New Mexico Weekly Fishing Report – 7/1/2008

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July 1, 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.

Catches of the week

Fenton Lake: June 22, Keenan Horn, 9, caught a 21-inch brown trout. He was using a wooly bugger.
Elephant Butte: June 25, Jason Wright of Fort Bliss, Texas, caught a 37-pound striped bass. He was using a gizzard shad and fishing in 10 feet of water.
Ute Lake: June 26, Ivory Williamson of Logan caught an 8.31-pound largemouth bass. He was using stink bait.
Maxwell Lake 13: June 28, Willy Trujillo and his daughter Mary of Springer caught six rainbow trout ranging in size from 18 to 22 inches. They were using Power Bait.
Pecos River: June 29, Stephen Apodaca of Stanley caught a 22.5-inch rainbow trout. He was fishing north of Terrero and using worms.
Abiquiu Lake: June 30, Amy Anderson and her husband Stan Kosiewicz caught and released several big walleye including a 28-inch, 8-pound beauty. They were trolling bottom bouncer/worm combinations and assorted crank baits over 16 to 25 feet of water at the upper end of the lake.

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 some anglers but slow for others. A few limits of 10-to-15 inch trout were taken by anglers using Pistol Petes and power bait. Fishing for perch was good using worms.
CIMARRON RIVER: Water flow below Eagle Nest as of Monday was 60cfs. Trout fishing was fair-to-good for anglers using worms, spinners, stimulators and humpys. Fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes was fair for anglers using Pistol Petes and corn/salmon egg combinations.
CLAYTON LAKE: Fishing was good from the bank and from boats for anglers fishing for trout and walleye. Best baits were worms, power bait and crank baits. Most of the trout caught were in the 12-to-16 inch range. We had no reports on other species.
CONCHAS LAKE: Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass was good this past week. Although most of the fish caught were small, anglers did well using sweet beavers, crank baits, senkos, jerk baits, poppers and worms. Walleye fishing was fair for anglers trolling crank baits and spinner/worm rigs and casting grubs and tubes in the brush. Fishing for white bass was fair using crank baits, grubs, top water lures and sassy shad. Night fishing for catfish was good using liver, shrimp, stink bait and night crawlers. Fishing for bluegill was good using worms and poppers. A few crappie were taken by anglers using minnows and jigs.
COYOTE CREEK: Trout fishing was fair this past week for anglers using stimulators, salmon eggs and copper john barrs.
EAGLE NEST LAKE: Fishing was slow for some but good for others this past week. Some anglers reported good catches of trout and kokanee while using Pistol Petes, Panther Martins tipped with power bait and wooly buggers. They were drifting and trolling at depths of 6-to-10 feet. A few trout were also taken by anglers using power bait and power eggs. Fishing for perch was fair for anglers using worms.
HOPEWELL LAKE: We had no reports from anglers this week.
LAKE MALOYA/LAKE ALICE: Trout fishing was rated as slow-to-fair at both lakes. Best baits were Pistol Petes, ants, elk hair caddis and power bait.
MAXWELL LAKES: Trout fishing picked up considerably this past week. Anglers did well fishing from the bank and using power bait, salmon eggs, spoons and spinners.
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 corn, power bait, salmon eggs and small spinners.
MORPHY LAKE: Trout fishing was fair-to-good for anglers using yellow power bait, salmon eggs, spinners, spoons, hoppers, Pistol Petes and worms.
PECOS RIVER: Water flow near the town of Pecos as of Monday morning was 109cfs. Trout fishing was good using spinners, orange and yellow stimulators, elk hair caddis, night crawlers and wooly buggers.
RED RIVER: Water flow below the hatchery was 221cfs. Trout fishing was fair using spinners, wooly buggers, hoppers and night crawlers.
RIO GRANDE: The water flow Monday morning at the Taos Junction Bridge was 1,710cfs. Trout fishing was slow again this week but there were a few fish taken by anglers using night crawlers, wooly buggers and spinners. There were a few northern pike taken by anglers using jerk baits. We had no reports on other species.
SHUREE PONDS: The ponds opened for fishing today.
SPRINGER LAKE: Fishing was good using jigs and Rat-L-Traps for northern pike up to 30 inches. Fishing was fair-to-good using worms and cut bait for channel catfish and mud cats. A few largemouth bass were taken by anglers using jigs.
STORRIE LAKE: Trout fishing was slow-to-fair this past week. Anglers did best using garlic cheese and salmon eggs. Fishing for catfish was slow but a few were taken by anglers using night crawlers and liver. The lake level continues to drop.
STUBBLEFIELD: We had no reports from anglers this week.
UTE LAKE: Night fishing continued to be good this past week for anglers fishing for catfish, white bass, crappie and walleye. Best baits for the catfish were stink bait, liver and night crawlers. The walleye were caught by anglers using minnows, suspending jerk baits and bottom bouncer/night crawler rigs. White bass and crappie were taken by anglers using minnows, jigs, grubs and top water lures. Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass was fair for anglers fishing early and late in the day and using top water lures and jerk baits. Fishing for bluegill was fair-to-good using worms.

