New Mexico Fly Fishing Report February 2006

New Mexico Fly Fishing Report February 2006

Ute Lake: Feb. 4. John Duke of Friona, Texas caught a nice 1.25 pound crappie. He was using a chartreuse slab spoon tipped with a minnow. He caught the crappie and a 3 pound walleye at 56 feet while fishing near Watson Island.

NORTHEAST AREA

COCHITI LAKE: We had no reports from anglers this week.

CONCHAS LAKE: Fishing continued to be slow for all species this past week. Fishing pressure was very light.

EAGLE NEST LAKE: Not much change in the ice conditions from last week. It was still unsafe for fishing as of Monday. Conditions may change and anglers should call the state park office at 505-377-1594 for ice condition updates.

LAKE MALOYA/LAKE ALICE: As of this past Monday, Lake Alice was still covered with a thin layer of ice and closed to fishing. Lake Maloya was open to bank fishing as 2/3 of the lake was free of ice. Fishing was fair for anglers using power bait for trout. Fishing pressure was light. Anglers should call the Sugarite state park office at 505-445-5607 for updated ice conditions.

PECOS RIVER: As of Monday morning, water flow was 5.4cfs near Anton Chico. Fishing in the Villanueva area was fair for anglers using bead head nymphs and salmon eggs for trout.

RED RIVER: Water flow near Questa was 14cfs and below the hatchery was 45cfs as of Monday. Down stream from the hatchery, trout fishing was fair for anglers using dry/dropper combinations with small bead head nymphs. There was also some dry fly action in the late afternoon hours.

RIO GRANDE: As of Monday, water flow near the Taos Junction Bridge was 476cfs. Fishing for northern pike was fair this past week. Best baits were bunny leaches, spoons and jerk baits. Fishing for trout was slow.

STORRIE LAKE: The lake was about 90% free of ice as of Monday but we had no reports from anglers. For updated conditions, call the state park office at 505-425-7278.

UTE LAKE: Water surface temps ranged from 41-to-45 degrees this past week. Fishing was a bit tough but some anglers managed to find white bass, walleye and crappie near Horseshoe Bend and around Watson Island. They were using slab spoons at 50-to-60 feet and trolling rip shad at 22-28 feet. Most of the white bass were taken trolling while the crappie and white bass were picked up on the slab spoons tipped with minnows.

NORTHWEST AREA

ABIQUIU LAKE: There was very light pressure on the lake again this past week. One angler fishing from the bank near the boat ramp caught an 18 inch rainbow trout.

He was using salmon eggs.

ALBUQUERQUE AREA DRAINS: Fishing was reported fair for anglers using salmon eggs, small wet flies and wax worms for trout. The best reports we received this week came from anglers fishing the Bernalillo Drain.

BLUEWATER LAKE : Thin ice conditions continue to exist with just a bit of open water on the really warm days. There is no ice fishing at this time. Contact the state park office at 505-876-2391 for updated ice conditions.

CONSERVANCY PARK LAKE: Fishing was good this past week for anglers fishing the youth pond and the regular waters. They were using salmon eggs, wax worms, power bait, small spoons, prop flies and bead head nymphs. Best flies on the catch and release water were bead head nymphs worked deep.

CHAMA RIVER: Water flow below El Vado Lake on Monday morning was 321cfs and 25cfs below Abiquiu. Fishing below Abiquiu was fair for anglers using spinners and salmon eggs. They were catching 8-to-14 inch rainbows. Below El Vado, fishing was fair for anglers using bead head nymphs, salmon eggs and night crawlers for a mix of brown and rainbow trout.

EL VADO LAKE: We had no reports from anglers again this week. The majority of the lake was iced over but there was some open water near the north boat ramp and near the dam.

FENTON LAKE: As of this past Monday, there was no open water for bank fishing and the ice was too thin to allow ice fishing. Call the state park office at 505-829-3630 for updated ice conditions.

HERON LAKE: Bank fishing was reported as good near La Laja and fair at the Ridge Rock area this past week. Anglers did best using power bait and salmon eggs for rainbow trout. For updated conditions, call the state park office at 505-588-7470.

