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Weekly Fishing And Stocking Report

By NM Game and Fish

Catches of the week

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Alumni Pond: Araceli Hernandez caught a 30-inch, 15-pound carp Apr. 26. She was using pack bait. 
Berrendo Creek: Chevy Wyatt, age 11, of Roswell caught and released a nice largemouth bass Apr. 28. He was fishing at a youth bass clinic and using a Rat L Trap. 
Conchas Lake: Justin Moquino, age 7, of Albuquerque had a great day fishing Apr. 23. He caught 5 crappie, some smallmouth bass and a 19-inch walleye. He was using a chartreuse curly tail grub.
Elephant Butte Lake: James Gonzales, age 4, of Vanderwagen caught a “boat load” of white bass while fishing with his great uncle James Apr. 27. They were using Gulp minnows.
Navajo lake: Andrea Leyba of Albuquerque caught a 33-inch brown trout Apr. 21. She was using a jerk bait. Scott Whitney of Rio Rancho caught and released a 34-inch, 9-pound, northern pike, one more pike and 12 bass Apr. 23. He was using deep diving crank baits and jerk baits. Dylan Schmaltz of Gallup caught a 35-inch, 11-pound, northern pike Apr. 27. He was using a Lucky Craft Pointer 100 jerk bait.
Ute Lake: Chris Pierce of Amarillo, TX caught and released a 7.12 largemouth bass Apr. 28. He was using a jig. Dave Payne caught and released a 6.62 largemouth Apr. 28 and Walter Burnett of Amarillo caught and released a 4.48-pound smallmouth bass Apr. 28. Renee Preston of Friona, TX caught a 3-pound crappie Apr. 25. She was using a live minnow.
The following reports came in late, but are definitely worth mentioning:
Alumni Pond: Ryan Stratton, age 9, of Hatch caught his first fish, a 2.5-pound catfish April 20. He was using hot dogs.
Eagle Nest Lake: Jamie McCaslin of Eagle Nest caught a 23.5-inch, 5.75-pound rainbow trout April 20. She was using a spoon. Chase Rochester of Santa Fe shot a 43-inch, 20.8-pound northern pike Apr. 27. He was bow fishing.
Navajo Lake: Joe Gaztambide of Chicago caught a 38.5-inch, 18-pound, northern pike Apr. 20. He was using a spinnerbait.
Sumner Lake: Pedro Perez of Clovis caught his biggest catfish ever Apr. 19. The fish was estimated at about 35 inches in length and weighing about 20 pounds. He was using PowerBait.
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

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Cabresto Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Charette Lakes: Fishing was fair using green and chartreuse PowerBait just off the bottom for trout up to 18 inches.
Cimarron River: Stream flow near Cimarron on Monday morning was 118 cfs and the river was murky. Fishing was slow to fair using red San Juan worms, red zebra midges and brassies for trout. Best reports came from anglers working the bottom. Fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes was very good using worms, salmon eggs and garlic PowerBait on the bottom. Many limits reported. The 27thAnnual Children’s Fishing Derby will be held Saturday, May 11. For more information, call Lee Ferguson at (575) 377-6271.
Clayton Lake: Fishing from the bank was good using PowerBait and spoons for trout. Fishing was slow to fair using tubes and creature baits for largemouth bass. Fishing was fair using liver and worms for catfish. We had no reports on other species.
Conchas Lake: Fishing was very good using grubs, minnows, worms, crank baits, spinner baits, jerk baits, jigs and creature baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was fair to good using minnows, worms and grubs for crappie. Walleye fishing picked up this past week with several caught by anglers using minnows, grubs and crank baits. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp ranged from the high 50s to the low 60s.
Costilla Creek: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Cowles Ponds: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Coyote Creek: Fishing was good using worms and small spoons for brown trout. Fishing was good using PowerBait for stocked rainbow trout.
Eagle Nest Lake: Fishing was good using spoons, spinners and a variety of PowerBait for rainbow trout. Anglers did well from boats and from the bank. Fishing was fair using PowerBait, jerk baits and spinners and bow fishing for northern pike. Anglers also picked up a few fish while using Pistol Petes and spinners. Fishing for perch and kokanee was slow.
Eagle Rock Lake: Fishing was good using PowerBait, worms, spoons and Fire Balls for trout.
Fawn Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Gallinas River: Fishing was good using worms for trout.
Hopewell Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Lake Alice: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Lake Maloya: Fishing was good using assorted PowerBait and salmon eggs for trout.
Los Pinos River: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Maxwell Lake 13: Fishing was fair using PowerBait for trout.
Monastery Lake: Fishing was good using PowerBait and Fire Balls for trout.
Morphy Lake: Closed for a renovation project on the dam and no firm opening date has been set.
Pecos River: Stream flow near the town of Pecos on Monday morning was 855 cfs. Trout fishing changed from fair to slow this past week with the increase in runoff.
Red River: Stream flow below the hatchery on Monday morning was 197 cfs. Fishing was fair to good using copper John Barrs, wooly buggers and worms for trout. Fishing at the hatchery pond was good using PowerBait.
Rio Grande: Stream flow at the Taos Junction Bridge was 2,120 cfs. Fishing was slow.
Rio Hondo: Stream flow on Monday morning was 95.2 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Rio Mora: Stream flow on Monday morning was 218 cfs. Fishing was good using worms for trout.
Rio Pueblo: Stream flow on Monday morning near Penasco was 434 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Santa Cruz Reservoir: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Shuree Ponds: Closed for the season.
Springer Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Storrie Lake: Fishing was good using salmon peach PowerBait for trout.
Stubblefield Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Ute Lake: Fishing was very good using swim baits, spinner baits, jigs, tubes, crank baits and the general PowerBait for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was fair to good using minnows, curly tail grubs and small jigs for crappie. Fishing was slow to fair using swim baits, grubs, jig and minnow combinations and worms for walleye. Fishing was slow to fair trolling crank baits for white bass. Fishing for catfish was slow. The surface temp ranged from the high 50s to the low 60s.

