New Mexico Fly Fishing Report July 20 2005

New Mexico Fly Fishing Report July 20 2005

Elephant Butte: Craig Kirby of Rio Rancho caught a 25-pound striped bass on a clouser minnow.

Conchas Lake: Brian Stangel of Albuquerque caught a 26-inch walleye July 16 while trolling a rip stick at a depth of 16 feet.

NORTHEAST AREA

CANJILON LAKES: We had no reports from anglers this week.

CHARETTE LAKES: Trout fishing was rated as fair this past week. Anglers were using power bait from the bank and christmas tree/worm combinations from boats for 10-to-17 inch trout.

CIMARRON RIVER: Water flow below Eagle Nest Lake as of Monday was 43cfs. Trout fishing was reported as fair by anglers using stimulators, bead head nymphs and San Juan worms.

CIMARRON GRAVEL PIT LAKES: Trout fishing was fair for anglers using worms, corn, salmon eggs and flies under a bubble. A few were also taken on spinners.

CLAYTON LAKE: Bank fishing was fair-to-good using cut bait and worms for catfish. Fishing was fair using salmon eggs and power bait for trout. We had no reports on other species.

COCHITI LAKE: Crappie, bluegill and white bass provided good fishing action again this past week. Anglers did well from the bank and from boats. Best baits were minnows and small jigs. Fishing was fair using crank baits, shrimp and liver for catfish. Black bass fishing was fair for anglers using tubes, senkos and crank baits. A few small northern pike were taken on plastics, spinner baits and crank baits.

CONCHAS LAKE: Fishing for black bass was reported as slow-to-fair for anglers using finesse worms on drop shot rigs, tubes and crank baits. Early morning trollers reported catching some good size walleye and white bass. They were using rip shad and trolling at 16 feet over 30 feet of water. Fishing for bluegill was fair for anglers using worms and small jigs. Fishing for catfish was fair for anglers using shrimp, liver and stink baits.

COYOTE CREEK: We had no reports from anglers this week.

EAGLE NEST LAKE: Trout and kokanee fishing were reported as fair by anglers trolling double whammies, sockeye slammers and needlefish tipped with corn. Most of the fish were taken at depths of 20-to-30 feet. Bank fishing was rated as fair using worms for perch and power bait and salmon eggs for trout.

LAKE MALOYA/LAKE ALICE: Trout fishing slowed a bit this past week but was still reported as fair for anglers using Pistol Petes, assorted power baits, home made dough baits and salmon eggs.

MCALLISTER LAKE: Trout fishing was reported as slow-to-fair from boats and from the bank. Best baits were power bait, prop flies, damsel flies, Kastmasters and salmon eggs. Most of the trout caught were in the 10-to12 inch size.

MORPHY LAKE: Fishing was reported as fair-to-good by anglers using power baits, corn, salmon eggs, prop flies, spoons and spinners for trout.

PECOS RIVER: As of Monday morning, water flow was 31cfs near the town of Pecos. Fishing was reported as good for anglers using stimulators, elk hair caddis, bead head hares ears, night crawlers, spinners, and salmon eggs for trout.

RED RIVER: Water flow near Questa was 71cfs as of Monday. Trout fishing was fair for anglers using bead head nymphs, salmon eggs, gold and silver spinners and worms.

RIO GRANDE: As of Monday, water flow near the Taos Junction Bridge was 679cfs and fishing was slow for all species. Fishing was still a bit tough but should improve as the runoff subsides. Try using weighted wooly buggers, big streamers, spinners and jerk baits for trout and northern pike.

SANTA CRUZ: Trout fishing was fair for anglers using prop flies, power bait, spinners and salmon eggs.

SHUREE PONDS: Trout fishing was reported as fair by anglers using Kastmasters, Daredevles, Tasmanian Devils, hoppers, large stimulators and bead head wooly buggers.

SPRINGER LAKE: Fishing was reported as fair this past week for anglers using cut bait and minnows for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

STORRIE LAKE: Trout fishing was slow-to-fair this past week for anglers using salmon eggs and power bait.

STUBBLEFIELD: We had no reports from anglers again this week.

UTE LAKE: The Ute Lake marina has closed temporarily but the boat ramps are open and in good condition. Fishing was generally slow for all species during the daytime but a bit better from sundown through the early morning hours. Anglers managed to catch a few walleye, white bass and smallmouth bass while trolling crank baits at depths of 10-to-28 feet. Fishing was fair using liver, shrimp and worms for catfish.

NORTHWEST AREA

ABIQUIU LAKE: Walleye fishing was fair using deep running crank baits, spinner/worm combinations and jig/grub and worm combos. Most of the fish were taken at depths of 15-to-25 feet. Night fishing was fair-to-good using liver, shrimp, night crawlers and hot dog pieces for catfish. A few smallmouth bass have been taken on crank baits, jigs, jerk baits, top water lures, senkos and grubs. Fishing from the bank is fair-to-good using worms for small perch.

BLUEWATER LAKE: Fishing at night was reported as fair for anglers using shrimp, hot dogs, liver, worms and dough bait for catfish. Fishing for trout was slow but a few were taken on power bait, salmon eggs and spinner/worm combinations.

