New Mexico Weekly Fishing Report – 5/27/2008

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Free Fishing Day
June 7 is Free Fishing Day in New Mexico. On this special day, anglers don’t need a license, stamp or validation to fish in public waters statewide. All other fishing rules apply

This fishing report has been generated from the best information available from officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, however, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.
Catches of the week

Abiquiu Lake: On May 18, Andres Alvarado–age four and a half– with the help of his Dad, boated a 26-inch 5-pound 11-ounce walleye and a 22-inch 3.5-pound brown trout. He was trolling a crank bait over 30 feet of water.

Pecos River: May 21, Eddie Griego of Santa Fe caught a 22-inch rainbow trout. He was fishing near Dalton Canyon and using a salmon egg/corn combination.

Clayton Lake: May 25, Roy Liton and his son Jordan Liton caught a 3-pound and a 2.75-pound rainbow trout. They were using red Rooster Tails. On the same day, Daniel Trujillo of Clayton caught a 3.5-pound trout.

Laguna Del Campo: May 25, Matthew Romero of Albuquerque caught a 20-inch, 3.5-pound rainbow trout. He was using salmon eggs.

Abiquiu Reservoir: May 26, Becca Tafoya of Santa Fe caught a 22-inch, 4.5-pound walleye. Her Dad, Pete Tafoya, caught a 21-inch, 4-pound walleye. Both fish were caught on crank baits.

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 [at] hotmail [dot] com. We may include your story in our next report. For catches of the week include name, date, location, type of fish, length and bait used.

 

NORTHEAST AREA

CHARETTE LAKES: Trout fishing on the lower lake was good this past week for anglers using power bait, salmon eggs, gold spinners, spoons and worms. Fishing for perch was fair using worms.

CIMARRON RIVER: Water flow near Cimarron as of Monday was 40cfs. Trout fishing was very good for anglers using small gold spinners, copper john barrs, salmon eggs and worms. We had no reports from the Gravel Pit Lakes.

CLAYTON LAKE: Strong winds in the area kept most anglers off the lake this past weekend. However those who ventured out managed to catch some good size trout. They were using gold and red spoons and spinners. We had no reports on other species.

CONCHAS LAKE: Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass was good again this past week. Anglers did best using tubes, senkos, crank baits, jerk baits, lizards and top water lures. Most of the bass caught were small and were taken in less than 8 feet of water. Fishing for crappie was good for anglers using minnows, tubes and jigs. Walleye fishing picked up some this past week as anglers reported doing fairly well near Rattlesnake Island and on the north side of the lake. Best baits were crank baits, tubes and grubs. Fishing for catfish was good using liver, dough baits and night crawlers. Fishing for bluegill was good using worms. We had no reports on other species.

COYOTE CREEK: Trout fishing was fair-to-good this past week for anglers using small spinners, salmon eggs, power bait and corn.

EAGLE NEST LAKE: Trout fishing from the bank this past week was good for anglers using salmon eggs, power bait, spoons and spinners. Some good reports came from anglers fishing the Six Mile area. A few rainbows and kokanee were taken by anglers trolling spinner/worm combinations at 25-to-30 feet. We had no reports on other species.

LAKE MALOYA/LAKE ALICE: Trout fishing was fair-to-good again this past week at both lakes. Anglers fishing at Lake Maloya did well using home made dough baits, gold Pistol Petes, gold bead hares ears, power bait and gold Kastmasters. Best baits at Lake Alice were power bait and home made dough baits.

MAXWELL LAKES: We had no reports from anglers this week.

MCALLISTER LAKE: Due to poor water quality, the lake will remain closed until further notice.

MONASTERY LAKE: Trout fishing was fair-to-good for anglers using salmon eggs, spoons, Pistol Petes, power bait and corn.

MORPHY LAKE: Trout fishing was fair this past week for anglers using power bait, spoons, wooly buggers and spinners.

PECOS RIVER: Water flow near the town of Pecos as of Monday morning was 374cfs. Trout fishing this past week was slow-to-fair for anglers using spinners, night crawlers, wooly buggers and salmon egg/corn combinations.

RED RIVER: Water flow below the hatchery was 221cfs. The water was murky. Trout fishing was slow but a few good size fish were taken by anglers using night crawlers and spinners.

RIO GRANDE: The water flow Monday morning at the Taos Junction Bridge was 3,120cfs. Fishing was slow for all species.

SPRINGER LAKE: Fishing was fair-to-good for anglers using Rat-L-Traps, swim baits and large in line spinners for northern pike. Fishing was fair using cut bait, liver and worms for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

STORRIE LAKE: Trout fishing was fair-to-good this past week for anglers using garlic cheese, power bait and salmon eggs. Fishing for all other species was slow.

