New Mexico Fishing Report

New Mexico Dept. of Game and FishThis 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

  • Bluewater Lake: Aug. 25, Royal Martin, Jr. of Crownpoint, caught and released a 32-pound channel catfish. He was using a shrimp and hotdog combination. Aug. 25, Leo Phillips of Crownpoint caught and released a 30-inch tiger musky. He was using a shrimp and night crawler combination and it was his first tiger musky.
  • Elephant Butte Lake: Aug. 24, Allen Sturtevant of Albuquerque caught and released a 5.95-pound largemouth bass. He was using a topwater lure.
  • Quemado Lake: Aug. 23, Brenda Payne of Deming caught a 26-inch rainbow trout. She was using night crawlers and fishing on the northeast shore of the lake.
  • San Juan River: Aug. 24, Andrew Orlicky of Albuquerque caught a 20.5-inch and a 19-inch brown trout. He was using worms and fishing below Abe’s. Aug. 25, Linda Jimerson of Farmington caught and released a 24-inch rainbow trout. She was fishing the Quality Water section of the river and using a size 26 midge emerger on 6x tippet.

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

  • Bluewater Lake: Aug. 17, Jennifer Wilhelm of Gallup caught a 40-inch tiger musky. It was her first musky and she was using a white spinner. Aug. 18, Thad Davis of Rio Rancho caught a 44-inch, 29-pound tiger musky. He was using a Rapala.

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.

Aug. 27

Northeast

Cabresto Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Charette Lakes: Due to low water levels only small boats are being launched here and with some difficulty. Trout fishing from the bank was slow to fair using Power Bait. We had no reports on perch.
Cimarron River: Water flow below Eagle Nest Lake on Monday was 27 cfs. Trout fishing slowed a bit with the higher flows but was still rated as good by anglers using zebra midges, San Juan worms, beetles, stimulators, brassies, worms and salmon eggs. We had no reports from the Gravel Pit Lakes.
Clayton Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits for trout. We had no reports on other species. The water was clearing and fishing pressure was very light. The boat ramp is now open.
Conchas Lake: The shallow and steep boat ramps on the north side of the lake are now open along with the Cove campground ramp. Fishing was good using chicken liver, homemade dough bait and night crawlers for catfish. Fishing was slow to fair using topwater lures, crank baits and jerk baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Anglers fishing for bass and using crank baits caught several walleye and white bass while working rocky points. The surface water temp ranged from the high 70s to 80 degrees.
Coyote Creek: Trout fishing was slow again this past week.
Eagle Rock Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Eagle Nest Lake: Fishing for kokanee was rated anywhere from sporadic to very slow. A few were picked up by anglers trolling Arnies tipped with corn. Fishing from the bank picked up quite a bit this past week as anglers reported catching quite a few rainbows, several northern pike and lots of perch. Best baits for the trout were salmon peach and garlic scented Power Bait. Perch were hitting on worms and pike were caught by anglers using spoons and crank baits.
Gallinas River: Fishing was fair to good using hoppers, worms and salmon eggs for trout.
Hopewell Lake: Trout fishing was fair to good using elk hair caddis, hoppers and worms.
Lake Alice: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Lake Maloya: Trout fishing was good using Power Bait and an assortment of dry flies and nymphs. The best reports came from anglers fishing in the evening hours. They were fishing from the bank and from small boats.
Los Pinos: Trout fishing was good using bead-head prince nymphs, copper John Barrs, hoppers and worms.
Manzano Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Monastery Lake: Trout fishing was good using bead-head nymphs, salmon eggs, worms and Power Bait. Daniel Marcum had a good day last week catching several trout on a bead-head prince nymph.
Morphy Lake: Trout fishing was slow. The boat ramp remains closed due to low water conditions.
Nutrias Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Pecos River: Hot spot for trout: Water flow near the town of Pecos on Monday was 27 cfs. The Mora and Jamie Koch fishing and recreation areas have reopened. The Bert Clancy and Terrero campgrounds remain closed. Trout fishing on the upper Pecos and the Mora was excellent this past week. Anglers reported great success using worms and a variety of flies. Matty Montoya and her family fished the Pecos and did very well using worms. Mateo Sedillo fly fished the Pecos and Mora and caught and released a total of 217 trout. His most productive days were Tuesday (74 rainbows) and Wednesday (75 rainbows). He used a variety of flies but reported his best success was with a gold bead olive wooly bugger. The downstream area from Tres Lagunas remains in poor condition and is not expected to be stocked until next spring.
Red River: Water flow near the hatchery on Monday was 50 cfs. Trout fishing was very good using hoppers, poundmeisters, bead-head prince nymphs, Panther Martins, Fisher Chick spinners, night crawlers, Power Bait and salmon eggs.
Rio Costilla: Water flow below Costilla Dam on Monday was 33 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Rio Grande: Water flow near the Taos Junction Bridge on Monday was 224 cfs. Trout fishing was fair to good using wooly buggers, hoppers, copper John Barrs, night crawlers and spinners. Fishing was fair using wooly buggers and spinners for smallmouth bass. We had no reports on other species.
Rio Hondo: Stream flow near Valdez on Monday was 15 cfs. Trout fishing was fair using hoppers, worms and salmon eggs.
Rio Pueblo: Water flow near Penasco on Monday was 4.7 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Santa Barbara: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Shuree Ponds: Heavy moss has created poor fishing conditions on the ponds.
Springer Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Storrie Lake: Trout fishing remained slow but fishing for catfish picked up this past week with a few taken by anglers using night crawlers. We had no reports on other species.
Ute Lake: Fishing was fair using night crawlers, shrimp, liver and homemade dough baits for catfish. Fishing was pretty slow for all other species but there were a few white bass and walleye caught by anglers trolling crank baits and one ounce spinner baits. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp ranged from the high 70s to the low 80s.

