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Fishing report 07-17-11

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Northwest

Animas River: The flow is 1,780 cfs. The river is muddy but starting to come down from run-off.  No fishing report.
Chama River: Upper section flow is 142 cfs. and below El Vado, the flow is 621 cfs. Fishing is fair in the upper Chama with some bigger rainbows reported being taken in and around Chama. Fish are being landed with worms, spinners, woolly buggers and various bead-headed nymphs. Below El Vado, no change, trout fishing is fair to good for rainbows up to 15” and browns up to 19 inches. Panther Martins and Rapalas are working for browns and rainbows. The river was stocked above and below El Vado lake with rainbow trout.
San Juan River: Upper section catch and release flow is 522 cfs. Midges are hatching all day long. At the moment they are very small, midge pupa and larvae, size 22 to 28,chocolate, dark grey, cream and olive have been my best. Dark gray, brown and olive have been the best colors in a size 20 and 22. Both dry and wet patterns. Back to midges in the evenings. Black and brown have been the best choices. Caddis are showing up in the evenings from 7:00 till dark. You will find the best activity through the bait water up to Simon canyon. Small brown caddis are the best, size 20 and 22. PMD’s are all over the lower river in the afternoon. Anglers are also doing well with hoppers and ants. Lower section open waters fishing is good with night crawlers, salmon eggs and the same flies as for the upper section. 
Abiquiu Lake: Fishing is slow for walleye with a few smaller sized fish being caught. No report on other species.
El Vado Lake: Fishing is slow due to a lot of recreational water traffic.
Heron Lake: No change to report, fishing is slow to fair for trout from the bank and trolling. Most success has been around boat ramps, near spillway and on the northwest side of the lake. Power Bait, worms and spinners tipped with corn are working well.
Jackson Lake: Trout fishing is reported as fair to good using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms. Spinners with gold blades are reported working well on the backside.
Navajo Lake:  Fishing for smallmouth bass is very good when using soft plastics, jerk baits or crank baits in the coves with almost any method catching fish. Salmon are starting to bite when using Rapalas or Kokanee Killers in 25 ft. of water. Best fishing is from the dam to Francis Canyon.

Northeast

Cimarron River: The flow below Eagle Nest Dam is 30 cfs and 26 cfs near Cimarron. Closed due to fire hazard.
Costilla Creek: Closed due to fire hazard.  
Red River: Flows are 25 cfs near Questa and 46 cfs below the hatchery. All but the section of river in Red River is closed.
Rio Grande: Flows are 501 cfs near Cerro and 580 cfs below the Taos Junction Bridge. 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 woolly buggers. There were no reports on other species.
Rio Hondo: The flow is 25 cfs and fishing is good for trout using dry/dropper rigs with stimulators on top and copper johns or caddis below. The upper Hondo is closed but fishing at the confluence is still allowed.
Rio Pueblo: Closed due to fire hazard.
Cabresto Lake: The lake is closed for repairs to the dam.
Charette Lakes – Fishing is very good for stocker-sized trout with many limits reported.  Power Bait and Panther Martins are most successful. Perch are good using small lures. The lower lake was stocked with 2,498 triploid rainbow trout.
Clayton Lake: Fishing for trout is reported as good using chartreuse or rainbow Power Bait and worms.  Bass and walleye are slow. The lake was stocked with 4,000 triploid rainbow trout.
Eagle Nest Lake: Fishing for trout is reported as slow to fair from shore and better from anchored boats. Trolling is great for trout using light weight tackle. Perch are good to excellent off the bank when using worms.
Lake Alice and Lake Maloya: Sugarite Canyon State Park has been closed due to the Track Fire.
Maxwell Lakes: The water level is low at Lake No.13 and fishing is sporadic with an occasional trout landed. Best success is reported using Power Bait, worms and spinners. 
Santa Cruz Lake: No report.
Shuree Ponds: Closed due to fire hazard.
Springer Lakes: Fishing is reported as good for pike up to 42 inches with large Mepps spinners, cut bait and minnows. Largemouth bass are slow using spinners 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 5.4 cfs. Closed due to fire hazard.
Metro Drainages: Stocking has ended for the season and trout fishing is reported as slow.
Bluewater Lake: Fishing is fair for trout with Power Bait. The tiger muskies are fishing slow. Catfish are reported as fair with stink bait and chicken liver.
Cochiti Lake: Closed due to fire hazard. Please stay away from the area! Cochiti lake is the base of operations for the type one incident management team who is fighting the southern part of the fire.
Fenton Lake: Closed due to fire hazard.
Tingley Beach: Don’t have access to your favorite fishing spot because of fire closures? Tingley Beach is open and stocked with catfish!  Catfish, bluegill and largemouth bass are all biting in the Children’s and Central Ponds. Catfish anglers are reporting success with almost every kind of bait they can imagine and make - hotdogs, chicken liver, home-made bait, and stink baits are all working this week.

