New Mexico Fishing Report

Saturday, June 1, is a free fishing day. No license is required to fish on New Mexico’s public waters. All other rules apply. This is a great day to take family members and neighbors fishing. Give it a try.

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

  • Conchas Lake: May 23, James Lester of Conchas Dam caught a 7.25-pound walleye. He was using a Wally Diver.
  • Quemado Lake: May 23, Aldryn Ruiz age 7 of Tijeras caught a 16-inch rainbow trout. He was using Power Bait and worms.
  • Cochiti Lake: May 25, John Bullard of Santa Fe caught a 3-pound smallmouth bass. He was fishing the dam area and using a white curly tail grub. May 27, Scott Schlosser of Albuquerque caught a 39-inch 16-pound northern pike. He was using a swim bait.
  • Navajo Lake: May 25, Justin Yazzie of Farmington caught a 4-pound smallmouth bass. He was using a swim bait. May 25, Mellisa Murry of Farmington caught a 3-pound smallmouth bass. She was using a swim bait.
  • Ute Lake: May 24, Chuck Gilbert of Clovis caught a 5.42-pound walleye. He was using a model A Bomber crank bait.

These came in too late for last week’s report but we felt they were definitely worth mentioning:

  • Monastery Lake: May 17, Zacarias Torres of Albuquerque caught a 24-inch, 5-pound, 11.2-ounce brown trout. He was using orange power eggs. Zacarias said it was his biggest fish ever.
  • Quemado Lake: May 19, Vanessa Apodaca, 19, of Las Cruces, caught a 4.4-pound rainbow trout. She was fishing near the boat ramp and using worms.

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 28

Northeast

Charette Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Cimarron River: Water flow below Eagle Nest on Monday was 72 cfs. Trout fishing was good using Panther Martins, elk hair caddis, Cimarron specials, salmon eggs and worms. We had no reports from the Gravel Pit Lakes.
Clayton Lake: Hot spot for trout: Fishing was very good using Power Bait, worms, salmon eggs and homemade dough baits for limits of rainbow trout. We had no reports on other species.
Conchas Lake: Fishing was good trolling Wally Divers, Flicker Shad and Bombers for walleye. Fishing was fair to good using tubes, crank baits, jerk baits, spinner baits, chatterbaits and creature baits for smallmouth bass and white bass. Fishing was good using small jigs and grubs for crappie. Fishing was fair to good using liver and cut bait for catfish. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the mid 60s.
Coyote Creek: Trout fishing was fair using Power Bait and salmon eggs in the beaver pond areas.
Eagle Nest Lake: The boat ramps are open and the boat docks are in place. Fishing for northern pike was fair using spoons, spinners, jerk baits, crank baits and clousers. Anglers did best working the shallows from boats and from the bank. Fishing was good trolling Panther Martins, Arnies and Platte River specials for a mixed bag of kokanee and rainbow trout. Fishing for perch was fair to good using worms. Anglers using Power Bait and salmon eggs and fishing from the bank caught a few rainbow trout.
Hopewell Lake: Trout fishing was very good again this past week. Anglers did well using Fisher Chick spinners, Panther Martins, Blue Fox spinners, Pistol Petes and salmon eggs for rainbow trout.
Lake Alice: We had no reports from anglers this week
Lake Maloya: Fishing was fair to good using salmon peach and green garlic-scented Power Bait, Pistol Petes, marshmallows and salmon eggs for trout. The annual fishing derby will be May 31-June 2. For more information contact the State Park Office at 575-445-5607.
Los Pinos: Trout fishing was fair using salmon eggs, worms, bead-head hares ears and flashback pheasant tails.
Manzano Lake: Trout fishing was slow to fair using salmon peach Power Bait, garlic cheese, salmon eggs and homemade dough bait.
Monastery Lake: Trout fishing was good using power eggs, salmon eggs, Power Bait and Pistol Petes.
Morphy Lake: Hot spot for trout: Fishing was very good using Power Bait, marshmallows, worms, cheese, corn and salmon eggs.
Pecos River: Water flow near the town of Pecos on Monday was 60 cfs. Trout fishing was good using elk hair caddis, prince nymphs, stimulators, worms, nightcrawlers and salmon eggs.
Red River: Water flow near the hatchery Monday was 80 cfs. Trout fishing was fair using poundmeisters, wooly buggers, spinners and nightcrawlers.
Rio Grande: Fishing was fair using black stone flies, wooly buggers, Panther Martins, wooly buggers and nightcrawlers for trout. We had no reports on other species. Water flow near the Taos Junction Bridge on Monday was 281 cfs and the water was a bit off-color from runoff.
Rio Hondo: Stream flow near Valdez on Monday was 63 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Rio Mora: Stream flow near Terrero on Monday was 16 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Rio Pueblo de Taos: Water flow near Taos was28 cfs. Trout fishing was slow to fair using small prince nymphs, wooly buggers and worms.
Santa Barbara: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Springer Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
Storrie Lake: Fishing was fair using Power Bait, garlic cheese, worms and salmon eggs for trout up to 16 inches. We had no reports on other species.
Ute Lake: Fishing for crappie and bluegill was good using minnows and worms. The bluegill action has just started. Fishing was good trolling crank baits and spinner worm rigs for walleye. Fishing was fair to good trolling crank baits and casting curly tail grubs for white bass. Fishing was good using senkos, tubes, chigger craws, smallie beavers and jigs on rocky points for smallmouth bass. Most of the bass caught were less than 14 inches in length. Fishing was fair to good using jerk baits and spinner baits for largemouth bass. Fishing was fair using cut bait and stink bait for catfish. The surface water temp was in the mid to high 60s.

