Fishing report - June 21

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: The lake and campground closed May 14 and will stay closed for about six months while the dam is being rebuilt.

Charette Lakes: Fishing was fair to good using Power Bait and bead-head nymphs for trout. Fishing was fair using worms for perch.

Cimarron River: Hot spot for trout: Fishing was very good using yellow and brown stone flies, yellow and orange stimulators, Cimarron worms, San Juan worms, zebra midges, black prince nymphs, spinners and salmon eggs for trout. Water flow below Eagle Nest Lake as of Monday was 26 cfs.

Clayton Lake: Fishing was good using Power Bait and homemade dough bait 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: Fishing was good using crank baits, spinners, minnows, grubs and sassy shad for white bass and walleye. Fishing was fair to good using Pop Rs, jerk baits, senkos, creature baits, tubes and crank baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was slow to fair using minnows and jigs for crappie. Fishing was fair to good using stink bait, liver, homemade dough baits and nightcrawlers for catfish. The surface water temp was in the high 60s to low 70s.The steep north side boat ramp is open.

Coyote Creek: Trout fishing was fair using copper John Barrs, salmon eggs and cheese.

Eagle Nest Lake: Fishing was very good using worms and jigs for perch. Anglers are continuing to do well from anchored boats and from the bank. Fishing was good trolling small spoons, Panther Martins, Z Rays and Pistol Petes on light tackle for trout and kokanee. Bank fishing for trout was fair using Power Bait and salmon eggs. Fishing was fair using jerk baits, swim baits, Kastmasters, Daredevles and Krocadile spoons in shallow water for northern pike.

Hopewell Lake: Trout fishing was fair using Power Bait, Pistol Petes and worms.

Lake Maloya: Trout fishing was good using Pistol Petes and Power Bait. A few trout were also taken by anglers using spinners and salmon eggs.

Los Pinos: Trout fishing was good using salmon eggs, worms, spinners, stimulators and copper John Barrs.

Maxwell Lake 13: Trout fishing was slow to fair using Power Bait for trout up to 25 inches.

Monastery Lake: Trout fishing was fair using Power Bait, cheese, corn and Pistol Petes.

Morphy Lake: Fishing was fair to good using Power Bait, homemade dough baits, Pistol Petes and cheese.

Pecos River: Water flow near the town of Pecos on Monday was 62 cfs. Trout fishing was good using copper John Barrs, prince nymphs, worms and salmon eggs.

Red River: Water flow below the hatchery was 66 cfs. Trout fishing was good using elk hair caddis, stimulators, copper John Barrs and bead-head hares ears. Dry dropper combinations worked very well with the best fishing in the early morning and evening hours.

Rio Grande: The water flow Monday at the Taos Junction Bridge was 281 cfs. Trout fishing was very good in the early morning and late evening hours using elk hair caddis, copper John Barrs, orange stimulators and bead-head hares ears. Fishing was fair using pumpkin salt and pepper tubes and gold Panther Martins for smallmouth bass and brown trout through the slower water.

Rio Pueblo: Water flow as of Monday morning was 11 cfs. Trout fishing was slow to fair using size 14 elk hair caddis in the evening hours. The fish were quite spooky due to the clear and low water conditions here and on the Rio Pueblo de Taos.

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

Springer Lakes: Fishing was slow for all species. The water was quite murky.

Storrie Lake: Fishing was fair to good using Power Bait, corn, cheese and salmon eggs for trout. Fishing was fair using liver and stink bait for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

Ute Lake: Hot spot for bluegill and catfish: Fishing continued to be very good using worms for bluegill. Fishing was very good using stink bait in shallow water for catfish. Fishing was good trolling spinner nightcrawler combinations along submerged tree lines for walleye. A few were also taken on crank baits. Fishing was good using creature baits, tubes and 4-inch and 7-inch Power Worms in the shallows for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing for crappie was slow. The surface water temp on the main lake was in the high 60s.

Southeast

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

Bonito Lake: The lake and surrounding area are closed to fishing due to the fire in the area. Check for updates in later reports.

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

Bottomless Lakes: Fishing was slow for all species.

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: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Grindstone Reservoir: Trout fishing was fair to good using Power Bait, cheese, corn, Pistol Petes and salmon eggs.

Jal Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.

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

Oasis Park Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.

Pecos River: Water flow on Monday below Sumner Lake was 143 cfs. Fishing was slow for all species.

Perch Lake: Fishing was slow.

Ruidoso River: Water flow at Hollywood on Monday was 2.1 cfs. Trout fishing was slow.

Santa Rosa Lake: Fishing was good using sassy shad, curly tail grubs, tubes and crank baits for walleye. Fishing was fair using minnows, tubes and small jigs for crappie. Fishing was fair using tubes, creature baits, crank baits and worms for smallmouth bass. A few catfish were taken by anglers using cut bait, chicken liver and homemade dough bait. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the mid to high 60s.

Sumner Lake: Fishing was slow for all species. A few white bass were taken on minnows and a few catfish were caught by anglers using nightcrawlers and dough bait. We had no reports on other species. The only boat ramp accessible at this time is the east side ramp.

Northwest

Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was good using homemade dough baits from anchored boats for catfish. Anglers did best fishing the late evening hours anchored in the main channel. Walleye fishing was good trolling crank baits, spinner-nightcrawler combinations and bottom bouncer nightcrawler combinations at a depth of 10 to 15 feet over 20 feet of water. Fishing was fair using crank baits, tubes and jerk baits for smallmouth bass. The surface water temp was in the low to mid 60s.

