Fishing Report Oct. 30
By George Morse Sports and Outdoors
The weather forecast for Wednesday (10/31) was for significant snowfall at higher elevations. This means places like the Canjilon Lakes, Hopewell Lake and the Trout Lakes may get snowfall. The snow is predicted to be heaviest on the Eastern slopes of the Sangre de Cristos. The drive to Eagle Nest Lake may be snow-packed over Palo Flechado Pass. Lake Maloya near Raton may receive heavy snowfall and Interstate 25 between Pecos and Raton could see bad driving conditions. Las Vegas and Cimarron may also see accumulating snow. Drive carefully if you are planning a trip.
After the dry winter, spring and summer we just experienced, the moisture is most welcome and hopefully leads to a good snowpack this winter. Moisture in the ground in the fall helps the vegetation go through the winter in good shape. High mountain pastures that suffered this past year can rebound quickly if we get enough snow this coming winter. Good for ranchers, good for wildlife, good for ski areas and overall just good for the economy and the environment.
We may not like driving in snow, but we need it.
The State Game and Fish Department is still stocking rainbow trout in Northern New Mexico. The emphasis on stocking will soon switch to waters in Southern New Mexico. The winter stocking of rainbow trout in the South has already begun and more waters will be stocked soon.
Some good news for kokanee salmon snaggers. There have been some good reports coming from Navajo Lake.
Abiquiu Lake remains very low and caution must still be used when launching boats. A four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended. The fishing has been fair for walleye and trout. This time of year you might hook some good-sized specimens of either species. Abiquiu Lake was stocked Oct. 22 with 5,851 channel catfish.
The Chama River below Abiquiu Dam is flowing at 274 cubic-feet-per-second. The fishing has been good. There are some big brown trout here as well as lots of stocked rainbow trout.
The Chama River below El Vado Dam is very low, flowing at just 61 cubic-feet-per-section. The fishing has been fair for brown and rainbow trout. There is a decent flow in the Chama River above El Vado Lake. The fishing has been fair. Try below Heron Dam and fish downstream towards El Vado Lake.
Both El Vado Lake and Heron Lake are very low. The fishing has been slow.
Laguna del Campo near Los Ojos closes for the season Oct. 31 (Wednesday). It will reopen again May 1, 2019.
The fishing has been fair at the Canjilon Lakes for stocked trout. This area, along with the nearby Trout Lakes, should receive some snow. It will be interesting to see if trout can carryover through the winter here.
There were no reports from Hopewell Lake between Tierra Amarilla and Tres Piedras. Expect snowfall here at this high elevation lake. It might be worth a try for some of the wild brook trout, which should be spawning now.
The Rio de los Pinos north of Tres Piedras near the Colorado border has been fair-to-good. This stream is heavily-stocked and you might pick up a nice brown trout here. The brown trout should be spawning now.
In the Jemez Mountains, Fenton Lake has been very good and likely will remain a good spot to try until it starts to ice over. There are some big brown trout here that every now and then some lucky angler hooks.
The streams in the Jemez area have been fishing well and there are some surprisingly big brown trout in some of them. The fishing has been fair in the Jemez River and good in the Rio Cebolla.
The fishing has been good at the Seven Springs Brood Pond.
The fishing at Santa Cruz Lake near Chimayo has been slow. The water level is very low.
The Rio Grande is running at 175 cubic-feet-per-second, which is low for this time of year. The fishing has been very good for brown and rainbow trout. Anglers are catching some northern pike using large streamers. The Rio Grande above Pilar was stocked Oct. 24 with 251 rainbow trout. In the Pilar area, 1,999 rainbow trout were stocked last week.
The fishing has been good in the Rio Pueblo near Penasco. This stream is heavily-stocked with rainbow trout and also has some wild brown trout.
The Red River below the town of Questa was stocked Oct. 23 with 701 catchable-size rainbow trout and with 679 rainbow trout averaging 16 inches in size. The fishing has been very good.
The fishing has been very good at the Red River Hatchery Pond.
Eagle Rock Lake near Questa was stocked Oct. 23 with 600 rainbow trout averaging 16 inches in size. The fishing has been good. The Questa area may pick up some snow Wednesday.
Eagle Nest Lake is still a good spot to try for perch. The trout fishing has been good and some of the fish have been good-sized. The fishing for northern pike has been good. The snagging for kokanee salmon has been slow.
The fishing has been good in the Cimarron River in Cimarron Canyon State Park The fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes should be at least fair, but there were no reports from here.
Lake Maloya in Sugarite Canyon State Park near Raton has been good for trout. This area should receive somesignificant snowfall Wednesday.
Maxwell Lake 13, the Charette Lakes and Stubblefield Lake all close for the season Wednesday. Stubblefield Lake was stocked Oct. 22 with 10,599 channel catfish. Keep this lake in mind next summer. The state record channel catfish was caught here.
Storrie Lake near Las Vegas has been fair for trout. The Gallinas River near Las vegas has been fair-to-good for trout.
The flow in the Pecos River has risen significantly in recent weeks and the fishing has been good for brown and rainbow trout.
Monastery Lake near Pecos was stocked Oct. 22 with 1,001 rainbow trout. The fishing has been good.
Over in the Four Corners, the fishing for bass and northern pike in Navajo Lake is still good. There are finally some good reports on the kokanee salmon snagging here, with some anglers reporting quickly getting their limit. The no-wake area is closed to snagging until Nov. 9.
The San Juan River below Navajo Dam is flowing at 403 cubic-feet-per-second. The fishing has been good with various fly patterns in the Quality Waters. There are reports of hatches nearly every day, so there may be some dry fly action. The fishing in the Bait Waters has been good.
There were no reports from Cochiti Lake.
The fishing at Tingley Beach in Albuquerque has been fair-to-good for stocked trout. Throughout the winter, some big trout will be stocked periodically. Check the Game and Fish Department’s stocking report to see when.
Elephant Butte Lake is very low and the fishing is starting to slow down. It has been fair for white bass, largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. It has been good for catfish.