STUBBLEFIELD: We had no reports from anglers this week.

UTE LAKE: Crappie fishing continued to be quite good this past week. Anglers did well using minnows, jigs and small tubes. Most of the crappie were in less than 10 feet of water. Fishing was very good using liver, night crawlers, dough baits and minnows in shallow water for catfish. Fishing was fair-to-good using spinner baits, jigs and tubes for largemouth and smallmouth bass. A few bass were also taken on top water lures. Fishing was slow-to-fair trolling deep running crank baits and drifting minnows for walleye. Most of the walleye action was reported up the Canadian arm of the lake.

 

NORTHWEST AREA
 
ABIQUIU LAKE: Fishing was very good this past weekend for anglers using crank baits in 8-to-12 feet of water for smallmouth bass. Most of the smallmouth action was reported by anglers fishing the south end of the lake. Several walleye and brown trout were also taken by anglers trolling and casting crank baits. The water was clearing some and the surface temp ranged from 53-to-55 degrees.

ALBUQUERQUE AREA DRAINS: Fishing on the Belen Drain was fair for anglers using worms, night crawlers and liver for catfish and carp. We had no reports on other species or from the other area drains.

BLUEWATER LAKE: Trout fishing was fair-to-good for anglers using spinners, power bait, corn and salmon eggs. Fishing for tiger musky was fair using swim baits, spinners and jerk baits. We had no reports on other species.

CANJILON LAKES: We had no reports from anglers this week.

CHAMA RIVER: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 1,740cfs and 1,690cfs respectively. Trout fishing was slow due to the high water conditions.

COCHITI LAKE: Fishing was slow-to-fair for anglers using spinner baits, chatter baits, jigs and sweet beavers for largemouth and smallmouth bass. A few white bass were taken by anglers using crank baits and jigs. We had no reports on other species.

EL VADO LAKE: Fishing for rainbow trout was very good for anglers trolling and casting orange Cripplures, Z Rays, Panther Martins and Rooster Tails. A few fish were also taken by anglers using power bait. Most of the action was reported by anglers fishing near the dam.

FARMINGTON LAKE: We had no reports from anglers this week.

FENTON LAKE: Trout fishing was fair for anglers using black Pistol Petes, Kastmasters, salmon eggs, power bait, corn and night crawlers.

HERON LAKE: Fishing for lake trout was slow this week with only a few small fish taken by anglers using jigs tipped with cut bait. Fishing for rainbow trout from the bank was good for anglers fishing near the dam and using power bait, salmon eggs and corn. We had no reports on kokanee.

JEMEZ WATERS: Water flow on the Jemez as of Monday morning was 231cfs near Jemez Springs. Trout fishing on the Jemez, the San Antonio and the Rio Las Vacas was good for anglers using small gold and silver spinners, egg patterns, copper john barrs, worms, salmon eggs, prince nymphs and small stone flies.

LAGUNA Del CAMPO: (Burns Canyon Lake) Trout fishing was very good this past week for anglers using salmon eggs, power bait and cheese. A few fish were also taken by anglers using spinners and Pistol Petes.

MANZANO LAKE: We had no reports from anglers this week but the lake was recently stocked with rainbow trout.

MCGAFFEY LAKE: Trout fishing was slow-to-fair for anglers using power bait, spinners, spoons and worms. A few catfish were taken by anglers using worms and liver.

NAVAJO LAKE: Fishing was fair-to-good using minnows, jigs and tubes for crappie. The best action was reported by anglers fishing the Pine arm. There were also several caught by anglers fishing in La Jara, Bancos and Francis canyons. Fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass was fair-to-good for anglers using jerk baits, tubes, crank baits and top water lures. Fishing for northern pike was good using crank baits, jerk baits and spinner baits. There were several pike taken by anglers fishing the San Juan arm and Francis Canyon and along the main lake shore line. Fishing for trout and kokanee was slow but there were a few taken by anglers trolling deep on the main lake.

RAMAH LAKE: Fishing was slow. The water was high and very murky.

SAN JUAN: Water flow below Navajo Lake as of Monday morning was at 3,080cfs. From there, the flow will be gradually increased to 5,000cfs by May 28th where it will stay until June 19. The flow will then be reduced over the next several days to 500cfs. Trout fishing through the Quality Waters was fair for anglers using small hair jigs, leeches, bead head pheasant tails, red annelids, wooly buggers and San Juan worms. Fishing in the bait waters was fair using jerk baits, wooly buggers, spinners, garlic cheese and night crawlers.

