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Weekly Fishing Report

on January 23, 2019 - 7:09am
By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports And Outdoors
 
The most recent storm brought more snow to Los Alamos and the Jemez Mountains. This snowfall was heavy and wet, which is why despite being a much lower total in terms of inches than the previous heavy snowfall, it was enough to collapse the awning at the Sonic Drive In.
 
This heavy, wet snow is especially beneficial for our snowpack because it holds more water than the dry, fluffy snow so dearly loved by deep powder skiers. The National Resource Conservation Service, which monitors the snowpack throughout the Western United States, considers what they call the snow-water-equivalent of the snowpack to be more important than the actual depth in inches. The snow-water-equivalent is how much water the snow will yield when melted down.
 
The recent storms seem to be following a pattern of entering the state in Southwestern New Mexico and moving through Central New Mexico before hitting the Jemez Mountains and Southern Sangre de Cristo Mountains, putting Los Alamos right in the bullseye of the storms.
 
Interestingly, this same storm track is missing much of the San Juan Mountains, particularly the Four Corners area.
 
Despite all the snow some areas of the state have been receiving, this area is still considered to be in exceptional drought conditions.
 
It looks like a great year for Pajarito Mountain, the local ski area in Los Alamos. There have been many years where this ski area never opened during the winter.
 
This year looks like a banner year and certainly one of the best if not the best since 2000.
 
It’s also great news for the spring wildfire season. Residents of Los Alamos need no reminding of what can happen after a dry winter, having suffered from several big wildfires after dry winters. This year there promises to be plenty of moisture in the ground this coming spring to help ease the danger from wildfires.
 
Great news for Los Alamos anglers who like to fish through the ice. Fenton Lake has frozen over with ice solid enough to open much of the lake to ice fishing. The ice is estimated to be between 7.5 to 9 inches thick. Use caution because in some areas of the lake the ice is not as thick as it is in others. Anglers are told to stay away from the north end of the lake where the Rio Cebolla enters because of slushy ice conditions. The fishing has been very good using wax worms, salmon eggs and Power Bait. Call (575) 829-3630 for conditions.
 
In the same area, the fishing in the Seven Springs Brood Pond at the nearby Seven Springs Fish Hatchery has been very good. This Pond is open to fishing by anglers 11 years of age and younger. A 30-inch, 11-pound brown trout was reportedly caught here by one lucky young angler.
 
The fishing in the Jemez River below Battleship Rock is also rated as good. Other streams in the Jemez area are frozen over.
 
The fishing in the Chama River below Abiquiu Dam is rated as good. The streamflow was 138 cubic-feet-per-second. It was stocked Jan. 9 with 742 rainbow trout averaging over a foot in length.
 
Abiquiu Lake was stocked Jan. 10 with 53,276 small rainbow trout. These fish are stocked as “put-and-grow” stockings that will grow to catchable size in the lake. Abiquiu Lake is about 50-percent covered with this ice that melts off during the day. Launching boats at Abiquiu is still very difficult and extreme caution is advised.
 
The Chama River below El Vado Dam is flowing at 24.2 cubic-feet-per-second and there are no reports on the fishing.
 
Heron Lake and El Vado Lake are both frozen over and closed to fishing due to dangerous ice conditions. Call (575).588.7470 for conditions.
 
Santa Cruz Lake near Chimayo is frozen over and closed to fishing.
 
The Rio Grande is flowing at 330 cubic-feet-per-second near Taos Junction Bridge. The trout fishing has been fair.
 
The fishing in the Red River below Questa has been fair using salmon eggs and Power Bait.
 
Eagle Nest Lake is open to ice fishing and the ice is about 13 inches thick. The fishing has been very good for trout and perch. A few northern pike and kokanee salmon are also being caught. The Eagle Nest Ice-Fishing Derby will be held January 26. Call (575).377.1594 for more information.
 
Lake Maloya and Lake Alice in Sugarite Canyon State Park near Raton are iced over and closed to fishing. Call (575).445.5607 for conditions.
 
There were no reports on the fishing in the Pecos River, which is stocked in the Villanueva area with rainbow trout in the winter. The upper river is iced over.
 
Monastery Lake near Pecos is frozen over and closed to ice fishing.
 
Over in the Four Corners area, there have been no reports from Jackson Lake and Lake Farmington. The fishing is reported as slow in Navajo Lake.
 
The San Juan River below Navajo Dam was flowing at 293 cubic-feet-per-second. The fishing has been fair-to-good with a variety of fly patterns. The Bait Waters below the Quality Waters were stocked Jan. 7 with 1,100 rainbow trout. The fishing has been fair.
 
There were no reports from Cochiti Lake, which was mostly iced over last week.
 
Tingley Beach in Albuquerque was stocked twice last week with a total of 2,399 rainbow trout. The fishing has been very good.
 
The Albuquerque area drainage canals are being stocked weekly with rainbow trout. The fishing has been good in the Albuquerque, Belen, Corrales and Peralta drains.
 
The fishing at Elephant Butte Lake has been fair for white bass and catfish with an occasional largemouth bass and walleye being caught.
 
The fishing in the Rio Grande below Elephant Butte Dam has been good for stocked rainbow trout. It was stocked Jan. 7 with 661 rainbow trout.

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