CATCHES OF THE WEEK:

  • Pecos River: On October 29, Tim Urtiaga of Albuquerque caught a 23-inch brown trout. He was using a self-tied brown nymph.
  • Chama River: On October 30, Ray Sisneros of Cuba caught a 23-inch brown trout. He was fishing below El Vado Lake and using a night crawler.
  • Navajo Lake: On November 2, Dalton King of Aztec caught and released a 41-inch northern pike. He was using a spinnerbait.
  • Elephant Butte: On November 4, Gary Thomas of McIntosh caught and released a 4.9-pound largemouth bass using a tube.

If you have a catch of the week story or just want to tell us about your latest New Mexico fishing experience, send it to us at fishforfun2@hotmail.com. We may include your story in our next report. Please include your name, date, and location, type of fish, length and weight if possible and bait, lure or fly that you used.

Northeast 

  • Cabresto Lake: The lake and campground closed May 14 and will stay closed until the dam is rebuilt.
  • Charette Lakes: Closed for the season.
  • Cimarron River: Water flow below Eagle Nest Lake as of Monday was 8.5 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Clayton Lake: Closed for the season.
  • Conchas Lake: Good news for boat anglers. The Cannon Cove Campground boat ramp is open and is fully functional. Fishing was slow to fair using tubes, grubs and jigs for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. A few white bass and walleye were taken on slab spoons. We had no reports on other species. The surface temps were in the low to mid 50s.
  • Coyote Creek: We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Eagle Nest Lake: Kokanee snagging picked up this past week and anglers reported the best times are early and late in the day. Trout fishing from the bank was good using Power Bait, roe sacs and salmon eggs. Fishing for perch was fair using worms. We had no reports of northern pike.
  • Hopewell Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Lake Maloya: Fishing was fair to good using spinners, chartreuse Power Bait and wooly buggers for rainbow trout.
  • Los Pinos: We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Manzano Lake: Trout fishing was slow to fair using Power Bait, salmon egg/corn combinations and spinners.
  • Maxwell Lake 13: Closed for the season.
  • Monastery Lake: Trout fishing was fair using salmon-peach Power Bait, corn and salmon eggs.
  • Morphy Lake: Closed for the season.
  • Pecos River: Water flow near the town of Pecos on Monday was 27 cfs. Trout fishing was fair using single salmon eggs on a small hook, worms, small jigs, small flashback pheasant tails and small copper John Barr flies.
  • Red River: Water flow below the hatchery was 29 cfs. Trout fishing was slow to fair using San Juan worms, bead-head pheasant tails, worms, rainbow Power Bait and salmon eggs.
  • Rio Grande: The water flow Monday at the Taos Junction Bridge was 238 cfs. Trout fishing was good using copper John Barrs, wooly buggers, Power Bait, worms and Panther Martin spinners. Fishing for all other species was slow.
  • Rio Hondo: Water flow near Valdez on Monday was 11 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Rio Mora: Water flow near Terrero on Monday was 5.3 cfs. Trout fishing was slow.
  • Rio Pueblo: We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Santa Barbara: We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Shuree Ponds: The water level on the ponds has been quite low and fishing was reported as slow.
  • Springer Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
  • Storrie Lake: Trout fishing was fair to good using Power Bait, cheese, corn, spinners and salmon eggs. We had no reports on other species of fish.
  • Stubblefield Lake: The lake has reopened with a new agreement with the Vermejo Conservancy District. However, with the current low water conditions, fishing is discouraged at this time.
  • Ute Lake: Fishing for walleye and white bass was sporadic but picked up mid-week for anglers using blade baits and slab spoons. They were fishing over deep flats in 30 to 35 feet of water. Fishing for smallmouth bass was slow to fair using creature baits and tubes in 10 to 12 feet of water on main lake points. Fishing for all other species was slow. The surface water temp was in the mid to upper 50s.

