Fishing Report for Aug. 8, 2017

Dylan Meadpr of Piedmont, Oklahoma, caught this 21-inch Rainbow Trout in the Red River using pink PowerBait Floating Trout Worm behind the Best Western River’s Edge on Thursday (Aug. 3). Dylan Used a large plastic bag full of water to take the fish home to measure it before releasing it, alive, back into the river. (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)

This fishing report 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. Need a license? Click here to buy online.

Catches of the week:

  • Lake Maloya: Kelsie Iris Nelson, 3, of Albuquerque, caught and released a 16-inch rainbow trout Aug. 5 using a Super Duper.
  • Ute Lake: Jose Duran, 18, of Clovis, caught a 30-inch, 18-pound flathead catfish July 31 using cut bait. Chad Black of Logan caught and released a 6.9-pound largemouth bass August 5.

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Northeast Fishing Report

Cimarron River: Stream flow near Cimarron on Monday was 11.9 cfs. Trout fishing was fair to good using brassies, Cimarron specials, olive and brown caddis, yellow sallies, salmon eggs and PowerBait. Fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes was good using Pistol Petes, PowerBait and salmon eggs for trout. 

Costilla Creek: Stream flow on Monday below Costilla Dam was 65.7 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week. 

Coyote Creek: Fishing was slow due to high water conditions.

Eagle Rock Lake: Fishing was good using PowerBait, Fire Balls, worms, Pistol Petes, Panther Martins and Super Dupers for trout. 

Eagle Nest Lake: Trout fishing was fair for some and slow for others this past week. Best reports came from anglers using PowerBait and Platte River specials.  Fishing was very good using worms for perch. A few northern pike were caught by anglers using streamers and spinners. We had no reports on other species.

Hopewell Lake: Fishing was fair using Fire Balls, worms and PowerBait for rainbow trout. 

Lake Alice: We had no reports from anglers this week. 

Lake Maloya: Fishing was good using Pistol Petes, Super Dupers, parachute Adams, PowerBait and Fire Balls for trout. The best reports came from anglers using Pistol Petes. Fishing was good using worms for perch.

Maxwell Lake 13: Fishing was slow for all species.

Monastery Lake: Fishing was good using Kastmasters, Pistol Petes, hoppers, elk hair caddis and PowerBait for trout. 

Red River: Stream flow below the hatchery on Monday was 97.4 cfs. Fishing was very good using salmon eggs, worms, egg patterns and midge imitations for trout. JP Griffin of Oklahoma reported catching two doubles within a half hour of each other this past week. He was using an egg pattern and a midge. 

Red River City Ponds: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Rio Grande: Stream flow on Monday at the Taos Junction Bridge was 528 cfs. Fishing in the Pilar area was good using elk hair caddis, bead-head wooly buggers, poundmeisters, Panther Martin spinners, Mepps spinners and night crawlers. Fishing was slow to fair using streamers, spoons and spinners for smallmouth bass and an occasional northern pike. We had no other reports.

Rio Hondo: Stream flow near Valdez on Monday was 44.6 cfs. Fishing was good using salmon eggs and worms for trout.

Rio Mora: As of Monday, stream flow near Terrero was 29.5 cfs. Fishing was good using night crawlers and salmon eggs for trout.

Rio Pueblo: Stream flow near Penasco on Monday was 40.3 cfs. Fishing was fair to good using salmon eggs for trout. 

Storrie Lake: Fishing was fair to good using PowerBait, worms and Fire Balls for trout. We had no other reports.

Ute Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using jigs, tubes, creature baits and grubs in 15 to 20 feet of water for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing for catfish was slow but a few were caught by anglers using chicken liver on trotlines. Fishing for white bass picked up a bit and some anglers did well trolling crank baits. We had no other reports. The surface water temp was in the high 70s.

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