New Mexico Fishing Report

Updated Aug. 30, 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 204 cfs. The river is fishing fair to good for trout using various bead-headed nymphs, spinners and worms. Better fishing is reported close to the Colorado border and on the Ute Reservation.

Chama River – Upper section flow is 31 cfs. Below El Vado, the flow is 995 cfs. The upper Chama in the Sargent Wildlife area has the most consistent good fishing on the Chama as a whole. The stretch flowing downstream of the village of Chama into El Vado reservoir is low and the water temps are high making fishing very slow. The river below El Vado is open within Cooper’s El Vado Ranch, but the release is too high to wade. If you can find a spot, big nymphs dead-drifted and finished with a swing or stripping streamers is the way to go there. The stretch below Abiquiu Dam typically won’t really fish well until autumn when irrigators aren’t calling for water. The release here is also too high to wade safely. The river was stocked last week with 620 rainbow trout.

San Juan River – Upper section – Catch and Release flow is 897 cfs. Fishing is good. Declining flows on the Animas means more release out of Navajo Dam into the San Juan River. The extra water makes fishing the upper and lower flats better and your float downstream doesn’t have as much bump and grind. 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 my best. The hatch is strongest from 10a.m. to 1 p.m. Try fishing BWOs from 2 to 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! You can still find some fish with hoppers and ants. Bunny leaches are great attractors. Brown, Black, purple, and white. If all else fails try fishing big foam patterns especially in the morning. The lower river was stocked last week with 2,120 rainbow trout.

Abiquiu Lake – Not much has changed at the lake and conditions remain the same. Fishing is slow for all species including 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.

El Vado Lake – Fishing is slow but there are reports of a couple of large brown trout being landed. Fish are being caught from shore with one 3-pound brown landed on a grasshopper. Water levels are low. The main boat ramp is open but use caution when launching.

Heron Lake – Fishing is slow to fair for trout from the bank and trolling when using Power Bait, worms and spinners tipped with corn. Salmon fishing is good to excellent when trolling double whammies, Kokanee Killers and Panther Martins tipped with corn and garlic Power Bait in 27 to 40 feet of water. Best fishing is around Rattlesnake Island and on the east side of the main lake. Limits are being reported taken.

Jackson Lake – Trout fishing is reported as fair to good using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms. Spinners and black wooly buggers are reported working well on the back side of the lake.

Lake Farmington – Trout fishing is reported as fair to good by the spillway using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms.

Morgan Lake – Fishing is slow for bass with very little traffic at the lake.

Navajo Lake – Salmon are reported as good to excellent using double whammies, Super Dupers and Z-rays in 40 – 60 feet of water. Best fishing is from the dam to Francis Canyon. Topwater gear is working in the mornings. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are reported as slow to fair around points and over structure. No report on what’s working for the bass. No report on other species.


Cimarron River – The flow below Eagle Nest Dam is 33 cfs and 30 cfs near Cimarron. The release out of Eagle’s Nest Dam is still within a good range to flyfish. The slightly lower flows make the upper river a little easier to fish. Golden stones, scuds, and baetis nymphs have all been working. The river was stocked last week with 2,424 triploid rainbow trout west of Cimarron and gravel pit lakes with another 451.

Costilla Creek – The flow is 26 cfs near the town of Costilla and 29 cfs at the dam. Fishing is reported as good with various bead-headed nymphs, stimulators with droppers and dry flies. The release is at a good level. Expect the fish to utilize whatever cover is available which in some cases is right up against the bank. The river was stocked last week with 400 triploid rainbow trout.

Red River – Flows are 13 cfs near Questa and 36 cfs below the hatchery. Trout are being found on the entire stretch of the river from the upper forks to the confluence with the Rio Grande. All methods are producing fish. The river was stocked last week with triploid rainbow trout; above Questa with 2,897, east fork with 299 and the west fork with 299.

Rio Grande – Flows are 97 cfs near Cerro and 238 cfs below the Taos Junction Bridge. This is some of the lowest water levels seen on the Rio in a long time. Low current velocity and warmer water temps have made trout fishing slow. Once this changes the trout fishing will be good in the wild river sections. Best fly fishing on the Rio is for smallmouth bass on streamers. Cover the deeper slower runs for the bass. Pike hunt by feel. Large streamers that moves water will still get a pikes attention. Vary your retrieves and change up the color of your flies to see which ones trigger a bite.

Rio Hondo – The flow is 13 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 200 triploid rainbow trout last week.

Rio Pueblo – The flow is 3.5 cfs. No report. The river was stocked last week with 1,200 triploid rainbow trout.

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 and evenings. Perch are fair using small lures and worms.

Clayton Lake – No report this week.

Eagle Nest Lake – No change here and that is a good thing. Fishing for trout is reported as 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. Pike fishing is starting to get good at Eagle Nest Lake. Reports of several fish being landed in the 13 – 33 inch range. Crank baits, Rapalas and larger skinny spinners are all working. Fish Fest, September 17 – 25, call (575) 377-6941 for more info.

