Category: Fishing Reports

December 2011 New Mexico Fishing Report

Northwest

 

Animas RiverThe flow is 240 cfs. No report due to weather.
Chama River – No read on flow due to ice on the upper stretches. Below El Vado Lake, the flow is 382 cfs and the flow below Abiquiu Lake is 388 cfs. The Chama below El Vado Dam has the most consistent good fishing on the Chama. The stretch  downstream of the village of Chama into El Vado reservoir is slowing down. The release out of El Vado is murky but fishable. The stretch below Abiquiu Dam is fishing good and the water clarity is getting better.
San Juan River

– Upper section – Catch and Release flow is 493 cfs. The habitat improvements and silt remediation project on the San Juan was completed last week. The work in “The Braids,” has been very productive as fish have moved into this new habitat where they previously weren’t. Good midge fishing and midge hatches during the mornings and good blue winged olive hatches in the afternoons. In the mornings, use a red midge larva as your point fly and trail a size 24-26 black or gray midge pupa. As the afternoon progresses, change your flies to baetis, such as a gray or chocolate RS2 or foam wing emerger.
Abiquiu Lake – Fishing is slow for all species.  
El Vado Lake – No report due to weather and a lack of anglers. Ice is forming around the edges of the lake.
Heron Lake No report due to weather and a lack of anglers. Ice is forming around the edges of the lake.
Jackson Lake Trout fishing is reported as fair using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms from shore.
Lake FarmingtonTrout fishing is reported as fair using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms. Best success is reported close to the dam.
Morgan Lake – No report
Navajo Lake – Trout fishing is reported as fair to good from the dam using spinners and streamers.

 

Northeast

 

Cimarron River – No read on flows due to ice. The Cimarron is done until spring.
Costilla Creek – The flow is 61 cfs near the town of Costilla. Fishing is reported as slow below the Valle Vidal boundary, water levels are very low and there is snow and ice.
Red River – No read on flow due to ice at Questa and 38 cfs below the hatchery. Fishing for trout is reported as fair with better fishing on the lower stretches. Fish are being caught and all methods working. Please respect spawning fish and leave them alone while on their beds.
Rio Grande – No read on flow due to ice at Cerro. Flow is 446 cfs below the Taos Junction Bridge. Water levels are high and fishing is reported as slow to fair. Trout still seem to prefer the faster aerated water. Nymph the pocket water or strip streamers for the browns. Pike fishing is starting to get going. Best bet is to use large red and white lures or flies.
Rio Hondo – No read on flow due to ice. Trout fishing is reported as slow with snow and ice. Best bet is to fish at the confluence with the Rio Grande.
Rio Pueblo No read on flow due to ice. No report.
Charette Lakes – The lake has closed for the season and will reopen next spring.
Clayton Lake – The lake has closed for the season and will reopen next spring.
Eagle Nest Lake – The lake is closed to fishing until the ice is thick enough to allow it. The lake is also closed to boats for the winter. The New Mexico Game Commission will consider allowing unlimited take of northern pike from Eagle Nest Lake to address the aggressive species’ threat to the lake’s trout and salmon fishery at its meeting Thursday, Dec. 15, in Albuquerque.
Lake Alice and Lake Maloya– No report
Maxwell Lakes – The lake has closed for the season and will reopen next spring.
Shuree Ponds – No report.
Springer Lakes – No report. Closed to ice fishing.

 

West-Central, including the Jemez Mountains

 

Jemez River, East Fork, Guadalupe and San AntonioFlow on the Jemez River is 20 cfs. The lower Guadalupe can be accessed below Gilman tunnels and is fishing fair in the warmer part of the day. The lower Jemez was stocked Nov. 11 and may be worth fishing for rainbows. The Valles Caldera National Preserve has closed the fishing program until next spring.  
Metro DrainagesThe fishing is reported as fair with most methods catching fish. The drainages were stocked last week: Albuquerque with 300 triploid rainbow trout; Belen with 200; Bernalillo with 80; Corrales with 121; and Peralta with 250.
Bluewater Lake –  Fishing for trout is reported as slow due to ice on the lake.
Cochiti Lake – No report. The lake is closed for the season along the Tetilla Peak side. The upper lake is also closed above Tetilla due to a log boom in place on the lake.
Fenton Lake – The lake has iced over and is closed to ice fishing because of dangerous ice conditions.
Tingley Beach Trout fishing has been good. Best reports are from anglers using salmon eggs and Pistol Petes. The ponds were stocked with 2,538 triploid rainbow trout. Reports from fly-rod anglers at the South/Catch and Release Pond have been hit and miss when using bunny leeches and black beetles.