Northwest Fishing Report

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Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits, minnows, bottom bouncer/night crawler rigs and curly tail grubs for walleye and smallmouth bass. Adam Mascarenas of Albuquerque reported his best day bass fishing April 29. He caught five nice smallmouth bass while using Gulp minnows under a bobber. Trout fishing from boats and from the bank this past week was good for anglers using worms, spinners and minnows. The water level continues to rise, but launching boats is still quite difficult and 4-wheel drive is required.
Animas River: Water flow below Aztec on Monday morning was 2,680 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Albuquerque Area Drains: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Bluewater Lake: Dion Riley reported slow fishing for all species with just one medium size tiger muskie caught by anglers fishing from the bank. We had no other reports.
Brazos River: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Canjilon Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Chama River: Monday morning flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 1,830 cfs and 1,410 cfs respectively. Trout fishing was slow.
Cochiti Lake: Fishing was slow for all species with just a few northern pike and bass caught by anglers using crank baits, spinner baits and soft plastics.
El Vado Lake: Fishing was fair using worms, small jigs and tubes for a mixed bag of perch and small smallmouth bass. We had no reports on other species.
Fenton Lake: Fishing was very good using PowerBait, worms, Fire Balls, Pistol Petes, small crank baits and small spoons for trout.
Heron Lake: Fishing was slow for all species. The water was quite murky and rising.
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 465 cfs and fishing was slow. Dave Menicucci reported very good brown trout fishing on the East Fork and the San Antonio. He caught and released numerous brown trout while using worms and small, green nymphs. Trout fishing on the Cebolla was good for anglers using worms, copper John Barrs, San Juan worms and Fire Balls.
Laguna del Campo: Closed for the season.
Lagunitas Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Lake Farmington: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Manzano Lake: Fishing was sow to fair using salmon PowerBait and Fire Balls for trout. We had no reports on other species.
McGaffey Lake: Fishing over the weekend was rated as poor. Anglers reported only one trout caught in a 7-hour stretch with 16 groups fishing.
Navajo Lake: Fishing was fair to good using jerk baits, spinner baits, curly tail grubs, tubes, jigs and crank baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was slow to fair using spinnerbaits, crank baits and swim baits for northern pike. Fishing was good using minnows and small plastic grubs for crappie. Kendra Englert of Bloomfield reported that they caught 25 crappie while fishing in La Jara Canyon April 28. They were using minnows. Fishing was fair for anglers using worms, PowerBait, spoons and crank baits for trout. The surface water temp was in the low 50s.
San Gregorio Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
San Juan River: Stream flow on Monday morning was at 397 cfs. The water remains murky, with about an 8-inch visibility. Fishing through the Quality Water section was fair using San Juan worms, wooly buggers, flashback pheasant tails red annelids and bright egg patterns. Trout fishing through the bait waters was very good using worms and PowerBait.
Seven Springs Brood Pond: Fishing was good using PowerBait, Fire Balls and bead head nymphs for trout.
Tingley Beach: Trout fishing at the Youth and Central ponds was fair to good using PowerBait, worms, Pistol Petes and spinners. A few largemouth bass were caught by anglers using worms and wooly buggers. Fishing at the Catch and Release Pond was good using small streamers, emergers and leeches for trout. We had no reports on other species.
Trout Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Southwest Fishing Report

