Fishing Report: April 3

Maggie Wegrzyn
Farmington

Read about fishing conditions in northwestern New Mexico. Check out a complete list of fishing conditions in the state on the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish's website.

Catches of the Week

Clayton Lake: March 26, Mikey Montoya of Clayton caught a 27-inch 10-pound, 4-ounce walleye. He was fishing from shore and using a jig.

Elephant Butte Lake: March 28, Nathan McClintock of Las Cruces caught a 4.2-pound smallmouth bass.

Heron Lake: March 25, Edna Harper of Coyote caught and released a 17-pound, 5-ounce lake trout. Fishing on the same boat, Ron Schalla of Chama caught and released a 23-pound, 5-ounce lake trout. Both anglers were using jigs.

San Juan River: March 29, Micha Chavez of Roswell caught and released a 23-inch, and an 18-inch rainbow. She was fishing the Simon Point area and using a red larva. It was her first fly fishing trip to the San Juan. Her son Christian,13, also a beginner fly fisher, caught several small rainbows using the same setup.

Northwest

Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 317 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

San Juan River: Water flow below Navajo Dam on Monday was 263 cfs. Trout fishing through the Quality Waters was good using red larva, grey and chocolate foam wing emergers, disco midges, princess nymphs and red and orange San Juan worms. There are fair to good midge and BWO hatches coming off in the afternoon hours. Fishing through the bait waters was fair to good using spinners, Gulp eggs, salmon eggs and San Juan worms.

Lake Farmington: Trout fishing was fair to good using Power Bait, small spoons, Pistol Petes and salmon eggs. We had no reports on other species.

Navajo Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits, jerk baits and jigs for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing for northern pike was slow with just one hook up reported by an angler using a swim bait. We had no reports on other species.

Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using spinner minnow combinations and jig and grub rigs for walleye at the upper end of the lake. Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits, jerk baits and tubes for smallmouth bass. A few brown trout were caught by anglers using crank baits. Anglers using Power Bait picked up a few rainbow trout. We had no reports on other species.

Albuquerque Area Drains: Trout fishing was fair using salmon eggs, worms and parachute adams. Our best reports this week came from anglers fishing the Albuquerque South, Peralta and Belen drains.

Bluewater Lake: Fishing for all species was slow. Anglers should be aware that it is illegal to use bait fish at this lake.

Brazos River: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Canjilon Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 48 cfs and 79 cfs respectively. Trout fishing below Abiquiu was slow to fair using worms. Flows through this section are expected to increase this week. Fishing below El Vado was fair using worms and Power Bait for a mix of rainbow and brown trout.

Cochiti Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.

El Vado Lake: The State Park and the boat ramp opened today. We had no reports from anglers.

Fenton Lake: Trout fishing was slow to fair using salmon eggs, Power Bait and worms. Frankie Montoya fished here on the 28th and caught four trout in about two hours. He was using Power Bait and salmon eggs.

Heron Lake: Fishing was fair to good using white jigs tipped with cut bait for lake trout. The bigger lakers were found in 20 to 35 feet of water. Anglers fishing from the bank and using Power Bait were catching smaller lake trout. We had no reports on rainbows or kokanee. The lake level is coming up slowly but four-wheel-drive was still recommended for launching at the primitive ramp.

Jackson Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Jemez Waters: The Jemez River was flowing at 38 cfs on Monday. Trout fishing was slow to fair using salmon eggs and worms. We had no reports from anglers on other Jemez streams. .

Laguna del Campo: Closed for the season.

San Gregorio: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Santa Cruz Lake: Trout fishing was good for anglers using Pistol Petes, Fisher Chick spinners, Panther Martins, small crank baits, Power bait, homemade dough bait and worms.

Seven Springs Brood Pond: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Tingley Beach: Fishing at the Youth and Central Ponds was very good using Power Bait, salmon eggs, marshmallows, homemade dough bait, small spoons, small crank baits and Pistol Petes. Fishing at the Catch and Release Pond was fair to good using small streamers, parachute adams and egg patterns for trout.