New Mexico Fishing Report


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.

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Catches of the week:

Heron Lake: April 19, Jaden Lutrell of Albuquerque caught a 30-inch, 15-pound lake trout. He was trolling a crawdad colored lure at 30 feet. April 20, Noel Garza of Albuquerque caught a 35-inch, 19.6-pound lake trout. He was using a rainbow-colored jig in 18 feet of water.

  • Quemado Lake: April 19, Vince Deadmond of Mesa, Ariz., caught a 45-inch and a 38-inch tiger musky. He was using a 7-inch deceiver pattern fly that looks like a sucker.
  • Ute Lake: April 21, Gene Lowery of Amarillo caught and released a 3.51-pound largemouth bass. He was using a wiggle wart.
  • Santa Rosa Lake: April 20, Christine Hammond of Moriarty caught a 25-inch catfish. She was using a green worm. April 20, Daniel Hammond of Moriarty caught a 22-inch catfish. He was using a worm.
  • Grindstone Reservoir: April 21, Garrett Campbell, age 14, of Roswell, caught a 26-inch, 15-pound channel catfish. He was fishing with a Zebco 202 with 6-pound test line and using a red worm for bait.

This one came in too late for last week’s catches but we felt it was definitely worth mentioning:

  • Eagle Nest Lake: April 7, Clyde a. Garduno of Arroyo Hondo caught a 24-inch, 4-pound rainbow trout. He was using a Pistol Pete.

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.

April 23

Northeast

Charette Lakes: Fishing was fair using worms under a bobber and Power Bait for trout. Cimarron River: Water flow below Eagle Nest on Monday was 30 cfs. Great hatches are coming off in the afternoon hours. Trout fishing was good using parachute adams and brassies. A few fish were also taken by anglers using worms and salmon eggs.

Clayton Lake: Fishing was slow with just a few trout caught by anglers using worms and Power Bait.

Conchas Lake: Bank fishing was slow to fair using curly tail grubs, nightcrawlers, swim baits and minnows for a mixed bag of walleye, crappie and catfish. We had no reports on other species.

Coyote Creek: Trout fishing was very good using worms, Power Bait and salmon eggs.

Eagle Nest Lake: The boat ramps are open but the docks are not in place. Fishing for trout was fair to good using Power Bait, Pistol Petes, bunny leeches and wooly buggers. Fishing for perch, kokanee and northern pike was slow but a few pike and carp were caught by anglers using clousers.

Lake Alice: Trout fishing was slow with very light fishing pressure.

Lake Maloya: Fishing was fair to good using Power Bait, salmon eggs and Panther Martins for trout measuring from 9 to 15 inches.

Los Pinos: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Manzano Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using salmon peach Power Bait, corn and worms for trout.

Maxwell Lake 13: The water level is down and fishing was slow for all species.

Monastery Lake: Trout fishing was good using Power Bait, homemade dough bait, salmon eggs and Pistol Petes.

Morphy Lake: Hot spot for trout: Trout fishing was very good using garlic scented Power Bait, corn, worms and salmon eggs. A few trout were also caught by anglers using Pistol Petes under a bubble.

Pecos River: Water flow near the town of Pecos on Monday was 60 cfs.Trout fishing was good using worms, salmon eggs, elk hair caddis, copper John Barrs and spinners.

Red River: Water flow near the hatchery on Monday was 60 cfs. Trout fishing at the confluence with the Rio Grande and below the hatchery was good using poundmeisters, elk hair caddis, Panther Martins and worms.

Rio Grande: Water flow near the Taos Junction Bridge on Monday was 252 cfs.Trout fishing was good using wooly buggers, poundmeisters, and small dark baetis patterns, Panther Martins, nightcrawlers and salmon eggs. We had no reports on other species.

Rio Hondo: Stream flow near Valdez on Monday was 13 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Rio Mora: Stream flow near Terrero on Monday was 15 cfs. Trout fishing was good using worms, copper John Barrs and salmon eggs.

Rio Pueblo: Water flow near Penasco on Monday was 17 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Santa Barbara: Trout fishing was slow to fair using small baetis patterns and egg patterns.

Springer Lake: The water level is too low for launching boats but fishing should be good from the bank for pike and catfish. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Storrie Lake: High winds kept most anglers away and fishing was slow for all species.

Stubblefield Lake: Water levels are extremely low and not fishable at this time.

Ute Lake: Walleye fishing has picked up with several limits of male walleye caught this past week. Best baits were chartreuse curly tail grubs and jerk baits. Fishing was fair to good using jerk baits and crank baits for white bass. Fishing for black bass picked up a bit for anglers using crank baits. Fishing for catfish was fair using nightcrawlers and stink bait. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the mid to high 50s.

 

Northwest

 

Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using jerk baits, crank baits, jigs and wooly buggers for smallmouth bass. We had no reports on other species.

Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday was 98 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Albuquerque Area Drains: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Bluewater Lake: Fishing was good using clousers, jerk baits and crank baits for tiger musky. No really big fish were reported but there were several caught in the 20 to 30 inch range. Fishing for all other species was slow. The surface water temp was in the low 50s.

Canjilon Lakes: We had no reports from anglers.

Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 300 cfs and 615 cfs respectively. Trout fishing below El Vado was fair using nightcrawlers, salmon eggs, spinners and wooly buggers for a mixed bag of rainbow and brown trout. Fishing below Abiquiu was slow.

