Editor’s note: This fishing report, compiled by the New Mexico Department of Game and 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
Red River Hatchery Pond: On Sept. 1, Jonas Morrison, 8, of Peralta, caught a 19-inch rainbow trout. He was using a black/brown spotted Panther Martin.
Tingley Beach: On Sept. 1, Derickson Begay and his fianc caught their limits of catfish ranging from 16 to 22 inches. They were using power bait.
Ute Lake: On Sept. 5, Bob Lechel of Los Alamos caught a 4-pound 14-ounce largemouth bass. He was using a Lucky Craft Pointer 78 and fishing in 2 feet of water. On Sept. 6, Fritz Staver of Santa Fe caught a 5-pound 4-ounce largemouth bass. He was using a top water lure.
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Fishing report, Sept. 9
CHARETTE LAKES: Trout fishing on the lower lake was fair using salmon eggs, Pistol Petes and streamers. Fishing was good using worms for perch.
CIMARRON RIVER: Water flow below Eagle Nest Lake as of Monday was 15cfs. Trout fishing was fair to good using salmon eggs, small spinners, tricos and copper john barrs. Fishing on the Gravel Pit Lakes was fair using small spoons and flies and salmon eggs under a bubble.
CLAYTON LAKE: Fishing was slow but a few bluegill, trout and mud cats were taken by anglers using spinners, crank baits and worms.
CONCHAS LAKE: Fishing was slow to fair using tubes, worms, jerk baits and jigs for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Most of the bass were small. Fishing was fair trolling deep running crank baits and bottom bouncer-worm rigs for walleye and white bass. Fishing was fair to good using liver, night crawlers and dough bait for catfish.
COYOTE CREEK: Trout fishing was slow.
EAGLE NEST LAKE: Fishing was slow to fair using spinners tipped with corn or worms, power bait and Pistol Petes for rainbow trout and a few kokanee. Fishing was fair using worms for perch.
HOPEWELL LAKE: No reports from anglers.
LAKE MALOYA, LAKE ALICE: Trout fishing at Lake Maloya was slow to fair using Pistol Petes and black ants. No reports from anglers at Lake Alice.
MAXWELL LAKES: No reports from anglers.
MC ALLISTER LAKE: Due to poor water quality, the lake will remain closed until further notice.
MONASTERY LAKE: Trout fishing was fair to good using cheese bait, power bait and salmon eggs.
MORPHY LAKE: Trout fishing slow. A few fish were taken on power bait, salmon eggs and spinners.
PECOS RIVER: Water flow near the town of Pecos as of Monday morning was 85cfs. Trout fishing here and on the Mora and Cow Creek was good using salmon eggs, night crawlers, spinners, elk hair caddis, copper john barrs and bead head prince nymphs.
RED RIVER: Water flow below the hatchery was 94cfs. Trout fishing below the hatchery was very good for anglers using wooly buggers, copper john barrs, spinners, salmon eggs and night crawlers. At the hatchery pond, trout fishing was very good using small flies, spinners, power bait and salmon eggs.
RIO GRANDE: The water flow Monday morning at the Taos Junction Bridge was 317cfs. Trout fishing from above Taos to below Pilar area was fair using wooly buggers, Chernobyl ants, night crawlers and spinners. Fishing in the Embudo area was slow.
SHUREE PONDS: No reports from anglers.
SPRINGER LAKE: Fishing was slow for all species.
STORRIE LAKE: Fishing was fair using salmon eggs, cheese and power bait for trout. Anglers fishing with power bait and cheese also caught several catfish in the 4-to-5 pound range.
STUBBLEFIELD: No reports from anglers.
UTE LAKE: Cold fronts slowed the bass fishing down a bit this past weekend but anglers still managed to catch a few good smallmouth and largemouth. They were using top water lures, 4-inch tubes, spinner baits, lipless crank baits and jerk baits. Fishing for white bass was fair to good for anglers who found the schools and stuck with them while using top water lures and spoons. Fishing was good using liver, night crawlers and dough baits for catfish. No reports on other species.