New Mexico Weekly Fishing Report – 6/3/2008

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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.

June 3, 2008
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.

 This Week’s Stocking Report

Catches of the week
Navajo Lake: On May 26, Trystan Howze, age 5 of Albuquerque caught a 23-inch northern pike. He was fishing near Sims Mesa and using a minnow.

Lake Maloya: On May 30, Mike Litt of Raton caught a 3-pound rainbow trout. He was fishing near the dam and using a spinner.

Conchas Lake: On May 30, Franco Vallejos of Albuquerque caught a 4.8-pound largemouth bass. He was using a green pumpkin tube and fishing brush in about 10 feet of water. On May 31, Rick Hipp of Albuquerque caught two 4-pound walleyes. He was using tubes and fishing in about 10 feet of water.

Abiquiu Lake: On June 1, Greg Rich of Los Alamos caught a 26.5-inch, 5-pound 8-ounce walleye. He was using a grub/minnow combination and fishing in about 15 feet of water.

 

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 for anglers using power bait, gold spinners, worms and spinner/worm combinations. Fishing for perch was fair using worms.

CIMARRON RIVER: Water flow near Cimarron as of Monday was 37cfs. Trout fishing was very good for anglers using small gold spinners, copper john barrs, gold bead hares ears, salmon eggs and worms. Fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes was fair-to-good using Pistol Petes, power bait and salmon eggs.

CLAYTON LAKE: Anglers fishing from boats had the best luck this past week as they reported catching several limits of trout, some good walleye and a few bass. Best baits for trout were spoons and spinners. The walleye and bass were taken by anglers using spinner/worm combos, crank baits and tubes. We had no reports on other species.

CONCHAS LAKE: Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass was quite good again this past week. Anglers did well using tubes, senkos, jigs, crank baits, jerk baits, grubs, spinner baits and top water lures. Most of the bass activity was reported by anglers fishing on the north side of the lake. Fishing for crappie was fair-to-good for anglers using minnows, tubes, grubs and jigs. Walleye fishing was good for anglers using white, pumpkin and watermelon grubs, jigs and tubes. There were also several taken on chrome, fire tiger and orange belly crank baits. Fishing for catfish was good using liver, shrimp and night crawlers. Fishing for bluegill was good using worms. We had no reports on other species.

COYOTE CREEK: Trout fishing was slow this past week.

EAGLE NEST LAKE: Trout fishing from the bank and from boats was very good this past week. Anglers doing best were using orange spinners, spoons and power bait. A few good size trout were also taken on Pistol Petes. Fishing for kokanee was fair-to-good trolling christmas tree/worm and christmas tree/fly combinations fairly shallow. A few perch were taken on worms.

LAKE MALOYA/LAKE ALICE: Trout fishing at Lake Maloya was very good this past week. Anglers did well using gold colored super dupers, spinners and spoons, gold bead wooly buggers and sherbet power bait. Several trout caught were in the 15-to-17 inch range. Fishing at Lake Alice was fair for anglers using spinners and power bait.

MAXWELL LAKES: Trout fishing was slow.

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

MONASTERY LAKE: Trout fishing was good for anglers using salmon eggs, spoons, Pistol Petes and corn.

MORPHY LAKE: Trout fishing was very good for anglers using yellow power bait, salmon eggs and worms.

PECOS RIVER: Water flow near the town of Pecos as of Monday morning was 479cfs. Trout fishing this past week was a bit slow with the high water but a few fish were taken by anglers using spinners, night crawlers and copper john barrs.

RED RIVER: Water flow below the hatchery was 343cfs. The water was murky. Trout fishing was slow.

RIO GRANDE: The water flow Monday morning at the Taos Junction Bridge was 3,060cfs. Fishing was slow for all species.

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

STORRIE LAKE: Trout fishing was good this past week for anglers using garlic cheese, power bait and salmon eggs. Fishing for catfish was fair using worms and liver. The water was stained and was dropping.

STUBBLEFIELD: We had no reports from anglers this week.

UTE LAKE: Fishing for catfish was very good this past week for anglers fishing at night and using night crawlers, liver and shrimp. Fishing for crappie was good using minnows, jigs and small tubes. Fishing was good trolling bottom bouncer/night crawler rigs and crank baits across main lake points and flats for walleye. Fishing was good trolling crank baits for white bass. Fishing for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass was good using jigs, spinner baits, crank baits jerk baits and top water lures. Fishing was good using worms and small jigs for bluegill.

 

NORTHWEST AREA

ABIQUIU LAKE: Fishing continued to be very good this past week for anglers using tubes and shallow running crank baits in 5-to-10 feet of water for smallmouth bass. Most of the action was along the northeast side of the lake. Several walleye and rainbow trout were taken by anglers trolling crank baits and using grubs and minnows at the upper end of the lake. Most of the walleye were in the 16-to-19 inch range. We had no reports on other species. The water was stained and the surface temp ranged from 57-to-60 degrees.

ALBUQUERQUE AREA DRAINS: We had no reports from anglers this week.

BLUEWATER LAKE: Fishing was fair this past week for anglers using liver and dough bait for catfish. A few tiger musky were caught by anglers fishing from boats and using jerk baits and large spinners. Trout fishing was slow.