Northwest

Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was fair using crank baits, jerk baits, chatterbaits and tubes for smallmouth bass. A few walleye were caught by anglers using crank baits and spinner-nightcrawler combinations. Fishing was slow to fair using liver and cut bait for catfish. We had no reports on other species.
Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday was 1,850 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Albuquerque Area Drains: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Bluewater Lake: Fishing was fair to good using crank baits, jerk baits and swim baits for tiger musky up to 30 inches in length. Fishing for all other species was slow. The surface water temp was in the low to mid 60s.
Canjilon Lakes: Trout fishing at the upper lake was very good using Power Bait, salmon eggs, wooly buggers, copper John Barrs and Fisher Chick spinners for trout up to 17 inches. Fishing on the lower lake was slow.
Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 598 cfs and 929 cfs respectively. Trout fishing below El Vado was very good using Panther Martins, nightcrawlers, wooly buggers, and salmon eggs for a mixed bag of browns and rainbows. Fishing below Abiquiu was fair using weighted wooly buggers and nightcrawlers.
Cochiti Lake: The surface water temp ranged from the mid to high 60s this past week. Fishing was fair using liver and blood bait for catfish. Fishing was fair using tubes, crank baits and jerk baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. The best smallmouth action reported was near the dam and the best baits were white grubs and crank baits. We had no reports on other species.
El Vado Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Fenton Lake: Trout fishing was good for anglers using garlic scented Power Bait, marshmallow salmon egg combinations, worms, Pistol Petes and Kastmasters.
Heron Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using Panther Martins, Power Bait and corn for a mixed bag of trout and kokanee. Anglers doing best were fishing from boats. Fishing for lake trout was slow.
Jackson Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Jemez Waters: Stream flow on the Jemez on Monday was 6.8 cfs. Trout fishing on the lower Cebolla and on the Guadalupe was good this past week. Anglers did well using stone flies, worms and salmon eggs. Fishing on the Jemez was good using salmon eggs and parachute adams. Fishing on the San Antonio was fair using elk hair caddis and small emergers.
Laguna del Campo: Trout fishing was good using Pistol Petes, Kastmasters, Power Bait, corn, garlic cheese and salmon eggs.
Lake Farmington: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Navajo Lake: Fishing was good using tubes, jigs, worms, senkos, chigger craws, crank baits, spinnerbaits and jerk baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was fair using small tubes, curly tail grubs and small jigs for crappie. The best crappie action was reported on the Pine Arm and in La Jara Canyon. Fishing was fair using worms for perch. A few northern pike were caught by anglers fishing for bass and using jerk baits and swim baits. The surface water temp ranged from the high 50s to the mid 60s.
Ramah Lake: We had no reports.
San Gregorio: We had no reports.
San Juan: Water flow below Navajo Dam on Monday was 258 cfs. Fishing in the Quality Water section was good using olive wooly buggers, parachute adams, flashback pheasant tails, chocolate foam back emergers, Griffith’s gnats and chartreuse egg patterns. Fishing through the bait waters was fair to good using wooly buggers, emergers, worms, Power Bait and salmon eggs.
Santa Cruz Lake: Fishing was fair to good using Power Bait, salmon eggs, Pistol Petes and worms for trout. We had no reports on other species.
Seven Springs Brood Pond: This water is open to anglers 11 years old or younger. Trout fishing was good using salmon eggs.
Tingley Beach: Fishing on the Central Pond and Youth Pond was good using hot dogs, liver and worms for catfish. A few trout were caught by anglers using spinners and worms. Fishing on the Catch and Release Pond was slow.