Northwest

Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was fair using spinner-worm harness combinations for walleye. The best reports came from anglers fishing at depths of 20 to 25 feet. Fishing was fair using topwater lures, crank baits, Pistol Petes, wooly buggers and tubes for smallmouth bass. A few catfish were caught by anglers fishing at night and using shrimp and chicken liver. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the mid to high 70s.

Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday was 365 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Albuquerque Area Drains: Fishing was fair using worms for bluegill on the Corrales Drain. We had no reports on other species or from the other drains.
Bluewater Lake: Fishing was fair using crank baits, spinners and spoons for tiger musky. Most of the musky caught were less than 40 inches in length. Fishing was slow for all other species but there were a few catfish caught by anglers using shrimp and night crawlers. Anglers should be aware that it is illegal to use bait fish at this lake.
Brazos River: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Canjilon Lakes: Trout fishing was slow to fair using worms, Pistol Petes, ants, beetles, salmon eggs and Power Bait.
Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 256 cfs and 445 cfs respectively. Trout fishing below El Vado was good using bead-head wooly buggers, hoppers, salmon eggs, night crawlers and Power Bait. Fishing below Abiquiu was slow but a few trout were caught by anglers using salmon eggs and night crawlers.
Cochiti Lake: Fishing was fair using night crawlers, chicken liver and shrimp for catfish. Fishing was slow to fair using topwater lures, crank baits and jerk baits for smallmouth bass and white bass. We had no reports on other species.
El Vado Lake: The water level remains quite low but there is still plenty of water for fishing and the boat ramp remains accessible. We had no reports from anglers again this week.
Fenton Lake: A recent algae bloom and high ph levels have slowed fishing considerably. Expect action to pick up when the cooler fall weather arrives.
Heron Lake: The only boat ramp open is the primitive ramp in the Ridge Rock area. Boaters are able to launch but advised to use caution. Launching with four-wheel-drive vehicles is recommended. Fishing from boats was slow for all species but there were a few trout caught from the bank by anglers using salmon eggs.
Jackson Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Jemez Waters: Fishing on the Cebolla was very good this past week for anglers using hoppers, beetles, copper John Barrs and worms for rainbow trout. We had no reports from the Guadalupe. The Jemez River was flowing at 17 cfs on Monday morning and was still running dirty with debris and ash and is expected to stay that way through the monsoon season. As the storms subsided fishing on the Valles Caldera was very good this past week. Marc Bernard reported excellent fishing north of the lightning shack near the headwaters of the East Fork. He was using hoppers and had dozens of strikes and landed 9 trout in about 2 hours. Marc reported that it was a mixed bag of rainbows and browns ranging in size from 8 to 14 inches. He stopped at the East Fork Trailhead on the way out and spotted schools of small fish but also noticed that some flash flooding had occurred in the area and appeared to have wiped out most of the habitat for larger fish. Hoppers appeared to be the best pattern for most anglers on the East Fork as well as the San Antonio although action on the San Antonio was a bit slower. For information on fishing the Valles Caldera visit www.vallescaldera.gov.
Laguna del Campo: Trout fishing was fair using Pistol Petes, bead-head hare’s ears and Power Bait.
Lake Farmington: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Navajo Lake: Fishing was fair trolling Arnies and Z Rays tipped with corn about three feet behind flashers for kokanee. Anglers reported taking fish at depths of 50 to 55 feet. Fishing was fair using jerk baits, crank baits, topwater lures and curly tail grubs for smallmouth bass and an occasional largemouth bass. Night fishing was fair to good using cut bait, shrimp and stink bait for catfish. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp ranged from the mid to high 70s.
San Gregorio: We had no reports from anglers this week.
San Juan: Water flow below Navajo on Monday was 673 cfs. Trout fishing through the Quality Waters was fair to good using bunny leeches, rubber legged hare’s ears, red midge larva, Griffith’s gnats, small ants, brown, grey and black foam wing emergers, small bead-head pheasant tails and rainbow warriors. A few trout were also caught and released by anglers using barbless hook spinners. Fishing through the bait waters was good using hare’s ears, copper John Barrs, jerk baits, Chernobyl ants, salmon eggs, Power Bait and night crawlers.
Santa Cruz Lake: Fishing was slow for all species. The boat ramp has been closed and the water level is about 30 feet below the spillway.
Seven Springs Brood Pond: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Tingley Beach: Fishing was slow for all species.

