This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and The Fish Phone, 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 at 805 cfs and water is high, muddy and not fishable yet. 177 rainbows were stocked last week.
Chama River: Upper section flow is at 1,860 cfs and the water is still high and muddy. Fishing is poor. 728 rainbows were stocked last week. Below El Vado Dam, the flow is 406 cfs and the water is green, high and murky. There has been light pressure with a few reports of 15-16 inch browns taken on night crawlers and some rainbows caught with Hare’s ears nymphs. Last week, 355 rainbows were stocked below El Vado.
San Juan River: Upper section-Catch and Release flow is at 453 cfs and visibility has improved to 4 feet. Midge larva and midge emergers are best for the mornings. In the afternoons, fish are taking gray, olive and brown nymphs in the riffles at the top of holes. If fish are rising, try #24 Parachute Adams, #22 Comparadun or a big black ant. Lower section: Open waters, fishing is good using silver or gold spinners, worms, meal worms and the same flies as for the upper section. 3,706 rainbows were stocked last week.
Abiquiu Lake: The water is green and murky, and the temperature is in the low 50’s. Walleye are fair with crank baits, jigs and worms. A few browns have been caught with spinners and night crawlers. No reports on other species.
El Vado Lake: The water is clearing. Shore fishing has been good for 20-22 inch rainbows and browns with Rapalas, spinners and worms.
Heron Lake: Lake trout, averaging 10-12 pounds, are reported as good trolling flat fish or Rapalas at 15-40 feet. Jigging with tubes or spoons in 30-50 feet of water is also producing some nice lakers. Small lake trout and rainbows, up to 17 inches, are good from the bank with rainbow Power Bait.
Jackson Lake: Trout are reported as good with gold spinners or Power Bait.
Lake Farmington: Fishing has been slow with spinners or Power Bait. 1,775 rainbow trout were stocked last week.
Morgan Lake: Catfish are good fishing at night with stink bait.
Navajo Lake: Pike are good with spinners, jerk baits and crank baits in the San Juan and Pine arms, fishing in structure close to shore. Smallmouth bass are reported as fair with tubes. Reports are good for Crappie in shallow water around the marinas and in La Jara, Francis Canyon and Negro Andy Canyon with bass plugs, jigs and minnows. No reports on other species.
Cimarron River: The flows are 0.55 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam and 48 cfs near Cimarron. Trout are reported as slow to fair with small bead head nymphs and worms. No dry fly action yet.
Costilla Creek: The flows are 1.0 cfs below the dam and 105 cfs near the town of Costilla. The Valle Vidal is closed until July 1, but trout are reported as fair in the lower Costilla with #14-16 bead head nymphs. Best fishing is after 3:00 p.m.
Red River: Flows at Questa are 127 cfs, and 147 cfs below the hatchery. The water is high and muddy from runoff. Trout are reported as slow, and small nymphs or worms are your best bet. 497 rainbows were stocked below Questa last week.
Rio Grande: Flows are 1,060 cfs at Taos Junction Bridge and 566 cfs near Cerro. The water is lower and clearing. Trout are reported as fair with black woolly buggers or large bead head stonefly nymphs. No reports on other species.
Rio Hondo: Trout are fair with #14-16 bead head caddis nymphs.
Rio Pueblo: Flow is 178 cfs. The water is still high and muddy and there is no report.
Cabresto Lake: Brook trout are reported as fair using bead head nymphs.
Charette Lakes: Fishing is good for 12-18 inch rainbows with Power Bait or worms under a bobber. Perch are good using worms.
Clayton Lake: Trout are good from the shore with pink or rainbow Power Bait and trolling with spinners. There are no reports on other species.
Eagle Nest Lake: The water is fairly clear. Shoreline fishing for trout is good most days with worms and Power Bait. Perch are slow with worms. It is still too cold for fly fishing.
Lake Alice and Lake Maloya: Fishing is reported as very good at both lakes for 12-15 inch rainbows using gold spoons, Pistol Pete’s, Power Bait, corn or salmon eggs.
Maxwell Lakes: Trout are reported as fair with Power Bait. Catfish are slow with worms.
Shuree Ponds: Closed for the season.
Springer Lakes: 16-24 inch channel catfish are fair with worms and cut bait. Pike, ranging from 16-26 inches, are good with Rat-l-traps and Mepps spinners.
West-Central, including the Jemez Mountains
Jemez River, East Fork, Guadalupe and San Antonio: Flow on the Jemez River is at 234 cfs. Fishing continues to be good in the Jemez streams with bead head nymphs, San Juan worms, salmon eggs or worms fished off the bottom. The Guadalupe is running fairly high and clear and is fishable. Stonefly hatches are starting and fishing should improve over the next couple weeks. 510 rainbows were stocked in the San Antonio last week.
Metro Drainages: No report this week. Catfish will be stocked in May.
Bluewater Lake: Trout are reported as fair from shore with salmon eggs. No reports on other species.
