New Mexico Fishing Report

Updated May 22, 2012 This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

CATCHES OF THE WEEK:

  • Cowles Pond: May 16, Eldridge Basso, age 5, caught his first fish on a fly rod after just a few lessons. He was using an adams.
  • Clayton Lake: May 17, Mikey Montoya of Clayton caught a 6.5-pound walleye. He was using a spinner.
  • Sumner Lake: May 19, Dave Hooten of Hobbs caught a 24-inch walleye. He was fishing from the bank and using a minnow.
  • Bluewater Lake: Update on the big tigers caught last week: Justin Easley of Albuquerque caught a 46-inch, 31-pound tiger musky. His brother Lee Easley caught a 45-inch tiger musky. Both fish were caught on jerk minnows. The brothers caught and released 35 tigers that day.
  • Navajo Lake: May 20, Chad Wright of Farmington caught a 4-pound, 14-ounce largemouth bass. He was using a Dynamic jerk bait. Dick Warring of Pagosa Springs, Colo., caught a 22-inch, 4-pound, 2-ounce smallmouth bass.
  • Ute Lake: May 20, Butch Colantonio of Amarillo caught and released a 4-pound, 10-ounce largemouth bass. He was using a senko.

If you have a catch of the week story or just want to tell us about your latest New Mexico fishing experience, send it to us at fishforfun2@hotmail.com. We may include your story in our next report.

For catches of the week, include name, date, and location, type of fish, length and weight if possible and bait, lure or fly used.

May 22

Northeast

Cabresto Lake: The lake and campground closed May 14 and will stay closed for about six months while the dam is being rebuilt.

Charette Lakes: Fishing was good using Power Bait, Pistol Petes and bead-head prince nymphs for trout. Fishing was fair using worms and Power Bait for perch.

Cimarron River: Fishing was good using parachute adams, bead-head pheasant tails, Cimarron worms and bead-head red San Juan worms. A few fish were also taken on nightcrawlers and small spinners. Watch for stone fly activity mid river. Water flow below Eagle Nest Lake as of Monday was 50 cfs.

Clayton Lake: Trout fishing was fair to good using homemade dough baits and Power Bait. Fishing for walleye was fair using spinners. We had no reports on other species. Due to low water conditions, only small boats, kayaks and canoes can be launched.

Conchas Lake: Hot spot for white bass. Fishing was very good using crank baits, grubs, minnows and spinners for white bass. Fishing was good using minnows, bottom bouncer/night crawler combos, spinners and crank baits for walleye. Fishing was good using tubes, creature baits, buzz baits, crank baits and jerk baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing for crappie was a bit spotty, but the fish taken were big. Best baits were minnows and small jigs. We had no reports on catfish. The surface water temp was in the low to high 60s.The north boat ramp is open.

Coyote Creek: Trout fishing was good using Power Bait, salmon eggs and copper John Barrs.

Eagle Nest Lake: Hot spot for perch: Fishing continued to be very good this past week using nightcrawlers, Power Bait, salmon eggs, worms and small jigs for perch. Fishing for rainbow trout was good using spinners, Pistol Petes, Z Rays, Power Bait, black wooly buggers, salmon eggs and corn. Fishing was good using Rapalas, Kastmasters and swim baits for northern pike. Fishing was fair trolling spinners and Z Rays for kokanee.

Hopewell Lake: Trout fishing was fair using salmon eggs, worms and spinners.

Lake Maloya: Fishing was good using wooly buggers, wooly worms, Pistol Petes, spinners, Power Bait, worms, homemade dough baits and salmon eggs for trout.

Los Pinos: Trout fishing was good using salmon eggs, worms, spinners and bead-head San Juan worms.

Maxwell Lake 13: Fishing was slow. A few trout were taken by anglers using Power Bait and salmon egg/corn combinations. We had no reports on other species.

Monastery Lake: Trout fishing was fair using worms, salmon eggs, Power Bait, wooly buggers and Pistol Petes.

Morphy Lake: Hot spot for trout. Fishing was very good using Power Bait, spinners, Pistol Petes, salmon eggs and homemade dough bait for trout. Anglers reported catching limits of trout from boats and from the bank.

Pecos River: Water flow near the town of Pecos on Monday was 191 cfs. Trout fishing was fair using bead-head wooly buggers, copper John Barrs, worms and spinners.

Red River: Water flow below the hatchery was 144 cfs. Fishing was fair using tungsten bead-hed San Juan worms and copper John Barrs for trout.