 

East–Central, including the Pecos River

 

Coyote CreekClosed for the season.
Pecos River – No read on flow due to ice. The upper river is under ice, especially in shaded stretches. Fish the afternoon hours while the sun is on the water.
Conchas Lake – No report.
Morphy Lake – Closed for the season.
Santa Rosa Lake – No report.
Storrie Lake – Fishing is slow to fair for trout due to light traffic and cold weather.
Sumner Lake –Walleye are reported as fair. Fish are being caught in shallow water and off points and structure. The fish range from 14 to 20 inches and are hitting white shad lures. No reports for the trout stocked below the dam.
Ute Lake – No report.

 

Southwest

 

Gila River – The flow is 66 cfs and fishing is slow with the best success in the upper reaches of the river on the West, East and Middle forks.
Rio Grande – No report.
Bill Evans Lake – Fishing for trout is reported as fair with most methods working. The lake was stocked with 937 triploid rainbow trout last week.
Caballo Lake – Fishing is slow and water levels are very low. Best bet is below the spillway on the Rio Grande at Percha State Park. Fishermen are catching a few white bass and black bass on the river; most walleye are too small to keep (less than 14 inches.
Elephant Butte Lake – No report due to light traffic and weather. The Rio Grande between Elephant Butte and Caballo was stocked with 1,700 triploid rainbow trout.
Glenwood Ponds – Fishing is slow for trout. The ponds were stocked with 199 triploid rainbow trout.
Lake Roberts – Trout fishing is reported as slow with worms and Power Bait.
Quemado Lake – No report.

 

Southeast

 

Rio Ruidoso – Flow is 0.28 cfs in town and 6.6 cfs at Hollywood. Fishing is reported as slow on the lower stretches of the river where the flows are a bit higher.
Bonito Lake – Closed for the season.
Bottomless Lakes: No report.
Brantley Reservoir – There has been light pressure and no current report. A mandatory catch and release is in place at Brantley Lake because pesticides have been found in the fish. Do not keep or eat them.
Grindstone Reservoir – Fishing is fair for trout using worms, Power Bait and Pistol Petes. Best times to fish are reported from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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New Mexico Fly Fishing Report July 2011

July 5, 2011

 

Northwest

 

Animas RiverThe flow is 1,990 cfs. The river is muddy and still flowing fast with run-off.  No fishing report.
Chama River – Upper section flow is 142 cfs. and below El Vado, the flow is 728 cfs. Fishing is fair in the upper Chama with better reports coming from the public access south of Chama. Fish are being landed with woolly buggers and various bead-headed nymphs. Below El Vado, trout fishing is fair to good for rainbows up to 15″ and browns up to 19 inches. Panther Martins and Rapalas are working for browns and rainbows. San Juan River – Upper section – Catch and Release flow is 504 cfs. The river has been scoured and cleaned from the high flows and visibility is 3-4 feet. The fish have settled back into their usual feeding lanes and fishing is very good in all areas of the quality water section. Small midge patterns are the predominate producers in the mornings. Red Midge Larva, Krystal Flashes, Black Beauties and brown San Juan Worms are the go to flies. From middle flats and below, baetis patterns work well; try Chocolate Foam Wings and Fluff Baetis. Dry fly action is fair using Griffith Gnats or large hopper patterns. Lower section – Open waters, fishing is good with night crawlers, salmon eggs and the same flies as for the upper section. Lower section was stocked with 2,000 rainbow trout.
Abiquiu Lake– Fishing is slow for walleye with a few smaller sized fish being caught. 
El Vado Lake – Fishing is slow due to a lot of recreational traffic on the water.
Heron Lake Fishing is slow to fair for trout from the bank and trolling. Most success has been around boat ramps, near spillway and on the northwest side of the lake. Power Bait, worms and spinners tipped with corn are working well. Salmon fishing is good when trolling spinners tipped with corn in 20 to 25 feet of water.
Jackson Lake Trout fishing is reported as fair to good using Power Bait and any spinner with gold blades.
Lake FarmingtonTrout fishing is reported as fair to good using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms.
Morgan Lake – No report.
Navajo Lake –  Fishing for smallmouth bass is very good when using soft plastics, jerk baits or crank baits. Crappie fishing is fair to good in Francis Canyon and LaJara. They are in the backs of the coves, use small jigs or minnows. Salmon are starting to bite when using Rapalas or Kokanee Killers in 25 ft. of water. Best fishing is from the dam to Francis Canyon.  No reports on pike or catfish.

