Fishing Report: Week of Sept. 11

Ty Nimon enjoys fishing at Fawn Lakes outside Red River. (Photo by Marisa Rael Nimon / Living the Dream Photography)

Catches of the week:

  • Cowles Ponds: Jaylynn Enjady, age 6, of Albuquerque caught her first fish using her Barbie rod Sept. 2 using a worm.
  • Eagle Nest Lake: Alizae Nieves, age 17, of Silver City caught a 16-inch rainbow trout Sept. 3 using salmon peach PowerBait.
  • Rio Grande: George Torres of Stanley caught and released a 29.5-inch, 31-pound, 11-ounce flathead catfish Sept. 8. He was fishing at night and using cut carp bait.
  • Ute Lake: Jacob Barela age 16 of Albuquerque caught and released a 5-pound smallmouth bass Sept. 8. He was using a jig with a brush hog trailer.

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 fair using Pistol Petes, PowerBait and salmon eggs for trout.
  • Cimarron River: Stream flow near the town of Cimarron on Monday morning was 9.42 cfs. Fishing was good using stimulators, San Juan worms, stone fly nymphs and worms for trout. Trout fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes was good using PowerBait, Fire Balls and worms.
  • Clayton Lake: Fishing was fair using PowerBait, worms and salmon eggs for trout. Fishing was fair to good using chicken liver and worms for catfish. We had no reports on other species. Fishing pressure was very light.
  • Conchas Lake: Fishing was good using creature baits, swim jigs, ned rigs, wacky worms, chatter baits, crank baits and tubes for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Most of the bass again this past week were small. Fishing was good using shrimp, cut bait and chicken liver for catfish. Fishing was fair using slab spoons and blade baits for white bass. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the low to mid 70s.
  • Costilla Creek: Stream flow on Monday morning below Costilla Dam was 39.6 cfs. Fishing was good using ant patterns, hoppers, caddis and parachute adams for trout.
  • Cowles Ponds: Fishing very good using PowerBait, salmon eggs, terrestrials and small spinners for trout.
  • Coyote Creek: We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Eagle Nest Lake: Fishing was good using PowerBait and worms for perch. Fishing was fair to good trolling Panther Martins, Super Dupers, wedding rings and Platte River specials tipped with PowerBait or corn for rainbow trout and kokanee. Fishing for northern pike was slow with just a few hooked by anglers using spoons, PowerBait and Platte River specials. The surface water temp was around 65 degrees. Angel Amador reported catching an 18-inch rainbow while fishing from the bank. He was using a Red River Special under a bubble.
  • Eagle Rock Lake: Fishing was good using PowerBait, Fire Balls, Panther Martins, wooly buggers, copper John Barrs, mop flies and Pistol Petes for trout.
  • Fawn Lake: Fishing was fair using PowerBait for trout.
  • Gallinas River: Fishing was good using worms, salmon eggs and bead-head nymphs for trout.
  • Hopewell Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Lake Alice: We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Lake Maloya: Fishing was good using PowerBait, worms, wooly buggers, small spoons and Panther Martins for trout.
  • Los Pinos River: Fishing was good using mop flies, prince nymphs, worms and salmon eggs for trout.
  • Maxwell Lake 13: We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Monastery Lake: Fishing was very good using PowerBait, salmon eggs, worms, small spoons and Panther Martins 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 53.7 cfs. Fishing was good using copper John Barrs, elk hair caddis, Panther Martins, salmon eggs and night crawlers for trout. Aarron Vallez of Albuquerque caught his first fish this past week, a 17.5-inch rainbow. He was using salmon eggs. Fishing was fair to good using night crawlers for catfish.
  • Red River: Stream flow below the hatchery on Monday morning was 35.5 cfs. Trout fishing was good using mop flies, worms, salmon eggs and PowerBait.
  • Rio Grande: Stream flow on Monday morning at the Taos Junction Bridge was 163 cfs. Trout fishing in this area was a bit sporadic as the water color changed from clear to stained with the rains. On the good days, anglers did well using copper John Barrs, beetles, ants, poundmeisters, Panther Martins and night crawlers. We had no reports on other species.
  • Rio Hondo: Stream flow on Monday morning near Valdez was 7.60 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Rio Mora: Stream flow near Terrero on Monday morning was 31.0 cfs. Fishing was good using night crawlers and Fire Balls for trout.
  • Rio Pueblo: Stream flow near Penasco on Monday morning was 12.6 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 terrestrials and Pistol Petes under a bubble for trout.
  • Springer Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Storrie Lake: Fishing continued slow for all species. Fishing pressure was very light.
  • Stubblefield Lake: Fishing was fair to good using spinner baits and chatter baits for largemouth bass. We had no reports on other species.
  • Ute Lake: HOT SPOT FOR CATFISH: Fishing was very good using shrimp, night crawlers, punch bait and chicken livers. Anglers did very well with rod and reel and with trot lines. Fishing for white bass was fair to good using spoons and crank baits. Fishing was fair to good using drop shot rigs, jigs, brush hogs, swim baits and crank baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the mid 70s.

Northwest Fishing Report

  • Abiquiu Lake: The lake level continues to drop, 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 ned rigs, chatter baits, senkos, tubes, spinner baits and crank baits for smallmouth bass. We had no reports on other species.
  • Animas River: Water flow below Aztec on Monday morning was 68.6 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 597 cfs and 423 cfs respectively. Trout fishing below El Vado was good using night crawlers, chamois leeches and zebra midges for brown and rainbow trout. A few largemouth bass and perch were caught by anglers using worms. Fishing below Abiquiu was slow but a few trout were caught by anglers using wooly buggers and worms.
  • El Vado Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
  • Fenton Lake: Fishing was fair using yellow small midge patterns, elk hair caddis, PowerBait, salmon eggs and worms for trout. The best reports came from anglers using flies.
  • Heron Lake: The water level continued to drop this past week and the boat docks have been pulled. Anglers may still launch small vessels such as kayaks and canoes. We had no reports from anglers.