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Fishing Report 08-16-13

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Northwest

Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was fair using streamers, jerk baits and topwater lures for smallmouth bass. The best reports came from anglers fishing in the evening hours when weather would permit. Fishing for walleye slowed considerably with just a few caught by anglers using bottom bouncer night crawler rigs. We had no report or other species. The surface water temp was in the mid 70s.

Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday was 629 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week. 

Albuquerque Area Drains: We had no reports from anglers this week with the exception of one big catfish listed in the Catches of the Week. 

Bluewater Lake: Fishing was fair using jerk baits, crank baits, spinners and spoons for tiger musky. Most of the musky caught were less than 30 inches in length. Fishing was good using hot dogs and shrimp for catfish. Fishing for trout was fair using Power Bait, worms and salmon eggs. An alternate ramp has been provided for boaters which is a bit deeper than the main boat ramp area. Anglers should be aware that it is illegal to use live minnows at this lake. 

Brazos River: We had no reports from anglers this week. 

Canjilon Lakes: Trout fishing was fair using worms, Power Bait, Panther Martins, copper John Barrs, Pistol Petes and hoppers. 

Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 256 cfs and 515 cfs respectively. Trout fishing below El Vado was fair using streamers and night crawlers. Fishing below Abiquiu was slow. Scott Carroll and a buddy had a great time fishing the upper Chama in the Edward Sergeant Wildlife area. They were using a hopper dropper pattern and caught and released nine fish in three hours. The dropper used was either a golden stone or a purple copper John Barr. Most of the fish were in the 8 to 10 inch range but one was a fat 14 5/8 inch rainbow. Scott reported that the water was a little off color from the rains which made for a bit easier fishing. 

Cochiti Lake: Fishing was fair to good using night crawlers, shrimp and stink bait for catfish. Fishing was slow to fair using topwater lures, crank baits, jigs, jerk baits and senkos for smallmouth bass. Fishing for white bass was slow to fair using crank baits and curly tail grubs. We had no reports on other species.

El Vado Lake: The water level remains quite low but there is still plenty of water for fishing and the boat ramp remains accessible. We had no reports from anglers again this week.

Fenton Lake: Trout fishing was slow. 

Heron Lake: Fishing was slow for all species. The only boat ramp open is the primitive ramp in the Ridge Rock area. Boaters are advised to use caution. 

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

Jemez Waters: Fishing on the Rio Guadalupe was slow to fair using night crawlers and wooly buggers. On days the area received heavy rains, fishing was slow. Fishing on the Cebolla above and below Fenton Lake was slow. The Jemez River was flowing at 15 cfs on Monday morning and was still running dirty with debris and ash and is expected to stay that way through the monsoon season. Fishing on the San Antonio and East Fork on the Valles Caldera has been tough under storm conditions as well but some nice fish have been caught on the not so wet days. Best flies again this past week were small hopper imitations. For information on fishing the Valles Caldera visit www.vallescaldera.gov. 

Laguna del Campo: Fishing was slow to fair using Power Bait and salmon eggs for trout. 

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

Navajo Lake: Fishing was fair trolling Arnies, Panther Martins and Z Rays tipped with corn about three feet behind flashers for kokanee. Anglers reported taking fish at depths of 30 to 35 feet. Fishing was fair using tubes, grubs, jerk baits, crank baits, topwater lures and 4-inch worms for smallmouth bass and an occasional largemouth bass. Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits, spinner baits and swim baits for northern pike. Night fishing was good to excellent using cut bait and stink bait for catfish. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp ranged from the mid to high 70s.

San Gregorio: We had no reports from anglers this week
San Juan: Water flow below Navajo on Monday was 504 cfs. Trout fishing through the Quality Waters was good using RS2s, wooly buggers, red midge larva, black midge larva, Griffith’s gnats, black and gray foam wing emergers, and red sparkle worms. The red larva worked best in the early morning hours. Fishing through the bait waters was fair to good using wooly buggers, jerk baits, salmon eggs and night crawlers. Over the weekend the Tollardo and Flores families had a great time catching limits of trout while using salmon eggs, worms and Power Bait. 

