction Bridge was 530 cfs. Trout fishing was fair using wooly buggers and copper John Barrs. We had no reports on other species. 

Rio Hondo: Water flow near Valdez on Monday was 11 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Rio Mora: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Santa Barbara: We had no reports from anglers this week. 

Springer Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using cut bait for northern pike. We had no reports on other species. 

Storrie Lake: The latest cold spell has created a thin layer of ice on the lake in the early morning hours but there has been plenty of open water to fish by late morning each day. Fishing was slow for all species with very light fishing pressure. 

Stubblefield Lake: Water levels are extremely low and not fishable at this time. 

Ute Lake: Fishing was fair using jerk baits, swim baits and jig and grub combinations for walleye. Fishing was fair to good using crank baits and jerk baits for white bass. Fishing was slow for black bass but there were a few taken on jigs, jerk baits and crank baits. The surface water temp was in the upper 40s.

Northwest

Abiquiu Lake: Weather was the big story here with high winds keeping anglers off the lake. Those fishing from the bank reported fishing as slow for all species. 

Animas River: Monday morning water flow at Aztec was 164 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week. 

Albuquerque Area Drains: The drains were stocked with trout again this past week but we had no reports from anglers. 

Bluewater Lake: Fishing was slow to fair trolling crank baits for tiger musky. Most were in the 30-inch class. Fishing for trout and catfish was slow. 

Canjilon Lakes: We had no reports from anglers. 

Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 107 cfs and 102 cfs respectively. Trout fishing below El Vado was slow with very light fishing pressure. Fishing below Abiquiu was fair to good using spinners, worms and salmon eggs. 

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

El Vado Lake: The shoreline is free of ice and open to bank fishing. The state park area will open April 1. For updated information, contact the State Park office at (575) 588-7247. 

Fenton Lake: As of Monday there was some open water that has a thin layer of ice on it in the early morning hours but opens up later in the day. Trout fishing was slow. For ice-out updates contact the State Park office at (575) 829-3630.

Heron Lake: The west half of the lake is free of ice and open to bank fishing. Fishing has been slow with light pressure due to high winds. For ice-out conditions contact the State Park office at (575) 588-7470. 

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

Jemez Waters: Water flow on the Jemez River as of Monday morning was 40 cfs. Fishing pressure was light and fishing was slow with just a few trout taken on worms and salmon eggs. We had no reports on other streams in the area. 

Laguna del Campo: Closed for the season.

Lake Farmington: Trout fishing was slow to fair using homemade dough baits, salmon eggs, spinners and worms. We had no reports on other species. 

Navajo Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using jerk bait, swim baits and crank baits for northern pike. Fishing was slow to fair using jigs and jerk baits for black bass. The best bass reports came from anglers fishing the San Juan arm of the lake. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the high 30s to low 40s on the Pine arm and in the low to upper 40s on the San Juan arm. There were a few pockets on the San Juan arm that hit the low 50s in the afternoon hours.

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

San Juan: Water flow below Navajo Lake as of Monday 500 cfs. Fishing in the Quality Water section was fair to good using zebra midges, grey RS2s, WD40s, small bead-head pheasant tails, Griffith’s gnats and olive leeches. The best baetis action was in the afternoon hours. Fishing through the bait waters was fair using salmon eggs, Panther Martin spinners, night crawlers, jerk baits and wooly buggers. 

Santa Cruz Lake: Trout fishing was very good again this past week as several anglers reported catching limits of trout. They were using Kastmasters, Fisher Chick spinners and salmon eggs. We had no reports on other species. 

Tingley Beach: Trout fishing at the Children’s Pond and the Central Pond was very good using Pistol Petes, Panther Martins, Power Bait, salmon eggs, homemade dough baits and worms. Fishing at the Catch and Release Pond was fair using egg patterns, zebra midges, RS2s and leeches.

