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Fishing report 06-19-11

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Northwest
Animas River: The flow is 4,230 cfs. Fishing is slow and the river is muddy and flowing fast with runoff. The river as stocked with 175 triploid rainbow trout.
Chama River: Upper section flow is 584 cfs. The river below El Vado, flows at 591 cfs. The upper Chama including the stretch flowing into El Vado has dropped in flow and fishing is improving. Woolly buggers and various bead headed nymphs were reported to be the hot flies. Also worms and Panther Martins are taking fish.
San Juan River: Upper section catch and release flow is 5,260 cfs. Fishing is reported a fair to good from shore and drift boats using baetis and midge patterns. Some reports of dry flies; dead chickens, parachutes and midge patterns are working in the early morning and evening hours.  Lower section open waters fishing is good with night crawlers, salmon eggs and flies.
Abiquiu Lake: Fishing is fair to good depending on angler experience. Walleye and bass being landed using jigs with minnows. Walleye are reported in 10 to 15 feet of water and the bass are being caught off the points and around structure.
El Vado Lake: Fishing is reported as fair for brown trout in the Chama arm of the lake and around the dam. Some fish have been caught using Pistol Petes and Panther Martins.
Heron Lake: Fishing is good for trout around boat ramps, near spillway and on the northwest side of the lake. Anglers are having the best success using Power Bait, worms and salmon eggs. Salmon fishing is good to excellent when trolling kokanee killers and wedding rings in 20 to 25 feet of water.
Jackson Lake: Fishing is good for trout. Anglers are having success using Power Bait and any spinner with gold blades.
Lake Farmington: Trout fishing is reported as good for trout using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms. The lake was stocked with 350 triploid rainbow trout two weeks ago.
Morgan Lake: Bass fishing is reported as slow.
Navajo Lake: Fishing for smallmouth bass was excellent this week, they are mostly in pre-spawn. the water temp on main lake is 58 up to 62 in the backs of the coves. Fishing was good all over the lake; Frances, Pine and the San Juan arms up north almost to the Colorado state line were all fishing good. Best bets are main lake and secondary points use 2-3 inch tubes and spinner baits in the mornings, mid-day bite is also good with fish hitting just about anything they see moving faster than they are in the water. Try 4-inch jerk baits or crank baits. Crappie fishing is picking up with some being caught in the 1-pound range. They are in the backs of the coves, use small jigs or minnows, some are still being caught on the main lake, but fish are definitely moving in and spawning. Largemouth bass fishing was slower, with only a few being caught, use larger plastic baits around boulders and brush. Pike are also slower but a few are hitting crank baits and spinner baits, best bet is up north on the San Juan arm.

