Fishing Report — Sept. 5

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

Northeast

Cabresto Lake — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Charette Lakes — Due to low water levels only small boats are being launched here and with some difficulty. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Cimarron River — Water flow below Eagle Nest Lake on Monday was 27 cfs. Trout fishing was good using zebra midges, Cimarron specials, stimulators, elk hair caddis, brassies, worms and salmon eggs. Fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes was fair to good using salmon eggs, worms and Pistol Petes.

Clayton Lake — Fishing was fair using surface and shallow running lures for trout. A few catfish were caught by anglers using night crawlers and homemade dough bait. We had no reports on other species. The boat ramp is now open.

Conchas Lake — The shallow and steep boat ramps on the north side of the lake are now open along with the Cove campground ramp. Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits, jerk baits, spinner baits and topwater lures for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing for walleye was good for a few anglers but reported as slow by most. Those having the best success were using deep diving crank baits and worm harness rigs. A few catfish were caught by anglers using liver and night crawlers. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp ranged from the high 70s to 80 degrees.

Coyote Creek — Trout fishing was good using salmon eggs, Power Bait, bead-head prince nymphs and parachute adams.

Eagle Rock Lake — Fishing was fair to good using salmon eggs, Power Bait and Pistol Petes.

Eagle Nest Lake — Fishing was good trolling Platte River specials and Arnies tipped with Power Bait for trout and an occasional northern pike. Anglers using Power Bait and fishing from the bank caught several rainbow trout. As usual, anglers fishing for perch did great using worms from boats as well as from the bank. Fishing for kokanee was slow.

Gallinas River — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Hopewell Lake — Trout fishing was fair to good using elk hair caddis, salmon eggs and worms.

Lake Alice — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Lake Maloya — Trout fishing was fair to good using salmon peach Power Bait and a wide variety of nymphs. The best reports came from anglers fishing early and late in the day.

Los Pinos — Trout fishing was good using bead-head prince nymphs, copper John Barrs, salmon eggs and worms.

Manzano Lake — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Monastery Lake — Trout fishing was good using bead-head prince nymphs, salmon eggs, worms and Power Bait.

Morphy Lake — Trout fishing was slow. The boat ramp remains closed due to low water conditions.

Nutrias Lakes — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Pecos River — Water flow near the town of Pecos on Monday was 37 cfs. The Mora and Jamie Koch fishing and recreation areas have reopened. The Bert Clancy and Terrero campgrounds remain closed. Trout fishing on the Pecos was very good for most anglers. Multiple hookups were reported by several anglers using a variety of baits and flies. Some of the best reports came from anglers using worms, salmon eggs, bead-head wooly buggers, bead-head prince nymphs and copper John Barrs. We had no reports from the Mora.

Red River — Water flow near the hatchery on Monday was 43 cfs. Trout fishing was very good using hoppers, poundmeisters, bead-head prince nymphs, Panther Martins, Fisher Chick spinners, night crawlers, Power Bait and salmon eggs.

Rio Costilla — Water flow below Costilla Dam on Monday was 21 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Rio Grande — Water flow near the Taos Junction Bridge on Monday was 228 cfs. Trout fishing was fair to good using wooly buggers, hoppers, copper John Barrs, night crawlers and spinners. We had no reports on other species.

Rio Hondo — Stream flow near Valdez on Monday was 15 cfs. Trout fishing was fair using hoppers, worms and salmon eggs.

Rio Pueblo — Water flow near Penasco on Monday was 2.3 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Santa Barbara — Trout fishing was fair to good using hoppers, elk hair caddis and small copper John Barrs.

Shuree Ponds — Heavy moss has created poor fishing conditions on the ponds.

Springer Lake — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Storrie Lake — Fishing was slow for all species.

Ute Lake — Fishing was good using Kastmasters, shallow running crank baits and topwater lures for white bass. Fishing was fair using 1/8-ounce spinner baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing for walleye and catfish was quite slow. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp ranged from the high 70s to the low 80s.

