Fishing Report for Tuesday, July 31

Gibson Smith and Jeff Fagan, both of Red river enjoy fishing on the Rio Costilla in the Valle Vidal July 23. (Courtesy Photo / Fagan’s Guided Fly Fishing)
Editor’s note: Thanks to Fagan’s Guided Fly Fishing for this week’s photo.

Catches of the week:

  • Eagle Nest Lake: Sophie Albert, age 8 of Oklahoma, caught an 18.5-inch rainbow trout July 27 using cheese PowerBait.
  • Monastery Lake: Beto Quintana, age 8, of Santa Fe, caught an 18-inch rainbow trout July 27. He was using a banjo minnow. Kaydence and Katelyn Romero, age 7, of Cochiti Pueblo, caught several 12 to 15-inch rainbow trout July 27. They were using PowerBait.
  • Pecos River: Dominic Montoya Howland, age 10, of Santa Fe, caught a nice rainbow and several brown trout July 24. He was using earthworms. Fernie Renteria of Carlsbad caught and released a 22-inch largemouth bass July 23. He was fishing the river in Carlsbad and using cut bait under a bobber.
  • San Juan River: Nick Felix of Blanco caught a 24-inch brown trout July 28 using night crawlers.

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Northeast Fishing Report

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Northeast Fishing Report

  • Cabresto Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Charette Lakes: Fishing was fair using PowerBait and worms for rainbow trout.
  • Cimarron River: Stream flow near the town of Cimarron on Monday morning was 9.07 cfs. We had no reports from anglers on the river this week but trout fishing at the lakes has been good for anglers using PowerBait, small gold spinners and Pistol Petes.
  • Clayton Lake: Fishing was fair using worms and chicken liver for channel catfish. Fishing was fair using worms and PowerBait for trout. A few largemouth bass were caught by anglers using grubs and tubes. Adam Trujillo caught a 19-inch 3.5-pound largemouth July 28. He was using a silver grub.
  • Conchas Lake: Fishing was good using worms and small grubs for bluegill. Fishing was fair to good using crank baits, sassy shad and curly tail grubs for white bass. Fishing was slow to fair using curly tail grubs, custom painted spoons, bottom bouncer rigs and crank baits for walleye. Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass was fair using top water lures, ned rigs, senkos, tubes and creature baits. Fishing was good using shrimp, minnows, cut bait and liver for catfish.
  • Costilla Creek: Stream flow below Costilla Dam on Monday morning was 48.4 cfs. Fishing was good using caddis imitations, small hopper patterns and bead-head pheasant tail nymphs for brown and cutthroat trout.
  • Cowles Ponds: Fishing was very good using PowerBait, small gold spinners and salmon eggs for trout.
  • Coyote Creek: Trout fishing was slow.
  • Eagle Nest Lake: HOT SPOT FOR PERCH: Fishing continues to be excellent using worms, small grubs and PowerBait for perch. We had several reports on limits being caught. Fishing was fair to good using PowerBait, worms, Panther Martins and Platte River specials tipped with PowerBait for rainbow trout. We had no reports on other species.
  • Eagle Rock Lake: Fishing was good using spinners, PowerBait, worms and Pistol Petes for trout.
  • Fawn Lake: Fishing was very good using PowerBait, worms, salmon eggs and spinners for trout.
  • Gallinas River: Fishing was good using salmon eggs, worms, copper John Barrs and bead-head hares ears for trout.
  • Hopewell Lake: Fishing was fair using worms and PowerBait under a bobber for trout.
  • Lake Alice: We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Lake Maloya: Fishing was good using PowerBait, Pistol Petes, Panther Martins, parachute Adams and bead-head pheasant tail nymphs for trout. The best action was reported by anglers fishing the early morning hours.
  • Los Pinos River: Fishing was good using worms, small spinners and copper John Barrs for trout.
  • Maxwell Lake 13: We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Monastery Lake: Fishing was very good using PowerBait, worms, banjo minnows 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 34.8 cfs. Fishing was fair to good using spinners, salmon eggs, worms, stonefly nymphs and San Juan worms for brown and rainbow trout. Adam Archuleta was using spinners and catching brown trout. He reported the fishing as fair.
  • Red River: Stream flow below the hatchery on Monday morning was 58.5 cfs. Trout fishing was fair to good using mop flies, worms, Panther Martins, salmon eggs and PowerBait. Jordan Cypret of Lubbock, Texas caught an 18-inch rainbow trout while fishing the river just below the town of Red River. He was using salmon eggs.
  • Rio Grande: Stream flow on Monday morning at the Taos Junction Bridge was 187 cfs. Fishing was good using mop flies, poundmeisters, stonefly imitations, elk hair caddis, Fire Balls, 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 8.77 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Rio Mora: Fishing was fair using worms for trout.
  • Rio Pueblo: Stream flow near Penasco on Monday morning was 14.9 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Santa Cruz Reservoir: Fishing was slow for all species.
  • Shuree Ponds: We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Springer Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
  • Storrie Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
  • Stubblefield Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Ute Lake: Fishing was good using worms for bluegill. Fishing was slow to fair using salt craws, chigger craws, curly tail grubs and senkos for smallmouth and largemouth bass. Fishing was good using chicken liver, punch bait and night crawlers for catfish. The best catfish reports came from anglers fishing at night. Fishing for walleye was slow. The surface water temp on the main lake was in the mid 80s.

