Fishing Report — Aug. 1

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

 

Northeast

Charette Lakes: Due to low water levels only small boats are being launched here. Trout fishing was fair using Power Bait, worms and Pistol Petes.

Cimarron River: Water flow near Cimarron on Monday was 9.9 cfs. Trout fishing was fair to good using brassies, yellow sallies, salmon eggs and worms. Fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes was good using hoppers, salmon eggs and Power Bait.

Clayton Lake: Trout fishing was slow to fair using worms and Power Bait.

Conchas Lake: Fishing was fair to good using chicken liver, homemade dough bait and night crawlers for catfish. The best action was reported by anglers fishing at night. Fishing was fair using tubes, crank baits and jerk baits for smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair to good using crank baits, bottom bouncer night crawler rigs and grubs for walleye. The Cove and Central campgrounds and the steep boat ramp on the north side and the Corps ramp on the south side are now open.

Coyote Creek: Trout fishing was good using Power Bait and spinners.

Eagle Rock Lake: Fishing was fair using worms, salmon eggs Power Bait and Pistol Petes for trout.

Eagle Nest Lake: Kokanee and rainbow trout fishing was tough for some but good for others. Anglers having the best luck were using light tackle and trolling Arnies and Panther Martins tipped with corn. Anglers fishing from the bank also picked up a few trout while using Power Bait. Fishing from boats and from the bank was good using worms for perch. Most of the perch were small but a few were just right for the frying pan. Fishing was fair using spoons, jerk baits, spinners and crank baits for northern pike.

Hopewell Lake: Trout fishing was slow to fair using worms, salmon eggs and Power Bait.

Lake Alice: Trout fishing was slow with very light pressure.

Lake Maloya: The best reports this past week have come from anglers fishing along the dam in the evening hours. They were using a variety of flies including mosquitoes, parachute adams and elk hair caddis. A few trout have also been taken on Power Bait.

Los Pinos: Trout fishing was fair to good using worms, salmon eggs, Panther Martins, bead-head pheasant tails and elk hair caddis.

Manzano Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.

Morphy Lake: Fishing was good for some and slow for others as just a few limits were reported this week. Anglers doing best were using Power Bait and homemade dough baits. A few fish were also taken on dry flies.

Nutrias Lakes: Trout fishing was slow to fair using Pistol Petes and spinners.

Pecos River: The following waters are closed to fishing: Pecos River from Cowles to the Village of Pecos, Cow Creek, Mora Creek, Holy Ghost Creek, Panchuela Creek, Winsor Creek, Jacks Creek, Cowles Ponds and the Dalton Canyon area.

Red River: Water flow near the hatchery Monday was 50 cfs. Trout fishing was fair to good using San Juan worms, poundmeisters, spinners, small streamers, night crawlers and salmon eggs.

Rio Costilla: Water flow below Costilla Dam was 26 cfs. Trout fishing was good using yellow sallies, parachute adams, small flashback pheasant tails and small hoppers.

Rio Grande: Water flow near the Taos Junction Bridge on Monday was 189 cfs. Trout fishing was fair using poundmeisters, San Juan worms, hoppers, Chernobyl ants, night crawlers and spinners.

Rio Hondo: Stream flow near Valdez on Monday was 19 cfs. Trout fishing was good using poundmeisters, worms and salmon eggs.

Rio Pueblo: Water flow near Penasco was 3.8 cfs.

Santa Barbara: Trout fishing was fair using bead-head prince nymphs and hoppers.

Springer Lake: The water level was quite low and fishing was slow for all species.

Storrie Lake: Fishing was fair using Power Bait and worms for trout.

Ute Lake: It was a tough week for bass anglers as fishing for smallmouth bass, largemouth bass and white bass was very slow. There were a few small bass caught by anglers using crank baits and jerk baits. Night time fishing for catfish was fair to good using liver and stink bait. The surface water temp ranged from the mid to upper 70s.

Northwest

Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was fair using jerk baits, tubes, senkos, salt craws and wooly buggers for smallmouth bass. Fishing was slow to fair using salt craws, curly tail grubs and bottom bouncer night crawler rigs for walleye. The best reports came from anglers fishing early and late in the day. The surface water temp ranged from the low to mid 70s.

Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday was 315 cfs.

Albuquerque Area Drains: Fishing in the Corrales Drain was good using small red worms and San Juan worms for bluegill.

Bluewater Lake: Fishing was fair using jerk baits, crank baits, spinners and silver Kastmasters for tiger musky. Fishing was good using hot dogs for catfish. Bill Candler, a local angler, has been doing very well catching catfish in the 18 to 20 inch range. An alternate ramp has been provided for boaters which is a bit deeper than the main boat ramp area. Anglers should be aware that it is illegal to use live minnows at this lake.

Brazos River: Trout fishing was fair to good using copper John Barrs, bead-head prince nymphs and worms.

Canjilon Lakes: Trout fishing was fair to good using Panther Martins, copper John Barrs, Pistol Petes and hoppers.

Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 256 cfs and 82 cfs respectively. Trout fishing below El Vado was fair to good using streamers, wooly buggers, Power Bait and night crawlers.

Cochiti Lake: Fishing was a bit slow but there were a few catfish, smallmouth bass and northern pike caught this past week. Best baits for the catfish were worms, grubs and liver. Anglers using grubs, crank baits and jerk baits caught the bass and pike.

