By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
As predicted last week, the fishing at the Canjilon Lakes was rated good to very good last week. The Lakes were reopened for fishing Aug. 22 after being closed for several years and had been heavily-stocked with rainbow trout, including some averaging more than 18 inches in size. I also heard reports that the shoreline was very crowded with anglers, which didn’t surprise me.
The Lakes were not stocked last week, but there should be plenty of stockers left and maybe the crowds will be a bit thinner. Try to fish during the week to avoid the big crowds.
Streamflows still remain low throughout Northern New Mexico. Recent monsoon rainfall has been beneficial in lowering the water temperatures and raising streamflows a little bit, but overall it’s still a good idea to give the streams a break until the temperatures start cooling down. Fishing the section of rivers below dams is your best bet, as the water that’s released from beneath the dams is cold and more suitable for trout.
A good example of this is the Chama River below El Vado Dam. The fishing was rated as very good here last week and anglers caught some nice brown trout.
The water level in the reservoirs continues to drop and at many boats can no longer be launched. The fishing for bass and catfish remains pretty good. The smaller lakes at high-enough elevations are still being stocked with lots of rainbow trout, so the fishing in many of them is still pretty good. Especially after stockings.
Abiquiu Lake has good fishing for smallmouth bass. I suspect the early morning and evening fishing may be good for walleye. Night fishing for catfish may be worth a try.
The water level at Abiquiu continues to drop. Extreme caution is advised for the launching of boats and a four-wheel drive vehicle is strongly recommended. Call (505) 685-4731 to check on conditions.
The water level in Abiquiu Lake is dropping because they are releasing a substantial flow of water from beneath the dam. That keeps the streamflow in the Chama River below Abiquiu Dam too high for good fishing conditions. Conditions here will improve later in the year when the irrigation season ends and streamflows are lowered.
As already mentioned, the fishing in the Chama River below El Vado Dam has been very good. The streamflow Monday was 604 cubic-feet-per-second. They are now catching some smallmouth bass and perch in the Chama River below El Vado.
El Vado Lake is very low and the boat ramp is closed. The deeper water near the dam has been good for smallmouth bass. You can still launch canoes and kayaks at El Vado.
The Chama River above El Vado Lake is running very low. If they are releasing water from beneath Heron Dam, the stretch of the Chama from Heron Dam to El Vado Lake is worth fishing because the water here will be colder and attract trout. It is difficult to reach and to fish, but there are some seriously big fish here.
Heron Lake is low. The boat ramps at La Laja and Sierra Vista are still open. The bank fishing for rainbow trout has been slow-to-fair using Power Bait.
Anglers trolling spinners are catching rainbow trout and a few kokanee salmon.
The fishing has been slow at Laguna del Campo near Los Ojos. It has been awhile since it was stocked.
The Trout Lakes, which are near the already-mentioned Canjilon Lakes, had good fishing for stocked rainbow trout last week.
Hopewell Lake between Tierra Amarilla and Tres Piedras has good fishing for stocked rainbow trout and there are some wild brook trout here too.
The Rio de los Pinos north of Tres Piedras near the Colorado border has fair-to-good fishing. It was stocked Aug. 20 with 1,800 rainbow trout.
Fenton Lake was stocked last week with 2,198 rainbow trout and the fishing has been fair. The Rio Cebolla, which flows into and out of Fenton Lake, was stocked Aug. 24 with 401 rainbow trout and the fishing is good.
The fishing at San Gregorio Lake has been slow. The streams in the Jemez Mountains are running low and there have been no reports on the fishing.
The fishing has been good at the Seven Springs Brood Pond near the Seven Springs Fish Hatchery. It was stocked Aug. 24 with 401 rainbow trout.
Santa Cruz Lake near Chimayo is very low and the boat ramp is closed. There have been no reports from here in some time and the fishing is likely very slow.
The Rio Grande is low and the streamflow is well-below normal. The fishing has been good for brown and rainbow trout.
There are some big carp in the Rio Grande and they have been catching some of them on corn.
