By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
The cold weather continues and more lakes will start to freeze. Several lakes do not allow ice fishing once they are frozen over. Fenton Lake State Park and Monastery Lake normally do not allow ice fishing. Both are still open.
It won’t be long before Fenton Lake freezes over as it is already 75-percent iced and even colder weather is forecast for later this week. The fishing in what open water remains is slow. Call 575.829.3630 for conditions.
Monastery Lake is on private land and does not allow ice fishing. It is still open and the fishing has been good. It was stocked Nov. 20 with 500 rainbow trout.
Eagle Nest Lake is the premier ice-fishing destination in the state once it freezes over. Last year, the ice at Eagle Nest never reached a point where it was considered safe to fish and there was no ice fishing. Currently, it is still open water and the fishing has been very good for rainbow trout, including some of good size. The fishing for northern pike has been fair. The fishing for perch has been slow. Call 575.377.1594 for conditions.
Lake Maloya at Sugarite Canyon State Park near Raton still has open water and the fishing has been good. It often freezes over. Lake Alice, a smaller lake at Sugarite Canyon State Park near Raton, is already iced over and is unsafe for fishing. Call 575.445.5607 for conditions.
The smaller high-mountain lakes like the Canjilon Lakes, Trout Lakes and Hopewell Lake are likely iced over and difficult to access due to snow.
Eagle Rock Lake near Questa was already iced over last week and closed to fishing.
Other lakes throughout Northern New Mexico normally do not freeze over and remain open
Most of the stocking of rainbow trout occurs in Southern New Mexico now. These fishing in these waters is best shortly after stocking.
Quail season is now open. The best quail hunting occurs in Southern New Mexico. New Mexico offers the opportunity to hunt four different species of quail. Scaled quail, bobwhite quail, Gambel’s quail and Montezuma quail all can be found and hunted here. The best bobwhite and scaled quail hunting is normally in the Southeastern portion of the state.
Gambel’s quail are found primarily in the Southwestern portion of the state. Montezuma quail may be found in the foothills of the San Mateo, Gila and Sacremento mountains.
The winter dove-hunting season opens Dec. 1 in Southern New Mexico. A mixed-bag of quail and dove is possible at this time in Southern New Mexico.
The fishing is slow at Abiquiu Lake and the fishing pressure is extremely light.
The Chama River below Abiquiu Dam is running very low at 50.8 cubic-feet-per-second. The fishing has been very good for stocked rainbow trout. There are some big, wild brown trout in this section. There is a two-trout-per day limit in this area.
The Chama River below El Vado Dam is also running low at 84.2 cubic-feet-per second. The fishing has been good for brown and rainbow trout.
There have been good reports about the kokanee salmon snagging at Heron Lake with several anglers reporting getting their limit (12-per-day). These reports are much better than last year. The fishing for rainbow trout has been good from the bank with roe sacks and Power Bait.
In the Jemez Mountains, the only report is from the Jemez River, which was recently-stocked. It has been good for rainbow trout. The fishing is normally best in deep pools near where the trout were stocked.
The Rio Grande is running low and the fishing has been good for brown trout and rainbow trout using flies and bait. The Rio Grande was stocked Nov. 16 in the Pilar area with 2,251 rainbow trout.
The fishing has turned on at Santa Cruz Lake near Chimayo now that the weather has tuned colder. Despite the low water level, the trout appear to have survived the summer and are biting again. It has been very good using bait and lures cast from shore.
The Red River below Questa has been fair with bait.
The fishing at Storrie Lake State Park near Las Vegas has been fair-to-good for trout. This lake sometimes ices over and is unsafe for fishing.
The Pecos River is running low. The fishing has been fair-to-good using flies and bait for brown and rainbow trout. It was stocked Nov. 20 at Villanueva State Park with 500 rainbow trout.
Over in the Four Corners, the kokanee-salmon snagging at Navajo Lake is now slow and likely coming to an end. The fishing has been slow-to-fair for bass and northern pike. It has been fair for trout with roe sacks and Power Bait.
The streamflow in the San Juan River below Navajo Dam is 284 cubic-feet-per-second. The fishing has been good for brown trout and rainbow trout in the Quality Waters with a variety of small fly patterns. Several big brown trout were caught and released in the Quality Waters last week. The fishing in the Bait Waters has been good with flies and bait.
The Bait Waters were stocked Nov. 19 with 3,026 rainbow trout.
The State Game and Fish Department is now stocking several other lakes in the Four Corners area. Lake Farmington was stocked Nov. 20 with 3,100 rainbow trout. The fishing has been very good. The fishing at Jackson Lake has been good for stocked rainbow trout.
The fishing for catfish at Cochiti Lake has been fair-to-good. The fishing for other species is slow.
Tingley Beach in Albuquerque was stocked Nov. 20 with a total of 2,389 rainbow trout. The fishing has been very good.
The drainage canals in the Albuquerque area were stocked with rainbow trout last week and the fishing has been good in the Albuquerque, Belen, Corrales and Peralta drainage canals.
The fishing for catfish is still fair-to-good at Elephant Butte Lake. The fishing for other species is slow.
The fishing in the Rio Grande below Elephant Butte Dam is slow-to-fair for stocked rainbow trout.
As mentioned before, most of the stocking of rainbow trout has shifted to Southern New Mexico. Some of the better locations to try in this part of the state include Alto Lake and Grindstone Reservoir in Southeastern New Mexico. Lake Roberts near Silver City has been good and there is the possibility of catching a Gila trout here. The pond at the Glenwood Springs Fish Hatchery has been very good.