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New Mexico Fishing Report

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NEW MEXICO FISHING REPORT

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the state 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.

May 22, 2018

Northeast

Charette Lakes: Fishing was good using PowerBait, Fire Balls and Pistol Petes for rainbow trout. Mel Begay of Las Vegas reported very good fishing this past Wednesday. His catch included a 19-inch rainbow with the rest between 14 and 16 inches. He was using salmon peach PowerBait. We had no reports on perch.

Clayton Lake: HOT SPOT FOR TROUT: Fishing continued to be very good with many anglers reporting catching limits and a good number of fish between 15 and 20 inches in length. They were using PowerBait and spoons. We had no reports on other species.

Cimarron River: Streamflow below Eagle Nest on Monday morning (May 14) was 23.1cfs. Trout fishing was good using worms, golden stone flies, elk hair caddis, micro mays and beadhead hares ears. Fishing at the Gravel Pit lakes was good using Pistol Petes, PowerBait, salmon eggs and worms.

Conchas Lake: Fishing was very good using minnows, tubes, lizards, swim baits, worms, curly tail grubs, salt craws and senkos for smallmouth and largemouth bass. Kevin Carlson of Pampa, Texas reported a great weekend of fishing. He caught and released around 50 smallmouth and largemouth bass in two days, the vast majority of which were legal size. Fishing for walleye was fair using worm harnesses, minnows, sassy shad and curly tail grubs. Fishing for crappie was fair using minnows. Fishing was fair to good using chicken liver, homemade dough bait and night crawlers for catfish. We had no other reports. The surface water temperature was in the mid-60s.

Cowles Ponds: Fishing was fair to good using PowerBait, Pistol Petes and spinners for trout. We fished here over the weekend and hit it just right. Hooked and landed two fat rainbows over 17 inches in length within the first 10 minutes. We were fishing back behind the island and using a small gold Panther Martin.

Eagle Nest Lake: Fishing was fair to good using PowerBait, spoons, spinners and worms for rainbow trout and kokanee salmon. Fishing was good using worms and small spinners for perch. Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits and streamers for northern pike. The courtesy docks are in place. The Eagle Nest Fly Shack and Lodge Annual Pike Tournament is Saturday and Sunday (June 2-3). For more information, call (505) 485-8328.

Lake Alice: Trout fishing was good using Pistol Petes, gold spoons, Panther Martins and PowerBait. Fishing pressure was light.

Lake Maloya: Hot spot for trout: Fishing continued to be very good for anglers using PowerBait, olive and brown Pistol Petes, gold Kastmasters and brown bead-head wooly buggers for trout up to 18 inches. The Sugarite Canyon State Park Annual Fishing Derby will be held Saturday (May 26) through Sunday (June 3). For more information, contact the park office (575) 445-5607.

Los Pinos River: Fishing was good using copper John Barrs, prince nymphs and worms for trout.

Maxwell Lake 13: Fishing was good using worms, Fire Balls, Kastmasters and PowerBait for trout. Fishing was fair using worms, shaky shad, tubes and crank baits for largemouth bass. We had no other reports.

Monastery Lake: Fishing was fair using PowerBait and Fire Balls for trout. Tim Chavez of Belen caught a 17-inch rainbow trout. He was using PowerBait.

Morphy Lake: The boat ramp has been closed due to low water conditions. Hand launching of small craft, such as kayaks and canoes is still allowed. For updates, contact the park office (575) 387-2328. Fishing was good using PowerBait, Fire Balls and worms for trout.

Pecos River: Streamflow near Pecos on Monday morning (May 14) was 18.6 cfs. Trout fishing was slow to fair for anglers using worms, PowerBait, Fire Balls, elk hair caddis and small nymphs. Finding the deeper pockets was key to good success.

Red River: Streamflow below the hatchery Monday morning was 44.0 cfs. Trout fishing was good using copper John Barrs, Fire Balls and worms. Trout fishing at the hatchery pond was good using Fire Balls, worms and PowerBait.

Río Grande: Streamflow on Monday morning at the Taos Junction Bridge was 312 cfs. Fishing was good using spinners, elk hair caddis, crane fly nymphs, wooly buggers, micro mays, leeches, copper John Barrs, spinners and night crawlers for brown and rainbow trout, smallmouth bass and an occasional northern pike.

Río Hondo: Streamflow on Monday morning (May 14) near Valdez was 4.25 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Río Pueblo: Stream flow near Peñasco on Monday morning was 14.4 cfs. We had no reports from anglers.

