N.M. Fishing Report — June 20

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
Cimarron River: Water flow below Eagle Nest on Monday was 24 cfs. Trout fishing was good using elk hair caddis, parachute adams, tricos, bead-head prince nymphs, bead-head hares ears, salmon eggs and worms. Fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes was slow to fair using salmon eggs, Pistol Petes and Power Bait.
Clayton Lake: Fishing was very good using Power Bait, homemade dough bait and spinners for trout. Fishing was slow for all other species with just a few walleye caught by anglers using jigs. Fishing was fair using worms and liver for catfish. We had no reports on other species.
Conchas Lake: Fishing was good using spinner-nightcrawler combinations, crank baits, minnows, sassy shad and grubs for walleye. Fishing was good using jerk baits, crank baits, creature baits, tubes, senkos and top water lures for smallmouth bass and an occasional largemouth bass. Fishing was good using cut bait, liver, nightcrawlers and homemade dough bait for catfish. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp ranged from the high 60s to the low 70s.
Coyote Creek: Trout fishing was good using salmon eggs and copper John Barrs in the beaver pond areas.
Eagle Nest Lake: Hot Spot for Perch: Fishing was very good using worms and spinners for perch. Fishing was good trolling with light tackle and using Panther Martins, Arnies and Cripplures tipped with corn for kokanee. Fishing was fair using Power Bait, salmon eggs, Pistol Petes and assorted spinners for rainbow trout. Fishing was fair using spoons, spinners, jerk baits and nightcrawlers for northern pike.
Hopewell Lake: Trout fishing was good using Pistol Petes, Power Bait, salmon eggs, wooly buggers, hares ears and copper John Barrs.
Lake Alice: Fishing was good using Power Bait, salmon eggs and Pistol Petes for trout. Fishing pressure was light.
Lake Maloya: Fishing was very good using Pistol Petes, Panther Martins, wooly buggers, homemade dough bait, garlic-scented Power Bait and marshmallow-salmon egg combinations for trout. For information on tagged fish in the lake, contact the State Park Office at 575-445-5607.
Los Pinos: Trout fishing was good using salmon eggs, copper John Barrs and Panther Martins
Monastery Lake: The area is currently closed while aircraft are drawing water to fight a wildfire in the area.
Morphy Lake: The Park is closed until further notice due to extreme fire conditions in the area.
Pecos River: The following waters are closed to fishing due to the wildfire in the area: Pecos River from Cowles to the Village of Pecos, Cow Creek, Mora Creek, Holy Ghost Creek, Panchuela Creek, Winsor Creek, Jacks Creek, Cowles Ponds, Dalton Canyon area and all Pecos Wilderness lakes and streams.
Red River: Water flow near the hatchery Monday was 66 cfs. Trout fishing was good using copper John Barrs, poundmeisters, Panther Martins, salmon eggs and nightcrawlers.
Rio Grande: Water flow near the Taos Junction Bridge on Monday was 257 cfs. Fishing was good using poundmeisters, copper John Barrs, elk hair caddis, stone flies, hoppers, worms, spinners and nightcrawlers for trout. Fishing for smallmouth bass was fair using wooly buggers and poppers. We had no reports on northern pike.
Rio Hondo: Stream flow near Valdez on Monday was 39 cfs. Trout fishing was good using poundmeisters and worms.
Springer Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
Storrie Lake: Fishing was good using salmon peach Power Bait, salmon eggs and cheese for trout. We had no reports on other species.
Ute Lake: Fishing for walleye was good using bottom-bouncer nightcrawler rigs, crank baits, jig and grub combinations, blade baits, spoons and minnows. Anglers reported catching walleye in depths ranging from 5 to 35 feet. Fishing was good using sassy shad, grubs and crank baits for white bass. Fishing was good using cut bait and liver for catfish. Anglers reported good success on trot lines and rod and reel. Fishing was very good using worms for bluegill. Fishing for smallmouth bass was good using an assortment of plastics, crank baits, topwater and jerk baits. Most of the bass caught were small. Fishing for crappie was slow but there were a few taken by anglers using minnows and trolling crank baits. The surface water temp was in the low 70s.

