Fishing report — Oct. 31

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.

 

Northeast

Cabresto Lake — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Charette Lakes — Trout fishing was slow to fair using Power Bait and homemade dough bait. We had no reports on perch. The lakes close for the season Oct. 31.

Cimarron River — Water flow below Eagle Nest Lake on Monday was 21 cfs. Fishing was good using bead-head hare’s ears, small wooly buggers, copper John Barrs, worms and salmon eggs for trout. We had no reports from the Gravel Pit Lakes.

Clayton Lake — Fishing was slow for all species. Our only catch report was the big walleye listed in Catches of the Week. The lake closes for the season Oct. 31.

Conchas Lake — The shallow and steep boat ramps on the north side of the lake are now open along with the Cove campground ramp. Fishing was slow to fair using spoons and grubs for white bass. Fishing was slow to fair using jigs, tubes, small swim baits and spinner baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the high 50s.

Coyote Creek — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Eagle Rock Lake — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Eagle Nest Lake — Kokanee snagging has slowed with just a few anglers reporting success while snagging near the boat ramp. Snagging on the boat ramp is not allowed. Trolling for rainbow trout was good this past week with anglers reporting success using Platte River specials tipped with Power Bait. Fishing for perch was reported as spotty and we had no reports on northern pike. The south boat ramp has been extended and is now open.

Gallinas River — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Hopewell Lake — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Lagunitas Lakes — Trout fishing on the upper lake was fair for anglers using Power Bait, Pistol Petes and wooly buggers. Fishing on the lower lake was slow.

Lake Alice — Fishing was slow.

Lake Maloya — Fishing was fair to good using lures, Pistol Petes, Power Bait and homemade dough bait for trout.

Los Pinos — Trout fishing was slow to fair using salmon eggs, copper John Barrs and Power Bait.

Manzano Lake — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Maxwell Lakes — The lakes close for the season Oct. 31.

Monastery Lake — Trout fishing was good using Pistol Petes, Power Bait, bead-head prince nymphs and salmon eggs.

Morphy Lake — The lake closes to fishing Oct. 31.

Nutrias Lakes — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Pecos River — Water flow near the town of Pecos on Monday was 49 cfs. The Mora and Jamie Koch fishing and recreation areas have reopened. The Bert Clancy and Terrero campgrounds remain closed. Trout fishing was fair to good using spinners, bead-head prince nymphs, bead-head hare’s ears, worms and salmon eggs.

Red River — Water flow near the hatchery on Monday was 51 cfs. Trout fishing was fair to good using copper John Barrs, wooly buggers, rubber-legged hare’s ears, worms and salmon eggs.

Rio Costilla — Water flow near Costilla on Monday was 9.7 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Rio Grande — Water flow near the Taos Junction Bridge on Monday was 354 cfs. Trout fishing was fair using bead-head hare’s ears, copper John Barrs, Panther Martins and salmon eggs. We had no reports on other species.

Rio Hondo — Stream flow near Valdez on Monday was 17 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Rio Mora — Water flow near Terrero on Monday was 13 cfs. Fishing was fair using bead-head prince nymphs, worms and salmon eggs.

Rio Pueblo — Water flow near Penasco on Monday was 9.8 cfs. Trout fishing was slow.

Santa Barbara — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Shuree Ponds — We had no reports from anglers.

Springer Lake — Fishing was slow for all species.

Storrie Lake — Fishing was slow for all species and fishing pressure was very light. The lake has been opened to boating.

Ute Lake — Fishing was fair to good using slab spoons at 20 to 30 feet for white bass and an occasional walleye. Fishing was fair using liver and night crawlers over baited holes for catfish. Most of the cats caught were taken at about 20 feet. Fishing for all other species was slow. The surface water temp ranged from the high 50s to the low 60s.

 

Northwest

Abiquiu Lake — Fishing was generally slow for all species with very light fishing pressure. The surface water temp was in the mid to high 50s.

Animas River — Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 410 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Albuquerque Area Drains — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Bluewater Lake — Fishing was slow for all species. Anglers should be aware that it is illegal to use bait fish at this lake.

Brazos River — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Canjilon Lakes — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Chama River — Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 84 cfs and 144 cfs respectively. Fishing below El Vado was fair to good using salmon eggs, worms, wooly buggers and hare’s ears for a mixed bag of brown and rainbow trout. Fishing below Abiquiu was slow with murky water conditions. We had no reports on kokanee snagging on the portion of the river from El Vado Lake to the west boundary of the Rio Chama Wildlife and Fishing Area. The season runs through December.

Cochiti Lake — The boat ramps remain closed until further notice due to the tremendous amount of debris in the lake from heavy rains and runoff. The lake is open to bank fishing. We had no reports from anglers this week.

El Vado Lake — Kokanee snagging was described as sporadic this past week. Anglers working the west side of the dam had the best luck. We had no reports on other species.

Fenton Lake — Fishing was fair to good using salmon eggs and olive Pistol Petes with a marabou tail.

