New Mexico Fishing Report – April 26, 2011

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.

Northwest

Animas River – The flow is 660 cfs. Fishing is reported as good for brown and rainbow trout. Recent rains will affect water clarity. Fly anglers are having good success with bead headed pheasant tails, prince nymphs and copper john’s all size 14-16. Worms, salmon eggs and Panther Martins are also working. The river was stocked with 349 triploid rainbow trout two weeks ago.

Chama River – Upper section flow is 948 cfs. The upper Chama including the stretch flowing into El Vado is in runoff. The colder snowmelt has slowed the fishing somewhat. Stonefly nymphs and a smaller trailing caddis or baetis under an indicator would be the way to go. The river below El Vado is wadeable still but flows are on the high side at 598 cfs, take caution as it’s hard to see the bottom. Focus on the tail outs and hit the obvious seams. Crane fly larva and egg patterns and a trailing flashy baetis were reported to be the hot flies. The stretch below Abiquiu is fishing slow. High dam release has made wading here tough. The river is somewhat clear. The river above El Vado Lake was stocked with 351 triploid rainbow trout last week. The river below El Vado Lake was stocked with 279 triploid rainbow trout last week. The river below Abiquiu Lake was stocked with 560 triploid rainbow trout last week.

San Juan River – Upper section – Catch and Release flow is 516 cfs. The visibility is reported at two to three feet in the river below the dam. Fishing remains the same as it’s been for the last few weeks. Big midge hatches continue to come off late mornings. Dark bodied midge larvae and pupa are still working and more and more baetis are being seen. The usual, chocolate foam wings in No. 22, chocolate Johnny flash, wonder baetis, and small pheasant tails to mimic your baetis.

Lower section – Open waters, fishing is good with night crawlers, salmon eggs and the same flies as for the upper section. The river was stocked with 3,151 triploid rainbow trout two weeks ago.

Abiquiu Lake – Fishing is slow with a few brown trout being landed. No report on what is working.

El Vado Lake – Fishing is reported as fair for brown trout on both sides of the dam. Some fish have been caught using pistol Pete’s and Panther Martins.

Heron Lake – April 17, a 26-pound, 4-ounce, 36 ½-inch lake trout was landed by Jack Martinez of Albuquerque. Reports of many lake trout being landed in the 10- to 20-pound range when jigging or trolling Panther Martins, nibblers and Outcast lures. Shore fishing for trout is slow due to low water levels. The lake is down about 35 feet form last year.

Jackson Lake – Fishing is fair for trout. Anglers are having success using Power Bait and any spinner with gold blades. The lake was stocked two weeks ago with 1,050 triploid rainbow trout.

Lake Farmington – Trout fishing is reported as slow for trout.

Morgan Lake – Bass fishing is reported as slow.

Navajo Lake – The pike are slowing down but fishing is fair when using Rapala DT 6-16 and Rapala XR 12-14. Perch, yellow perch, hot steel, rainbow and gold. Bass fishing is icking up and should get really good as the water temps come up. Anglers are having success using Strike King Plastics. Crappie are reported as good back in the coves where warmer water can be found. Best bet is to use jigs, minnows and Gulp baits.

Northeast

Cimarron River – Flows below Eagle Nest Dam are 40 cfs and 39 cfs near Cimarron. Fishing conditions are good. Flows have increased and fishing has slowed down to fair overall. Dark midges and baetis nymphs like tungsten WD40’s, black psycho mays, chocolate Johnny flashes, and black zebra midges on a nymph rig or dry dropper are the best choices for fly anglers. Spinners and worms are also landing fish below the quality waters.

Costilla Creek – The flow is 20 cfs near the town of Costilla. No report. The river was stocked with 281 triploid rainbow trout last week.

