Fishing report - Sept. 27

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: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Cimarron River: Water flow below Eagle Nest Lake as of Monday was 22 cfs. Fishing was good using tungsten bead flash bugs, brassies and small copper John Barrs. Anglers did best with double nymph rigs and with the flies tied close together. A few trout were also taken by anglers using salmon eggs. We had no reports from the Gravel Pit Lakes.

Clayton Lake: Fishing was slow for all species. Due to low water conditions, only small boats, kayaks and canoes can be launched.

Conchas Lake: Good news for boat owner anglers. The Cannon Cove Campground boat ramp is open and fully functional. Fishing was fair to good using crank baits, jigs and spinner baits for a mix of smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was fair using slab spoons and jig and minnow combinations for walleye. We had no reports on other species.

Coyote Creek: Trout fishing was good using salmon eggs, Power Bait, brassies and small copper John Barrs.

Eagle Nest Lake: Fishing was good using Power Bait, cheese, spinners and salmon eggs for rainbow trout. Fishing was fair trolling Arnies, Panther Martins and Z Rays tipped with corn. Fishing was good using worms for perch. A few northern pike were taken by anglers using spoons and spinners. The annual Fish Fest started last week and runs through September 30. For more information call 575-377-6941.

Hopewell Lake: Trout fishing was slow to fair using worms under a bobber, Power Bait and salmon eggs.

Lake Maloya: Trout fishing was a bit sporadic this past week but successful anglers did well using an assortment of flies, spoons and spinners for fish up to 14 inches. A few trout were also taken on worms.

Los Pinos: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Maxwell Lake 13: We had no reports from anglers.

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

Morphy Lake: Trout fishing was good using Power Bait, salmon eggs and cheese.

Pecos River: Water flow near the town of Pecos on Monday was 23 cfs. Trout fishing was good using worms, salmon eggs, flashback pheasant tails, brassies, copper John Barrs and small spinners.

Red River: Water flow below the hatchery was 28 cfs. Trout fishing was fair using size 16 and 18 bead head nymphs on a dry dropper setup.

Rio Costilla: Water flow as of Monday was 5.0 cfs. Trout fishing was fair to good using small parachute adams, BWOs and small hoppers.

Rio Grande: The water flow Monday at the Taos Junction Bridge was 215 cfs. Trout fishing was good using size 16 tungsten bead may fly nymphs, small flash back pheasant tails, poundmeisters and San Juan worms. A few trout were also taken on worms and small spinners.

Rio Hondo: Water flow near Valdez on Monday was 15cfs. Trout fishing was fair using small copper John Barrs and brassies.

Rio Mora: Water flow near Terrero on Monday was 7.2 cfs. 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 slow to fair using Power Bait, salmon eggs and cheese. We had no reports on other species.

Ute Lake: Fishing was fair using spinner minnow combinations in 4 to 10 feet of water for walleye. Fishing for all other species was slow with just a few smallmouth bass and largemouth bass taken by anglers using crank baits and jerk baits. The surface water temp ranged from the high 60s to the low 70s.

Southeast

Bataan Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.

Bonito Lake: Closed.

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 using Power Bait and worms.

Jal Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.

Lake Van: Fishing was slow to fair using liver, homemade dough bait and night crawlers for catfish. 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 66 cfs. Fishing was slow for all species and fishing pressure was very light.

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

Ruidoso River: Water flow at Ruidoso on Monday was 6.2 cfs. Trout fishing was slow.

Santa Rosa Lake: Fishing from the bank was slow to fair using night crawlers for catfish. A few crappie and walleye were taken by anglers using grubs and minnows. Fishing pressure was very light and we had no reports on other species. The boat ramp has been closed but the lake is accessible for canoes and kayaks.

Sumner Lake: Fishing pressure was very light and fishing was slow for all species. The boat ramps have reopened and will remain open as long as lake levels permit.

Northwest

Abiquiu Lake: Kokanee snagging season opens here on October 1 and runs through December 31. Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits, small swim baits and bottom bouncer worm and bottom bouncer minnow combos for walleye. Fishing was fair using crank baits, jerk baits, swim baits and top water lures for smallmouth bass. Night fishing was fair using liver and night crawlers for catfish. We had no reports on other species

Animas River: As of Monday morning flow near Aztec was 35 cfs. We had no reports from anglers.

Bluewater Lake: Fishing was good using Dynamic and Rapala crank baits and swim baits for tiger musky. Fishing in the evening hours was fair to good using worms and liver for catfish. 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 605 cfs and 386 cfs respectively. Fishing below El Vado was good using night crawlers, worms, Panther Martins, Power Bait and salmon eggs for a mix of brown and rainbow trout. Rhonda Rodriguez of Rio Rancho was fishing about a mile downstream and caught two nice 19.5-inch brown trout. She was using a black and gold Panther Martin. Trout fishing below Abiquiu was fair to good using night crawlers, Panther Martins, Power Bait and wooly buggers. A section of the river from El Vado Lake to the west boundary of the Rio Chama Wildlife and Fishing Area opens to salmon snagging October 1 and runs through December 31.