Northwest Fishing Report (highlights)

  • Abiquiu Lake: The lake level continues to drop, and anglers should use caution when launching boats. The Corps continues to evaluate conditions. Fishing was fair to good using bottom bouncer night crawler rigs, spoons and chartreuse curly tail grubs in 15 to 25 feet of water for walleye. Fishing was good using top water lures, tubes, spinner baits, worms and curly tail grubs for smallmouth bass. We had no reports on other species.
  • Animas River: Water flow below Aztec on Monday morning was 135 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Chama River: Monday morning flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 300 cfs and 689 cfs respectively. Trout fishing below El Vado was fair using bead-head hares ears, wooly buggers, salmon eggs and night crawlers for brown 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, top water lures, jerk baits, crank baits and spinner baits for a mixed bag of crappie, perch, white bass and northern pike. Brian Cameron of Rio Rancho caught five white bass July 23. He was using a mini spinner bait with swim bait. Fishing was fair using jigs, salt craws, senkos, swim baits and crank baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. We had no reports on other species.
  • 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. Bank fishing was slow with just a few trout caught by anglers using PowerBait. The water is a bit murky.
  • Fenton Lake: Fishing was fair to good using elk hair caddis, black and olive wooly buggers, worms and salmon peach and yellow PowerBait for trout.
  • Heron Lake: Fishing was good using Panther Martins and PowerBait from the bank and from boats for rainbow trout in the 10 to 14-inch range. We had no reports on other species.
  • Jemez Waters: Stream flow on the Jemez near the town of Jemez on Monday morning was 11.5 cfs. Trout fishing on the upper and lower Cebolla was very good using worms, salmon eggs, mop flies, copper John Barrs and stonefly nymphs. Dave Menicucci also reported good fishing on the Rio San Antonio on the Valles Caldera National Park. They were using hoppers and beetles for very skittish brown trout. We had no reports on other streams.
  • Navajo Lake: Fishing was good using crank baits, jerk baits and spinners for northern pike. Fishing was good using ned rigs, drop shot rigs, chatter baits, baby brush hogs, tubes and curly tail grubs for smallmouth and largemouth bass. Fishing was good using worms and curly tail grubs for perch. We had no reports on other species.
  • San Juan River: Stream flow below Navajo Lake was 914 cfs on Monday morning. Fishing was good using klinkhamers, bead-head hares ears, root beers, RS2s, foam wing emergers and red annelids. Through the bait waters, fishing was fair to good using night crawlers, jerk baits, small spoons, PowerBait and copper John Barrs for a mixed bag of brown and rainbow trout.