NEW MEXICO FISHING REPORT
This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the state Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is comopiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities
June 5, 2018
CATCHES OF THE WEEK:
Abiquiu Lake: Carol Bevel of Tijeras caught a 29-inch, 13-pound, 2-ounce channel catfish June 2. She was using a bluegill pattern square bill crank bait.
Bluewater Lake: Brandon Atkins of Albuquerque caught and released three tiger muskies May 28. They measured 25, 38, and 42 inches. He was using a Cotton Cordell Super Spot. Maria Rodarte of Albuquerque caught and released a 38-inch tiger muskie June 1. She was fishing from shore and using a gold spoon. J.P. Gonzales, 13, of Williams, Arizona, caught and released a 30-inch tiger muskie June 2. He was using bait. Donald Fairbanks of Kotzebue, Alaska caught a 42-inch, 17-pound tiger muskie June 1. He was using a hot dog.
Caballo Lake: Brianna Van Sickler, age 15, of Albuquerque, caught three catfish May 28. She was using chicken liver.
Chama River: Alicia Martinez of Los Alamos caught and released a 24-inch rainbow trout May 28. She was fishing near the town of Chama and using a custom tied fly.
Cochiti Lake: Cindy Weiper of Albuquerque caught a 28-inch walleye May 30. She was trolling a floating Rapala. Jeremy Ebbing of Albuquerque caught a 24.25-inch, 6-pound, 10-ounce carp May 31. He was using corn. Donovan Trujillo, age 9, of Albuquerque, caught a 21.25-inch, 3-pound, 2-ounce catfish June 1. It was his first catfish and he was using minnows.
Conchas Lake: Joshua Sped, age 13, of Albuquerque, caught a 2-pound white bass May 28. He was using shrimp. Todd Castle of Albuquerque caught a 5-pound largemouth bass June 3. He was using a Texas rigged senko.
Elephant Butte Lake: Victor Rose, age 71, of Las Cruces, caught a 25.75-inch, 6.25-pound walleye May 30. He was using a white curly tail grub.
Green Meadow Lake: John Peppin of Hobbs caught a 24-inch blue catfish and a 20-inch channel catfish May 29. He was using shrimp and cut bait.
Hopewell Lake: Lan Frazier, age 10 and Wes Frazier, age 13, of Espanola, each caught several nice rainbow trout from 18 to 20 inches June 2. They were using spinners and Pistol Petes.
Navajo Lake: Krystle Hanifin of Albuquerque caught a 19-inch, 4.1-pound smallmouth bass May 31. She was fishing in Francis Canyon and using a wacky rigged green senko. Jared Fishburn, age 15, of Farmington, caught a 27-inch northern pike June 1. He was using a Rapala.
Río Grande River: Stephen Baca of Peña Blanca caught a 24 7/8-inch, 5-pound, 6-ounce walleye May 30. He was using cut bait.
San Juan River: Diego Silva of Belen caught and released a 20-inch rainbow trout May 30. He was fishing the Braids and using a size 20 red annelid.
The following report came in late but deserves a mention:
Chama River: Mike Smith of Albuquerque caught a 25-inch, 6-pound, rainbow trout May 27. He was fishing the river in Chama and using a spinner.
Laguna Del Campo: Wailea Gallegos, 12, of Santa Fe, caught a 17-inch rainbow trout May 27. She was using a worm.
Maxwell Lake 13: Andy Biller and Chuck Biller of Albuquerque and Rob Biller of Longmont, Colorado, caught several rainbow trout ranging from 16 to 21 inches May 26. They were using Panther Martins and flatfish.
Quemado Lake: Josh Miller of Albuquerque caught a 41.5-inch tiger muskie May 26. He was using a silver spinner bait.
San Juan River: Joseph Pacheco, age 5, of Albuquerque caught a 14-inch rainbow trout May 19. He was using a Fladen lure. Daniel Gallegos, age 8, of Albuquerque caught a 13-inch rainbow trout May 19. He was using salmon eggs. Riana Gallegos, age 8, of Albuquerque, caught a 15-inch rainbow trout. She was using peach PowerBait.