Cochiti Lake: The water is very high, green and murky with lots of debris. The Cochiti boat ramp is closed, picnic areas are under water, and Santa Cruz road is flooded. There has been no pressure and no report. Water release will start next week, so conditions should improve.
Fenton Lake: Fishing is good from shore with worms or light colored Power Bait. Anglers in float tubes are reporting success with black or green woolly buggers and green Pistol Pete’s.
Tingley Beach: South Pond catch and release: Trout fishing is good in the early mornings and evenings with bead head nymphs and Griffith gnats. Children's and Central Ponds : Trout are reported as fair with yellow Power Bait. Bluegills are good with worms. Catfish are fair with chicken liver. Watch for catfish to be stocked in May.
East–Central, including the Pecos River
Coyote Creek: Flow is 14 cfs and the water is high and murky. Trout are fair to good with Pistol Pete’s, Panther Martins, salmon eggs and Power Bait. Some anglers have reported moderate success with dry flies.
Pecos River: Flows are 382 cfs near Pecos and 98 cfs below Sumner Dam. The water is high and murky and wading is difficult. Trout are slow, but San Juan worms or weighted stonefly nymphs drifted along the bank may work. Last week 128 rainbows were stocked from Cowles to the Village of Pecos. Below Sumner Dam, 2-5 pound Channel catfish are being caught on chicken liver or worms.
Conchas Lake: The water is fairly clear and the temperature is in the low 60’s. Walleye are good from shore and trolling, with many limits reported. Jigs, worms, bottom bouncers or crank baits are working well. Crappie are slow with jigs and minnows. No reports on other species.
Monastery Lake: 676 rainbow trout were stocked last week, but there is no fishing report.
Morphy Lake: Trout are reported as good with Pistol Pete’s, spinners, Power Bait and salmon eggs. 2,130 rainbows were stocked last week.
Santa Rosa Lake: Walleye are slow to fair using curly tail jigs with best reports from anglers trolling by the dam. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are fair with tubes or worms at 10-15 feet on the east side of the lake. Catfish and crappie are slow.
Storrie Lake: Trout are reported as fair with Power Bait, cheese and fireballs. No reports on other species. 5,108 rainbows were stocked last week. There are reports of 10-12 inch browns being caught in the Gallinas River on worms.
Sumner Lake: Winter trout waters, stilling basin: 16-18 inch walleye are reported as good with bottom bouncers, deep diving lures, minnows and night crawlers. Most are being caught in 10-12 feet of water off the gravel points in the north end of the lake and in the mouth of the Alamogordo Arm. White bass are fair with shiny lures where you find the fish breaking water. No reports on other species.
Ute Lake: The water is stained and temperature is 59 degrees. Walleye are fair to good trolling deep diving crank baits. Crappie are reported as fair to good using small jigs and minnows. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are good at 2-5 feet with soft plastics. White bass are scattered with a few being caught on minnows. Catfish are slow using stink bait.
Gila River: The flow is at 219 cfs and the water is murky from runoff. Fishing is picking up in the East Fork and trout are reported as fair with Panther Martins, spinners and salmon eggs.
Rio Grande: The flow is 1,170 CFS below Elephant Butte Dam. No report.
Bill Evans Lake: Winter trout waters: Trout are slow and Panther Martin’s, salmon eggs and Power Bait are your best bets.
Caballo Lake: Walleye are reported as fair from the bank and trolling with worms or minnows. White bass are fair trolling crank baits along the shore. Catfish are good at night with worms or shrimp on trotlines. No reports on other species
Elephant Butte Lake: White bass are reported as good trolling crank baits and shiners. Walleye are sporadic but a few nice ones have been taken on jigs and minnows. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Striped bass are still slow but starting to pick up using live bait. Catfish are good with shrimp or shad. No reports on other species.
Glenwood Ponds: Trout are reported as slow with salmon eggs or Power Bait. 224 triploid rainbows were stocked last week.
Lake Roberts: Trout are reported as good in the late afternoons and evenings fishing off the bottom with Power Bait. Catfish are fair with chicken liver and worms. No reports on bass.
Quemado Lake: Fishing is good for 12-15 inch rainbows with some limits reported. Garlic and light colored Power Baits have been most successful. No reports on Tiger muskies.
Snow Lake: Trout are reported as slow with light pressure. 2,499 triploid rainbows were stocked last week.
Black River: Flow is 17 cfs. There is no fishing report.
Bonito Creek: Rainbows are good with salmon eggs and worms.
Rio Ruidoso: Flow is at 72 cfs. Trout are reported as fair with salmon eggs and worms. 865 rainbows were stocked last week.
Bonito Lake: Fishing is fair with Pistol Pete’s and Power Bait.
Bottomless Lakes: Winter trout waters: There will be no more reports until stocking resumes in the fall.
Brantley Reservoir: 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. No fishing report this week.
Carlsbad Municipal Lake: No report.
Grindstone Reservoir: Trout are reported as fair with Pistol Pete’s and Power Bait.
Lake Van: Winter trout waters: There has been light pressure and fishing is slow. Catfish will be stocked next week.