East-Central

Coyote Creek: Closed due to fire hazard.
Pecos River: The flow near Pecos is 34 cfs. Closed due to fire hazard.
Conchas Lake: No report this week.
Morphy Lake: Closed due to fire hazard.
Santa Rosa Lake: Walleye are reported as fair, although many are small. Bass are everywhere; try downsized crank baits and soft plastics around the points and on the flats. Catfish are very active as well using minnows and cut bait.
Storrie Lake: Fishing is good for trout using Power Bait, with many limits taken.  Catfish are fair to good with chicken liver.
Sumner Lake: Fishing is good for walleye along the Eastern Bluffs and near the mouth of the Alamogordo Arm trolling white and firetiger crank baits and rattle-traps 8-12 ft. Fair for largemouth and smallmouth casting white crank baits along coves and structure 2-5 ft. Good for white bass using a variety of plastic worms, spoons and crank baits. Fair for channel cat below the dam on the Pecos River, also on the West shoreline south of the Main boat ramp using chicken liver. No reports on crappie.
Ute Lake: Not much change this week, Fishing is good to excellent. Walleye are fishing good to excellent trolling crank baits over brush in 10-15 feet of water or try crawlers in 17-22 feet of water. White Bass are fishing fair. Large and Small mouth bass are reported as excellent and are hitting most anything thrown at them.  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 good up the Canadian around rock and brush and in the main lake coves using minnows in 2-4 feet of water. Catfish are good in 2-8 feet of water with chicken liver or stink bait. Fish near the reeds and brush for best results.

Southwest

Gila River: The flow is 22 cfs and there is no fishing report for the West, East and Middle forks.
Rio Grande: The flow is 1,570 cfs below Elephant Butte Dam. Catfish are fair using worms, liver or stink bait.
Bill Evans Lake: Winter stocking for trout has ended for the year and will resume late next fall.  No fishing report.
Caballo Lake: Fishing is fair to good. Water levels are coming up but still low. White bass are being caught with white and candy apple red Bombers. Crappie and walleye are reported as good when using worms and minnows. A few large catfish have been taken with chicken liver or stink bait.
Elephant Butte Lake: White bass are reported as very good early in the mornings with sassy shad lures. Walleye fishing is very good with jigs and crank baits. Striped bass, averaging 30 inches, are reported as fair.
Glenwood Ponds: Fishing is excellent for trout when using Green Canadian Worms and Fireballs.
Lake Roberts: Fishing is reported as good. Trout are also good when using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms.  No report on other species.
Quemado Lake: Trout fishing is reported as fair to good. 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

Black River: Flow is 5.5 cfs. No report.
Bonito Creek: Closed due to fire hazard.
Rio Ruidoso: Flow is 0.39 cfs. Water levels are very, very low and fishing is reported as slow. The only fishing available is through town due to forest closure.
Bonito Lake: Closed due to fire hazard.
Bottomless Lakes: Winter stocking is over for the year. Stocking will resume in late fall.
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 fair for trout using Pistol Pete’s in the evenings and Power Bait and worms during the day. The lake was stoked with 4,825 triploid rainbow trout.
Lake Van: No report.