Fishing Report: Week of Oct. 2

Fishing guide Kai Dunbar (Courtesy Photo / Starr Angler Fly Shop, Red River)

Catches of the week:

Cimarron River: Rustin Steen, age 3, of Tijeras caught his first fish, a 10-inch rainbow trout Sept. 29. He was using salmon eggs. Rustin caught one more fish here and three more at Eagle Nest Lake. He out fished the family.

Fenton Lake: Andrew Benavidez, Jr. age 6, of Albuquerque caught his limit of trout including one that measured 16 inches Sept. 29. He was using salmon eggs. 

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Northeast Fishing Report

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.

  • Cabresto Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Charette Lakes: Fishing was slow with just a few trout caught by anglers using PowerBait.

Rustin Steen, age 3 , of Tijeras caught his first fish, a 10-inch rainbow trout, on Sept. 29 on the Cimarron River. He out fished the family using his Cars fishing pole. (Courtesy Photo)
  • Cimarron River: Stream flow near the town of Cimarron on Monday morning was 27.4 cfs. Fishing was good using bead-head hares ears, small midge patterns, San Juan worms, salmon eggs and worms for trout. We had no reports from the Gravel Pit Lakes.
  • Clayton Lake: Fishing was good using worms, PowerBait and salmon eggs for trout. Fishing was fair using worms and liver for catfish. We had no reports on other species. Fishing pressure was light.
  • Conchas Lake: Fishing was very good using top water lures, spinnerbaits, chatter baits and square billed crank baits for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair using slab spoons, curly tail grubs, crank baits and blade baits for white bass. Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits, minnows and sassy shad for walleye. Fishing was good using hot dogs, homemade dough baits and chicken liver for catfish. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the low 70s.
  • Costilla Creek: Stream flow on Monday morning below Costilla Dam was .35 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Cowles Ponds: Fishing was fair using PowerBait for trout.
  • Coyote Creek: We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Eagle Nest Lake: HOT SPOT FOR PERCH: Fishing was very good using worms, PowerBait, spinners and jigs for perch. Benny and Laura Espinosa of Las Cruces loaded their stringer with perch this past week. They were using worms. Kaleb Campbell reported excellent perch fishing catching a good number of fish while using a crappie jig. Fishing was fair using worms, PowerBait and Blue Fox spinners for rainbow trout and an occasional kokanee. Kokanee snagging season opened October 1, but we had no reports.
  • Eagle Rock Lake: Fishing was fair to good using PowerBait, Fire Balls and Pistol Petes for trout.
  • Fawn Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Gallinas River: Fishing was fair to good using Fire Balls and worms for trout.
  • Hopewell Lake: Fishing was fair using PowerBait and Pistol Petes under a bubble for trout.
  • Lake Alice: We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Lake Maloya: Fishing was good using PowerBait, worms and pink salmon eggs for trout.
  • Los Pinos River: We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Maxwell Lake 13: We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Monastery Lake: Fishing was good for anglers using wooly buggers, PowerBait and salmon eggs 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 22.9 cfs. Fishing was slow with just a few trout caught by anglers using small bead-head pheasant tails, small midge patterns and salmon eggs.
  • Red River: Stream flow below the hatchery on Monday morning was 34.1 cfs. Trout fishing was good using mop flies, San Juan worms, wooly buggers, Fire Balls, PowerBait and worms.
  • Rio Grande: Stream flow on Monday morning at the Taos Junction Bridge was 163 cfs. Trout fishing was good using black wooly buggers, mop flies, crane flies, copper John Barrs, micro mays, Blue Fox spinners and night crawlers. Fishing was slow to fair using spinners and wooly buggers for smallmouth bass. Through the Albuquerque area, fishing was fair using liver, homemade dough bait and dip baits for catfish. We had no reports on other species.
  • Rio Hondo: Stream flow on Monday morning near Valdez was 6.14 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Rio Mora: Stream flow near Terrero on Monday morning was 9.3 cfs. Fishing was fair using worms and Fire Balls for trout.
  • Rio Pueblo: Stream flow near Penasco on Monday morning was 4.92 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Santa Cruz Reservoir: Fishing was fair using wooly buggers and PowerBait for rainbow trout. We had no reports on other species.
  • Shuree Ponds: Fishing was fair using Pistol Petes under a bubble for trout.
  • Springer Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Storrie Lake: Fishing continued slow with just a few trout caught by anglers using PowerBait. Fishing pressure remained very light.
  • Stubblefield Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Ute Lake: HOT SPOT FOR BLUEGILL: Fishing was excellent using worms, crank baits and grubs for bluegill. Fishing was good using shrimp, night crawlers and chicken liver for catfish. Fishing was fair to good using top water lures, flukes, spinnerbaits, swim baits, jerk baits, senkos and curly tail grubs for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair using minnows, crank baits and grubs for walleye. The surface water temp was still in the low to mid 70s but expected to cool down with the cooler temps later this week.

Northwest Fishing Report

  • Abiquiu Lake: The lake level remains low and anglers should use extreme caution when launching boats. Four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended for launching. Much safer launching would be with canoes or kayaks. Fishing was fair using top water lures, swim baits, jigs, spinner baits and crank baits for smallmouth bass and an occasional walleye. We had no reports on other species.
  • Brazos River: We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Chama River: Monday morning flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 604 cfs and 417 cfs respectively. Trout fishing below Heron Lake was good using wooly buggers, prince nymphs and copper John Barrs. Trout fishing below El Vado was good using weighted wooly buggers, green copper John Barrs, bead-head hares ears, night crawlers and chamois leeches for brown and rainbow trout. Robert Montoya caught a 17.5-inch brown trout this past Saturday. He was using a thin mint wooly bugger. We had no reports from below Abiquiu. Kokanee snagging season opened October 1 from El Vado Lake to the western boundary of the Rio Chama Wildlife Management Area, but we had no reports from anglers.
  • Cochiti Lake: Fishing was fair using shrimp and chicken liver for catfish. Fishing was fair using top water lures, crank baits, spinnerbaits, creature baits and swim baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. We had no reports on other species.
  • El Vado Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week. Kokanee snagging season opened October 1.
  • Fenton Lake: Fishing was good using wooly buggers, leeches, worms and salmon eggs for trout. Andrew Benavidez of Albuquerque reported that he and his son caught limits of trout over the weekend while using salmon eggs and black leeches.
  • Heron Lake: Fishing was slow for all species. Fishing pressure was light.