Cochiti Lake: Fishing was generally slow for all species but there were a few catfish caught by anglers fishing from the bank and using liver, hot dogs and night crawlers. There were also a few white bass caught by anglers trolling crank baits. We had no reports on other species.

El Vado Lake: Kokanee snagging opens October 1 and runs through December 31.The lake level continues to drop but the main park boat ramp is still open. Fishing pressure was very light this past week and has been all year. This just might be a sleeper for some good fall trout fishing. Give it a try and let us know how you do.

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

Fenton Lake: Fishing was good using worms, bright colored Power Bait, salmon eggs, wooly buggers and Pistol Petes. Anglers fishing from the bank had better success than those fishing from boats.

Heron Lake: Kokanee fishing has slowed and has been described by most anglers as sporadic. From October 1 through November 8 it is unlawful to possess kokanee from here or from Willow Creek. Any kokanee caught while fishing for other species must be immediately released. These waters are also closed to kokanee snagging during this time period.

Jackson Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week

Jemez Waters: Water flow on the Jemez as of Monday morning was 12 cfs. Trout fishing on the Cebolla above and below Fenton Lake continued to be quite good this past week for anglers using wooly buggers and worms. Fishing on the East Fork was fair using small brassies, small pheasant tails and ant patterns. If you are interested in fishing on the Valles Caldera go to htttp:www.vallescaldera.gov/comevisit/fish/index.aspx.

Laguna del Campo: We had no reports from anglers this week. 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 and is open to fishing through October 31.

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

Manzano Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.

Navajo Lake: Kokanee snagging opens here and on the Pine River October 1 and runs through December 31. Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits, jigs, jerk baits, grubs and worms for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing for northern pike was slow but there were a few taken by anglers using crank baits. Fishing for bluegill was fair using worms. We had no reports on other species.

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 1,000 cfs. Trout fishing in the Quality Waters was good using emergers, midge pupa, small parachute adams, gray RS2s and dead chickens. Anglers again this week did well using large streamers with extra weight and a sink tip along the bank. Fishing through the bait waters was good using night crawlers, worms, copper John Barrs, San Juan worms, Power Bait, spinners, and jerk baits.

Santa Cruz Lake: Fishing pressure was very light again this past week and fishing was slow for all species. The boat ramp has been closed due to low water conditions.

Seven Springs Brood Pond: Trout fishing was fair to good using worms, salmon eggs and Power Bait. 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 for bluegill was fair using worms. Fishing for all other species was slow.

Southwest

Bear Canyon: Fishing was slow to fair using liver and night crawlers for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

Bill Evans Lake: The lake level is currently being drawn down due to water quality issues on the Gila since the big fire. The lake will remain open to fishing and camping but boat ramps will be inaccessible. We had no reports from anglers.

Caballo Lake: All boat ramps have been closed and will remain closed until such time as water levels rise and are deemed safe for launching. The lake will remain open to canoes, kayaks and other non motorized boats. Bank fishing was fair to good using liver and night crawlers for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

Elephant Butte: Fishing was fair to good using crank baits, slab spoons and grubs for a mixed bag of white bass, smallmouth bass and catfish. A few largemouth bass and smallmouth bass were also taken by anglers using jerk baits, top water lures and jigs. Fishing for catfish was good using night crawlers, shrimp and liver. We had no reports on other species. Anglers reported the best fishing times to be early to mid morning and during the evening hours. Anglers did well from boats and from the bank. The Monticello, Dam Site and Rock Canyon boat ramps remain closed due to low water conditions.

Escondida Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using night crawlers and liver for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

Gila River: Water flow on the Gila as of this past Monday was 33 cfs. Fishing was slow to fair using stink bait and night crawlers for catfish. We had no reports on other species. Although the Middle and West Forks and their tributaries are and will continue to be affected by the ash, the East Fork is unaffected and the smallmouth population is strong. We had no reports from the East Fork this week.

Glenwood Pond: Trout fishing was good using Power Bait and salmon eggs.

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

Percha Dam: The water was low and fishing was slow for all species was slow.

Quemado Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.

Rio Grande: Water flow below Elephant Butte on Monday was 7.7 cfs. Fishing here and below Caballo was slow due to low water conditions.

Snow Lake: Some access roads have been cleared and the lake is now open. From Reserve you can access the lake by taking FR 141 to FR 128. From Beaver Head take FR 159 to FR 142. We had no reports from anglers this week.

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