Northeast

Cimarron River: Flows below Eagle Nest Dam are 27 cfs and 21 cfs near Cimarron. Good steady flows out of the dam has made for good consistent fishing. The flows have come down making fishing easier in the upper reaches around Tolby campground. There is a little more room the further downstream you go. Dark midges and baetis nymphs like tungsten WD40s, black psycho mays, chocolate johnny flashes, and black zebra midges on a nymph rig or dry dropper would be my choices. It seems that the browns here like a scud over the tiny offerings listed.
Costilla Creek: The flow is 68 cfs near the town of Costilla and 69 cfs at the dam. Fishing is reported as good. Try using dry / dropper rigs, big attractors followed by bead-headed nymphs. The river as stocked with 559 triploid rainbow trout two weeks ago.
Red River: Flows at Questa are 56 cfs and 106 cfs below the hatchery. Fishing is fair for rainbows below the hatchery with bead-head nymphs and various flies. Flows are still a bit high but should be coming down as runoff subsides. Bait fishermen might try spinners, salmon eggs or Power Bait. Upper river is starting to turn on using the same methods but fishing is slower. The river above Questa was stocked two weeks ago with 490 triploid rainbow trout.
Rio Grande: Flows are 491 cfs near Cerro and 751 cfs below the Taos Junction Bridge. Fishing has been slow to fair. Not much for hatching bugs on the Rio right now. The flows have doubled over the past week. The influx of cool water should be good for trout. Your best bet is fishing the pockets when nothing is going on hatch wise. Fish big bugs like golden stonefly nymphs, crane fly larvae, or buggers. Remember to finish your drift off with a swing! Hold your rod tip over the lane of your drift and let you flies swing upwards as your line tightens. If you feel a take, coach yourself into waiting just a second before you set the hook otherwise you’ll just pull it away from them. Try a slow retrieved streamer in some of the slower eddies for smallies. Pike hunt by feel. Large streamers that move water will still get a pike’s attention.
Rio Hondo: Flows are at 66 cfs. Lower section at confluence with Rio Grande is best. Trout are slow to fair with various flies, spinners and worms. The river as stocked with 139 triploid rainbow trout two weeks ago.
Rio Pueblo: Flows are at 20 cfs and there is no report this week. The river was stocked with 490 triploid rainbow trout two weeks ago.
Cabresto Lake: No report
Charette Lakes: Fishing is reported as fair to good with some trout being landed in the range of 9 to 20 inches. Power Bait is the choice from the bank and when trolling use small perch baits in green and orange.
Clayton Lake: Fishing for trout is reported as good with limits being taken on Power Bait and worms. Fish are averaging 10 inches with some up to 15. Anglers are having success with Power Bait and yellow bladed Panther Martins.
Eagle Nest Lake: Fishing for trout is reported as good and perch fishing is reported as fair from shore. Power Bait and salmon eggs are working for the trout and worms for the perch. Trolling is fair to good for trout and salmon using Panther Martins and Platt River specials tipped with Power Bait.
Lake Alice and Lake Maloya: Fishing was reported as good on both lakes last week. Check with the state park about possible closures due to a wildlife in the area.
Maxwell Lake: Lake No. 13 is reported as off and on with an occasional trout landed. Best success is reported using Power Bait, worms and spinners. Water levels are dropping due to irrigation so conditions are changing daily.
Santa Cruz Lake: No report.
Shuree Ponds: Reopens July 1.
Springer Lakes: Fishing is reported as slow to fair for small pike up to 22 inches on cranks and rattle traps. Water levels are dropping due to irrigation so conditions are changing daily.

West-Central

Jemez River, East Fork, Guadalupe and San Antonio: Flow on the Jemez River is 10 cfs. Runoff is pretty much done over the Jemez as a whole. The Rio de las Vacas /Guadalupe drainage still has a little more water than the other streams, but everything else is at a low mid-summer level. Stoneflies are off on the Guadalupe, the Jemez River, and are all the way up into the Rio de las Vacas. Good reports on the East Fork and San Antonio. The water on both streams is low and clear, perfect for dry fly fishing. Some of the more open water slows mid-day. Consider fishing the shaded ares during the afternoon. The Valles Caldera is also fishing very well.
Metro Drainages: Stocking has ended for the season and trout fishing is reported as slow.
Bluewater Lake: Fishing is reported as slow for trout when using Power Bait from shore. The tiger muskies are fishing fair to good. Also catfish are reported as good when using stink bait and chicken livers. The lake was stocked with 525 channel catfish two weeks ago.
Cochiti Lake: Water temps are in the low 60s. The east day use area is open. Fishing is reported as good for bass when using spinners and crank baits. Catfish are fishing fair using chicken liver and worms. Crappie are also fishing fair around root balls of juniper when using jigs.
Fenton Lake: No changes here fishing continues to be good. The lake is fishing good for trout using Power Bait and salmon eggs. The Cebolla River above the lake is fishing good for trout. Many anglers catching fish with most methods working. The lake was stocked with 2,160 Rio Grande cutthroat trout last week ranging from 8 to 13 inches.
Tingley Beach: Fishing in the Tingley Beach Children’s and Central Ponds has been great. This is the best time of year to fish at Tingley - catfish, trout and bluegill are biting and all baits are catching them!  Fair reports from fly-rod anglers at the South/Catch and Release Pond.

