Weekly Fishing Report

by Staff Reporter / Nov 03, 2017 / comments

Weekly Fishing Report

By George Morse Sports and Outdoors

Some colder weather moved in last week. For the first time in a long time I wore a thermal top under my shirt while watching a football game Friday night in Tierra Amarilla. Still no snow to really speak of on the Sangre de Cristos. It looks like they’ve gotten some snow up on Cumbres Pass and around Chama. I really need to take a drive up to Colorado. Wolf Creek probably got some snow and the Sangre de Cristos in Colorado north of Costilla seem to be a snow magnet. Should be a beautiful drive.

The cold spell is supposed to be brief and the weather is supposed to warm back up to the 60’s. Great fall fishing weather.


Rio Grande below Pilar
A reader reported great fishing on the Rio Grande below Pilar using spinners. The water in the Rio Grande is in great shape-low and clear. It’s time to fish the Rio Grande. Maybe grab some lunch at Sugars Barbecue along the way if I’m fishing between Velarde and Pilar. On another trip, make a day of it on the Rio Grande above Questa, then stop in Taos for dinner on the way back. One lucky Questa angler caught a 23-inch brown trout last week in the Rio Grande.


Eagle Nest Lake
The hot fishing spot again this week
is Eagle Nest Lake. Another monster northern pike weighing over 20 pounds was caught last week. That makes three big pike over 20 pounds caught in the last three weeks. In addition, the fishing for trout using Power Bait has been good, as well as the perch fishing using worms.


Heron Lake

The bank fishing for rainbow trout continues to be good at Heron Lake. The kokanee salmon snagging season is currently closed at Heron. It will open Nov. 11. Kokanee snagging at Navajo Lake, Eagle Nest Lake and El Vado Lake has been slow. 

The fishing at Navajo Lake continues to be pretty good for bass and northern pike. There are some very big brown trout in Navajo Lake and they’re starting to pick up a few of them trolling spinners now that the water is cooling down.


San Juan River

The fishing on the San Juan River below Navajo Dam continues to be good in both the Quality Waters and the bait waters. Check out the State Game and Fish Weekly Fishing Conditions and Stocking Report on the Internet. There’s a picture of an absolutely beautiful big brown trout that was caught and released in the Quality Waters. Although only rainbow trout are stocked in the San Juan River, it has a healthy population of wild brown trout that are hooked a lot less frequently than the more gullible rainbow trout.


Chama River

The fishing on the Chama River above El Vado Lake should be good for rainbow and brown trout. The fishing below El Vado Lake has been fair. The streamflow needs to come down a little bit more for the fishing to pick up here. The Chama River below Abiquiu Dam is still flowing too high and murky for good fishing conditions. Once the flows come down enough and the river clears up a bit, I expect some very big brown and holdover rainbow trout will be caught here.


Abiquiu Lake

I drove by Abiquiu Lake the other day and the water looked surprisingly murky. That could be why the fall fishing for walleye and smallmouth bass has been just slow to fair this fall. Judging by the fishing reports, the bass and walleye are starting to school up in deeper water where they will spend the winter.


East Side Of The Sangre De Cristos

Over on the east side of the Sangre de Cristos, Charette Lake, Clayton Lake, Morphy Lake and Maxwell Lake 13 are closed for the season.


Sugarite Canyon State Park

The fishing at Lake Alice and Lake Maloya in Sugarite Canyon State Park near Raton remains good. If you have a Colorado fishing license, you might drive over Raton Pass and fish Trinidad Reservoir. The trout fishing should be good there this time of year. Take a drive along the Highway of Legends. It’s a beautiful drive. The fishing at Monument Lake and North Lake along the way could be very good.


Pecos River

The Pecos River is in great shape for some fall fishing, with a nice flow and clear water. The fishing in nearby Monastery Lake has been very good. It was recently stocked with 11-inch rainbow trout.


Fenton Lake

The fishing at Fenton Lake has been just slow-to-fair.


Santa Cruz Lake

Santa Cruz Lake has also been just fair.