Fishing report – April 19

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

Northeast

Charette Lakes — Fishing was fair using worms under a bobber and Power Bait for trout. We had no reports on perch.

Cimarron River — Water flow below Eagle Nest on Monday was 12 cfs. Trout fishing was good using bead-head pheasant tails, small midge patterns and BWOs. The BWOs were still working best on cloudy afternoons.

Clayton Lake — Trout fishing was slow to fair using worms and Power Bait. Fishing was slow for all other species.

Conchas Lake — Bank fishing was fair using grubs, nightcrawlers and swim baits for walleye. Fishing was fair using jerk baits and crank baits for white bass. We had no reports on other species.

Coyote Creek — Trout fishing was fair using worms and salmon eggs.

Eagle Nest Lake — The boat ramps are open but the docks are not in place. During the week, fishing for trout was good using salmon eggs, roe sacs and Power Bait. A few trout were caught by anglers using spinners and wooly buggers. We had no reports on other species.

Lake Alice — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Lake Maloya — Fishing was good using Power Bait, salmon eggs, Z Rays, small Daredevles and Panther Martins for trout measuring from 9 to 17 inches.

Los Pinos — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Manzano Lake — Fishing was slow.

Maxwell Lake 13 — The water level is down and fishing was slow for all species.

Monastery Lake — Trout fishing was very good using Power Bait, homemade dough bait, spinners and salmon eggs.

Morphy Lake — Trout fishing was fair-to-good using Power Bait, worms, corn and salmon eggs.

Pecos River — Water flow near the town of Pecos on Monday was 59cfs.Trout fishing was fair to good using worms, salmon eggs, bead-head prince nymphs and spinners.

Red River — Water flow near the hatchery on Monday was 51cfs. Trout fishing at the confluence with the Rio Grande and below the hatchery was good using egg patterns, San Juan worms, nightcrawlers, copper John Barrs and worms.

Rio Grande — Water flow near the Taos Junction Bridge on Monday was 296 cfs.Trout fishing was good using attractor patterns, wooly buggers, Panther Martins, nightcrawlers, jerk baits and salmon eggs. Fishing was fair using jerk baits, spinners and small crank baits for smallmouth bass. We had no reports on other species.

Rio Hondo — Stream flow near Valdez on Monday was 13 cfs. Fishing on the lower Hondo was good using parachute adams, bead-head pheasant tails, copper John Barrs and poundmeisters.

Rio Mora — Stream flow near Terrero on Monday was 14 cfs. Trout fishing was fair to good using worms, prince nymphs and small copper John Barrs.

Rio Pueblo — Water flow near Penasco on Monday was 17 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Santa Barbara — We had no reports from anglers this week.

Springer Lake — Fishing pressure was very light. The water level is too low for launching boats but fishing should be good from the bank for pike and catfish. Give it a try and let us know.

Storrie Lake — Fishing was good using salmon eggs for trout. A few were also taken on worms, corn and Power Bait. We had no reports on other species.

Stubblefield Lake — Water levels are extremely low and not fishable at this time.

Ute Lake — Fishing was good using chartreuse grubs and suspended jerk baits for walleye. The walleye were in about 10 feet of water. A few black bass were also caught by anglers using the jerk baits. Fishing was fair to good trolling crank baits at a depth of 6 to 8 feet for white bass. Fishing for all other species was slow. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the low to mid 50s.

Southeast

Bataan Lake — Fishing was slow for all species.

Black River — Stream flow near Malaga on Monday was 5.4 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Blue Hole Park Pond — Trout fishing was fair to good using Power Bait, worms and salmon eggs.

Bonito Lake — Closed.

Bosque Redondo — Fishing was slow for all species.

Bottomless Lakes — Fishing was slow.

Brantley Lake — Anglers are to practice catch-and-release for all fish here as high levels of DDT were found in several fish.

Carlsbad Municipal Lake — We had no reports from anglers this week.

El Rito Creek — Trout fishing was fair to good using worms and salmon eggs.

Greene Acres Lake — Trout fishing was slow to fair using Power Bait, worms, homemade dough bait and salmon eggs.

Green Meadow Lake — Trout fishing was fair using Power Bait and salmon eggs. We had no reports on other species.

Grindstone Reservoir — Trout fishing was very good using Power Bait, salmon eggs, worms, Z Rays and spinners.

Jal Lake — Fishing was slow for all species.

Lake Van — Trout fishing fair using Pistol Petes, Power Bait, small Daredevles and worms. Fishing was slow to fair using liver, Charlie's catfish bait and nightcrawlers for catfish.

Oasis Park Lake — Trout fishing was fair using Pistol Petes and worms. We had no reports on other species.

Pecos River — Stream flow below Sumner Lake on Monday was 75 cfs. Fishing was slow for all species but there were a few trout caught by anglers using worms and Power Bait.

Perch Lake — Trout fishing was slow.

Ruidoso River — Stream flow near Hollywood on Monday was 3.6 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Santa Rosa Lake — The lake has reopened to boating but the launch area is undeveloped and boating is restricted to no wake speed only. Fishing was good from boats and from the bank using white and chartreuse curly tail grubs, swim baits, tubes, minnows and nightcrawlers for walleye. The females are in full spawn but the males were actively feeding. Fishing was fair to good using minnows and grubs for crappie. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the low 50s.

Sumner Lake — Fishing conditions stayed about the same as last week with just a few walleye caught by anglers using minnows, grubs, nightcrawlers and crank baits. Fishing for all other species was slow. The east side campground is now open. The Violation Canyon boat ramp remains open at this time and will remain open as long as lake levels permit.

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