Northwest

Abiquiu Lake — Walleye fishing was almost a repeat of last week with the best success reported by anglers using spinner worm harness combinations. A few were also caught by anglers using crank baits. Fishing for smallmouth bass was fair using crank baits, jerk baits, tubes, salt craws and topwater lures. Anglers fishing at night caught a few catfish while using liver, homemade dough bait and shrimp. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the high 70s.

Animas River — Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 411 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Albuquerque Area Drains — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Bluewater Lake — Fishing was good using Rapalas, gold and silver spoons and spinners for tiger musky. We had no reports on other species. Anglers should be aware that it is illegal to use bait fish at this lake.

Brazos River — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Canjilon Lakes — Trout fishing was good using worms, Pistol Petes, salmon eggs, Power Bait and Fisher Chick spinners.

Chama River — Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 598 cfs and 261 cfs respectively. Trout fishing below El Vado was slow to fair using salmon eggs, night crawlers, Power Bait and weighted wooly buggers. Fishing below Abiquiu was fair using night crawlers and spinners.

Cochiti Lake — Fishing was slow to fair using night crawlers, chicken liver and shrimp for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

El Vado Lake — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Fenton Lake — Trout fishing was slow but should pick up in a few weeks with the cooler fall weather.

Heron Lake — The only boat ramp open is the primitive ramp in the Ridge Rock area. Boaters are able to launch but advised to use caution. Launching with four wheel drive vehicles is recommended. Fishing was slow for all species.

Jackson Lake — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Jemez Waters — The Jemez River was flowing at 13 cfs on Monday morning and was recently stocked. Rains over the weekend slowed fishing on most of the streams on and off the Valles Caldera. The San Antonio was very murky and the East Fork was about the same except near the headwaters. In that area, anglers did well using hoppers and beetles for trout in the 8 to 12-inch range. For information on fishing the Valles Caldera visit www.vallescaldera.gov.

Laguna del Campo — Trout fishing was fair to good using Pistol Petes, bead-head hare’s ears, salmon eggs and salmon peach Power Bait.

Lake Farmington — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Navajo Lake — Fishing was fair using topwater lures, crank baits, jerk baits and curly tail grubs for smallmouth bass and an occasional largemouth bass. Fishing was fair to good using chicken liver and cut bait for catfish. Fishing slowed down some for kokanee but there were a few caught by anglers trolling Z Rays, Panther Martins and Arnies tipped with Power Bait. They reported catching kokanee at depths of 45 to 55 feet. A few rainbow trout were caught by anglers fishing from the bank and using Power Bait. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp ranged from the mid to high 70s.

San Gregorio — We had no reports from anglers this week.

San Juan River — Water flow below Navajo Dam on Monday was 659 cfs. Trout fishing through the Quality Waters was good using Griffith’s gnats, para hoppers, midge pupae, cream midge larva and barbless spinners. Great action was reported by anglers using size 22 to 26 flies. Red midges worked best in the early morning hours while black and grey worked best in the evenings. A few trout were also caught and released by anglers using barbless hook spinners. Fishing through the bait waters was good using salmon eggs, Power Bait, worms, Panther Martins, size 16 mosquitoes and jerk baits.

Santa Cruz Lake — Fishing was slow for all species. The boat ramp has been closed and the water level is about 30 feet below the spillway.

Seven Springs Brood Pond — Trout fishing was good using Pistol Petes, Power Bait and salmon eggs.

Tingley Beach — We checked this one out over the weekend. Anglers described fishing for catfish as very good in the early morning hours then slow to sporadic throughout the day. Best baits were hot dogs, shrimp and night crawlers. Most of the activity was at the Central Pond. We had no reports on other species.

