Reel talk: New Mexico fishing report

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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.

Sept. 26

Northeast

Cimarrón River: Streamflow near Cimarrón on Monday was 29.3 cubic feet per second. Fishing on the river was good using worms, bead-head pheasant tail nymphs, bead-head hare’s ears and wooly buggers. Trout fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes was fair to good using salmon eggs and PowerBait.

Coyote Creek: Fishing was good using worms, salmon eggs and small bead-head nymphs for trout.

Eagle Rock Lake: Fishing was very good using Zeke’s trout bait, PowerBait, worms, salmon eggs, Pistol Petes and spinners for trout.

Eagle Nest Lake: Fishing for trout was good trolling spinners on lightweight tackle and using PowerBait from the shore and from anchored boats. Fishing was good using worms for perch. Fishing was good using large spinners and spoons and perch colored crank baits for northern pike up to 30 inches. We had no other reports. Kokanee snagging season opens Oct. 1.

Gallinas River: Fishing was good using bead-head prince nymphs, bead-head pheasant tail nymphs, copper John Barrs, worms and Fire Balls for trout.

Los Pinos River: Fishing was good using bead-head pheasant tail nymphs, worms and salmon eggs for trout.

Monastery Lake: Fishing was very good using Fire Balls and PowerBait for trout.

Pecos River: Streamflow near Pecos on Monday was 47.9 cfs. Fishing was fair to good using San Juan worms, worms, salmon eggs and spinners for trout.

Red River: Streamflow below the hatchery on Monday was 62.1 cfs. Fishing was good using salmon eggs, PowerBait, wooly buggers, poundmeisters and copper John Barrs for trout.

Río Grande: Streamflow on Monday at the Taos Junction Bridge was 252 cfs. Fishing was good using peacock nymphs, copper John Barrs, wooly buggers, BWOs, elk hair caddis, PowerBait and night crawlers for browns, cutbows and rainbow trout. A few smallmouth bass were caught by anglers using streamers and spinners. Fishing was fair to good using chicken liver, shrimp, cut bait and night crawlers for catfish. We had no other reports.

Río Hondo: Streamflow near Valdez on Monday was 17.7 cfs. Fishing was fair using caddis, copper John Barrs, salmon eggs and worms for trout.

Shuree Ponds: Fishing was good using Pistol Petes and olive and brown wooly buggers for trout.

Ute Lake: Fishing was very good using stink bait, liver, cut bait and night crawlers over baited holes for catfish. Fishing for all other species was slow with just a few white bass and walleye catches reported. The surface water temperature was in the low to mid-70s.

Northwest

Abiquiú Lake: Fishing was good using tubes, grubs, 6-inch worms, spoons, square bill crank baits and top water lures for smallmouth bass. Fishing was good using 4-inch spoons and curly tail grubs tipped with night crawlers for walleye. Anglers fishing for smallmouth bass and walleye also picked up a few crappie. Fishing was good using worms, liver, homemade dough bait for catfish. We had no other reports.

Bluewater Lake: Fishing was slow for all species. Fishing pressure was light.

Canjilón Lakes: Closed by the U.S. Forest Service until further notice.

Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiú were 699 cfs and 709 cfs, respectively. Fishing below El Vado was good using bead-head wooly buggers, copper John Barrs, custom tied flies, spinners, night crawlers, Fire Balls and PowerBait for brown and rainbow trout. We had no reports from below Abiquiú. NEW SPECIAL TROUT WATER: The river from the U.S. Geological Survey gauging station to the confluence of the Río Nutrias is now catch and release only using single barbless hook artificial flies and lures. The kokanee snagging season opens Oct. 1 from El Vado Lake to the west boundary of the Río Chama Wildlife and Fishing Area.

Cochiti Lake: Fishing was fair using crank baits, worms, jigs and jerk baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. A few white bass were caught by anglers trolling crank baits. Fishing was slow to fair using shrimp, chicken liver and homemade dough bait for catfish. We had no other reports.

El VadoLake: Fishing was fair using worms, jigs and tubes for smallmouth bass. We had no other reports. The kokanee snagging season opens Oct. 1.

Heron Lake: Fishing was fair using salmon eggs, worms and PowerBait for rainbow trout. We had no other reports. Fishing pressure was light. The lake and Willow Creek are closed to kokanee snagging Oct. 1-Nov. 9 and no kokanee may be in possession while fishing during this period.

Jemez Waters: Streamflow on the Jemez River near Jemez Springs on Monday morning was 12.4 cfs. Trout fishing on the Jemez was fair for anglers using worms and salmon eggs. Fishing on the Cebolla was good using worms, small spinners and Fire Balls. Fishing on the San Antonio was good using ant patterns, worms and salmon eggs. We had no other reports.

Laguna del Campo: Fishing was a bit slow with just a few trout caught by anglers using salmon eggs and PowerBait.

Navajo Lake: Fishing was good using top water lures, crank baits, jerk baits, tubes, creature bait and senkos for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was good using swim baits, top water lures, jerk baits and crank baits for northern pike. Fishing was good using worms and grubs for perch. Fishing for kokanee salmon was slow. We had no other reports. The surface water temperature was in the high 60s. Kokanee snagging season opens Oct. 1 (excluding designated no-wake areas).

San Juan River: Streamflow on Monday morning was 641 cfs. Fly-fishing action through the Quality waters was good for anglers using olive wooly buggers, small emergers, red annelids, San Juan worms, dead chickens and small bead-head pheasant tail nymphs. Trout fishing through the bait waters was good using night crawlers, PowerBait, Fire Balls, San Juan worms and jerk baits.

Seven Springs Brood Pond: Fishing was very good using PowerBait, salmon eggs, Fire Balls, worms and Pistol Petes for trout.

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