Cochiti Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using stink bait and nightcrawlers for catfish. Fishing was fair using crank baits, jerk baits and spinner baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was slow to fair using spinner baits and jerk baits for northern pike. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the mid 50s.

El Vado Lake: Fishing was good using worms and corn for carp. Fishing for all other species was slow.

Fenton Lake: Trout fishing was good using garlic scented green Power Bait, worms and Kastmasters. Anglers fishing from tubes, kayaks and boats did best with the Kastmasters.

Heron Lake: Fishing was good using jigs, crank baits, Daredevles and worms for lake trout. There were several in the 12- to 14-inch range caught by anglers fishing near the dam and from the bank. We had no reports on other species.

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

Jemez Waters: Stream flow on the Jemez on Monday was 52 cfs. Fishing on the Jemez was slow to fair using wooly buggers, worms, nightcrawlers and salmon eggs. Fishing on the Cebolla below Fenton Lake was fair using worms. We had no reports from the Guadalupe, San Antonio or Rio Las Vacas.

Laguna del Campo: Opens for the season May 1.

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

Navajo Lake: Fishing was fair using jigs, swim baits, crank baits and jerk baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was fair using jerk baits and swim baits for northern pike. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the low to mid 50s.

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

San Gregorio: Fishing was very slow. Chris Schneller took a couple of his sons up here and reported a possible winter kill as none of them or the other folks fishing caught a fish or even had a bite. He also reported that there was still some snow on the trail and at the lake.

San Juan: Water flow below Navajo on Monday was 724 cfs. Fishing in the Quality Water section was fair to good using sparkle worms, wooly buggers, red annelids red midge larva, and chocolate foam wing emergers. The emergers were working best in the evening hours. Fishing through the bait waters was fair to good using jerk baits, size 12 red copper John Barrs, nightcrawlers, Panther Martins and salmon eggs.

Santa Cruz Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Seven Springs Brood Pond: This water is open to anglers 11 years old or younger. The pond was recently stocked and is a great place to take youngsters to fish.

Tingley Beach: Trout fishing at the Children’s Pond and the Central Pond was fair using Power Bait, corn and salmon egg combinations, worms, homemade dough baits and spinners. Fishing at the Catch and Release Pond was slow with just a few fish caught by anglers using baetis patterns and small leech patterns.

 

Southwest

 

Bear Canyon: We had no reports from anglers this week.

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

Caballo Lake: The water level is quite low and fishing was slow. A few anglers from Albuquerque gave it a try this past week and reported water depths of 3 to 5 feet with just one small stretch at 14 feet. There were just a few walleye caught by anglers casting crank baits. They also picked up one or two white bass and catfish while trolling the same crank baits. The west-side main boat ramp is still open. The east-side ramp remains closed.

Elephant Butte: The surface water temp was in the mid to high 50s. Fishing was fair using jerk baits, jigs and swim baits for black bass. Fishing was fair to good using grubs, spinners, minnows, swim baits and crank baits for white bass. Fishing was fair using nightcrawlers and stink bait for catfish. We had no reports on other species. The Monticello and Dam Site boat ramps remain closed due to low water conditions. The Rock Canyon ramp has reopened.

Escondida Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.

Gila River: Water flow on the Gila as of this past Monday was 92 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Glenwood Pond: Trout fishing was fair to good using Power Bait and salmon eggs.

Lake Roberts: Hot spot for trout: Fishing was very good using worms and Power Bait for trout. Fishing at night was good using worms for catfish.

Percha Dam: The water was low and fishing was slow for all species.

Quemado Lake: Fishing was fair using assorted fly patterns for tiger musky. We had no reports on other species.

Rio Grande: Water flow below Elephant Butte on Monday was .26 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

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

 

Southeast

 

Bataan Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.

Black River: Stream flow at Malaga on Monday was 16 cfs. Trout fishing was slow.

Blue Hole Park Pond: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Bonito Lake: Closed.

Bosque Redondo: Fishing was slow for all species.

Bottomless Lakes: Fishing was slow.

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.

El Rito Creek: Trout fishing was good using worms and salmon eggs.

Greene Acres Lake: Trout fishing was slow to fair using Power Bait, homemade dough bait and worms.

Green Meadow Lake: Trout fishing was fair using spinners, Power Bait and salmon eggs. We had no reports on other species.

Grindstone Reservoir: Trout fishing was good using Power Bait, salmon eggs, worms, Kastmasters, Z Rays and spinners. Fishing was fair using worms for catfish.

Jal Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.

Lake Van: Trout fishing was slow to fair using Pistol Petes under a bubble, small Daredevles and worms. We had no reports on other species.

Oasis Park Lake: Trout fishing was fair using Pistol Petes and worms. We had no reports on other species.

Pecos River: Stream flow below Sumner Lake on Monday was 75 cfs. Fishing was slow for all species.

Perch Lake: Trout fishing was slow.

Ruidoso River: Stream flow near Hollywood on Monday was 2.5 cfs. Trout fishing was slow.

Santa Rosa Lake: The lake has reopened to boating but the launch area is undeveloped and boating is restricted to no wake speed only. Fishing pressure was a bit lighter this past week due to high wind conditions. There were several walleye caught by anglers using swim baits, worms and minnows. Anglers using worms also picked up a few catfish. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the mid to high 50s.

Sumner Lake: Fishing was slow for all species with very light fishing pressure. The Violation Canyon boat ramp remains open at this time and will remain open as long as lake levels permit.