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NM: Fishing Report April 26, 2011

This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish
and The Fish Phone, has been generated from the best information
available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses.
Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter
fish and angler activities.

Attention anglers: New Mexico’s license year began April 1, and
that means it’s time to renew your fishing license. They can be
purchased at license vendors statewide, Department of Game and Fish
offices in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Las Cruces, Roswell and Raton, or
through the Online License System.

Northwest

Animas River – The flow is 660 cfs. Fishing is reported as good for
brown and rainbow trout. Recent rains will affect water clarity.
Fly anglers are having good success with bead headed pheasant
tails, prince nymphs and copper john’s all size 14-16. Worms,
salmon eggs and Panther Martins are also working. The river was
stocked with 349 triploid rainbow trout two weeks ago.

Chama River – Upper section flow is 948 cfs. The upper Chama
including the stretch flowing into El Vado is in runoff. The colder
snowmelt has slowed the fishing somewhat. Stonefly nymphs and a
smaller trailing caddis or baetis under an indicator would be the
way to go. The river below El Vado is wadeable still but flows are
on the high side at 598 cfs, take caution as it’s hard to see the
bottom. Focus on the tail outs and hit the obvious seams. Crane fly
larva and egg patterns and a trailing flashy baetis were reported
to be the hot flies. The stretch below Abiquiu is fishing slow.
High dam release has made wading here tough. The river is somewhat
clear. The river above El Vado Lake was stocked with 351 triploid
rainbow trout last week. The river below El Vado Lake was stocked
with 279 triploid rainbow trout last week. The river below Abiquiu
Lake was stocked with 560 triploid rainbow trout last week.

San Juan River – Upper section – Catch and Release flow is 516 cfs.
The visibility is reported at two to three feet in the river below
the dam. Fishing remains the same as it’s been for the last few
weeks. Big midge hatches continue to come off late mornings. Dark
bodied midge larvae and pupa are still working and more and more
baetis are being seen. The usual, chocolate foam wings in No. 22,
chocolate Johnny flash, wonder baetis, and small pheasant tails to
mimic your baetis.

Lower section – Open waters, fishing is good with night crawlers,
salmon eggs and the same flies as for the upper section. The river
was stocked with 3,151 triploid rainbow trout two weeks ago.

Abiquiu Lake- Fishing is slow with a few brown trout being landed.
No report on what is working.

El Vado Lake – Fishing is reported as fair for brown trout on both
sides of the dam. Some fish have been caught using pistol Pete’s
and Panther Martins.

Heron Lake- April 17, a 26-pound, 4-ounce, 36 ½-inch lake trout was
landed by Jack Martinez of Albuquerque. Reports of many lake trout
being landed in the 10- to 20-pound range when jigging or trolling
Panther Martins, nibblers and Outcast lures. Shore fishing for
trout is slow due to low water levels. The lake is down about 35
feet form last year.

Jackson Lake – Fishing is fair for trout. Anglers are having
success using Power Bait and any spinner with gold blades. The lake
was stocked two weeks ago with 1,050 triploid rainbow trout.

Lake Farmington – Trout fishing is reported as slow for
trout.

Morgan Lake – Bass fishing is reported as slow.

Navajo Lake – The pike are slowing down but fishing is fair when
using Rapala DT 6-16 and Rapala XR 12-14. Perch, yellow perch, hot
steel, rainbow and gold. Bass fishing is icking up and should get
really good as the water temps come up. Anglers are having success
using Strike King Plastics. Crappie are reported as good back in
the coves where warmer water can be found. Best bet is to use jigs,
minnows and Gulp baits.

Northeast

Cimarron River – Flows below Eagle Nest Dam are 40 cfs and 39 cfs
near Cimarron. Fishing conditions are good. Flows have increased
and fishing has slowed down to fair overall. Dark midges and baetis
nymphs like tungsten WD40’s, black psycho mays, chocolate Johnny
flashes, and black zebra midges on a nymph rig or dry dropper are
the best choices for fly anglers. Spinners and worms are also
landing fish below the quality waters.

Costilla Creek – The flow is 20 cfs near the town of Costilla. No
report. The river was stocked with 281 triploid rainbow trout last
week.

