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Weekly fishing and stocking report

By NM Game And Fish

Catches of the week

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San Juan River: Chuck Lees, of Rio Rancho, caught a 28-inch brown trout using an olive leech fly Feb. 22.

Santa Cruz Lake: Lupita Palomino, age 14, of Espanola caught her limit of 20+ inch trout using lime twist PowerBait on her birthday Feb. 22. Michael Hodock, of Albuquerque, caught and released a 20.5-inch rainbow trout using salmon flavored PowerBait Feb. 20.

The following reports came in late, but are definitely worth mentioning:

Albuquerque Area Drains:Aidan Cashman, age 9, of Los Lunas caught a 13-inch rainbow trout in the Belen Drain using corn Feb. 17.

Alto Lake: Alicia Banegas, age 5, of Las Cruces caught a 21-inch rainbow trout using salmon eggs Feb. 16.

Alumni Pond: Isabel Torrez, age 4, and Lily Torrez, age 8, of Las Cruces caught three rainbow trout (Isabel’s first fish) using yellow PowerBait Feb. 17.

Elephant Butte Lake: Troy Omness, of Tinnie, caught a 4.45-pound largemouth bass using a jerk bait Feb. 8.

Fenton Lake: Isaac Gonzales, age 11, of Los Lunas finished in 2nd place at the Fenton Lake Ice Fishing Derby by catching a beautiful 17-inch rainbow trout using a wax worm Feb. 15. Marta Tarin, of Albuquerque, caught a 17-inch rainbow trout using worms Feb. 16.

Lake Roberts: Asic Gallegos, age 5, of Santa Clara caught a 14-inch Gila trout using a Peacock Lady fly Feb. 9.

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

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Cabresto Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Charette Lakes: The lake is closed to fishing and boating until March 1, 2020.

Cimarron River: Stream flow near Cimarron Monday morning was not measured due to ice. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Clayton Lake: The lake is closed to fishing and boating until March 1, 2020.

Conchas Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Costilla Creek: Stream flow near Costilla Monday was not measured due to ice. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Cowles Ponds: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Coyote Creek: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Eagle Nest Lake: The lake is open for ice fishing. Fishing for trout was good using small ice fishing jigs, spoons and PowerBait. Fishing for perch was good using Swedish Pimple jigs tipped with mealworms. We had no reports on other species.

Eagle Rock Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Fawn Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Gallinas River: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Hopewell Lake: The gate to the camping area is closed. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Lake Alice: The lake is open for ice fishing with ice reported at nine inches thick. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Lake Maloya: The lake is open for ice fishing with ice reported at 17-inches thick. Fishing for trout was good using dough bait.

Los Pinos River: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Maxwell Lake 13: The lake is closed to fishing and boating until March 1, 2020.

Monastery Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Morphy Lake: The lake is 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 25.0 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Red River: Stream flow below the hatchery Monday morning was 42.3 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair to good using mop flies and salmon eggs.

Rio Grande: Stream flow at the Taos Junction Bridge Monday morning was 605 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using nymph flies.

Rio Hondo: Stream flow Monday morning near Valdez was not measured due to ice. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Rio Mora: Stream flow Monday morning was 6.09 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Rio Pueblo: Stream flow near Penasco Monday morning was not measured due to ice. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Santa Cruz Reservoir: Fishing for trout was fair to good using lime twist PowerBait, PowerBait Trout Nuggets and salmon-flavored PowerBait.

Shuree Ponds: The ponds are closed. 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 walleye was slow jigging in 40 to 45-feet of water. The surface water temperature was 44 degrees Fahrenheit and the main lake was clear.


Northwest Fishing Report

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Abiquiu Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week. 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 morning was 212 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Albuquerque Area Drains: Fishing for trout was fair to good using corn and salmon eggs.

Bluewater Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week. The winter trout stocking plan is to stock 6,000 catchable size rainbow trout per month through March.

