Fishing report 08-21-11

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Animas River: The flow is 227 cfs. The river is fishing fair for trout using various bead-headed nymphs, spinners and worms.
Chama River: Upper section flow is 24 cfs. Below El Vado, the flow is 821 cfs. The upper Chama in the Sargent Wildlife area has the most consistent good fishing on the Chama as a whole. The stretch flowing downstream of the village of Chama into El Vado reservoir is low and the water temps are high making fishing very slow. The river below El Vado is open within Cooper’s El Vado Ranch, but the release is too high to wade. The stretch below Abiquiu Dam typically won’t fish well until autumn when irrigators aren’t calling for water.
San Juan River: Upper section catch and release flow is 939 cfs. Fishing is good. Declining flows on the Animas means more release out of Navajo Dam into the San Juan River. The extra water makes fishing the upper and lower flats better and your float downstream doesn’t have as much bump and grind. Use smaller flies especially near the dam as the water is clear. Small size 16-18 ants fished along the banks are also bringing up fish.
Abiquiu Lake: Fishing is slow for all species including walleye with a few smaller-sized fish being caught. Some smallmouth bass have been reported but at best it is hit and miss for them. Catfish are slow.
El Vado Lake: Fishing is slow due to recreational traffic.
Heron Lake: Fishing is fair for trout from the bank and trolling. Most success has been by Willow Creek along the channel into the lake. Power Bait, worms and spinners tipped with corn are working well. Salmon fishing is good when trolling double whammies, Kokanee Killers and Panther Martins tipped with corn and garlic Power Bait. Best fishing is around Rattlesnake Island.
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 back side.
Lake Farmington: Trout fishing is reported as fair to good by the spillway using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms.
Morgan Lake: No report.
Navajo Lake: Salmon are reported as good to excellent using double whammies, super dupers and z-ray in 40-60 feet of water. Best fishing is from the dam to Francis Canyon. Northern pike are still hitting and reported as good.

Cimarron River: The flow below Eagle Nest Dam is 45 cfs and 35 cfs near Cimarron. The release out of Eagle’s Nest Dam has come up to the perfect level for fishing. Golden stones, scuds, and baetis nymphs have all been working. The river was stocked last week with 2,424 triploid rainbow trout west of Cimarron.
Costilla Creek: The flow is 37 cfs near the town of Costilla and 42 cfs at the dam. Fishing is reported as good with various bead headed nymphs, stimulators with droppers and dry flies. The river was stocked last week with 399 triploid rainbow trout.
Red River: Flows are 12 cfs near Questa and 35 cfs below the hatchery. The area reopened last week and all methods have been catching fish. Best areas are above the hatchery and in the upper stretches. The river was stocked last week with triploid rainbow trout; above Questa with 2,702, West Fork with 300 and East Fork with 300.
Rio Grande: Flows are 146 cfs near Cerro and 286 cfs below the Taos Junction Bridge. The best fishing is on the lower Red or the Hondo as the main stem Rio Grande has had some fluctuations in flow and is mucked up. Not much for hatching bugs on the Rio right now. Trout need oxygen and the faster churning water is the place to find those fish. Fish big bugs like golden stonefly nymphs, crane fly larvae, or buggers.
Rio Hondo: The flow is 12 cfs and fishing is good for trout using dry/dropper rigs with stimulators on top and copper johns or caddis emergers below. The lower river was stocked with 200 triploid rainbow trout last week.
Rio Pueblo: The flow is 4.2 cfs. The river was stocked with 1,200 triploid rainbow trout last week.
Cabresto Lake: The lake is closed for repairs to the dam.
Charette Lakes: Fishing is slow. Top water fly fishing is reported as good in the mornings. Perch are fair using small lures and worms.
Clayton Lake: Fishing is reported as slow and boat ramp is closed due to low water.
Eagle Nest Lake: Fishing for trout is reported as good from shore and better from anchored boats. Trolling is great for trout using lightweight tackle. Perch are good to excellent off the bank when using worms. The lake was stocked with 2,498 triploid rainbow trout last week.
Lake Alice and Lake Maloya: Sugarite Canyon State Park has been closed due to the Track Fire and not expected to open.
Maxwell Lakes: The water level is very low at Lake No.13 and fishing is slow.
Shuree Ponds: The water level on the upper pond is reported to be 10 feet down.
 This is making float tubing difficult and fishing is reported as fair overall. All methods are catching fish. The ponds were stocked with 400 - 16.4 inch triploid rainbow trout last week.
Springer Lakes: Fishing is reported as slow. Water levels are dropping due to irrigation so water levels are low.


