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Fishing Report 07-13-12

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Catches of the Week

 

Cochiti Lake: July 4, Lee Scott of Albuquerque caught and released a 36-inch, 10-pound northern pike. He was fishing from the bank and working the rocky shoreline with a Rooster Tail.

Elephant Butte Lake: July 6, Randy Campbell of Sandia Park caught and released a 5.19-pound largemouth bass. He was using a crank bait. Randy also reported catching several 3- to 4-pound walleye on crank baits.

Bluewater Lake: July 7, Nathan Pratt of Bernalillo and Valerie Tsosie of Albuquerque caught and released several tiger musky ranging from 24 to 36 inches. They were trolling a Strike King deep diver in a shad color.

 

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 using salmon eggs, Power Bait, jigs and worms for trout and perch.

Cimarron River: Hot spot for trout: Trout fishing continued to be very good this past week. Anglers did well using tricos, yellow sallies, elk hair caddis, spinners and worms. Water flow below Eagle Nest Lake as of Monday was 33 cfs. Fishing at the Gravel Pit lakes was fair using Pistol Petes and Power Bait.

Clayton Lake: Fishing was fair to good using Power Bait and homemade dough bait for trout. 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 fair to good using crank baits, grubs, bottom-bouncer nightcrawler combinations and sassy shad for walleye. Fishing was good using crank baits, sassy shad, topwater lures and grubs for white bass. Fishing was fair to good using buzz baits, tubes, creature baits, jerk baits and crank baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was good using liver, shrimp, homemade dough baits and nightcrawlers for catfish. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the low 70s.The steep north side boat ramp is open.

Coyote Creek: Trout fishing was fair using salmon eggs, Power Bait, worms and elk hair caddis.

Eagle Nest Lake: Fishing was good using worms from the bank and from anchored boats for perch. Fishing was slow to fair using Kastmasters, Krocadile spoons and large spinners for northern pike. Fishing was fair trolling Panther Martins, Z Rays, double whammies and Pistol Petes for trout and kokanee.

El Rito Creek: Trout fishing was good using PMDs, parachute adams, elk hair caddis and BWOs for 5 to 10 inch fish.

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

Lake Maloya: Fishing was good using Power Bait, Pistol Petes and an assortment of dry flies for trout.

Los Pinos: Trout fishing was good using hoppers, elk hair caddis, copper John Barrs, spinners and salmon eggs.

Maxwell Lake 13: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Monastery Lake: Trout fishing was fair to good using garlic cheese, salmon peach Power Bait and Pistol Petes. Anglers fishing in the evening hours did well using a variety of dry flies.

Morphy Lake: Fishing was fair using Power Bait, salmon eggs, garlic cheese and Pistol Petes.

Pecos River: Water flow near the town of Pecos on Monday was 49 cfs. Trout fishing was good using tan and olive elk hair caddis, orange stimulators, royal Wulffs, prince nymphs and salmon eggs.

Red River: Water flow below the hatchery was 45 cfs. Trout fishing was good using elk hair caddis, orange and yellow stimulators, small spinners and salmon eggs.

Rio Costilla: Trout fishing was good using parachute adams, brown and olive elk hair caddis, yellow humpys, yellow sallies and orange stimulators. Through the Valle Vidal, Costilla and Comanche creeks were both fishing very well.

Rio Grande: The water flow Monday at the Taos Junction Bridge was 243 cfs. Trout fishing was good using spinners, salmon eggs, hoppers, Chernobyl ants, copper John Barrs and orange and yellow stimulators. We had no reports on other species.

Rio Hondo: Water flow near Valdez on Monday was 21 cfs. Trout fishing was very good using parachute adams, royal wulffs, hoppers and stimulators.

Santa Barbara: Trout fishing was fair using elk hair caddis, yellow stimulators and yellow humpys.

Springer Lakes: Fishing was slow for all species.

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

Ute Lake: Fishing was good using topwater lures, tubes, creature baits, senkos, grubs and jerk baits in shallow water for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was good using stink baits on the flats for catfish. Night fishing was good using minnows under a light for white bass. During the daytime hours anglers did well using topwater lures, crank baits and grubs. Fishing was fair using minnows and nightcrawlers in or next to submerged trees for walleye. Fishing was fair using worms for bluegill. The surface water temp was in the upper 60s.

Vallecitos Creek: Fishing was fair using renegades, PMDs and royal coachmen for brown trout. Fletcher Devon reported having a great time here and on El Rito Creek last week. He reported catching more fish on El Rito but nice browns here including one that popped a coachman.

 

Northwest

 

Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was good using curly tail grubs, crank baits spinner-minnow combinations and nightcrawlers for walleye and smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair using nightcrawlers for bluegill. Fishing was fair to good using chicken liver and nightcrawlers for catfish. The best catfish reports came from anglers fishing at night. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the upper 60s.

Animas River: As of Monday morning flow near Cedar Hill was 451 cfs. Trout fishing was fair using spinners, wooly buggers, hoppers, wooly worms, San Juan worms, nightcrawlers and salmon eggs.

Bluewater Lake: Hot spot for tiger musky: Fishing continued to be very good using swim baits, jerk baits, crank baits and large spoons for tiger musky. Most of the musky were in the 25 to 36 inch range. We had reports of 3 fish over 40 inches caught this past week but were unable to verify before press time. Recommend releasing short fish as soon as possible to keep them healthy and a big catch for the future. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the mid to high 60s.

Canjilon Lakes: Fishing was fair to good using Power Bait, Panther Martins, garlic cheese and Super Dupers for trout.

Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 706 cfs and 697 cfs respectively. Trout fishing below El Vado and below Abiquiu was slow to fair with a few fish taken on Panther Martins, salmon eggs and nightcrawlers.

Cochiti Lake: Fishing was good using spinners, grubs and crank baits for white bass. Fishing was fair using topwater lures, crank baits and jerk baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Most of the bass caught were small. Fishing was fair using homemade dough bait, shrimp and liver for catfish. Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits and spinners for northern pike. We had no reports on other species.

El Vado Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Fenton Lake: Fishing was fair using Power Bait, salmon eggs, worms and Pistol Petes. The best reports came from anglers fishing cloudy, rainy afternoons.

Heron Lake: Fishing for kokanee was good. The fish were taken on Cripplures, Z Rays, wedding rings and spinners tipped with white corn and trolled at a depth of 18 to 35 feet. Fishing from the bank was fair using Power Bait and salmon eggs for rainbow trout.

Jackson Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.

Jemez Waters: Water flow on the Jemez as of Monday morning was 5.7 cfs. Trout fishing on the Cebolla was good using worms. On the East Fork fishing was fair using elk hair caddis, hoppers and salmon eggs. Anglers interested in fishing the San Antonio or East Fork on the Valles Caldera should go to vallescaldera.gov/comevisit/fish/index.aspx.

Laguna del Campo: Trout fishing was fair using Power Bait, spinners and Pistol Petes. 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 slow to fair using Power Bait, salmon eggs and Pistol Petes under a bubble.

McGaffey Lake: This lake has dried up and will be removed from the report.

Navajo Lake: Fishing was fair to good using topwater lures, crank baits, jerk baits, tubes, grubs and brush hogs for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was fair using minnows and small jigs for crappie. Fishing was fair using cut bait and liver for catfish. Fishing was fair trolling wedding rings, Arnies, Z Rays and double whammies tipped with corn for kokanee. We had no reports on other species.

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

San Gregorio Lake: Trout fishing was good using hoppers, Pistol Petes, wooly buggers, Power Bait and salmon eggs.

San Juan: Water flow below Navajo Lake as of Monday morning was 839 cfs and expected to drop to 650 cfs later in the week. This change in flow may be altered. Trout fishing in the Quality Waters was good using bead-head pheasant tails, San Juan worms, streamers, egg patterns and leeches. Fishing through the bait waters was good using nightcrawlers, jerk baits, Power Bait and wooly buggers.The water was murky due to runoff from heavy rains over the weekend.

Santa Cruz Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

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 Youth and Central ponds was very good using hot dogs, worms and homemade dough bait for catfish. We had no reports on other species. Fishing at the Catch-and-Release Pond was slow.

 

Southwest

 

Bear Canyon: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Bill Evans Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Caballo Lake: Fishing was fair to good using crank baits, curly tail grubs and spinner minnow combinations for white bass. Fishing was fair using crank baits, grubs and bottom-bouncer nightcrawler combinations for walleye. Fishing was fair using shrimp and liver for catfish.

Elephant Butte: Hot spot for white bass: Fishing was very good using grubs, crank baits, spinners, Rat-L-Traps, Pop Rs, Flicker Shad and minnows for white bass. We received several great reports from anglers fishing the Long Point and Kettle Top areas. Watch for the white bass busting on shad and have a great time. Fishing was fair to good using crank baits and spinner-nightcrawler combinations for walleye. Fishing was fair using Pop Rs, buzz baits, jerk baits, crank baits, tubes and creature baits for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. 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 mid to upper 70s and the water level is dropping. The Monticello and Dam Site boat ramps remain closed.

Escondida Lake: Fishing was fair using stink bait, worms and chicken liver for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

Gila River: Water flow on the Gila as of this past Monday was 88 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 Power Bait.

Lake Roberts: Fishing was fair to good using salmon peach Power Bait, cheese and spinners for trout up to 20 inches. We had no reports on other species.

Percha Dam: Fishing was good using grubs and minnows for walleye. Fishing was good using cut bait and liver for catfish.

Quemado Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.

Rio Grande: Water flow below Elephant Butte on Monday was 2,180 cfs. Fishing below Elephant Butte was fair-to-good using spinners, spoons, grubs and sassy shad for white bass and walleye. Fishing below Caballo was good using minnows, curly tail grubs and spoons for walleye and white bass.

Snow Lake: The Snow Lake/Dipping Vat Campground has been closed until further notice due to the Whitewater/Baldy Complex fire. 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 remain closed to fishing due to the recent fire in the area. Check for updates in later reports.

Bosque Redondo: Fishing was fair using nightcrawlers, shrimp 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: Trout fishing was slow to fair using salmon peach Power Bait, Pistol Petes and salmon eggs.

Jal Lake: Fishing was fair using liver and hot dogs for catfish.

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

Oasis Park Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.

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

Perch Lake: Fishing was slow.

Ruidoso River: Water flow at Hollywood on Monday was 6.6 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Santa Rosa Lake: Fishing was good using minnows, crank baits, grubs and sassy shad for walleye. Fishing was good using crank baits, tubes and top water lures for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing for crappie was fair to good using minnows and jigs. Fishing was good using liver, shrimp and homemade dough bait for catfish. The boat ramp remains open. The surface water temp was in the high 60s.

Sumner Lake: Fishing was generally slow but there were a few walleye taken by anglers using minnows, nightcrawlers and crank baits. The only boat ramp accessible at this time is the east-side ramp.