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Fishing Report 06-15-12

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Catches of the Week

 

Rio Grande: June 5, Kenneth Hall of Los Lunas caught a 21-inch, 5-pound walleye. He was fishing the river below Elephant Butte and using a Johnson silver minnow with a pearl minnow trailer.

Clayton Lake: June 6, Mikey Montoya of Clayton caught a 6.5-pound walleye and on June 9 caught a 9-pound walleye. He was using a spinner.

Conchas Lake: June 7, Jon Corn of Roswell caught two 10-pound catfish. He was using stink bait.

Bluewater Lake: June 8, Jesse Mendoza of Albuquerque caught a 39.75-inch tiger musky. He was using a Rapala x rap. June 10, Alan Vik and son Daniel Salazar Vik of Albuquerque caught and released a 42-inch tiger musky and seven others ranging from 32 to 36 inches. They were using a 4-inch rainbow colored spoon.

 

Northeast

 

Cabresto Lake: The lake and campground closed May 14 and will stay closed for about six months while the dam is being rebuilt.

Charette Lakes: Fishing was fair to good using Power Bait and bead-head nymphs for trout. Fishing was fair using worms for perch.

Cimarron River: Fishing was good using stone flies, Cimarron specials, stimulators, Cimarron worms, nightcrawlers and salmon eggs for trout. Water flow below Eagle Nest Lake as of Monday was 47 cfs.

Clayton Lake: Fishing was good using Power Bait and homemade dough bait for trout.  A few walleye were taken by anglers using spinners. We had no reports on other species. Due to low water conditions, only small boats, kayaks and canoes can be launched.

Conchas Lake: Fishing was good using topwater lures, crank baits, jerk baits, spinners, minnows, grubs and sassy shad for white bass and walleye.  Fishing was good using minnows, jigs, bottom bouncer nightcrawler combos, spinners and crank baits for walleye. Fishing was good using Pop Rs, buzz baits, jerk baits, senkos, creature baits, tubes and crank baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was fair using minnows and jigs for crappie. Fishing was fair to good using cut bait, stink bait, liver and nightcrawlers for catfish. The surface water temp was in the high 60s.The steep north side boat ramp is open.

Coyote Creek: Trout fishing was fair to good using copper John Barrs, salmon eggs and cheese.

Eagle Nest Lake: Hot spot for perch: Fishing continued to be very good using worms and jigs for perch. Anglers are doing well from boats and from the bank.  Fishing was fair to good trolling spinners, Pistol Petes and small spoons on light tackle for trout and kokanee. Bank fishing for trout was fair using Gulp eggs and Power Bait. Fishing was fair to good using jerk baits, swim baits, Kastmasters, Daredevles and Krocadile spoons in shallow water for northern pike.

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

Lake Maloya: Trout fishing was fair using Pistol Petes, wooly worms, spinners and Power Bait. 

Los Pinos: Trout fishing was good using salmon eggs, worms, spinners and copper John Barrs.

Maxwell Lake 13: Trout fishing was slow to fair using Power Bait and spinners. We had no reports on other species.

Monastery Lake: Trout fishing was fair to good using Power Bait, corn and Pistol Petes.

Morphy Lake: Fishing was good using Power Bait, homemade dough baits, Pistol Petes, salmon eggs and cheese.

Pecos River: Water flow near the town of Pecos on Monday was 82 cfs. Trout fishing was good using stone flies, copper John Barrs, worms and spinners.

Red River: Water flow below the hatchery was 92 cfs. Trout fishing was good using stone flies and caddis in the evening hours and red poundmeisters and red copper John Barrs during the day.

Rio Grande: The water flow Monday at the Taos Junction Bridge was 322 cfs. Trout fishing was very good using caddis and stone flies in the evening hours from the John Dunn bridge through Pilar. Anglers also did well using copper John Barrs, wooly buggers, spinners and worms. We had no reports on other species. Fishing was fair to good using pumpkin salt and pepper tubes for smallmouth bass and brown trout.

Rio Pueblo:  Water flow as of Monday morning was 12 cfs. Trout fishing was good using elk hair caddis in the evening hours and bead-head hares ears and copper John Barrs during the day. 