Red River – Flows at Questa are 26 cfs and 50 cfs below the hatchery. Fishing is fair to good for rainbows below the hatchery with bead-head nymphs and various flies. Bait fishermen might try spinners, salmon eggs or Power Bait. Upper river is starting to turn on using the same methods but fishing is a bit slower.
Rio Grande – Flows are 225 cfs near Cerro and 399 cfs below the Taos Junction Bridge. Best dry fly fishing is in the afternoons provided the wind isn’t howling. Trout fishing is reported as good on most of the river at and above Pilar. Pike and bass have been reported as fair. The pike are fishing better in the upper stretches of the river when using red and white lures. The bass are fishing better in the lower stretches when using spinners and various plastics. The river was stocked form Pilar to Cochiti Lake with 3,074 triploid rainbow trout two weeks ago.

Rio Hondo – Flows are 18 cfs. Lower section at confluence with Rio Grande is best. Trout are slow to fair with various flies, spinners and worms.

Rio Pueblo – Flows are at 68 cfs and there is no report this week. The river was stocked with 840 triploid rainbow trout two weeks ago.

Cabresto Lake – No report

Charette Lakes – Fishing is reported as fair with some trout being landed in the range of 9 to 20 inches. Power bait is the choice from the bank and when trolling use small perch baits in green and orange. The lower lake was stocked with 1,750 triploid rainbow trout two weeks ago.

Clayton Lake – Fishing for trout is reported as good to excellent with limits being taken on Power Bait and worms. Fish are averaging 10 inches with some up to 15.

Eagle Nest Lake – Boat ramps are open but docks are not in. Fishing for trout and perch is reported as good form shore. No reports on trolling. Best bet is to use roe, Power Bait and salmon eggs.

Lake Alice and Lake Maloya – Fishing is reported as good on both lakes using corn and worms for stocker sized trout. Lake Alice was stocked with 351 triploid rainbow trout last week and Lake Maloya was stocked with 2,099 triploid rainbow trout last week.

Maxwell Lakes – Lake No. 13 is reported as off and on with an occasional trout landed. Some fish are large — up to 24 inches. Best success is reported using Power Bait, Worms and spinners.

Santa Cruz Lake – No report.

Shuree Ponds – Closed Dec. 31st and re-opens July 1st, 2011.

Springer Lakes – Fishing is reported as fair for small pike up to 26 inches on cranks and rattle http://imagineear.com/pharmacy/generic-celexa/ traps.

West-Central, including the Jemez Mountains

Jemez River, East Fork, Guadalupe and San Antonio – Flow on the Jemez River is 75 cfs. Spinners, Power Bait and worms are working well and landing fish. A dry fly dropper rig with No. 16-18 deep six caddis or a No. 18 psycho may in olive should pick up most of them. Stonefly nymphs on the lower Jemez and Guadalupe will also work. Some of the gullible fish are taking small dries like a parachute pheasant tail or Adams. Good reports on the East Fork and San Antonio up from N.M. 126. The river was stocked with 579 rainbow trout last week.

Metro Drainages – Trout fishing is reported as slow for trout on all methods.

Bluewater Lake – Fishing is reported as good for trout when using Power Bait from shore. No report on all other species.

Cochiti Lake – The lake is warming up, with warmer water on the east side of the lake. The east side is only accessible by boat. Smallmouth bass are being landed on crank baits but reports are slow.

Fenton Lake – The lake is fishing good for trout using Power Bait and salmon eggs. The Cebolla River above the lake is fishing good for trout. Many anglers are catching fish with most methods working. The lake was stocked with 1,710 rainbow trout last week.

Tingley Beach – Trout fishing in the South/Catch and Release Pond has been good. No report on what’s working. Children’s and Central Ponds – Trout fishing has been great. Best reports are from anglers fishing with bait about 18 inches off the bottom.

East–Central, including the Pecos River

Coyote Creek – Flow is 0.78 cfs. The water is low and fishing is slow with no pressure. The river was stocked with 560 triploid rainbow trout two weeks ago.