Red River – Flows at Questa are 26 cfs and 50 cfs below the
hatchery. Fishing is fair to good for rainbows below the hatchery
with bead-head nymphs and various flies. Bait fishermen might try
spinners, salmon eggs or Power Bait. Upper river is starting to
turn on using the same methods but fishing is a bit slower.

Rio Grande – Flows are 225 cfs near Cerro and 399 cfs below the
Taos Junction Bridge. Best dry fly fishing is in the afternoons
provided the wind isn’t howling. Trout fishing is reported as good
on most of the river at and above Pilar. Pike and bass have been
reported as fair. The pike are fishing better in the upper
stretches of the river when using red and white lures. The bass are
fishing better in the lower stretches when using spinners and
various plastics. The river was stocked form Pilar to Cochiti Lake
with 3,074 triploid rainbow trout two weeks ago.

Rio Hondo – Flows are 18 cfs. Lower section at confluence with Rio
Grande is best. Trout are slow to fair with various flies, spinners
and worms.

Rio Pueblo – Flows are at 68 cfs and there is no report this week.
The river was stocked with 840 triploid rainbow trout two weeks
ago.

Cabresto Lake – No report

Charette Lakes – Fishing is reported as fair with some trout being
landed in the range of 9 to 20 inches. Power bait is the choice
from the bank and when trolling use small perch baits in green and
orange. The lower lake was stocked with 1,750 triploid rainbow
trout two weeks ago.

Clayton Lake – Fishing for trout is reported as good to excellent
with limits being taken on Power Bait and worms. Fish are averaging
10 inches with some up to 15.

Eagle Nest Lake – Boat ramps are open but docks are not in. Fishing
for trout and perch is reported as good form shore. No reports on
trolling. Best bet is to use roe, Power Bait and salmon eggs.

Lake Alice and Lake Maloya- Fishing is reported as good on both
lakes using corn and worms for stocker sized trout. Lake Alice was
stocked with 351 triploid rainbow trout last week and Lake Maloya
was stocked with 2,099 triploid rainbow trout last week.

Maxwell Lakes – Lake No. 13 is reported as off and on with an
occasional trout landed. Some fish are large — up to 24 inches.
Best success is reported using Power Bait, Worms and
spinners.

Santa Cruz Lake – No report.

Shuree Ponds – Closed Dec. 31st and re-opens July 1st, 2011.

Springer Lakes – Fishing is reported as fair for small pike up to
26 inches on cranks and rattle traps.

West-Central, including the Jemez Mountains

Jemez River, East Fork, Guadalupe and San Antonio – Flow on the
Jemez River is 75 cfs. Spinners, Power Bait and worms are working
well and landing fish. A dry fly dropper rig with No. 16-18 deep
six caddis or a No. 18 psycho may in olive should pick up most of
them. Stonefly nymphs on the lower Jemez and Guadalupe will also
work. Some of the gullible fish are taking small dries like a
parachute pheasant tail or Adams. Good reports on the East Fork and
San Antonio up from N.M. 126. The river was stocked with 579
rainbow trout last week.

Metro Drainages – Trout fishing is reported as slow for trout on
all methods.

Bluewater Lake – Fishing is reported as good for trout when using
Power Bait from shore. No report on all other species.

Cochiti Lake – The lake is warming up, with warmer water on the
east side of the lake. The east side is only accessible by boat.
Smallmouth bass are being landed on crank baits but reports are
slow.

Fenton Lake – The lake is fishing good for trout using Power Bait
and salmon eggs. The Cebolla River above the lake is fishing good
for trout. Many anglers are catching fish with most methods
working. The lake was stocked with 1,710 rainbow trout last
week.

Tingley Beach – Trout fishing in the South/Catch and Release Pond
has been good. No report on what’s working. Children’s and Central
Ponds – Trout fishing has been great. Best reports are from anglers
fishing with bait about 18 inches off the bottom.

East-Central, including the Pecos River

Coyote Creek – Flow is 0.78 cfs. The water is low and fishing is
slow with no pressure. The river was stocked with 560 triploid
rainbow trout two weeks ago.