Shuree Ponds: Closed for the season. Opens July 1.
Springer Lakes: Fishing was fair using cut bait and Daredevles for northern pike. We had no reports on other species.

Storrie Lake: Fishing was fair to good using Power Bait, corn, salmon eggs and cheese for trout. Fishing was fair using liver for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

Ute Lake: Hot spot for bluegill: Fishing continued to be very good using worms for bluegill.  Fishing was good using spinner baits senkos and top water lures in shallow water for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. The topwater bite was best early and late in the day. Fishing was good jigging and trolling with nightcrawlers for walleye. Trolling was best with a spinner nightcrawler combination at 15 to 18 feet. Fishing was good using crank baits, spinners, sassy shad and topwater lures for white bass. Fishing was good using stink baits, nightcrawlers and liver in shallow water for catfish. The surface water temp on the main lake was around 68 degrees.

 

Northwest

 

Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was good using crank baits and jerk baits in the coves for smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair using cut bait, minnows and liver for catfish. Fishing for walleye was sporadic but there were a few taken by anglers using crank baits, minnows and grubs. We had no reports on other species.

Animas River:  As of Monday morning flow near Cedar Hill was 859 cfs. Trout fishing was fair using wooly buggers, San Juan worms, spinners and nightcrawlers.

Bluewater Lake: Fishing for tiger musky was good using jerk baits, spoons, swim baits and crank baits. Fishing for all other species was slow. The lake level is dropping but there is still sufficient water for launching boats. 

Canjilon Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 987 cfs and 963 cfs respectively. Trout fishing below El Vado was fair using nightcrawlers and Panther Martins for brown trout up to 18 inches. Fishing was fair using Power Bait and salmon eggs for rainbow trout. The water was a bit murky from increased releases from El Vado. We had no reports from below Abiquiu. 

Cochiti Lake: Fishing was good using spinners, jigs and crank baits for white bass and an occasional smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair using stink bait and liver for catfish. We had no reports on other species. 

El Vado Lake: Fishing was slow for all species. 
Fenton Lake: Fishing was good using worms, salmon eggs, Pistol Petes, wooly worms and wooly buggers for trout.

Heron Lake:  Fishing for kokanee was good again this past week as several limits were taken by anglers trolling assorted spinners and small spoons tipped with white corn and trolled at a depth of 18 to 22 feet. Fishing from the bank was slow with just trout taken by anglers using corn, salmon eggs and Power Bait.

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

Jemez Waters: Water flow on the Jemez as of Monday morning was 10 cfs. Trout fishing was good using worms, copper John Barrs, salmon eggs and hoppers. On the Rio Guadalupe, fishing was good using bead-head hares ears and worms. On the Cebolla, fishing was good using dark colored bead-head nymphs.

Laguna del Campo: Trout fishing was fair using Power Bait, Pistol Petes, salmon eggs and spinners. This is a special trout water open to anglers age 14 years or under, 65 years and older, handicapped anglers or up to 2 parents/guardians in direct supervision of a child or children age 14 years or younger who is fishing. This water was formerly known as Burn’s Canyon Lake.

Lake Farmington: Fishing was slow for all species. 

Manzano Lake: Trout fishing was fair using Power Bait, spinners, Pistol Petes and salmon eggs.

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

Navajo Lake: Fishing was good using tubes, grubs, swim baits and poppers for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Most of the bass were in less than 10 feet of water. Fishing up the Pine arm was good using tubes, jigs and minnows for crappie. Fishing was fair trolling Arnies and wedding rings tipped with corn in the Francis Canyon area for kokanee. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temps ranged from 63 to 67 degrees.

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

San Juan: Water flow below Navajo Lake as of Monday morning was 499 cfs. Trout fishing in the Quality Waters was good using streamers, small pheasant tails, foam wing emergers, dead chickens,  gray or chocolate Johnny flash and San Juan worms. Fishing through the bait waters was good using nightcrawlers, spinners, wooly buggers and jerk baits.

