Fishing report — March 2

This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses.

Coyote Creek – Flow is .67 cfs. The water is low and fishing is slow with no pressure.

Pecos River – No read on flows near Pecos due to ice. Conditions remain the same. The fishing is really slow above the town of Pecos. Better fishing down at Villanueva State Park if you can get it in on a weekday. The best fishing is when the sun is on the water. Nymph fishing is better than dry flies. Egg patterns, red or green copper johns, prince nymphs, and scuds tend to fool most of the stocked fish. As a side note; Monastery lake was stocked with 950 triploid rainbow trout last week. Special regulations apply – please refer to your fishing proclamation.

Conchas Lake – Water is low and in the 40 degree temp range. Fishing is reported as picking up for crappie. Several fish caught in the 2 pound range. the large and small mouth bass are fishing fair. A few walleye were taken, one at 18 inches and another at 22 inches. All fish are being caught in 30-40 feet of water drifting minnows.

Santa Rosa Lake – Lake levels are good but water temps are still cold.

Walleye and crappie are starting to turn on and should improve as weather warms up. Fish are being caught at 30 feet or more using jigs and jigs with minnows. Walleye up to 26 inches have been landed.

Storrie Lake – No report this week. The lake was stocked with 4,500 triploid rainbow trout last week.

Sumner Lake – Winter trout waters, stilling basin – Fishing is very slow.

But, one angler caught a 21-inch Walleye near the dam jigging with a slab spoon. That was the only positive report from the lake. Fishing is fair to good below the dam for stocker rainbows with Power Bait and spinners.

Ute Lake – Between the wind and chilly weather there has not been much fishing pressure. Fishing is reported as slow for all species.

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 are not likely to improve much until spring when warmer weather and flows come back up.

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 45 cfs below the hatchery. Fishing is fair to good for rainbows below the hatchery with bead head nymphs and various flies. Bait fishermen might try spinners, salmon eggs or Power Bait.