NOVEMBER 2nd Report


New Mexico Fishing Report Officer
May 11, 2010
Albuquerque New Mexico
November 2nd

REMINDER: Most Salomon Snagging was opened on October 1st, however several lakes wont open until mid November.

Abiquiu Lake- Fishing is very slow. The Army Corps of Engineers have switched over to winter staffing and all but a few primitive sites are closed for the season. There was very little pressure and fishing is reported as very slow.

Morgan Lake – Bass fishing is good and is getting better with the cooling temperatures. 5 - 6 inch Strike King Plastics and Finesse worms in dark colors with bright colored bellies are reported catching the fish.

Conchas Lake – Fishing is reported as slow to fair for Walleye, White Bass and Small-mouth Bass fishing deep at 35 - 40 feet with minnows.

Ute Lake – Water temperature is around 60 degrees, main is lake clear and river arms are cloudy. Over all the fishing pressure is light and the fishing remains the same as the past few weeks. Walleye are fair, expect about 1 fish per hour trolling in 20 feet of water over brush and using minnows in 20-30 feet of water. White-bass are fair, Trolling deep running lures in the main channel, expect 2 fish per hour. Slabbing in 30-40 feet of water has also been working, but you need to be on top of them. Small-mouth Bass are excellent using orange colored crank baits in 10 feet of water and Drifting minnows in the 10 foot flats. Most fish are 10-12 inches long, but there is a bunch of them. Catfish are good using stink baits and chicken liver in 4-8 feet of water.

Elephant Butte Lake – Fishing pressure has been light. White bass are fair with shiners or white jigging spoons. Striped bass are very slow. Some Small-mouth Bass have been reported landed on white and green bombers and spinners. Catfish are good with liver, minnows or shrimp. No reports on other species.


Animas River - The flow is 355 cfs. Fishing is reported as slow with little pressure.
Chama River - Upper section flow is 63 cfs and fishing is fair to good above the town of Chama with all methods producing fish. Brown Trout are in spawning stages, please respect these fish during this time. Below El Vado Dam, the flow is 151 cfs and the water is off color. Conditions have improved a bit with the lower flows, fishing is good for browns averaging 14 -18 inches. Anglers are having success using black and gold Panther Martins or night crawlers. 11-14 inch rainbows are also reported as good using Power Bait, night crawlers or salmon eggs. Wooly buggers and bead headed nymphs are reported working for both species.
San Juan River - Upper section-Catch and Release flow is 475 cfs and visibility is 2 and 1/2 feet. Fishing is good for rainbows and browns. The best fly patterns are cream colored UFO's, foam RS2 and black shadows. Afternoons below Texas Hole have been best gray or olive baetis emergers like a #22-24 foam wing, RS2, or Johnny flash. The baetis are active from 11:00 am to about 5:00 pm.
Lower section – Open waters, fishing is good with night crawlers, salmon eggs and the same flies as for the upper section. The lower section was stocked last week with 1,900 Triploid Rainbow Trout.

El Vado Lake – Salmon snagging season continues to be good with limits being taken. Best success is being reported on south side of lake. Kokanee snagging season started Oct. 1 and will run through Dec. 31.
Heron Lake– Sept. 30 marked the end of Kokanee fishing, and the lake will be closed to snagging from Oct. 1 to Nov. 11. Salmon snagging season is open from Nov. 12 through Dec 31. Shore fishing for trout is reported as good with roe collected from salmon caught at El Vado Lake. Spinners, worms and Power Bait are also working.
Jackson Lake Lots of bird hunters on the lake and very little fishing pressure.
Lake FarmingtonTrout fishing is reported as fair, some anglers are having luck trolling in deep water with streamers and woolly buggers.

