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Fishing Report 10-14-11

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Northwest

 

Animas River - The flow is 332 cfs. The river is reported as good for trout using various bead-headed nymphs, spinners and worms.
Chama River - Upper section flow is 83 cfs. Below El Vado, the flow is 202 cfs and the flow below Abiquiu is 207 cfs. The upper Chama flowing downstream to the village of Chama and into El Vado reservoir is fair to good with the recent drop in flow. Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season Oct. 1 - Dec. 31 - Chama River from El Vado Lake to west boundary of Rio Chama Wildlife and Fishing Area. Check the Fishing Rules & Information booklet for the details. The river below El Vado is fishing good to excellent. The water is a bit murky. All methods are catching fish with limits of rainbows being taken. Some brown trout are also reported being landed a bit lower down river from the spillway using black and gold Panther Martins. Last week one 18-inch and a couple of 17-inch browns were landed.
San Juan River - Upper section - Catch and Release flow is 547 cfs. Midges are hatching all day long. At the moment they are very small, midge pupa and larvae, size 22 to 28, gray, black, chocolate, cream and olive have been my best. The hatch is strongest from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Try fishing BWO's from 1 to 5 p.m. Dark or light 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 killing it! Bunny leaches are great attractors! Brown, Black, purple, and white. If all else fails try fishing big foam patterns especially in the morning. The lower river was stocked last week with 3,810 rainbow trout.
Abiquiu Lake– Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season Oct. 1 - Dec. 31. Check the Fishing Rules & Information booklet for the details. Not much has changed at the lake and conditions remain the same. Fishing is slow for all species including walleye with smaller-sized fish being caught. No report on salmon or other species.
El Vado Lake – Trout fishing is reported as slow to fair with better reports from the Chama River inlet and the dam. Fish are being landed with worms, salmon eggs, Power Bait and spinners. The main boat ramp is open but the primitive ramps are closed due to low water. Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season Oct. 1 - Dec. 31. Check the Fishing Rules & Information booklet for the details. No report on salmon.
Heron Lake– Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging - Snagging Season is closed Oct. 1 - Nov. 10 at Heron Lake and Willow Creek. It is unlawful to possess kokanee salmon at Heron Lake and Willow Creek during the closed season. Snagging season will open at Heron Lake and Willow Creek Nov. 11 - Dec. 31. Trout fishing is reported slow to fair when using worms, salmon eggs, Power Bait and spinners from shore. Better reports for bigger trout when trolling on the north end of the lake using Rapalas and Panther Martins. One report of a small lake trout being landed when trolling for trout, no report on what it was caught on.
Jackson Lake – Trout fishing is reported as slow - fair using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms form shore. Spinners and black wooly buggers are reported working well on the back side of the lake.
Lake Farmington – Trout fishing is reported as fair to good by the spillway using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms. Best success is reported close to the dam.
Morgan Lake – Fishing is slow for bass with very little traffic at the lake. The lake was stocked with 900 rainbow trout last week.
Navajo Lake - Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season Oct. 1 - Dec. 31. Check the Fishing Rules & Information booklet for the details. Salmon snagging is reported as good to excellent at Simms Marina. No reports on other species.

 

Northeast

 

Cimarron River – The flow below Eagle Nest Dam is 12 cfs and 14 cfs near Cimarron. The release out of Eagle's Nest Dam has been sporadic at best. With the current lower flows fishing is reported as slow to fair. But this can change at any time. Check the flows before you go. Remember with the lower flows stealth is a must.
Costilla Creek – The flow is 10 cfs near the town of Costilla. Fishing is reported as fair. Anglers are having success with dry droppers close to the banks. Check the flows before you go.
Red River - Flows are 13 cfs near Questa and 42 cfs below the hatchery. The recent snows have created spring-like runoff conditions and fishing is reported as slow. If weather stays clear fishing should improve over the next few days.
Rio Grande - Flows are 231 cfs near Cerro and 322 cfs below the Taos Junction Bridge. The water quality is poor due to an increase in runoff from last week’s snows. Fishing is reported as slow for all species.
Rio Hondo – The flow is 17 cfs and fishing is reported as fair on the lower stretches when using dry flies, small spinners and worms. The Hondo is less effected by runoff and is one of the only viable options with the current runoff conditions .
Rio Pueblo - The flow is 12 cfs. The fishing is fair for trout when using flies, small spinners and worms.
Cabresto Lake – The lake is closed for repairs to the dam.
Charette Lakes – Fishing is good in the mornings and evenings. Perch are fair using small lures and worms. The lake closes for the season Oct. 31 and will reopen next spring.
Clayton Lake – Trout fishing is reported as fair to good when using Power bait, worms or spinners. The lake closes for the season Oct. 31 and will reopen next spring.
Eagle Nest Lake – Fishing continues to be good. The perch are reported as good from shore and better from anchored boats. Trolling is great for trout using lightweight tackle. Trout fishing is good when trolling topwater gear and hit and miss from the bank using Power Bait. Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season Oct. 1 - Dec. 31. Check the Fishing Rules & Information booklet for the details. Salmon snagging has not started but we will keep you posted.
Lake Alice and Lake Maloya– Fishing is good on Lake Maloya for trout. Fish are being landed using Power Bait and salmon eggs from shore. Fly fishing is reported as good in the early mornings and late evenings. Lake Alice has been affected by runoff from the fire and no fishing is reported there.
Maxwell Lakes – No report. The lakes close for the season Oct. 31 and will reopen next spring.
Shuree Ponds – The water level on the upper pond is reported to be 50 percent down. This is making float tubing difficult and fishing is reported as fair overall. All methods are catching fish. Be sure to get past the weed beds for a better bite.
Springer Lakes – Fishing is reported as slow. Water levels are dropping due to irrigation so water levels are low. As a side note Springer Lake is closed to ice fishing.