Southwest

Bear Canyon: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Bill Evans Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using night crawlers and chicken liver for catfish. We had no reports on other species.
Caballo Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week. One lane remained open at the main boat ramp.
Elephant Butte: Fishing was good using shrimp, night crawlers, dead minnows, chicken liver and cut bait for catfish. Fishing for white bass was a bit sporadic but anglers following the gulls did well using topwater lures, grubs, spinners and crank baits. Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass was tough but a few keepers were caught by anglers using topwater lures in the early morning and late evening hours and crank baits and jerk baits during the day. We had no reports on other species. The Monticello, Rock Canyon and Dam Site boat ramps remain closed due to low water conditions.
Escondida Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
Gila River: Water flow on the Gila as of this past Monday was 558 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Lake Roberts: Fishing was good using salmon eggs for trout. There were no reports on other species but the Department found an abundance of 3- to 5-pound catfish and one big 2-pound bluegill on a recent fish survey. Looks like a good place to chase catfish while the water is still up. As the rains and runoff in the area subside, the lake level will drop making it increasingly more difficult to fish and the project to improve the dam and spillway will continue.
Percha Dam: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Quemado Lake: Trout fishing was very good for some but slow for others. Anglers having the best luck were fishing the northeast side of the lake and using night crawlers. Fishing was slow to fair using spinners and spoons for tiger musky.
Rio Grande: Water flow below Elephant Butte on Monday morning was 7.2 cfs. With the exception of a few carp caught by anglers using corn, we had no reports.
Snow Lake: One of our regular contributors made an attempt to reach the lake but reported that the road to the lake is in serious disrepair.

Southeast

Bataan Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
Black River: Stream flow at Malaga on Monday was 7.8 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
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 for all species. Check these lakes out during the winter trout stocking.
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 slow for all species.
El Rito Creek: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Greene Acres Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
Green Meadow Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Grindstone Reservoir: Hot spot for trout: Fishing continued to be very good using salmon eggs, Power Bait and worms for trout. A few trout were also caught by anglers using Pistol Petes. Fishing was fair to good using worms and night crawlers for catfish and a few bluegills.
Jal Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Lake Van: Fishing was slow for all species.
Oasis Park Lake: Aug. 31, Oasis State Park is hosting the 5th annual “Biggest Catfish” Challenge with prizes for juniors and adults. For information call 575-356-5331. Anglers are reminded that there is a 2-fish limit on channel catfish.
Pecos River: Stream flow below Sumner Lake on Monday was 120 cfs. Fishing was slow for all species.
Perch Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Ruidoso River: Stream flow at Hollywood on Monday was 9 cfs. Fishing was fair using worms and salmon eggs for trout.
Santa Rosa Lake: The main boat ramp has reopened to no wake boating and the lake level continues to rise. The water was described as stained, fishing pressure has been extremely light and fishing was slow for all species.
Sumner Lake: Fishing was slow for all species. There were a few catfish caught by anglers using night crawlers. Fishing pressure was very light. Both boat ramps remain open.