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Weekly fishing and stocking report

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Catches of the week

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Canjilon Lakes: Heather Sandoval of Rio Rancho caught a 19-inch, 3-pound rainbow trout using purple PowerBait Aug. 31.
Conchas Lake: Marty McNamara of Española caught a 4-pound largemouth bass using a drop shot rig Sept. 1.
Cowles Ponds: Angelena Lovato, age 11, of Albuquerque caught a 22-inch rainbow trout using peach garlic PowerBait Sept. 2.
Eagle Nest Lake: Lorenzo Roybal of Velarde caught a 40-inch, 17-pound northern pike using a gold Kastmaster Sept. 8. Austin Mares, age 13, of Raton caught a 25-inch, 3-pound northern pike using a neon green and orange hot popper lure Sept. 2.
Elephant Butte Lake: Esperanza Montano, age 14, of Albuquerque caught her first white bass jigging a Kastmaster Sept. 2. Joseph and Ava Calcutt, ages 6 and 4, of Albuquerque caught a lot of white bass jigging Kastmasters Sept. 8. Omar Duran Jr., age 11, of El Paso, Texas caught a cooler full of white bass with his father jigging white and yellow Bomber slab spoons Sept. 7.
Fenton Lake: Carlos Garcia, age 5, of Albuquerque caught his first fish, a 16-inch rainbow trout using worms Sept. 1. Kenneth Peralta of Los Lunas caught a 20-inch, 2-pound trout using a Panther Martin spinner Sept. 2.
Pecos River: Buck Gibson of Roswell caught a 36-inch, 22-pound catfish using nightcrawlers on the Pecos River five miles north of Roswell Aug. 26.
Rio Grande Gorge: Mike Botto of Rio Rancho caught and released a 19-inch brown trout using a Panther Martin spinner Aug. 29.
Roswell Kids Pond: Gael Reyes, age 6, of Roswell caught a 23-inch catfish using hotdogs Sept. 8.
Santa Rosa Lake: Diane Ciampolillo of Albuquerque caught a 20-inch, 3-pound walleye bottom bouncing using a nightcrawler Sept. 3.
Seven Springs Brood Pond: Anthony Leeder, age 11, Gabriel Leeder, age 8, and Faith Leeder, age 6, of Rio Rancho caught 12 trout, the biggest being 17.5-inches, using pink PowerBait Sept. 1. Cousins Garcia, Gonzales and Sais, ages 4 to 11, of Albuquerque caught two 20-inch trout and seven other trout using garlic PowerBait Aug. 31.
Tingley Beach: Sammy Alonzo of Albuquerque caught a 29-inch, 19-pound catfish using hotdogs Aug. 31.
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 funfishingnm@gmail.com. We may include your story in our next report.
For catches of the week, include name, age, hometown, date, 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: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Cimarron River: Stream flow near Cimarron Monday morning was 45.1 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair to good using PowerBait, yellow stimulator flies, terrestrial fly patterns and caddis dry flies.
Clayton Lake: Fishing for bass was fair using buzz baits and Rooster Tail spinners. Fishing for trout was slow to fair using PowerBait and nightcrawlers. Fishing for catfish was fair to good using chicken liver. We had no reports on other species. The boat ramp is closed due to low water levels.
Conchas Lake: Fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass was good using drop shot rigs, crankbaits, senkos and creature baits. Fishing was fair to good for white bass and walleye using live minnows. Fishing for catfish was good using hotdogs.
Costilla Creek: Stream flow near Costilla Monday was 61.3 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using small dry flies such as yellow sallies, hoppers and spruce moth flies.
Cowles Ponds: Fishing for trout was good using PowerBait.
Coyote Creek: Fishing for trout was fair to good using salmon eggs.
Eagle Nest Lake: Fishing for trout was good using salmon peach PowerBait. Fishing for perch was fair to good using worms. Fishing for pike was fair using Kastmasters. We had no reports this week on other species.
Eagle Rock Lake: Fishing for trout was good using PowerBait, salmon eggs and worms.
Fawn Lakes: The last report was that high runoff water has created poor fishing conditions.
Gallinas River: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Hopewell Lake: Fishing for trout was good using woolly buggers, PowerBait, worms and Pistol Pete spinners.
Lake Alice: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Lake Maloya: Fishing for trout was good using PowerBait.
Los Pinos River: Fishing for trout was fair to good using terrestrial flies with a small bead head dropper.
Maxwell Lake 13: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Monastery Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
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 Monday morning was 40.5 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using salmon eggs, PowerBait, wooly buggers, leach pattern flies and Panther Martin spinners.
Red River: Stream flow below the hatchery Monday morning was 48.9 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using salmon eggs, nymph flies fished as a dropper under a terrestrial fly, Rapalas and Panther Martin spinners.
Rio Grande: Stream flow at the Taos Junction Bridge was 533 cfs. The water clarity was improving and fishing for trout in the Gorge was fair to good using Panther Martin spinners and large flies. Fishing near Albuquerque for catfish was good using cut bait, hotdogs and nightcrawlers. Anglers are advised to bring bug spray.
Rio Hondo: Stream flow Monday morning near Valdez was 19.3 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair to good using small hopper flies.
Rio Mora: Stream flow Monday morning was 12.0 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Rio Pueblo: Stream flow Monday morning near Penasco was 9.46 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair using Parachute Adams, mosquito flies and dry dropper combos with a small bead head as the dropper fly.
Santa Cruz Reservoir: Fishing for trout was slow.
Shuree Ponds: We hand no reports from anglers this week. Fishing is open on the Valle Vidal, including Shuree Ponds, July 1-Dec. 31.
Springer Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Storrie Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Stubblefield Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Ute Lake: Fishing for bass was good using top water lures early in the morning. Fishing for smallmouth bass was good using drop shot rigs and wacky rigged stick baits in 10 to 20 feet of water. Fishing for largemouth bass was good using chatter baits and flukes worked in heavy cover. Fishing for walleye was slow. Fishing for white bass was good using jigging spoons in 30 to 45 feet of water and trolling chartreuse and white crank baits in the Spring Canyon area. Fishing for catfish was good using chicken liver, nightcrawlers and dough bait. Fishing for bluegill was very good using worms. We had no reports on other species. The main lake was clear and the water temperature was in the upper 70’s.