Southwest

Bear Canyon: It was a typical fishing weekend here. Good for some and slow for others. Luis Alvarado was here with his two youngsters and his son’s best friend on Saturday and did very well. They were using chartreuse Berkley trout worms and caught 14 stocker rainbows in just a few hours time while other folks were having trouble catching anything. 

Bill Evans Lake: Trout fishing was good using homemade dough bait, Power Bait, salmon eggs, spinners and worms. Fishing was fair using nightcrawlers and stink bait for catfish. We had no reports on other species. 

Caballo Lake: Fishing was fair using jig and grub combinations, crank baits, jerk baits, swim baits and nightcrawlers for a mixed bag of white bass and walleye. Fishing was slow to fair using nightcrawlers and stink bait for catfish. We had no reports on other species. The west-side main boat ramp has reopened and is expected to remain open as the water level is rising. The east-side ramp remains closed. 

Elephant Butte: The surface water temp was in the high 40s over the weekend and fishing slowed for all species. There were a few good white bass caught by anglers using grubs, minnows and crank baits. Best baits for black bass were tubes and jigs. A few walleye and crappie were taken by anglers using minnows and curly tail grubs. We had no reports on other species. The Monticello and Dam Site boat ramps remain closed due to low water conditions. The Rock Canyon ramp has reopened. 

Escondida Lake: Trout fishing was very good using salmon eggs, corn, Power Bait, Pistol Petes and homemade dough bait. We had no reports on other species. 

Gila River: Water flow on the Gila as of this past Monday was 233cfs. Fishing was slow for all species.

Glenwood Pond: Fishing was fair to good using Power Bait and salmon eggs for trout. 

Lake Roberts: Trout fishing was fair using Power Bait, homemade dough bait, Panther Martins and salmon eggs. We had no reports on other species.

Percha Dam: The water was low and fishing was slow for all species. 

Quemado Lake: Fishing was slow for all species. 

Rio Grande: Water flow below Elephant Butte as of Monday was .46cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week. 

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

Southeast

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

Black River: As of Monday stream flow above Malaga was 1.3cfs. Trout fishing was slow. 

Blue Hole Park Pond: Trout fishing was good using Power Bait and salmon eggs. 

Bonito Lake: Closed. 

Bosque Redondo: Fishing was slow to fair using salmon eggs, Pistol Petes and small spoons for trout. We had no reports on other species. 

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 fair using Power Bait and salmon eggs. 

El Rito Creek: Trout fishing was good using salmon eggs. 

Greene Acres Lake: Trout fishing was fair to good using Power Bait, Z Rays, Panther Martins, homemade dough bait and salmon eggs. 

Green Meadow Lake: Trout fishing was very good using small Daredevles, Panther Martins, Power Bait, worms and salmon eggs. We had no reports on other species. 

Grindstone Reservoir: Trout fishing was very good for anglers using salmon eggs and Power Bait. A few fish were also taken by anglers using Z Rays and Panther Martins. 

Jal Lake: Fishing was good using salmon eggs, worms and Power Bait for trout. 

Lake Van: Trout fishing was fair using Pistol Petes, homemade dough bait, worms and salmon eggs. Anglers using worms also picked up a few catfish. We had no reports on other species. 

Oasis Park Lake: Trout fishing was good using Power Bait and homemade dough baits. 

Pecos River: Water flow on Monday below Sumner Lake was 83cfs. The west side access has dried out and is now open. Fishing was slow for all species. 

Perch Lake: Trout fishing was good using worms, Power Bait, salmon eggs, small Kastmasters, Panther Martins and Pistol Petes. 

Ruidoso River: Water flow at Hollywood on Monday was 3.2cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Santa Rosa Lake: Fishing was fair using jigs, grubs, swim baits and nightcrawlers for a mixed bag of walleye and crappie. We had no reports on other species. The lake is closed to boating at this time

Sumner Lake: Fishing pressure was very light and fishing was slow for all species. The east side campground is now open. The Violation Canyon boat ramp remains open at this time and will remain open as long as lake levels permit.