New Mexico Weekly Fishing Report – 6/10/2008

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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.

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Catches of the week

San Juan River: June 1, Bart Carver caught and released a 9-pound rainbow trout. He was fishing the Quality Waters and using a streamer.
Clayton Lake: June 4, Ryan Cotton, 6, of Littlefield, Texas, caught a 9-pound, 2-ounce walleye. He was using night crawlers.
Grindstone Reservoir: June 5, Christopher Tafoya of Belen caught a 19-inch rainbow trout.
Abiquiu Lake: June 6, Peter J. Tafoya of Santa Fe caught a 21-inch, 4-pound walleye. He was using a swim shad on a drop shot rig in 15-to-20 feet of water. June 7, Greg Rich of Los Alamos caught a 26-inch, 5.2-pound walleye. He was using a dark-colored bomber off a windblown point in about 15 feet of water.
Navajo Lake: June 7, Chris Kinley of Durango caught a 6.55-pound largemouth bass. June 7, Shaun Gill of Clovis caught a 4.15-pound smallmouth bass. He was using a crank bait.
Ute Lake: June 8, Brian Huffines of Amarillo caught a 5.65-pound largemouth bass. He was using a spinner bait.

 

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 fair-to-good for anglers using corn, worms and power bait and trolling cow bell/worm combinations. Most of the fish were in the 8-to-11 inch class with a few up to 15 inches. Fishing for perch was fair using worms.
CIMARRON RIVER: Water flow near below Eagle Nest as of Monday was 7cfs. Trout fishing was good for anglers using small gold spinners, salmon eggs and worms. Fly anglers did well using dry/dropper combinations with small copper john barrs and gold bead hares ears. Fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes was fair-to-good using Pistol Petes, power bait and salmon eggs.
CLAYTON LAKE: Trout fishing was good this past week for anglers using night crawlers, power bait and spinners. A few walleye were taken by anglers using night crawlers. We had no reports on other species. Fishing pressure was light due to strong winds in the area.
CONCHAS LAKE: Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass was fair-to-good for anglers using tubes, senkos, crank baits, jerk baits, grubs and top water lures. Fishing for crappie was fair-to-good for anglers using minnows, tubes, grubs and jigs. Most of the crappie activity was reported by anglers fishing near the north dock area. Walleye fishing was good for anglers using crank baits, grubs, jigs and tubes. There were some good catches reported from both the north and south sides of the lake. Fishing for catfish was fair using liver, shrimp and night crawlers. Fishing for bluegill was good using worms and flies.
COYOTE CREEK: Trout fishing was slow this past week.
EAGLE NEST LAKE: Trout fishing from the bank and from boats was good this past week when the winds settled down. Anglers did well using Platte River specials, Pistol Petes, Panther Martins, Kastmasters, worms and power bait. Fishing for kokanee was fair trolling christmas tree/worm and christmas tree/fly combinations. A few perch were taken on worms.
HOPEWELL LAKE: Trout fishing was very good for anglers using power bait, salmon eggs, spinners and olive and black wooly buggers. Anglers did well from the bank and from float tubes.
LAKE MALOYA/LAKE ALICE: Trout fishing at Lake Maloya was good this past week. Anglers did well using super dupers, spinners and spoons, gold bead wooly buggers and sherbet power bait. Fishing at Lake Alice was fair for anglers using spinners and power bait.
MAXWELL LAKES: Trout fishing was slow. Fishing pressure was light.
MCALLISTER LAKE: Due to poor water quality, the lake will remain closed until further notice.
MONASTERY LAKE: Trout fishing was good for anglers using corn, power bait, salmon eggs and small spinners.
MORPHY LAKE: Trout fishing was good for anglers using yellow power bait, salmon eggs, spinners, Pistol Petes and worms.
PECOS RIVER: Water flow near the town of Pecos as of Monday morning was 312cfs. Trout fishing this past week was fair for anglers using spinners, night crawlers, wooly worms and wooly buggers.
RED RIVER: Water flow below the hatchery was 306cfs. The water was murky. Trout fishing was slow but a few were taken by anglers using spinners and night crawlers.
RIO GRANDE: The water flow Monday morning at the Taos Junction Bridge was 2,360cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
SPRINGER LAKE: Fishing was fair-to-good for anglers using Rat-L-Traps, Rapalas and large in line spinners for northern pike. A few catfish were taken by anglers using worms. 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 catfish was fair using worms and liver. The water was stained and was dropping.
STUBBLEFIELD: Fishing was fair using crank baits and grubs for walleye. We had no reports on other species.
UTE LAKE: Fishing for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass was good using senkos, lizards, worms, spinner baits, jerk baits and top water lures. Most of the bass were taken in less than 12 feet of water. Fishing for catfish was good for anglers fishing at night and using night crawlers, liver and shrimp. Fishing for crappie was fair-to-good using minnows, jigs and small tubes. Fishing was fair-to-good trolling bottom bouncer/night crawler rigs and crank baits across main lake points and flats for walleye. Fishing was good trolling crank baits at depths of 12-to-20 feet for white bass. Fishing was good using worms and small jigs for bluegill.

