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Weekly Fishing and Stocking Report

By NM Game and Fish 

Catches of the week

NW

Bluewater Lake: Alicia Greenwood of Artesia caught and released a 33-inch tiger muskie Sept. 30. She was using a red crank bait.
Canjilon Lakes: Dylan Dean, age 12, and Derek Dean age 8, of Espanola teamed up to catch a 21-inch rainbow trout and a 15-inch Rio Grande cutthroat trout Sept. 29. They were using yellow Fire Balls.
Cochiti Lake: Jesus Lopez, age 8, of Albuquerque caught a 21-inch, 3-pound, 10-ounce carp Sept. 30. He was fishing by the old marina cove and using worms.
Gila River: Harper Seal, age 4, of Silver City caught a 15-inch catfish Sept. 30. She was using a hellgrammite. Michelle Tafoya of Silver City caught a 20-inch catfish Sept. 30. She was using a Hellgrammite.
Navajo Lake: Ray Stroup of Pagosa Springs, Colo. caught a 27-inch catfish Oct. 6. He was fishing for smallmouth bass and using a twin tail grub.
Rio Grande: Olivia Suazo, age 11, of Espanola caught and released a 16-inch brown trout Sept. 29. She was fishing the river between Embudo and Pilar and was using a worm.
Ute Lake: The team of Elrod and Chatwell of Borger, Texas caught a 7-pound walleye Oct. 6. They were fishing a team tournament and using a crank bait in 3 feet of water.
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

NE

Cabresto Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Charette Lakes: Fishing was slow and fishing pressure was light.
Cimarron River: Stream flow near the town of Cimarron on Monday morning was 24.6 cfs. Fishing was good using bead-head hares ears, copper John Barrs, San Juan worms, salmon eggs and worms for trout. Fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes was fair using PowerBait, worms and salmon eggs for trout.
Clayton Lake:  Fishing was fair to good using PowerBait and worms for trout. Fishing was fair using worms for catfish. We had no reports on other species. Fishing pressure was very light.
Conchas Lake: Fishing was good using top water lures, spinnerbaits, chatter baits and square billed crank baits for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair using sassy shad, curly tail grubs, crank baits and blade baits for white bass. Fishing was good using homemade dough baits, cut bait and chicken liver for catfish. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp ranged from the mid 60s to the low 70s.
Costilla Creek: Stream flow on Monday morning below Costilla Dam was .38 cfs. Mark your calendar to check this one out next spring.
Cowles Ponds: Fishing was fair using PowerBait for trout.
Coyote Creek: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Eagle Nest Lake: Fishing was very good using worms, PowerBait, spinners and small jigs for perch. Fishing was fair using worms, PowerBait, wooly buggers, Pistol Petes and spinners for rainbow trout. Kokanee snagging season opened October 1, but we had no reports.
Eagle Rock Lake: Fishing was fair using PowerBait, Fire Balls and Pistol Petes for trout.
Fawn Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Gallinas River: Fishing was good using Fire Balls and worms for trout.
Hopewell Lake: Fishing was fair using a variety of small bead head nymphs, worms, PowerBait and Pistol Petes for trout.
Lake Alice: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Lake Maloya: Fishing was fair to good using Pistol Petes and PowerBait for trout.
Los Pinos River: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Maxwell Lake 13: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Monastery Lake: Fishing was fair to good for anglers using PowerBait and salmon eggs for trout.
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 25.0 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Red River: Stream flow below the hatchery on Monday morning was 32.8 cfs. Trout fishing was good using bead head hare’s ears, wooly buggers, Fire Balls, PowerBait and worms. Young anglers trout fishing at the hatchery pond did very well using PowerBait and worms.
Rio Grande: Stream flow on Monday morning at the Taos Junction Bridge was 155 cfs. Trout fishing was good using black wooly buggers, pheasant tails, bead head hare’s ears, copper John Barrs, micro mays and night crawlers. We had no reports on other species.
Rio Hondo: Stream flow on Monday morning near Valdez was 8.77 cfs. Fishing was fair to good using worms and copper John Barrs for trout.
Rio Mora: Stream flow near Terrero on Monday morning was 7.3 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Rio Pueblo: Stream flow near Penasco on Monday morning was 6.11 cfs. Adam Archuleta reported excellent trout fishing this past weekend as he had no trouble catching a limit. He was using salmon eggs.
Santa Cruz Reservoir: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Shuree Ponds: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Springer Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Storrie Lake: Fishing was fair to good using Velveeta cheese and PowerBait for trout. We had no reports on other species.
Stubblefield Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using square bill crank baits and tubes for largemouth bass. We had no reports on other species.
Ute Lake: Fishing was very good using worms, Gulp baits and crank baits for bluegill. Fishing was good using shrimp, cut bait, night crawlers and chicken liver for catfish. Fishing was fair to good using Whopper ploppers, senkos, crank baits, drop shot rigs and spinnerbaits for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair using minnows, top water lures, crank baits and grubs for walleye. The walleye were scattered at various depths. The surface water temp ranged from the high 60s to the low 70s.