Jemez River, East Fork, Guadalupe and San Antonio: Flow on the Jemez River is 9.6 cfs. Low and warm water is plaguing the streams of the Jemez. They usually don’t fish well except early or late in the day or when things start to cool off come September. The Valles Caldera National Preserve is open but with limited access. The visitor center is open and the Valles Caldera will resume normal summer activities excluding those which normally occur in the burned areas. The Rio San Antonio fishing program on the Preserve is suspended for the remainder of this year. They resumed the fishing progam on the East Fork starting Wednesday and it runs through Oct. 9. Please call the Valles Caldera or visit their website at www.vallescaldera.gov for more information.
Metro Drainages: Stocking has ended for the season and trout fishing is reported as slow.
Bluewater Lake:  No report on trout. The tiger muskies are fishing good, with several large fish being caught, several in the 40 inch range. The fish reported were caught on Rattletraps while trolling and jerk baits from shore.
Cochiti Lake: Closed due to after math of the fire and concerns for flash flooding. Lake is scheduled to reopen  Aug. 17. The Cochiti side of the lake will be the only access and there will be hours of operation in effect. For more information contact Kristin Skopeck with Army Corps of Engineers at 505-342-3171.
Fenton Lake: The lake is open and reported as the best spot right now in the area. Fishing for trout is reported as good with worms and power bait. The lake was stocked with 270- 14 inch rainbow trout last week. The Cebolla River that flows into and out of the lake was stocked with 450- 14 inch rainbow trout last week.
Tingley Beach: Tingley Beach is open and stocked with catfish. The NMDGF stocked 2,500 catfish in the Children’s and Central Pond two weeks ago and they are biting on almost everything.  Bluegill can also be caught all day long with a tiny piece of worm below a bobber. No reports on large mouth bass. No reports from fly-rod anglers at the South/Catch and Release Pond.


Coyote Creek: The flow is 0.87 cfs. Fishing is fair for trout.
Pecos River: All public accesses are now open. The river has come up a little, but is clear especially the higher you go. Use small flies during clear water and switch to a bigger more flashy fly if the water is murky. Caddis, yellow sallies, hoppers ants, and beetles have been the best producers. The Pecos National Historical Park’s Fishing Program for the summer has ended. You can now make a reservation for the fall season, which runs from Sept. 8-Nov. 9. The river was stocked from the Village of Pecos to Cowles with 2,739.
Conchas Lake: Walleye fishing is reported as fair. Fish are being found in 25 - 30 feet of water and moving deeper with the warming water. Fish are hitting jigs with worms and minnows. Some bass are being taken off points and structure. No report on what they are hitting. Catfish are reported as fair using trot lines baited with liver and stink bait. A few big fish reported taken, one at 14 pounds and sever around 10 pounds were landed.
Morphy Lake: Open to camping and fishing. No fishing report this week.
Santa Rosa Lake: No report this week.
Storrie Lake: Fishing is good for trout using Power Bait, with many limits taken. Catfish are fair to good with chicken liver.
Sumner Lake: No report this week.
Ute Lake: Water temp is 80 degrees, the main lake is clear and the river arms are lightly stained. Fishing pressure is starting to lighten up due to school starting along with football gearing up, but the fishing is still actually pretty good.  Fishing is hit and miss. Walleye are fair to good. You can still catch them, but it is not on fire by any means. Trolling over brush is still producing a few fish. Carolina rigged crawlers in 25-35 feet of water will also work. Try the main points of the lake near shallow water.
White bass are good to excellent when trolling. Horse shoe to Mine canyon is the best bet. Also, check out the main channel for suspended fish in 20-30 feet of water.
Small & Largemouth bass are fishing fair in the early morning with top water gear. Followed by a mid day bite at 20 feet down near the main lake flats using whacky rigged crawlers. Catfish are fishing good with stink baits and chicken liver in 8-20 feet of water. This is the best bite on the lake right now.


Gila River: The flow is 55 cfs and fishing is slow due to warm water on the West, East and Middle forks.
Rio Grande: The flow is 493 cfs below Elephant Butte Dam. Catfish are fair using worms, liver or stink bait. Walleye are reported as fair here and below Caballo Lake with worms and shiners.
Bill Evans Lake: Winter stocking for trout has ended for the year and will resume late next fall. No fishing report.
Caballo Lake: Fishing remains the same - fair to good. Water levels are coming up and the lake is near normal level for this time of year. White bass are being caught with white and candy apple red bombers. Crappie and walleye are reported as good when using shad. A few large catfish have been taken with chicken liver or stink bait.
Elephant Butte Lake: White bass are reported as fair in the early mornings and evenings with sassy shad lures, live bait and slabs. Walleye fishing is slow to fair with jigs and crank baits. Striped bass, averaging 30 inches, are reported as slow to fair in the deep channel close to the dam.
Glenwood Ponds: Fishing is fair to good for trout when using Pistol Pete’s, worms and Power Bait.
Lake Roberts: Fishing is reported as good for catfish with liver and worms. Trout fishing is reported a fair with worms. No report on other species.
Quemado Lake: Trout fishing is reported as fair. Anglers are having success using green Power Bait, worms and spinners. The tiger muskies are reported as hit and miss with no report on what is working.
Snow Lake: No report.


Bonito Creek: No report.
Rio Ruidoso: Flow is 7.1 cfs. Water levels are very low and fishing is reported as slow. 
Bonito Lake: Trout fishing is reported as excellent in the mornings and evenings. Green and yellow Power Bait, spinners and black woolly boogers our reported working well.
Bottomless Lakes: No report, 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 to good depending on the weather for trout using worms, Power Bait and Pistol Petes in the evenings and early mornings.
Lake Van: No report.