JEMEZ RIVER: As of Monday, water flow on the Jemez near Jemez Springs was 20cfs. Trout fishing was rated as slow this past week. A few trout were taken by anglers using small bead head nymphs and salmon eggs and fishing below the Soda Dam area.

NAVAJO LAKE: There were a few boats on the water but we had no reports from anglers this week.

SAN JUAN: Water flow below Navajo Dam on Monday morning was 371cfs. Trout fishing in the Quality Waters was good for anglers using RS2s, red annelids, tan midge larva and small leeches. They were using size 20 and 22 flies in the upper flats and larger flies downstream. Through the bait waters, anglers did best using bead head wooly buggers, copper john barrs and salmon eggs.

SOUTHWEST AREA

BEAR CANYON: Fishing was slow-to-fair for anglers using salmon eggs for trout.

BILL EVANS LAKE: Fishing was fair using salmon eggs and power bait for trout.

BURN LAKE: Fishing was fair using power bait, cheese and salmon eggs for trout.

CABALLO LAKE: Mixed reports from anglers this past week. Some said it was very slow while other did well for white bass and walleye. One angler fishing near the dam caught several nice white bass. He was using green sassy shad. Another angler fishing the upper end of the lake reported catching walleye but we were unable to verify what he was using for bait.

ELEPHANT BUTTE: The surface temperature this past week ranged from 43-to-47 degrees and the water was still quite murky. Fishing was slow for all species but there were a few catfish taken on live bait and dough baits fished at the north end of the lake. We had no reports on other species. There were also a few white bass and small stripers taken on live bait fished deep.

ESCONDIDA LAKE: Fishing was fair for anglers using salmon eggs and power bait for trout. A few were also taken on small spoons.

GILA RIVER: Water on the main river was flowing at 54cfs as of Monday morning. We had no reports from anglers fishing the Forks this week.

GLENWOOD POND: Trout fishing was good for anglers using power bait and salmon eggs.

LAKE ROBERTS: We had no reports from anglers this past week.

PERCHA DAM: Fishing was slow for all species.

QUEMADO LAKE: As of Monday, the lake was covered with a thin layer of ice which is unsafe for fishing at this time. Anglers should call the Quemado Ranger District at 505-773-4678 for updated conditions.

RIO GRANDE:
Water flow below Elephant Butte was 4.7cfs on Monday. We had no reports from anglers this week. The flow is up a bit from last week. Anglers should look for trout in the deeper holes. Try using salmon eggs or wet flies such as copper john barrs or bead head wooly buggers worked slowly through the holes.

SOUTHEAST AREA

BATAAN LAKE: Fishing was slow for all species.

BOSQUE REDONDO: Fishing was fair for anglers using corn, power bait, prop flies and salmon eggs for trout.

BOTTOMLESS LAKES: Fishing at Cottonwood and Devil’s Inkwell was fair for anglers using salmon eggs, power bait and cheese for trout.

BRANTLEY: Fishing was slow for all species.

CARLSBAD MUNICIPAL LAKE: Fishing was slow for all species.

GRINDSTONE RESERVOIR: We had no reports from anglers this week.

LAKE VAN: Fishing was slow-to-fair for anglers using power bait and salmon eggs for trout.

PECOS: Below Sumner Lake, water flow on Monday was 25cfs. Fishing was reported as fair for anglers using salmon eggs for trout.

PERCH LAKE: Fishing was fair for anglers using salmon eggs, corn/egg combinations and power bait for trout.

RUIDOSO RIVER: Water flow as of Monday was .35cfs. Fishing was slow.

SANTA ROSA LAKE: We had no reports from anglers this week.

SUMNER LAKE: There was very light fishing pressure again this past week but anglers working near the dam this past Saturday did quite well. They were working slab spoons in 20-to-25 feet of water and catching two-to-three pound smallmouth bass and some good white bass. They also reported catching a small crappie and a small walleye.

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