Fishing report – El Defensor Chieftain

Escondida Lake:

Fishing was good using chicken liver, hot dogs and homemade dough bait for catfish. We had no other reports.

Elephant Butte Lake: 

Fishing was good using crank baits, jerk baits, minnows and grubs for white bass. Jaime and Alec Marenco from El Paso caught some nice white bass this past week. They were using medium diving crank baits. Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits, minnows and grubs for walleye. Fishing was good using creature baits, crank baits, jerk baits, senkos, tubes and sweet beavers for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing was good using cut bait, homemade dough bait, hot dogs, dead minnows and chicken liver for catfish. The best catfish action was at night. Dylan Bailey, 9, along with his dad Ken of El Paso, landed a 4-pound walleye June 6. They were fishing near Long Point and using square billed crank baits.

Fishing report

Caballo Lake:

Fishing was fair using crank baits, top water lures, curly tail grubs and minnows for white bass. A few catfish were caught by anglers fishing at night and using cut bait, night crawlers and liver. We had no other reports.

Tingley Beach: 

Fishing was fair using worms for bluegill. Fishing was fair to good using shrimp, hot dogs, night crawlers and homemade dough bait for catfish. We had no other reports.   

Rio Grande: 

Stream flow below Elephant Butte Monday morning was 1,650 cfs. Fishing in the San Marcial area was good using chicken liver and homemade dough bait for catfish. Fishing below Elephant Butte and Caballo was good using night crawlers, liver and cut bait for catfish. Fishing was good using corn for carp. We had no other reports.

Gila River: 

Stream flow on Monday morning was 43.3 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Glenwood Pond: 

Fishing was good using PowerBait for trout.

Lake Roberts: 

Fishing was good using worms, senkos, baby brush hogs, tubes and crank baits for largemouth bass. Fishing was good using spoons, Fire Balls, worms and PowerBait for trout.

He also caught several rainbows and largemouth bass. He was using spoons. Fishing was good using homemade dough bait, chicken liver and night crawlers for catfish. We had no other reports.

Percha Dam: 

We had no reports from anglers this week.

Quemado Lake: 

Fishing was good using PowerBait and spinners for trout. Karina Rodriguez reported having really good luck this past Saturday fishing for trout. They were using bright orange spoons. Fishing for tiger muskie was slow.

Bear Canyon Lake: 

We had no reports from anglers this week.

Bill Evans Lake: 

Fishing was slow to fair using chicken liver and worms for catfish. We had no other reports.

Snow Lake: 

Fishing was fair using Pistol Petes, PowerBait and Fire Balls for trout.

Young Pond: 

Fishing for catfish was slow. Fishing was good using worms for bluegill. We had no other reports.

Ruidoso River: 

Stream flow at Hollywood on Monday was 6.85 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Santa Rosa Lake: 

Fishing was good using plastic worms, senkos, swim baits, jerk baits, buzz baits, crank baits, live crawdads, live worms and pink grubs for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Anglers fishing with live bait also caught a few bluegill and crappie. Fishing was fair to good using minnows, curly tail grubs and crank baits for walleye. We had no other reports. A water release is expected to begin on June 16 and run for 15 days.

Ute Lake: 

Fishing for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass was good using Ricos, buzz baits, senkos, tubes, curly tail grubs, finesse worms and grubs. The top water lures worked best in the early morning hours. Fishing for white bass was fair trolling crank baits near the trees in 15 to 18 feet of water. Fishing for walleye was slow but a few were caught by anglers using jigs, Ben rigs and leeches. Fishing for bluegill was good using worms under a bobber and small plastics. Fishing for crappie and catfish was slow. The surface water temp was in the low 70s.

Conchas Lake: 

Fishing was good using Texas rigged finesse worms, tubes, senkos, jigs, jerk baits, crank baits, creature baits, curly tail grubs and top water lures for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair to good using tubes and crank baits for white bass. Fishing was fair using jig and minnow combinations, spinner minnow combinations, leeches, curly tail grubs and crank baits for walleye. We had no other reports.

Abiquiu Lake: 

Fishing was fair to good using curly tail grubs, spinners, wooly buggers, tubes, jerk baits, crank baits and night crawlers for smallmouth bass. Fishing for walleye was good for anglers using minnows, leeches, bottom bouncer night crawler combinations and crank baits. A few perch were caught by anglers using worms. Fishing was slow to fair using Panther Martin spinners, Fisher Chick spinners, PowerBait, worms and Fire Balls for rainbow trout. Lt. Col. Micah Chollar of the U.S. Air Force caught the biggest fish of his life June 7, a 24-inch, 5-pound rainbow trout on a Panther Martin. Janessa Sandoval, 8, of Abiquiu, caught a 14.5-inch smallmouth bass June 10. She was fishing from the bank and using a night crawler.

Navajo Lake: 

Fishing was very good using minnows and small jigs for crappie. Jerry Atencio reported fast paced crappie fishing in La Jara Canyon. They were using minnows and small chartreuse and white jigs. Fishing was good using baby brush hogs, worms, jigs, swim baits, jerk baits and crank baits for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair to good using swim baits, minnows, jerk baits and crank baits for northern pike. Xzavier Atencio, 11, of Bloomfield, caught a 23-inch, 3.2-pound northern pike June 11. He was fishing for crappie in La Jara Canyon and using a minnow.

Jemez Waters: 

Stream flow on the Jemez River near Jemez Springs on Monday morning was 28 cfs. Fishing was very good using night crawlers, salmon eggs, stone fly nymphs, copper John Barrs, San Juan worms and Fire Balls for trout. Fishing on the East Fork was good using San Juan worms, small prince nymphs and worms for brown trout. Trout fishing on the upper stretch of the San Antonio was very good using assorted dry flies and small red copper John Barrs.  Fishing on the Rio Cebolla was good using copper John Barrs, worms, Fire Balls and San Juan worms. Fishing on the Rio Las Vacas was good using salmon eggs, worms, Panther Martins, copper John Barrs and bead-head pheasant tail nymphs. We had no other reports.

Bluewater Lake:  

Fishing was fair to good using hot dogs, spoons, crank baits and swim baits for tiger muskies. Fishing for trout was slow with just a few caught by anglers using PowerBait, corn and worms. Kristia Bordlemay of Albuquerquecaught and released a 43-inch tiger muskie June 8. She was using hot dogs. Zolin Guhrke, 9, of Rio Rancho and Austin Barea, 12, of Rio Rancho caught tiger muskies that measured approximately 36 inches each. They were trolling blue-green diving shad.

Cochiti Lake: 

Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits, jerk baits, tubes and jigs for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits, spinner baits and night crawlers for northern pike. A few crappie and perch were caught by anglers using worms and small jigs.  Estevan Barela, 7, of Albuquerque, caught a northern pike about 2 feet long June 11. He was using a half a night crawler.