CATCHES OF THE WEEK
Thayne Bowen, 8, of Roswell, caught his personal best 2-pound 15-ounce largemouth bass at Brantley Lake using a black and yellow jerkbait Jan. 18. Jude Vojtech, 18, of Rio Rancho, caught a 19-inch brown trout on the Chama River using a brown trout pattern spinner below El Vado Lake on Jan. 22. Aundrea Rascon, 14, of Taos, caught a 23-inch rainbow trout at Eagle Nest Lake using a silver Kastmaster. Richard Chavez caught a 20-inch rainbow trout at Quemado Lake using Fire Corn on Jan. 16.
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NOTES from GAME & FISH
In accordance with the public health order, effective Dec. 3, New Mexico state parks reopened to N.M. residents for day-use only. Please check the state parks website for more information.
CONCHAS LAKE STATE PARK has closed access to all boat ramps due to dropping water levels. Fishing for crappie was fair using 2-inch plastic crawfish lures.
EAGLE NEST LAKE was open to ice fishing, but ATV traffic and Six Mile Day Use Area closed due to unsafe ice conditions. Fishing for trout was good using jigs tipped with worms and Kastmaster spoons. Fishing for perch was good using small ice fishing jigs tipped with wax worms and earthworms. Ice was reported at LAKE ALICE at 11-inches thick. The lake is open for ice fishing. Ice was reported at
LAKE MALOYA at 14-inches thick. Ice fishing for trout was good using PowerBait and dough bait. Streamflow on the RED RIVER below the hatchery Monday morning was 32.8 cfs. Fishing for trout near the hatchery was fair using tungsten beadhead nymphs and midge flies. Streamflow on the RIO GRANDE, at the Taos Junction Bridge, on Monday morning was 370 cfs. Fishing for trout was good on warm days using bead head nymphs, midges and small Griffith’s gnat dry flies for rising fish. Anglers reported that SPRINGER LAKE was iced over. The boat ramp at ABIQUIÚ LAKE is open. Anglers did report that there was a lot of ice on the lake. Water flow on the ANIMAS RIVER, below Aztec, on Monday morning was 182 cfs.
BLUEWATER LAKE is closed to boating and ice-fishing due to recent weather conditions that have led to unsafe lake surface conditions. The lake is currently closed to all watercraft, including canoes, kayaks, inflatables and all types of motorboats. Monday morning flows on the CHAMA RIVER, below El Vado and Abiquiú, were 102 cfs and 40 cfs, respectively.
Fishing for trout below El Vado Lake was good using brown trout pattern spinners.
Fishing for trout below Abiquiú Lake was fair using Trout Magnet lures, beadhead nymph flies and orange zebra midge flies.
Visitors to COCHITI LAKE will need to make a reservation by purchasing a ticket at least 24 hours in advance through recreation.gov. Tickets and reservations are NOT sold at the lake. Anglers reported that the lake was iced over.
EL VADO LAKE is open for ice fishing at the Dam Day Use Area. Ice was reported at 11-inches thick. Fishing for smallmouth bass was fair using spinners (jigging).
FENTON LAKE STATE PARK opened to ice fishing. Fishing for trout was fair to good using Velveeta cheese and pink jigs.
HERON LAKE is open for ice fishing. Ice was reported at 6.5 to 9-inches thick. Fishing for rainbow trout was fair using rainbow trout spinners tipped with fireballs or worms (jigging). Streamflow on the SAN JUAN RIVER on Monday morning was 382 cfs.
Fishing for trout in the quality waters was very good using streamers, size 24 black foam wing emergers, size 20 black zebra midges, size 22 crystal midges, red annelids and Baetis fly patterns. Fishing for trout at TINGLEY BEACH was good using green PowerBait.
Streamflow on the GILA RIVER on Monday morning was 57.3 cfs. Fishing for trout was good at CARLSBAD MUNICIPAL LAKE using corn and PowerBait. Fishing for trout at CHAPARRAL PARK LAKE was very good using dough bait, earthworms and PowerBait.
Fishing for trout was very good at GREEN MEADOW LAKE using light green garlic PowerBait. Streamflow on the PECOS RIVER, below Sumner Lake, on Monday morning was 16.3 cfs. Streamflow on the RUIDOSO RIVER on Monday morning, at Hollywood, was 3.87 cfs.