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Fishing report, Aug. 23
COYOTE CREEK: The flow is 1.2 cfs. Fishing is fair for trout.
PECOS RIVER: The flow is 77 cfs. The heavy rainfall we have had over the Santa Fe and Pecos area has made the river high and muddy. Barring any more heavy rain, the river should come down and clear enough to be fishable. Sometimes you can find a little clearer water the higher you go. Use small flies during clear water and switch to a bigger more flashy flies if the water is murky. Caddis, yellow sallies, hoppers, ants, and beetles have been the best producers. The river was stocked from the Village of Pecos to Cowles with 2,742 rainbow trout.
CONCHAS LAKE: Walleye fishing is reported as fair. Fish are being found in 25-30 feet of water and moving deeper with the warming water. Fish are hitting jigs with worms and minnows. Some bass are being taken off points and structure. No report on what they are hitting. Catfish are reported as fair using trotlines baited with liver and stink bait. A few big fish reported taken, one at 14 pounds and several around 10 pounds were landed.
MORPHY LAKE: Open to camping and fishing. No report.
SANTA ROSA LAKE: No report this week.
STORRIE LAKE: Fishing is good for trout using Power Bait, with many limits taken. Catfish are fair to good with chicken liver.
SUMNER LAKE: No report this week.
UTE LAKE: Water temp is 80 degrees, the main lake is clear and the river arms are lightly stained. Fishing pressure is starting to lighten up due to school starting along with football gearing up, but the fishing is still actually pretty good. Fishing is hit and miss. Walleye are fair to good. You can still catch them, but it is not on fire by any means. Trolling over brush is still producing a few fish. Carolina rigged crawlers in 25-35 feet of water will also work. Try the main points of the lake near shallow water.
White bass are good to excellent when trolling. Horseshoe to Mine canyon is the best bet. Also, check out the main channel for suspended fish in 20-30 feet of water.
Smallmouth and largemouth bass are fishing fair in the early morning with topwater gear. Followed by a mid-day bite at 20 feet down near the main lake flats using whacky rigged crawlers. Catfish are fishing good with stink baits and chicken liver in 8-20 feet of water.
CIMARRON RIVER: The flow below Eagle Nest Dam is 45 cfs and 33 cfs near Cimarron. The release out of Eagle's Nest Dam has come up to the perfect level for fishing and has been very consistent for a week now. Golden stones, scuds, and baetis nymphs have all been working. The river was stocked last week with 2,424 triploid rainbow trout west of Cimarron.
COSTILLA CREEK: The flow is 43 cfs near the town of Costilla and 41 cfs at the dam. Fishing is reported as good with various bead headed nymphs, stimulators with droppers and dry flies. The release is at a good level. Expect the fish to utilize whatever cover is available which in some cases is right up against the bank.
RED RIVER: Flows are 14 cfs near Questa and 45 cfs below the hatchery. The area reopened last week and all methods have been catching fish. Best areas are above the hatchery and in the upper stretches. The river was stocked last week with triploid rainbow trout; above Questa with 2,001, below Questa with 700 and the hatchery pond with 399 triploid rainbow trout.
RIO GRANDE: Flows are 109 cfs near Cerro and 266 cfs below the Taos Junction Bridge. This is some of the lowest water levels seen on the Rio in a long time. Low current velocity and warmer water temps have made trout fishing slow. Best fly fishing on the Rio is for smallmouth bass on streamers. Cover the deeper slower runs for the bass. Pike hunt by feel. Large streamers that move water will still get a pike’s attention. Vary your retrieves and change up the color of your flies to see which ones trigger a bite.
RIO HONDO: The flow is 13 cfs and fishing is good for trout using dry/dropper rigs with stimulators on top and copper johns or caddis emergers below. The lower river was stocked with 200 triploid rainbow trout last week.
RIO PUEBLO: The flow is 18 cfs.
CABRESTO LAKE: Closed for repairs to the dam.
CHARETTE LAKES: Fishing is slow. Topwater fly fishing is reported as good in the mornings. Perch are fair using small lures and worms.
CLAYTON LAKE: Fishing is reported as slow and the boat ramp is closed due to low water.
EAGLE NEST LAKE: Fishing for trout is reported as good from shore and better from anchored boats. Trolling is great for trout using lightweight tackle. Perch are good to excellent off the bank when using worms.
LAKE ALICE AND LAKE MALOYA: Sugarite Canyon State Park has been closed due to the Track Fire and not expected to open this season.
MAXWELL LAKES: The water level is very low at Lake No.13 and fishing is slow.
SHUREE PONDS: The water level on the upper pond is reported to be 10 feet down. This is making float tubing difficult and fishing is reported as fair overall. All methods are catching fish.
SPRINGER LAKES: Fishing is reported as slow. Water levels are dropping due to irrigation so water levels are low.