Northwest 

  • Abiquiu Lake: Fishing for walleye was slow with a few small fish taken by anglers using spoons and spinners at 25 to 35 feet deep. Fishing for smallmouth bass was slow to fair using tubes, jigs, swim baits and worms. We had no reports on other species of fish.
  • Albuquerque Area Drains: We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Animas River:  As of Monday morning, flow near Aztec was 172 cfs. Fishing was slow.
  • Bluewater Lake: Trout fishing was good and several bag limits were taken by anglers using spinners, worms, yellow and chartreuse Power Bait and salmon eggs. Tiger musky fishing reports ranged from slow to good. On Saturday, Fred Padilla and Carl Dawson caught and released several musky in the 24 to 36 inch range. They were using rooster tail-type spinners and black and yellow Panther Martin spinners. They also reported picking up a few trout on the spinners and on yellow and rainbow Power Bait. We had no reports on other species.
  • Canjilon Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 57 cfs and 43 cfs respectively. Fishing below El Vado was good again this week for a mix of browns and rainbows. Anglers did well using night crawlers, salmon eggs, worms, Power Bait and Panther Martin spinners. Below Abiquiu Dam, trout fishing was fair using worms, salmon eggs, copper John Barrs and Panther Martins. A section of the river from El Vado Lake to the west boundary of the Rio Chama Wildlife and Fishing Area opened to salmon snagging October 1 but we had no reports from anglers fishing this area.
  • Cochiti Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • El Vado Lake: Kokanee snagging opened October 1 and runs through December 31. We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Fenton Lake: Trout fishing was slow to fair using worms and salmon egg-yellow Power Bait combinations. Fishing pressure was very light.
  • Heron Lake:  Kokanee salmon snagging opens here on Friday, November 9.  Fishing from the bank was slow but there were a few rainbows taken on salmon eggs and Power Bait.
  • Jackson Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Jemez Waters: As of Monday, water flow on the Jemez River was 18 cfs. Trout fishing on the Jemez River was fair using salmon eggs, worms and small, copper John Barrs. Trout fishing on the Cebolla River below Fenton Lake was fair using worms. We had no reports from the other streams.
  • Laguna del Campo: Closed for the season.
  • Lake Farmington: We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Navajo Lake: Kokanee snagging opened here and on the Pine River October 1 and runs through December 31. Fishing and snagging is prohibited at the Pine boat ramp. For more information, contact the State Park Office at 505-632-2278 or visit www.nmparks.com. Fishing was fair using jerk baits and spinner baits for northern pike. Fishing for smallmouth bass was slow but a few were caught by anglers using jigs, creature baits and tubes. Fishing was fair using Power Bait, roe sacs and salmon eggs for rainbow trout. Fishing pressure was light. The surface water temp ranged from the low to mid-50s.
  • Ramah Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • San Gregorio Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • San Juan: As of Monday morning, water flow below Navajo Lake was 529 cfs. Trout fishing in the Quality Waters was good using parachute Adams, dead chickens, flash back-pheasant tails, RS2s, pink and red egg patterns, small streamers and fluff baetis flies. Fishing through the bait waters was very good using Panther Martins, Power Bait, salmon eggs, copper John Barrs and wooly buggers.
  • Santa Cruz Lake: The boat ramp has been closed due to low water conditions.  We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Seven Springs Brood Pond: We had no reports from anglers this week. This water is open to fishing by youth younger than age 12 and an excellent place to take youngsters and get them interested in fishing. The pond is well stocked.
  • Tingley Beach: Trout fishing at the main pond was fair using worms, spinners, Pistol Petes and Power Bait. We had no reports on other species. Fishing at the catch and release pond was slow.

Southwest 

  • Aggie Pond: also known as Alumni Pond. Fishing was fair to good using small spinners, Power Bait, salmon eggs and an assortment of flies.
  • Bear Canyon: We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Bill Evans Lake: The lake level is low due to water quality issues on the Gila since the fire. The lake will remain open to fishing and camping but boat ramps will be inaccessible. Trout fishing was fair using Power Bait and worms. We had no reports on other species.
  • Caballo Lake: All boat ramps have been closed and will remain closed until water levels rise and become safe for boat launching. Fishing pressure was light and slow for all species.
  • Elephant Butte: Fishing was slow to fair using tubes, hula grubs, jigs and crank baits for a mix of smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, white bass and crappie. The white bass were good size but were scattered. A few white bass were taken by anglers using spoons. Most of the black bass were found on rocky banks and points in 10 to 12 feet of water. We had no reports on other species. The water color ranged from murky to muddy and the surface temperature ranged from the mid 50s to low 60s.The Monticello, Dam Site and Rock Canyon boat ramps remain closed due to low water.
  • Escondida Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
  • Gila River: As of this Monday, water flow on the Gila was 41 cfs. Although the Middle and West Forks and their tributaries continue to be affected by the ash from the fire, the East Fork is unaffected and the smallmouth population is strong. We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Glenwood Pond: Trout fishing was good using Power Bait.
  • Lake Roberts: Trout fishing was good using Power Bait, salmon eggs and spinners. We had no reports on other species.
  • Percha Dam: The water level is low and fishing was slow for all species.
  • Quemado Lake: Fishing was fair to good using spinners, rainbow Power Bait and salmon eggs for rainbow trout. We had no reports on other species.
  • Rio Grande: On Monday, water flow below Elephant Butte Lake was 0 cfs. We had no reports from anglers.
  • Snow Lake: With access roads open and a recent stocking of rainbow trout, put this lake high on your list for some fall fishing from the bank. The roads are bumpy and the water level is low, but fishing should be great. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Southeast 

  • Bataan Lake: Trout fishing was fair to good using Power Bait, spinners, worms and salmon egg/corn combinations.
  • Blue Hole Park Pond: We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Bonito Lake: Bonito Lake is closed.
  • Bosque Redondo: Trout fishing was slow to fair using bead head nymphs, salmon eggs and Power Bait.
  • Bottomless Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Brantley Lake: Anglers must practice catch-and-release for all fish here as high levels of DDT have been found in fish in Brantley Lake.
  • Carlsbad Municipal Lake: Trout fishing was fair using Power Bait, salmon eggs, worms and Panther Martins.
  • El Rito Creek: We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Grindstone Reservoir: Trout fishing was fair using yellow Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms.
  • Jal Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Lake Van: Fishing was slow for all species.
  • Oasis Park Lake: Trout fishing was good using Power Bait.
  • Pecos River: On Monday, water flow below Sumner Lake was 19 cfs. Fishing was slow for all species but a few catfish caught by anglers using stink bait and worms.
  • Perch Lake: Trout fishing was slow with a few fish caught on Power Bait.
  • Ruidoso River: On Monday, water flow at Hollywood was 7.5 cfs. Trout fishing was fair to good using small, copper John Barrs and salmon eggs.
  • Santa Rosa Lake: Fishing pressure was very light and fishing was slow for all species. The boat ramp has been closed but the lake is still accessible by canoe and kayak.
  • Sumner Lake: Fishing pressure was very light this week and fishing was slow for all species. The boat ramps have reopened and will remain open as long as lake levels permit.

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