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Weekly Fishing Report

By NM Game and Fish

In an effort to prevent transmission of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish advises those choosing to participate in fishing activities to practice social distancing and avoid interacting with large groups.

The Department reminds anglers it is their responsibility to be aware of closures and research or contact land managers for properties of interest.

At this time, the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) has closed all New Mexico State Parks. The closures are set to expire April 9 unless extended. For updated information about State Parks, visit online at http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/SPD.

For information regarding the status of State Game Commission lands and Open Gate properties, please visit the Department’s website, www.wildlife.state.nm.us or call toll-free, 888-248-6866.


Catches of the week

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Bluewater Lake: Kayla Garcia, age 17, of Grants caught a 14-inch rainbow trout using PowerBait March 14. Marcus Garcia, age 13, of Grants caught his limit of rainbow trout using cheese PowerBait March 14.

Chama River: John Mierzwa, of Albuquerque, caught and released an 18-inch brown trout using a Rapala lure March 14. Cory Davis, of Lindrith, caught and areleased a 21-inch brown trout using a black and yellow Panther Martin spinner March 13.

Escondida Lake: Bartolo Franco, of Magdalena, caught a 26-inch, 6.5-pound catfish using homemade dough bait March 15.

Lake Roberts: Pete DiVasto, Lynn Lee and Mike Mackewich, of Las Cruces and Deming, caught their limits of rainbow trout including one 18-incher using gold spinners March 14.

Navajo Lake: Matt Hanifin, of Albuquerque, caught and released a 31-inch, 7.8-pound brown trout using a homemade streamer fly March 9.

Rio Grande: Alberto Rocha, of Taos, caught a 26-inch brown trout near the John Dunn Bridge March 14. Cameron Ortiz, age 16, of Taos caught a 19-inch brown trout using a yellow and black Panther Martin spinner below Pilar March 15.

Seven Springs Brood Pond: Brooke Paloma Harper, age 5, of Albuquerque, caught a 21-inch rainbow trout using black and brown woolly buggers March 12.

Tingley Beach: Nolan Moore, age 3, of Albuquerque caught a limit of rainbow trout using PowerBait on a Spider-Man fishing rod March 14.

Ute Lake: Kolton Stovall, of Hereford, Texas, caught a 5-pound largemouth bass using a crankbait March 14.

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

Bill Evans Lake: Zayla Moser, age 2, of Silver City caught her first fish, a 10-inch rainbow trout using PowerBait March 9.

Tingley Beach: Aaron Sice, of Laguna, caught a 14-inch rainbow trout using orange PowerBait March 7.

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: We had no reports from anglers this week.

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

Clayton Lake: Fishing for trout was fair using PowerBait. The boat ramp is closed due to low water levels.

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 closed to ice fishing due to unsafe ice conditions.

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

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

Gallinas River: Fishing for trout was fair using worms.

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

Lake Alice: The lake is closed to ice fishing due to unsafe ice conditions.

Lake Maloya: The lake is closed to ice fishing due to unsafe ice conditions.

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 for trout was good using yellow PowerBait.

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 69.0 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair to good using worms and Trout Magnet lures.

Red River: Stream flow below the hatchery Monday morning was 49.8 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair to good using woolly buggers and salmon eggs.

Rio Grande: Stream flow at the Taos Junction Bridge Monday morning was 648 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair to good using Mayfly imitators, size 16 Parachute Adams with pheasant tail dropper flies and Panther Martin spinners. Fishing for catfish near Albuquerque was good using cut bait.

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 15.9 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Rio Pueblo: Stream flow near Penasco Monday morning was not measured due to ice.

Santa Cruz Reservoir: Fishing for trout was good using green PowerBait and spinners.

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 smallmouth and largemouth bass was fair to good using crankbaits. Fishing for walleye was fair to good jigging live minnows and Berkley Gulp minnows in 20 to 25 feet of water. Fishing for white bass was good trolling in the upper Canadian River area. The surface water temperature was in the low 50’s and the main lake was clear.


Northwest Fishing Report

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Abiquiu Lake: Fishing for walleye was good in 15 to 20 feet of water on rock ledges. 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 233 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

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

Bluewater Lake: Fishing for trout was very good using cheese PowerBait, rainbow PowerBait and woolly buggers. Fishing for tiger muskie was fair using swimbaits and spinnerbaits.

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 102 cfs and 50.6 cfs respectively. Fishing for brown and rainbow trout was fair to good using Power Worms, Rapala lures and black and yellow Panther Martin spinners. We had no reports from below Abiquiu Lake this week. 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: We had no reports from anglers this week.

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

Fenton Lake: The lake is closed to ice fishing due to unsafe ice conditions. Please remember, only two cutthroat trout are allowed to be harvested per day within the regular five fish limit.

Heron Lake: The lake is closed to ice fishing. Anglers are encouraged to call the State Park office at (575) 588-7470 for current conditions.

Jemez Waters: Stream flow on the Jemez River near the town of Jemez Monday morning was 97.2 cfs. Fishing for rainbow trout was good using mop flies, beaded hare’s ear nymphs and beaded pheasant tail nymphs fished at the bottom of the river.

Laguna del Campo: The lake is currently closed. It is open from 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: We had no reports from anglers this week.

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 429 cfs. Fishing for rainbow and brown trout in the quality waters was good using size 24 and 26 midge larva flies and size 24 and 22 Baetis nymph flies. Water clarity was about 2-feet of visibility. Fishing for trout in the bait waters was good using Fireballs, egg pattern flies and spinners.

Seven Springs Brood Pond: Fishing for rainbow trout was good using brown and black woolly buggers.

Tingley Beach: Fishing for trout was good using orange PowerBait and black Pistol Pete flies.

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


Southwest Fishing Report

Alumni Pond: Fishing for trout was fair to 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 cheese-flavored PowerBait and pheasant tail nymph flies.

Caballo Lake: Fishing for walleye was fair to good using a jig head with a white curly tail grub.

Elephant Butte Lake: Fishing for white bass was fair to good using white crank baits.

Escondida Lake: Fishing for bass was fair to good. Fishing for catfish was fair using homemade dough bait.

Gila River: Stream flow Monday morning was 696 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 very good using gold spinners and corn PowerBait.

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

Quemado Lake: Fishing for trout was good using white and sherbet PowerBait.

Rancho Grande Ponds: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Rio Grande: Stream flow below Elephant Butte Monday morning was 1,720 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 good using live worms, rainbow PowerBait, green PowerBait and peach PowerBait.

Young Pond: Fishing for trout was fair to good using garlic peach PowerBait.


Southeast Fishing Report

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: Fishing for trout was good using black Rooster Tail spinners. Fishing for bass was fair using black Rooster Tail spinners.

Black River: Stream flow at Malaga Monday morning was 12.2 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: 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: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Grindstone Reservoir: Fishing for trout was very good using small Dare Devil lures and Panther Martin spinners.

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

Lake Van: Fishing for trout was fair using yellow garlic PowerBait. Fishing for catfish was fair using chicken liver.

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

Pecos River: Stream flow below Sumner Lake Monday morning was 108 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair using salmon eggs and PowerBait.

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

Ruidoso River: Stream flow Monday morning at Hollywood was 71.5 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Santa Rosa Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

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

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