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Catches of the week

  • Bluewater Lake: Diego Artiaga, 6, of Albuquerque, caught a 38-inch, 15-pound, tiger muskie Oct. 8. It was his first cast and he was using a large spoon.
  • Eagle Nest Lake: Tommy Ledoux of Cimarron caught a 44-inch, 24-pound northern pike Oct. 6. He was fishing from the bank and using a big lure.
  • Elephant Butte Lake: Carlton Earley, Jr. of El Paso caught the biggest smallmouth bass of his life Oct. 7. He was jigging for white bass with live bait near Rattlesnake Island.
  • Fenton Lake: Patricia Scanlon of Albuquerque caught a 21-inch, 4-pound rainbow trout Oct. 9. She was using a homemade white mop and fishing from the bank.
  • Navajo Lake: Brian Stangel of Albuquerque caught and released a 5.31-pound largemouth bass Oct. 6. He was using a Juice Custom Baits swim jig. Charlie Estep of Colorado caught and released a 4.44-pound smallmouth bass Oct. 7. He was using a Strike King KVD jerk bait.
  • Seven Springs Brood Pond: Kashmir McCoy, 7, William McCoy, 9, and Lennon McCoy, 3, of El Paso, caught their limits of trout Oct. 3. Kashmir and Lennon were using PowerBait and Fire Balls while William was using a silver and white Aglia dressed Mepps spinner. Logan Cajete, 6, of Albuquerque, caught his first limit of trout including an 18-inch rainbow Oct. 6. He was using salmon eggs under a bobber and a brown Tasmanian Devil.
The following reports came in late but deserve a mention:
  • Conchas Lake: Dylan Dana caught and released a 15-pound blue catfish Sept. 22. He was using a Wally Diver and trolling for walleyes.
  • Seven Springs Brood Pond: Donovan Dominguez, 5, and Diego Dominguez, 10, of Albuquerque, caught their limits of trout within one-hour Sept. 22. They were using salmon eggs and stink bait.
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.
For catches of the week, include name, age, hometown, date, and location, type of fish, length and weight if possible and bait, lure or fly used.

Oct. 10  

Northeast

Charette Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Clayton Lake: Fishing was slow but there were a few trout caught by anglers using worms.
Cimarron River: Stream flow near Cimarron on Monday was 14.7 cfs. We had no reports from anglers
this week.
Conchas Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using creature baits, jigs, swim baits and spoons for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair to good using spoons and live bait for white bass. Fishing was good using homemade dough bait, cut bait and liver for catfish. We had no other reports.
Costilla Creek: Stream flow on Monday below Costilla Dam was .92 cfs. Check this one out next spring.
Cowles Ponds: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Coyote Creek: Fishing was fair using worms and salmon eggs for trout.
Eagle Rock Lake: Fishing was good using PowerBait, worms, salmon eggs, Super Dupers, spinners and Pistol Petes for trout.
Eagle Nest Lake: Fishing from the bank was fair using PowerBait for rainbow trout and good using worms for perch. Fishing was fair using large spinners, crank baits and spoons for northern pike. Kokanee snagging was slow.
Gallinas River: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Hopewell Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Lake Alice: Fishing was good using PowerBait, Fire Balls and worms for trout.
Lake Maloya: Trout fishing was fair to good using PowerBait, bead-head pheasant tail nymphs and Pistol Petes.
Los Pinos River: Fishing was fair to good using pheasant tail nymphs, copper John Barrs, worms and salmon eggs for trout.
Maxwell Lake 13: Fishing was slow for all species.
Monastery Lake: Fishing was fair to good using Pistol Petes, prince nymphs, custom tied nymphs, Fire Balls and PowerBait for trout.
Morphy Lake: Trout fishing was slow to fair using PowerBait and salmon eggs.
Pecos River: Streamflow near Pecos on Monday was 181 cfs. Fishing was fair to good using copper John Barrs, San Juan worms, wooly buggers and worms for trout.
Red River: Stream flow below the hatchery on Monday was 81.6 cfs. Fishing was fair to good using salmon eggs, PowerBait, San Juan worms, small bead-head pheasant tail nymphs and copper John Barrs for trout.
Red River City Ponds: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Rio Grande: Stream flow on Monday at the Taos Junction Bridge was 608 cfs. Fishing was fair using wooly buggers, San Juan worms, leech patterns, PowerBait and night crawlers for browns, cutbows and rainbow trout. We had no other reports.
Rio Hondo: Stream flow near Valdez on Monday was 25.7 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Rio Mora: As of Monday, stream flow near Terrero was 76.2 cfs. Fishing was slow to fair using worms for trout.
Rio Pueblo: Stream flow near Penasco on Monday was 58.1 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Santa Cruz Reservoir: Fishing was fair to good using PowerBait, salmon eggs, Super Dupers, small Kastmasters and PowerBait for trout.
Shuree Ponds: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Springer Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Storrie Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
Stubblefield Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
Ute Lake: Fishing was fair using senkos, plastic worms, creature baits and Ned rigs for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was good using slab spoons and blade baits for white bass. Fishing was excellent using stink bait for catfish. We had no other reports. The surface water temp was in the mid to high 60s and the water was quite murky.