Pecos River – Flows near Pecos is 77 cfs. Above the village of
Pecos, the fishing is picking up every day and fish are eating. Not
much for dry fly fishing yet, so stick to nymphs. Golden stonefly
nymphs, egg patterns, small pheasant tails, baetis nymphs and zebra
midges were some of the latest hot flies. The river from Villanueva
to I-40 was stocked two weeks ago with 140 triploid rainbow trout.
The river from Cowles to the Village of Pecos was stocked with
2,103 rainbow two weeks ago and another 1,750 rainbow trout last
week. The Mora River was stocked with 491 rainbow two weeks ago and
another 490 rainbow trout last week. Monastery Lake was stocked
with 664 rainbow trout two weeks ago.

Conchas Lake – Fishing is reported as good for crappie. The white
bass are fishing fair. A few walleye are being taken. All fish are
being caught in 10 to 15 feet of water drifting minnows and from
the docks.

Morphy Lake – Fishing is reported as good form shore and when
trolling for trout. All methods are catching fish. The lake was
stocked with 2,099 triploid rainbow last week.

Santa Rosa Lake – Lake levels are and winds have been challenging.
Walleye are fishing good in 10 to 30 feet of water and crappie are
starting to turn on. The crappie being caught are of good size.
Fish are being caught using jigs and jigs with minnows. Smallmouth
bass have started to bite and are being caught when fishing for the
walleye. No reports on catfish.

Storrie Lake – Fishing is reported as fair to good for trout using
fireballs and cheese. The lake was stocked with 2,125 triploid
rainbow trout last week.

Sumner Lake – Winter trout waters, stilling basin – No report this
week.

Ute Lake – Walleye are reported as excellent when fishing minnows
Carolina rigged in 10-16 feet of water and casting cranks and jigs
to the shoreline. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are fishing good
when throwing tubes and grubs. The largemouth are being found in
the thick brush/trees and the smallmouth are more on the main lake
points in 10 to 15 feet of water. Catfish are fishing fair. Go up
the Canadian past the crappie wall if you want to catch a mess of
them. Stink baits are the ticket. White bass are fishing fair; a
few are being landed here and there. Try up around the ranch house
mainly because historically this time of year is a good place to go
for them. Crappie are fishing fair, but not too many people are
fishing for them yet.

Southwest

Gila River – The flow is 48 cfs and fishing is slow with very
little pressure.

Rio Grande – The flow is 1,760 cfs below Elephant Butte Dam.
Fishing is fair to good for walleye with shiners below both
Elephant Butte and Caballo Lakes.

Bill Evans Lake: Fishing for trout is slow fair using Power Bait
and worms. Also, trolling is reported as slow to fair when using
spinners.

Caballo Lake – Fishing is generally slow with light pressure. Water
levels are coming up but still low. Anglers having success are
fishing the deeper holes but fishing for all species is slow.
Minnows and night crawlers are working the best for now.

Elephant Butte Lake – Good reports on the white bass and nice sized
fish being landed when using shiners on jigs. The fish are reported
as scattered and being caught all over the lake. Catfish are
reported as good with shrimp on the north end of the lake. Stripers
are reported as slow by the dam. Crappie and walleye are reported
as slow but a few fish have been landed here and there. No report
on other species.

Glenwood Ponds – Fishing has been slow with light pressure.

Lake Roberts – Fishing is reported as fair to good for trout using
bobbers with worms and Power Bait 4 feet below surface. Some limits
are being taken.

Quemado Lake – No report.

Snow Lake – No report.

Southeast

Black River – Flow is 13 cfs. Fishing is reported as fair for trout
using worms, salmon eggs and Power Bait.

Bonito Creek – No report.

Rio Ruidoso – Flow is 3.7 cfs. Water levels are very low and
fishing is reported as slow. Fish are holding in deeper holes.
Power Bait, worms and salmon eggs are reported as working for
stocker sized trout. The river was stocked with 875 triploid
rainbow last week.

Bonito Lake – Fishing is reported as good for trout with all
methods catching fish. The lake was stocked with 2,450 triploid
rainbow last week.

Bottomless Lakes: No report this week.

Brantley Reservoir – There has been light pressure and no current
report. A mandatory catch and release is in place at Brantley Lake
from the Department of Game and Fish. Pesticides, DDT’s have been
found in the fish. Do not keep or eat them.

Grindstone Reservoir – Fishing is reported as good for trout using
spinners, marshmallows, worms, Power Bait and salmon eggs. The lake
was stocked with 4,770 triploid rainbow last week.

Lake Van: Winter trout waters – Fair for trout when using worms,
spinners, Power Bait and salmon eggs. No report on other
species.

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