East-Central

Coyote Creek: Flow is 0.51 cfs. Fishing is reported as good when using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms.
Pecos River: Flows near Pecos is 52 cfs. Stoneflies! They’re out just above town all the way to Terrero. The fish still want the nymph over the dry fly but that could change as the hatch progresses. The water levels are low and the fishing is good. Small to medium stonefly nymphs, small pheasant tails, baetis nymphs, caddis nymphs, and zebra midges are some of the fly choices. Of course spinners, worms, Power Bait and salmon eggs will work here, too.
Conchas Lake: Fishing is reported as fair for large mouth bass with top water rigs. Walleye are fishing good when trolling in 10-15 feet of water using jigs tipped with worms. No report on other species.
Morphy Lake: Fishing is reported as slow to fair due to low water levels. Boat ramp is closed with the water levels 10 or more feet below the ramp.
Santa Rosa Lake: Conditions remain the same, lake levels and winds have been challenging. Walleye are fishing good in 6 - 12 feet of water and crappie are biting. The crappie being caught are of good size. Fish are being caught using jigs and jigs with minnows. Smallmouth bass have also started to bite and are being caught when using tube jigs. Catfish are reported as fair and are being caught with cut bait, stink bait and chicken livers.
Storrie Lake: Fishing is reported as fair to good for trout using fireballs, corn and cheese.
Sumner Lake: Sumner Lake remains closed indefinitely to boating until further notice due to tests indicating the potential presence of Quagga mussel veligers or larva.
The New Mexico State Parks Division and the Department of Game and Fish officials do not have a timeline for reopening the lake to boating. Sumner Lake State Park will remain open for camping and other recreational activities.
Ute Lake: Water temperature is 67 degrees, main lake clear, river arms stained. Fishing is good to excellent. Night crawlers are working better than minnows for walleye and bass right now. Walleye are fishing good to excellent. Fish crank baits over brush in 10 feet of water or try crawlers in 20 feet of water. White bass are fishing fair to good. When trolling deeper water looking for suspended fish. Large and smallmouth bass reported as good to excellent. For the smallies, try the top water early in the mornings and Senkos whacky rigged later in the day. The largemouth are on their beds in 4-6 feet of water. Crappie are fishing fair. The upper Canadian remains the place to go for them. Casting small grubs or minnows in 4-6 feet of water. Channel cats fishing fair to good. They are now starting to be caught in the main lake and its coves. You can still catch them up the river arms, but the bigger fish have moved into the main lake. Use stink baits or chicken livers in 4-8 feet of water. fish near reeds and brush for the best results.

Southwest

Gila River: The flow is 22 cfs and no report on the fishing conditions for the West, East and Middle forks.
Rio Grande: The flow is 1,870 cfs below Elephant Butte Dam. Fishing is fair to good for walleye with shiners below both Elephant Butte and Caballo Lakes.
Bill Evans Lake: Winter stocking for trout has ended for the year and will continue late next fall. The lake was stocked with 525 channel catfish two weeks ago. No report on how it is or what’s working though.
Caballo Lake: Fishing is fair. Water levels are coming up but still low. Anglers having success are fishing the deeper holes. Some white bass are being landed when using plastics and crank baits. Crappie and walleye are reported as good when using jigs tipped with worms or minnows. No report on other species.
Elephant Butte Lake: Reports of limits taken in 3 hours just north of kettle top for white bass with sassy shad lures early in the morning. Also night fishing at the rock canyon marina under the lights and from boats was good with minnows for a mix of white bass, crappie and small catfish. Everyone was reported catching fish.
Glenwood Ponds: Fishing is good for trout when using spinners, Power Bait and worms. The ponds were stocked with 778 triploid rainbow trout two weeks ago and agian last week.
Lake Roberts: Fishing is reported as good, bass are fishing well when using plugs. Trout are also good when using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms.
Quemado Lake: Trout fishing is reported as good for 18 -19 inch trout. Anglers are having success using Power Bait, worms and spinners. The tiger muskies are reported as fair when using rooster tails and Z-rays.
Snow Lake: No report

Southeast

NOTE: The U.S. Forest Service has closed the Lincoln National Forest due to extreme fire conditions.

Black River: Flow is 35 cfs. Fishing is reported as slow for trout using worms, salmon eggs and Power Bait.
Bonito Creek: Closed.
Rio Ruidoso: Flow is 0.28 cfs. Water levels are very low and fishing is reported as slow. The only fishing available is through town due to forest closure.
Bonito Lake: Closed.
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.
Grindstone Reservoir: Fishing is reported as good for trout using spinners, marshmallows, worms, Power Bait and salmon eggs. The lake was stocked with 6,000 triploid rainbow trout two weeks ago.
Lake Van: No report.