Seven Springs Brood Pond: Diego Dominguez, age 11, and Donovan Dominguez, age 5, of Albuquerque caught seven rainbow trout, including one that measured 20 inches on May 26. They were using PowerBait.
Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was good using tubes, senkos, jerk baits, soft swim baits, crank baits, Roboworms, Rooster Tails, curly tail grubs, and wooly buggers for smallmouth bass. George Torres of Stanley reported catching several smallmouth on dark-colored crank baits. The fish were biting aggressively. Fishing was good using jig and grub and jig and worm combinations, crank baits, spoons, Roboworms and minnows for walleye. The fish were scattered between 10 and 30 feet. Fishing for crappie was good using white jigs. Fishing was fair using homemade dough bait, punch bait, crank baits and liver for catfish. We had no other reports.
Animas River: Water flow below Aztec on Monday morning was 635 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Bluewater Lake: Fishing was fair to good using crank baits, jerk baits, spoons, in-line spinners, and hot dogs for tiger muskie. Fishing for trout and catfish was slow.
Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 740 cfs and 954 cfs, respectively. Trout fishing above and below El Vado was good using prince nymphs, weighted wooly buggers, Kastmasters, night crawlers, Fire Balls, and PowerBait for brown and rainbow trout. We had no reports from below Abiquiu.
Cochiti Lake: Fishing was fair to good using minnows and small jigs for small crappie. Fishing was slow to fair using sassy shad, swim baits, and crank baits for white bass. Fishing was fair using crank baits, spinner baits, jigs, senkos, and tubes for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was slow to fair using minnows, jigs, crank baits and Rooster Tails for northern pike and walleye. Fishing was fair using corn for carp. A few catfish were caught by anglers using liver and cut bait.
El Vado Lake: Fishing was good using crank baits, jerk baits, tubes, Panther Martins, swim baits and worms for smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair to good using various bass lures, spinners and PowerBait for rainbow and brown trout.
Fenton Lake: Closed until further notice due to extreme fire danger.
Heron Lake: Fishing was good trolling silver Syclops spoons and Panther Martins and using green and orange and salmon peach PowerBait for rainbow trout and kokanee salmon. We had no reports on other species.
Jemez Waters: Closed until further notice due to extreme fire danger.
Laguna del Campo: Fishing was good using Pistol Petes, Super Dupers, small spinners and PowerBait for trout.
Manzano Lake: Fishing was good using Pistol Petes, PowerBait and Fire Balls for trout.
Navajo Lake: Fishing was good using jerk baits, curly tail grubs, senkos, worms, tubes, crank baits and chatter baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was fair to good using swim baits, spinner baits, jerk baits and crank baits for northern pike. Crappie fishing was slow with a few caught by anglers using small jigs and grubs. Fishing was fair trolling crank baits for rainbow trout and brown trout. Fishing for kokanee was slow with a few caught by anglers trolling deep with spinners. Fishing was good using worms for perch.
San Gregorio Lake: Closed until further notice due to extreme fire danger.
San Juan River: Streamflow on Monday morning was 640 cfs. The flow was scheduled to increase the late evening of June 5, with the release increasing by 200 cfs every two hours until reaching a peak of 2,000 cfs midday Wednesday, June 6. The release will then be held for two hours, and then begin ramping down at the same rate, returning to the base release in the early morning hours of June 7. Fishing through the Quality Waters was good using small red annelids, small beadhead pheasant tail nymphs, fore and afts, RS2s, ant patterns and foam beetles. Trout fishing through the Bait Waters was good using jerk baits, Kastmasters, San Juan worms, copper John Barrs, chamois leeches and Fire Balls.
Seven Springs Brood Pond: Fishing was very good using PowerBait and Fire Balls for rainbow trout. The Kids Fishing Pond will close at dusk to all fishing on Wednesday, June 6, due to extreme fire danger.
Trout Lakes: Fishing was fair to good using PowerBait and Pistol Petes for trout.
- New Mexico Department of Game and Fish