Fishing report – Aug. 2

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 slow to fair using Power Bait for trout. We had no reports on other species.

Cimarron River: Trout fishing was good using brassies, Cimarron specials, red copper John Barrs, tricos, small gold Panther Martins, salmon eggs and worms. Water flow below Eagle Nest Lake as of Monday was 36 cfs. Fishing at the Gravel Pit lakes was fair to good using salmon eggs.

Clayton Lake: Fishing was generally slow with just a few trout taken on salmon eggs and Power Bait and a few small catfish caught on worms. Due to low water conditions, only small boats, kayaks and canoes can be launched.

Conchas Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits, minnows and grubs for white bass. Fishing was slow to fair using tubes, worms, minnows, top water lures and jerk baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was fair using liver and cut bait for catfish. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the mid to upper 70s.The steep north side boat ramp is open.

Coyote Creek: Trout fishing was fair using Power Bait, copper John Barrs and elk hair caddis.

Eagle Nest Lake: Fishing was good using worms from boats for perch. Fishing was good trolling Z Rays, double whammies, Fish Catchers and gold Panther Martins tipped with corn at 15 to 26 feet for a mixed bag of kokanee and rainbow trout. Last week Martin Montoya age 8 and Demetrius Montoya age 12 caught 7 kokanee in the 15 to 18 inch range while fishing with their grandfather. They were trolling double whammies tipped with white corn at about 26 feet. Fishing was fair using Rapalas and other minnow shaped crank baits and jerk baits for northern pike. Bank fishing was best in the early morning and evening hours. Anglers using Power Bait and worms caught a mixed bag of perch and rainbow trout.

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

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

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

Los Pinos: Trout fishing was slow to fair using Power Bait, salmon eggs, small spinners, hoppers and copper John Barrs.

Maxwell Lake 13: Fishing was slow for all species.

Monastery Lake: Trout fishing was slow to fair using salmon peach Power Bait and salmon eggs.

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

Pecos River: Water flow near the town of Pecos on Monday was 31 cfs. Trout fishing was good using elk hair caddis, yellow humpys, prince nymphs, copper John Barrs and salmon eggs.

Red River: Water flow below the hatchery was 38 cfs. Trout fishing above the hatchery was good using copper John Barrs, orange and yellow stimulators, elk hair caddis and worms.

Rio Costilla: Trout fishing was good using hoppers, black and olive elk hair caddis, brassies and yellow sallys. Through the Valle Vidal the Costilla and Comanche Creek continued to fish well.

Rio Grande: The water flow Monday at the Taos Junction Bridge was 219 cfs. Trout fishing was good using Panther Martins, worms, streamers, hoppers, bead head hares ears, copper John Barrs and orange and yellow stimulators. Fishing was fair using tube jigs, wooly buggers and night crawlers for smallmouth bass. We had no reports on other species.

Rio Hondo: Water flow near Valdez on Monday was 14 cfs. Trout fishing on the upper Hondo was good using parachute adams and stimulators.

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 using Power Bait, cheese, corn and salmon eggs. We had no reports on other species.

Ute Lake: Fishing was fair using tubes, chigger craws and small worms in 10 to 22 feet of water for a mix of largemouth and smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair to good using stink bait, shrimp and minnows for catfish. A few walleye were taken by anglers using minnows and crank baits. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the mid to upper 70s.

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

Southeast

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

Bonito Lake: Closed.

Bosque Redondo: Fishing was slow for all species. Fishing pressure was very light.

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 good using Power Bait, corn, salmon eggs, spinners, worms and Pistol Petes.

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

Lake Van: Fishing was slow for all species.

Oasis Park Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.

Pecos River: Water flow on Monday below Sumner Lake was 71 cfs. Fishing was slow for all species.

Perch Lake: Fishing was slow.

Ruidoso River: Water flow at Hollywood on Monday was 3.2 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Santa Rosa Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using minnows and chicken liver from the bank for catfish. Fishing was slow to fair using minnow, curly grubs, sassy shad and crank baits for walleye. Fishing for crappie was slow but there were a few taken on worms and grubs. Fishing for black bass was slow but there were a few caught by anglers using tubes, creature baits and jigs. We had no reports on other species. The boat ramp remains open. The surface water temp was in the mid to upper 70s.

Sumner Lake: Fishing was slow for all species. The only boat ramp accessible at this time is the east-side ramp.

Northwest

Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was good using topwater lures, 4-inch worms and tubes for smallmouth bass. Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits, grubs, bottom-bouncer minnow and bottom-bouncer nightcrawler combos for small walleye. Fishing for catfish was slow. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the low to mid 70s.

