NEW MEXICO FISHING REPORT
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This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and thefishphone.com, 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 1,030 cfs. The river is starting to recede but still a bit muddy. No fishing report this week but should have an idea on conditions next week.
Chama River – Upper section flow is 40 cfs. and below El Vado, the flow is 766 cfs. Fishing is fair in the upper Chama with some bigger rainbows reported being taken in and around Chama. Fish are being landed with worms, spinners, woolly buggers and various bead-headed nymphs. Below El Vado, trout fishing is good for rainbows up to 20 inches and browns up to 18 inches. Panther Martins and Rapalas are working for the browns and rainbows.
San Juan River – Upper section – Catch and Release flow is 499 cfs. Midges are hatching all day long. At the moment they are very small, midge pupa and larvae, size 22 to 28, chocolate, dark grey, cream and olive have been best. The hatch is strongest from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Try fishing BWO’s from 2 p.m. to about 5 p.m. Dark gray, brown and olive have been the best colors in a size 20 and 22. Both dry and wet patterns. Back to midges in the evenings. Black and brown have been killing it! Caddis are showing up in the evenings from 7 p.m. to dark. You will find the best activity through the bait water up to Simon canyon. Small brown caddis are the best, size 20 and 22. PMD’s are all over the lower river in the afternoons from 1 to 5 p.m. They are starting to show up on the upper river should be great in a couple of weeks! Hoppers and ants are working well too! Bunny leaches are great attractors in brown, black, purple, and white. If all else fails try fishing big foam patterns especially in the morning. Lower section – Open waters, fishing is good with night crawlers, salmon eggs and the same flies as for the upper section. Some reports say the lower section is fishing a well as the upper quality waters. The lower section was stocked with 1,000 rainbow trout last week.
Abiquiu Lake – Fishing is slow for walleye with a few smaller sized fish being caught. Some small mouth bass have been reported but at best it is hit and miss for them. Catfish are reported as slow but a few bigger fish have been taken in the coves with stink bait and liver. No report on other species.
El Vado Lake – Fishing is slow due to a lot of recreational traffic on the water.
Heron Lake – Fishing is fair for trout from the bank and trolling. Most success has been by Willow Creek along the channel into the lake. Power Bait, worms and spinners tipped with corn are working well. Salmon fishing is good when trolling double whammies, Kokanee Killers and Panther Martin’s tipped with corn in 18 to 25 feet of water.
Jackson Lake – Trout fishing is reported as fair to good using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms. Spinners with gold blades are reported working well on the backside of the lake.
Lake Farmington – Trout fishing is reported as fair by the spillway using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms.
Morgan Lake – No report.
Navajo Lake – Fishing for smallmouth bass is very good in the coves with almost any method catching fish. The largemouth bass have also turned on and are starting to hit with both aggressive bites and feeding strikes. Both species are being caught on soft plastics, jerk baits or crank baits Salmon are starting to bite when using Rapalas or Kokanee Killers in 40 feet of water. Best fishing is from the dam to Francis Canyon. Northern pike are hitting all over the lake. Try using xr-14 or f-18 lures in the afternoons and top water gear is working in the mornings.
Cimarron River – The flow below Eagle Nest Dam is 24 cfs and no read near Cimarron. Closed due to fire hazard.
Costilla Creek – The flow is 66 cfs near the town of Costilla and 66 cfs at the dam. Closed due to fire hazard.
Red River – Flows are 20 cfs near Questa and 40 cfs below the hatchery. All but the section of river in Red River is closed due to fire hazard. The river was stocked with above Questa with 1,099 triploid rainbow trout.
Rio Grande – Flows are 395 cfs near Cerro and 580 cfs below the Taos Junction Bridge. Your best bet is fishing the pockets when nothing is going on hatch wise. Fish big bugs like golden stonefly nymphs, crane fly larvae, or woolly buggers. No reports on other species.
Rio Hondo – The flow is 25 cfs and fishing is good for trout using dry/dropper rigs with stimulators on top and copper johns or caddis below. The upper Hondo is closed but fishing at the confluence is still allowed.
Rio Pueblo – The flow is 8.4 cfs. Closed due to fire hazard.
Cabresto Lake – The lake is closed for repairs to the dam.
Charette Lakes – Fishing has slowed down and is reported as hit and miss. Some anglers are catching stocker-sized trout with limits reported with others not seeing a bite. Topwater flyfishing is reported as good in the evenings. Power Bait and Panther Martins are most successful. Perch are fair using small lures and worms.
Clayton Lake – Fishing for trout is reported as good using chartreuse or rainbow Power Bait and worms. Bass and walleye are slow.
Eagle Nest Lake – Fishing for trout is reported as picking up and good from shore and better from anchored boats. Trolling is great for trout using lightweight tackle. Perch are good to excellent off the bank when using worms. The lake was stocked with 501 triploid rainbow trout.
Lake Alice and Lake Maloya – Sugarite Canyon State Park has been closed due to the Track Fire.
Maxwell Lakes – The water level is very low at Lake No.13 and fishing is sporadic with an occasional trout landed. Best success is reported using Power Bait, worms and spinners.
