Reel Talk – January 17

Provided by Bill Dunn
and the Department of Game and Fish
Posted 1/16/19

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Reel Talk – January 17

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NEW MEXICO FISHING REPORT

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.

CATCHES OF THE WEEK:

Blue Hole Park Pond: Richard Martínez of Tucumcari caught a 21-inch, 5-pound rainbow trout Jan. 10. He was using a Pistol Pete under a bubble.

Eagle Nest Lake: Tom Tighe of Mora caught a 20-inch rainbow trout Jan. 9. He was using a jig and night crawler combination.

Seven Springs Brood Pond: Orlando Martinez, age 9, of Albuquerque caught a 30-inch, 11-pound brown trout Jan. 12. He was using a silver Kastmaster on 6# test line.

Tingley Beach: Jacqueline Valenzuela, age 4, of Albuquerque caught a limit of trout Jan. 9. She was fishing the Youth Pond and using red and white PowerBait power eggs. Santiago Anaya, age 5, and Diego Anaya, age 7, of Albuquerque each caught a limit of trout Jan. 13. They were fishing the Youth Pond and using homemade dough 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@hotmail.com. We may include your story in our next report.

For catches of the week, include name, age, hometown, date and location; type of fish, length and weight, if possible; and bait, lure or fly used.

January 15, 2019

Northeast

Charette Lakes: Closed for the season.

Cimarron River: Stream flow below Eagle Nest on Monday morning was 2.53 cubic feet per second. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Clayton Lake: Closed for the season.

Costilla Creek: Mark your calendar to check this one out for the spring.

Cowles Ponds: Check this one out in the spring for some great trout action.

Eagle Nest Lake: Ice fishing was very good using small ice jigs tipped with a piece of worm, a wax worm, corn or PowerBait for a mixed bag of rainbow trout and perch and an occasional pike and kokanee. As of this past Sunday, the ice thickness was about 13 inches near the south boat ramp.

Lake Alice: The lake remains closed to fishing at this time, due to dangerous ice conditions. For updated conditions, call the state park office at (575) 445-5607.

Lake Maloya: The lake remains closed to fishing at this time, due to dangerous ice conditions. For updated conditions, call the state park office at (575) 445-5607.

Maxwell Lake 13: Closed for the season.

Monastery Lake: We had no reports from anglers. The lake is closed to ice fishing.

Morphy Lake: Closed for the season.

Pecos River: Stream flow near the town of Pecos on Monday morning was 24.5 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Red River: Stream flow below the hatchery on Monday morning was 22.2 cfs. Fishing was fair using salmon eggs and PowerBait for trout.

Rio Grande: Stream flow at the Taos Junction Bridge was 330 cfs. Fishing was fair using woolly buggers, San Juan worms, and salmon eggs for trout. Fishing pressure was very light. We had no reports on other species.

Rio Mora: Stream flow on Monday morning was 5.02 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Santa Cruz Reservoir: The lake is completely covered with ice and snow. No fishing at this time.

Shuree Ponds: Closed for the season.

Springer Lake: The lake is covered with a thick layer of ice and is closed to ice fishing.

Ute Lake: Fishing remained slow for all species, with extremely light fishing pressure.

Northwest

Abiquiú Lake: About 50 percent of the lake has been covered with a thin layer of ice in the morning hours but clearing off by mid-day. The concrete portion of the boat ramp is out of the water. Extreme caution should be used when attempting to launch a boat. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Animas River: Water flow below Aztec on Monday morning was 185 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Albuquerque Area Drains: Trout fishing on the Albuquerque, Belen, Corrales Riverside and the Peralta Drain this past week was good using wax worms, Fire Balls, PowerBait, custom-tied flies and small spoons. We had no reports on other species.

Bluewater Lake: The lake is closed to fishing at this time due to dangerous ice conditions. For updated conditions, call the state park office at (505) 876-2391.

Chama River: Monday morning flows below El Vado and Abiquiú were 24.2 cfs and 138 cfs, respectively. Trout fishing below Abiquiú was good using streamers, San Juan worms, small bead head nymphs and salmon eggs. We had no reports from below El Vado.

El Vado Lake: The lake remains closed to fishing due to thin ice conditions. For updates, call the state park office at (575) 588-7470.

Fenton Lake: The lake has opened for ice fishing with an ice thickness of 7.5 to 9 inches. Anglers are advised to stay off the northern part of the lake where the river feeds in due to slushy ice conditions. Fishing was very good using wax worms, salmon eggs and PowerBait. Matthew Medina of Albuquerque reported great fishing. He caught a limit of trout while using Glo jigs tipped with meal worms.

Heron Lake: The lake remains closed to fishing due to thin ice conditions. For updates, call the state park office at (575) 588-7470.

Jemez Waters: Stream flow on the Jemez near the town of Jemez on Monday morning was 19.1 cfs. Fishing below Battleship Rock was good using salmon eggs for trout. All of the streams north of Battleship Rock are frozen over.

Laguna del Campo: Closed for the season.

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

San Juan River: Stream flow below Navajo Lake on Monday morning was 293 cfs. Fishing through the Quality Water area was fair to good using mini macs, disco midges, red larva, egg patterns, white bunny leeches and princess nymphs. Through the bait waters, trout fishing was fair using salmon eggs, small Kastmasters, egg patterns and worms.

Seven Springs Brood Pond: Fishing was very good using spoons for trout.

Tingley Beach: Fishing was very good using homemade dough bait, PowerBait, power eggs and wax worms for trout. Fishing for all other species was slow.

STOCKING REPORT

Crews stocked 78,289 triploid rainbow trout in the following waters: Abiquiu Reservoir, Albuquerque Drain, Albuquerque Drain (South), Alto Lake, Alumni Pond, Belen Riverside Drain, Bernalillo Drain, Bill Evans Lake, Blue Hole Park Pond, Bluewater Lake, Bosque Redondo, Carrizozo Recreation Lake, Chama River (Below Abiquiú), Chaparral Park Lake, Conservancy Park Lake (aka Tingley Beach), Corona Pond, Corrales Riverside Drain, Dennis Chaves Pond, El Rito Creek (Near Santa Rosa), Escondida Lake, Glenwood Pond, Grants Municipal Lake (River Walk Pond), Green Meadow Lake, Greene Acres Lake, Grindstone Reservoir, Jal Lake, Manzano Lake, Ned Houk Ponds, Oasis Park Lake, Pecos River (Lake Sumner to Roswell), Peralta Drain, Perch Lake (Guadalupe County), Rio Grande (Elephant Butte to Caballo), Ruidoso River, San Juan (Below Quality Waters) and Young Pond.

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