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.
Bottomless Lakes — No report, but winter stocking has begun and fishing should be good at Cottonwood and Devils Inkwell.
Conchas Lake — Fishing at Conchas lake is reported as slow overall. North Dock reports that white bass are being taken in 40 to 45 feet of water when suspended at 15 feet with jigs and slabs and when trolling. No report on other species.
Santa Rosa Lake – No report.
Sumner Lake — Sumner Lake is open to boating. The East Ramp is open for launching. Before we re-opened the ramp, Walleye were biting from the bank, down near the dam, and along the rip rap. But we need some anglers to stir them up.
Weekly tests at Sumner Lake have indicated the lake is free of quagga mussel larvae, an aquatic invasive species that can cause enormous problems for fisheries, boaters and others who use the lake water, the Department of Game and Fish and the State Parks Division announced Friday.
Tests in May had indicated the possible presence of quagga mussels in the lake, which led to a temporary boating closure, hourly restrictions, and subsequent requirements that all boats be decontaminated upon leaving the water. Further weekly tests since Memorial Day, however, showed no evidence of the mussels.
“This is great news for park visitors who enjoy boating, fishing and other recreation at Sumner Lake State Park,” Parks Director Tommy Mutz said. “There is plenty of water and the fishing should be good through next spring.”
Ute Lake — The fishing is starting to pick up a bit. White bass are being caught in 30-40 feet of water near steep structure in the main part of the lake. Walleye were caught in the same places. All fish were caught on the White Leprechaun slab. Fishing pressure remains on the light side.
Cimarron River — The flow below Eagle Nest Dam is 2.7 cfs and 6.6 cfs near Cimarron. The release out of Eagle's Nest Dam has dropped significantly and is really not worth fishing at these low levels. Check the flows before you go. Releases below 25 cfs makes for slow fishing. If the release doesn't go back up, wait until spring next year to fly fish.
Costilla Creek — The flow is 12 cfs near the town of Costilla. Fishing is reported as slow below the Valle Vidal boundary. Anglers are having success with dry droppers and various bed headed nymphs close to the banks. Check the flows before you go, water levels are very low and fish are spooky.
Red River — Flows are 13 cfs near Questa and 45 cfs below the hatchery. Fishing for trout is reported as fair to good with better fishing on the lower stretches. Fish are being caught with all methods working.