Weekly Fishing Report for New Mexico March 13, 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.
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Charette Lakes – No report.
Cimarron River – 3.6 cfs. More open water but fishing still very slow.
Clayton Lake – No report.
Conchas Lake – Fishing for walleye is good at about 50-60 feet with minnows. White bass are also being caught; however fishing pressure is still very light.
Costilla Creek – Still iced over.
Coyote Creek – Creek is still iced over.
Eagle Nest Lake –15 inches of grainy ice. Warm weather this week may close the lake to ice fishing. Fishing is good for yellow perch and rainbows with Power Bait and worms.
Lake Alice and Lake Maloya– Fishing is good with Power Bait and dough bait for trout; however, poor ice conditions will probably close the lake to ice fishing this week. Lake Alice has some open water, but fishing is poor.
Maxwell Lakes – Fishing is good for trout using corn and marshmallows.
Monastery Lake: Fishing is fair with salmon eggs and green and orange Power Bait.
Morphy Lake – Opens April 1.
Pecos River – 40 cfs at Terrero. Upper river is opening up and fishing is fair with nymph pattern flies. Villanueva has been fair with salmon eggs.
Red River – Fishing is good below the hatchery using dry flies on cloudy days.
Rio Grande – 635 cfs at Embudo. Fishing is fair for trout as water levels and water temperatures rise. Still fair for pike and slow for smallmouth bass.
Rio Hondo – Some open water but flow is still low and cloudy. Fishing is very slow.
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 – No report.
Storrie Lake – Fishing pressure is still light but some nice trout have been caught with Power Bait and salmon eggs.
Ute Lake – Fishing for walleye is fair at 20-25 feet using minnows. Catfish are being caught in very shallow water. 49 degree water temperature. White bass still slow.
Animas River – Fishing is slow, but some anglers are reporting some success on an assortment of wet flies.
Chama River – Fishing on the upper Chama has been slow due to snow and ice. The lower Chama has been fishing fair to good using nightcrawlers.The water flow is running about 150 cfs.
El Vado Lake – The lake is covered with a thin layer of ice that is not thick enough to ice fish from. Due to icy conditions, fishing from the shore is impossible.
Heron Lake– No report.
Jackson Lake – Fishing is fair to good using Power Bait and spinners.
Lake Farmington – Fishing is slow with a few trout being caught on salmon eggs. Some reports say that Power Bait and spinners have been working.
McGaffey Lake – The Lake is still frozen. However, with warmer temperatures starting this week the lake should start to thaw and fill up with annual runoff.
Ramah Lake – Slow.
Navajo Lake – Fishing is reported fair to good. Fishermen are reporting success on just about anything they throw in water.
San Juan River – With some reports of good midge hatches occurring from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., small midge patterns sizes 24-26 in black are working well.
West-Central, including the Jemez Mountains
Jemez River, East Fork, Guadalupe and San Antonio – With rising temperatures, the snow melt has created some murky water conditions above San Antonio hot springs, making for tough fishing conditions. The runoff below Spence hot springs has stained the water red making it impossible to locate fish. Look for the Jemez to start experiencing the runoff within the next several weeks as well.
Metro Drainages — Slow.
Bluewater Lake – There is still some ice on the lake and around the edges. Fishing has been slow this week and last.
Grants Pond – Slow.
Cochiti Lake – Slow.
Fenton Lake – The lake is still closed due to unsafe ice conditions.
Tingley Beach – Fishing for trout in the children’s and central ponds has been great using salmon eggs. Fly fishing in the south catch and release pond have mixed results with wet flies working best.
Estancia Pond – Due to poor weather conditions last weekend, fishing was poor. Warm temperatures this week should have the fish starting to bite.
Manzano Lake – Due to poor weather conditions last weekend, fishing was poor. Warm temperatures this week should have the fish starting to bite.
Gila River –No report.
Rio Grande – Fishing has been fair between Elephant Butte and Caballo for stocked triploid rainbow trout. 1,700 triploid rainbow trout were stocked last week.
Bear Canyon Lake – Fishing for trout is good with bright-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. An additional 2,600 triploid rainbow trout were stocked last week.
Caballo Lake –Several walleye over 30 inches were reported last week before the winds picked up. A few blue catfish were also caught.
Elephant Butte Lake – No report due to high winds and cold weather.
Escondida Lake – Fishing for rainbow trout is good with both Power Bait and salmon eggs working well. 2,075 triploid rainbow trout were stocked last week.
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. No report on tiger muskies.
Snow Lake- Roads to Snow Lake are still impassible due to deep snow.
Bataan and Carlsbad Municipal lakes – Stocked heavily last week and fishing should be good.
Grindstone Lake – The lake is low, but fishing has been good for rainbow trout on Power Bait and salmon eggs. The lake was stocked with 3,120 trout last week.
Ruidoso River – Fishing should improve this week after 1,248 trout were stocked last week.
Santa Rosa, Sumner lakes – A block water release is planned at Santa Rosa Lake this week and at Sumner Lake over the weekend as irrigation water is transferred to Brantley Lake. Anglers should check the status of the Santa Rosa boat ramp before heading out. The release will temporarily close access to the Pecos River below Sumner Lake. Catfishing should improve in the Roswell area toward the end of the week.