Northwest

Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was fair using tubes, worms, spoons, crank baits and swim baits for smallmouth bass. A few walleyes were caught by anglers using spoons and curly tail grubs and spinners tipped with night crawlers. Fishing was slow to fair using worms, liver, homemade dough bait for catfish. All the catfish activity reported was from anglers fishing at night. We had no other reports.
Animas River: Water flow below Aztec on Monday morning was 289 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Albuquerque Area Drains: Michael Griego II of Peralta reported great fishing on the drain at Tome. He caught four largemouth bass, three carp and one catfish. He used night crawlers for the carp, catfish and two bass and a crawdad crank bait and blue and black finesse jig for the others.
Bluewater Lake: Fishing was slow with just a few tiger muskies caught by anglers using in line spinners, large spoons and crank baits. One catfish was caught by an angler using hot dogs.
Brazos River: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Canjilon Lakes: Closed by the U.S. Forest Service until further notice.
Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 605 cfs and 893 cfs respectively. Fishing below El Vado was fair using bead-head wooly buggers, muddler minnows, night crawlers and Fire Balls for brown and rainbow trout. We had no reports from below Abiquiu.: The river from the USGS gauging station to the confluence of the Rio Nutrias is now catch and release only using single barbless hook artificial flies and lures. The kokanee snagging season opens October 1 from El Vado Lake to the west boundary of the Rio Chama Wildlife and Fishing Area.
Cochiti Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using jigs, creature baits and worms for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was slow to fair using shrimp, stink bait and chicken liver for catfish. We had no other reports.
El Vado Lake: Fishing was fair using worms for perch, smallmouth bass and rainbow trout. A few bass were also caught by anglers using tubes and spinners. Kokanee snagging was slow.
Fenton Lake: Fishing was very good using leech patterns, white mops, bead-head wooly buggers, gold Super Dupers, gold blade Pistol Petes, PowerBait, Fire Balls and worms for brown and rainbow trout. Missy Milam of Los Lunas caught a 19-inch rainbow on Monday. She was using worms and a Fire Ball.
Heron Lake: Fishing was fair using salmon eggs and PowerBait from the bank for rainbow trout. We had no other reports. The lake and Willow Creek are closed to kokanee snagging Oct.1-Nov. 9 and no kokanee may be in possession while fishing during this period.
Jackson Lake: Fishing was fair to good using worms and PowerBait for trout. We had no other reports.
Jemez Waters: Stream flow on the Jemez River near Jemez Springs on Monday morning was 28.6 cfs. Trout fishing on the Jemez River was good using worms, copper John Barrs and salmon eggs. Fishing on the lower Cebolla was good using wooly buggers, Pistol Petes and worms. We had no other reports.
Laguna del Campo: Fishing was slow to fair using PowerBait for trout.
Lagunitas Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Lake Farmington: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Manzano Lake: The lake was recently stocked with rainbow trout but we had no reports from anglers.
Navajo Lake: Fishing was good using crank baits, jerk baits, tubes, creature baits, jigs, swim baits and senkos for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was good using swim baits, top water lures, jerk baits, spinner baits and crank baits for northern pike. Fishing was good using worms and grubs for perch. Kokanee snagging was good with the best reports coming from anglers snagging along the dam area. We had no other reports. The surface water temp was in the low to mid 60s.
San Gregorio Lake: Fishing was fair using PowerBait and Fire Balls for trout.
San Juan River: Stream flow on Monday morning was 448 cfs. Fly fishing action through the Quality Waters was good for anglers using small foam wing emergers, red annelids, min mac midges, and small bead-head pheasant tail nymphs. Trout fishing through the bait waters was good using night crawlers, PowerBait, Fire Balls and copper John Barrs. Fishing further downstream anglers reported catching some nice brown trout in the Hammond tract area. They were using wooly buggers.
Seven Springs Brood Pond: Fishing was very good using spinners, PowerBait, Fire Balls and worms for trout.
Tingley Beach: Fishing at the Youth and Central ponds was fair to good using PowerBait, salmon eggs, worms and bead-head nymphs for trout. A few catfish were caught by anglers using homemade dough bait and hot dogs. Fishing at the Bob Gerding Catch and Release Pond was slow to fair using custom tied nymphs for largemouth bass. We had no other reports.
Trout Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Southwest

