New Mexico Fishing Report

Updated 1/17/2012 – This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish, 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 – Slow with very little pressure.

Chama River – Recent heavy snow storms have kept anglers off the water. No report.

San Juan River – On most days, fishing has been fair to good using a size 24 midge pattern despite only having about two feet of visibility. Fishing has also been descent using a size 18 red larva and a grey midge pupa and scintilla patterns in size 24. Recent weather has slowed fishing down quite a bit. The quality water section was stocked with 20,000 6-inch trout last week.

Abiquiu Lake – Fishing is slow for all species. No staff on site until spring.

El Vado Lake – No report due to weather and a lack of anglers. Ice is forming around the edges of the lake.

Heron Lake – No report due to weather and a lack of anglers. Ice is forming around the edges of the lake.

Jackson Lake – Trout fishing is reported as fair using Power Bait.

Lake Farmington – Trout fishing is reported as slow.

Morgan Lake – No report.

Navajo Lake – The lake is turning over, visibility is poor and trout fishing is slow.


No reports. Fishing pressure has been very light due to weather.

West-Central, including the Jemez Mountains

Jemez River – The lower Jemez was stocked with 1,700 rainbow trout last week. The Valles Caldera National Preserve has closed the fishing program until spring.

Metro Drainages – The fishing is reported as fair with most methods catching fish. The drainages were stocked last week: Albuquerque with 301 triploid rainbow trout; Belen with 200; Bernalillo with 80; Corrales with 119; and Peralta with 250.

Bluewater Lake – No report.

Cochiti Lake – No report. The lake is closed for the season along the Tetilla side. The upper lake is also closed above Tetilla due to a log boom in place on the lake.

Escondida Lake – No report, but fishing should be good as it was stocked with 2,086 trout last week.

Fenton Lake – The lake is iced over and there is no ice fishing due to unsafe conditions. Warm thermal releases under the ice make for unsafe conditions. The lake will most likely be closed until spring thaw.

Tingley Beach Trout fishing in the Tingley Beach Children’s and Central Ponds has been good using salmon eggs and Pistol Petes. The ponds were stocked with 2,400 triploid rainbow trout last week.

East–Central, including the Pecos River

Coyote Creek – Closed for the season will reopen next spring.

Pecos River – No read on flow due to ice. The upper river is under ice. In lower sections, fish the afternoon hours, especially while the sun is on the water.

Conchas Lake – No report due to no traffic at the lake this past week

Morphy Lake – The lake has closed for the season and will reopen next spring.

Santa Rosa Lake – No report.

Storrie Lake – Fishing is slow to fair for trout due to light traffic and cold weather.

Sumner Lake – No report.

Ute Lake – No report.


Gila River – With warmer weather the flow is 220 cfs and fishing is slow. Gila trout were stocked last week at the forks.

Rio Grande – No report. 1,700 triploid rainbows were stocked last week.

Bear Canyon Lake – Fishing for trout is very good with garlic cheese and Power Bait. Other species are slow.

Bill Evans Lake – Fishing for trout is reported as good with bright colored Power Bait, fireballs, spinners and flies all working well. 1,500 Triploid rainbow trout were stocked last week so fishing should remain good. No reports on other species.

Caballo Lake – Water levels are very low and caution should be used if boating. Very light fishing pressure and no report of success.

Elephant Butte Lake – No report.

Escondida Lake – No report, but it was stocked last week with 2,000 triploid rainbow trout.

Glenwood Ponds – Fishing is reported as good for trout. Bright colored Power Bait is working best.

Lake Roberts – Trout fishing is reported as slow with Power Bait. Fishing pressure has been light.

Quemado Lake – No report. Much of the lake is covered with ice, though some anglers are having success with Power Bait for trout. No reports of tiger muskies being caught.


Rio Ruidoso Fishing is reported as slow.

Bonito Lake –The lake is closed for the season and will reopen next spring.

Bottomless Lakes: No report.

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 slow to fair for trout using worms, Power Bait and Pistol Petes.

Oasis State Park Lake – Trout fishing is good on a variety of baits. The late was stocked with 823 trout last week.