New Mexico fishing report — Dec. 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.

 Dec. 24

 Northeast

Charette Lakes: Closed for the season.

Cimarron River: Keep this water on your list for spring. Low water conditions this time of year make for some tough fishing.

Clayton Lake: Closed for the season.

Conchas Lake: The shallow and steep boat ramps on the north side of the lake are now open along with the Cove campground ramp We had no reports from anglers this week.

Coyote Creek: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Eagle Rock Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Eagle Nest Lake: As of Monday, thin ice conditions were keeping the lake closed to fishing. For updated information, contact the State Park office at 575-377-1594

Lake Alice: There is a thin layer of ice and there is no fishing at present.

Lake Maloya: As of Monday morning the lake was still closed to ice fishing due to thin ice conditions. For updates, contact the State Park office at 575-445-5607.

Los Pinos: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Manzano Lake: Trout fishing was fair to good for anglers using garlic cheese, garlic-scented Power Bait and Pistol Petes.

Maxwell Lakes: Closed for the season.

Monastery Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week. The lake is closed to ice fishing.

Morphy Lake: The lake closed for the season October 31.

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

Pecos River: Water flow near Anton Chico on Monday was 46 cfs. The Mora and Jamie Koch fishing and recreation areas have reopened. The Bert Clancy and Terrero campgrounds remain closed. Trout fishing on the lower river through the Villanueva area was fair for anglers using bright colored Power Bait and salmon eggs.

Red River: Water flow near the hatchery on Monday was 40 cfs. Had some decent reports from here again this past week as anglers did well using copper John Barrs, pink and red egg patterns, olive and brown wooly buggers and salmon eggs. A few good size browns were caught as well as several rainbows.

Rio Grande: Water flow near the Taos Junction Bridge on Monday was 476 cfs. Trout fishing was slow again this past week with just a few trout caught by anglers using big leech patterns, San Juan worms and weighted wooly buggers. We had no reports on other species.

Rio Hondo: We had no reports from anglers.

Rio Mora: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Rio Pueblo: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Santa Barbara: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Shuree Ponds: We had no reports from anglers.

Springer Lake: We had no reports from anglers.

Storrie Lake: A thin layer of ice covered the lake as of Monday and it is currently closed to fishing. For updates, contact the State Park office at 505-425-7278.

Ute Lake: Early this past week fishing was good using blade baits and slab spoons at 50 feet for walleye and white bass. Snow and cold weather moved in to slow down the action but it should pick up with warmer weather due again this week. The surface temp was right at 39 degrees for most of the week. We had no reports on other species.

Northwest

Abiquiu Lake: Fishing pressure was extremely light again this past week and fishing was slow for all species. There is some ice forming around the edges of the lake but it is gone by mid-morning.

Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 298 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Albuquerque Area Drains: Fishing was very good using bead-head pheasant tails, parachute adams, wax worms, Power Bait and salmon eggs. We received good reports from anglers fishing the Belen, Peralta, Corrales, Albuquerque South and Bernalillo drains.

Bluewater Lake: As of Monday the lake was closed to fishing due to thin and slushy ice conditions. For updates contact the State Park office at 505-876-2391. 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: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 215 cfs and 79 cfs respectively. We had no reports from below El Vado but trout fishing below Abiquiu was very good for anglers using Power Bait, salmon eggs, small jigs and a wide assortment of bead-head nymphs.

Cochiti Lake: As of Monday the main lake was free of ice and the main boat ramp was open. The Tetilla Peak area and the day use area are closed for the season but other areas are open for bank fishing. The weather should improve conditions this week so give this lake a try and let us know how you do.

El Vado Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week. The main area of the State Park has closed until March 31 but there is still fishing access and open water near the dam.

Fenton Lake: A layer of ice has formed on the lake and it is closed to fishing. For updated conditions, contact the State Park office at 575-829-3630.

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. As of Monday there was some ice forming in the coves but the main lake was open. Fishing was slow for all species and fishing pressure was very light.

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

Jemez Waters: The Jemez River was flowing at 13 cfs on Monday. Trout fishing on the lower section of the Jemez was fair for anglers using salmon eggs and copper John Barrs. We had no reports from the Guadalupe, Cebolla, East Fork, San Antonio or Rio Las Vacas. The Valles Caldera has been closed to fishing for the winter but should be back up and running next spring.

