This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and thefishphone.com, 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.
Animas River - The flow is 278 cfs. Fishing is reported as slow with little pressure. Best bet is through town at city park using worms and spinners.
Chama River - Upper section flow no read due to ice, no report on the fishing there. Below El Vado Dam, the flow is 87 cfs and the water is off color. There is very light traffic due to weather. The fishing is reported
as fair for browns and rainbows. Black and gold Panther Martins, night crawlers, wooly buggers and bead headed nymphs are reported working for both species.
San Juan River - Upper section-Catch and Release flow is 464 cfs. The lake turned over earlier this month and visibility is about two feet in the river below the dam. Despite the murky water, big midge hatches continue
to come off late mornings. Egg patterns are also a hot producer right now with orange and yellow being the best colors. Red and orange midge larvae as well as dark bodied midge larvae that stand out in the murk are also
getting attention. Lower section - Open waters, fishing is good with night crawlers, salmon eggs and the same flies as for the upper section. The lower river was stocked with 1,500 triploid rainbow trout last week.
Abiquiu Lake - Fishing is very slow. The Army Corps of Engineers have switched over to winter staffing and all but a few primitive sites are closed for the season. There was very little pressure and fishing is reported as very slow.
El Vado Lake – No report due to weather and light pressure. The lake is iced over but very thin and unstable at this time.
Heron Lake – The lake is iced over in most parts with some open water near boat ramps and the dam. Anglers are still catching trout with roe sacks and Power Bait.
Jackson Lake – The fishing pressure is light and reports are slow for trout.
Lake Farmington – Trout fishing is reported as slow to fair, some anglers are having luck trolling in deep water with streamers and woolly buggers.
Morgan Lake – Bass fishing is fair. 5 - 6 inch Strike King Plastics and Finesse worms in dark colors with bright colored bellies are reported catching the fish.
Navajo Lake – The pressure is very light, no report.
Cimarron River - No read on flows below Eagle Nest Dam due to an equipment failure and no read due to ice near Cimarron. Fishing conditions are slow due to water levels and cold weather. Conditions will are not likely to improve much until spring when warmer weather and flows come back.
Costilla Creek – The flow, no read due to ice near the town of Costilla. No report due to ice and low flows.
Red River - Flows at Questa no read due to ice and 38 cfs below the hatchery. Fishing is fair for rainbows below the hatchery with bead head nymphs and various flies. Bait fishermen might try spinners, salmon eggs
or Power Bait.
Rio Grande - Flows are 297 cfs near Cerro and 464 cfs below the Taos Junction Bridge. Fishing is slow to fair at Pilar. Trout are fair with bead head nymphs and streamers. Best bet is to fish edges and eddies. Pike
are reported as slow to fair using dare devils and whisters in red and white. No report on bass.
Rio Hondo –Flows, no read due to ice. Lower section at confluence with Rio Grande is where the only opportunities are until spring. Trout are slow to fair with various flies, spinners and worms.
Rio Pueblo - Flow, no read due to ice and there is no report this week.
Cabresto Lake – Frozen over.
Charette Lakes – The lake closed Oct. 31 and re-opens next March.
Clayton Lake – The lake closed Oct. 31 and re-opens next March.
Eagle Nest Lake – Fishing has slowed due to weather. The lake is frozen over and boat ramps are closed for the season. No fishing at this time, ice thickness is currently around 7 inches. The ice needs to be 9 inches
for safe fishing.
Lake Alice and Lake Maloya – Very little pressure due to the weather. Trout are reported as fair to good in Lake Maloya using Corn and Power Bait. Lake Maloya ice thickness is around 8 inches and Lake Alice is
frozen over but the ice is not safe at this time.
Maxwell Lakes – The lakes closed Oct. 31 and re-open next March.
Santa Cruz Lake – No report.
Shuree Ponds – Frozen over.
Springer Lakes – Water levels are low and there has been light pressure.
West-Central, including the Jemez Mountains
Jemez River, East Fork, Guadalupe and San Antonio - Flow on the Jemez River is 24 cfs. The upper streams are iced up and winter fishing is here. The best bet is to fish the Jemez river below Battleship Rock. There is ice on the water and best fishing is in the afternoons during warmer days. Fly fishing is slow to fair with caddis, terrestrials, stimulators and bead headed nymphs. Panther Martins, Power Bait or worms are also working
when conditions are favorable.