Santa Cruz Lake: Trout fishing was fair using Power Bait, salmon eggs, spinners, Pistol Petes, Z Rays, small Krocodile spoons and small crank baits. We had no reports on other species.  

Seven Springs Brood Pond: This water is open to fishing for youth under the age of 12 and an excellent place to take youngsters and get them interested in fishing. The pond is well stocked to offer youngsters a great fishing experience.

Tingley Beach: Fishing at the Central Pond was fair using hot dogs, liver, homemade dough baits and worms for catfish. Fishing was good using worms for bluegill. We had no reports on other species. Fishing at the Catch-and-Release Pond was slow.

 

Southwest

 

Bear Canyon: Fishing was slow to fair using liver and stink bait for catfish. We had no reports on other species.   

Bill Evans Lake: Fishing was fair using stink bait, hot dogs and liver for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

Caballo Lake: Fishing was good trolling white crank baits, sassy shad, spinners and spinner minnow combinations for white bass. Fishing was fair trolling spinner nightcrawler combinations and crank baits and jig nightcrawler combinations for walleye. Fishing was fair using stink baits for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

Elephant Butte: Fishing was good using crank baits, grubs, senkos and jerk baits for white bass and walleye. Some good walleye reports came from anglers fishing the east side of the lake and just north of Kettle Top. Fishing was fair using small senkos, square billed crank baits and jerk baits for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. The best reports came from anglers fishing main lake points. Fishing was good using stink baits, chicken liver and shrimp for catfish. We had no reports on other species.  Surface temps on the main lake were in the high 60s and low 70s.

Escondida Lake: We didn’t have many reports from anglers but we did get one from Jennifer Chaves of Los Lunas. She was fishing there Saturday and caught a 17-inch catfish on corn and a 15-inch largemouth bass on a lure.

Gila River: Water flow on the Gila as of this past Monday was 21 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week. For updated information regarding closures in the area call 575-533-6231.

Glenwood Pond: Trout fishing was good using bead-head nymphs and Power Bait.

Lake Roberts: Hot spot for trout. Fishing was very good using Power Bait, salmon eggs, and salmon egg corn combinations and crank baits for trout. Fishing for largemouth bass was good using crank baits. Fishing for catfish was fair using stink bait and liver.

Quemado Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.

Rio Grande: Water flow below Elephant Butte on Monday was 1,650 cfs. Fishing below Elephant Butte was fair using Johnson silver minnows and white grubs for a mix of walleye and white bass. Fishing was fair using stink bait and liver for catfish. Fishing below Caballo was fair using stink baits for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

Snow Lake: The Snow Lake/Dipping Vat Campground has been closed until further notice due to the Whitewater/Baldy Fire Complex. For more information call 575-533-6231.

 

Southeast

 

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

Bonito Lake: The lake and surrounding area are closed to fishing due to the fire in the area. Check for updates in later reports.

Bosque Redondo: Fishing was slow to fair using worms and chicken liver for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

Bottomless Lakes: Fishing was slow for all species.

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: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Grindstone Reservoir: As of Monday the lake was still open for fishing but anglers are advised to check updated fire reports before planning a trip here. Fishing for trout was fair using Power Bait, Pistol Petes and salmon eggs.

Jal Lake: Fishing was slow for all species. 

Lake Van: Fishing was slow to fair using nightcrawlers and liver for catfish. We had no reports on other species. 

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

Pecos River: Water flow on Monday below Sumner Lake was 142 cfs. Fishing was good using nightcrawlers and chicken liver for catfish.

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

Ruidoso River: Water flow at Hollywood on Monday was 1.1 cfs. Trout fishing was slow.

Santa Rosa Lake: Fishing was fair using jerk baits, minnows, sassy shad, curly tail grubs and  crank baits for walleye. Fishing was fair using minnows and jigs for crappie. Fishing was fair using nightcrawlers, liver and stink baits for catfish. We had no reports on other species. 

Sumner Lake: Fishing was fair using crank baits, grubs, minnows and spinners for white bass. Fishing was fair using liver and stink bait for catfish. We had no reports on other species. The only boat ramp accessible at this time is the east side ramp.