New Mexico Fishing Report – May 10, 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 884 cfs. Fishing is reported as good for brown and rainbow trout. Recent rains and snow melt will effect 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.

Chama River – Upper section flow is 1,910 cfs. The high flows and 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 for fly anglers. Also working are spinners and worms. The river below El Vado is wadeable with flows on the high side at 455 cfs. The water has cleared and fishing is reported as good for trout up to 18 inches. Focus on the tail outs and hit the obvious seams. The river above El Vado Lake was stocked with 279 triploid rainbow trout last week. The river below El Vado Lake was stocked with 351 triploid rainbow trout last week.

San Juan River – Upper section-Catch and Release flow is 504 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 several weeks now and should remain that way until the release from Navajo is increased (no report on when that will be yet). 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 #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 below the quality waters was stocked with 3,150 triploid rainbow trout last week.

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 with very little pressure for brown trout on both sides of the dam. Some fish have been caught using pistol Petes and Panther Martins.

Heron Lake – Reports of lake trout being landed when jigging or trolling Panther Martins, nibblers and Outcast lures has slowed considerably. Shore fishing for trout is slow due to low water levels. The lake is down about 35 feet from last year. Cold weather last week kept anglers away and pressure is reported as very light.

Jackson Lake – Fishing is good for trout. Anglers are having success using Power Bait and any spinner with gold blades.

Lake Farmington – Trout fishing is reported as good for trout. The lake was stocked with 1,749 triploid rainbow trout last week.

Morgan Lake – Bass fishing is reported as slow.

Navajo Lake – Conditions http://www.eta-i.org/sildenafil.html remain the same as last week. 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 picking 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 31 cfs and 31 cfs near Cimarron. Fishing conditions are good. Flows are good and fishing has picked up. 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. The river was stocked with 1,698 triploid rainbow trout two weeks ago and another 1,695 last week and the gravel pit lakes were stocked two weeks ago with 280 triploid rainbow trout another 279 last week.

Costilla Creek – The flow is 23 cfs near the town of Costilla. No report. Was stocked with 2,099 triploid rainbow trout two weeks ago.

Red River – Flows at Questa 28 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. The river below the Questa was stocked with 2,099 triploid rainbow trout last week.

Rio Grande – Flows are 235 cfs near Cerro and 388 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 at Pilar, the Hondo and Red River confluences. 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.

Rio Hondo – Flows are at 27 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 97 cfs and there is no report this week. The river was stocked with 841 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.

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.the lake was stocked with 2,797 triploid rainbow trout last week.

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. Water temps are still cold and fly fishing is reported as slow for now.

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 349 triploid rainbow trout and Lake Maloya was stocked with 2,100 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. The lake was stocked last week with 1,401 triploid rainbow trout last week.

Santa Cruz Lake – No report.

Shuree Ponds –Reopens July 1.

Springer Lakes – Fishing is reported as fair for small pike up to 26 inches on cranks and rattle traps.

West-Central, including the Jemez Mountains

Jemez River, East Fork, Guadalupe and San Antonio – Flow on the Jemez River is 77 cfs. Conditions remain the same or have improved on the streams in the Jemez. 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 highway 126. The Jemez River was stocked with 579 rainbow trout two weeks ago; The East Fork was stocked with 280 rainbow trout last week; The Rio Las Vacas was stocked with 1,050 rainbow trout last week; The San Antonio was stocked with 640 rainbow trout last week; and the Seven Spring Brood Pond was stocked with 280 rainbow trout last week.

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

Bluewater Lake – Fishing is reported as slow for trout when using Power Bait from shore. No report on all other species. Pressure has been very light due to weather.

Cochiti Lake – The weather has kept anglers away but reports of midge hatches and rising fish suggest with the warming weather’s return fishing could be good this week.

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 catching fish with most methods working. The lake was stocked with 1,710 rainbow trout two weeks ago.

Tingley Beach – Trout fishing in the Tingley Beach Children’s and Central Ponds has been fair. Winter trout stocking at Tingley has ended and we are looking forward to catfish stockings in time for the summer holidays (Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day). There are nice bass in the Children’s Ponds waiting for a young angler to catch them. Fair reports from fly-rod anglers at the South/Catch and Release Pond using bunny leeches and egg patterns. The central pond was stocked last week with 220 triploid rainbow trout.

East–Central, including the Pecos River

Coyote Creek – Flow is 0.60 cfs. No report this week. The river was stocked with 279 triploid rainbow trout two weeks ago. The creek was stocked last week with 560 triploid rainbow trout last week.

Pecos River – Flows near Pecos is 104 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 Cowles to the Village of Pecos was stocked with 1,821 rainbow trout and another with 140 triploid rainbow trout last week. The Mora River was stocked with 489 rainbow last week.

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 – 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 2,103 triploid rainbow last week.

Santa Rosa Lake – Lake levels are and winds have been challenging. Walleye are fishing good in 10 – 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. Small mouth bass have also 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.

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

Ute Lake – Fishing remains the same this week. 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 10-15 feet of water. Catfish are fishing fair up the Canadian past the crappie wall. Stink baits are the ticket. White bass are fishing fair, a few are being landed here and there. Try up around the Ranch House. Crappie are fishing fair.

Southwest

Gila River – The flow is 45 cfs and fishing is slow with very little pressure.

Rio Grande – The flow is 629 cfs below Elephant Butte Dam. Fishing is fair to good for walleye with shiners below both Elephant Butte and Caballo Lakes.

Bill Evans Lake: Winter trout waters – Fishing for trout is slow.

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 – Fishing remains the same here mostly due to weather. 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. The ponds were stocked last week with 2,264 triploid rainbow two weeks ago.

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 but the lake was stocked last week with 2,264 triploid rainbow trout two weeks ago.

Southeast

Black River – Flow is 48 cfs. Fishing is reported as fair for trout using worms, salmon eggs and Power Bait.

Bonito Creek – No report.

Rio Ruidoso – Flow is 2.4 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 trout last week and again two weeks ago.

Bonito Lake – Fishing is reported as good for trout with all methods catching fish. The lake was stocked with 4,895 triploid rainbow trout 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 dept. of Game and Fish. Pesticides 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 2,973 triploid rainbow trout last week.

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