Fishing Report: April 10
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Catches of the Week
Eagle Nest Lake: March 28, Angelico Chavez of Las Vegas New Mexico caught a 32-inch, 12-pound northern pike. He was using a No. 5 gold Mepps spinner.
Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 250 cfs. Fishing was fair using worms, salmon eggs, San Juan worms and spinners for trout.
Lake Farmington: Trout fishing was fair using Power Bait, Pistol Petes and salmon eggs. We had no reports on other species.
Navajo Lake: Fishing at the upper end of the lake was good using small jigs tipped with grubs for crappie. Fishing for all other species was slow.
San Juan River: Water flow below Navajo Dam on Monday was 348 cfs. Trout fishing through the Quality Waters was good using red larva, chamois leeches, egg patterns, grey and chocolate foam wing emergers, disco midges, and red and orange San Juan worms. There are fair midge and BWO hatches coming off in the afternoon hours. Try dries in the afternoon hours downstream from the Texas Hole. Fishing through the bait waters was fair to good using spinners, salmon eggs and San Juan worms.
Abiquiu Lake: Fishing from the bank was slow with just a few smallmouth bass caught by anglers using worms and crank baits. Fishing from boats was rated as slow to fair using crank baits and spinner minnow combinations for walleye and smallmouth bass. Anglers fishing from boats also picked up a few trout. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp ranged from the mid to high 40s.
Albuquerque Area Drains: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Bluewater Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using in line spinners, large streamers and crank baits for tiger musky. We had no reports on other species. 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 130 cfs and 407 cfs respectively. Trout fishing below Abiquiu was slow. Fishing below El Vado was also slow but there were a few stocked rainbows caught by anglers using worms and Power Bait.
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 jigging with white and silver jigs tipped with cut bait for lake trout. A few fish were also caught by anglers trolling at depths of 30 to 40 feet. Fishing from the bank was slow but there were a few small lakers caught by anglers using salmon peach Power Bait. We had no reports on other species. The lake level continues to rise 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 32 cfs on Monday. Trout fishing on the Jemez and the Rio Cebolla was fair to good using salmon eggs. We had no reports from the other Jemez streams.
Laguna del Campo: Closed for the season.
San Gregorio Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Santa Cruz Lake: Trout fishing was fair to good for anglers using Fisher Chick spinners, Panther Martins, small crank baits, Power bait, homemade dough bait, salmon eggs and worms.
Seven Springs Brood Pond: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Tingley Beach: Fishing at the Youth and Central Ponds was good using Power Bait, salmon eggs, marshmallows and homemade dough bait. We had no reports from the Catch and Release Pond.