El Vado Lake: The water level remains quite low but there is still plenty of water for fishing and the boat ramp remains accessible.

Fenton Lake: Fishing was fair using wooly buggers, olive Pistol Petes and Power Bait for trout.

Heron Lake: Kokanee fishing was slow to fair trolling Panther Martins, Z Rays and Arnies tipped with corn. The key was to be there on the nonrainy clearer water days. Fishing from the bank was slow. The water level has been dropping about a foot and a half per week and the only boat ramp open is the primitive ramp in the Ridge Rock area. Boaters are advised to use caution.

Jemez Waters: Fishing on the Cebolla and Rio Guadalupe was good using worms, salmon eggs and hoppers. The Jemez River was flowing heavy with ash and is expected to stay that way through the monsoon season. The San Antonio and East Fork on the Valles Caldera have reopened for fishing. The San Antonio was reported as muddy again this week from recent rains and fishing was slow. The East Fork was good using baetis, ants, elk hair caddis and hoppers. Anglers are advised to use caution. For information on fishing the Valles Caldera visit www.vallescaldera.gov.

Laguna del Campo: Trout fishing was fair using Pistol Petes, spinners, worms and Power Bait.

Lake Farmington: Fishing was slow for all species.

Navajo Lake: Fishing was fair to good trolling Arnies, Cripplures and Z Rays tipped with corn for kokanee. Anglers reported taking fish at 4 to 6 colors or an estimated 20 to 30 feet. Fishing was fair using grubs, tubes, baby brush hogs, crank baits, topwater lures and jerk baits for smallmouth bass and an occasional largemouth bass. Fishing was fair using perch colored crank baits, jerk baits and swim baits for northern pike. The surface water temp ranged from the low to mid 70s.

San Juan: Water flow below Navajo on Monday was 579 cfs. Trout fishing through the Quality Waters was good using streamers, para hoppers, parachute adams, Griffith’s gnats, wooly buggers, small jigs and single barbless hook spinners. Fishing through the bait waters was fair to good using hoppers, copper John Barrs, spinners, salmon eggs and night crawlers.

Seven Springs Brood Pond: Trout fishing was good using Pistol Petes, spinners, salmon eggs and Power Bait.

Tingley Beach: Fishing at all the ponds was pretty slow this last week with just a few bluegills caught and even fewer catfish. The bluegills were taken by anglers using worms and the best bait for catfish was hot dogs.

Southwest

Bear Canyon: Fishing for catfish was fair using liver, night crawlers and homemade dough bait.

Bill Evans Lake: Fishing was fair to good using worms and chicken liver for catfish. Fishing for largemouth bass was slow.

Caballo Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using chicken liver and night crawlers for catfish. The water level has come up a bit from last week. One lane remained open at the main boat ramp.

Elephant Butte: The surface water temp ranged from the mid 70s to the low 80s. Fishing was fair to good using shrimp, liver and homemade dough bait for catfish. White bass fishing was good for the anglers who could find them. White Bombers, white grubs and sassy shad were the best baits. The key was to locate a school and stay with it. Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass was slow but there were a few taken by anglers using crank baits, Pop Rs, tubes and creature baits. The Monticello, Rock Canyon and Dam Site boat ramps remain closed due to low water conditions.

Gila River: Water flow on the Gila as of this past Monday was 742 cfs and the water was very muddy. Fishing was slow.

Glenwood Pond: Trout fishing was fair to good using Power Bait.

Quemado Lake: Trout fishing was good using worms, salmon eggs, Power Bait, Pistol Petes, spinners and small spoons. Fishing for tiger musky was fair using spoons spinners and jerk baits.

Rio Grande: Water flow below Elephant Butte on Monday morning was 7.2 cfs. Fishing was slow to fair using liver, cut bait and night crawlers for catfish and carp. Above Elephant Butte, fishing was fair using hot dogs and night crawlers for catfish.

Southeast

Black River: Stream flow at Malaga on Monday was 2.7 cfs.

Bonito Lake: Closed.

Bosque Redondo: Fishing was slow to fair using night crawlers, chicken liver and homemade dough bait for catfish.

Brantley Lake: Anglers are to practice catch-and-release for all fish here as high levels of DDT were found in several fish.

Carlsbad Municipal Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.

Chaparral Park Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.

Greene Acres Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using hot dogs, night crawlers and homemade dough bait for catfish.

Grindstone Reservoir: Trout fishing was slow to fair using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms.

Jal Lake: Fishing was fair using worms for catfish.

Lake Van: Fishing was slow but there were a few catfish caught by anglers using homemade dough bait and chicken liver.

Anglers are reminded that there is a 2-fish limit on channel catfish.

Pecos River: Stream flow below Sumner Lake on Monday was 109 cfs. Fishing was slow to fair using liver for catfish.

Ruidoso River: Stream flow at Ruidoso on Monday was 5.9 cfs. Trout fishing was slow to fair using worms and salmon eggs.

Santa Rosa Lake: Good news for anglers with boats: The main boat ramp has reopened to No Wake boating. Fishing was fair to good using topwater lures, jerk baits, minnows and crank baits for walleye and a few bass. Fishing was good using minnows, homemade dough bait and night crawlers for catfish. All action slowed some over the weekend with rising water conditions.

Sumner Lake: Fishing was fair using cut bait, night crawlers and minnows for catfish. Both boat ramps are now open.