Northwest
Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was fair to good using nightcrawlers, crank baits, jerk baits and jigs for smallmouth bass. Most of the bass caught were small and were in less than 10 feet of water. Fishing for catfish was slow to fair using liver, hot dogs and nightcrawlers. The best catfish reports came from anglers fishing at night. Fishing for walleye was fair to good using spinner-nightcrawler rigs and white crank baits. We had no reports on other species.
Bluewater Lake: Fishing was very good using crank baits, jerk baits, swim baits, topwater lures, spinner baits and worms for tiger musky. John and Kyle Williamson of Albuquerque had a great time as they caught and released 16 tiger musky. They were using a variety of baits. We had no reports on other species. Anglers should be aware that it is illegal to use live minnows at this lake.
Brazos River: Trout fishing was good using copper John Barrs, elk hair caddis and spinners. Jonah Kirby and his friend Derek caught several rainbows over 15 inches and one 18-inch brown. They caught the rainbows on Panther Martins and the big brown on a Rooster Tail.
Canjilon Lakes: Trout fishing was good using Power Bait, Pistol Petes, zug bugs, wooly buggers, small crank baits, salmon eggs and worms.
Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 684 cfs and 679 cfs respectively. Trout fishing below El Vado was good using Rapalas, nightcrawlers, wooly buggers, Power Bait and salmon eggs for a mixed bag of browns and rainbows. Fishing below Abiquiu was slow and the water was quite murky.
Cochiti Lake: The surface water temp was in the high 60s. Fishing was fair using liver, shrimp and cut bait for catfish. Fishing was fair to good using jerk baits, topwater lures, tubes, senkos, grubs and creature baits for smallmouth bass. Fishing for northern pike was slow to fair using spinner baits, crank baits and jerk baits. Fishing was fair using worms and grubs for bluegill. We had no reports on other species.
Fenton Lake: The park is closed and will remain closed through June 20 while aircraft use this lake to draw water to fight a wildfire in the area. This closure may be extended due to continued fire suppression activities.
Heron Lake: Kokanee fishing continued to be very good this past week. Anglers did well trolling wiggle hoochies, Panther Martins and Z Rays tipped with corn. Most of the kokanee were caught at depths of 18 to 22 feet. Fishing from the bank was fair using Power Bait and salmon eggs for a mixed bag of kokanee, small lake trout and rainbow trout.
Laguna del Campo: Trout fishing was good using Panther Martins, Pistol Petes, wooly buggers, Power Bait, worms and salmon eggs.
Lake Farmington: Trout fishing was fair using Power Bait, salmon eggs and Kastmasters.
Navajo Lake: Fishing was good using tubes, jigs, worms, baby brush hogs, senkos, chigger craws, crank baits, jerk baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was slow to fair using small tubes and small jigs for crappie. A few northern pike were caught by anglers fishing the San Juan arm and using jerk baits and swim baits. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp ranged from the mid to high 60s.
Ramah Lake: We had no reports.
San Gregorio: We had no reports but the lake was heavily stocked this past week.
San Juan River: Water flows below Navajo Dam were to be increased on Monday to 650 cfs and then up to 800 cfs on Tuesday. Trout fishing slowed a bit during a weekend water fluctuation but has been good in the Quality Water section. Anglers were doing well using black leeches, black streamers, black foam wing emergers, red midge larva, extended body baetis and bead-head pheasant tails. Anglers described the dry fly fishing as spotty. Fishing through the bait waters was good using salmon eggs, spinners, Power Bait, jerk baits and wooly buggers.
Santa Cruz Lake: Fishing was good using Power Bait, salmon eggs, Pistol Petes and worms for trout. We had no reports on other species.
Seven Springs Brood Pond: This water is open to anglers 11 years old or younger. Fishing was very good using Pistol Petes and salmon eggs for trout.
Tingley Beach: Fishing on the Central Pond and Youth Pond was slow to fair using hot dogs, chicken liver and homemade dough bait for catfish. We had no reports on other species. Fishing on the Catch and Release Pond was slow.