 

NORTHWEST AREA

ABIQUIU LAKE: Fishing slowed a bit this past week but was still rated as good by most anglers. Fishing for smallmouth bass was good using Sammy 100s, tubes, grubs, poppers and brown bunny leeches. The bass were found in 4-to-15 feet of water. Fishing was good using Pointer 78s, Bevy Shad, Reef Runners, Double Whammys tipped with Gulp night crawlers, bottom bouncer/worm combinations and fat head minnows for walleye. Anglers reported good success on the flats and on brushy points. Fishing was fair using shrimp, night crawlers and liver for catfish. A few rainbow and brown trout were taken by anglers trolling for walleye at the upper end of the lake.
ALBUQUERQUE AREA DRAINS: We had no reports from anglers this week.
BLUEWATER LAKE: Fishing was slow-to-fair using rainbow trout colored soft swim baits and in line spinners for tiger musky. A few catfish were taken by anglers using shrimp and liver. Fishing was slow-to-fair using power bait, worms and spinners for trout.
CANJILON LAKES: We had no reports from anglers this week.
CHAMA RIVER: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 711cfs and 897cfs respectively. The flow below El Vado may be reduced to 200cfs this week. Fishing along both stretches of river was fair this past week for anglers using night crawlers, spinners, salmon eggs and power bait for a mix of brown and rainbow trout.
COCHITI LAKE: Fishing was slow-to-fair using sweet beavers, crank baits and top water lures for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing was slow-to-fair for anglers using liver, night crawlers and shrimp for catfish. A few white bass were taken by anglers using crank baits, top water lures and tubes.
EL VADO LAKE: Trout fishing was fair-to-good this past week for anglers using night crawlers, spoons, spinners and power bait. We had good reports from anglers fishing the upper end of the lake and from those fishing near the dam.
FARMINGTON LAKE: We had no reports from anglers this week.
FENTON LAKE: Trout fishing was rated as fair this past week. A few anglers took home limits of trout while others managed two or three. Best baits were Pistol Petes, Panther Martins and green power bait. There was a good stone fly hatch over the weekend.
HERON LAKE: Kokanee and rainbow trout fishing was good this past week for anglers trolling at depths of 10-to-17 feet. They did well using Cripplures, Panther Martins and Double Whammys tipped with corn. The fish ranged in size from 10-to-18 inches. Fishing from the bank was fair for anglers using corn and worms for rainbow trout. Fishing for lake trout was slow.
JEMEZ WATERS: Water flow on the Jemez as of Monday morning was 19cfs near Jemez Springs. Trout fishing on the Jemez, the San Antonio, the East Fork, the Guadalupe and the Cebolla was very good for anglers using parachute adams, hoppers, royal wulffs, copper john barrs, small gold and silver spinners, worms and salmon eggs.
LAGUNA Del CAMPO: (Burns Canyon Lake) We had no reports from anglers this week.
MANZANO LAKE: We had no reports from anglers this week.
MCGAFFEY LAKE: Trout fishing was very good this past week for anglers fishing near the dam and using salmon eggs, power bait and worms. Most of the action was midday. Fishing for catfish was slow but there were a few taken by anglers fishing at night and using worms, dough bait and liver.
NAVAJO LAKE: Fishing was fair for anglers using jigs and tubes for crappie on the Pine arm, in Francis Canyon and La Jara Canyon. Fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass was fair for anglers using tubes, crank baits, senkos, worms, spinners, wooly buggers and top water lures. Fishing for northern pike was fair-to-good using crank baits, jerk baits, buzz baits and spinner baits. Anglers reported catching pike on the San Juan arm, the Pine arm and on the main lake. Fishing for trout and kokanee was fair-to-good trolling kokanee killers, Double Whammys, Arnies and Panther Martins tipped with corn at depths of 15-to-42 feet. Fishing for bluegill was fair for anglers using worms and poppers.
RAMAH LAKE: We had no reports from anglers this week.
SAN JUAN: Water flow below Navajo Lake as of Monday morning was at 537cfs. Trout fishing was fair-to-good using streamers, wooly buggers, wooly worms, San Juan worms, chamois leeches, BWOs and parachute adams. Fishing through the bait waters was fair using night crawlers, spinners, salmon eggs 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 again this past week. Best baits were Gulp eggs, spinners and power bait.
TINGLEY BEACH: Fishing at the Youth and Central Ponds was fair-to-good using worms for bluegill, stink bait and cat food for catfish and tubes, worms and spinners for bass. Trout fishing was fair using worms, Pistol Petes and Gulp eggs. At the Catch and Release Pond trout fishing was fair for anglers using parachute adams, scuds, hoppers, Griffith’s gnats and leeches.

