This fishing report, provided by state Department of Game and Fish area offices in Albuquerque, Raton, Roswell and Las Cruces, has been generated from the best information available from officers and anglers. Conditions may vary, however, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.
Abiquiu Lake: Conditions are still cold and windy with most anglers using spinners with little to no success.
Albuquerque Drains: The drains were stocked for the last time March 16, so fishing is slow and will remain slow for the rest of trout season until they are stocked with catfish sometime in May.
Belen Drains: Fishing on the Belen drains has been steady with assorted Power Bait combinations.
Manzano Lake: Fishing is slow
Estancia Pond: Fishing is slow
Jackson Lake: Fishing is slow
Farmington Lake: Water levels are still low. Water intake into the lake is expected to begin within the next three weeks. Anglers are having good success with Power Bait and worms catching 11-to 14-inch trout. Some anglers are reporting pike being brought in, but few being landed. Water clarity remains good, and warmer weather has brought out the anglers.
Bluewater Lake: Closed until Memorial Day weekend.
Chama River: Limited success is reported below Abiquiu with flies. One angler reported catching and releasing eight fish in a three-hour period on flies.
Cochiti Lake: Is back open, but fishing is reported very slow with very few anglers present.
Herron Lake: No reports
El Vado Lake: No reports
Aztec Pond: With some heavy fishing pressure, a few fish are being caught on worms. The new pond is complete and awaiting water testing before it is stocked.
Navajo Lake: The lake is low due to the anticipated spring runoff. Some catfish have been caught between the main marina and the dam. Pike are being caught all over the lake as well as an occasional rainbow in the deep waters between the main marina and Francis Canyon.
San Juan River: Some nice brown trout are being caught in the bait waters on worms. Fishing the quality waters is still good with the usual midge patterns.
Santa Cruz Lake: Fishing is fair using colored Power Bait and Panther Martins near the inlet. The shoreline is very muddy due to the snow on Saturday.
Fenton Lake: The lake has been closed to fishing and will reopen sometime this spring.
Cimarron River: Warmer temperatures and spring moisture have opened more fishable waters. Water is still very cold, and although you can see the fish, they may not bite. Try small bead head nymphs and worms.
Charette Lakes: No report.
Clayton Lake: Fishing pressure is light, but some trout are being caught on Power Bait.
Conchas Lake: Fishing is still very slow with water temperature at 48 degrees.
Eagle Nest Lake: Fishing is good for trout using jigs, Power Bait, and roe sacks. Fishing is good for perch using worms, Swedish pimples and jigging spoons with worms. Ice thickness is still 28 inches, with some slush on top from recent snows.
Lake Maloya/Lake Alice: Both lakes are closed due to thin ice.
McAllister Lake: Closed indefinitely.
Monastery Lake: The lake is open and fishing is fair for trout.
Pecos River: The upper Pecos has some open water, but water temps are in the mid- to high 30s, and fishing is a little on the slow side. Big golden stonefly nymphs and small dark nymphs presented close to the bottom in the deeper runs is the way to go.
Red River: The lower Red River was recently stocked and fishing is good.
Rio Grande: Fair for pike, slow for trout, poor for smallmouth bass. The Rio Grande has come up in flow, and the water is murky with 12-18 inches of visibility. Crane fly larvae, stonefly nymphs and caddis larva on a long nymph rig picked up a few for one of our guides scouting at Pilar.
Shuree Ponds: Closed until July 1.
Springer Lake: Closed to ice fishing.
Storrie Lake: Fishing is slower this week, possibly due to spring runoff entering the lake.
Ute Lake: Fishing is fair with white bass and walleye in the upper Ute Creek on white crank baits and jerk baits. Bass fishing is slow. Catfish are taking stink baits in 4-8 feet of water. Water temperature is 48 degrees, and the water is very clear. Water entering the lake from Ute Creek and the Canadian is very muddy.
Winter Trout Waters (Carlsbad Municipal, Bataan, Higby Hole, lower Pecos River, Lake Van, Green Acres, Oasis, Roswell Kids Pond, Green Meadows, Chaparral, Jal, Bottomless Lakes, Carrizozo Pond): Fishing has been good on Power Bait and salmon eggs.
Grindstone Lake: Trout fishing has been good on Power Bait and salmon eggs.
Bonito Lake: Opens April 1.
Pecos River below Brantley Lake: Anglers have been catching a few catfish on worms, chicken liver and shrimp.
Santa Rosa and Sumner Lakes: Fishing has been slow due to cold weather. Anglers will have best results deep jigging on outside main channel bends for walleye at Santa Rosa and near the spillway at Sumner. Use silver jigging spoons or minnow-tipped jig heads.
Bear Canyon: Fishing has been good using green and white Power Bait and Panther Martin lures for trout.
Bill Evans: Fishing has been slow, but best in the evenings with salmon eggs.
Burn Lake: Fishing has picked up and been good for rainbow trout using worms, Power Bait, cheese and salmon eggs.
Caballo Lake: Fishing is fair for walleye in Caballo Lake using worms or soft plastic lures.
Escondida Lake: Fishing was good this weekend for rainbow trout using worms, salmon eggs and Power Bait.
Elephant Butte: Fishing has been slow for all species.
Gila Forks Area: Fishing has been slow for all species.
Glenwood Pond: Fishing has been fair to good using Power Bait and Panther Martin lures for trout.
Lake Roberts: Fishing has been slow using Power Bait and salmon eggs.
Percha: Fishing has been fair for walleye and catfish.
Quemado Lake: The ice has thinned to about 5 inches at the thickest with the edges completely thawed during the day. Ice fishing is not recommended.
Rio Grande: Fishing is good for walleye in the Rio Grande from Elephant Butte Dam to Caballo Lake using worms or soft plastic lures.
Snow Lake: Lake has been inaccessible due to snow.