The tributaries to the Rio Grande are all running low and below normal. The fishing is best on the Red River, which is heavily-stocked. The Red River above the town of Questa was stocked Aug. 21 with 1,997 rainbow trout. The Red River below Questa was stocked with 701 rainbow trout. The Red River Hatchery Pond was stocked with 401 catchable-size rainbow trout and with 100 rainbow trout averaging over 14 inches in size. The fishing has been good.
Eagle Rock Lake near Questa is heavily-stocked and the fishing has been good for rainbow trout.
The Fawn Lakes at Fawn Lakes Campground three miles west of the town of Red River are heavily-stocked and the fishing has been fair-to-good.
Eagle Nest Lake is again a hotspot for catching perch. The fishing has been excellent with worms and Power Bait. The trolling for trout and kokanee salmon has been good using wedding ring spinners and Platte River Specials tipped with corn or Power Bait. Bank fishermen are catching some trout on worms and Power Bait. Eagle Nest was stocked Aug. 24 with 31,788 rainbow trout averaging 6.5 inches in size. It is hoped that these trout will grow to catchable sizes and larger in the lake. That is if they don’t get gobbled up by the northern pike in Eagle Nest. The 26 th Annual Eagle Nest Fish Fest starts Saturday and runs through Sept. 9. For more information, call (575).377.6941.
The Cimarron River in Cimarron Canyon State Park below Eagle Nest Dam is well-stocked and also has some wild brown trout. There were no reports from here but the fishing should be good where they have stocked trout. The fishing in the Gravel Pit Lakes near Maverick Campground has been good for stocked rainbow trout.
The fishing in Stubblefield Lake near Maxwell has been fair for largemouth bass. The fishing in Maxwell Lake 13 has been slow.
Lake Maloya in Sugarite Canyon State Park near Raton has been good for trout up to 18 inches in size. There have been no reports from Lake Alice, a smaller lake also in Sugarite Canyon State Park.
The fishing has been very good for trout at the Charette Lakes near Wagon Mound. There are yellow perch here but still no reports on the perch fishing.
Morphy Lake State Park is closed due to repairs on the dam.
The fishing in Storrie Lake near Las Vegas has been slow and will likely remain so until cooler weather starts to happen and stockings of rainbow trout resume here.
Coyote Creek at Guadalupita State park near Mora was stocked Aug. 22 with 801 rainbow trout. The Coyote Creek Pond was stocked with 599 rainbow trout.
The fishing in the Gallinas River near Las Vegas has been good for stocked rainbow trout.
The streamflow in the Pecos River is low at just 37.4 cubic-feet-per-second. It is still being heavily-stocked. It was stocked last week with a total of 2,997 rainbow trout. The fishing has been good.
Monastery Lake near the town of Pecos is heavily-stocked and the fishing has been good. It was stocked Aug. 22 with 901 catchable-size rainbow trout and stocked Aug.23 with 190 rainbow trout averaging 15 inches in size from the nearby Lisboa Springs Fish Hatchery.
The Cowles Ponds north of the town of Taos were stocked with 179 catchable-size rain bow trout Aug. 21 and stocked Aug. 23 with 20 rainbow trout averaging 15 inches in size. The fishing has been good.
Over in the Four Corners, the fishing at Navajo lake has been good for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, perch and northern pike. Trolling spinners tipped with corn or Power Bait in 60-to-85 feet of water has been good for kokanee salmon. The good fishing this summer for kokanee salmon at Navajo hopefully means that snagging for kokanee salmon will be good later this fall at Navajo.
The streamflow in the San Juan River below Navajo Dam Monday was 750 cubic-feet-per-second. The fishing in the Quality Waters was good with a variety of fly patterns. The fishing in the Bait Waters below the Quality Waters was good using flies, bait and lures.
Cochiti Lake has had slow-to-fair fishing for white bass and catfish. The fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass has been slow.
The fishing at Tingley Beach in Albuquerque has been slow for stocked catfish.
Elephant Butte Lake near Truth or Consequences is shockingly-low, but the fishing has been excellent for white bass. The fishing is very good for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. The fishing has been good for walleye and catfish.