By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
The recent round of monsoon showers, including some heavy downpours Monday, has significantly improved the streamflows in several streams and rivers in Northern New Mexico.
The Rio Pueblo near Penasco, the Red River below Questa and the Pecos River near Pecos all saw significant increases in their streamflow thanks to the heavy rain.
These heavier streamflows will not last long (unless there is more rain). The increased streamflows often trigger the trout into feeding thanks to the higher water and cooler water temperatures. The higher water may be murky. Worms are usually a good bait under these conditions. Fly fisherman should try patterns with some color or flash to them that the trout can see better or use streamers or wooly buggers that move some water in front of them when retrieved.
The trout in the bigger lakes have moved offshore to deeper water where the water temperatures are more to their liking. In the smaller lakes, fishing early and late in the day is usually better because of the cooler temperatures.
The fishing for warmwater gamefish like bass, northern pike and walleye is good now. Try fishing for catfish at night. The fishing for panfish like perch and bluegill is good at lakes where these species are found.
One great benefit of the recent rain is its helping to alleviate the wildfire danger. The National Forests are open once again and it looks like they’ll stay that way for the rest of the summer.
The State Game and Fish Department was busy last week stocking rainbow trout. Overall, the trout fishing is not too bad .The Jemez Mountains are getting some good rains. The fishing at Fenton Lake State Park has been fair-to-good and the best fishing is early and late in the day. The Rio Cebolla, which flows into and out of Fenton Lake, has been fair-to-good for trout. It was stocked July 17 with 399 rainbow trout.
The Seven Springs Brood Pond at Seven Springs Fish Hatchery just north of Fenton Lake was stocked July 17 with 549 rainbow trout. The fishing has been very good.
No reports on other streams and lakes in the Jemez area.
The fishing for smallmouth bass at Abiquiu Lake has been good. It has been fair-to-good for walleye. The fishing for walleye is likely better in the early morning and ate evening hours. Bluegill are biting on worms. Try night fishing here for catfish. The water level at Abiquiu is steadily dropping. Call the Abiquiu Project office at (505).685.4371 to check and see on the possible closure of the boat ramp.
The Chama River below Abiquiu Dam is slow due to heavy releases of water from beneath the Dam.
The Chama River below El Vado Dam has been fair for rainbow and brown trout. The Chama River above El Vado Lake was stocked July 18 with 990 rainbow trout and the fishing has been fair. They are releasing water from Heron Lake into the Chama River below Heron Dam. This water is very cold and the fishing between Heron Dam and El Vado Lake could be very good thanks to this influx of cold water.
Heron Lake has been fair for rainbow trout and a few kokanee salmon. The best fishing has been from boats as the fish are being caught in deeper water.
Laguna del Campo near Los Ojos has been slow-to-fair for rainbow trout. The Trout Lakes near Cebolla have been fair-to-good for stocked rainbow trout.
Hopewell Lake between Tierra Amarilla and Tres Piedras received a heavy stocking of trout July 18 of 1,905 rainbow trout. In addition, there were 113 rainbow trout over 15 inches in length stocked at Hopewell. The fishing has been fair-to-good.
The Rio de los Pinos near the Colorado border also received a heavy stocking of 1,801 rainbow trout last week. The fishing has been fair-to-good.
Santa Cruz Lake near Chimayo is very low and the fishing has been slow. Boats can no longer be launched at Santa Cruz because of the low water levels.
The rain did not affect the streamflow in the Rio Grande and it is running low. The fishing has been good for trout using flies, spinners and bait. They are catching a few northern pike.
The Rio Pueblo near Penasco has benefited from the recent rainfall and the streamflow has come up. There were no reports from here but this stream is heavily-stocked and the fishing should be worth a try.
The Red River also benefited from the recent rainfall and the fishing has been fair-to-good. It was stocked in the area above Questa July 16 with 2,000 rainbow trout. The Red River Fish Hatchery Pond was stocked July 17 with 400 rainbow trout of catchable-size and with 80 rainbow trout averaging over 15 inches in size.
Eagle Rock Lake near Questa was stocked on three different days last week. A total of 998 catchable-size rainbow trout and 249 rainbow trout averaging over 15 inches in size were stocked. Needless to say, the fishing has been very good.
The fishing for perch has been excellent at Eagle Nest Lake. The trout fishing has been fair and most of the trout are now being caught in deeper water. Eagle Nest was stocked July 17 with 430 rainbow trout averaging over 15 inches in size. A few northern pike are being caught at Eagle Nest.
The Cimarron River in Cimarron Canyon State Park and the Cimarron Gravel Pit Lakes are once again open for fishing.
The fishing at the Lakes has been good. No reports on how the fishing in the river has been, but it should be good and the trout have had over a month with no fishing pressure.
There were no reports from Maxwell Lake 13 last week. The trout fishing here is probably pretty slow. The fishing for largemouth bass and catfish could be worth a try.
The trout fishing at Lake Maloya in Sugarite Canyon State Park near Raton continues to be very good. The best fishing has been early and late in the day.
The fishing in the Charette Lakes has been good for trout. There are yellow perch here but there have been no reports on how the perch fishing has been.
The fishing in Coyote Creek at Guadalupita State Park has been slow.
Morphy Lake State Park remains closed because of repairs being made to the dam.
The fishing at Storrie Lake State Park has been slow with just a few catfish being caught.
The Pecos River has benefited from the recent rains and the streamflow has risen. The fishing has improved and has been fair-to-good. The Pecos River was stocked with 1,640 rainbow trout last week.
Monastery Lake near the town of Pecos was stocked July 19 with 1,000 rainbow trout and the fishing has been very good. The Cowles Ponds north of Monastery Lake were stocked July 17 with 201 rainbow trout and the fishing here has been good.
Over in the Four Corners, the streamflow in the San Juan River below Navajo Dam was 671 cubic-feet-per-second. The fishing in the Quality Waters has been good with a variety of fly patterns. The fishing in the Bait waters below the Quality Water has been good using flies, spoons and bait. The Bait Waters were stocked July 17 with 3,948 rainbow trout.
Navajo Lake has been a hotspot for northern pike and the fishing has been very good using crank baits, jerk baits, top-water lures and spinners. The fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass has been good using senkos, tubes and jigs. The fishing for perch has been good. The trolling for kokanee salmon has been slow-to-fair.
The fishing at Cochiti Lake has been fair-to-good for catfish. The fishing is fair for crappie, perch, white bass, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and northern pike.
The fishing for catfish at Tingley Beach in Albuquerque has been slow. It should pick once they receive another stocking of catfish.
The fishing at Elephant Butte Lake continues to be very good despite the falling water levels. The best fishing has been at night for catfish using liver, cut bait and shrimp. The fishing for white bass, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and bluegill has been good.
Rufous hummingbirds have shown up at hummingbird feeders here in the Espanola Valley. These colorful little buzz bombs aggressively chase other hummingbirds away from the feeders. Despite their small size, they have the longest migration of any hummingbird, nesting as far north as Southern Alaska after wintering in Mexico.