Fishing report 06-26-11

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Animas River: The flow is 2,210 cfs. The river is muddy and still flowing fast with runoff. No fishing report.
Chama River: Upper section flow is 411 cfs. and below El Vado, the flow is 412 cfs. Fishing is slow in the upper Chama with woolly buggers and various bead-headed nymphs reported to be working best. Below El Vado, trout fishing is fair using Panther Martins and Z-rays for browns and salmon eggs for 13-15 inch rainbows.
San Juan River: Upper section catch and release flow is 475 cfs. The river has been scoured and cleaned from the high flows and visibility is 3-4 feet. The fish have settled back into their usual feeding lanes and fishing is very good in all areas of the quality water section. Small midge patterns work best in the mornings. Red midge larva, Krystal Flashes, Black Beauties and brown San Juan worms are the go-to flies. From middle flats and below, baetis patterns work well; try chocolate foam wings and fluff baetis. Dry fly action is fair using Griffith gnats or large hopper patterns. Lower section open waters, fishing is good with night crawlers, salmon eggs and the same flies as for the upper section.
Abiquiu Lake: High winds kept the fishermen away this past week. Fishing was slow with very light pressure.
El Vado Lake: Fishing is slow to fair with light pressure. Some trout have been landed using Pistol Petes and Panther Martins.
Heron Lake: Fishing is good for trout from the bank and trolling. Most success has been around boat ramps, near spillway and on the northwest side of the lake. Power Bait, worms and spinners tipped with corn are working well. Salmon fishing is good when trolling orange or chartreuse kokanee killers and wedding rings in 20 to 25 feet of water.
Jackson Lake: Trout fishing is reported as fair to good using Power Bait and any spinner with gold blades.
Navajo Lake: Fishing for smallmouth bass is very good. Try soft plastics, jerk baits or crank baits. Crappie fishing is picking up in Francis Canyon and La Jara. They are in the backs of the coves; use small jigs or minnows. Salmon are starting to bite when using Rapalas or Kokanee Killers in 25 feet of water. Best fishing is from the dam to Francis Canyon. No reports on pike or catfish.


Cimarron River: The flow below Eagle Nest Dam is 34 cfs and 24 cfs near Cimarron. Trout fishing is good in the early mornings and evenings with caddis flies, PMDs, yellow or orange stimulators and bead-head nymphs. 2,425 triploid rainbows were stocked west of Cimarron last week.
Costilla Creek: The flow is 60 cfs near the town of Costilla and 59 cfs at the dam. Fishing is reported as good. Try using dry/dropper rigs with big attractors followed by bead-head nymphs or caddis.
Red River: Flows are 48 cfs near Questa and 95 cfs below the hatchery. The upper river is reported as good for trout with caddis, Parachute Adams, and bead-head nymphs. Fishing is fair for rainbows below the hatchery with bead-head nymphs and various flies. Bait fishermen might try spinners, salmon eggs or Power Bait. 2,697 triploid rainbows were stocked above Questa last week.
Rio Grande: Flows are 763 cfs near Cerro and 949 cfs below the Taos Junction Bridge. Fishing has been slow to fair. Not much for any hatches on the Rio right now. Your best bet is fishing the pockets when nothing is going on hatch wise. Fish big bugs like golden stonefly nymphs, crane fly larvae, or woolly buggers. Pike hunt by feel, so large streamers that move water will get a pikes attention.
Rio Hondo: The flow is 52 cfs and fishing is good for trout using dry/dropper rigs with stimulators on top and copper johns or caddis below.
Rio Pueblo: The flow is 24 cfs. Fishing is reported as good for brown trout with caddis or copper johns under a stimulator. Some hopper action has been reported. 1,202 triploid rainbows were stocked last week.
Cabresto Lake: The lake is closed for repairs to the dam.
Charette Lakes: Fishing is very good for stocker-sized trout with many limits reported. Power Bait and Panther Martins are most successful. Perch are good using small lures. 2,499 triploid rainbows were stocked in the lower lake last week.
Clayton Lake: Fishing for trout is reported as good using chartreuse or rainbow Power Bait and worms. Bass and walleye are slow.
Eagle Nest Lake: Fishing for trout is reported as good from shore with salmon-peach Power Bait and salmon eggs. Fly fishermen are having success with midge patterns and olive or black woolly buggers. Trolling is great for trout and salmon using light weight tackle. Perch are good to excellent off the bank.
Lake Alice and Lake Maloya: Sugarite Canyon State Park has been closed due to the Track Fire.
Maxwell Lakes: The water level is low at Lake No. 13 and fishing is sporadic with an occasional trout landed. Best success is reported using Power Bait, worms and spinners.
Springer Lakes: Fishing is reported as good for pike up to 26 inches with large Mepps spinners, cut bait and minnows.
 Largemouth bass are slow using spinners Water levels are dropping due to irrigation so conditions are changing daily.

