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Ice fishing reported as fair in spots around state

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By The Staff

Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 248 cubic feet per second (cfs).
Albuquerque Area Drains: Trout fishing on the Albuquerque Drain, Albuquerque Drain South, Belen Drain and the Corrales Drain was fair to good using spinners, wax worms, power eggs, small jigs and salmon eggs.
AJ Trujillo fished the Belen Drain with his brother Gerald Trujillo and his wife, Amber Trujillo of Los Lunas.
They caught a walleye, carp, catfish, three largemouth bass and a trout. All were caught on power jigs with the exception of the trout which was caught on a Rooster Tail.
Bluewater Lake: Opened for ice fishing Saturday, Jan. 16 with an ice thickness ranging from 7 to 9 inches. Fishing was fair to good using atomic jigs for trout. Fishing for all other species was slow. For updated ice conditions, contact the State Park office at 505-876-2391.
Canjilon Lakes: Closed by the U.S. Forest Service until further notice due to danger from falling trees.
Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 104 cfs and 70 cfs respectively. Fishing below Abiquiu was good using chartreuse and yellow PowerBait, Berkley power eggs, micro mays and crane flies for trout.
Cochiti Lake: There were no reports from anglers this week.
Eagle Nest Lake: As of this past Sunday, the ice averaged about 13 inches thick across the lake.
Fishing was fair to good using jigs tipped with meal worms for a combination of perch, trout and kokanee. The kokanee were caught by anglers fishing near the boat ramp. We had no reports on northern pike.
For updated ice conditions, contact the State Park office at 575-377-1594.
A one day ice fishing derby will be held Saturday. For entry fees and more information, contact Tim Urtiaga at 505-974-9168.
Fenton Lake: The entire lake with the exception of the river inlet opened to ice fishing and as of Monday, the ice thickness was about 11 inches.
Fishing was good using wax worms, salmon eggs, garlic PowerBait, small Kastmasters and Swedish Pimples for trout.
Heron Lake: As of Monday, the ice was reported as 10 inches thick. There were no reports from anglers.
For updated ice conditions, contact the State Park office at 575-588-7470.
Jemez Waters: Stream flow on the Jemez River near Jemez Springs on Monday morning was 26 cfs. Fishing on the Jemez was fair using wax worms and salmon eggs for trout. Fishing pressure was very light.
Laguna Del Campo: Closed for the season.
Navajo Lake: Fishing was slow for all species. Fishing pressure was very light.
Rio Grande: Stream flow on Monday at the Taos Junction Bridge was 501 cfs. Fishing was slow but there were a few trout caught by anglers using night crawlers and streamers.
J. P. Cognasi caught a nice 18-inch, 2.5-pound trout while fishing the river between Española and Taos on Sunday.
He was using a night crawler.
San Juan River: Water flow below Navajo Lake on Monday morning was 339 cfs.
Trout fishing through the Quality Waters was good using red larva, bunny leeches, midge clusters, egg patterns and streamers.
Anglers reported catching large numbers of small fish. Fishing through the bait waters was good using leech patterns, worms, power eggs and salmon eggs for trout.
Tingley Beach: Trout fishing at the Central Pond and Youth Pond was good using wax worms, salmon eggs, PowerBait and small jigs. Trout fishing at the Bob Gerding Catch and Release Pond was very good using egg patterns, bunny leeches, small streamers and San Juan worms.