Cimarron River - The flows are 20 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam and 24 cfs near Cimarron. Fishing is good with flies like dark stimulators, parachute Adam's, humpies and various bead headed nymphs. Salmon eggs or worms are always a good bet for the bait fishermen.
Costilla Creek – The flow is 10 cfs near the town of Costilla. Trout fishing is reported as slow due to very low water levels.
Red River - Flows at Questa are 19 cfs, and 46 cfs below the hatchery. Fishing is fair for rainbows up to 14 inches with bead head nymphs and various dry flies. Bait fishermen might try spinners, salmon eggs or Power Bait.
Rio Grande - Flows are 92 cfs near Cerro and 262 cfs below the Taos Junction Bridge. Fishing is fair to good at Pilar and the Wild Rivers. The water is murky with visibility about 2 feet. Trout are fair to good with bead head nymphs, stonefly nymphs, caddis larva and white or olive streamers. Smallmouth bass are fair using streamers. Some pike have been taken on large spinners and red and white whisters.
Rio Hondo –The water is low but fishable with flows at 14 cfs, lower section at confluence with Rio Grande is fishing better than upper river. Trout are slow to fair with various flies, spinners and worms.
Rio Pueblo - Flow is 15 cfs and there is no report this week.
Cabresto Lake – Light pressure, water is low with the construction on the dam. There has been some success reported for small Brook Trout using various flies and lures.
Charette Lakes – The lake closes Oct. 31 and re-opens next March.
Clayton Lake – The lake closes Oct. 31 and re-opens next March.
Eagle Nest Lake – Trout are good trolling Platte River Specials. Shore fishing and fishing from boats anchored for rainbows is reported as fair with gold Cast Masters, olive woolly buggers, Power Bait and worms. Kokanee snagging season started as of Oct. 1 and will run till Dec. 31. Snagging for salmon is reported as sporadic but picking up. Perch are good on worms.
Lake Alice and Lake Maloya– Trout are reported as good in both lakes, better at Maloya with woolly buggers, Pistol Petes, dough baits and Power Bait.
Maxwell Lakes – The lakes close Oct. 31 and re-open next March.
Santa Cruz Lake – The water level is very low and fishing is poor from the bank. The boat ramp closed on Sept. 25 because of low water.
Shuree Ponds – Fishing is reported as good from shore and form a float tube for trout averaging from 14 - 20 inches. Best success is reported with spinners and various bead headed nymphs. The ponds close Dec. 31 and re-open next July.
Springer Lakes – Water levels are low and there has been light pressure

Jemez River, East Fork, Guadalupe and San Antonio - Flow on the Jemez River is 24 cfs. The water levels are stable from a week ago. Fly fishing is good with caddis, terrestrials, stimulators and bead headed nymphs. Panther Martins, Power Bait or worms are also working.
Metro Drainages - No report this week.

Bluewater Lake – Fishing is reported as slow to fair for the larger fish.
Cochiti Lake – No report
Fenton Lake – The water is clear and fishing is slow to fair from shore with Power Bait, spinners and worms. Better fishing is reported from float tubes with green or black woolly buggers or green Pistol Petes.
Tingley Beach - South Pond catch and release - No report this week. Children's and Central Ponds – No report this week.

Black River - Flow is 25 cfs. There is no fishing report.
Bonito Creek – No report.
Rio Ruidoso - Flow is .39 cfs. The water is low and trout are slow to fair with worms or salmon eggs.
Bonito Lake - Fishing is good using with Pistol Petes, spinners, spoons, salmon eggs or Power Bait. Lots of nice sized fish being landed. The lake closes for the season Nov. 30 and reopens next April.
Bottomless Lakes: Winter trout waters – Stocking resumes in the fall, reports of 1st stocking this week.
Brantley Reservoir – There has been light pressure. Catfish are reported as fair at night with night crawlers. A mandatory catch and release is in place at Brantley Lake from the dept. of Game and Fish. Pesticides, DDT’s have been found in the fish, do not keep or eat them.
Grindstone Reservoir – Trout fishing remains to be good, limits reported taken with marshmallows and Power Bait. Also reported best near the dam on worms ,salmon eggs and Power Bait.
Lake Van: Winter trout waters – No report.