Rio Grande: The water flow Monday at the Taos Junction Bridge was 416 cfs. Fishing for smallmouth bass was good using large streamers and dark-colored wooly buggers. Fishing for trout was good using poundmeisters, black wooly buggers, copper John Barrs, spinners and worms. Fishing for northern pike was fair using large streamers and pike flies.

Rio Pueblo de Taos:  Water flow as of Monday morning was 23 cfs. Trout fishing was good using poundmeisters and bead hares ears.

Shuree Ponds: Closed for the season. Opens July 1.

Springer Lakes: Fishing was slow-to-fair using cut bait and Rat-L-Traps for northern pike. We had no reports on other species. With the water release for irrigation, it has become difficult to launch boats.

Storrie Lake: Fishing was fair to good using Power Bait, corn, salmon eggs and cheese for trout. We had no reports on other species.

Ute Lake: Fishing for white bass was good using crank baits and spinners. Fishing for walleye was good trolling crank baits and bottom bouncer/night crawler combinations. Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass was good using senkos, chigger craws, smallie beavers and jerk baits. Fishing for crappie was fair using minnows and small jigs. The crappie were suspended about 12 feet down in 16-to-18 feet of water. Fishing for catfish was fair using stink baits, chicken liver and shrimp. The surface water temp on the main lake was in the low to high 60s.

 

Northwest

Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was fair using tubes, jigs, grubs, crank baits, creature baits and minnows for smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair using crank baits, minnows, bottom bouncer/night crawler rigs, grubs and crank baits for walleye. Fishing was fair using crank baits, spinners, and jerk baits for brown trout. We had no reports on other species.

Animas RiverAs of Monday morning flow near Cedar Hill was 1,370 cfs. Trout fishing was slow.

Bluewater Lake: Hot spot for tiger musky. Fishing for tiger musky was very good using jerk baits, crank baits, Kastmasters, spinners, tubes and Power Bait. Anglers are reminded that the size limit for tiger musky is 40 inches. Short fish must be returned and only one over 40 inches may be kept. Trout fishing was slow. There were a few taken on spinners and Power Bait.

Canjilon Lakes: Trout fishing was fair using Power Bait and salmon eggs.

Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 591 cfs and 732 cfs respectively. Trout fishing below El Vado was very good using Panther Martins, Power Bait, hoppers, wooly buggers and salmon eggs. Fishing below Abiquiu was slow.

Cochiti Lake: Fishing was generally http://premier-pharmacy.com/product/celexa/ slow for all species. There were a few smallmouth bass, white bass and catfish taken by anglers using tubes, crank baits and spinners.

El Vado Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Fenton Lake: Fishing was good using worms, light colored Power Bait, Panther Martins, homemade dough baits, bead-head nymphs and olive Pistol Petes for trout.

Heron Lake: Hot spot for kokanee. Fishing for kokanee was good this past week with several limits of 12- to 16-inch fish reported. Anglers were using a variety of spinners trolled at 15 to 22 feet. Fishing for lake trout was slow as was fishing from the bank.

Jackson Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.

Jemez Waters: Water flow on the Jemez as of Monday morning was 24 cfs. Trout fishing over the past weekend was good using worms, Power Bait, hoppers, wooly buggers and Panther Martins. On the East Fork, fishing was fair using copper John Barrs, prince nymphs and salmon eggs. On the Cebolla, fishing was good using worms, wooly worms and copper John Barrs. On the Rio Las Vacas, fishing was fair using hoppers, copper John Barrs and worms.

Laguna del Campo: Trout fishing was fair using Power Bait, salmon eggs and spinners. This is a special trout water open to anglers age 14 years or under, 65 years and older, handicapped anglers or up to 2 parents/guardians in direct supervision of a child or children age 14 years or younger who is fishing. This water was formerly known as Burn’s Canyon Lake.

Lake Farmington: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Manzano Lake: Trout fishing was fair using power bait, Pistol Petes and salmon eggs.

McGaffey Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Navajo Lake: Fishing was good using crank baits, tube jigs, whacky rigged worms and jerk baits for smallmouth and largemouth bass. Use the tube jigs in shallow water and work the whacky worms out to about 10 feet. Fishing was good using minnows and small light colored jigs for crappie. Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits, buzz baits and large flies for northern pike. Fishing was good using worms and small jigs for bluegill. We had no reports on other species. Surface temps ranged from 58 degrees to 64 degrees.

