Dec 28


New Mexico Fishing Report Officer
May 11, 2010
Albuquerque New Mexico
Animas River - The flow is 355 cfs. Fishing is reported as slow with little pressure.
Chama River - Upper section flow no read due to ice, no report on the fishing there. Below El Vado Dam, the flow is 82 cfs and the water is off color. The fishing is reported as fair to good for browns and rainbows. Black and gold Panther Martins, night crawlers, wooly buggers and bead headed nymphs are reported working for both species.
San Juan River - Upper section-Catch and Release flow is 470 cfs and visibility is 5 feet. Fishing is good for rainbows and browns. The midge hatch has been epic all day long. Large clusters are being seen from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The best fishing will be with midge pupa and larvae, size 22 and 24, clusters are working well. You can find fish eating midges of all colors, dark midges have been best, black, brown, dark gray and olive. Some fish have been eating cream as well. Try fishing BWO's from 11 a.m. to about 3 p.m. Dark brown and olive been the best colors in a size 22 and 24. Back to midges in the evenings.
Lower section - Open waters, fishing is good with night crawlers, salmon eggs and the same flies as for the upper section.
Abiquiu Lake- Fishing is very slow. The Army Corps of Engineers have switched over to winter staffing and all but a few primitive sites are closed for the season. There was very little pressure and fishing is reported as very slow.
El Vado Lake – No report due to weather and light pressure.
Heron Lake Cold weather and ice have kept most anglers away from the lake.
Jackson Lake The fishing pressure is light and reports are slow for trout.
Lake FarmingtonTrout fishing is reported as slow to fair, some anglers are having luck trolling in deep water with streamers and woolly buggers.
Morgan Lake – Bass fishing is good. 5- or 6-inch Strike King Plastics and Finesse worms in dark colors with bright colored bellies are reported catching the fish.
Navajo Lake – The pressure is very light, no report.


Cimarron River - No read on flows below Eagle Nest Dam due to an equipment failure and no read due to ice near Cimarron. Fishing conditions are slow due to water levels and cold weather. Conditions will are not likely to improve much until spring when warmer weather and flows come back.
Costilla Creek – The flow, no read due to ice near the town of Costilla. No report due to ice and low flows.
Red River - Flows at Questa no read due to ice and 40 cfs below the hatchery. Fishing is slow to fair for rainbows below the hatchery with bead head nymphs and various flies. Bait fishermen might try spinners, salmon eggs or Power Bait.
Rio Grande- Flows are 361 cfs near Cerro and 610 cfs below the Taos Junction Bridge. Fishing is slow to fair at Pilar. Trout are fair with bead head nymphs and streamers. Best bet is to fish edges and eddies
Rio Hondo –Flows, no read due to ice. Lower section at confluence with Rio Grande is where the only opportunities are until spring. Trout are slow to fair with various flies, spinners and worms.
Rio Pueblo - Flow, no read due to ice and there is no report this week.
Cabresto Lake – Frozen over.
Charette Lakes – The lake closed Oct. 31 and re-opens next March.
Clayton Lake – The lake closed Oct. 31 and re-opens next March.
Eagle Nest Lake – Fishing has slowed due to weather. The lake is starting to freeze up and boat ramps are closed for the season. Anglers are still able to catch fish from the shore when water frees up from ice after 10 a.m. Reports of 17 - 18 inch trout landed the past week on Power Bait and roe sacks.
Lake Alice and Lake Maloya– Trout are reported as good in Lake Maloya using woolly buggers, Pistol Petes, dough baits and Power Bait. Lake Alice is frozen over.
Maxwell Lakes – The lakes closed Oct. 31 and re-open next March.
Santa Cruz Lake – No report.
Shuree Ponds – Frozen over.
Springer Lakes – Water levels are low and there has been light pressure.