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Alumni Pond: Our only reports came from anglers using pack bait and hot dogs and catching carp.
Bear Canyon Lake: Fishing was fair using worms and small jigs for crappie. Fishing was fair to good using liver and worms for catfish. We had no reports on other species.
Bill Evans Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
Caballo Lake: Fishing was good using curly tail grubs, minnows and jigs for crappie. Fishing was fair using minnows, crank baits and grubs for walleye. Fishing was fair to good using liver and cut bait for catfish. Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits, spinner baits, jerk baits and minnows for largemouth bass. We had no reports on other species.
Elephant Butte Lake: Fishing continued to be quite good using minnows, crank baits, curly tail grubs, Gulp minnows and jigs for a mixed bag of crappie, white bass and walleye. Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass was good for anglers using jerk baits, spinner baits, crank baits, senkos, tubes, jigs and swim baits. Fishing was good using liver, night crawlers and cut bait for catfish. The surface temp was in the low 60s.
Escondida Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Gila River: Stream flow on Monday morning was 196 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Glenwood Pond: Fishing was good using PowerBait and worms for trout.
Lake Roberts: Fishing was fair using worms and liver for catfish. Fishing was fair to good using PowerBait, worms and Pistol Petes for trout. Fishing was fair using crank baits and worms for largemouth bass. We had no reports on other species.
Percha Dam: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Quemado Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Rancho Grande Ponds: Fishing was fair to good using PowerBait and Fire Balls for trout.
Rio Grande: Stream flow below Elephant Butte Monday morning was 0.00 cfs. Fishing on the river above Elephant Butte was reported as very good by anglers using liver and carp cut bait for catfish. We had no other reports.
Snow Lake: Fishing was very good using PowerBait for trout.
Young Pond: The pond remains closed for cleaning and repair.

Southeast Fishing Report

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Alto Lake: Fishing was fair to good using PowerBait, Fire Balls and worms for trout. Fishing was good using spinners, worms, tubes and crank baits for small largemouth bass. We had no reports on other species.
Bataan Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Berrendo Creek: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Black River: Stream flow at Malaga on Monday morningwas 22.4 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Blue Hole Park Pond: Fishing was good using salmon peach and garlic PowerBait for trout.
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 liver and pack bait for catfish. We had no reports on other species.
Bottomless Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Brantley Lake: Fishing was fair to good using worms and liver for catfish. Fishing was good using trolling crank baits for white bass. Fishing was good using crank baits, spinner baits, jigs, creature baits, senkos, flukes and jerk baits for largemouth bass.
Carlsbad Municipal Lake: Fishing was slow with the only catches reported being a few small catfish caught by anglers using worms.
Chaparral Park Lake: Trout fishing was slow.
Corona Pond: We had no reports from anglers this week.
El Rito Creek: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Eunice Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Green Meadow Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Greene Acres Lake: Fishing was fair using assorted PowerBait, Pistol Petes and spoons for trout. We had no reports on other species.
Grindstone Reservoir: Fishing was good using red wigglers and small plastic red worms for bluegill. Michael Griego II reported that he and his son Jayce of Peralta caught and released about 20 in just two hours. We had no reports on other species.
Jal Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
Lake Van: Fishing was fair using chicken liver and homemade dough bait for catfish. We had no reports on other species.
Oasis Park Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
Pecos River: Stream flow below Sumner Lake on Monday morning was 112 cfs. Fishing was good using night crawlers and beef liver for catfish. Fishing below Artesia was fair using curly tail grubs and spoons for white bass. We had no reports on other species.
Perch Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
Ruidoso River: Stream flow on Monday morning at Hollywood was 43.3 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Santa Rosa Lake: Fishing was very good using crank baits, jerk baits, senkos, spinner baits, tubes, grubs, jigs, minnows and creature baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was good to excellent using bottom bouncers, tubes, minnows, curly tail grubs and crank baits for walleye and crappie. Fishing was fair using cut bait and worms for catfish.
Sumner Lake: Fishing was good using crank baits, spinner baits, tubes, jigs, minnows, creature baits, worms and jerk baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was good using crank baits, grubs, spinners and jig and minnow combinations for walleye and crappie. Fishing was fair to good using liver, homemade dough bait and night crawlers for catfish.

 

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