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

CHAMA RIVER: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 2,190cfs and 1,730cfs respectively. Trout fishing was slow due to the high water conditions.

COCHITI LAKE: Fishing was fair for anglers using shrimp, liver and night crawlers for catfish. Fishing was slow-to-fair using spinner baits, chatter baits and jigs for largemouth bass. A few white bass were taken by anglers using crank baits, spinners and jigs. We had no reports on other species.

EL VADO LAKE: Fishing for rainbow trout continued to be quite good this past week. Anglers did well using orange spinners and spoons, power bait and salmon eggs. 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 from the bank was fair this past week for anglers using orange power bait and orange Dynamacks for lake trout and rainbows. The lakers were all in the 3-to-4 pound class. Fishing from boats was slow.

JEMEZ WATERS: Water flow on the Jemez as of Monday morning was 96cfs near Jemez Springs. Trout fishing on the Jemez, the San Antonio, East Fork and the Rio Las Vacas was good for anglers using small gold and silver spinners, copper john barrs, worms, salmon eggs, 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.

MANZANO LAKE: Trout fishing was fair-to-good using power bait, cheese, salmon eggs and spinners.

MCGAFFEY LAKE: Fishing was fair using corn/marshmallow combinations for catfish. A few were also taken by anglers using worms.

NAVAJO LAKE: Fishing was fair using minnows, jigs and tubes for crappie. The best action was reported by anglers fishing the Pine arm, La Jara and Bancos Canyon. Fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass was fair-to-good for anglers using jerk baits, tubes, crank baits, senkos, worms 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, the Pine arm and along the main lake shore line. Fishing for kokanee was slow but there were a few taken by anglers trolling deep with spinners tipped with corn on the main lake. Trout fishing was rated as slow.

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 5,070cfs and will remain around 5,000cfs until June 19. The flow will then be reduced over the next several days to 500cfs. Trout fishing from boats was fair-to-good using bright colored San Juan worms and egg patterns. A few fish were also taken on hair jigs, wooly buggers and parachute adams. Fishing through the bait waters was fair using wooly buggers, night crawlers, spinners and jerk baits.

SANTA CRUZ LAKE: Trout fishing was slow-to-fair for anglers using spinners, small crank baits, power bait, salmon eggs and worms.

SEVEN SPRINGS BROOD POND: It’s just for kids under 12 and the trout fishing was good this past week. Best bait was power bait. A few trout were also taken on salmon eggs and spinners.

TINGLEY BEACH: Fishing at the Youth and Central Ponds was fair for bluegill, catfish and bass. Anglers did best using worms and small tubes for the bluegill, crank baits, tubes and jerk baits for the bass and dough bait and power bait for the catfish. At the Catch and Release Pond trout fishing was fair-to-good early and late in the day for anglers using parachute adams, scuds, blue winged olives, tricos and egg patterns.

 

SOUTHWEST AREA

BEAR CANYON: Fishing for trout and bluegill was fair-to-good for anglers using power bait and worms. Fishing for catfish was 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 at the north end of the lake for white bass. A few walleye and crappie were taken by anglers using minnows, crank baits, tubes and jigs. We had no reports on other species. The water was quite murky.

ELEPHANT BUTTE: Fishing for white bass and crappie was very good for anglers fishing near Rock Canyon Marina. They were fishing from the bank and using 2-to-4 inch lemon and chartreuse grubs. There were also several white bass taken by anglers trolling crank baits and using minnows, grubs and tubes near McRae Canyon and Marina del Sur. Fishing was fair using grubs off main lake points for walleye, largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Anglers also reported catching largemouth bass while using top water lures, crank baits, jigs and spinner baits. Fishing for catfish was good using cut bait, night crawlers, shrimp and liver. A few striped bass were taken by anglers using live bait, jigs and top water lures. The best action on top water was by anglers fishing at night. We had no reports on other species.

ESCONDIDA LAKE: Fishing was fair using worms, liver and dough bait for catfish.

GILA RIVER: Water flow on the Gila as of this past Monday was 45cfs. Trout fishing on the Forks was slow.

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

PERCHA DAM: Fishing was fair using grubs and minnows for white bass and a few walleye. A few catfish were taken by anglers using night crawlers and liver.

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

RIO GRANDE: Water flow below Elephant Butte on Monday was 2,070cfs. Fishing on the river below Williamsburg and below Caballo was fair using minnows, 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 fair for anglers using night crawlers for catfish. 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 power bait, 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 98cfs. Fishing was slow.

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: Walleye fishing was good this past week. Anglers did well using chartreuse and green grubs and fire tiger and chrome crank baits. Most of the walleye were in shallow water. Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass was very good for anglers using senkos, crank baits, tubes, jigs, salt craws and top water lures. Anglers fishing for bass also reported catching several good size crappie while using grubs and tubes.

SUMNER LAKE: Fishing for walleye was good this past week for anglers using crank baits, grubs, bottom bouncer/night crawler rigs and tubes. Most of the walleye caught were in the 14-to-16 inch range. Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass was good from the bank and from boats using jerk baits, crank baits, tubes and top water lures. Fishing was fair using night crawlers and dough baits for catfish.