Southwest

Bear Canyon — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Bill Evans Lake — Fishing for bass was slow with just a few caught by anglers using salt craws. Fishing was slow to fair using night crawlers and hot dogs for catfish. One woman lost a big catfish when it broke her 15-pound test line. We had no reports on other species.

Caballo Lake — Fishing was slow for all species but there were a few white bass and walleye caught by anglers trolling shallow-running crank baits. We had no reports on catfish or crappie. One lane remained open at the main boat ramp.

Elephant Butte — Fishing was fair to good using shrimp, dead minnows, chicken liver and cut bait for catfish. Fishing for white bass was fair to good using spinners, crank baits, topwater lures, spoons and jerk baits. Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass was slow to fair using crank baits, jerk baits, tubes, senkos and topwater lures. Topwater worked best in the early morning and late evening hours. We had no reports on other species. The Monticello, Rock Canyon and Dam Site boat ramps remain closed due to low water conditions.

Escondida Lake — Fishing was fair to good using hot dogs and night crawlers for catfish. A few were also taken by anglers using homemade dough bait. We had no reports on other species.

Gila River — Water flow on the Gila as of this past Monday was 293 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Lake Roberts — Fishing was good using salmon eggs, Power Bait and worms for trout. Fishing was fair to good using worms and liver for catfish. Fishing for bass was slow. Give this lake a try while the water levels are up. As the rains and runoff in the area subside, the lake level will drop, making it increasingly more difficult to fish and the project to improve the dam and spillway will continue.

Percha Dam — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Quemado Lake — Trout fishing was very good again this past week as several anglers reported catching limits of trout with most fish being in the 9 to 14-inch range. Salmon eggs, worms and night crawlers were the best baits and the best fishing was in the early morning hours. A few smaller tiger musky were caught and released by anglers using spoons.

Rio Grande — Water flow below Elephant Butte on Monday morning was 7.2 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Snow Lake — We had no reports from anglers.

 Southeast

Bataan Lake — Fishing was slow for all species.

Black River — Stream flow at Malaga on Monday was 2.3 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Blue Hole Park Pond — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Bonito Lake — Closed.

Bosque Redondo — Fishing was fair using night crawlers, liver and dough bait for catfish. We had no reports on other species. .

Bottomless Lakes — Fishing was slow for all species. Check these lakes out during the winter trout stocking.

Brantley Lake — Anglers are to practice catch-and-release for all fish here as high levels of DDT were found in several fish.

Carlsbad Municipal Lake — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Chaparral Park Lake — Fishing was good using night crawlers and hot dogs for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

El Rito Creek — Trout fishing was fair to good using salmon eggs, worms and copper John Barrs.

Eunice Lake — Fishing was good using worms, hot dogs and liver for catfish.

Greene Acres Lake — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Green Meadow Lake — Fishing was good using shrimp, hot dogs, nigh crawlers and homemade dough bait for catfish.

Grindstone Reservoir — Fishing was good using Pistol Petes, spinners, salmon eggs, Power Bait and worms for trout. We had no reports on other species.

Jal Lake — Fishing was good using worms and hot dogs for catfish.

Lake Van — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Oasis Park Lake — Fishing was very good using shrimp and hot dogs for catfish. Winners of the catfish derby Saturday were Randy Germain in the adult division and Xavier Viscaino in the junior division. We had no reports on other species. Anglers are reminded that there is a two-fish limit on channel catfish.

Pecos River — Stream flow below Sumner Lake on Monday was 120 cfs. Fishing was slow but there were a few catfish and carp caught by anglers using liver, corn and night crawlers.

Perch Lake — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Ruidoso River — Stream flow at Ruidoso on Monday was 5 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Santa Rosa Lake — The main boat ramp has reopened to no wake boating and the lake level continues to rise. Fishing was fair using shrimp and liver for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

Sumner Lake — Fishing was slow to fair using night crawlers, shrimp and hot dogs for catfish and an occasional carp. We had no reports on other species. Both boat ramps remain open.

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