Northwest Fishing Report

NE

Abiquiu Lake: Angler activity was light but limited reports indicated fishing for walleye and bass was fair to good using brown curly tail grubs. Fishing for catfish was fair using nightcrawlers. The lake has remained open to anglers but not swimmers due to the presence of blue green algae. Due to low water levels anglers are advised to use four-wheel drive vehicles to launch boats and watch for obstructions on the water.
Animas River: Water flow below Aztec Monday morningwas 285 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Albuquerque Area Drains: Fishing for bass was fair to good using nightcrawlers and small crankbaits. Fishing for bluegill was good using small dry flies.
Bluewater Lake: Fishing for tiger muskie was fair using swimbaits, jointed crankbaits and top water lures. Fishing for catfish was fair using hotdogs. Fishing for trout was very slow.
Brazos River: Fishing for trout was fair to good using Panther Martin spinners and salmon eggs.
Canjilon Lakes: Fishing for trout was fair using worms, spinners and PowerBait.
Chama River: Monday morning flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 803 cfs and 563 cfs respectively. Fishing for trout below El Vado Lake was good using salmon eggs, worms, Panther Martin spinners, nightcrawlers, nymph flies, egg pattern flies and PowerBait. Fishing below Abiquiu Lake for trout was slow.
Cochiti Lake: Fishing for catfish, perch and small mouth bass was slow to fair using minnows and nightcrawlers. We had no reports on other species.
El Vado Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Fenton Lake: Fishing for trout was good using garlic/cheese/corn flavored PowerBait and rainbow PowerEggs.
Heron Lake: Fishing for trout was slow using PowerBait and salmon eggs.
Jemez Waters: Stream flow on the Jemez near the town of Jemez Monday morning was 7.57 cfs. Fishing for trout in the Valles Caldera and Rio San Antonio was good using terrestrial pattern flies. Fishing for trout on the East Fork was good using small worms and spinners.
Laguna del Campo: Fishing for trout was fair to good using gold spinners and PowerBait.
Lagunitas Lakes: Fishing for trout was very good using terrestrial pattern flies.
Lake Farmington: Fishing from shore for smallmouth bass was fair to good using small jerk baits and top water jitterbugs.
Manzano Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
McGaffey Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Navajo Lake: Fishing for pike was fair using swimbaits. The best pike fishing reports came from anglers fishing the San Juan arm of the lake. Fishing for bass was slow but some anglers reported having success using white crank baits. Fishing for kokanee salmon was good using purple and orange spinners tipped with corn fished 45 to 75 feet deep near the dam. Anglers reported having success fishing for kokanee using Double Whammies, Kokanee Killers and other assorted spinners. Fishing for catfish was good using hotdogs. We had no reports on other species.
San Gregorio Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
San Juan River: Stream flow Monday morning was 1,220 cfs. Fishing for trout in the quality water was good using small midge larva and pupa fly patterns in dark colors. Top water fly fishing for trout was fair using midge clusters and Griffith Gnats around grassy banks. There were a lot of mosquitos last week and bug spray is recommended.
Seven Springs Brood Pond: Fishing for trout was good using garlic PowerBait, worms, salmon eggs and small flies.
Tingley Beach: Fishing for catfish was fair to good using hotdogs, chicken liver, chicken blood Magic Bait and worms.
Trout Lakes: Fishing for trout was good using PowerBait.