 

SOUTHWEST AREA

BEAR CANYON: Fishing was slow for all species.
BILL EVANS LAKE: We had no reports from anglers this week.
BURN LAKE: Fishing was slow.
CABALLO LAKE: Fishing was slow but a few white bass were taken by anglers trolling crank baits and spinner/worm rigs. A few walleye were taken by anglers using minnows, crank baits, jigs and grubs. We had no reports on other species.
ELEPHANT BUTTE: Striped bass fishing was fair-to-good this past week for anglers using live shiners and gizzard shad. A few were also taken by anglers using top water lures and large crank baits. Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass was slow-to-fair using top water lures, spinner baits, jerk baits, grubs, swim baits, worms, tubes and senkos. Anglers were flipping the salt cedars with the grubs, tubes and senkos. Fishing was fair trolling crank baits and spinner/worm rigs for white bass, walleye and a few crappie. Anglers trolling also picked up a few largemouth bass. Fishing was good using night crawlers, liver, shrimp and Gulp crawlers for catfish.
ESCONDIDA LAKE: Fishing was slow for all species.
GILA RIVER: Water flow on the Gila as of this past Monday was 38cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
LAKE ROBERTS: We had no reports from anglers this week.
PERCHA DAM: Fishing was slow but a few walleye were taken by anglers using live shiners.
QUEMADO LAKE: Trout fishing was fair for anglers using Pistol Petes and orange, yellow and chartreuse power bait. A few tiger musky were caught by anglers using swim baits.
RIO GRANDE: Water flow below Elephant Butte on Monday was 2,690cfs. Fishing on the river below Caballo was slow-to-fair using live shiners, grubs and night crawlers for a mixed bag of catfish, walleye and white bass.
SNOW LAKE: We had no reports from anglers this week.

 

SOUTHEAST AREA

BATAAN LAKE: We had no reports from anglers this week.
BONITO LAKE: Effective July 2, the lake will reopen to fishing. All forest service stage II restrictions will be in effect. For more information on restrictions, contact the Lincoln National Forest.
BOSQUE REDONDO: We had no reports from anglers this week.
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 good for anglers using spinners, Pistol Petes, power bait, corn and salmon eggs.
JAL LAKE: Fishing was slow.
LAKE VAN: We had no reports from anglers this week.
PECOS RIVER: Water flow on Monday below Sumner Lake was 1,440cfs. Access to the area below Sumner Lake was closed due to high water release but is scheduled to reopen later this week.
PERCH LAKE: We had no reports from anglers this week.
RUIDOSO RIVER: Water flow at Ruidoso on Monday was 1.1cfs. Trout fishing was slow.
SANTA ROSA LAKE: Fishing was good this past week in spite of lower, murky water conditions. Anglers did well trolling crank baits and casting grubs, jigs and tubes around brush in the main channel for a mix of largemouth bass, crappie and walleye. Last Friday, Steve Talmadge and his son Tyler along with Chuck Balduini and his daughter Mackenzie landed several big crappie, good size smallmouth and largemouth and a few small walleye while using tubes. We had no reports on other species. As of Monday the water release had stopped and the boat ramp was open and in good shape.
SUMNER LAKE: As of Monday, water was still being released. Fishing from boats and from the bank this past week was fair-to-good using spinner baits, crank baits and tubes for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair trolling bottom bouncer/night crawler rigs and casting grubs at the mouth of the Alamogordo arm for walleye. The walleye ranged in size from 15-to-17 inches. The water was quite murky.