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 99.5 cfs and 49.1 cfs respectively. Fishing for trout below El Vado Lake was fair to good using midge flies, streamer flies, PowerBait and PowerBait worms. We had no reports from below Abiquiu Lake. Anglers should expect seasonal closures on the Rio Chama below Abiquiu Dam until March as a fish habitat improvement project is currently underway. For access information, call the Department’s Information Center at 1-888-248-6866 or the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Abiquiu Project Office at 505-685-4371.

Cochiti Lake: Fishing for catfish was good using garlic-scented chicken and hot dogs.

El Vado Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Fenton Lake: The lake is open for ice fishing with ice reported at 13-inches thick. Fishing for trout was good using ice fishing jigs tipped with worms and glow ice jigs tipped with salmon eggs. Please remember that only two cutthroat trout are allowed to be harvested per day within the regular five-fish limit.

Heron Lake: Due to varying ice conditions anglers are encouraged to call the State Park Office (575) 588-7470 for current conditions.

Jemez Waters: Stream flow on the Jemez River near the town of Jemez Monday morning was 28.9 cfs. Fishing for trout was good below Battleship Rock using worms, salmon eggs, orange egg pattern flies and orange mop flies.

Laguna del Campo: The lake is currently closed. Open May 1 to October 1.

Lagunitas Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Lake Farmington: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Manzano Lake: Fishing for trout was fair to good using corn and PowerBait.

McGaffey Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Navajo Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

San Gregorio Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

San Juan River: Stream flow Monday morning was 403 cfs. Fishing for trout in the quality waters was fair to good using size 24 and size 26 black, olive and grey midge pattern flies, size 22 red and crème larva, chocolate emergers and olive leech pattern flies. Fishing for trout in the bait waters was fair to good using egg patterns and pheasant tail nymph flies.

Seven Springs Brood Pond: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Tingley Beach: Fishing for trout was good using garlic PowerBait, garlic corn and flies.

Trout Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.


Southwest Fishing Report

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Alumni Pond: Fishing for trout was good using garlic peach PowerBait, corn and marshmallows.

Bear Canyon Lake:We had no reports from anglers this week.

Bill Evans Lake: Fishing for trout was good using a variety of PowerBait, blue and silver Kastmater lures and small spoons.

Caballo Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Elephant Butte Lake: Fishing for white bass was slow trolling silver deep diving lures. Fishing for largemouth bass was slow using jerk baits. The surface water temperature was 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

Escondida Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Gila River: Stream flow Monday morning was 2,360 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Glenwood Pond: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Lake Roberts: Fishing for trout was good using Peacock Lady flies.

Percha Dam: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Quemado Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Rancho Grande Ponds: Fishing for trout was good using silver Kastmaster lures.

Rio Grande: Stream flow below Elephant Butte Monday morning was 0.0 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Snow Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Trees Lake: Fishing for trout was very good using rainbow PowerBait, green PowerBait, peach PowerBait, shrimp and spinners. Fishing for bass was slow to fair using dark-colored plastic worms and crawdad crankbaits.

Young Pond: Fishing for trout was fair to good using garlic peach PowerBait, corn and marshmallows. Anglers reported lots of moss being in the water.


Southeast Fishing Report

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Alto Lake: Fishing for trout was good using salmon eggs, worms and garlic peach PowerBait.

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 Monday morning was 10.6 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Blue Hole Park Pond: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Bonito Lake: The lake is 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 2022.

Bosque Redondo Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Bottomless Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Brantley Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Carlsbad Municipal Lake: Water levels are low above the dam due to construction. Anglers reported water levels below the dam as preferable for fishing.

Chaparral Park Lake: Fishing for bluegill is good using live worms.

Corona Pond: Fishing for trout was good using PowerBait and spinners.

Eunice Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Green Meadow Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Greene Acres Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Grindstone Reservoir: Fishing for trout was good using flies and Kastmaster lures.

Jal Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Lake Van: Fishing for trout was good using green garlic PowerBait.

Oasis Park Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Pecos River: Stream flow below Sumner Lake Monday morning was 18.8 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Perch Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Ruidoso River: Stream flow Monday morning at Hollywood was 34.9 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Santa Rosa Lake: Fishing for walleye was fair. Fishing for crappie was good.

Sumner Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

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