Fishing Report for Tuesday, July 17

Rhonda Nichols and Brent Walker of Dalhart, Texas, fish from the shore of Eagle Nest Lake. (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)

Catches of the week:

  • Abiquiu Lake: Brooklynn Medina, age 6, of Espanola, caught a 22-inch walleye July 11. She was fishing with her dad and using a curly tail grub. It was a team effort.
  • Conchas Reservoir: Mathis Dominguez, age 5, of Santa Fe, caught a nice bluegill July 14. He was using worms. Sylvia Bauch of Roswell caught a 4.5-pound walleye July 12. She was trolling a Wally Diver.
  • Cochiti Lake: Terry Fields of Pena Blanca, caught a 39.25-inch, 14-pound, 8-ounce northern pike July 10. He was fishing by the tower and using a buzz bait. Grant Willis of Albuquerque caught a 40-inch northern pike July 15 using a silver Rat L Trap.
  • Eagle Nest Lake: Parker Mahaney, age 16, of Farwell, Texas, caught a 17-inch, 2-pound rainbow trout July 11 using worms on a Platte River special.
  • Heron Lake: Addie Belle Eudy, age 5, of Roswell, caught a 17-inch rainbow trout July 14 using a worm.
  • Monastery Lake: Jude Gibson, age 8, of Edgewood, caught his limit of trout within 2 hours July 9 using floating green PowerBait.
  • Navajo Lake: Chris Jarvis of Albuquerque caught and released a 4.5-pound largemouth bass July 13 using a jig.
  • Pecos River: Lehi Muro, age 10, of Albuquerque, caught a 12-inch rainbow trout July 14 using fluorescent PowerBait.
  • Shuree Ponds: Daniel Barela, age 6, of Taos, caught a 21-inch rainbow trout July 10.
  • Storrie Lake: Adam Urioste of Las Vegas, caught a 6-pound carp July 11 using corn.

The following reports came in late but deserve a mention:

  • Chama River: Christopher Ortega of Albuquerque caught and released a 24-inch carp July 7. He was fly fishing below El Vado Lake and using a size 26 black and gold midge. Alana Ortega, age 10, of Phoenix, Arizona, caught a 16-inch rainbow trout July 10. She was fishing below El Vado Lake and using a night crawler.

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Northeast Fishing Report

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  • Cabresto Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Charette Lakes: Fishing was good using PowerBait, night crawlers and Pistol Petes rainbow trout.
  • Cimarron River: The river through Cimarron Canyon and the Gravel Pit Lakes remain closed until further notice.
  • Clayton Lake: Fishing was fair using worms, hot dogs and liver for channel catfish. Fishing for trout was fair using worms, spinners and PowerBait for trout. We had no reports on other species.
  • Conchas Lake: Fishing was good using minnows, Wally Divers, Flicker Shad, bottom bouncer rigs and curly tail grubs for walleye. Fishing was fair using curly tail grubs, top water lures and crank baits for white bass and an occasional crappie. Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass was slow for some anglers but good for others. Those reporting good success were using top water lures, senkos, tubes and creature baits. Fishing was good using worms and small grubs for bluegill. Fishing was good using shrimp, minnows, hot dogs, cut bait and liver for catfish.
  • Costilla Creek: Stream flow below Costilla Dam on Monday morning was 72.7 cfs.
  • Cowles Ponds: We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Coyote Creek: Fishing was fair using PowerBait, bead-head hares ears and Fire Balls for trout.
  • Eagle Nest Lake: Fishing was very good using worms and PowerBait for perch. Fishing was good using PowerBait, Platte River specials and Panther Martins for rainbow trout and an occasional kokanee. The Mahaneys of Farwell, Texas caught a good number of perch and trout this past week. They were using worms on Platte River specials. We had no reports on other species.
  • Eagle Rock Lake: Fishing was very good using PowerBait, worms, spinners and Pistol Petes for trout.
  • Gallinas River: We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Hopewell Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Lake Alice: We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Lake Maloya: Fishing was very good using PowerBait, Pistol Petes, Panther Martins, Kastmasters, bead-head hares ears, elk hair caddis and bead-head pheasant tail nymphs for trout. Noe Sube reported great trout fishing. He was using PowerBait, black wooly buggers and a Rat L Trap. The best action has been in the early morning and evening hours.
  • Los Pinos River: Fishing was good using worms for trout.
  • Maxwell Lake 13: Fishing was slow with a few trout caught by anglers using PowerBait.
  • Monastery Lake: Fishing was very good using PowerBait, Fire Balls and Pistol Petes for trout.
  • Morphy Lake: Work has begun on the dam and the lake will remain closed through the end of the year.
  • Pecos River: Stream flow near the town of Pecos on Monday morning was 19.5 cfs. Fishing was fair to good using small PMDs, green drakes, worms and PowerBait for trout.
  • Red River: Stream flow below the hatchery on Monday morning was 73.4 cfs. Trout fishing was fair using San Juan worms, mop flies, night crawlers, small spoons, worms, Fire Balls and PowerBait.
  • Rio Grande: Stream flow on Monday morning at the Taos Junction Bridge was 178 cfs. Fishing was good using mop flies, wooly buggers, squirmy worms, San Juan worms, Panther Martins, PowerBait and night crawlers for brown and rainbow trout. We had no reports on other species.
  • Rio Hondo: Stream flow on Monday morning near Valdez was 11.7 cfs. Fishing was fair to good using worms and Fire Balls for trout.
  • Rio Mora: We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Rio Pueblo: Stream flow near Penasco on Monday morning was 10.7 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Santa Cruz Reservoir: We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Shuree Ponds: Fishing was good using worms and Pistol Petes for trout.
  • Springer Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Storrie Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
  • Stubblefield Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Ute Lake: HOT SPOT FOR BLUEGILL: Fishing was excellent using worms for bluegill. Fishing for walleye was slow. Fishing was slow to fair using top water lures, finesse worms, creature baits and senkos for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits and sassy shad for white bass. Fishing was very good using chicken liver, punch bait and night crawlers for catfish. The surface water temp on the main lake was right at 80 degrees.

