Fishing Report Nov. 20
By George Morse Sports and Outdoors
With temperatures falling below zero in the Moreno Valley and below freezing nearly every morning everywhere else, the fishing pressure has fallen off and some lakes are beginning to ice over. There were no reports from a number of lakes asmany anglers chose to stay home, stay warm and watch football.
Most of the stocking of rainbow trout now takes place in Southern New Mexico in the Winter Trout Waters. These lakes and ponds are stocked in the late fall and winter because in the summer they get too warm to support trout.
There is still a lot of stocking going on here in Northern New Mexico in lakes and streams that have not frozen over. The State Game and Fish Department also stocks small rainbow trout in some of the larger lakes and reservoirs that are intended to grow to catchable size in the lakes. Winter fishing can be good. Be sure to dress warmly and in layers. Cold morning temperatures can warm to comfortable temperatures later in the afternoon.
The fishing pressure is light and the fishing slow at Abiquiu Lake. An 8.65-pound walleye was caught last week, so there is potential for a big fish. Launching boats is still very difficult at Abiquiu and a four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended.
The Chama River below Abiquiu Dam is running very low at just 58.9 cubic-feet-per-second. The fishing has been very good. Most of the fish caught are stocked rainbow trout, but there are some big brown trout here. The limit in this section of the Chama River is two-fish-per-day.
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.
The fishing is slow at El Vado Lake.
At Heron Lake, some anglers are reporting good snagging for kokanee salmon while others report it as fair. The fishing for rainbow trout has been good using roe sacks and Power Bait.
The Canjilon Lakes, Trout Lakes and Hopewell Lake are likely starting to freeze over and are difficult to access. There were no reports from the Rio de los Pinos.
Fenton Lake in the Jemez Mountains is starting to freeze over, but there is still some open water. The fishing has been slow. Ice fishing is normally not allowed at Fenton Lake. There were no reports from the Seven Springs Brood Pond.
The fishing in the streams of the Jemez Mountains is very slow as the water is now too cold for the trout to be active. Your best bet would be the jemez River, which was stocked Nov. 14 with 1,001 rainbow trout
Santa Cruz Lake near Chimayo has been very slow and the fishing pressure very light.
The Rio Grande is running low and the fishing has been good. It was stocked in the Pilar area Nov. 18 with 2,241 rainbow trout.
The fishing in the Red River has been fair below Questa. The fishing at the Red River Hatchery Pond has been good.
Eagle Rock Lake near Questa is icing over and is unsafe to fish.
There is still open water at Eagle Nest Lake and the fishing has been very good for rainbow trout. No reports on the fishing for perch and northern pike. The boat ramp is still open.
There were no reports on the fishing in the Cimarron River or the Gravel Pit Lakes.
The fishing at Lake Maloya in Sugarite Canyon State Park near Raton has been fair-to good. It was stocked Nov. 13 with 1,501 rainbow trout. Lake Alice in Sugarite Canyon State Park is iced over and closed to fishing.
The fishing at Storrie Lake State Park near Las Vegas has been good for stocked rainbow trout. There were no reports from the Gallinas River near Las Vegas.
The Pecos River is running low and the fishing has been good for brown trout and rainbow trout. Most of the stocking in the Pecos River will now take place at Villanueva State Park south of the town of Pecos.
The fishing has been good at Monastery Lake near Pecos.
Over in the Four Corners, the kokanee salmon snagging has slowed down at Navajo Lake. The fishing is just slow-to-fair for trout, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass and northern pike. Navajo Lake was stocked Nov. 14 with 14,076 small rainbow trout
The streamflow in the San Juan River below Navajo Dam is low at 284 cubic-feet-per-second. The fishing has been good in the Quality Water with a variety of fly patterns. The fishing in the Bait Waters has been good using bait, flies and small spoons.
Cochiti Lake has been good for catfish. The fishing for other species is slow.
Tingley Beach in Albuquerque was stocked Nov. 13 with 2,401 rainbow trout. The fishing has been very good. There will be a 5K running event Thanksgiving Day at Conservancy Park that will impact angler access.
The Department has begun the stocking of rainbow trout in the drainage canals in the Albuquerque area. The fishing has been good. You might hook some catfish and largemouth bass in some of the canals.
The fishing foe catfish is still good at Elephant Butte Lake. The fishing for other species has slowed down. The fishing for trout in the Rio Grande below Elephant Butte Dam has been good.