Santa Cruz Lake – No report.
Shuree Ponds – Closed due to fire hazard.
Springer Lakes – Fishing is reported as good for pike 18 – 32 inches with large Mepps spinners, cut bait and minnows. Water levels are dropping due to irrigation so water levels are low.
West-Central, including the Jemez Mountains
Jemez River, East Fork, Guadalupe and San Antonio – Flow on the Jemez River is 4.2 cfs. Closed due to fire hazard.
Metro Drainages – Stocking has ended for the season and trout fishing is reported as slow.
Bluewater Lake – No report on trout. The tiger muskies are fishing is good with several large fish being caught, one at 45 inches. The fish reported were caught on rattle traps while trolling.
Cochiti Lake – Closed due to fire hazard. Please stay away from the area! Cochiti lake is the base of operations for the type one incident management team fighting the southern part of the fire. A tentative opening date has been set, if all goes well the lake will open back up on the 27th of July.
Fenton Lake – Closed due to fire hazard.
Tingley Beach – Catfish, bluegill and largemouth bass are all biting in the Children’s and Central Ponds. Catfish anglers are reporting success with almost every kind of bait they can imagine and make – hotdogs, chicken liver, home-made bait, and stink baits are all working this week.
East–Central, including the Pecos River
Coyote Creek – The flow is 0.43 cfs. Closed due to fire hazard.
Pecos River – The flow near Pecos is 24 cfs. Closed due to fire hazard.
Conchas Lake – Reports of walleye fishing picking up. Fish are being found in 10 to 15 feet of water and hitting jigs with worms and minnows. Some bass are also being taken off points and structure. No report on what they are hitting on.
Morphy Lake – Closed due to fire hazard.
Santa Rosa Lake – Walleye are reported as fair, although many are small. Bass are fair. Best bet is to try downsized crank baits and soft plastics around the points and on the flats. Catfish are very active as well using minnows and cut bait along the warmer water in the coves.
Storrie Lake – Fishing is good for trout using Power Bait, with many limits taken. Catfish are fair to good with chicken liver. The lake was stocked 3,000 triploid rainbow trout.
Sumner Lake – No change here. Fishing is good for walleye along the Eastern Bluffs and near the mouth of the Alamogordo arm trolling white and fire tiger crank baits and rattle-traps 8-12 ft. Fair for largemouth and smallmouth casting white crank baits along coves and structure 2-5 feet. Good for white bass using a variety of plastic worms, spoons and crank baits. Fair for channel cat below the dam on the Pecos River, also on the west shoreline south of the main boat ramp using chicken liver. No reports on crappie.
Ute Lake – Fishing is good for smallmouth bass on the gravel points. Senkos, baby brush hogs and Berkley 4-inch power worms are working well. The weed beds are starting to show up in the backs of the coves and there are a few reports of largemouth coming out of them on Senkos and topwater gear. The white bass are fishing fair at night with live minnows. Whites are also starting to pick up in Ute Creek and trolling on the main lake flats has produced some decent whites this week. Walleye are fishing good when trolling with deep-diving crank baits and pulling spinners tipped with night crawlers. The main lake points and flats dropping into 20 feet of water have been good areas. Catfish are fishing good with cut bait, Danny King’s punch bait, and chicken liver. Most of the catfish are being caught over baited holes in the coves. Crappie are reported as slow
Gila River – The flow is 19 cfs and there is no fishing report for the West, East and Middle forks.
Rio Grande – The flow is 1,080 cfs below Elephant Butte Dam. Catfish are fair using worms, liver or stink bait.
Bill Evans Lake: Winter stocking for trout has ended for the year and will resume late next fall. No fishing report.
Caballo Lake – Fishing is fair to good. Water levels are coming up and the lake is near normal levels. White bass are being caught with white and candy apple red Bombers. Crappie and walleye are reported as good when using shad. A few large catfish have been taken with chicken liver or stink bait.
Elephant Butte Lake – No report.
Glenwood Ponds – Fishing is fair to good for trout when using Pistol Petes, worms and Power Bait.
Lake Roberts – Fishing is reported as good for catfish with liver and worms. No report on other species.
Quemado Lake – Trout fishing is reported as good. Anglers are having success using green Power Bait, worms and spinners. The tiger muskies are reported as slow with no fish seen recently.
Snow Lake – No report.
Black River – Flow is 5.5 cfs. No report.
Bonito Creek – Closed due to fire hazard. . A tentative opening on the the 21st of July. Check before you go.
Rio Ruidoso – Flow is 0.39 cfs. Water levels are very, very low and fishing is reported as slow. The only fishing available is through town due to forest closure.
Bonito Lake – Closed due to fire hazard. A tentative opening on the 21st of July. Check before you go.
Bottomless Lakes: Winter stocking is over for the year. Stocking will resume in late fall.
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 to excellent for trout using Pistol Pete’s in the evenings and Power Bait and worms during the day. The lake was stocked with 4,249 triploid rainbow trout.
Lake Van: No report.