Animas River: As of Monday morning flow near Cedar Hill was 311cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Bluewater Lake: Fishing was fair using shallow crank baits, swim baits and spinners for tiger musky. Recommend releasing short fish as soon as possible to keep them healthy and a big catch for the future. Fishing was slow to fair using stink bait for catfish. A few trout were taken by anglers trolling spinners. The surface water temp was in the mid 70s.

Canjilon Lakes: Trout fishing was fair using salmon eggs, Power Bait, spinners and Pistol Petes under a bubble.

Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 699 cfs and 828 cfs respectively. Trout fishing below El Vado was fair to good using salmon eggs, night crawlers and black and gold Panther Martins for rainbows trout to 12 inches and brown trout up to 17 inches. The water was described as stained to murky. Fishing below Abiquiu was slow and the water was quite murky.

Cochiti Lake: Fishing was generally slow for all species but there were a few white bass caught by anglers casting trolling crank baits. We had no reports on other species. The water surface temp was in the mid 70s.

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

Fenton Lake: Fishing was fair using worms and Pistol Petes during the day and dry flies in the evening hours.

Heron Lake: Hot spot for kokanee: Fishing was very good using orange, pink and red spinners, Cripplures, double whammies and Z Rays tipped with white corn and trolled at a depth of 25 to 40 feet. Fishing from the bank was slow.

Jackson Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.

Jemez Waters: Water flow on the Jemez as of Monday morning was 13 cfs. Trout fishing on the Cebolla above and below Fenton Lake was fair using elk hair caddis, copper John Barrs and worms. On the upper Cebolla in the Catch and Release waters, Dave Menicucci and a guest caught and released several small brown trout and a few cutthroat trout. They were using beetles, stimulators, light brown caddis, CDC ants and hoppers. On the East Fork fishing was fair using elk hair caddis and salmon eggs. We had no reports from the Rio Guadalupe or the main Jemez. Best flies on the streams on the Valles Caldera were hoppers, elk hair caddis and PMDs. If you are interested in fishing on the Valles Caldera go to www.vallescaldera.gov.

Laguna del Campo: Fishing was fair using salmon eggs and Power Bait for trout. 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: We had no reports from anglers this week.

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

McGaffey Lake: This body of water has dried up and will be removed from the report.

Navajo Lake: Hot spot for kokanee: Fishing for kokanee continued to be very good using silver and green Arnies, Z Rays and Panther Martins tipped with corn and trolled behind beer cans or Christmas trees at 35 to 40 feet. Fishing for bass and pike was a bit tougher but there were a few good size fish taken by anglers using tubes, plastic worms and creature baits. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp ranged from 71 to 77 degrees on the main lake.

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

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

San Juan: Water flow below Navajo Lake as of Monday morning was 815 cfs. Trout fishing in the Quality Waters was good using grey, chocolate and black midge patterns on nymph rigs, red and orange larva in the early morning hours and size 18 PMDs in the evening hours. Fishing through the bait waters was good using pink egg patterns, copper John Barrs, wooly buggers, salmon eggs and worms. Most of the fish caught through the bait section were in the 8 to 11 inch range.

Santa Cruz Lake: Trout fishing was slow to fair using Power Bait, salmon eggs, Panther Martins and Super Dupers. We had no reports on other species.

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 Youth and Central ponds was fair using hot dogs, worms, stink bait and homemade dough bait for catfish. We had no reports on other species. Fishing at the Catch-and-Release Pond was slow.

Southwest

Bear Canyon: Fishing was slow for all species.

Bill Evans Lake: Fishing was fair using worms for bluegill and an occasional catfish. We had no reports on other species.

Caballo Lake: Fishing was fair using crank baits, sassy shad and minnows for white bass. A few walleye were taken by anglers using Flicker Shad, minnows and grubs. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the high 70s.

Elephant Butte: Fishing was good using spinners, Flicker Shad, white Bombers, jerk baits and silver Kastmasters for white bass. The best reports received this week came from anglers fishing the east end of Long Point. Fishing was slow to fair using tubes, grubs, plastic worms, salt craws and jerk baits for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing was good using nightcrawlers, cut bait and shrimp for catfish. We had no reports on other species. Surface temps on the main lake were in the high 70s and the water level was dropping. The Monticello and Dam Site boat ramps remain closed.

Escondida Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.

Gila River: Water flow on the Gila as of this past Monday was 47cfs. 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: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Percha Dam: Fishing was slow to fair using minnows for walleye. We had no reports on other species.

Quemado Lake: Trout fishing was fair using Power Bait and Pistol Petes. We had no reports on tiger musky.

Rio Grande: Water flow below Elephant Butte on Monday was 1,310 cfs. Fishing below Elephant Butte was fair using stink bait and minnows for catfish. We had no reports from below Caballo.

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

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