Heron Lake — The only boat ramp open is the primitive ramp in the Ridge Rock area. Boaters are able to launch but advised to use caution. Launching with four-wheel-drive vehicles is recommended. Fishing remained slow for all species and fishing pressure was extremely light. Anglers are reminded that possession of kokanee salmon is not permitted during the closed season which is Oct. 1 through Nov. 7. Open season runs Nov. 8 through Dec. 31. The same rule applies to anglers fishing Willow Creek.

Jackson Lake — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Jemez Waters — The Jemez River was flowing at 29 cfs on Monday. Trout fishing here and on the Rio Cebolla was fair using salmon eggs and parachute adams. We had no reports from the East Fork, Rio Guadalupe and Rio Las Vacas. The East Fork on the Valles Caldera has been opened to fishing Fridays through Sundays weather permitting. No reservation is required but angler must check in on site.

Laguna del Campo — Trout fishing was fair using Power Bait, Pistol Petes, wooly buggers and salmon eggs. The lake closes for the season Oct. 31.

Lake Farmington — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Navajo Lake — Kokanee snagging was rated as excellent by anglers working the south corner of the dam. Fishing for catfish in the same area was very good for anglers using roe sacs and fishing at night. Fishing was slow for smallmouth bass and northern pike but there were a few caught by anglers using jigs, spinner baits and swim baits. The surface water temp was in the high 50s.

San Gregorio — We had no reports from anglers this week.

San Juan — Water flow below Navajo on Monday was 279 cfs. Trout fishing through the Quality Waters was good using RS2s, comparaduns, fluff baetis, sparkle duns, BWOs, parachute adams, small bead-head pheasant tails and streamers. Fishing through the bait waters was good using salmon eggs, Power Bait, parachute adams and wooly buggers.

Santa Cruz Lake — Fishing was slow for all species.

Seven Springs Brood Pond — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Tingley Beach — Trout fishing was good in the Central and Youth Ponds for anglers using salmon eggs, Power Bait and Pistol Petes. A few catfish were caught by anglers using homemade dough bait. We had no reports from the Catch and Release Pond.

 

Southwest

Bear Canyon — Trout fishing was fair to good using Power Bait, worms, salmon eggs, Pistol Petes and Panther Martin spinners.

Bill Evans Lake — Fishing for trout was fair to good using yellow sparkle Power Bait, salmon eggs and spinners. We had no reports on other species.

Caballo Lake — The water was still quite murky this past week and other than a few catfish caught by anglers using night crawlers and liver, fishing was slow.

Elephant Butte — Fishing was slow to fair using spoons and minnows for white bass. Fishing for black bass was slow with just a few caught by anglers using jigs, tubes and crank baits. Fishing was fair using chicken liver and shrimp for catfish. We had no reports on other species. The Monticello, Rock Canyon and Dam Site boat ramps remain closed due to low water conditions.

Escondida Lake — Fishing was slow for all species.

Gila River — Water flow on the Gila as of this past Monday was 52 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Glenwood Pond — Fishing was good using Power Bait for trout.

Lake Roberts — A construction project to improve the dam has begun and falling lake levels may make it increasingly difficult to fish. The project is expected to continue into next summer.

Percha Dam — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Quemado Lake — Trout fishing was fair to good using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms. Anglers doing best during the week reported catching limits while using purple Power Bait and worms. We had no reports on tiger musky.

Rio Grande — Water flow below Elephant Butte on Monday morning was unavailable. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Snow Lake — We had no reports from anglers this week.

 

Southeast

Bataan Lake — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Black River — Stream flow at Malaga on Monday was 32 cfs. Fishing was slow.

Blue Hole Park Pond — Fishing was fair using Power Bait for trout.

Bonito Lake — Closed.

Bosque Redondo — Fishing was slow for all species.

Bottomless Lakes — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Brantley Lake — The State Park office announced the reopening of the lake to boating and swimming. 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.

Chaparral Park Lake — We had no reports from anglers this week.

El Rito Creek — Trout fishing was slow to fair using salmon eggs and worms.

Eunice Lake — Fishing was slow for all species.

Greene Acres Lake — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Green Meadow Lake — Fishing was slow for all species.

Grindstone Reservoir — Hot spot for trout — Fishing was good using Power Bait, salmon eggs worms and Pistol Petes for trout. We had no reports on other species.

Jal Lake — Fishing was slow for all species.

Lake Van — Fishing was slow for all species. Fishing pressure was very light.

Oasis Park Lake — Fishing continued to be very slow for all species and fishing pressure remained very light.

Pecos River — Stream flow below Sumner Lake on Monday was 90 cfs. Fishing was slow to fair using liver and homemade dough bait for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

Perch Lake — Fishing was slow for all species.

Ruidoso River — Stream flow at Ruidoso on Monday was 7.1 cfs. Trout fishing was slow but there were a few fish caught by anglers using salmon eggs.

Santa Rosa Lake — The no wake restriction has been lifted with the major influx of water but anglers are advised to use extreme caught due to floating debris and other possible hazards. The water clarity continues to improve and should offer some great fall crappie fishing. Fishing pressure has been extremely light. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Sumner Lake — Fishing was slow for all species. The Alamo boat ramp and the main boat ramp are the only ramps open. The east side boat ramp is totally under water and not usable at this time.