 

Northeast

 

Cimarron River – The flow below Eagle Nest Dam is 43 cfs and 42 cfs near Cimarron. Closed due to fire hazard.
Costilla Creek – The flow is 65 cfs near the town of Costilla and 74 cfs at the dam. Closed due to fire hazard.  
Red River – Flows are 31 cfs near Questa and 53 cfs below the hatchery. All but the section of river in Red River is Closed due to fire hazard.
Rio Grande – Flows are 583 cfs near Cerro and 846 cfs below the Taos Junction Bridge.  Fishing has been slow. Not much for any hatches on the Rio right now.. Your best bet is fishing the pockets when nothing is going on hatch wise. Fish big bugs like golden stonefly nymphs, crane fly larvae, or woolly buggers. Pike hunt by feel, so large streamers that move water will get a pikes attention. No reports on bass.
Rio Hondo – The flow is 32 cfs and fishing is good for trout using dry/dropper rigs with stimulators on top and copper johns or caddis below. The upper Hondo is closed but fishing at the confluence is still allowed.
Rio Pueblo Closed due to fire hazard.
Cabresto Lake – The lake is closed for repairs to the dam.
Charette Lakes – Fishing is very good for stocker-sized trout with many limits reported.  Power Bait and Panther Martins are most successful. Perch are good using small lures.
Clayton Lake – Fishing for trout is reported as good using chartreuse or rainbow Power Bait and worms.  Bass and walleye are slow.
Eagle Nest Lake – Fishing for trout is reported as good from shore with salmon-peach Power Bait and salmon eggs. Fly fishermen are having success with midge patterns and olive or black woolly buggers. Trolling is great for trout using light weight tackle. Perch are good to excellent off the bank when using worms.
Lake Alice and Lake Maloya– Sugarite Canyon State Park has been closed due to the Track Fire.
Maxwell Lakes – The water level is low at Lake No.13 and fishing is sporadic with an occasional trout landed. Best success is reported using Power Bait, worms and spinners. 
Santa Cruz Lake – No report.
Shuree Ponds – Closed due to fire hazard.
Springer Lakes – Fishing is reported as good for pike up to 42 inches with large Mepps spinners, cut bait and minnows. Largemouth bass are slow using spinners Water levels are dropping due to irrigation so conditions are changing daily.

 

West-Central, including the Jemez Mountains

 

Jemez River, East Fork, Guadalupe and San AntonioFlow on the Jemez River is 8.5 cfs. Closed due to fire hazard.
Metro Drainages Stocking has ended for the season and trout fishing is reported as slow.
Bluewater Lake – Fishing is fair for trout with Power Bait being your best bet. The tiger muskies are fishing slow. Catfish are reported as fair with stink bait and chicken liver.
Cochiti Lake – Closed due to fire hazard. Please stay away from the area! Cochiti lake is the base of operations for the type one incident management team who is fighting the southern part of the fire.
Fenton Lake – Closed due to fire hazard.
Tingley Beach This is the best time of year to fish at Tingley – catfish, trout and bluegill are biting and all baits are catching them!  Reports are fair from fly-rod anglers at the South/Catch and Release Pond. Stocked with 1,450 channel catfish last week.

 

East–Central, including the Pecos River

 

Coyote CreekClosed due to fire hazard.

Pecos River – The flow near Pecos is 31 cfs. Closed due to fire hazard.
Conchas Lake – No report this week.
Morphy Lake – Closed due to fire hazard.
Santa Rosa Lake – Same as last week, largemouth bass were active around brush and large structures, try flipping tubes and jigs into them. Walleye are reported as good, although many are small. Bass are everywhere; try downsized crank baits and soft plastics around the points and on the flats. Crappie, up to 1.4 pounds, are hitting just about everything presented to them. Best bites came from tubes in the main creek channel off the bluffs. Catfish are very active as well using minnows and cut bait.
Storrie Lake – Fishing is good for trout using Power Bait, with many limits taken.  Catfish are fair to good with chicken liver.
Sumner Lake – Fishing is good for walleye along the Eastern Bluffs and near the mouth of the Alamogordo Arm trolling white and fire tiger crank baits and rattle-traps 8-12 ft. Fair for largemouth and smallmouth casting white crank baits along coves and structure 2-5 ft. Good for white bass using a variety of plastic worms, spoons and crank baits. Fair for channel cat below the dam on the Pecos River, also on the West shoreline south of the Main boat ramp using chicken liver. No reports on crappie.
Ute Lake – Fishing is good to excellent. Walleye are fishing good to excellent trolling crank baits over brush in 10-15 feet of water or try crawlers in 17-22 feet of water. White Bass are fishing fair. Large and Small mouth bass are reported as excellent and are hitting most anything thrown at them.  For the smallies, try the top water early in the mornings and Senkos whacky rigged later in the day. The largemouth are on their beds in 4-6 feet of water. Crappie are fishing good up the Canadian around rock and brush and in the main lake coves using minnows in 2-4 feet of water. Catfish are good in 2-8 feet of water with chicken liver or stink bait. Fish near the reeds and brush for best results.

