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Weekly Fishing and Stocking Report

By NM Game and Fish

Catches of the week

Catfish

Bluewater Lake: Dominik Gow, age 10, of Albuquerque, caught a 42-inch tiger muskie Aug. 20. He was using a frog lure.
Conchas Lake: Leon Baca of Albuquerque caught a 7-pound, 6-ounce, largemouth bass Aug. 19. He was using a ¼ ounce snow white Booyah buzz bait.
Chama River: Ron Houvner of Albuquerque caught a 20-inch and a 21-inch brown trout Aug. 25. He was fishing below El Vado and using night crawlers. 
Eagle Nest Lake: Ethan Romero of Mora caught a 22-inch rainbow trout Aug 26. He was using a Panther Martin spinner tipped with sherbet PowerBait.
Elephant Butte Lake: Zeke Guzman Garcia of El Paso, Tex. caught and released a 20.5-inch, 5.5-pound smallmouth bass Aug. 21. He was using a white rooster tail. David Guzman Garcia caught and released an 18.5-inch, 4.5-pound walleye Aug. 21. He was using a chartreuse rooster tail. John Clayman of Rio Rancho caught and released a 7.68-pound largemouth bass. He was using a zoom trick worm.
Navajo Lake: Mary Vaughn of Farmington caught a 12-pound catfish Aug. 22. She was fishing for bass up the Pine Arm of the lake and using a plastic worm.
Tingley Beach: Darrell Cypress Smith, age 10, of Albuquerque, caught and released a 30-inch, 7-pound, channel catfish Aug. 19. He was fishing the youth pond and using hot dogs.
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.

Northeast Fishing Report

Bass

Cabresto Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Charette Lakes: Fishing was very good using a wide assortment of PowerBait for trout. A few were also caught by anglers using salmon eggs.
Cimarron River: Stream flow near the town of Cimarron on Monday morning was 6.40 cfs. We had no reports on the river. Trout fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes was good using PowerBait and worms.
Clayton Lake:  Fishing was fair using worms, PowerBait and Panther Martins for trout. Fishing was fair to good using chicken liver and worms for catfish. Fishing was good using worms for bluegill. We had no reports on other species.
Conchas Lake: Fishing was fair to good using crank baits, jerk baits, senkos, swim jigs, ned rigs, chatter baits and tubes for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing was good using worms for bluegill. Fishing was good using shrimp, cut bait and chicken liver for catfish. Fishing was fair using slab spoons and blade baits for white bass. We had no reports on other species.
Costilla Creek: Stream flow on Monday morning below Costilla Dam was 38.6 cfs. We had no reports from anglers.
Cowles Ponds: Fishing was good using PowerBait and salmon eggs for trout.
Coyote Creek: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Eagle Nest Lake: HOT SPOT FOR PERCH: Fishing was excellent using PowerBait and worms for perch. A few were also caught by anglers using small spinners and salmon eggs. Fishing was fair to good trolling pink wedding rings and Platte River specials tipped with PowerBait or corn for a mixed bag of rainbow trout and kokanee. Anglers fishing from the bank also reported catching several trout. They were using worms, PowerBait, spinners and small spoons. We had no reports on northern pike. The surface water temp was in the mid to high 60s. The 26th Annual Fish Fest will be held September 1-9. For more information call (575) 377-6941.
Eagle Rock Lake: Fishing was good using PowerBait, worms, Panther Martins and Pistol Petes for trout.
Fawn Lake: Fishing was fair to good using Mepps spinners, Pistol Petes, Fire Balls and PowerBait for trout.
Gallinas River: Fishing was good using worms, PowerBait and bead-head pheasant tail nymphs for trout.
Hopewell Lake: Fishing was fair to good using ant patterns, copper John Barrs, hoppers, PowerBait, salmon eggs and worms for trout.
Lake Alice: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Lake Maloya: Fishing was good using PowerBait, Pistol Petes, worms, wooly buggers and Panther Martins for trout up to 18 inches.
Los Pinos River: Fishing was fair to good using worms and salmon eggs for trout.
Maxwell Lake 13: Fishing was slow for all species.
Monastery Lake: Fishing was good using PowerBait, salmon eggs, worms, Panther Martins and Pistol Petes for trout. Mario Gonzales of Albuquerque reported great fishing over the weekend. His catch included an 18.5-inch rainbow. He was using a #4 Panther Martin.
Morphy Lake: Work has begun on the dam and the lake will remain closed through the end of the year.
Pecos River: Stream flow near the town of Pecos on Monday morning was 37.4 cfs. Fishing was very good using prince nymphs, elk hair caddis, worms, salmon eggs and PowerBait for trout.
Red River: Stream flow below the hatchery on Monday morning was 40.9 cfs. Trout fishing was good using prince nymphs, terrestrials, worms, salmon eggs and PowerBait.
Rio Grande: Stream flow on Monday morning at the Taos Junction Bridge was 159 cfs. Fishing was good using crane flies, bead-head hare’s ears, bead-head pheasant tails, elk hair caddis, gold spinners, PowerBait and night crawlers for brown and rainbow trout. Fishing was good using corn for carp. We had no reports on other species.
Rio Hondo: Stream flow on Monday morning near Valdez was 10.0 cfs. Fishing was fair to good using prince nymphs and elk hair caddis for trout.
Rio Mora: Stream flow near Terrero on Monday morning was 19.4 cfs. Fishing was good using copper John Barrs, worms and Fire Balls for trout.
Rio Pueblo: Stream flow near Penasco on Monday morning was 6.64 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Santa Cruz Reservoir: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Shuree Ponds: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Springer Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
Storrie Lake: Fishing was slow for all species. Fishing pressure has been light.
Stubblefield Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using crankbaits and chatter baits for largemouth bass. We had no reports on other species.
Ute Lake: Fishing was good using blade baits and slab spoons for white bass. Fishing was fair using night crawlers and chicken livers on rod and reel and on trot lines for catfish. Fishing was good using night crawlers for bluegill. Fishing was fair to good using top water lures, senkos, tubes and creature baits for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair using minnows under lights for crappie. Fishing for walleye was slow. The surface water temp was in the high 70s.