Lake Alice and Lake Maloya – Sugarite Canyon State Park has reopened and fishing is good on Lake Maloya for trout. Fish are being landed using Power Bait and salmon eggs from shore. Some anglers from small boats are having luck with Pistol Petes and gold spinners.

Maxwell Lakes – The water level is very low at Lake No.13 and fishing is slow.

Shuree Ponds – The water level on the upper pond is reported to be 10 feet down. This is making float tubing difficult and fishing is reported as fair overall. 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 49 cfs. Low and warm water is plaguing the streams of the Jemez. The only really water worth fishing is the Cebolla or the Rio de las Vacas/Guadalupe watershed. Ash runoff from the Las Conchas fire has killed quite a lot of fish on the East Fork and Rio San Antonio, and the streambed is covered in it. The Cebolla was stocked with 1,691 rainbow trout last week; The Rio de las Vacas with 1,000 and Seven Springs brood Pond with 168.

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 good, with several large fish being caught, several in the 40-inch range and one over 45 inches. The fish reported were caught on Rattletraps while trolling and jerk baits from shore. Catfish are reported as fair when using worms and stink bait on the bottom.

Cochiti Lake – Closed until further notice due to debris on the lake from last week’s flooding. Reports say 25 percent of the lake was covered with the debris.

Fenton Lake – Fishing for trout is reported as fair to good with worms and Power Bait. The Cebolla River feeding in and out of the lake was stocked with 1,999 rainbow trout last week.

Tingley Beach – Tingley Beach has been stocked with catfish. Bluegill can also be caught all day long with a tiny piece of worm below a bobber. 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 1.2 cfs. Fishing is fair for trout. The river was stocked last week with 800 triploid rainbow trout and the ponds with another 599.

Pecos River – The flow is 53 cfs. The river is at a great level and the fish are happier with a little more water over their backs. We are getting some rainfall somewhere over the Pecos watershed every day. If you see murky water down low, consider driving upriver to find clearer water. Use small flies during clear water and switch to a bigger more flashy fly if the water is murky. Caddis, yellow sallies, hoppers ants, and beetles have been the best producers dry fly wise. Nymphing with a dry dropper rig can end your slump. Try flashback pheasant tails, oops fly, or a nitro caddis. The river was stocked from the Village of Pecos to Cowles with 2,742 rainbow trout; the Mora was stocked with 701 and Monastery Lake with 952.

Conchas Lake – Fishing at Conchas Lake is reported as slowing down with very few fishermen out and very few fish being caught. North Dock reports that white bass and crappie when trolling are your best bet when targeting fish but no report on what is working.

Morphy Lake –No fishing report this week.

Santa Rosa Lake – Water levels are low and launching boats is down to one at a time. Please use caution and common sense. The smallmouth bass fishing has been good with pumpkin plastic worms on a Texas rig. Catfish have been good using cut bait and stink bait. No repot on other species.

Storrie Lake – Fishing is fair for trout using Power Bait, cheese balls and worms. Catfish are fair to good with chicken liver.

Sumner Lake – No report this week.

Ute Lake – Water temp is 80 degrees, the main lake is clear and the river arms are lightly stained. The hot days and nights of late summer have slowed fishing way down. Walleye are reported as slow using deep divers in 16-20 feet of water over submerged trees. White bass are reported as fair to good when using slabs in 30-35 feet of water. Also some luck reported using Senkos in 12 feet of water. Catfish are still fishing good with stink bait and liver in shallow water on the upper arms.


Gila River – The flow is 137 cfs and fishing is fair to slow with the best success in the upper reaches of the river on the West, East and Middle forks.

Rio Grande – The flow is 916 cfs below Elephant Butte Dam. Catfish are fair using worms, liver or stink bait. Walleye are reported as fair here and below Caballo Lake with worms and shiners.

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. White bass are being caught with shiners and worms. Crappie and walleye are reported as good when using shad and worms. Catfish have been fair with chicken liver or stink bait.

Elephant Butte Lake – White bass are fishing good to excellent with shiners and spinners. Striped bass are reported slow to fair by the dam with a few fish being landed. Crappie are fishing good to excellent with most methods working.

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. Trout fishing is reported a fair with worms. No report on other species.

Quemado Lake – Trout fishing is reported as fair. Anglers are having success using green Power Bait, worms and spinners. The tiger muskies are reported as hit and miss with no report on what is working.

Snow Lake – No report


Bonito Creek – No report.

Rio Ruidoso – Flow is 2.4 cfs. Water levels are coming up a bit but fishing is reported as slow.

Bonito Lake – Trout fishing is reported as good to fair in the mornings and evenings. Green and yellow Power Bait, spinners and black woolly boogers our reported working well.

Bottomless Lakes: No report; 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 with better fishing reported in the mornings and evenings for trout using worms, Power Bait and Pistol Petes. The lake was stocked last week with 3,624 triploid rainbow trout.