 

Southwest

 

Gila River – The flow is 22 cfs and there is no fishing report for the West, East and Middle forks.
Rio Grande – The flow is 1,940 cfs below Elephant Butte Dam. Catfish are fair using worms, liver or stink bait.
Bill Evans Lake: Winter stocking for trout has ended for the year and will resume late next fall.  No fishing report.
Caballo Lake – Fishing is fair to good. Water levels are coming up but still low. White bass are being caught with white and candy apple red Bombers. Crappie and walleye are reported as good when using worms and minnows. A few large catfish have been taken with chicken liver or stink bait.
Elephant Butte Lake – White bass are reported as very good early in the mornings with sassy shad lures.  Walleye fishing is very good with jigs and crank baits. Striped bass, averaging 30 inches, are reported as fair.
Glenwood Ponds – Fishing is excellent for trout when using Green Canadian Worms and Fireballs.
Lake Roberts – Fishing is reported as good. Trout are also good when using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms.  No report on other species.
Quemado Lake – Trout fishing is reported as fair to good. Anglers are having success using Power Bait, worms and spinners. The tiger muskies are reported as fair when using rooster tails and Z-rays.
Snow Lake – No report

 

Southeast

 

Black River – Flow is 5.5 cfs. No report.
Bonito Creek – Closed due to fire hazard.
Rio Ruidoso – Flow is 0.39 cfs. Water levels are very, very low and fishing is reported as slow. The only fishing available is through town due to forest closure.
Bonito Lake – Closed due to fire hazard.
Bottomless Lakes: Winter stocking is over for the year. Stocking will resume in late fall.
Brantley Reservoir – There has been light pressure and no current report.  A mandatory catch and release is in place at Brantley Lake because pesticides have been found in the fish. Do not keep or eat them.
Grindstone Reservoir – Fishing is reported as fair for trout using Pistol Pete’s in the evenings and Power Bait and worms during the day. The lake was stoked with 4,825 triploid rainbow trout.
Lake Van: The lake was stocked with 623 triploid rainbow trout. No report.

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Rio Grande Fly Fishing Report 04/25/2002

Another dry year and when the first Caddis was spotted on 4/6 the flow was 100cfs {State Line}. In April the fishing around Pilar was good from 3pm til dark on Caddis dry #14. Best fishing was sight casting to rising fish. The Box was also excellent in April, May and early June until water temps got into the high 60*s.. On 5/26 I had my best day ever on the Rio Grande and counted 86 hookups, 5 or 6 nice Cutbos {one 20″er that took a dry}and 6 Browns over 17″..The flow was 59cfs and temps 64-66*. Lots of rising fish..I used a Moth with a Caddis larva dropper. We had a few good days in early June also and it is exceedingly rare to be able to fish the Rio Grande at this time of year but maybe not so rare if the drought continues.

New Mexico Fly Fishing Guide Ed Adams

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Rio Grande Fly Fishing Report 04/25/2001

First Caddis spotted in Pilar on 4/2. Flows were about 400cfs {State Line} and not quite clear but fishable. Altho there wasn’t much snow this year the water never got real clear and fishing was fair at best. You had to work hard for your fish. I did a lot of sight fishing {casting only to rising fish}. They had more snow in the upper reaches of the Rio Grande Basin so there was some runoff and fishing was only fair thru April.

New Mexico Fly Fishing Guide Ed Adams

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Red River Fly Fishing Report 05/25/2000

I didn’t fish the Red this month as the fishing on other streams that usually don’t fish this early such as the Rio Grande, Embudo and the Pueblo have been keeping me busy. Th Red is the most consistant stream in my area and this year a lot other opportunities have arisen and the Red almost always fishes well. With the drought I am not optimistic about the later season on the Costlla, Conejos and Cimarron.

New Mexico Fly Fishing Guide Ed Adams

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