|NEW MEXICO FISHING REPORT
This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.
Animas River – The flow is 359 cfs. Flows continue to run high from runoff and the water is murky. The river is reported as good for trout using various bead-headed nymphs, spinners and worms.
Chama River – Upper section flow is 83 cfs. Below El Vado Lake, the flow is 178 cfs and the flow below Abiquiu Lake is 204 cfs. The upper Chama flowing downstream to the village of Chama and into El Vado reservoir is fair – good with all methods reported working. Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season Oct. 1 – Dec. 31 – Chama River from El Vado Lake to west boundary of Rio Chama Wildlife and Fishing Area. The river below El Vado is fishing good to excellent. The water is at a perfect flow. All methods are catching fish. Brown trout are reported being landed using black and gold Panther Martins. Below Abiquiu Lake fishing is reported as fair to slow using Power Bait, worms, spinners and bead headed nymphs.
San Juan River – Upper section – Catch and Release flow is 331 cfs. Midges are hatching all day long. At the moment they are very small, midge pupa and larvae, size 22 to 28, gray, black, chocolate, cream and olive have been my best. The hatch is strongest from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Try fishing BWO’s from 1 to 5 p.m. Dark or light gray, brown and olive have been the best colors in a size 20 and 22 in dry and wet patterns. Back to black and brown midges in the evenings. Brown, black, purple and white bunny leaches are great attractors.
Abiquiu Lake – Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season Oct. 1 – Dec. 31. Not much has changed at the lake and conditions remain the same. Fishing is slow for all species including walleye with smaller-sized fish being caught. No report on salmon or other species.
El Vado Lake – Trout fishing is reported as slow to fair with better reports from the Chama River inlet and the dam. Fish are being landed with worms, salmon eggs, Power Bait and spinners. The main boat ramp is open but the primitive ramps are closed due to low water. Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season Oct. 1 – Dec. 31. Salmon snagging slowed down and is reported as fair on the north side of the lake. Park at the gate just below the Stone House Lodge and walk down to the dirt boat ramp for the best access.
Heron Lake– Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season Nov. 11 – Dec. 31. Salmon are being snagged at the boat ramps and close to the dam. Reports of trout and lake trout are good from shore when using roe sacks. Trout are also fishing good with spinners and worms.
Jackson Lake – Trout fishing is reported as fair using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms from shore.
Lake Farmington – Trout fishing is reported as good using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms. Best success is reported close to the dam.
Morgan Lake – No report
Navajo Lake – Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season Oct. 1 – Dec. 31. Salmon snagging is reported as fair at Simms Marina and at the dam, but fish are starting to soften up. No reports on other species.
Cimarron River – The flow below Eagle Nest Dam is 15 cfs and 6.6 cfs near Cimarron. The release out of Eagle’s Nest Dam has dropped significantly and is really not worth fishing at these low levels. Check the flows before you go. Releases below 25 cfs make for slow fishing. If the release doesn’t go back up, wait until spring to fly fish.
Costilla Creek – The flow is 6.4 cfs near the town of Costilla. Fishing is reported as slow below the Valle Vidal boundary, water levels are very low and fish are spooky.
Red River – Flows are 12 cfs near Questa and 42 cfs below the hatchery. Fishing for trout is reported as fair to good with better fishing on the lower stretches. Fish are being caught with all methods.
Rio Grande- Flows are 473 cfs near Cerro and 687 cfs below the Taos Junction Bridge. Water levels have come up and fishing is reported as slow to fair. Trout still seem to prefer the faster aerated water. Nymph the pocket water or strip streamers for the feistier pre-spawn browns. Cover the deeper slower runs for the bass with streamers or crayfish patterns.
Rio Hondo – The flow is 15 cfs and fishing is reported as fair from mile marker 8 up to mile marker 16 when using dry flies, small spinners and worms.
Rio Pueblo - The flow is 11 cfs. The fishing is fair for trout when using flies, small spinners and worms.
Cabresto Lake – The lake is closed for repairs to the dam.
Charette Lakes – The lake has closed for the season and will reopen next spring.
Clayton Lake – The lake has closed for the season and will reopen next spring.
Eagle Nest Lake – Fishing continues to be good. The perch are reported as good from shore and better from anchored boats. Trolling is great for trout using lightweight tackle. Trout fishing is good when trolling topwater gear and hit and miss from the bank using Power Bait. Pike fishing is reported as good when anchored or trolling from a boat. Anglers are having success with larger lures and baits. Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season Oct. 1 – Dec. 31. Salmon snagging reported as slow.
Lake Alice and Lake Maloya – Fishing is good on Lake Maloya for trout. Fish are being landed using Power Bait and salmon eggs from shore. Fly fishing is reported as good in the early mornings and late evenings. The lake was stocked with 3,498 triploid rainbow trout last week
Maxwell Lakes – Closed for the season and will reopen next spring.