Southwest
Bill Evans Lake: Fishing was fair using salmon eggs and Power Bait for trout. Fishing was fair using tubes, senkos and worms for largemouth bass. A few small catfish were caught by anglers using worms. We had no reports on other species.
Caballo Lake: Fishing was fair using liver, shrimp and cut bait for catfish. Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits, sassy shad and grubs for a mixed bag of walleye, crappie and white bass. We had no reports on other species. The west-side main boat ramp is still open. The east-side ramp remains closed.
Elephant Butte: The surface water temp was in the low to mid 70s. Fishing was fair using shiners, crank baits and grubs for white bass. Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass was slow to fair for anglers using senkos, jigs, jerk baits, crank baits and shiners. Fishing for catfish was good using shiners, cut bait, liver and shrimp. We had no reports on other species. The Monticello and Dam Site boat ramps remain closed due to low water conditions. The Rock Canyon ramp will close this week.
Escondida Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
Glenwood Pond: Trout fishing was fair to good using Power Bait and salmon eggs.
Lake Roberts: Fishing was slow for all species.
Quemado Lake: Trout fishing was good using Pistol Petes, Power Bait, worms and salmon eggs. We had no reports on other species.
Rio Grande: Water flow below Elephant Butte on Monday morning was 2,230 cfs. Fishing below Elephant Butte was good using nightcrawlers, cut bait and chicken liver for catfish. Fishing was fair to good using white and chartreuse grubs and swim baits for walleye. Fishing was good using corn for carp. We had no reports on other species. Fishing below Caballo Lake was slow.

Southeast
Bataan Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
Bosque Redondo: Fishing was slow for all species. Fishing pressure was very light.
Brantley Lake: Anglers are to practice catch-and-release for all fish here as high levels of DDT were found in several fish.
Chaparral Park Lake: Fishing was fair using worms, liver and stink bait for catfish. We had no reports on other species.
El Rito Creek: Trout fishing was good using salmon eggs and worms.
Greene Acres Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using chicken liver and nightcrawlers for catfish. We had no reports on other species.
Green Meadow Lake: Fishing in the late evening hours has been fair using liver and homemade dough bait for catfish. Fishing for all other species has been slow.
Grindstone Reservoir: Trout fishing was very good using Power Bait, worms, marshmallows, garlic cheese, salmon eggs, and Pistol Petes. We had no reports on other species. Claudia Lizeth and Carlton Earley of El Paso had a great time here catching limits of trout in less than two hours. They were using Blue Fox spinners and Power Bait the first day and red worms and Kastmasters the next day.
Lake Van: Fishing was slow for all species.
Oasis Park Lake: Fishing was good using assorted blood baits in the evening hours for catfish. Mid-day anglers reported fishing as slow. We had no reports on other species.
Pecos River: Stream flow below Sumner Lake on Monday was 101 cfs. Fishing was fair using chicken liver and nightcrawlers for catfish. Fishing for all other species was slow.
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 very good using hot dogs, nightcrawlers, minnows, cut bait and liver for catfish up to 5 pounds. Anglers did best fishing the late evening and night time hours. Fishing was slow to fair using jerk baits, crank baits and grubs for small bass and a few walleye. We had no reports on other species. There will be a Big Cat catfish competition here on June 22 and 23. For more information contact the State Park Office at 575-472-3110 or email friendsgroupofsantarosalake@gmail.com.
Sumner Lake: Fishing was good using cut bait, liver, nightcrawlers and worms for catfish. The best reports again came from anglers fishing the late evening and night time hours. Fishing was slow for all other species.

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