NM: Weekly Fishing Report for May 10, 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.
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Animas River – The flow is 884 cfs. Fishing is reported as good
for brown and rainbow trout. Recent rains and snow melt will effect
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.
Chama River – Upper section flow is 1,910 cfs. The high flows and
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 for fly anglers. Also working are spinners and worms.
The river below El Vado is wadeable with flows on the high side at
455 cfs. The water has cleared and fishing is reported as good for
trout up to 18 inches. Focus on the tail outs and hit the obvious
seams. The river above El Vado Lake was stocked with 279 triploid
rainbow trout last week. The river below El Vado Lake was stocked
with 351 triploid rainbow trout last week.
San Juan River – Upper section-Catch and Release flow is 504 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 several weeks
now and should remain that way until the release from Navajo is
increased (no report on when that will be yet). 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 #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
below the quality waters was stocked with 3,150 triploid rainbow
trout last week.
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 with very little
pressure for brown trout on both sides of the dam. Some fish have
been caught using pistol Petes and Panther Martins.
Heron Lake- Reports of lake trout being landed when jigging or
trolling Panther Martins, nibblers and Outcast lures has slowed
considerably. Shore fishing for trout is slow due to low water
levels. The lake is down about 35 feet from last year. Cold weather
last week kept anglers away and pressure is reported as very
Jackson Lake – Fishing is good for trout. Anglers are having
success using Power Bait and any spinner with gold blades.
Lake Farmington – Trout fishing is reported as good for trout. The
lake was stocked with 1,749 triploid rainbow trout last week.
Morgan Lake – Bass fishing is reported as slow.
Navajo Lake – Conditions remain the same as last week. 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 picking 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
Cimarron River – Flows below Eagle Nest Dam are 31 cfs and 31
cfs near Cimarron. Fishing conditions are good. Flows are good and
fishing has picked up. 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. The river was stocked with 1,698 triploid rainbow
trout two weeks ago and another 1,695 last week and the gravel pit
lakes were stocked two weeks ago with 280 triploid rainbow trout
another 279 last week.
Costilla Creek – The flow is 23 cfs near the town of Costilla. No
report. Was stocked with 2,099 triploid rainbow trout two weeks
Red River – Flows at Questa 28 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. The river below the
Questa was stocked with 2,099 triploid rainbow trout last
Rio Grande – Flows are 235 cfs near Cerro and 388 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
at Pilar, the Hondo and Red River confluences. 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
Rio Hondo – Flows are at 27 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 97 cfs and there is no report this week.
The river was stocked with 841 triploid rainbow trout two weeks
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
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.the lake was stocked with 2,797
triploid rainbow trout last week.
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. Water
temps are still cold and fly fishing is reported as slow for
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 349 triploid rainbow trout and Lake Maloya was stocked
with 2,100 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. The lake
was stocked last week with 1,401 triploid rainbow trout last
Santa Cruz Lake – No report.
Shuree Ponds -Reopens July 1.
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 77 cfs. Conditions remain the same or have improved
on the streams in the Jemez. 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 highway 126. The Jemez River was stocked with
579 rainbow trout two weeks ago; The East Fork was stocked with 280
rainbow trout last week; The Rio Las Vacas was stocked with 1,050
rainbow trout last week; The San Antonio was stocked with 640
rainbow trout last week; and the Seven Spring Brood Pond was
stocked with 280 rainbow trout last week.
Metro Drainages – Trout fishing is reported as slow for trout on
Bluewater Lake – Fishing is reported as slow for trout when using
Power Bait from shore. No report on all other species. Pressure has
been very light due to weather.
Cochiti Lake – The weather has kept anglers away but reports of
midge hatches and rising fish suggest with the warming weather’s
return fishing could be good this week.
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 catching fish with most methods working.
The lake was stocked with 1,710 rainbow trout two weeks ago.
Tingley Beach – Trout fishing in the Tingley Beach Children’s and
Central Ponds has been fair. Winter trout stocking at Tingley has
ended and we are looking forward to catfish stockings in time for
the summer holidays (Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day).
There are nice bass in the Children’s Ponds waiting for a young
angler to catch them. Fair reports from fly-rod anglers at the
South/Catch and Release Pond using bunny leeches and egg patterns.
The central pond was stocked last week with 220 triploid rainbow
East-Central, including the Pecos River
Coyote Creek – Flow is 0.60 cfs. No report this week. The river
was stocked with 279 triploid rainbow trout two weeks ago. The
creek was stocked last week with 560 triploid rainbow trout last
Pecos River – Flows near Pecos is 104 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 Cowles to
the Village of Pecos was stocked with 1,821 rainbow trout and
another with 140 triploid rainbow trout last week. The Mora River
was stocked with 489 rainbow last week.
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 – 15 feet of water drifting minnows and from the
Morphy Lake – Fishing is reported as good form shore and when
trolling for trout. All methods are catching fish. The lake was
stocked with 2,103 triploid rainbow last week.
Santa Rosa Lake – Lake levels are and winds have been challenging.
Walleye are fishing good in 10 – 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. Small mouth
bass have also 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.
Sumner Lake – Winter trout waters, stilling basin – No report this
Ute Lake – Fishing remains the same this week. 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 10-15 feet of water.
Catfish are fishing fair up the Canadian past the crappie wall.
Stink baits are the ticket. White bass are fishing fair, a few are
being landed here and there. Try up around the Ranch House. Crappie
are fishing fair.
Gila River – The flow is 45 cfs and fishing is slow with very
Rio Grande – The flow is 629 cfs below Elephant Butte Dam. Fishing
is fair to good for walleye with shiners below both Elephant Butte
and Caballo Lakes.
Bill Evans Lake: Winter trout waters – Fishing for trout is
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 – Fishing remains the same here mostly due to
weather. 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
Glenwood Ponds – Fishing has been slow with light pressure. The
ponds were stocked last week with 2,264 triploid rainbow two weeks
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 but the lake was stocked last week with 2,264
triploid rainbow trout two weeks ago.
Black River – Flow is 48 cfs. Fishing is reported as fair for
trout using worms, salmon eggs and Power Bait.
Bonito Creek – No report.
Rio Ruidoso – Flow is 2.4 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 trout last week and again two weeks ago.
Bonito Lake – Fishing is reported as good for trout with all
methods catching fish. The lake was stocked with 4,895 triploid
rainbow trout 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 dept. of Game and Fish. Pesticides 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 2,973 triploid rainbow trout last week.
Lake Van: Winter trout waters – Fair for trout when using worms,
spinners, Power Bait and salmon eggs. No report on other