Laguna del Campo: Closed for the season.

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

Navajo Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

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

San Juan River: Water flow below Navajo Dam on Monday was 239 cfs. Fishing through the Quality Waters was good using bunny leeches, red larva, streamers, pink and yellow egg patterns and small bead-head pheasant tails. Dry fly action has slowed some but is still fair to good on the lower river during the afternoon hours. Fishing through the bait waters was fair to good using Power Bait, jerk baits and black and olive wooly buggers

Santa Cruz Lake: Closed to ice fishing.

Seven Springs Brood Pond: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Tingley Beach: Weekly stocking has made for excellent fishing at the Central and Youth Ponds. Anglers caught limits of trout using garlic scented Power Bait, homemade dough bait, salmon eggs, bead-head pheasant tails and Pistol Petes. A few trout were also taken by anglers using spinners. Anglers fishing the Catch and Release Pond did well using wooly buggers, bunny leeches, egg patterns, small streamers and small midge patterns.

Southwest

 Bear Canyon: Trout fishing was fair to good using garlic scented Power Bait and salmon eggs. We had no reports on other species.

Bill Evans Lake: Trout fishing was good using Power Bait, salmon eggs and homemade dough bait. We had no reports on other species.

Caballo Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week. Check this one out for some good winter walleye fishing.

Elephant Butte: Fishing was slow for all species. There were a few white bass caught by anglers using slab spoons. We had no reports on other species. The Marina del Sur, Rock Canyon and Dam Site boat ramps are now open. The Monticello ramp remains closed due to low water conditions.

Escondida Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Gila River: Water flow on the Gila as of this past Monday was 90 cfs. We had no reports again this past week from the main river or from the Forks.

Glenwood Pond: Trout fishing was good for anglers using Power Bait and salmon eggs.

Lake Roberts: A construction project to improve the dam has begun and falling lake levels may make it increasingly difficult to fish. The project is expected to continue into next summer. The lake is still open to bank fishing and trout fishing has been reported as excellent with garlic cheese being the best bait.

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

Quemado Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Rio Grande: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Snow Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Young Pond: Trout fishing was fair for anglers using Power Bait and salmon eggs. We had no reports on other species.

Southeast

Bataan Lake: Trout fishing was very good for anglers using salmon eggs and Power Bait. A few fish were also taken by anglers using spinners. We had no reports on other species.

Black River: Stream flow at Malaga on Monday was 20 cfs. Trout fishing was fair using salmon eggs and copper John Barrs.

Blue Hole Park Pond: Trout fishing was fair to good using salmon eggs and garlic scented Power Bait.

Bonito Lake: Closed.

Bosque Redondo: Trout fishing was good using garlic scented Power Bait, salmon eggs and small spoons. We had no reports on other species.

Bottomless Lakes: Trout fishing at the Devil’s Inkwell was good this past week. Anglers did well using rainbow and chartreuse Power Bait.

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: Trout fishing was good using salmon eggs, garlic cheese, Power Bait and small spinners.

Chaparral Park Lake: Trout fishing was fair to good for anglers using Power Bait and salmon eggs fished just off the bottom.

El Rito Creek: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Eunice Lake: Trout fishing was good using salmon eggs, Power Bait, homemade dough bait and worms.

Green Meadow Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week but trout fishing should be good with the recent stocking.

Greene Acres Lake: Trout fishing was good using chartreuse and green Power Bait and salmon eggs.

Grindstone Reservoir: Trout fishing was very good using Power Bait and salmon eggs. We had no reports on other species.

Jal Lake: Trout fishing was fair to good using salmon eggs and Power Bait.

Lake Van: Fishing was fair using Power Bait and salmon eggs.

Oasis Park Lake: Trout fishing was very good using green and olive wooly buggers and salmon eggs.

Pecos River: Stream flow below Sumner Lake on Monday was 15 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

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

Ruidoso River: Stream flow at Hollywood on Monday was 5.3 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Santa Rosa Lake: We had no reports as fishing pressure was nonexistent this past week.

Sumner Lake: Fishing pressure was extremely light and fishing was slow for all species. The only catches reported were a white bass and a catfish. Both were caught by anglers using spoons. The Alamo boat ramp and the main boat ramp are the only ramps open.

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