Metro Drainage - Trout fishing is reported as
fair to good for trout with all methods taking fish.
Bluewater Lake – Fishing continues to be good for trout on peach Power Bait. Tiger muskies are reported as slow, some fish being hooked but few are being landed.
Cochiti Lake – Very little pressure and no report.
Fenton Lake – Frozen over, no ice fishing will be allowed due to unstable conditions.
Tingley Beach - South Pond catch and release - Trout fishing in the South/Catch and Release Pond has been good to excellent. Anglers using small, bead-headed midges and nymphs are reporting the best success but a few anglers have been lucky fishing dry flies on top.
Children's and Central Ponds – Trout fishing in the Tingley Beach
Children's and Central Ponds is good. Best reports are from anglers using
Power Bait, salmon eggs and olive colored Pistol Petes.
East–Central, including the Pecos River
Coyote Creek - Flow is 6.4 cfs. The water is low and fishing is slow with no pressure.
Pecos River - No read on flows near Pecos due to ice. The fishing is really slow above the town of Pecos. Mid-thirty degree water temps have the fish very tight lipped. Better fishing down at Villanueva State Park
using worms, salmon eggs and Power Bait.
Conchas Lake – Fishing is reported as slow with very little pressure. No report.
Morphy Lake – The lake closed Oct. 31 and re-opens next April.
Santa Rosa Lake – No report this week.
Storrie Lake – Fishing for trout is reported as slow due to weather.
Success is being had with cheese, worms and Power Bait.
Sumner Lake - Winter trout waters, stilling basin – Fishing on the lake remains slow for all species. And there is very little pressure. Fishing is fair for stocker rainbows below the dam with power baits and assorted spinners. Not many anglers out. The Pecos River below the lake was stocked with 277 triploid rainbow trout last week.
Ute Lake – Fishing conditions remain the same - Water temp is 46 degrees, main lake cloudy, river arms tained. Fishing continues to be pretty good, but you really need to be on top of the fish. The Walleye seem to like eating the minnows at 40 feet and the White bass seem to prefer the white Leprechaun slab in 30-40 feet of water. Catfish are also hitting the same baits in 40 feet of water.
Gila River - The flow is 67 cfs and fishing is slow with very little
Rio Grande - The flow is 3.1 cfs below Elephant Butte Dam. No report.
Bill Evans Lake: Winter trout waters – The lake was stocked with 3,264 triploid rainbow trout last week.
Caballo Lake – Fishing is generally slow with light pressure. Water level are low and will remain so until spring. Reports remain the same. Anglers having success are fishing the deeper holes. Catfish are good using
chicken liver, worms or shrimp. Walleye are reported as fair using night crawlers on the bottom. No report on other species.
Elephant Butte Lake – Due to weather fishing pressure has been light. Large and small mouth bass are reported as fair off of points using white slabs and crank baits. Catfish are reported as good on trot lines on the north end of the lake. No report on other species. The Rio Grande River was stocked with 1,700 triploid rainbow trout below the lake last week.
Glenwood Ponds – Fishing has been slow with light pressure. The ponds were stocked with 439 triploid rainbow trout last week.
Lake Roberts – Fishing is reported as fair using worms, salmon eggs and Power bait.
Quemado Lake – No report. Snuffy's Tackle Shop has closed for the winter season, so there are no services at the lake at this time.
Snow Lake – No report.
Black River - Flow is 7.4 cfs. Fishing is reported as fair for trout using worms, salmon eggs and Power Bait. The river was stocked with 201 triploid rainbow trout last week.
Bonito Creek – No report.
Rio Ruidoso - Flow is 1.8 cfs. Very little pressure due to weather.
Bonito Lake - The lake closed for the season Nov. 30 and reopens next April.
Bottomless Lakes: Winter trout waters – Fair for trout when using worms, spinners, Power Bait and salmon eggs.
Brantley Reservoir – There has been light pressure. Catfish are reported as fair at night with night crawlers. A mandatory catch and release is in place at Brantley Lake from the dept. of Game and Fish. Pesticides, DDT’s have been found in the fish, do not keep or eat them.
Grindstone Reservoir – Fishing is reported as slow for trout using spinners, marshmallows, worms, Power Bait and salmon eggs.
Lake Van: Winter trout waters – Fair for trout when using worms, spinners, Power Bait and salmon eggs.
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