Pecos River – Flows near Pecos is 77 cfs. Above the village of Pecos, the fishing is picking up every day and fish are eating. Not much for dry fly fishing yet, so stick to nymphs. Golden stonefly nymphs, egg patterns, small pheasant tails, baetis nymphs and zebra midges were some of the latest hot flies. The river from Villanueva to I-40 was stocked two weeks ago with 140 triploid rainbow trout. The river from Cowles to the Village of Pecos was stocked with 2,103 rainbow two weeks ago and another 1,750 rainbow trout last week. The Mora River was stocked with 491 rainbow two weeks ago and another 490 rainbow trout last week. Monastery Lake was stocked with 664 rainbow trout two weeks ago.

Conchas Lake – Fishing is reported as good for crappie. The white bass are fishing fair. A few walleye are being taken. All fish are being caught in 10 to 15 feet of water drifting minnows and from the docks.

Morphy Lake – Fishing is reported as good form shore and when trolling for trout. All methods are catching fish. The lake was stocked with 2,099 triploid rainbow last week.

Santa Rosa Lake – Lake levels are and winds have been challenging. Walleye are fishing good in 10 to 30 feet of water and crappie are starting to turn on. The crappie being caught are of good size. Fish are being caught using jigs and jigs with minnows. Smallmouth bass have started to bite and are being caught when fishing for the walleye. No reports on catfish.

Storrie Lake – Fishing is reported as fair to good for trout using fireballs and cheese. The lake was stocked with 2,125 triploid rainbow trout last week.

Sumner Lake – Winter trout waters, stilling basin – No report this week.

Ute Lake – Walleye are reported as excellent when fishing minnows Carolina rigged in 10-16 feet of water and casting cranks and jigs to the shoreline. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are fishing good when throwing tubes and grubs. The largemouth are being found in the thick brush/trees and the smallmouth are more on the main lake points in 10 to 15 feet of water. Catfish are fishing fair. Go up the Canadian past the crappie wall if you want to catch a mess of them. Stink baits are the ticket. White bass are fishing fair; a few are being landed here and there. Try up around the ranch house mainly because historically this time of year is a good place to go for them. Crappie are fishing fair, but not too many people are fishing for them yet.

Southwest

Gila River – The flow is 48 cfs and fishing is slow with very little pressure.

Rio Grande – The flow is 1,760 cfs below Elephant Butte Dam. Fishing is fair to good for walleye with shiners below both Elephant Butte and Caballo Lakes.

Bill Evans Lake: Fishing for trout is slow fair using Power Bait and worms. Also, trolling is reported as slow to fair when using spinners.

Caballo Lake – Fishing is generally slow with light pressure. Water levels are coming up but still low. Anglers having success are fishing the deeper holes but fishing for all species is slow. Minnows and night crawlers are working the best for now.

Elephant Butte Lake – Good reports on the white bass and nice sized fish being landed when using shiners on jigs. The fish are reported as scattered and being caught all over the lake. Catfish are reported as good with shrimp on the north end of the lake. Stripers are reported as slow by the dam. Crappie and walleye are reported as slow but a few fish have been landed here and there. No report on other species.

Glenwood Ponds – Fishing has been slow with light pressure.

Lake Roberts – Fishing is reported as fair to good for trout using bobbers with worms and Power Bait 4 feet below surface. Some limits are being taken.

Quemado Lake – No report.

Snow Lake – No report.

Southeast

Black River – Flow is 13 cfs. Fishing is reported as fair for trout using worms, salmon eggs and Power Bait.

Bonito Creek – No report.

Rio Ruidoso – Flow is 3.7 cfs. Water levels are very low and fishing is reported as slow. Fish are holding in deeper holes. Power Bait, worms and salmon eggs are reported as working for stocker sized trout. The river was stocked with 875 triploid rainbow last week.

Bonito Lake – Fishing is reported as good for trout with all methods catching fish. The lake was stocked with 2,450 triploid rainbow last week.

Bottomless Lakes: No report this week.

Brantley Reservoir – There has been light pressure and no current report. A mandatory catch and release is in place at Brantley Lake from the Department 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. The lake was stocked with 4,770 triploid rainbow last week.

Lake Van: Winter trout waters – Fair for trout when using worms, spinners, Power Bait and salmon eggs. No report on other species.