West-Central, including the Jemez Mountains

Jemez River, East Fork, Guadalupe and San Antonio - Flow on the Jemez River is 28 cfs. The upper streams are starting to ice up and winter fishing is here. From now until spring the best bet is to fish the Jemez river below Battleship Rock. Fly fishing is good with caddis, terrestrials, stimulators and bead headed nymphs. Panther Martins, Power Bait or worms are also working.
Metro Drainages - Trout fishing is reported as fair for trout with all methods taking fish.
Bluewater Lake – Fishing continues to be good for trout on peach Power Bait. Tiger muskies are reported as slow, some fish being hooked but few are being landed.
Cochiti Lake – Very little pressure and no report.
Fenton Lake – Frozen over, no ice fishing will be allowed due to unstable conditions.
Tingley Beach - South Pond catch and release - Trout fishing in the South/Catch and Release Pond has been good to excellent. Anglers using #22 bead-head midges and Parachute Adams are reporting the best success. Children's and Central Ponds – Trout fishing in the Tingley Beach Children's and Central Ponds is good. Best reports are from anglers using baits.

East–Central, including the Pecos River

Coyote Creek - Flow is 3.2 cfs. The water is low and fishing is slow with no pressure.
Pecos River - Flows are 23 cfs near Pecos. The fishing is really slow above the town of Pecos. Mid-thirty degree water temps have the fish very tight lipped. Better fishing down at Villanueva State Park if you can get it on a weekday. It can be crowded there on weekends and the catching is best after it has been stocked. The best fishing is when the sun is on the water.
Conchas Lake – Fishing is reported as slow with very little pressure. No report.
Morphy Lake – The lake closed Oct. 31 and re-opens next April.
Santa Rosa Lake – No report this week.
Storrie Lake – Fishing for trout is reported as fair. Success is being had with cheese, worms and Power Bait.
Sumner Lake - Winter trout waters, stilling basin – Very little pressure on the lake. The river below the lake is reported as fishing slow to fair for trout with spinners and Power Bait. The Pecos River below the lake was stocked with 277 rainbow trout last week.
Ute Lake – Water temp is 46 degrees, main lake cloudy, river arms stained.
Fishing continues to be pretty good, but you really need to be on top of the fish. The Walleye seem to like eating the minnows at 40 feet and the White bass seem to prefer the white Leprechaun slab in 30-40 feet of water. Catfish are also hitting the same baits in 40 feet of water.


Gila River - The flow is 67 cfs and fishing is slow with very little pressure.
Rio Grande- The flow is 8.1 cfs below Elephant Butte Dam. No report.
Bill Evans Lake: Winter trout waters –
Caballo Lake – Fishing is generally slow with light pressure. Water level are low and will remain so until spring. Reports remain the same. Anglers having success are fishing the deeper holes. Catfish are good using chicken liver, worms or shrimp. Walleye are reported as fair using night crawlers on the bottom. No report on other species.
Elephant Butte Lake – Due to weather fishing pressure has been light with very little pressure. Catfish are reported as good on trot lines on the north end of the lake. No report on other species.
Glenwood Ponds – Fishing has been slow with light pressure.
Lake Roberts – No report on the fishing conditions.
Quemado Lake – No report. Snuffy's Tackle Shop has closed for the winter season, so there are no services at the lake at this time.
Snow Lake – No report.


Black River - Flow is 11 cfs. Fishing is reported as slow to fair for trout using worms, salmon eggs and Power Bait. The river was stocked with 199 rainbow trout last week.
Bonito Creek – No report.
Rio Ruidoso - Flow is 1.8 cfs. The water is low and trout are slow with worms or salmon eggs.
Bonito Lake - The lake closed for the season Nov. 30 and reopens next April.
Bottomless Lakes: Winter trout waters – Fair for trout when using worms, spinners, Power Bait and salmon eggs. The lakes were stocked with 500 rainbow trout last week.
Brantley Reservoir – There has been light pressure. Catfish are reported as fair at night with night crawlers. A mandatory catch and release is in place at Brantley Lake from the dept. of Game and Fish. Pesticides, DDT’s have been found in the fish, do not keep or eat them.
Grindstone Reservoir – Fishing is reported as good for trout using spinners, marshmallows, worms, Power Bait and salmon eggs.
Lake Van: Winter trout waters – Fair to good for trout when using worms, spinners, Power Bait and salmon eggs. The lake was stocked with 2,475 rainbow trout last week.