By GEORGE MORSE
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
Happy New Year. This will be the last Fishing Report for 2021.
Looking back, anglers in New Mexico faced several challenges, there was a record-breaking hot spell to begin the summer after a dry spring that saw much of the state suffering from exceptional drought.
Monsoon rains were good this year and helped see us through the summer. They did little to fill our reservoirs. Fall was warm and dry with above average temperatures in October and November.
The year is ending with an encouraging change in the weather pattern that is bringing colder temperatures and more precipitation to New Mexico. With statewide reservoir storage levels at less than 20-percent, the hope is for a good snowpack here and in Southern Colorado to help raise the lake levels.
The State Game and Fish Department is still stocking thousands of rainbow trout every week. Most of the stocking is taking place in Southern New Mexico. Lakes are starting to freeze over in Northern New Mexico but none as of yet have ice safe enough for ice fishing.
Fenton Lake State Park in the Jemez Mountains is open. Camping is allowed by reservation only. It was stocked Dec. 21 with 391 catchable-size rainbow trout. Fenton also has wild brown trout and Rio Grande cutthroat trout. Only two cutthroat trout may be kept per-day as part of the five-trout-per-day bag limit. The lake is completely frozen but unsafe for fishing. Call 575.829.3630 for current conditions at Fenton.
The Seven Springs Brood Pond at Seven Springs Fish Hatchery is open. It is also known as the Kid’s Pond. It is well-stocked with rainbow trout. There are a few big brown trout in this pond. The fishing is for anglers under 12 years old.
The trout fishing has been fair in the Jemez River. The streamflow is now 20.1 cubic-feet-per-second. This is higher than last week. The fish are concentrated in deeper pools. It was stocked Dec. 21 with 750 rainbow trout.
Eagle Nest Lake State Park is open. The Lake View campground is now closed and the docks have been taken out of the water. The Main Area and Visitors Center are now open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Six-Mile and the Marina are open daily. The lake was frozen over with ice. Wind breaks up the ice during the day and it is unsafe for fishing. The lake is closed to all boating and ice fishing. For more information and current conditions, call 575.377.1594.
Heron Lake State Park is open. The boat ramps are closed. Bank fishing could be fair for rainbow trout. You may catch a lake trout this time of year. The lake level is still low. Kokanee salmon snagging has been slow. The fish are scattered. The best areas were near the dam and at the Sierra Vista boat-launching area. Snagging season ends Friday. The banks are very muddy due to the low water level.
Call 575.588.7470 for conditions …….