Northwest Fishing Report

Catfish

Abiquiu Lake: The lake level continues to drop, and anglers should use extreme caution when launching boats. Four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended for launching. The Corps continues to evaluate conditions. Much safer launching would be with canoes or kayaks. Fishing was good using top water lures, tubes, wooly buggers and crank baits for smallmouth bass.
Animas River: Water flow below Aztec on Monday morning was 68.6 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Albuquerque Area Drains: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Bluewater Lake: Fishing was fair to good using crank baits, jerk baits, large streamers and swim baits for tiger muskie. Fishing for trout and catfish was slow.
Brazos River: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Canjilon Lakes: Trout fishing was rated as good to very good by anglers using worms, Fire Balls, PowerBait and spinners.
Chama River: Monday morning flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 604 cfs and 649 cfs respectively. Trout fishing below El Vado was very good using terrestrials, prince nymphs, zebra midges, renegades and night crawlers for brown and rainbow trout. Fishing was good using worms for perch. Fishing was slow to fair using night crawlers, wooly buggers and terrestrials for smallmouth bass. We had no reports from below Abiquiu.
Cochiti Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using minnows, crank baits and spinners for white bass. Fishing was slow to fair using cut bait, shrimp and chicken liver for catfish. Fishing for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass was slow but a few were caught by anglers using jigs, senkos, creature baits and crank baits. We had no reports on other species.
El Vado Lake: Due to dropping water levels, the state park has closed off access to the boat ramp and use of motor boats. The lake remains open to watercraft such as canoes, kayaks and paddle boards. Fishing near the dam was very good using crank baits, tubes and curly tail grubs for smallmouth bass. We had no reports on other species. Fishing pressure was light.
Fenton Lake: Fishing was fair using Pistol Petes, Fire Balls, PowerBait and worms for trout.
Heron Lake: The water level continued to drop this past week, but as of Monday, the La Laja and Sierra Vista boat ramps remained open. Fishing was slow to fair using PowerBait from the bank and trolling with spinners for rainbow trout. Anglers trolling also picked up a few kokanee. We had no reports on lake trout.
Jackson Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Jemez Waters: Stream flow on the Jemez near the town of Jemez on Monday morning was 10.1 cfs. We had no reports on the area streams this week.
Laguna del Campo: Trout fishing was slow. Fishing pressure was light.
Lagunitas Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Lake Farmington: Fishing was slow for all species.
Manzano Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Navajo Lake: Fishing was good using chatter baits, senkos, swim jigs, crank baits, finesse worms, tubes and curly tail grubs for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was good using crank baits, spinners, jerk baits, chatter baits, swim baits and senkos for northern pike. Fishing was good using worms and curly tail grubs for perch. Fishing was good trolling spinners tipped with PowerBait or corn for kokanee at 60 to 85 feet. The surface water temp ranged from the low to mid 70s.
San Gregorio Lake: Trout fishing was slow.
San Juan River: Stream flow below Navajo Lake was reduced on Monday afternoon to 750 cfs. Fishing was good using dead chickens, mini macs, red annelids, hoppers, ants, root beers, RS2s and zebra midges for brown and rainbow trout. Through the bait waters, fishing was good using night crawlers, PowerBait, jerk baits, daredevils, terrestrials, RS2s and copper John Barrs.
Seven Springs Brood Pond: Fishing was good for anglers using PowerBait, and worms for trout.
Tingley Beach: Fishing was slow with just a few catfish catches reported. Anglers were using shrimp, homemade dough baits and hot dogs.
Trout Lakes: Fishing was good using PowerBait, Pistol Petes and Fisher Chick spinners for trout.