SANTA CRUZ LAKE: We had no reports from anglers this week.

SEVEN SPRINGS BROOD POND: It’s just for kids under 12 and the trout fishing was very good again this past week. Best bait was power bait.

TINGLEY BEACH: Fishing at the Youth and Central Ponds has been good for bluegill, catfish and bass. Anglers are doing best using worms for the bluegill, crank baits, tubes and spinners for the bass and dough bait and power bait for the catfish. At the Catch and Release Pond trout fishing was good early and late in the day for anglers using parachute adams, blue winged olives, tricos and egg patterns.

 

SOUTHWEST AREA

BEAR CANYON: Fishing for trout and bluegill was good for anglers using power bait and worms. Fishing for catfish was very good for anglers using night crawlers, dough bait and liver.

BILL EVANS LAKE: Fishing was slow for all species.

BURN LAKE: Fishing was slow.

CABALLO LAKE: Fishing was slow-to-fair using crank baits, minnows and grubs for walleye and white bass at the north end of the lake. Anglers fishing near the dam reported catching a few crappie and white bass. They were using minnows, tubes and jigs. We had no reports on other species. The water was quite murky.

ELEPHANT BUTTE: Fishing for white bass was fair-to-good for anglers fishing near the Rock Canyon marina, Marina del Sur and near McRae Canyon. Best baits were grubs, crank baits, spinners, tubes and top water lures. Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass was fair for anglers using jigs, lizards, crank baits, chatter baits, top water lures, spinner baits and jerk baits. Fishing for walleye was slow-to-fair using crank baits, minnows, grubs and spinner/worm combinations. A few crappie were taken by anglers using grubs and minnows. Fishing for catfish was good using cut bait, night crawlers, shrimp and liver. A few striped bass were taken by anglers using live bait. We had no reports on other species.

ESCONDIDA LAKE: fishing was fair using worms, liver and power bait for catfish.

GILA RIVER: Water flow on the Gila as of this past Monday was 99cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

LAKE ROBERTS: Trout fishing was fair-to-good using power bait, salmon eggs, spinners, spoons and worms.

PERCHA DAM: Fishing was fair using grubs and minnows for white bass. A few catfish were taken by anglers using night crawlers and liver. We had no reports on other species.

QUEMADO LAKE: Fishing was fair using power bait, salmon eggs, Pistol Petes and spinners for trout.

RIO GRANDE: Water flow below Elephant Butte on Monday was 1,600cfs. Fishing on the river below Williamsburg and below Caballo was slow-to-fair using minnows, white grubs and crank baits for white bass. We had no reports on other species.

SNOW LAKE: We had no reports from anglers this week.

 

SOUTHEAST AREA

BATAAN LAKE: Fishing was fair using worms and liver for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

BONITO LAKE: Effective May 1, the lake was closed due to high fire danger in the area. Look for updates from the Lincoln National Forest for additional information.

BOSQUE REDONDO: Fishing was slow-to-fair for anglers using night crawlers for catfish. A few largemouth bass were taken by anglers using spoons and night crawlers. We had no reports on other species.

BOTTOMLESS LAKES: Fishing was slow. Stocking has been suspended due to a golden algae bloom.

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: We had no reports from anglers this week.

GRINDSTONE RESERVOIR: Trout fishing was fair for anglers using corn, power bait, garlic cheese, salmon eggs, spinners, spoons and Pistol Petes.

JAL LAKE: We had no reports from anglers this week.

LAKE VAN: Fishing was slow-to-fair for angler using worms and night crawlers for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

PECOS RIVER: Water flow on Monday below Sumner Lake was 100cfs. Fishing was fair using night crawlers and liver for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

PERCH LAKE: We had no reports from anglers this week.

RUIDOSO RIVER: Water flow at Ruidoso on Monday was 1.4cfs. Trout fishing was slow.

SANTA ROSA LAKE: Fishing for walleye this past week was fair-to-good using crank baits, tubes, and grubs. The walleye were scattered. Fishing for smallmouth bass was good for anglers using top water lures, senkos, crank baits, tubes and jigs. Fishing for crappie was fair for anglers using minnows and tubes. Anglers fishing for bass and walleye also reported catching a few crappie. We had no reports on other species.

SUMNER LAKE: Fishing for walleye and white bass was good this past week for anglers using Gulp minnows and leeches, crank baits, grubs and tubes. Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass was fair-to-good using jerk baits, crank baits, lizards, tubes and top water lures. A few crappie were taken by anglers using minnows and jigs. Fishing was fair using night crawlers and dough baits for catfish.