BURNS CANYON LAKE: Fishing was fair for anglers using prop flies under a bubble and spinners for trout.

CHAMA RIVER: Water flow below El Vado Lake on Monday morning was 96cfs and 292cfs below Abiquiu. Fishing below El Vado was rated as very good using wooly buggers for browns and rainbows. We had no reports from below Abiquiu.

EL VADO LAKE: Trout fishing was reported as fair for anglers trolling Rapalas, Daredevles, Z Rays, needlefish and Panther Martins.

FENTON LAKE: Fishing was slow.

HERON LAKE: Anglers trolling for kokanee did quite well this past week. Best baits were needlefish, Z Rays, Cripplures, sockeye slammers and cherry bobbers tipped with corn. Most of the fish were taken at depths of 13-to-23 feet. Bank fishing was fair using power bait for rainbow trout.

JEMEZ WATERS: As of Monday, water flow on the Jemez River near Jemez Springs was 20cfs. Fishing on the main river, the Rio Guadalupe and the East Fork was rated as fair by anglers using stimulators, elk hair caddis, humpys, copper john barrs and small spinners for trout.

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

NAVAJO LAKE: Kokanee fishing was fair-to-good this past week for anglers trolling Arnies, kokanee killers, Z Rays and Cripplures tipped with corn. They were working the area from the mouth of Francis Canyon to just above Simms Mesa and trolling at three to five and a half colors (15-to-28 feet). Some anglers also had success trolling near the dam. Fishing for northern pike was fair for anglers using spinner baits and jerk baits and
working areas around Bancos,
Uhl and Sam Brito Canyons. Fishing for black bass was fair using tubes, senkos, finesse worms and crank baits.

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

SAN GREGORIO: Fishing is very slow.

SAN JUAN: Water flow below Navajo Dam on Monday morning was 555cfs. Trout fishing in the Quality Water section was reported as good by anglers using emergers, sparkle worms, RS2s, bead head pheasant tails, bead head wooly buggers and San Juan worms. Through the bait waters, anglers did well with spinners, jerk baits and night crawlers.

SEVEN SPRINGS BROOD POND: This water is open to children under age 12.

SOUTHWEST AREA


BEAR CANYON: We had no reports from anglers this week.

BILL EVANS LAKE: We had no reports from anglers this week.

CABALLO LAKE: Fishing was rated as slow-to-fair for anglers looking for walleye and white bass. A few were taken near the dam and along the east side of the lake. Best lures were sassy shad, minnows, crank baits and grubs. Fishing was fair using liver and shrimp for catfish.

ELEPHANT BUTTE: Work this water from late evening through the early morning hours for your best chance to catch striped bass. Umbrella rigs, top water lures, jigs and live bait are all producing during these hours. Fishing for black bass was slow with a few taken on jigs, tubes, salt craws and finesse lures. Fishing was fair-to-good using shrimp, liver and stink baits for catfish. A few white bass were taken by anglers using crank baits and sassy shad.

ESCONDIDA LAKE: Fishing was slow for all species.

GILA RIVER: Water on the main river was flowing at 33cfs as of Monday morning. Fishing on the Forks was reported as slow for all species.

GLENWOOD POND: We had no reports from anglers this week but trout fishing should be good as the pond was recently stocked.

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

PERCHA DAM: Fishing was rated as slow with only a few white bass and walleye taken by anglers using crank baits, sassy shad, minnows and grubs.

QUEMADO LAKE: Trout fishing was slow.

RIO GRANDE: Water flow below Elephant Butte was 2,350cfs on Monday. Fishing was reported as slow by anglers fishing for walleye and catfish. A few walleye were taken on sassy shad, curly tail grubs and night crawlers. Best baits for catfish were liver and shrimp. A few carp were taken on worms and corn.

SNOW LAKE: Trout fishing was slow.

SOUTHEAST AREA

BATAAN LAKE: Fishing was slow for all species.

BONITO LAKE: Fishing was fair using power bait, salmon eggs, spinners and prop flies under a bubble for trout. The best reports came from anglers fishing the early morning hours.

BOSQUE REDONDO: We had no reports from anglers this week.

BRANTLEY: Fishing was slow-to-fair using cut bait and liver at the upper end of the lake for catfish. Fishing for all other species is slow.

CARLSBAD MUNICIPAL LAKE: Fishing was slow for all species.

GRINDSTONE: Fishing was fair for anglers using power bait, salmon eggs, worms, prop flies, spoons and spinners for trout.

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

PECOS: Below Sumner Lake, water flow on Monday was 107cfs. Fishing was fair for anglers fishing for channel catfish and trout. The fish were taken on power bait, worms and liver.

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

RUIDOSO RIVER: Water flow as of Monday was 1.6cfs. Fishing was slow.

SANTA ROSA LAKE: Fishing was rated as fair for anglers using tubes, crank baits and salt craws for black bass. Fishing was fair using shrimp on trotlines for catfish. We had no reports on other species. No reports on other species.

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