 

NORTHWEST AREA

 

ABIQUIU LAKE: Fishing was fair-to-good this past week for anglers using drop shot rigs and crank baits and fishing for smallmouth bass. Anglers reported catching bass in the Canones Creek area and the upper areas of the lake. Fishing was fair using crank baits, grubs and drop shot rigs and trolling Wally Pops tipped with Gulp for walleye. A few rainbow trout and brown trout were taken by anglers trolling crank baits at the upper end of the lake. The water surface temp ranged from 57-to-62 degrees through the week. Anglers fishing from boats should watch for floating debris.
ALBUQUERQUE AREA DRAINS: We had no reports from anglers this week.
BLUEWATER LAKE: Fishing was fair-to-good 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 but a few were taken by anglers using spinners, power bait, corn and worms.
CANJILON LAKES: We had no reports from anglers this week.
CHAMA RIVER: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 1,410cfs and 1,810cfs respectively. Trout fishing was slow due to the high water conditions.
COCHITI LAKE: Fishing was slow-to-fair for anglers using liver and night crawlers for catfish. Fishing was fair using spinner baits, chatter baits and large plastics for largemouth bass. A few northern pike were taken by anglers using spinner baits and crank baits. 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 and brown trout was fair for anglers using spinners, spoons and power bait and fishing between the main boat ramp and the dam.
FARMINGTON LAKE: Fishing was fair using worms and dough bait for catfish. A few trout were taken by anglers using worms, spinners, power bait and salmon eggs.
FENTON LAKE: Trout fishing was fair for anglers using brassies, copper john barrs, Pistol Petes, Kastmasters, salmon eggs, power bait, corn and night crawlers.
HERON LAKE: Fishing was slow for all species. The water level was rising and the water was murky.
JEMEZ WATERS: Water flow on the Jemez as of Monday morning was 60cfs near Jemez Springs. Trout fishing on the Jemez, the San Antonio, East Fork, Guadalupe and the Rio Las Vacas was good for anglers using hoppers, royal wulffs, small gold and silver spinners, worms, salmon eggs, and small stone flies.
LAGUNA Del CAMPO: (Burns Canyon Lake) We had no reports from anglers this week.
MANZANO LAKE: Trout fishing was fair using power bait, cheese, salmon eggs and spinners.
MCGAFFEY LAKE: Fishing was fair using corn/marshmallow combinations, night crawlers and dough bait for catfish.
NAVAJO LAKE: Fishing was fair using jigs and tubes for crappie. The best action was reported by anglers fishing Francis Canyon, La Jara and Bancos Canyon. Fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass was fair-to-good for anglers using jerk baits, baby brush hogs, tubes, crank baits, senkos, worms and top water lures. Fishing for northern pike was good using crank baits, jerk baits and spinner baits. Most of the pike action was reported by anglers fishing the San Juan arm. Fishing for trout and kokanee was slow-to-fair for anglers trolling the main body of the lake and using Arnies and Panther Martin spinners. Fishing for bluegill was fair for anglers using worms. The water level was dropping.
RAMAH LAKE: We had no reports from anglers this week.
SAN JUAN: Water flow below Navajo Lake as of Monday morning was at 5,090cfs 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 streamers, wooly buggers, hair jigs, bright colored San Juan worms and egg patterns. Fishing through the bait waters was fair using wooly buggers, night crawlers, spinners and jerk baits.
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 good this past week. Best baits were salmon eggs and power bait.
TINGLEY BEACH: Fishing at the Youth and Central Ponds was fair for bluegill, catfish and bass. Anglers did best using worms for the bluegill, crank baits, tubes and spinners for the bass and dough bait and power bait for the catfish. Trout fishing was fair using worms, salmon eggs and power bait. 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: We had no reports from anglers this week.
BILL EVANS LAKE: Fishing was fair using small wet flies and worms for bluegill. We had no reports on other species.
BURN LAKE: Fishing was slow.
CABALLO LAKE: Fishing was slow-to-fair using crank baits, minnows, tubes and grubs at the north end and near the dam for white bass. A few walleye were taken by anglers using minnows, crank baits and grubs. A few crappie were taken by anglers using tubes and jigs. We had no reports on other species. The water was quite murky.
ELEPHANT BUTTE: Striped bass fishing was great for some anglers but just slow-to-fair for others. Those who did best were using live shiners and gizzard shad and spending considerable time searching for the fish. Most were taken at depths of 12-to-28 feet. Fishing for white bass and crappie was fair for anglers fishing near Rock Canyon Marina and in McRae Canyon. Anglers did best fishing in the evening hours and using grubs, tubes and crank baits. Anglers also reported catching several small white bass near Long Point while using spinners and grubs. A few largemouth and smallmouth bass were taken by anglers using spinner baits, chatter baits, grubs and top water lures. Fishing for catfish was fair using cut bait, night crawlers, shrimp and liver. Anglers using live bait and crank baits and fishing for white bass and stripers reported catching a few walleye. We had no reports on other species.
ESCONDIDA LAKE: Fishing was fair using worms and dough bait for catfish.
GILA RIVER: Water flow on the Gila as of this past Monday was 30cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
LAKE ROBERTS: Fishing was fair using worms, night crawlers and stink bait for catfish. We had no reports on other species.
PERCHA DAM: Fishing was fair using grubs, crank baits and minnows for white bass and a few walleye.
QUEMADO LAKE: Fishing was fair-to-good using power bait, salmon eggs, wooly buggers, Pistol Petes and spinners for trout.
RIO GRANDE: Water flow below Elephant Butte on Monday was 2,520cfs. Fishing on the river below Caballo was fair using minnows, grubs and crank baits for white bass and a few walleye. We had no reports on other species.
SNOW LAKE: We had no reports from anglers this week.

