Fishing report – April 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

Charette Lakes: Fishing was fair using Power Bait for a mixed bag of trout and perch.

Cimarron River: Water flow below Eagle Nest Lake as of Monday was 43 cfs. Trout fishing for the first few miles below the lake was good using worms, salmon eggs, copper John Barrs and tungsten bead head San Juan worms.

Clayton Lake: Hot spot for trout. Fishing was very good using Power Bait and homemade dough baits for trout. We had no reports on other species. Due to low water conditions, only small boats, kayaks and canoes can be launched.

Conchas Lake: Hot spot for walleye and white bass. Fishing was very good using crank baits, minnows, grubs and sassy shad in less than 12 feet of water for walleye and white bass. Fishing for crappie was spotty but a few were taken on minnows and small jigs. Fishing for smallmouth bass was good using jerk baits, tubes and crank baits in shallow water. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the low to mid 60s.

Coyote Creek: Trout fishing was very good using salmon eggs, Power Bait, worms and copper John Barrs for a mixed bag of browns and rainbows.

Eagle Nest Lake: Fishing was good using salmon peach Power Bait, salmon eggs, homemade dough baits, worms and spinners for a mixed bag of perch and rainbow trout. A few northern pike were taken on worms and spinners. Anglers seemed to be doing better from the bank than they were from boats.

Gallinas River: Trout fishing was very good this past week and especially so for Mike Barela of Las Vegas. He caught a limit of trout including a 17 1/2 –inch brown. He was using a gold Panther Martin tipped with a worm.

Lake Maloya: Trout fishing was good using salmon eggs, worms, Pistol Petes, spoons, homemade dough bait and Power Bait.

Maxwell Lake 13: Fishing was very good using Power Bait for rainbows up to 24 inches. We had no reports on other species.

Monastery Lake: Trout fishing was fair using Power Bait, Pistol Petes and salmon eggs.

Morphy Lake: Fishing was fair using Power Bait, salmon eggs and homemade dough baits for trout.

Pecos River: Water flow near the town of Pecos on Monday was 279 cfs. Trout fishing was fair using worms, spinners and weighted copper John Barrs.

Red River: Water flow below the hatchery was 95 cfs. Trout fishing below the hatchery was fair using San Juan worms, prince nymphs and copper John Barrs.

Rio Grande: Hot spot for trout in the evenings: The water flow Monday at the Taos Junction Bridge was 422 cfs. Evening fishing was very good using elk hair caddis, worms and spinners for trout. We had no reports on other species.

Shuree Ponds: Closed for the season. Opens July 1.

Springer Lakes: Fishing was fair using live minnows and Rat-L-Traps for small northern pike. We had no reports on other species.

Storrie Lake: Trout fishing was good for anglers using Power Bait, corn, cheese and homemade dough bait for trout up to 14 inches. Fishing for catfish was slow.

Ute Lake: Fishing for walleye was sporadic but several limits were weighed-in at a tournament over the weekend. Best baits were crank baits, bottom bouncer/night crawlers, spinner/worm combinations and minnows. Fishing for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass was good using crank baits, jerk baits, senkos, chigger craws and tubes. Fishing was fair using minnows and jigs for white bass. A few crappie were taken by anglers using small jigs. Fishing for catfish was good using stink baits and chicken liver in shallow water. The surface water temp ranged from the low 50s to the low 60s.

Southeast

Bataan Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.

Bonito Lake: Trout fishing was good using Pistol Petes, homemade dough baits, salmon eggs, Power Bait and corn.

Bosque Redondo: Trout fishing was slow-to-fair using salmon egg/corn combinations, salmon eggs and Power Bait.

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

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: Fishing was slow for all species.

Grindstone Reservoir: Fishing for trout was good using Power Bait, salmon eggs, Pistol Petes and corn.

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

Lake Van: Trout fishing was fair using worms, Power Bait, salmon eggs and spinners. We had no reports on other species.

Oasis Park Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Pecos River: Water flow on Monday below Sumner Lake was 113 cfs. Fishing was fair using worms, liver and stink bait for catfish. Fishing was slow for all other species.

Perch Lake: Trout fishing was slow but there were a few caught by anglers using Pistol Petes, spinners and Power Bait.

Ruidoso River: Water flow at Hollywood on Monday was 5.7 cfs. Trout fishing was slow.

Santa Rosa Lake: Fishing was fair using sassy shad and curly tail grubs for walleye and crappie. Fishing was slow for all other species. Fishing pressure was very light. The water surface temp was in the mid to upper 50s.

Sumner Lake: Fishing was good using crank baits, minnows, worms, night crawlers and jigs for walleye up to 20 inches. Fishing was good using crank baits, jerk baits, jigs and sassy shad for white bass. Fishing was good using jerk baits, crank baits, spinner baits and jigs for smallmouth bass. Action was good from the bank as well as from boats. On April 21, Dewey, Mani and Lorenzo Loveless of Albuquerque caught limits of walleye, several largemouth, smallmouth and white bass and several big crappie including the one listed in Catches of the Week. Most of their fish were caught in less than six feet of water. The surface water temp ranged from the mid 50s to the low 60s.