Ramah Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

San Juan: Water flow below Navajo Lake as of Monday morning was 2,000 cfs and rising. The flow will increase to 5,000 cfs by Wednesday evening and will remain at this level until May 30 and then will decrease back to 500 cfs by June 1. Trout fishing prior to the increased flow through the Quality Waters was very good using gray foam wing emergers, small streamers, dead chickens, small bead-head pheasant tails, San Juan worms, Chernobyl ants and hoppers. Through the bait waters, fishing was good using spinners, nightcrawlers, jerk baits, wooly buggers and Power Bait.

Santa Cruz Lake: Trout fishing was fair using Power Bait, Pistol Petes, salmon eggs and corn.

Seven Springs Brood Pond: This water is open to fishing for youth under the age of 12 and

an excellent place to take youngsters and get them interested in fishing. The pond is well stocked to offer youngsters a great fishing experience.

Tingley Beach: Fishing at the Central Pond was slow for all species. Fishing at the Catch-and-Release Pond was slow.

 

Southwest

Bear Canyon: Fishing was slow for all species.

Bill Evans Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Caballo Lake: Fishing was good again this past week from boats and from the bank. Anglers did well catching white bass and walleye. Best baits were white and chartreuse crank baits, tubes, jerk baits, curly tail grubs and nightcrawlers. Fishing for crappie was fair using minnows, small jigs and spinners. Fishing for catfish was fair using chicken liver, shrimp and stink baits. Surface water temps ranged from the low to high 60s.

Elephant Butte: Fishing was good using tubes, senkos, jerk baits, crank baits, smallie beavers, creature baits and jigs for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing was good using minnows, grubs, sassy shad, white Bombers and spinners for white bass. Fishing was fair using minnows, small tubes and jigs for crappie. Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits and minnows for walleye. Fishing was good using chicken liver, shrimp and stink baits for catfish. We had no reports on other species. Surface temps on the main lake ranged from 65 to 69 degrees.

Escondida Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.

Gila River: Water flow on the Gila as of this past Monday was 39 cfs. Fishing on the Forks was good using bead-head hares ears, brassies, copper John Barrs and worms for trout.

Glenwood Pond: Trout fishing was good using Power Bait.

Lake Roberts: Trout fishing was fair using spinners, worms, Power Bait and salmon eggs. Scott Crisp of Mimbres was fishing during the eclipse on Sunday and caught an 18.5-inch rainbow trout. He was using a spinner.

Quemado Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using Power Bait and spinners for trout. Fishing was fair using large streamers, spinners, crank baits and swim baits for tiger musky.

Rio Grande: Water flow below Elephant Butte on Monday was 43 cfs. Fishing was slow for all species.

Snow Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

 

Southeast

Bataan Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.

Bonito Lake: Trout fishing was fair using Power Bait, worms, Gulp eggs and corn.

Bosque Redondo: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Bottomless Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Brantley Lake: Anglers are to practice catch-and-release for all fish here as high levels of DDT were found in several fish.

Carlsbad Municipal Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Grindstone Reservoir: Fishing for trout was good using Power Bait, homemade dough bait, Pistol Petes and salmon egg/corn combinations.

Jal Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Lake Van: Fishing was slow for all species.

Oasis Park Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Pecos River: Water flow on Monday below Sumner Lake was 133 cfs. Fishing was slow for all species.

Perch Lake: Trout fishing was slow.

Ruidoso River: Water flow at Hollywood on Monday was 3.6 cfs. Trout fishing was slow.

Santa Rosa Lake: Fishing was fair using crank baits, grubs and sassy shad for walleye. Fishing was fair using minnows and jigs for crappie. A few smallmouth bass were taken by anglers using tubes and jigs. We had no reports on other species. Water temps ranged from the low to high 60s.

Sumner Lake: Fishing was fair using crank baits, tubes, spinners and jigs for smallmouth bass and spotted bass. Fishing was good using minnows, tubes, crank baits, jigs and sassy shad for white bass. Fishing was good using crank baits, minnows, sassy shad, tubes and grubs for walleye. Fishing was fair using minnows and jigs for crappie. David Hooten of Hobbs along with his son-in-law Jessie VanHooshier and grandson Cross VanHooshier had an excellent day of fishing this past Saturday. They were fishing from the bank and using minnows and caught a variety of fish including white bass, walleye, smallmouth bass and catfish.The surface water temp ranged from the low to high 60s. The only boat ramp accessible at this time is the east-side ramp.