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Fishing Report 10-21-11

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Northwest

Animas River: The flow is 294 cfs. The river is reported as good for trout using various bead-headed nymphs, spinners and worms. Better reports are coming from the upper stretches closer to Colorado on the reservation.
Chama River: Upper section flow is 100 cfs. Below El Vado, the flow is 202 cfs and the flow below Abiquiu is 204 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. Some big browns have been taken from the wild life area. 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. 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 downriver from the spillway using black and gold Panther Martins.
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 BWOs 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. The lower river was stocked last week with 3,810 rainbow trout.
Abiquiu Lake: Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season Oct. 1 - Dec. 31. 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. Salmon snagging is reported as fair to good on the north side of the lake. Park at the gate just below the Stone House Lodge and walk down to the dirt boat ramp for the best access.
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. Reports of trout and lake trout are good from shore when using roe sacks. Trout are also fishing good with spinners and worms. If you hook into a salmon be sure to release it.
Jackson Lake: Trout fishing is reported as slow - fair using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms from shore. Spinners and black wooly buggers are reported working well on the backside of the lake. The lake was stocked with 1,602 rainbow trout last week.
Lake Farmington: Trout fishing is reported as fair with the recent stockings 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.
Navajo Lake: Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season Oct. 1 - Dec. 31. Salmon snagging is reported as good at Simms Marina. No reports on other species.

Northeast

Cimarron River: The flow below Eagle Nest Dam is 34 cfs and 31 cfs near Cimarron. The release out of Eagle’s Nest Dam is back up for now. Take advantage of the extra water while you can. The release will go back down for the winter soon. Check the flows before you go. Releases below 25 cfs make for slow fishing.
Costilla Creek: The flow is 6.4 cfs near the town of Costilla. Fishing is reported as fair below the Valle Vidal boundary. Anglers are having success with dry droppers and various bed headed nymphs close to the banks. Check the flows before you go.
Red River: Flows are 13 cfs near Questa and 42 cfs below the hatchery. Fishing for trout is reported as fair to good. The water is a bit high and stained but fish are being caught with all methods working. The river below Questa was stocked with 664 triploid rainbow trout.
Rio Grande: Flows are 200 cfs near Cerro and 333 cfs below the Taos Junction Bridge. Trout fishing is fair to slow with fish holding in moving water. Bead headed nymphs, worms and spinners are all working. Pike fishing is reported as off and on. Those that are having success are using red and white lures. No report on bass. The River from Pilar to Cochiti Lake was stocked with 3,753 triploid rainbow trout last week.
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.
Rio Pueblo: The flow is 9.8 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 top water gear and hit and miss from the bank using Power Bait. Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season Oct. 1 - Dec. 31. No reports on salmon snagging.
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. Lake Maloya was stocked with 3,325 rainbow trout last week.
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. Not much traffic to get a good picture of the fishing conditions. At last report it was fair with most methods catching fish.
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 16 cfs. The only water worth fishing is the Cebolla or the Rio 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 streambed 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. The lake was stocked with 2,341 catfish last week.
Cochiti Lake: Reports of a few catfish and bluegill being taken, but traffic is light. According to sources 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 to good with worms and Power Bait.
Tingley Beach Trout fishing in the Tingley Beach Children’s and Central Ponds has been good and should continue to be that way with the regular stockings. Best reports are from anglers using lures. No reports from fly-rod anglers at the South/Catch and Release Pond.

East-Central

Coyote Creek: The flow is .63 cfs. Fishing is fair for trout in the beaver ponds down stream from the camp areas.
Pecos River: The flow is 47 cfs. Warmer weather has improved the fishing on the Pecos. Blue winged olives are really the only dry fly game left on the Pecos. If fish aren’t coming up try a dry dropper rig, a flashback pheasant tail or a tungsten micro may. Also, spinners, worms and Power Bait are also catching fish. The river from Cowles to the Village of Pecos was stocked with 1,455 rainbow trout last week.
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. A 6-pound bass was taken in the Good Canyon area of the lake last week with a topwater rig. Some walleye have also been taken. A 3-pound walleye was taken trolling at 25 feet using a deep diving crank bait. 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.
Sumner Lake: The lake is being drained to accommodate downstream irrigation demands. State Parks closed the boat ramp and a special salvage order has been canceled.
Ute Lake: The main lake is clear and the river arms are lightly stained. 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 27 cfs and fishing is slow with the best success in the upper reaches of the river on the West, East and Middle forks.
Rio Grande: The flow is 0.10 cfs below Elephant Butte Dam. No report.
Bill Evans Lake: No fishing 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 fair in 20 - 25 feet of water. White bass are reported as hit and miss. Anglers are having success with shiners, slabs and spinners. No report on stripped bass. Catfish are report as good on the north end of the lake on trot lines 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.
Lake Roberts: Fishing is reported as good for catfish with liver and worms. Trout fishing is reported as good with worms since the recent stockings. No report on other species. The lake was stocked with 1,608 triploid rainbow trout last week.
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 0.04 cfs in town and 4.4 cfs at Hollywood. Fishing is reported as fair to good and should pick up with the recent stocking. Best bet is to fish the deeper holes were fish will be holding in the low water conditions. The river was stocked heavily with 1,188 triploid rainbow trout last week.
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 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. The lake was stocked with 2,850 triploid rainbow trout last week.