Santa Cruz Lake: Trout fishing was slow to fair using Panther Martins, Fisher Chick spinners, worms, salmon eggs and Power Bait. We had no reports on other species. 

Seven Springs Brood Pond: Trout fishing was good using Pistol Petes, hoppers, salmon eggs and Power Bait. 

Tingley Beach: Fishing was slow for all species.

Northeast

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

Charette Lakes: Due to low water levels only small boats are being launched here and with some difficulty. Trout fishing was fair to good trolling Christmas tree-worm combinations. A few were also caught by anglers using power bait. We had no reports on perch. 

Cimarron River: Water flow near Cimarron on Monday was 8.9 cfs. Trout fishing was good using parachute adams, zebra midges, elk hair caddis and small stimulators. A few trout have also been taken on salmon eggs. We had no reports from the Gravel Pit Lakes. 

Clayton Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits for a mix of walleye and trout. A few trout were also taken on Power Bait. Fishing was fair using night crawlers under a bobber for catfish. All the fish appeared to be feeding close to the surface. The boat ramp is now open. 

Conchas Lake: Fishing was good using chicken liver, shrimp, homemade dough bait and night crawlers for catfish. Fishing was fair using crank baits, topwater lures, jerk baits, tubes and senkos for smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair to good using crank baits and bottom bouncer night crawler rigs for walleye. Fishing was fair using minnows for crappie. We had no reports on other species. The Cove and Central campgrounds and the steep boat ramp on the north side and the Corps ramp on the south side are now open. 

Coyote Creek: Trout fishing was slow. 

Eagle Rock Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week. 

Eagle Nest Lake: It was one of those weeks where being on the water on the right day was key to success. Fishing was best described as sporadic. Some anglers did well trolling Arnies and Platte River specials tipped with corn for a mixed bag of kokanee, rainbow trout and northern pike. A few kokanee were also caught by anglers using Panther Martins and Cripplures. Fishing from the bank was great using worms for perch. A few trout were caught by anglers fishing from the bank and using Power Bait. 

Hopewell Lake: Fishing was fair to good using worms, Power Bait and an assortment of dry flies for trout. 

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

Lake Maloya: Trout fishing in the evening hours was good using elk hair caddis, hoppers, parachute adams and Pistol Petes. A few trout were also taken by anglers using Power Bait and worms.

Los Pinos: We had no reports from anglers this week. 

Manzano Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using Power Bait, worms and salmon egg and corn combinations for trout. 

Monastery Lake: Trout fishing was fair using Power Bait, hoppers and Pistol Petes.

Morphy Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using worms and Power Bait for trout. The boat ramp is closed. 

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

Pecos River: Water flow near the town of Pecos on Monday was 37 cfs. The Mora and Jamie Koch fishing and recreation areas have reopened. The Bert Clancy and Terrero campgrounds remain closed. Trout fishing on the upper Pecos was very good for anglers using olive elk hair caddis, gold bead hares ears, copper John Barrs, worms and salmon eggs. The downstream area from Tres Lagunas remains in poor condition and is not expected to be stocked until next spring. Fishing on the Mora was good using copper John Barrs and night crawlers. 

Red River: Water flow near the hatchery on Monday was 46 cfs. Trout fishing was good using San Juan worms, poundmeisters, copper John Barrs, spinners, night crawlers, Power Bait and salmon eggs. 

Rio Costilla: Water flow below Costilla Dam on Monday was 15 cfs. Trout fishing was very good using elk hair caddis, hoppers, worms and Power Bait. 

Rio Grande: Water flow near the Taos Junction Bridge on Monday was 266 cfs. Trout fishing was fair to good using San Juan worms, hoppers, bead-head prince nymphs, copper John Barrs, night crawlers and spinners. Fishing was fair using wooly buggers for smallmouth bass. We had no reports on other species. 

Rio Hondo: Stream flow near Valdez on Monday was 15 cfs. Trout fishing was fair using poundmeisters, hoppers, worms and salmon eggs. 

Rio Pueblo: Water flow near Penasco on Monday was 3.5 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week. 

Santa Barbara: We had no reports from anglers this week. 

Shuree Ponds: Heavy moss has created poor fishing conditions on the ponds.