Southwest Fishing Report

SW

Alumni Pond: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Bear Canyon Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using chicken liver, shrimp and night crawlers for catfish. The best reports came from anglers fishing at night. We had no reports on other species.
Bill Evans Lake: Fishing was good using chicken liver, hot dogs and night crawlers for catfish. Fishing was fair using worms for bluegill. We had no reports on other species.
Caballo Lake: Fishing was fair to good using slab spoons, curly tail grubs and crank baits for white bass. We had no reports on other species. Fishing pressure remained light.
Elephant Butte Lake: HOT SPOT FOR WHITE BASS: Fishing was excellent using white, chrome and chartreuse slab spoons, blade baits and crank baits for white bass. Fishing was very good using top water lures, jerk baits, senkos, creature baits, chatter baits and crank baits for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing was good using crank baits in the Long Point area for walleye. Fishing was good using liver, cut bait and shrimp for catfish. We had no reports on other species.
Escondida Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Gila River: Stream flow on Monday morning was 127 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Glenwood Pond: Fishing was good using salmon eggs and PowerBait for trout.
Lake Roberts: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Percha Dam: Fishing was fair to good using hot dogs, shrimp and night crawlers for catfish. Fishing was slow to fair using minnows and curly tail grubs for white bass.
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 948 cfs. Fishing was good using cut bait, liver, shrimp and night crawlers for channel catfish. Fishing was fair using minnows and curly tail grubs for white bass and an occasional walleye. We had no reports on other species.
Snow Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Young Pond: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Southeast Fishing Report

Alto Lake: Our only report this week was of some very small largemouth bass caught and released by an angler using a crank bait.
Bataan Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Black River: Stream flow at Malaga on Monday morning was 8.47 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Blue Hole Park Pond: Fishing was slow for all species.
Bonito Lake: Closed until further notice by the city of Alamogordo due to fire damage. It appears now that the lake will be out of commission until the spring of 2020.
Bosque Redondo Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Bottomless Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Brantley Lake: Fishing was good using slab spoons, Mepps spinners, Rooster Tails and crank baits for white bass. Fishing was fair to good using deep diving crank baits, ned rigs, top water lures and spoons for largemouth bass.
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 PowerBait and worms for trout.
Eunice Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
Green Meadow Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
Greene Acres Lake: Fishing was slow with just a few catfish caught by anglers using liver and worms.
Grindstone Reservoir: Fishing was good using PowerBait, worms and Pistol Petes under a bubble for rainbow trout. Fishing was fair using night crawlers for catfish. We had no reports on other species.
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: Stream flow below Sumner Lake on Monday morning was 97.2 cfs. Fishing was fair using liver and night crawlers for catfish. We had no reports on other species.
Perch Lake: Fishing was slow for all species. Fishing pressure was very light.
Ruidoso River: Stream flow on Monday morning at Hollywood was 8.67 cfs. Fishing was fair to good using salmon eggs for trout.
Santa Rosa Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using ned rigs, senkos, jerk baits, swim baits and tubes for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits, bottom bouncer rigs and swim baits for walleye. We had no reports on other species. A water release is scheduled for later this week.
Sumner Lake: Fishing was fair to good using creature baits, chatter baits, top water lures, tubes, swim jigs and worms for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair using chicken liver, shrimp and night crawlers for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

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