Shuree Ponds – The water level on the upper pond is reported to quite low. No report.
Springer Lakes – No report. As a side note, Springer Lake is closed to ice fishing.
West-Central, including the Jemez Mountains
Jemez River, East Fork, Guadalupe and San Antonio – Flow on the Jemez River is 40 cfs. Water levels are up and the stream is running a bit murky. Fishing is fair for trout ranging from 10 to 12 inches. The East Fork and The San Antonio still remain slow due to the conditions left by the fire. The Cebolla and the Rio de las Vacas/Guadalupe watershed continue to be good choices. All methods are reported working. The river was stocked with 1,485 rainbow trout last week.
Metro Drainages – Stocking has started on the drainages: Albuquerque was stocked with 301 triploid rainbow trout; Belen with 201; Bernalillo 80; Corrales with 121 and Peralta with 250. Fishing is reported as fair with most methods catching fish.
Bluewater Lake – Fishing for trout is reported as fair to good. Some anglers are reporting success with most methods working. The tiger muskies continue to fish good for the smaller juvenile fish. The fish reported were caught on rattletraps while trolling and jerk baits from shore. Catfish are reported as fair with several landed using stink baits and chicken liver.
Cochiti Lake – No report.
Fenton Lake – Fishing for trout is reported as fair to good with worms and Power Bait.
Tingley BeachTrout fishing in the Tingley Beach Children’s and Central Ponds has been great. Best reports are from anglers using salmon eggs and Pistol Petes. The ponds were stocked last week with 2,399 triploid rainbow trout. Fly-fishing anglers in the South/Catch and Release Pond are enjoying the recent stocking of rainbow trout ranging in size from 10 to 30 inches. Bunny leeches, nymphs, and emergers are bringing in the big ones.
East–Central, including the Pecos River
Coyote Creek – The flow is 1.5 cfs. No report.
Pecos River – The flow is 34 cfs. The river is continues to fish well. The water is very clear, so go to long leaders, fine tippets and a smaller flies. Some midges but blue winged olives are the only dry fly game left on the Pecos. Nymphing with a dry dropper rig can end your slump if they aren’t coming up on your dry fly. Try flashback pheasant tails or a tungsten micro may. The river was stocked with 999 triploid rainbow trout last week.
Conchas Lake – Fishing is reported as slow. North Dock reports that white bass are being taken in 40 to 45 feet of water when suspended at 15 – 20 feet with jigs and slabs. No report on other species.
Morphy Lake – The lake has closed for the season and will reopen next spring.
Santa Rosa Lake – No report.
Storrie Lake – Fishing is fair to good for trout using Power Bait, cheese balls and worms.
Sumner Lake – Sumner Lake is open to boating. The east ramp is open for launching. Walleye are reported as fair. No report on what’s working. Pressure has been light.
Ute Lake – The fishing is starting to pick up a bit. White bass are being caught near steep structure in the main part of the lake. Walleye were caught in the same places. All fish were caught on the white slabs. Fishing pressure remains on the light side.
Gila River – The flow is 65 cfs and fishing is slow with the best success in the upper reaches of the river on the West, East and Middle forks.
Rio Grande- The flow is 2.5 cfs below Elephant Butte Dam. No report.
Bill Evans Lake – Fishing for trout is reported as good with most methods working.
Caballo Lake – Fishing is slow. Water levels are very low. Best bet is below spillway on the Rio Grande at Percha State Park.
Elephant Butte Lake – Some white bass are reported being caught in 10 – 20 feet of water along the west shore. Anglers that are catching fish are having success with shiners, slabs and spinners. No report on striped bass. Catfish are reported as good on the north end of the lake on trotlines baited with liver and stink bait. No report on other species.
Glenwood Ponds – Fishing is fair for trout when using Pistol Petes, worms and Power Bait.
Lake Roberts – Fishing is reported as good for catfish with liver and worms. Trout fishing is reported as fair with worms. No report on other species.
Quemado Lake – Trout fishing is reported as fair. Anglers are having success using green Power Bait. No report on the tiger muskies.
Rio Ruidoso – Flow is 0.39 cfs in town and 4.4 cfs at Hollywood. Fishing is reported as fair to good on the lower stretches of the river where the flows are a bit higher. Best bet is to fish the deeper holes were fish will be holding in the low water conditions..
Bonito Lake – Trout fishing continues to be good in the mornings and evenings. Green and yellow Power Bait, spinners and black woolly boogers our reported working well. The lake closes for the season Nov. 30.
Bottomless Lakes: No report, but winter stocking has begun and fishing should be good at Cottonwood and Devil’s Inkwell.
Brantley Reservoir – There has been light pressure and no current report. A mandatory catch and release is in place at Brantley Lake because pesticides have been found in the fish. Do not keep or eat them.
Grindstone Reservoir – Fishing is reported as good for trout using worms, Power Bait and Pistol Petes