 

SOUTHEAST AREA

 

BATAAN LAKE: Fishing was fair-to-good using worms, dough bait and liver for catfish. Anglers reported good fishing in the early morning and late evening hours. 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 good for anglers using night crawlers and stink bait 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 and salmon eggs.
JAL LAKE: We had no reports from anglers this week.
LAKE VAN: We had no reports from anglers this week.
PECOS RIVER: Water flow on Monday below Sumner Lake was 100cfs. Fishing was slow.
PERCH LAKE: We had no reports from anglers this week.
RUIDOSO RIVER: Water flow at Ruidoso on Monday was .75cfs. Trout fishing was slow.
SANTA ROSA LAKE: Fishing slowed a bit for walleye and bass this past week. Anglers did manage to pick up a few walleye while trolling the main channel and using grubs in brush in 8-to-12 feet of water. Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass was best for anglers using senkos, crank baits, tubes, brush hogs, salt craws and top water lures. A few crappie were taken by anglers using grubs. A major water release is planned for next week and is expected to last about one week.
SUMNER LAKE: Fishing for walleye was rated as slow-to-fair this past week. Anglers did manage to pick up several keeper size fish while using grubs, tubes, minnows and bottom bouncer/night crawler rigs. Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass slowed down also but a few good size bass were taken by anglers using top water lures, crank baits, tubes and salt craws. We had no reports on other species.