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Fishing Report 12-09-11

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Northwest

Animas River: The flow is 274 cfs. Fishing is good for trout above Cedar Hill using various bead-headed nymphs, spinners and worms. Please respect private property when fishing in this area.
Chama River: Upper section flow is 54 cfs. Below El Vado Lake, the flow is 388 cfs and the flow below Abiquiu Lake is 398 cfs. The upper Chama flowing downstream to the village of Chama and into El Vado reservoir is slow with ice and snow. 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. All methods are catching fish. Brown trout are reported being landed using black and gold Panther Martins. Below Abiquiu Lake, fishing is reported as fair to slow using Power Bait, worms and spinners.
San Juan River: Upper section - catch and release flow is 499 cfs. Expect good midge fishing and midge hatches during the mornings and good blue winged olive hatches in the afternoons. In the mornings, use a red midge larva as your point fly and trail a size 24-26 black or gray midge pupa. As the afternoon progresses, change your flies to baetis, such as a gray or chocolate RS2 or foam wing emerger.
Abiquiu Lake: Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season Oct. 1 - Dec. 31. 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 slowed down and is reported as a done deal for the season.
Heron Lake: Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season Oct. 1 - Dec. 31. Bait fishing is good to excellent for lots of 12- to 16-inch rainbows using salmon eggs at the boat ramps. Salmon snagging is very slow. No report on lake trout.
Jackson Lake: Trout fishing is reported as fair using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms from shore.
Lake Farmington: Trout fishing is reported as fair using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms. Best success is reported close to the dam.
Navajo Lake: Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season Oct. 1 - Dec. 31. Salmon snagging is reported as poor. The fish are too soft. Trout fishing is reported as fair to good from the dam using spinners and streamers.

Northeast

Cimarron River: The flow below Eagle Nest Dam is 3.3 cfs and 1.9 cfs near Cimarron. Check the flows before you go. Releases below 25 cfs make for slow fishing. If the release doesn’t go back up, wait until spring next year to fly fish.
Costilla Creek: The flow is 1.6 cfs near the town of Costilla. Fishing is reported as slow below the Valle Vidal boundary; water levels are very low.
Red River: Flows are 22 cfs near Questa and 34 cfs below the hatchery. Fishing for trout is reported as fair to good with better fishing on the lower stretches. Fish are being caught and all methods working.
Rio Grande: Flows are 244 cfs near Cerro and 376 cfs below the Taos Junction Bridge. Water levels are still a bit high and fishing is reported as slow to fair.
 Trout still seem to prefer the faster aerated water. Nymph the pocket water or strip streamers for browns.
Rio Hondo: The flow is 11 cfs. Trout fishing is reported as slow. Best bet is to fish at and above the confluence with the Rio Grande.
Rio Pueblo: The flow is 27 cfs. No report.
Charette Lakes: The lake has closed for the season and will reopen next spring.
Clayton Lake: The lake has closed for the season and will reopen next spring.
Eagle Nest Lake: The lake is covered with ice and will open to ice fishing when the ice is at least 9 inches thick. Contact Eagle Nest Lake State Park, 575-377-1594, for updates.
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.
Maxwell Lakes: The lake has closed for the season and will reopen next spring.
Shuree Ponds: No report.
Springer Lakes: Springer Lake is closed to ice fishing.

West-Central

Jemez River, East Fork, Guadalupe and San Antonio: Flow on the Jemez River is 17 cfs and the stream is running a bit murky. Fishing is slow for trout ranging from 10 to 12 inches. The East Fork and the San Antonio still remain slow.
Metro Drainages: Fishing is reported as fair with most methods catching fish.
Bluewater Lake:  Fishing for trout is reported as fair. Winter hours apply: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Some anglers are reporting success with most methods working. Catfish are reported as fair with using stink baits and chicken liver.
Cochiti Lake: No report. The lake is closed for the season along the Tetilla Peak side. The upper lake is also closed above the Tetilla boat ramp due to a log boom in place.
Fenton Lake: Fishing for trout is reported as fair to good with worms and Power Bait. Ice has formed along the edges of the lake by the dam, but there is still open water for fishing. It was stocked with 1,413 rainbow trout last week.
Tingley Beach: Trout fishing in the Tingley Beach Children’s and Central Ponds has been good. Best reports are from anglers using salmon eggs and Pistol Petes.
 Reports from fly-rod anglers at the South/Catch and Release Pond have been hit and miss. Success has been reported when using bunny leeches and black beetles.

East-Central

Coyote Creek: The flow is 2.4 cfs. No report.
Pecos River: The flow is 22 cfs. The upper river is slowing down quite a bitrning and the fish are tight-lipped. Fish the afternoon hours, especially while the sun is on the water. The water is very clear and low so go with long leaders, fine tippets and a smaller fly. Some midges have been coming off. Nymphing with a dry dropper rig can end your slump if they aren’t coming up on your dry fly. Try flashback pheasant tails or a tungsten micro may fly.
Conchas Lake: No report.
Morphy Lake: The lake has closed for the season and will reopen next spring.
Santa Rosa Lake: No report.
Storrie Lake: Fishing is slow to fair for trout due to light traffic and cold weather.
Sumner Lake: Walleye are reported as fair. Fish are being caught in shallow water and off points and structure. The fish range from 14 to 20 inches and are hitting white shad lures. No reports for the trout stocked below the dam.
Ute Lake: Water temperature:  53 degrees and the main lake is cloudy. Fishing has really picked up the last week or so. The walleye are not on fire, but limits are the rule if you are patient. Fish 30- to 40-foot flats that are 10 feet from the main channel. White bass are also hitting, but you need to fish the 10- to 30-foot flats that are 100 yards from the main channel.

Southwest

Gila River: The flow is 69 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: No report.
Bill Evans Lake: Fishing for trout is reported as fair with most methods working. The lake was stocked with 948 trout last week.
Caballo Lake: Fishing is slow. Water levels are very low. Best bet is below the diversion spillway on the Rio Grande at Percha State Park. Fishermen are catching a few white bass and black bass on the river; most walleye are too small to keep (less than 14 inches).
Elephant Butte Lake: No report due to light pressure and cold, windy weather.
Glenwood Ponds: Fishing is slow.
Lake Roberts: Fishing is reported as slow.

Quemado Lake: No report.

Southeast

Rio Ruidoso: Flow is 0.39 cfs in town and 21 cfs at Hollywood. Fishing is reported as fair on the lower stretches of the river where the flows are a bit higher. Best bet is to fish the deeper holes were fish will be holding in the low water conditions.
Bonito Lake: The lake is closed for the season.
Bottomless Lakes: No report.
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 fair for trout using worms, Power Bait and Pistol Petes. Best times to fish are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.