CATCHES OF THE WEEK

julian greek of Clovis caught a 20-inch largemouth bass at Bosque Redondo Lake using a yellow and red spinnerbait April 15.

Ever Barraza of Bernalillo caught a 36-inch pike at Cochiti Lake using a silver and green Kastmaster lure April 16.

Brian Szarek of Sandia Park caught a 23-inch, 5.5-pound rainbow trout at Eagle Nest Lake using a white PowerBait ball April 12.

Brandon May of Elephant Butte caught a 4-pound largemouth bass at Elephant Butte Lake using a chartreuse crankbait April 14.

At Fenton Lake, Justin Moquino10, of Albuquerque caught a 19-inch rainbow trout using a Griffith’s Gnat fly April 16. … Jeriah Alarcon5, of Albuquerque caught a 22-inch rainbow trout using salmon eggs April 15.

Justin Zanin of Albuquerque caught and released a 21-inch brown trout on the San Juan River using a black Woolly Bugger fly in the Quality Waters on April 16.

Elijon Married11, Joseph Georgia11, and Luke Moriarty11, all of Albuquerque caught their limits of trout measuring 14 to 18 inches long at Santa Cruz Reservoir using cheddar and garlic PowerBait on April 17.

Isaac Moya of Santa Fe caught a 4-pound walleye at Santa Rosa Lake using a crankbait April 15.

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NOTES FROM GAME & FISH

Northeast fishing report

Cabresto Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Charette Lakes was fair to good using black and silver Joe’s Flies.

Streamflow on the Cimarron River near Cimarron on Monday morning was 28.7 cubic feet per second (cfs).

Fishing for trout at Clayton Lake was good using various PowerBaits. Fishing for walleye was fair using curly tail grubs. Fishing for bass was fair using crankbaits.

Fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass at Conchas Lake was fair to good using shallow diving jerkbaits. Fishing for walleye was fair using crankbaits and curly tail grubs. Fishing for white bass was good using Bomber and Rat-L-Trap crankbaits.

At Costilla Creek, the department is implementing the final phase of a project to expand Rio Grande cutthroat trout in 120 miles of the Costilla watershed in northern New Mexico. The final phase involves removal of fish within a designated area (Rio Costilla from Costilla Dam downstream to the Valle Vidal Boundary including all tributaries and Comanche Creek from the road culvert crossing on Forest Road 1950 downstream to its confluence with Rio Costilla and all tributaries) with a tentative restocking of Rio Grande cutthroat in spring 2023. Places to fish nearby include Costilla Creek below the fish barrier, Upper Comanche Creek, Shuree Ponds, Middle Ponil Creek, Upper Powderhouse Creek, Little Costilla Creek, Vidal Creek and McCrystal Creek. Please check the department website for additional information on the project and to identify alternative angling opportunities in the interim.

Fishing for trout at Cowles Ponds was good using PowerBait.

Coyote Creek had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for rainbow trout at Eagle Nest Lake was fair to good using white PowerBait. Fishing for pike was fair using PowerBait. For updated lake conditions visit the park’s webpage or call the park office at 575-377-1594.

Eagle Rock Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Gallinas River had no reports from anglers this week.

Hopewell Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Lake Alice was fair to good using corn.

Los Pinos River had no reports from anglers this week.

Maxwell Lake 13 had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Monastery Lake was fair to good using olive black Pistol Pete spinner flies.

Fishing for trout at Morphy Lake was good using gold and silver spinners and worms fished under a bobber.

Streamflow on the Pecos River near the town of Pecos on Monday morning was 146 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using beadhead pheasant tail nymph flies, worms, PowerBait and salmon eggs.

Streamflow on the Red River below the hatchery Monday morning was 58.5 cfs. Fishing for trout was slow to fair using Panther Martin spinners and rainbow pattern Krocodile spoons.

Streamflow on the Rio Grande at the Taos Junction Bridge on Monday morning was 338 cfs. Fishing for trout was good in the evenings using caddis dry flies.

Streamflow on the Rio Hondo on Monday morning near Valdez was 20.0 cfs.

Streamflow on the Rio Mora on Monday morning near Tererro was not measured due to ice.

Streamflow on the Rio Pueblo near Peñasco on Monday morning was 63.8 cfs.

Fishing for trout at the Santa Cruz Reservoir was good using garlic PowerBait and cheddar PowerBait.

Shuree Ponds is closed for the season and will reopen in July.

Springer Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Storrie Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Stubblefield Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for walleye at Ute Lake was fair using crankbaits and swimbaits. Fishing for white bass was fair trolling medium diving crankbaits in the Canadian arm of the lake. Fishing for smallmouth and largemouth bass was good using crawdad pattern crankbaits, spinnerbaits and swimbaits in 6 to 10 feet of water. Fishing for crappie was fair using live minnows in 15 to 20 feet of water. The main lake water surface temperature was in the upper 50s to lower 60s and the water clarity was stained.

Northwest fishing report

Abiquiú Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Waterflow on the Animas River below Aztec on Monday morning was 261 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair to good using black spinners.

Albuquerque Area Drains had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for tiger muskie at Bluewater Lake was good using Whopper Ploppers, large spinners and swimbaits.

Brazos River had no reports from anglers this week.

Canjilon Lakes had no reports from anglers this week.

Monday-morning flows on the Chama River below El Vado and Abiquiú were 603 cfs and 579 cfs, respectively. Please remember, from the river-crossing bridge on U.S. Highway 84 at Abiquiú upstream 7 miles to the base of Abiquiú Dam is special trout waters with a bag limit of two trout only.