 

West-Central

 

Jemez River, East Fork, Guadalupe and San Antonio - Flow on the Jemez River is 24 cfs. The only water worth fishing is the Cebolla or the De Las Vacas/Guadalupe watershed. Ash runoff from the Las Conchas fire has killed quite a lot of fish on the East Fork and Rio San Antonio, and the stream bed is covered in it.
Metro Drainages -- Stocking will start up soon, no report as of yet.
Bluewater Lake – Fishing for trout is reported as fair. Some anglers are reporting success with most methods working. The tiger muskies are fishing good. The fish reported were caught on rattletraps while trolling and jerk baits from shore.
Cochiti Lake – The lake is open with a few fishermen trying their luck. Reports of a few catfish and bluegill being taken, but traffic is light and water quality is still an issue. Water clarity is also a problem with the ash from the fire being swept into the lake by runoff from rain.
Fenton Lake – Fishing for trout is reported as fair with worms and Power Bait. The lake was stocked with 1,445 rainbow trout last week.
Tingley Beach -- Trout fishing in the Tingley Beach Children's and Central Ponds has been great. Best reports are from anglers using lures. The Department of Game and Fish stocked 1,500 rainbow trout Oct. 3. No reports from fly-rod anglers at the South/Catch and Release Pond.

 

East-Central

 

Coyote Creek - The flow is 1.0 cfs. Fishing is fair for trout. Better fishing reported in the beaver ponds downstream from the camp areas.
Pecos River – The flow is 53 cfs. The river is fishing well and the water is clear even though we've been getting some rainfall somewhere over the Pecos watershed lately. If you see murky water down low, consider driving upriver to find clearer water. Use small flies during clear water and switch to a bigger more flashy fly if the water is murky. Blue winged olives are really the only dry fly game left on the Pecos. Nymphing with a dry dropper rig can end your slump if they aren't coming up on your dry fly. Try flashback pheasant tails.
Conchas Lake – Fishing is reported as fair overall. North Dock reports that white bass are being taken in 40 to 45 feet of water when suspended at 15 feet with jigs and slabs. Some walleye have also been taken this way way. Trolling is reported as slow. A 7 1/2 pound walleye was landed with a minnow from the docks last week. No report on other species.
Morphy Lake –No fishing report this week. The lake closes for the season Oct. 31 and will reopen next spring.
Santa Rosa Lake – No report.
Storrie Lake – Fishing is fair to good for trout using Power Bait, cheese balls and worms. The lake was stocked with 2,883 triploid rainbow trout last week.
Sumner Lake – The emergency salvage order allowing unlimited take of game fish has been cancelled because the boat ramp has closed and receding lake levels pose potentially dangerous conditions along the shoreline. Please call Sumner Lake State Park, (505) 355-2541, for information and updates.

Ute Lake – The main lake is clear and the river arms are lightly stained. Water temperature is still in the 60s and fishing is slow because of it. White bass are fishing good on the main lake when using slabs in 25 to 30 feet of water. Large and smallmouth bass are reported as slow. Walleye are fishing slow with reports of catching one here and there, but still scattered. Some fish are being picked up when trolling vibrating blades and slabs. Channel catfish are reported as excellent with stink baits and chicken liver fished near brush in 8 to 12 feet of water.

 

Southwest

 

Gila River - The flow is 37 cfs and fishing is fair to slow with the best success in the upper reaches of the river on the West, East and Middle forks.
Rio Grande - The flow is 1.1 cfs below Elephant Butte Dam. Catfish are fair using worms, liver or stink bait.
Bill Evans Lake: No report.
Caballo Lake – Fishing is slow. Water levels are very low. Best bet is below spillway on the Rio Grande.
Elephant Butte Lake – Fishing for white bass is reported as good in 20 - 25 feet of water. Most anglers are catching fish with shiners, slabs and spinners. Striped bass are reported slow by the dam with a few fish being landed. Catfish are report as good on the north end of the lake on trotlines baited with liver and stink bait. No report on other species.
Glenwood Ponds – Fishing is fair for trout when using Pistol Petes, worms and Power Bait. The ponds were stocked with 439 tripoid rainbow trout last week.
Lake Roberts – Fishing is reported as good for catfish with liver and worms. Trout fishing is reported as good since the recent stockings with worms. No report on other species.
Quemado Lake – Trout fishing is reported as fair. Anglers are having success using green Power Bait. No report on the tiger muskies.

 

Southeast

 

Rio Ruidoso - Flow is 0.20 cfs in town and 4.8 cfs at Hollywood. Fishing is reported as fair to good. Best bet is to fish the deeper holes were fish will be holding in the low water conditions.
Bonito Lake – Trout fishing continues to be good in the mornings and evenings. Green and yellow Power Bait, spinners and black woolly boogers our reported working well. The lake was stocked with 2,889 rainbow trout last week. The lake closes for the season Nov. 30 and will reopen next spring.
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 good with better fishing reported in the mornings and evenings for trout using worms, Power Bait and Pistol Petes.