Editor’s note: This fishing report, compiled by the New Mexico Department of Game & Fish, has been generated from the best information available from officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, however, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.
Catches of the week
Abiquiu Lake: Sept. 27, Max Terchila, Jr. of Albuquerque caught a 20-inch brown trout. He was using a white spinner tipped with a worm.
Navajo Lake: Oct. 3, Andrew Orlicky of Albuquerque caught a 32-inch, 7-pound northern pike. He was fishing out of his kayak and using a tube.
Ute Lake: Oct. 4, the team of Massey and Johnson from Colorado weighed-in a 4.94-pound smallmouth bass. They were fishing the Logan Open Bass Tournament.
Chama River: Oct. 4, Erlinda Rael of Albuquerque, who is old enough to get a free fishing license, caught an 18-inch brown trout. She was using a nightcrawler.
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Fishing report, Oct. 7
CHARETTE LAKES: Trout fishing on the lower lake was fair to good using power bait, corn, salmon eggs, worms and Pistol Petes. A few perch were taken on worms.
CIMARRON RIVER: Water flow below Eagle Nest Lake as of Monday was 37cfs. Trout fishing was fair to good using worms, spinners, copper john barrs and anato mays. We had no reports from the Gravel Pit Lakes.
CLAYTON LAKE: Trout fishing was fair to good for anglers fishing from the bank and using night crawlers and power bait. We had no reports on other species.
CONCHAS LAKE: Fishing was slow-to-fair using liver and dough bait for catfish. A few smallmouth bass and largemouth bass were taken by anglers using crank baits, tubes, senkos and power worms. Fishing was slow to fair using minnows, spoons and jigs for white bass. Walleye fishing was slow but a few were taken on deep running crank baits, spoons and bottom bouncer/worm rigs.
COYOTE CREEK: Trout fishing was fair for anglers using worms, salmon eggs and small spinners.
EAGLE NEST LAKE: Trout fishing was fair using roe sacs, salmon eggs, spinners and worms. Kokanee snagging was slow but a few were taken near the boat ramps. Fishing for perch was slow-to-fair using worms.
HOPEWELL LAKE: No reports.
LAKE MALOYA, LAKE ALICE: Trout fishing at Lake Maloya was good using spoons, power bait, salmon eggs, Pistol Petes and wooly buggers. T. L. Savell of Raton reported catching a limit of rainbows which weighted over 16 pounds. He was using a hammered silver spoon.
LOS PINOS RIVER: Trout fishing was good using worms, salmon eggs and spinners.
MAXWELL LAKES: Fishing was slow for all species.
MC ALLISTER LAKE: Closed.
MONASTERY LAKE: Trout fishing was slow but a few fish were taken by anglers using spinners and Pistol Petes.
MORPHY LAKE: Trout fishing was very good again this past week for anglers using power bait, salmon eggs, Pistol Petes, spinners and worms.
PECOS RIVER: Water flow near the town of Pecos as of Monday morning was 62cfs. Trout fishing was good using worms, salmon eggs, spinners and copper john barrs.
RED RIVER: Water flow below the hatchery was 73cfs. Trout fishing was good using spinners, streamers, salmon eggs and night crawlers.
RIO GRANDE: The water flow Monday morning at the Taos Junction Bridge was 266cfs. Trout fishing on the upper river was good using streamers, spinners, and night crawlers. Fishing for smallmouth bass below Pilar was fair using river craw crank baits and streamers.
SHUREE PONDS: No reports.
SPRINGER LAKE: Fishing was slow for all species.
STORRIE LAKE: Trout fishing was fair to good using power bait, cheese and salmon eggs. We had no reports on other species.
UTE LAKE: Fishing was slow to fair using worms, tubes, senkos and salt craws for smallmouth bass and a few largemouth bass. Fishing was fair using night crawlers, liver and dough bait for catfish. Slow fishing for other species.