Santa Cruz Reservoir: Fishing was good using Fisher Chick spinners, Kastmasters, Super Dupers, PowerBait and Velveeta cheese for trout. We had no reports on other species.

Shuree Ponds: Closed for the season.

Springer Lake: Fishing was fair using Rat L Traps for northern pike. We had no reports on other species.

Storrie Lake: Fishing was good using PowerBait, Fire Balls, garlic cheese and worms for rainbow trout. Fishing was slow to fair using worms for catfish. We had no other reports.

Stubblefield Lake: Fishing was fair to good using crank baits, curly tail grubs, swim baits and night crawlers for walleye and largemouth bass.

Ute Lake: HOT SPOT FOR CRAPPIE AND WALLEYE: Anglers continued to have a great time catching big crappie. They were using minnows, jigs and grubs. Fishing was very good trolling and casting crank baits for walleye. Fishing was good using tubes, small plastic worms, flukes, curly tail grubs, senkos and creature baits for smallmouth and largemouth bass. Fishing was good using small minnows, worms and small tubes for bluegill. Fishing was good using stink bait, night crawlers and hot dogs for catfish. The surface water temperature was in the mid-60s.

Northwest

Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was good using crank baits, tubes, senkos, curly tail grubs, soft swim baits, Roboworms and wooly buggers for smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair to good using jig and grub and jig and worm combination, crank baits, curly tail grubs, Roboworms and minnows for walleye at 8 to 30 feet. Fishing for catfish was fair to good using liver, homemade dough bait and dip bait. We had no other reports.

Animas River: Water flow below Aztec on Monday morning was 608 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Brazos River: Fishing was good using copper John Barrs, Fire Balls and worms for trout.

Canjilon Lakes: Closed by the U.S. Forest Service until further notice. The area may reopen later this year.

Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 774 cfs and 905 cfs respectively. Trout fishing below El Vado was fair using bead-head nymphs, spinners, salmon eggs and PowerBait for brown and rainbow trout. Fishing below Abiquiu was slow.

Cochiti Lake: Fishing was good using minnows for crappie. Fishing was fair using sassy shad, curly tail grubs, swim baits and crank baits for white bass. Fishing was fair to good using crank baits, tubes, senkos and grubs for smallmouth and largemouth bass. Fishing was slow to fair using minnows, jigs, crank baits and Rooster Tails for northern pike and walleye. Fishing was good using homemade dough bait and liver for catfish. Fishing was fair using corn for carp. We had no reports on other species.

El Vado Lake: Fishing was very good using crank baits, jerk baits, tubes, Panther Martins, swim baits and worms for smallmouth bass. Fishing was good using worms and small plastics for perch. Fishing was fair to good using spinners and night crawlers for brown trout. A carp fishing derby will be held here and at Heron Lake May 28. For more information, call the park office at (575) 588-7470.

Navajo Lake: Fishing was good using jerk baits, curly tail grubs, senkos, worms, tubes, flukes, crank baits and chatter baits for smallmouth and largemouth bass. Fishing was fair using swim baits, spinner baits, jerk baits and crank baits for northern pike. Fishing was fair using minnows and small tubes for crappie. Fishing was good using worms and curly tail grubs for perch. We had no other reports. The surface water temp was in the low 60s.

San Juan River: Streamflow on Sunday morning was raised to 550 cfs and was flowing at 543 cfs on Monday morning. With the Animas dropping fast, there could be another increase soon. Fishing through the Quality Waters was good using tan and olive midge larva and emergers, small pheasant tail nymphs, RS2s, and foam beetles. Trout fishing through the bait waters was fair to good using Kastmasters, jerk baits, copper John Barrs, night crawlers and Fire Balls.

Crews stocked 39,135 triploid rainbow trout in the following waters: Alto Lake, Aztec Pond No.1, Brazos RIver, Chama River (below El Vado and below Abiquiu), Eagle Nest Lake, El Porvinor Creek (2115), Fenton Lake, Glenwood Pond, Laguna del Campo (Burns lake), Los Pinos River, Monastery Lake, Mora (Pecos River Drainage), Morphy Reservoir, Nutrias Lakes (aka Trout Lakes), Pecos River (Cowles To Village Of Pecos), Red River (below Questa), Red River Hatchery Pond, Rio Bonito, Ruidoso River, San Gregorio Lake, San Juan River (below Quality Waters), Seven Springs Brood Pond, Río Pueblo, San Antonio River, San Juan River (below Quality Waters), Seven Springs Brood Pond and Timberon Ponds.

In addition, crews stocked about a half million striped bass fry In Elephant Butte Lake.

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