Fishing Report for Jan. 26


Cimarron River: We had no reports from anglers this week.

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

Eagle Nest Lake: As of this past Sunday, the ice averaged about 13 inches thick across the lake. Fishing was fair to good using jigs tipped with meal worms for a combination of perch, trout and kokanee. The kokanee were caught by anglers fishing near the boat ramp. We had no reports on northern pike. For updated ice conditions, contact the State Park office at 575-377-1594. A one day ice fishing derby will be held Jan. 30. For entry fees and more information, contact Tim Urtiaga at 505-974-9168. 

Lake Alice: Ice fishing for trout was very good using ice jigs, power eggs, garlic cheese, salmon eggs, homemade dough bait and PowerBait. The ice thickness remained at about 14 inches. 

Lake Maloya: The ice thickness as of this past Sunday was from 9 to 11 inches. Fishing for trout was very good using homemade dough bait, corn, PowerBait, salmon eggs and ice jigs. For further updates on ice conditions, contact the Sugarite State Park office at 575-445-5607.

Red River: Stream flow below the hatchery on Monday was 47cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Rio Grande: Stream flow on Monday at the Taos Junction Bridge was 501 cfs. Fishing was slow but there were a few trout caught by anglers using night crawlers and streamers. J. P. Cognasi caught a nice 18-inch, 2.5-pound trout while fishing the river between Espanola and Taos on Sunday. He was using a night crawler. We had no reports on other species. 

Rio Hondo: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Ute Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using jigging spoons and blade baits at 35 to 40 feet for walleye. A few white bass were caught by anglers working up the river arms and using jigging spoons. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was 40 degrees. 

The fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and New Mexico Department of Game & Fish, is generated from information provided by area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

fishing-report-Rio-Grande-rainbow-trout-01_26_2016-NMDGFCatches of the week:

Belen Drain: Leo Medina of Taos, caught a 21-inch, 4-pound walleye Jan. 16. He was using a green power grub.

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Anglers mark your Calendars!  The New Mexico Outdoor Adventures Hunting and Fishing Show is coming to the Manual Lujan Building at Expo New Mexico Feb. 19-21. Admission: $3 for adults; free to anyone holding a valid fishing, hunting or furbearer license and to youths under age 18. Don’t miss it!