Fishing Report — Sept. 26

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. Fishing was slow with just a few trout caught over the past week. They were good size trout in the 16- to 20-inch class. Best baits were Power Bait and floating grasshoppers. We had no reports on perch.

Cimarron River — Water flow below Eagle Nest Lake on Monday was 3.6 cfs. With low flow out of Eagle Nest, anglers worked pocket waters and did quite well this past week. They were using yellow sallies, caddis, ant patterns and worms. Fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes was fair using salmon eggs, Power Bait and caddis.

Clayton Lake — Fishing for trout was fair to good using dry flies and Power Bait. Fishing for all other species was slow. 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, topwater lures and small plastics for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was good using crank baits for white bass. A few white bass were also caught by anglers using topwater lures. Fishing for walleye was slow but a few were caught by anglers using crank baits and jig and minnow combinations. Fishing for catfish was fair to good using liver, shrimp, homemade dough baits and night crawlers. We had no reports on other species.

Coyote Creek — Trout fishing was good using spinners, worms, salmon eggs and Power Bait.

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

Eagle Nest Lake — Bank fishing was fair using sherbet Power Bait for trout and worms for perch. A few northern pike were caught by anglers using swim baits, spoons and spinners. Trolling was fair using Platte River specials and Panther Martins for rainbow trout. Fishing for kokanee was slow.

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

Hopewell Lake — Fishing was slow to fair using Fisher Chick spinners, Power Bait, worms and copper John Barrs for trout.

Lagunitas Lakes — Fishing on the lower lake was quite good this past week. Anglers did well using Power Bait, worms and Fisher Chick spinners.

Lake Alice — Trout fishing was slow.

Lake Maloya — Trout fishing was good using Joe’s flies, wooly buggers and Power Bait. If you catch a fish with a yellow tag be sure and report it to the folks at the Sugarite State Park office.

Los Pinos — Trout fishing was good using worms, hoppers, caddis, copper John Barrs and salmon eggs. Anglers reported catching mixed bags of brown and rainbow trout.

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

Monastery Lake — Trout fishing was good using copper John Barrs, Pistol Petes, salmon eggs and Power Bait.

Morphy Lake — Trout fishing was fair to good for anglers using Power Bait, salmon egg corn combinations and worms.

Nutrias Lakes — Trout fishing was fair for anglers using worms.

Pecos River — Water flow near the town of Pecos on Monday was 137 cfs. The Mora and Jamie Koch fishing and recreation areas have reopened. The Bert Clancy and Terrero campgrounds remain closed. Trout fishing was good using worms, salmon eggs, copper John Barrs, bead-head pheasant tails, caddis and rubber legged hare’s ears.

Red River — Water flow near the hatchery on Monday was 136 cfs. Trout fishing was fair using poundmeisters, Panther Martins, night crawlers, Power Bait and salmon eggs.

Rio Costilla — Water flow below Costilla Dam on Monday was 15 cfs. Trout fishing was good using terrestrials, mayflies and caddis. Most of the fish caught this past week were good size cutthroats with just a few brown trout mixed in.

Rio Grande — Water flow near the Taos Junction Bridge on Monday was 617 cfs. Trout fishing was fair using poundmeisters, copper John Barrs, wooly buggers, worms, night crawlers and spinners. We had no reports on other species.

Rio Hondo — Stream flow near Valdez on Monday was 53 cfs. Trout fishing was fair to good using ant patterns, caddis, copper John Barrs and worms.

Rio Pueblo — Water flow near Penasco on Monday was 40 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Santa Barbara — Trout fishing was fair using elk hair caddis, hoppers and yellow stimulators.

Shuree Ponds — The ponds have been low and murky all year but should be coming up with the recent rains. We had no reports from anglers.

Springer Lake — The water was quite murky and fishing was slow for all species.

Storrie Lake — The lake level has risen substantially over the past week but we had no reports from anglers.

Ute Lake — Fishing was very good using night crawlers, liver, shrimp dough baits and hot dogs for catfish. Fishing was good using topwater lures, crank baits jigging spoons and grubs for white bass. Fishing was slow to fair using jigs tipped with minnows for walleye. Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass was slow. The surface water temp was in the low to mid 70s.

 

Southeast

Bataan Lake — Fishing was slow for all species.

Black River — Stream flow at Malaga on Monday was 12 cfs. Fishing was slow.

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

Bonito Lake — Closed.

Bosque Redondo — We had no reports from anglers this week.

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

Brantley Lake — Brantley Lake State Park was closed to boating and swimming due to safety issues related to heavy rains and runoff into the 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 fair using night crawlers and liver for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

El Rito Creek — Before the heavy rains hit, fishing was fair to good using worms and copper John Barrs for trout.

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

Greene Acres Lake — Fishing was slow to fair using night crawlers and blood bait for catfish.

Green Meadow Lake — We had no reports from anglers this week.

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

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

Lake Van — Fishing was slow to fair using night crawlers, liver and hot dogs for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

Oasis Park Lake — Fishing was slow for all species and fishing pressure was light. Anglers are reminded that there is a 2-fish limit on channel catfish.

Pecos River — Stream flow below Sumner Lake on Monday was 370 cfs. Fishing was slow for all species.

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

Ruidoso River — Stream flow at Ruidoso on Monday was 45 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Santa Rosa Lake — The no wake restriction has been lifted with the major influx of water but anglers are advised to use extreme caught due to floating debris and other possible hazards. Fishing was slow for all species but should pick up as levels taper off and the water clears.

Sumner Lake — Rapidly rising water levels slowed fishing for all species. The level rose about 23-feet in the past few days. Fishing pressure was extremely light. The main boat ramp was the only boat ramp open as of Sunday.

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