Northwest

Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was slow with light pressure but there were a few walleye and smallmouth bass caught by anglers using tubes, jigs and minnows. The surface water temp was in the low 5os at the upper end of the lake and in the mid 50s near the dam. The water color is murky at the upper end of the lake.

Albuquerque area drains: There's more than just winter stocked trout in our area drains. Over the years we've had reports of largemouth bass, white bass, catfish, carp and even northern pike. This week we have a new specie to add to the list. Trevor Sisley was fishing the upper sections of the Corrales Riverside drain and caught a 1.75-pound bluegill. He was using a small jig tipped with a small pink grub. For close to home fishing, the drains can be good year-round.

Animas River: As of Monday morning, flow near Cedar Hill was 1,230 cfs. Trout fishing was slow.

Bluewater Lake: Trout fishing was fair using Power Bait, homemade dough baits, spinners and salmon eggs. Fishing for tiger musky was slow but there were a few taken on jerk baits, spinners and crank baits. The surface water temp ranged from the high 40s to the mid 50s.

Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 388 cfs and 428 cfs respectively. Trout fishing below El Vado was fair using Panther Martins, wooly buggers and worms for a mixed bag of brown and rainbow trout. Action below Abiquiu was a bit slower but a few rainbows were taken on worms.

Cochiti Lake: Fishing was slow with a few northern pike, white bass and largemouth bass caught

by anglers using crank baits, jerk baits and minnows

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

Fenton Lake: Fishing was good using worms, salmon eggs, Power Bait, spinners and Pistol Petes for trout.

Heron Lake: This week's report is a mirror image of last week with a few lake trout caught by anglers trolling big lures and using jigs tipped with cut bait. Bank fishing in the Piedra Cove area was fair using Power Bait and salmon eggs for rainbow trout.

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

Jemez Waters: Water flow on the Jemez as of Monday morning was 178 cfs and murky. Fishing was slow here and on most Jemez streams. On the Rio Cebolla below Fenton Lake trout fishing was slow but there were a few small fish taken on worms and nymphs.

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

Manzano Lake: Trout fishing was fair using Power Bait and worms.

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

Navajo Lake: Bass fishing was fair-to-good using jerk baits, tubes, chatter baits, senkos and spinner baits. Big bass caught during a team tournament over the weekend ranged from 4.19 pounds to 4.99 pounds. Fishing for northern pike was slow but a few good fish were taken on tubes, crank baits and jerk baits. Fishing for crappie was fair using minnows and small jigs. We had no reports on other species. Water surface temps ranged from 49 degrees in the early morning hours to 58 degrees in the afternoons.

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

San Juan: Water flow below Navajo Lake as of Monday morning was 487 cfs. Trout fishing through the Quality Waters was good using black or white leeches, cheese or peach colored egg patterns, small midge larva and sculpzillas. The action was pretty hot on Friday and Saturday but slowed some on Sunday. Watch for hatches coming off in the afternoon and evening hours. Through the bait waters, fishing was good using worms, Power Bait, spinners, jigs and jerk baits.

Santa Cruz Lake: Trout fishing was good using homemade dough baits, Power Bait, spinners, small crank baits and corn/salmon egg combinations.

Seven Springs Brood Pond: This water is open to fishing for youth under the age of 12 and

an excellent place to take the youngster and get them interested in fishing. The pond was

recently stocked and should offer a great fishing experience.

Tingley Beach: Trout fishing at the Central Ponds was fair-to-good using salmon eggs, corn, spinners and Power Bait. Fishing at the Catch-and-Release Pond was slow with just a few big fish caught on small zebra midges and black leeches.

Southwest

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

Bill Evans Lake: Trout fishing was slow-to-fair using salmon eggs and Power Bait. We had no reports on other species.

Caballo Lake: Walleye fishing was good for anglers using worms, minnows, grubs, crank baits and sassy shad. We had good reports from anglers fishing from the bank near KOA Point. Fishing for catfish was good using worms, liver and stink baits. Fishing for white bass was fair using crank baits, sassy shad and curly tail grubs. We had no reports on other species.

Elephant Butte: Fishing was fair using crank baits, jerk baits and tubes for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing was sporadic for white bass but anglers managed to catch a few using minnows, crank baits, grubs and spinners. The best reports came from anglers trolling the McRae Canyon area. A few walleye were caught by anglers using minnows, sassy shad and crank baits. We had no reports on other species. Surface temps on the main lake ranged from 54 to 66 degrees.

Escondida Lake: Trout fishing was slow-to-fair using salmon eggs, Power Bait and Pistol Petes,

Gila River: Water flow on the Gila as of this past Monday was 75 cfs. Trout fishing on the Forks was fair using prince nymphs and worms.

Glenwood Pond: Trout fishing was good using Power Bait.

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

Quemado Lake: Trout fishing was fair using Power Bait, worms and salmon eggs. We had no reports on tiger musky.

Rio Grande: Water flow below Elephant Butte on Monday was 1,080 cfs. Fishing here and below Caballo was fair using white grubs, minnows and sassy shad for a mixed bag of white bass and walleye. Fishing for catfish was fair using night crawlers, minnows and stink baits.

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