Weekly New Mexico fishing report — Dec. 31

Northeast
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. There were a few anglers out this past week and they reported fishing as slow for all species.
Coyote Creek — We had no reports this week.
Eagle Rock Lake — We had no reports this week.
Eagle Nest Lake — As of Monday, the lake was closed to fishing due to thin ice conditions. 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 this past Saturday the ice was eight inches thick and the lake was open to ice fishing. Anglers reported fishing as good to excellent. They were using homemade dough bait and corn and caught limits of trout along with a few perch.
Los Pinos — We had no reports this week.
Manzano Lake — Trout fishing was slow to fair for anglers using garlic cheese, garlic-scented Power Bait and Pistol Petes.
Maxwell Lakes — Closed for the season.
Monastery Lake — We had no reports this week. The lake is closed to ice fishing.
Morphy Lake — Closed for the season.
Nutrias Lakes — We had no reports this week.
Pecos River — Water flow near Anton Chico on Monday was 49 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 small copper John Barrs, Power Bait and salmon eggs.
Red River — Water flow near the hatchery on Monday was 45 cfs. Trout fishing was fair to good using egg patterns, San Juan worms, wooly buggers and salmon eggs for a mixed bag of brown and rainbow trout.
Rio Grande — Water flow near the Taos Junction Bridge on Monday was 452 cfs. Trout fishing was slow to fair using wooly buggers, streamers and leech patterns. A few were also caught by anglers using worms. We had no reports on other species.
Rio Hondo — We had no reports this week.
Rio Mora — We had no reports this week.
Rio Pueblo — We had no reports this week.
Santa Barbara — We had no reports this week.
Shuree Ponds — We had no reports this week.
Springer Lake — We had no reports this week.
Storrie Lake — A thin layer of ice covers the lake and it is currently closed to fishing. For updates, contact the State Park office at 505-425-7278.
Ute Lake — Fishing was slow but there were a few white bass and walleye caught by anglers using jigging spoons and blade baits at a depth of 70 feet. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the upper 30s.

Northwest
Abiquiu Lake — Fishing pressure was very light this past week and fishing was slow for all species.
Animas River — Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 284 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Albuquerque Area Drains — Fishing was very good again this past week as anglers did well using bead-head pheasant tails, parachute adams, worms, wax worms, Power Bait and salmon eggs. We received good reports from anglers fishing the Belen, Peralta, Corrales, Albuquerque and Bernalillo drains. One angler fishing the Albuquerque Drain reported catching trout, bass and suckers. He was using worms.
Bluewater Lake — 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 this week.
Canjilon Lakes — We had no reports this week.
Chama River — Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 151 cfs and 79 cfs respectively. Trout fishing below El Vado was good using Power Bait, worms and salmon eggs. Trout fishing below Abiquiu was fair to good for anglers using Power Bait, salmon eggs, small jigs and bead-head nymphs.
Cochiti Lake — The Tetilla Peak area and the upper end of the lake are completely iced over at this time and ice has been forming on the main lake and in the vicinity of the main boat ramp which could close in the near future. To check for updates, contact the Corps office at 505-465-0307. We had no reports from anglers this week.
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. 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 this week.
Jemez Waters — The Jemez River was flowing at 16 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 tunnel access to the Guadalupe is closed for the winter months. 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 this week.
Navajo Lake — We had no reports this week.
San Gregorio — We had no reports this week.
San Juan River — Water flow below Navajo Dam on Monday was 247 cfs. Fishing through the Quality Waters was good using dark colored wooly buggers and leeches, San Juan worms, red larva, egg patterns and OJs. Dry fly action was described as sporadic and best with BWOs and parachute adams in the late afternoon hours. Fishing through the bait waters was fair to good using Power Bait, worms, salmon eggs and wooly buggers. The water is off color with visibility less than 18 inches.
Santa Cruz Lake — Closed to ice fishing.
Seven Springs Brood Pond — We had no reports this week.
Tingley Beach — Trout fishing was reported as excellent again this past week. Anglers caught limits of trout using salmon eggs, garlic-scented Power Bait, homemade dough bait, assorted bead-head nymphs and Pistol Petes. Young Elijah and Zachary Martinez of Santa Fe fished here on the 28th and caught limits of trout within an hour. They were using salmon eggs. Fishing at the Catch and Release Pond was fair using wooly buggers, bunny leeches, egg patterns and small streamers.

Southwest
Bear Canyon — Fishing was slow for all species.
Bill Evans Lake —Trout fishing was good using, Power Bait, salmon eggs and homemade dough bait. Michael Diaz reported good fishing from boats for anglers using dark colored Pistol Petes while anglers fishing from the bank did best using salmon peach Power Bait. We had no reports on other species.
Caballo Lake — Fishing pressure was extremely light and fishing was slow for all species.
Elephant Butte — Fishing was slow for all species. Our only catch report was of a largemouth bass caught on a main lake point by an angler using a jigging spoon. The Marina del Sur, Rock Canyon and Dam Site boat ramps are open. The Monticello ramp remains closed due to low water conditions.
Escondida Lake — Trout fishing was good using salmon eggs, Power Bait and homemade dough bait. A few fish were also caught by anglers using Pistol Petes and spinners. We had no reports on other species.
Gila River — Water flow on the Gila as of this past Monday was 82 cfs. We had no reports again this past week from the main river or from the Forks.
Glenwood Pond — Trout fishing was fair to good for anglers using Power Bait.
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 but difficult to access. Michael Diaz checked it out this past week and reported the lake to be about 1/4 its normal size.
Percha Dam — We had no reports this week.
Quemado Lake — We had no reports this week.
Rio Grande — We had no reports this week.
Snow Lake — We had no reports fthis week.
Young Pond — Trout fishing was fair to good using corn and red sparkle salmon eggs. We had no reports on other species.

Southeast
Bataan Lake — Fishing was very good using chartreuse, bright green and garlic-scented Power Bait for trout. We had no reports on other species.
Black River — Stream flow at Malaga on Monday was 7.1 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
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 reported as excellent this past week. Anglers did very well using Power Bait and spinners. Kevin Ortiz reported catching a limit of trout in a very short time. He was using garlic scented Power Bait. He also informed us that some anglers were doing well using small Panther Martins.
El Rito Creek — Trout fishing was fair using salmon eggs.
Eunice Lake — We had no reports from anglers this week.
Green Meadow Lake — Trout fishing was fair using garlic cheese and Power Bait. We had no reports on other species.
Greene Acres Lake — Trout fishing was fair using Power Bait and salmon eggs.
Grindstone Reservoir — Trout fishing was very good for anglers using salmon eggs, Power Bait and homemade dough bait. We had no reports on other species.
Jal Lake — We had no report this week.
Lake Van — Fishing was slow to fair using Power Bait, homemade dough bait and salmon eggs for trout.
Oasis Park Lake — Trout fishing was good using olive wooly buggers, Power Bait and salmon eggs.
Pecos River — Stream flow below Sumner Lake on Monday was 15 cfs. Fishing was slow for all species. Fishing pressure was light.
Perch Lake — Trout fishing was fair to good using salmon eggs and garlic scented Power Bait.
Ruidoso River — Stream flow at Hollywood on Monday was 5.3 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Santa Rosa Lake — Fishing pressure was extremely light and we had no reports from anglers.
Sumner Lake — Fishing was slow for all species. Fishing pressure was light. The Alamo boat ramp and the main boat ramp are the only ramps open.

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