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Fishing Report 04-13-12

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Catches of the Week

 

Bluewater Lake: April 5, Annette Gonzales of Grants caught a 41.5-inch, 18.5-pound tiger musky. She was using Zeke’s dough bait.

Navajo Lake: April 6, Travis Elledge of Farmington caught a 33 inch, 9 pound brown trout. He was using a crank bait.

Heron Lake: April 8, Edna Harper of Coyote caught a 38-inch, 17-pound, 11-ounce lake trout. She was using a jig. April 9, Norma Wolfley of El Vado caught and released a 35.5-inch, 16-pound, 4-ounce lake trout. She was using a white tube jig in 40 feet of water.

 

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 fishforfun2@hotmail.com. We may include your story in our next report. For catches of the week, include name, date, and location, type of fish, length and weight if possible and bait, lure or fly used.

  

Northeast

 

Animas River:  As of Monday morning flow near Cedar Hill was 1,140 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Charette Lakes: Trout fishing was fair-to-good using Power Bait and salmon eggs.

Cimarron River: Water flow below Eagle Nest Lake as of Monday was 7.4 cfs. Trout fishing was slow.

Clayton Lake: Trout fishing was good for anglers using assorted Power Bait and homemade dough baits. We had no reports on other species.

Conchas Lake: Fishing was fair using minnows and jig/minnow combinations for walleye. Fishing was good using minnows, crank baits and jigs for white bass. Crappie fishing picked up a bit as fish up to 2 pounds were taken on small, white jigs. A few smallmouth bass were taken by anglers trolling for white bass. The surface water temp was in the low 60s.

Coyote Creek: Trout fishing was slow with just a few fish taken on salmon eggs and Power Bait.

Eagle Nest Lake: Hot spot for trout. Bank fishing continued to be very good using Power Bait, homemade dough baits and salmon eggs for trout. We had no reports on other species. The lake opened to boating this past weekend.

Lake Maloya: Hot spot for trout. Fishing continued to be very good using salmon eggs, worms, corn, spoons, dough bait and Power Bait. Anglers reported catching several big brown trout.

Maxwell Lake 13: Trout fishing was good using Power Bait, home made dough baits, salmon eggs and salmon egg/corn combinations.

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

Morphy Lake: Fishing was slow-to-fair using Power Bait, salmon eggs and Pistol Petes for trout.

Pecos River: Water flow near the town of Pecos on Monday was 210 cfs. Trout fishing was slow-to-fair using worms and Power Bait.

Red River: Water flow below the hatchery was 106 cfs. Trout fishing below the hatchery was fair using San Juan worms, copper John Barrs, salmon eggs and worms.

Rio Grande: The water flow Monday at the Taos Junction Bridge was 464 cfs. The upper Rio is clearing and fishing should pick up.

Shuree Ponds: Closed for the season. Opens July 1.

Springer Lakes: Fishing for all species was slow.

Storrie Lake: Trout fishing from the bank was good for anglers using dough bait, salmon peach and yellow Power Bait and salmon eggs.

Ute Lake: Fishing was good using crank baits, grubs, jerk baits and minnows for white bass. Fishing was fair using jerk baits, crank baits and spinner baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was fair trolling and casting crank baits and drifting minnows for walleye. The walleye appear to be moving back and forth from deep water to the shallows. Fishing was fair-to-good using stink baits and chicken liver for catfish. The surface water temp ranged from the low to mid 50s.

 

Northwest

 

Abiquiu Lake: Fishing for walleye was slow-to-fair using minnows and grubs. Fishing for smallmouth bass was slow but a few were taken on minnows and crank baits. A few brown trout were taken on minnows and crank baits. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the mid 40s in the morning hours and upper 40s as the days warmed up.

Albuquerque area drains: We had no reports from anglers this week. The winter trout stocking will resume next fall.

Bluewater Lake: Trout fishing was good using dough bait, yellow Power Bait and salmon eggs. Bank fishing for tiger musky was good using dough baits, spinners and spoons. Most of the muskies were less than 33 inches in length. The surface water temp ranged from the mid to upper 40s.

Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 418 cfs and 412 cfs respectively. Trout fishing slowed in both areas over the past weekend. However a few good sized rainbows and browns were caught by anglers using wooly buggers, copper John Barrs, night crawlers and Power Bait.

Cochiti Lake: Fishing was slow for all species. The water was quite murky from runoff.

El Vado Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.

Fenton Lake: Hot spot for trout. Fishing continued to be very good from the bank and from boats this past week. Anglers fishing from boats and float tubes did well drifting size 10 Pistol Petes on sinking tip fly lines. Bank fishing was very good using salmon eggs and bright colored Power Bait.

Heron Lake: Fishing for lake trout was slow but a few small lakers have been taken by anglers trolling rainbow colored Rapalas and using jigs tipped with cut bait. We had no reports on other species. 