Northwest Fishing Report

  • Abiquiu Lake: The lake level continues to drop, and anglers should use caution when launching boat. Fishing was fair to good using chartreuse curly tail grubs or night crawlers on ¼ – ounce jig heads for walleye. Fishing was fair using top water lures, curly tail grubs and swim baits for smallmouth bass. Fishing for crappie was slow. We had no reports on other species.
  • Animas River: Water flow below Aztec on Monday morning was 104 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Brazos River: We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Chama River: Monday morning flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 643 cfs and 735 cfs respectively. Trout fishing above and below El Vado was good using bead-head hares ears, black and olive leeches, brown stone fly nymphs, salmon eggs and night crawlers for brown, cutthroat and rainbow trout. We had no reports from below Abiquiu.
  • Cochiti Lake: Fishing was fair to good using hot dogs, homemade dough bait and chicken liver for catfish. Fishing was fair using minnows, worms, buzz baits, jerk baits, crank baits and spinners for a mixed bag of crappie, perch, white bass and northern pike. Fishing was slow to fair using jigs, salt craws, senkos and crank baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. We had no other reports.
  • El Vado Lake: Due to dropping water levels, the state park has closed off access to the boat ramp and use of motor boats. The lake remains open to watercraft such as canoes, kayaks and paddle boards. We had no reports from anglers.
  • Fenton Lake: Fishing was good using worms and corn for trout.
  • Heron Lake: Fishing was fair to good using PowerBait, marshmallows, worms and Panther Martins for rainbow trout up to 16 inches. Fishing for kokanee was a bit sporadic but a few were caught by anglers using Arnies, kokanee killers and Panther Martins tipped with corn. We had no reports on other species.
  • Jemez Waters: Stream flow on the Jemez near the town of Jemez on Monday morning was 6.77 cfs. We had no reports from anglers. The waters within the Valles Caldera reopened to fishing July 16.
  • Navajo Lake: Fishing was good using curly tail grubs, senkos, baby brush hogs, crank baits, top water lures, ned rigs and jigs for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was good using swim baits and crank baits for northern pike. Fishing was good using worms, curly tail grubs and crank baits for perch. Fishing was fair using Arnies, kokanee killers and Panther Martins tipped with corn or PowerBait for kokanee. We had no reports on other species.
  • San Gregorio Lake: Adam Archuleta reported excellent fishing over the weekend. He and a buddy caught limits of trout within one hour. They were using garlic PowerBait.
  • San Juan River: The stream flow below Navajo Lake was 722 cfs on Monday morning. Fishing slowed for a few days during the major fluctuations but overall, anglers reported decent fishing. Through the Quality Waters, good producers were RS2s, foam wing emergers, root beers, dead chickens and red annelids. Through the bait waters, anglers did best using jerk baits, small spoons and night crawlers.