Springer Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using corn and black wooly buggers for carp. We had no reports on other species. 

Storrie Lake: Fishing was slow for all species. 
Ute Lake: Hot spot for catfish: Fishing was excellent using night crawlers, liver and homemade dough baits for catfish. Fishing for all other species was slow with just an occasional white bass and walleye. The lake level has risen about 2.5 feet since July 1.

Southwest

Bear Canyon: Fishing was slow. There were a few catfish caught by anglers fishing at night and using homemade dough bait. 

Bill Evans Lake: We had no report from anglers this week.
Caballo Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using chicken liver, shrimp, hot dogs, homemade dough bait and night crawlers for catfish. We had no reports on other species. One lane remained open at the main boat ramp. 

Elephant Butte: The surface water temp ranged from the mid 70s to the low 80s. Fishing was very good using shrimp, night crawlers, chicken liver, cut bait and homemade dough bait for catfish. Fishing for white bass was fair for anglers using white and chrome crank baits, white grubs, slab spoons, minnows and jerk baits. Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass was slow but there were a few fish taken by anglers using topwater lures, jerk baits, crank baits, tubes and creature baits. We had no reports on other species. The Monticello, Rock Canyon and Dam Site boat ramps remain closed due to low water conditions. 

Escondida Lake: Fishing was slow for all species. 

Gila River: Water flow on the Gila as of this past Monday was 199 cfs. We had no reports from the main Gila but the Middle Fork was fishing great according to Len and Tony, two of our regular contributors. They were fishing near the Cliff Dwellings and caught and released nearly 60 fish in two days. Among those caught were one smallmouth bass and one Gila trout. The rest were all brown trout and all were caught on dry flies.
Glenwood Pond: We had no reports from anglers this week. 

Lake Roberts: Fishing was fair using worms and liver for catfish. Anglers using worms also picked up an occasional trout and largemouth bass. A project to improve the dam and spillway has been slowed due to recent rains in the area. There is plenty of water for fishing and the boat ramp is open. Check out this lake for some bass, catfish and trout fishing. 

Percha Dam: We had no reports from anglers this week. 

Quemado Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using worms, salmon eggs, Power Bait and Pistol Petes. We had no reports on tiger musky. 

Rio Grande: Water flow below Elephant Butte on Monday morning was 9 cfs. Fishing was slow to fair using liver, cut bait, shrimp and night crawlers for catfish and carp. We had no reports from below Caballo. 

Snow Lake: One of our regular contributors made an attempt to reach the lake this past week but reported that the road to the lake is in serious disrepair.

Southeast

Bataan Lake: Fishing was slow for all species. 

Black River: Stream flow at Malaga on Monday was 2.8 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Blue Hole Park Pond: We had no reports from anglers this week. 

Bonito Lake: Closed. 

Bosque Redondo: Fishing was slow for all species. 

Bottomless Lakes: Fishing was slow for all species. Check these lakes out during the winter trout stocking. 

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: Fishing was slow for all species. 

Chaparral Park Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.

El Rito Creek: Trout fishing was fair using worms, salmon eggs and bead-head prince nymphs. 

Greene Acres Lake: Fishing was slow for all species. 

Green Meadow Lake: Fishing was slow for all species. 

Grindstone Reservoir: Trout fishing was good using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms. 

Jal Lake: Fishing was slow for all species. 

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

Oasis Park Lake: Fishing was slow for all species and fishing pressure was extremely light. Anglers are reminded that there is a 2-fish limit on channel catfish. 

Pecos River: Stream flow below Sumner Lake on Monday was 84 cfs. Fishing was slow for all species. 

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

Ruidoso River: Stream flow at Hollywood on Monday was 15 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Santa Rosa Lake: The main boat ramp has reopened to No Wake boating and the lake level continues to rise. The water was described as murky to muddy. Fishing was slow to fair using cut bait, shrimp, hot dogs and night crawlers for catfish. We had no reports on other species. Fishing pressure was light. 

Sumner Lake: Fishing was slow with just a few carp and catfish caught by anglers using worms, and liver. Fishing pressure was very light. Both boat ramps are now open.