New Mexico Fishing Report

Updated July 26, 2011
This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and, 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 551 cfs. The river is fishing fair for trout using various bead-headed nymphs and spinners.

Chama River – Upper section flow is 37 cfs. Below El Vado, the flow is 474 cfs. Fishing is fair in the upper Chama with some bigger rainbows reported being taken in and around Chama. Fish are being caught with worms, spinners, woolly buggers and various bead-headed nymphs. Below El Vado, trout fishing is good for rainbows up to 18 inches and browns up to 24 inches. A 24-inch brown trout was landed by Gary Vigil of Santa Fe last week. Panther Martins and Rapalas are working for the browns and rainbows.

San Juan River – Upper section – Catch and Release flow is 510 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 to 5 p.m. Dark gray, brown and olive have been the best colors in sizes 20 and 22 in 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 to dark. You will find the best activity through the bait water up to Simon canyon. Small brown caddis are the best in sizes 20 and 22. PMDs are all over the lower river in the afternoons from 1 to 5. They are starting to show up on the upper river should be great in a couple of weeks. Lower section – Open waters, fishing is good with nightcrawlers, 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 2,000 rainbow trout last week.

Abiquiu Lake – Fishing is slow for walleye with a few smaller-sized fish being caught. Some smallmouth 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 Martins tipped with corn in 18 to 30 feet of water. Best fishing is around Rattlesnake Island and on the east side of the main lake.

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 back side 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 turned on and are starting to hit with aggressive bites and feeding strikes. Both species are being caught on soft plastics, jerk baits or crank baits Salmon are starting to bite 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. Topwater gear is working in the mornings.


Cimarron River – The flow below Eagle Nest Dam is 24 cfs and 20 cfs near Cimarron. At the time of this report, the river through Cimarron Canyon State Park was closed due to fire danger. Call Cimarron Canyon State Park, (575) 377-6271, for current information.

Costilla Creek – The flow is 66 cfs near the town of Costilla and 66 cfs at the dam. The area of the Carson National Forest reopened last week and the fishing is excellent for trout. Attractors with droppers are reported to be the best method.

Red River – Flows are 25 cfs near Questa and 57 cfs below the hatchery. The area reopened last week and all methods have been catching fish. Best areas are above the hatchery and in the upper stretches. The river was stocked above Questa with 1,301 triploid rainbow trout.

Rio Grande – Flows are 253 cfs near Cerro and 411 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 22 cfs and fishing is good for trout using dry/dropper rigs with stimulators on top and copper johns or caddis emergers below. The lower river was stocked with 199 triploid rainbow trout last week.

Rio Pueblo – The flow is 3.3 cfs. Closed due to fire hazard.

Cabresto Lake – The lake is closed for repairs to the dam.

Charette Lakes – Fishing is slow. Topwater fly fishing is reported as good in the mornings. Perch are fair using small lures and worms.

Clayton Lake – Fishing is reported as slow and boat ramp is closed due to low water.

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 slow.

Santa Cruz Lake – No report.

Shuree Ponds – Reopened last week and the fishing is excellent. All methods are catching fish.

Springer Lakes – Fishing is reported as slow. 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 6.2 cfs. Closed due to fire hazard.

Metro Drainages – Stocking has ended for the season and trout fishing is reported as slow.

Bluewater Lake – Lake is recovering from a recent turnover. No report on trout. The tiger muskies are fishing good, with several large fish being caught, one at 45 inches. The fish reported were caught on Rattletraps while trolling.

Cochiti Lake – Closed due to fire hazard. Lake is scheduled to reopen Aug. 16. The Cochiti side of the lake will be the only access and there will be hours of operation in effect. For more information contact Kristin Skopeck with Army Corps of Engineers at (505) 342-3171.

Fenton Lake – Closed due to fire hazard.

Tingley Beach – Tingley Beach is open and stocked with catfish! Catfish and bluegill are biting in the Children’s and Central Ponds. Bluegill can be caught all day long with a tiny piece of worm below a bobber. Catfish are taking homemade baits more often than pre-packaged during the early and late part of the day. No reports on largemouth bass. No reports from fly-rod anglers at the South/Catch and Release Pond.

East–Central, including the Pecos River

Coyote Creek – The flow is 0.54 cfs. Closed due to fire hazard.

Pecos River – The flow near Pecos is 50 cfs. Closed due to fire hazard.

Conchas Lake – Reports of walleye fishing picking up. Fish are being found in 20 feet of water and moving deeper with the warming water. Fish are hitting jigs with worms and minnows. Some bass are being taken off points and structure. No report on what they are hitting. Catfish are reported as fair using trot lines baited with liver and stink bait.

Morphy Lake – Closed due to fire hazard and low water levels.

Santa Rosa Lake – Walleye are reported as fair to slow, although many are small. Bass are fair to slow. Best bet is to try downsized crank baits and soft plastics around the points and on the flats. Catfish are fishing 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.

Sumner Lake – No report this week.

Ute Lake – Walleye are reported as good when using crank baits in 3 to 6 feet of water containing thick brush and trolling over thick brush in 12 to 18 feet of water. If you are not in the brush, chances are you will not catch a walleye. Smallmouth bass are reported as good. Whacky rigged Senkos or a real nightcrawler will catch smallies in 15 to 20 feet of water on the edges of the 8 to 10 foot flats. Also catching large bluegills doing the same thing. Largemouth bass are reported as good. The morning bite in the back of the coves is best. Frogs are a good pick and rattle baits are also working well. Crappie are reported as slow. White bass are hit and miss, with some reports of limits taken. When you can find them, the action is non-stop. Channel cats are reported as fair using stink baits in 10 to 30 feet of water. Chicken liver will also catch fish.


Gila River – The flow is 43 cfs and fishing is slow due to warm water on the West, East and Middle forks.

Rio Grande – The flow is 862 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 remains the same at fair to good. Water levels are coming up and the lake is near normal level. 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 – White bass are reported as very good early in the mornings and evenings with sassy shad lures. Walleye fishing is slow to fair with jigs and crank baits. Striped bass, averaging 30 inches, are reported as fair in the deep channel north of the dam.

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


Bonito Creek – Reopened last week – no report on fishing.

Rio Ruidoso – Flow is 0.39 cfs. Water levels are very, very low and fishing is reported as slow.

Bonito Lake – Reopened last week and fishing for trout is excellent with most methods catching fish. The lake was stocked with 5,998 triploid rainbow trout last week.

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 slow for trout using Pistol Petes in the evenings and early mornings.

Lake Van: No report.

Attention anglers: Extreme fire danger has prompted agencies to impose fire restrictions and closures on public and private lands across New Mexico. Please check for the latest information at or by calling the fire restrictions hotline at (877) 864-6985.