Animas River: As of Monday morning, flow near Cedar Hill was 543 cfs. Trout fishing was good using Panther Martins, nightcrawlers, bead-head pheasant tails, San Juan worms and salmon eggs.

Bluewater Lake: Fishing for tiger musky was fair to good using jerk baits, swim baits and crank baits. Fishing for all other species was slow. The lake level is dropping but there is still sufficient water for launching boats.

Canjilon Lakes: Trout fishing was fair using spinners, Pistol Petes and Power Bait.

Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 902 cfs and 1,270 cfs respectively. Trout fishing below El Vado was fair using nightcrawlers, salmon eggs, Power Bait and Panther Martins. Fishing below Abiquiu was slow.

Cochiti Lake: Fishing was good again this past week using spinners, jigs and crank baits for white bass. Most of the fish caught were small. Fishing was slow to fair using tubes, topwater lures and crank baits for smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair using stink bait, hot dogs and liver for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

El Vado Lake: Fishing was slow but there were a few rainbow trout and bass caught by anglers fishing from the bank and using corn and worms.

Fenton Lake: Fishing was good using worms, salmon eggs, cheese, Pistol Petes and wooly buggers for trout.

Heron Lake: Fishing for kokanee was good. Anglers reported catching limits trolling assorted spinners and small spoons tipped with white corn and trolled at a depth of 18 to 24 feet. Fishing from the bank was slow with just trout and kokanee taken by anglers using corn, salmon eggs and worms.

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

Jemez Waters: Water flow on the Jemez as of Monday morning was 8.1 cfs. Trout fishing on the Cebolla was fair to good using copper John Barrs, salmon eggs and hoppers. On the Rio Guadalupe, fishing was fair using bead-head hares ears and worms. On the East Fork fishing was fair using copper John Barrs and salmon eggs.

Laguna del Campo: Trout fishing was good using Power Bait, Pistol Petes, corn, salmon eggs and spinners. This is a special trout water open to anglers age 14 years or under, 65 years and older, handicapped anglers or up to 2 parents/guardians in direct supervision of a child or children age 14 years or younger who is fishing. This water was formerly known as Burn's Canyon Lake.

Lake Farmington: Fishing was slow for all species.

Manzano Lake: Trout fishing was slow to fair using Power Bait, spinners, Pistol Petes and salmon eggs.

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

Navajo Lake: Hot spot for crappie: Fishing was very good using white jigs and small tubes for crappie. Over the past weekend, angler Lonnie Garrison reported that he and three other anglers had a great time fishing stained water on the Pine arm. They caught close to 50 crappie and were using white jigs. Fishing was slow to fair using tubes, worms, baby brush hogs and grubs for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Most of the bass were in less than 10 feet of water. Fishing was fair trolling Arnies, double whammies and wedding rings tipped with corn in the Francis Canyon area for kokanee. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temps ranged from 63 to 69 degrees.

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

San Gregorio Lake: The lake was recently stocked with 8,000 trout and fishing was great this past week. Anglers did well using Power Bait, salmon eggs, Panther Martins, Gulp eggs, corn and Pistol Petes.

San Juan: Water flow below Navajo Lake as of Monday morning was 645 cfs. Trout fishing in the Quality Waters was very good using mayfly nymphs, Griffith's gnats and large attractors such as Chernobyl ants and hoppers on dry dropper combinations. Midge and mosquito hatches were strong in the evening hours. Fishing through the bait waters was good using nightcrawlers, Power Bait, spinners, wooly buggers and jerk baits.

Santa Cruz Lake: Trout fishing was fair to good trolling small spoons and drifting Pistol Petes. Fishing from the bank was fair using Power Bait, garlic cheese and worms.

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

an excellent place to take youngsters and get them interested in fishing. The pond is well stocked to offer youngsters a great fishing experience.

Tingley Beach: Fishing at the Central Pond was slow to fair using hot dogs, homemade dough bait and liver for catfish. Fishing was good using worms for bluegill. We had no reports on other species. Fishing at the Catch-and-Release Pond was slow.

Southwest

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

Bill Evans Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using stink bait, worms and liver for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

Caballo Lake: Fishing was fair using crank baits, sassy shad, grubs and spinner minnow combinations for white bass. Fishing was fair using stink baits for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

Elephant Butte: Fishing was fair to good using crank baits, curly tail grubs and sassy shad for white bass. Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits, spinner minnow combinations and sassy shad for walleye. The best walleye reports came from anglers fishing the east side of the lake in the Kettle Top area and the east end of Long Point. Fishing was fair using tubes, small senkos, square billed crank baits and jerk baits for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. A few bass were also taken on topwater lures fished early in the day. Fishing was good using stink baits, chicken liver and shrimp for catfish. We had no reports on other species. Surface temps on the main lake were in the low to mid 70s.

Escondida Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using stink bait, nightcrawlers and liver for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

Gila River: Water flow on the Gila as of this past Monday was 25 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week. For updated information regarding closures in the area call 575-533-6231.

Glenwood Pond: Trout fishing was good using Power Bait.

Lake Roberts: Fishing was good using Power Bait, salmon eggs, Pistol Petes and spinners for trout. Fishing for largemouth bass was good using crank baits and jerk baits. Fishing for catfish was fair to good using stink bait and liver.

Quemado Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.

Rio Grande: Water flow below Elephant Butte on Monday was 1,740 cfs. Fishing below Elephant Butte was fair using Johnson silver minnows and white grubs for white bass. Fishing was fair using stink bait and liver for catfish. Fishing below Caballo was fair using stink bait for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

Snow Lake: The Snow Lake/Dipping Vat Campground has been closed until further notice due to the Whitewater/Baldy Fire Complex. For more information call 575-533-6231.

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