Fishing for pike at Cochiti Lake was good using silver and green Kastmaster lures. Fishing for smallmouth bass was fair to good using crankbaits and jigs. Fishing for catfish was fair to good using cut bait and nightcrawler worms.

El Vado Lake State Park is open for day use and can be accessed at the Main Park area, North El Vado Day Use Area off Highway 95, and Hargroves Day Use Area off of Highway 322.

Fishing for trout at Fenton Lake was good using Griffith’s Gnat flies, beadhead nymph flies, worms and salmon eggs. Please remember, only two cutthroat trout are allowed to be harvested per day within the regular five-fish limit.

Heron Lake is free of ice and open to bank fishing or fishing from paddle craft and small boats that can be launched from the shoreline.

At the Jemez Waters, streamflow on the Jemez near the village of Jemez Springs on Monday morning was 95.2 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using worms.

Laguna del Campo is closed for the season and will reopen in May.

Lagunitas Lakes had no reports from anglers this week.

Lake Farmington had no reports from anglers this week.

Due to extremely low water levels and unstable ground conditions, stocking efforts have been suspended at McGaffey Lake. Lake conditions will be monitored and stockings will resume once conditions improve.

Fishing for pike at Navajo Lake was fair to good using streamer flies, jerkbaits and crankbaits. Fishing for trout was slow to fair using trout pattern lures. Fishing for smallmouth bass was fair using crankbaits and skirt jigs.

Fishing for catfish on the Rio Grande near Albuquerque was fair to good using nightcrawler worms and chicken liver.

Fishing for trout at Riverside Park Pond (Aztec Pond #1) was good using green and black Rooster Tail spinners.

San Gregorio Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow on the San Juan River on Monday morning was 302 cfs. Fishing for trout in the quality waters was good using black Woolly Bugger flies and Griffiths Gnat flies. Fishing for trout in the bait waters was fair to good using rainbow pattern Rapala lures.

Fishing for trout at Seven Springs Brood Pond was good using gold beadhead nymph flies, black and orange leech pattern flies, pheasant tail nymph flies and salmon eggs.

Fishing for trout at Tingley Beach was fair to good using garlic PowerBait and worms. Fishing for catfish was fair to good using shrimp. Fishing for bass was fair using Texas rigged curly tail worms.

Trout Lakes had no reports from anglers this week.

Southwest fishing report

Fishing for trout at Alumni Pond was slow using PowerBait. Fishing for largemouth bass was slow using streamer flies. Fishing for catfish was slow using worms.

Fishing for trout at Bear Canyon Lake was good using salmon eggs and yellow PowerBait.

Fishing for largemouth bass at Bill Evans Lake was fair to good using soft plastic crawdad pattern baits.

Fishing for white bass at Caballo Lake was fair using crankbaits.

Fishing for catfish at Elephant Butte Lake was good using dough bait. Fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass was fair to good using chartreuse crankbaits, jigs and plastic crawdads. Fishing for white bass was fair to good using white Bombers, jointed Rapalas and Rat-L-Trap lures. Fishing for crappie was good using small jigs and live minnows. Fishing for walleye was slow using curly tail grubs.

Fishing for trout at Escondida Lake was good using PowerBait, salmon eggs and worms.

Streamflow on the Gila River on Monday morning was 58.6 cfs. Fishing for trout on Whitewater Creek was fair to good using gold and black Panther Martin spinners.

Glenwood Pond had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Lake Roberts was slow to fair using PowerBait and worms.

Anglers reported low water levels and poor fishing at Percha Dam.

Quemado Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Rancho Grande Ponds had no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow on the Rio Grande below Elephant Butte on Monday morning was 0.31 cfs. Fishing for catfish was fair to good using garlic dough bait.

Snow Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Trees Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Young Pond was slow to fair using garlic PowerBait.

Southeast fishing report

Fishing for trout at Alto Lake was good using salmon eggs and worms.

Bataan Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Please visit the Open Gate webpage for more information on Berrendo Creek.

Streamflow on the Black River at Malaga on Monday morning was 16.7 cfs.

Blue Hole Park Pond had no reports from anglers this week.

Bonito Lake is closed until further notice by the city of Alamogordo due to fire damage. It appears that the lake will be out of commission until later this year.

Fishing for largemouth bass at Bosque Redondo Lake was good using yellow and red spinnerbaits.

Bottomless Lakes had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for bass at Brantley Lake was good using red flake plastic worms and crawdad imitation lures.

Fishing for trout at Carlsbad Municipal Lake was good using chartreuse PowerBait.

Chaparral Park Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Corona Pond had no reports from anglers this week.

Eunice Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for bass at Green Meadow Lake was fair to good using 3-inch plastic worms.

Greene Acres Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at Grindstone Reservoir was good using salmon peach PowerBait.

Jal Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Fishing for trout at the Kids Pond at Santa Rosa Fish Hatchery was good using PowerBait.

Fishing for catfish at Lake Van was fair using chicken liver.

Oasis Park Lake had no reports from anglers this week.

Streamflow on the Pecos River below Sumner Lake on Monday morning was 94.7 cfs. Fishing for catfish was fair using worms. Fishing for trout was good using bright green PowerBait.

Fishing for trout at Perch Lake was good using yellow and orange PowerBait.

Streamflow on the Ruidoso River on Monday morning at Hollywood was 5.55 cfs.

Fishing for walleye at Santa Rosa Lake was fair to good using crankbait lures.

Fishing for catfish at Sumner Lake below the dam was fair to good using worms.

Fishing for trout at Timberon Ponds was fair to good using pink PowerBait.



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