Northwest Fishing Report

NWCat

Abiquiu Lake: The lake level remains low and anglers should use extreme caution when launching boats. Four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended for launching. Much safer launching would be with canoes or kayaks. Fishing was fair using swim baits, jigs, tubes, senkos, spinner baits and crank baits for smallmouth bass. We had no reports on other species.
Animas River: Water flow below Aztec on Monday morning was 131 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 spinnerbaits, crank baits, hot dogs and crank baits for tiger muskie. We had no reports on other species.
Brazos River: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Canjilon Lakes: Trout fishing was fair using Fisher Chick spinners, Panther Martins, PowerBait, worms, Fire Balls and Pistol Petes.
Chama River: Monday morning flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 283 cfs and 412 cfs respectively. Trout fishing below Heron Lake was good using prince nymphs, copper John Barrs and bead head hare’s ears. Trout fishing below El Vado was very good using wooly buggers, green and red copper John Barrs, micro mays, night crawlers and PowerBait for brown and rainbow trout. Fishing was good using worms for perch. Fishing below Abiquiu was fair to good using wooly buggers and night crawlers for trout. Kokanee snagging Season opened October 1 from El Vado Lake to the western boundary of the Rio Chama Wildlife Management Area, but we had no reports from anglers.
Cochiti Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using worms and minnows for a mixed bag of crappie, white bass and carp. A few white bass were also caught by anglers using crank baits. We had no reports on other species.
El Vado Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week. Kokanee snagging season opened October 1.
Fenton Lake: Fishing was good using streamers, Pistol Petes, leeches, worms, Fire Balls and PowerBait for trout.
Heron Lake: Fishing was slow for all species. Fishing pressure was light.
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 12.4 cfs. Trout fishing on the Jemez was good using worms, elk hair caddis, copper John Barrs and prince nymphs. Fishing on the Cebolla, San Antonio and East Fork was good elk hair caddis, copper and red copper John Barrs, Fire Balls and worms for brown and rainbow trout. Dry fly action was best from the late morning through mid afternoon hours. We had no reports on other streams.
Laguna del Campo: Fishing was good 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: Fishing was very good using salmon peach and garlic scented PowerBait, garlic cheese and salmon eggs for trout. We had no reports on other species.
Navajo Lake: Fishing was good using spinnerbaits, crank baits and plastics for northern pike. Fishing was good using drop shot rigs, crank baits, spinnerbaits, ned rigs and curly tail grubs for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was good using worms for perch. Kokanee snagging opened October 1 and was very slow. We had no reports on other species. Designated no-wake areas are closed from October 1 through November 8.
San Gregorio Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
San Juan River: Stream flow below Navajo Lake on Monday morning was 603 cfs. Fishing was good using RS2s, fore and afts, red larva, root beers, parachute Adams, dead chickens, midge clusters, foam wing emergers and chironomids for brown and rainbow trout. Through the bait waters, trout fishing was good using San Juan worms, RS2s, copper John Barrs, PowerBait, small jerk baits, worms and salmon eggs.
Seven Springs Brood Pond: Fishing was very good using PowerBait, salmon eggs and worms for trout.
Tingley Beach: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Trout Lakes: Trout fishing was good using Pistol Petes, PowerBait and Fire Balls.

Southwest Fishing Report

Alumni Pond: Fishing continued to be slow for all species.
Bear Canyon Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Bill Evans Lake: Fishing was fair using chicken liver, worms and homemade dough bait for catfish. We had no reports on other species.
Caballo Lake: Fishing was fair using liver, cut bait and homemade dough bait for catfish. A few white bass and largemouth bass were caught by anglers using crank baits. We had no reports on other species.
Elephant Butte Lake: Fishing was very good using crank baits, swim baits, sassy shad, curly tail grubs and blade baits for white bass. Fishing was good using crank baits, ploppers, senkos, swim baits and spinnerbaits for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing was good using chicken liver, minnows, homemade dough bait and cut bait 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 62.6 cfs. Michelle Tafoya of Silver City reported that she and her family had a great time fishing here and on the West Fork last week. They caught several catfish and smallmouth bass including one bass Michelle caught that measured 16 inches in length. All fish were caught using hellgrammites.
Glenwood Pond: Fishing was good using PowerBait and Fire Balls for trout.
Lake Roberts: Fishing was slow to fair using night crawlers and liver for catfish. Fishing for trout was slow to fair using worms, salmon eggs and PowerBait.
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 was good using chicken liver, homemade dough bait and night crawlers for channel catfish. We had no reports on other species.
Snow Lake: Fishing was good using PowerBait for rainbow trout.
Young Pond: Fishing was slow for all species.

Southeast Fishing Report

Alto Lake: Fishing was fair to good using worms for catfish. Fishing was fair using PowerBait, worms and salmon eggs for trout. We had no reports on other species.
Bataan Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using liver and worms for catfish. We had no reports on other species.
Black River: Stream flow at Malaga on Monday morning was 45.1 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Blue Hole Park Pond: Fishing was slow to fair using PowerBait and Fire Balls for trout. We had no reports on other 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: Fishing was slow to fair using chicken liver and stink bait for catfish. We had no reports on other species.
Bottomless Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Brantley Lake: Fishing was good using crank baits, top water lures, swim baits, senkos, flukes and ned rigs for largemouth bass and white bass. Fishing was good using liver for catfish. We had no reports on other species.
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 very good using PowerBait, Fire Balls and Gulp trout eggs for trout.
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 to fair using blood bait and homemade dough bait for catfish. We had no reports on other species.
Grindstone Reservoir: Fishing was fair to good using salmon eggs, PowerBait and Pistol Petes under a bubble for trout. A few catfish and small bass were caught by anglers using worms and liver. We had no reports on other species.
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: Stream flow below Sumner Lake on Monday morning was 83.6 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Perch Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
Ruidoso River: Stream flow on Monday morning at Hollywood was 10.2 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Santa Rosa Lake: Fishing was good using creature baits, spinnerbaits, swim baits, ned rigs, senkos and tubes for largemouth and smallmouth bass. We had no reports on other species.
Sumner Lake: Fishing was fair using cut bait, worms and chicken liver for catfish. Fishing was fair using senkos, spinnerbaits, crank baits, jerk baits and creature baits for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. We had no reports on other species.

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