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

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

Jemez Waters: Water flow on the Jemez as of Monday morning was 127 cfs and murky. Fishing was slow. On the Rio Cebolla below Fenton Lake, fishing was good using worms for a mixed bag of rainbow and brown trout.

Manzano Lake: Trout fishing was slow.

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

Navajo Lake: Bass fishing slowed a bit this past weekend but there were still some good size smallmouth caught. Best baits were jerk baits, crank baits, swim baits and spinner baits. Fishing was slow-to-fair using jerk baits, crank baits, swim baits and spinner baits for northern pike. A few crappie were caught on minnows and small jigs. We had no reports on other species. Water surface temps ranged from 45 degrees on the main lake to near 60 degrees in the backs of coves.

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

San Juan: Water flow below Navajo Lake as of Monday morning was 481 cfs. Trout fishing through the Quality Waters was good using zebra midges, midge clusters, dead chickens, bead head pheasant tails and small streamers. Fishing through the bait waters was good using salmon eggs, worms, assorted flies and jigs.

Santa Cruz Lake: Trout fishing was good using spinners, salmon eggs, corn and Power Bait.

Tingley Beach: Trout fishing at the Central Ponds was very good using salmon eggs, corn, Power Bait and Pautzke’s Fire Bait. Fishing at the Catch-and-Release Pond was fair using small zebra midges and Griffith’s gnats.

 

Southwest

 

Bear Canyon: Trout fishing was fair using salmon eggs, worms and Power Bait. 

Bill Evans Lake: Trout fishing was slow-to-fair using salmon eggs and Power Bait. We had no reports on other species.

Caballo Lake: Walleye fishing was good using crank baits, minnows, jerk baits and bottom bouncer/night crawler rigs. Fishing for white bass was good using grubs, crank baits and minnows. Fishing was fair-to-good using dough bait, worms and chicken liver for catfish. The water was murky.

Elephant Butte: Fishing was good using grubs, minnows, crank baits, spinners and jerk baits for white bass. The best reports came from anglers fishing in the McRae Canyon area, the east end of Long Point and near the Black Bluffs. Fishing was fair using minnows and jigs for crappie. Fishing was fair using jerk baits, crank baits and spinner baits in less than 10 feet of water for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair-to-good using chicken liver and stink bait for catfish. We had no reports on other species. Surface temps on the main lake ranged from the high 50s to the mid 60s.

Escondida Lake: Trout fishing was good using salmon eggs, yellow Power Bait, Pistol Petes, worms and corn.

Gila River: Water flow on the Gila as of this past Monday was 114 cfs. Trout fishing on the Forks was slow.

Glenwood Pond: Trout fishing was good using Power Bait.

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

Quemado Lake: Trout fishing was fair-to-good using Power Bait, worms and salmon eggs. We had no reports on tiger musky.

Rio Grande: Water flow below Elephant Butte on Monday was 1,110 cfs. Fishing was fair using white grubs for walleye and a few white bass. Fishing was fair using worms for trout. Water is also being released from Caballo Lake downstream at the rate of 1,400 cfs.

 

Southeast

 

Bataan Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.

Bonito Lake: Trout fishing was good using Pistol Petes, salmon eggs, Power Bait and corn.  

Bosque Redondo: Trout fishing was good using salmon egg/corn combinations, salmon eggs 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 fair-to-good using salmon eggs, spinners and Power Bait.

Grindstone Reservoir: Fishing for trout was good using Power Bait, salmon eggs and corn.

Jal Lake: Trout fishing was fair using Power Bait and salmon eggs.

Lake Van: Trout fishing was fair using Power Bait, salmon eggs and spinners.

Oasis Park Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Pecos River: Water flow on Monday below Sumner Lake was 98 cfs. Fishing was slow for all species.

Perch Lake: Trout fishing was fair using Power Bait, salmon eggs and Pistol Petes under a bubble.

Ruidoso River: Water flow at Hollywood on Monday was 14 cfs. Trout fishing was fair using salmon eggs and an assortment of small wet flies including copper John Barrs.

Santa Rosa Lake: Fishing was fair using minnows, grubs, small swim baits and crank baits for walleye. Fishing was slow-to-fair using jigs and minnows for crappie. We had no reports on other species. The water surface temp was in the low to mid 50s.

Sumner Lake: Hot spot for walleye! Fishing continues to be very good using minnows, nightcrawlers, crank baits and jig and grub combinations for walleye. Anglers did well fishing from boats and from the bank. Anglers fishing for walleye also reported catching white bass, largemouth bass and crappie as did Mark Gutierrez of Clayton and Kallie Griffin of Ruidoso. Over the Easter weekend, they caught 17 walleye, 7 largemouth bass, 5 white bass and 3 crappie, all on crank baits.