Southwest

Bear Canyon: Fishing was slow for all species.
Bill Evans Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using swim baits, jigs and tubes for largemouth bass. Fishing was slow to fair using worms for bluegill. We had no reports on other species.
Caballo Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits, tubes and grubs for walleye, white bass and crappie. Fishing was fair using liver and nightcrawlers for catfish. We had no reports on other species. The water level is rising and should continue to do so through the end of this month. The west-side main boat ramp is still open. The east-side ramp remains closed.
Elephant Butte: The surface water temp ranged from the mid 60s to the low 70s. Fishing was fair to good using small jigs, tubes, worms and minnows for crappie. Fishing was good using tubes, senkos, creature baits, chatterbaits, crank baits and jerk baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing for walleye was slow with just a few taken by anglers using grubs, crank baits and tubes. Fishing was fair casting and trolling crank baits for white bass. Fishing was good using shrimp, stink bait and nightcrawlers 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 fair to good using nightcrawlers, liver and stink bait for catfish. We had no reports on other species.
Gila River: Water flow on the Gila as of this past Monday was 30 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Glenwood Pond: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Lake Roberts: Fishing was fair using spinners, worms, Power Bait and salmon eggs for trout. Anglers reported the best fishing in the morning hours. We had no reports on other species.
Percha Dam: The water was low and fishing was slow for all species.
Quemado Lake: Trout fishing was fair using worms, Power Bait and salmon eggs. We had no reports on tiger musky.
Rio Grande: Water flow below Elephant Butte on Monday was 1,950 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Snow Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Southeast

Bataan Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Black River: Stream flow at Malaga on Monday was 2.7 cfs. Trout fishing was slow.
Blue Hole Park Pond: Trout fishing was slow.
Bonito Lake: Closed.
Bosque Redondo: Fishing was slow for all species.
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.
Chaparral Park Lake: Fishing was good using worms, liver and stink bait for catfish. We had no reports on other species.
El Rito Creek: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Greene Acres Lake: Fishing was good using worms, liver, hot dogs, nightcrawlers and homemade dough bait for catfish. We had no reports on other species.
Green Meadow Lake: Fishing was fair to good using nightcrawlers, liver and homemade dough bait for catfish. We had no reports on other species.
Grindstone Reservoir: Trout fishing was good using Power Bait, worms, salmon eggs, Panther Martins, and Pistol Petes. We had no reports on other species.
Jal Lake: Fishing was good using liver and worms for catfish. We had no reports on other species.
Lake Van: Fishing was good using worms, nightcrawlers, dough bait, blood bait and liver for catfish. We had no reports on other species.
Oasis Park Lake: Fishing was very good using blood bait, hot dogs, liver and nightcrawlers for catfish. Fishing was good using worms for green sunfish. We had no reports on other species.
Pecos River: Stream flow below Sumner Lake on Monday was 68 cfs. Fishing was fair using liver and nightcrawlers for catfish. We had no reports on other species.
Perch Lake: Fishing was slow.
Ruidoso River: Stream flow near Hollywood on Monday was .52 cfs. We had no reports from anglers.
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 was good using crank baits, curly tail grubs, sassy shad and jerk baits for walleye. Fishing was fair using minnows, grubs and worms for crappie. A few smallmouth were caught by anglers using tubes, crank baits and jerk baits. Fishing was fair using chicken liver, nightcrawlers and cut bait for catfish. We had no reports on other species.
Sumner Lake: Fishing was fair using crank baits, jerk baits, grubs, tubes and minnows for a mixed bag of white bass, smallmouth bass, walleye and crappie. Fishing was slow to fair using nightcrawlers and chicken liver for catfish. The Violation Canyon boat ramp remains open at this time and will remain open as long as lake levels permit.