NM: Weekly Fishing Report March 7, 2012

This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish, 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.


Charette Lakes – Opened March 1. Fishing is fair for trout and perch.

Cimarron River – More water is open from the Palisades to Ute Park but water level is very low.

Clayton Lake – Opened March 1. The lake has been recently stocked with trout but fish are not biting yet. No report on walleye.

Conchas Lake – Fishing for walleye is good at about 50 to 60 feet with minnows. Water temp is 49 degrees.

Costilla Creek – Still iced over.

Coyote Creek – Creek is still iced over.

Eagle Nest Lake –15 inches of ice with windy conditions. Fishing is good for yellow perch and rainbows with Power Bait and worms. Pike are being caught with meal worms. Note: It is illegal to use live shiners as bait at Eagle Nest Lake.

Lake Alice and Lake Maloya– Ice is 17 inches thick at Maloya. Fishing is good with salmon eggs, corn, Power Bait and dough bait for trout. Lake Alice has some open water, but fishing is poor. Stay off the ice.

Maxwell Lakes – Opened March 1. Fishing is good for trout using Power Bait and salmon eggs.

Monastery Lake: The lake is clear of ice, but fishing has been slow due to poor weather and wind. Stocking will resume in April.

Morphy Lake – Opens April 1.

Pecos River – 49 cfs at Terrero. Upper river is opening up and fishing is fair with midges, baetis nymphs, and smaller stonefly nymphs. Villanueva was recently stocked so fishing has been good.

Red River – Fishing is good below the hatchery using dry flies on cloudy days.

Rio Grande – 375 cfs at Cerro. Fishing is fair for pike, slow to fair for trout, and poor for smallmouth bass. Lots of pike are visible but few are biting. Try fast aerated water in the morning for trout.

Rio Hondo – Some open water but flow is still low and cloudy.

Rio Pueblo – Some open water but flow is still low and cloudy. Fishing is very slow.

Shuree Ponds – Closed for the season. Opens July 1.

Springer Lakes – Fishing is slow. Expect windy conditions.

Storrie Lake – No report.

Ute Lake – Fishing for walleye is fair at 20-25 feet using minnows. 46 degree water temperature. White bass still slow.


Animas River – Fishing has been slow. The river is rising and murky.

Chama River – Fishing on the upper Chama has been slow due to snow and ice. The lower Chama below Cooper’s Lodge is running at 55 cfs. Anglers have reported catching brown trout on jigs and rainbow trout on worms and nightcrawlers.

Abiquiu Lake – No report.

El Vado Lake – The main campground is closed and most of the shoreline is frozen over, making it tough to fish. The ice is too thin for ice fishing.

Heron Lake– Trolling for fish has been slow with reports of windy conditions. Fishing at Willow Creek and La Jara boat ramps has been fair using an assortment of Power Bait and corn.

Jackson Lake – Many anglers over the weekend reported catching their limits in a few hours on Power Bait and salmon eggs.

Lake Farmington – Fishing pressure has increased, with anglers reporting catching trout on Power Bait and spinners.

McGaffey Lake – The Lake is frozen, but starting to accumulate some runoff. There is not enough water to stock at this time.

Ramah Lake – Slow.

Navajo Lake – Fishing is fair to good with lots of fishermen saying that the trout are biting well. Most trout are being caught on and assortment of spinners. With warmer temperatures coming, expect the bass fishing to pick up. The lake was stocked with 607,887 kokanee salmon Feb. 27.

San Juan River – Fishing is fair to good using size 24 to 26 Krystal flash midges. Also, red larva in size 18 have been working well. With the weather finally warming up this week, look forward to some really good fishing.

West-Central, including the Jemez Mountains

Jemez River, East Fork, Guadalupe and San Antonio – Fishing is reported as fair to good using all types of baits below the San Antonio fishing access. Everything above is still snow packed and icy.

Metro Drainages — Drainages are clear and fishing well using salmon eggs and an assortment of spinners. Irrigation season started March 1, so fishing may slow down as the drains become murky.

Bluewater Lake – With warmer temperatures and high winds, the lake is starting to thaw. There is some open water around the edge and in the middle of the lake, but fishing is slow at this time.

Cochiti Lake – The lake is closed for dock repair.

Fenton Lake – No report.

Tingley Beach – Fishing at the central and kid’s ponds has been great with most anglers catching their limit of 4 trout within a few hours using salmon eggs. Fishing for catfish is reported slow at this time. The catch and release pond has been fair to good using wet flies.

Manzano Lake – Fishing has been fair using worms and Power Bait.


Gila River –Fishing pressure has been very light.

Rio Grande – Fishing has been fair between Elephant Butte and Caballo for stocked triploid rainbow trout.

Bear Canyon Lake – Fishing for trout is good with brigh-colored Power Bait. Other species are slow.

Bill Evans Lake – Fishing for trout is reported as good with Power Bait, fireballs, spinners and flies all working well. No reports on other species.

Caballo Lake – Water levels are coming up and walleye fishing has picked up near the dam using minnows.

Elephant Butte Lake – No report.

Escondida Lake – Fishing for rainbow trout is good with Power Bait and salmon eggs working well.

Glenwood Ponds – Fishing is reported as good for trout. Bright-colored Power Bait is working best.

Lake Roberts – Trout fishing is reported as fair with Power Bait.

Quemado Lake –Fishing is good for recently stocked trout. Power Bait and flies are catching fish.

Snow Lake- Roads to Snow Lake are still impassible due to deep snow.


No reports.

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