Jemez River, East Fork, Guadalupe and San Antonio: Flow on the Jemez River is 10 cfs. Runoff is done and streams are at a low mid-summer level. The East Fork and San Antonio streams are low and clear, perfect for dry fly fishing. Terrestrials, hoppers and ants are working well as are dry/dropper rigs. Some of the more open waters slow mid-day. Consider fishing the shaded areas during the afternoon.
Metro Drainages: Stocking has ended for the season and trout fishing is reported as slow.
Bluewater Lake: Fishing is slow for trout with Power Bait being your best bet. The tiger muskies are fishing fair. Catfish are reported as good with stink bait and chicken liver.
Cochiti Lake: The lake level is normal for this time of year and fishing has picked up with mornings being best. Reports are fair to good for all species and crank baits seem to work for everything. Walleye, smallmouth bass, crappie and pike are all hitting on crank baits. Catfish are fishing fair using chicken liver and worms. An 8- pound catfish was caught on a crank bait last week.
Fenton Lake: The water level is rising and trout fishing is good in the mornings and evenings when using worms and salmon eggs.
Tingley Beach: This is the best time of year to fish at Tingley - catfish, trout and bluegill are biting and all baits are catching them! Reports are fair from fly-rod anglers at the South/Catch and Release Pond.


Coyote Creek: Flow is 0.63 cfs. Fishing is slow using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms.
Pecos River: The flow near Pecos is 39 cfs. The water level is low and the fishing is good. Small to medium stonefly nymphs, small pheasant tails, baetis nymphs, caddis nymphs, and zebra midges are some of the fly choices. Of course spinners, worms, Power Bait and salmon eggs will work here, too.
Conchas Lake: No report this week.
Morphy Lake: Fishing is reported as very slow with only an occasional trout caught using Power Bait. The boat ramp is closed with the water levels 10 feet below the ramp.
Santa Rosa Lake: Largemouth bass were active around brush and large structures, try flipping tubes and jigs into them. Walleye are reported as good, although many are small. Several 5-pounders and one 8-pounder were landed while fishing for bass. They are everywhere; try downsized crank baits and soft plastics around the points and on the flats. Crappie, up to 1.4 pounds, are hitting just about everything presented to them. Best bites came from tubes in the main creek channel off the bluffs. Catfish are very active as well. One fisherman had 6 catfish over 4 pounds caught using minnows and cut bait.
Storrie Lake: Fishing is good for trout using Power Bait, with many limits taken. Catfish are fair to good with chicken liver. 6,035 (9-12 inch) triploid rainbow trout were stocked last week.
Sumner Lake: Sumner Lake State Park reopened for boating June 17 with new procedures in place to ensure there is no spread of Quagga mussel larvae. All watercraft will go through a mandatory inspection before launch and a decontamin-ation process upon removal. Fishing for walleye and bass is reported as good and catfish are being taken in the lake and in the river.
Ute Lake: Fishing is good to excellent. Walleye are fishing good to excellent trolling crank baits over brush in 10-15 feet of water or try crawlers in 17-22 feet of water. White Bass are fishing fair. Large and smallmouth bass are reported as excellent and are hitting most anything thrown at them. For the smallies, try the top water early in the mornings and Senkos whacky rigged later in the day. The largemouth are on their beds in 4-6 feet of water. Crappie are fishing good up the Canadian around rock and brush and in the main lake coves using minnows in 2-4 feet of water. Catfish are good in 2-8 feet of water with chicken liver or stink bait. Fish near the reeds and brush for best results.


Gila River: The flow is 22 cfs and there is no fishing report for the West, East and Middle forks.
Rio Grande: The flow is 1,870 cfs below Elephant Butte Dam. Catfish are fair using worms, liver or stink bait.
Bill Evans Lake: Winter stocking for trout has ended for the year and will resume late next fall. No fishing report.
Caballo Lake: Fishing is fair to good. Water levels are coming up but still low. White bass are being caught with white and candy apple red Bombers. Crappie and walleye are reported as good when using worms and minnows. A few 20-30 inch catfish have been taken with chicken liver or stink bait.
Elephant Butte Lake: White bass are reported as very good early in the mornings with sassy shad lures. Walleye fishing is very good with jigs and crank baits. Striped bass, averaging 30 inches, are reported as fair.
Glenwood Ponds: Fishing is excellent for trout when using green Canadian Worms and fireballs.
Lake Roberts: Fishing is reported as good. Bass are fishing well when using spinners or plugs. Trout are also good when using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms. Catfish are being caught with worms.
Quemado Lake: Trout fishing is reported as fair to good. Anglers are having success using Power Bait, worms and spinners. The tiger muskies are reported as fair when using Roostertails and Z-rays.
Snow Lake: No report.

NOTE: The U.S. Forest Service has closed the Lincoln National Forest due to extreme fire conditions.

Black River: Flow is 6.4 cfs. No report.
Bonito Creek: Closed.
Rio Ruidoso: Flow is 0.28 cfs. Water levels are very low and fishing is reported as slow. The only fishing available is through town due to forest closure.
Bonito Lake: Closed.
Bottomless Lakes: Winter stocking is over for the year. 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 slow to fair for trout using Pistol Petes in the evenings and Power Bait and worms during the day.
Lake Van: No report.