New Mexico Fishing Report

Updated Feb. 28, 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.



Charette Lakes – Closed for the season and will reopen next spring.

Cimarron River – No read on flows due to ice. The Cimarron is unfishable until spring.

Clayton Lake – Closed for the season and will reopen next spring.

Conchas Lake – Fishing pressure has been slow due to cold temperatures and wind, but a few walleye have been caught.

Costilla Creek – No report due to ice.

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

Eagle Nest Lake –18 inches of ice and very windy. Fishing is good for yellow perch and rainbows caught with Power Bait and jigs with worms. A few pike have been taken on large jigs.

Lake Alice and Lake Maloya – Ice is 14 inches thick at Maloya. Fishing is good and pressure has been light. Fishing is closed at Lake Alice due to thin ice.

Maxwell Lakes – Closed for the season and will reopen next spring.

Monastery Lake: Closed to ice fishing.

Morphy Lake – Closed for the season and will reopen next spring.

Pecos River – 30 cfs at Terrero. More open water in the upper river and fishing on mild days has been fair. Try midges and small stonefly nymphs. Villanueva has been slow.

Red River – Slow to fair below the hatchery, but water is clear and a few stocker rainbows have been caught on bead-head nymphs.

Rio Grande – 315 cfs at Cerro. Fishing is slow for pike, slow to fair for trout, and poor for smallmouth bass. Lots of pike are visible but few are biting.

Rio Hondo – No report.

Rio Pueblo – No read on flow due to ice. No report.

Shuree Ponds – Closed for the season. Reopens July 1.

Springer Lakes – Springer Lake is closed to ice fishing.

Storrie Lake – No report.

Ute Lake – Fishing for walleye is good with full limits being taken at 30-35 feet using slabs.


Animas River – Fishing has been slow.

Chama River – There are no reports on the upper Chama because the river is iced over. Fishermen below Cooper’s
Ranch are reporting some success on nightcrawlers, midges, caddis flies and black and gold Panther Martins. The river is running around 70 cfs.

Abiquiu Lake – No report.

El Vado Lake – The main campground is closed and most of the shoreline is frozen over, making it tough to fish. The ice is too thin for ice fishing.

Heron Lake – Slow, but a few trouthave been taken on rainbow Power Bait and worms.

Jackson Lake – Fishing is good toward the middle of the lake. Local officers recommend using a small boat or raft to reach the deeper waters toward the middle where the fish are biting.

Lake Farmington – Fishing pressure remains light with very few fish being caught. Some fishermen reported catching a few trout on the west side of the lake using an assortment of baits.

McGaffey Lake – The Lake is frozen, but starting to accumulate some runoff. There is not enough water to stock at this time.

Ramah Lake – The lake is not frozen, but has very little water. Anglers checked this weekend reported that they didn’t even get a bite. When the lake fills up, stocking will continue.

Navajo Lake – Fishing is reported as good, with many anglers catching bass on jerk baits and spinners.

San Juan River – Fishing has been fair to good using size 24 to 26 Krystal flash midges. In some of the lower flats, gray and chocolate foam wings have been working well.

West-Central, including the Jemez Mountains

Jemez River, East Fork, Guadalupe and San Antonio – All of the streams above the San Antonio fishing access are frozen and covered with snow.

Metro Drainages – Fishermen have been reporting some success using Power Bait, spinners and salmon eggs. The drains were stocked Feb. 22 so fishing should start to pick up.

Bluewater Lake – With warmer temperatures and high winds, the lake is starting to thaw. There is some open water around the edge and in the middle of the lake, but fishing is slow at this time.

Cochiti Lake – The lake is closed for dock repair.

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

Tingley Beach – Fishing was fair this past weekend using Power Bait and salmon eggs. The catch and release pond was fishing very well with wet flies working the best. Tingley Beach was stocked with trout and catfish Feb. 22.

Manzano Lake – Fishing has been fair using worms and Power Bait.


Gila River – Fishing pressure is very light.

Rio Grande – Fishing has been fair between Elephant Butte and Caballo for stocked triploid rainbow trout..

Bear Canyon Lake – Fishing for trout is fair with bright-colored Power Bait. Other species are slow.

Bill Evans Lake – Fishing for trout is reported as fair with bright-colored Power Bait, fireballs, spinners and flies all working well. 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. Fishing for walleye should be picking up.

Elephant Butte Lake – No report.

Escondida Lake – Fishing for rainbow trout is good with Power Bait and salmon eggs.

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

Lake Roberts – Trout fishing is slow.

Quemado Lake – Fishing in the open water of the south end of the lake has been good. An additional 4,726 rainbow trout were stocked last week. Power Bait seems to be the way to go.

Snow Lake — Roads to Snow Lake are impassible.


Rio Ruidoso – No report.

Bonito Lake – The lake is closed for the season and will reopen April 1.

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.

Carlsbad Municipal Lake – Stocked recently. Try Power Bait or salmon eggs.

Grindstone Reservoir – No report.

Lake Van – Fishing is good on Power Bait and salmon eggs.