Southwest Fishing Report

SW

Alumni Pond: Fishing for catfish was slow to fair using Velveeta Cheese, hotdogs, beef liver and worms.
Bear Canyon Lake: Fishing for catfish was good at night using worms and homemade dough baits. Fishing for bluegill was fair using worms and bright colored flies.
Bill Evans Lake: Fishing for bass was slow.
Caballo Lake: Fishing for white bass was fair to good using chartreuse crank baits. Fishing for bass was slow.
Elephant Butte Lake: Fishing for white bass was very good jigging white and yellow Bomber slab spoons, jigging Kastmasters and trolling white crankbaits on the north end of the lake. Fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass was slow. Fishing for catfish was good using cut carp, worms, minnows, homemade dough bait, hotdogs and yellow and chartreuse grubs.
Escondida Lake: Fishing for catfish was good using nightcrawlers, cut bait and hotdogs.
Gila River: Stream flow Monday morning was 29.0 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair to good on the Middle Fork.
Glenwood Pond: Fishing for trout was fair to good using flies and rainbow colored PowerBait.
Lake Roberts: Fishing for catfish was good using hotdogs.
Percha Dam: Fishing for all species was slow.
Quemado Lake: Fishing for trout was fair using PowerBait and worms.
Rancho Grande Ponds: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Rio Grande: Stream flow below Elephant Butte Monday morning was 559 cfs. Fishing below Elephant Butte for catfish was fair using worms, cut bait and homemade dough baits for catfish.
Snow Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Young Pond: Fishing for catfish was good using Velveeta Cheese, hotdogs, beef liver and worms.

Southeast Fishing Report

SE

Alto Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Bataan Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Berrendo Creek: Fishing for bass was fair using yellow and blank spinner baits.
Black River: Stream flow at Malaga Monday morningwas 6.49 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Blue Hole Park Pond: We had no reports from anglers this week.
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 for catfish was good using worms.
Carlsbad Municipal Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Chaparral Park Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Corona Pond: 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 for catfish was fair using shrimp and hotdogs.
Grindstone Reservoir: Fishing for trout was slow to fair fishing from the bank and good for anglers fishing from kayaks trolling spinners. Fishing for bass was slow. Fishing for catfish was fair using homemade dough bait with beef liver.
Jal Lake: Fishing for catfish was fair using hotdogs and homemade dough baits.
Lake Van: Fishing for catfish was good using shrimp, cheese and stink bait.
Oasis Park Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Pecos River: Stream flow below Sumner Lake Monday morning was 87.5 cfs. Fishing for largemouth bass below the town of Carlsbad was good using translucent plastic worms with pepper flake, yellow Rooster Tail spinners, buzz baits and live worms. Fishing for catfish north of Roswell was good using nightcrawlers.
Perch Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Roswell Kids Pond: Gael Reyes, age 6, of Roswell caught a 23-inch catfish using hotdogs Sept. 8.
Ruidoso River: Stream flow Monday morning at Hollywood was 6.39 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using flies and salmon eggs.
Santa Rosa Lake: Fishing for bass was fair using nightcrawlers, crank baits, creature baits and curly tail grubs in 10 to 20 feet of water. Fishing for walleye was fair to good using bottom bouncer nightcrawler rigs in 20-feet of water. Fishing at night for catfish was good using minnows, night crawlers and hotdogs. We had no reports on other species.
Sumner Lake: Fishing for walleye and crappie was slow using minnows and chartreuse crankbaits. Fishing for catfish was fair to good using chicken liver, stink bait and cut bait. We had no reports on other species.

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