Alumni Pond: Fishing was slow for all species. Fishing pressure was extremely light.
Bear Canyon Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Bill Evans Lake: Fishing was slow.
Caballo Lake: Fishing was about the same as last week with just a few white bass caught by anglers using spoons and minnows.
Elephant Butte Lake: Fishing was fair using jigging spoons and live bait for white bass. Fishing was slow to fair using live bait, jigs, crank baits and creature baits for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing was slow to fair using liver and night crawlers for catfish. We had no other reports. The surface water temp was in the low 70s.
Escondida Lake: Fishing was slow with just a few catfish caught by anglers using homemade dough bait and liver.
Gila River: Stream flow on Monday morning was 44.4 cfs. Fishing on the West Fork was fair using
small pheasant tail nymphs and brassies for trout. We had no other reports.
Glenwood Pond: Fishing was very good using rainbow and salmon peach PowerBait and Fire Balls for trout.
Lake Roberts: Fishing was good using PowerBait, worms and salmon eggs for trout. A few were also caught by anglers using spinners. Fishing was fair using peach colored crawdads for largemouth bass. We had no other reports.
Percha Dam: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Quemado Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Rancho Grande Ponds: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Rio Grande: Stream flow below Elephant Butte Monday morning was 0.00 cfs. Fishing in the Mesilla Valley Dam area was very good using worms and beef liver bait for catfish. We had no other reports.
Snow Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Young Pond: Fishing was slow for all species.

Southeast

Alto Lake: Fishing was good using PowerBait, Fire Balls and small spinners for trout. We had no other reports.
Bataan Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Black River: Stream flow at Malaga on Monday was 12.5 cfs. Fishing was slow for all species.
Blue Hole Park Pond: Fishing was good using PowerBait and salmon eggs for trout. We had no other reports.
Bonito Lake: Closed until further notice by the city of Alamogordo due to fire damage.
Bosque Redondo Lake: Fishing was slow for all species. Fishing pressure was very light.
Bottomless Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Brantley Lake: Anglers are required to catch and release all fish here as high levels of pesticides have been found in some fish. Fishing was good using gold Kastmasters and slab spoons for white bass. Fishing was good using jigs, tubes, senkos, Ned rigs and crank baits for largemouth bass. We had no other reports.
Carlsbad Municipal Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Chaparral Park Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
El Rito Creek: Fishing was good using gold Panther Martin spinners, Pistol Petes, Fire Balls, PowerBait and worms for trout. We had no other reports.
Eunice Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Green Meadow Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
Greene Acres Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
Grindstone Reservoir: Fishing was fair to good using bead-head nymphs, worms and PowerBait for rainbow trout. A few perch and smallmouth bass were caught by anglers using worms and small spinner baits. Fishing was fair using cut bait and worms for catfish.
Jal Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Lake Van: Fishing was slow for all species. Fishing pressure was light.
Oasis Park Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using worms for bluegill and a few small smallmouth bass. Fishing for catfish was slow to fair for anglers using hot dogs and homemade dough bait.
Pecos River: Stream flow below Sumner Lake on Monday was .01 cfs. Fishing was slow for all species.
Perch Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Ruidoso River: Stream flow at Hollywood was 20.2 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Santa Rosa Lake: Fishing was fair using Ned rigs in the trees for largemouth bass. The surface water temp was in the mid 60s and the water was quite murky. We had no other reports.
Sumner Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using senkos, creature baits, worms, curly tail grubs and crank baits for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing for all other species was slow.

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