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.
• Cimarron River: The flows are 30 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam and 21 cfs near Cimarron. Trout are good in the lower canyon with tan or green caddis pupa, golden stone nymphs and black WD40’s. Fishing is fair below Eagle Nest with #14-16 bead head nymphs and orange stimulators.
• Costilla Creek: The flows are 92 cfs below the dam and 118 cfs near the town of Costilla. The Valle Vidal is closed until July 1. The lower Costilla is fishing fair with PMD nymphs, copper Johns, San Juan worms and dry stoneflies.
• Red River: Flows at Questa are 95 cfs, and 128 cfs below the hatchery. Runoff is done and clarity is improving. Trout are reported as good when fishing the eddies and pools with bead head nymphs. Last week, 665 rainbows were stocked above Questa, 517 below Questa, 222 in the East Fork and 222 in the West Fork.
• Rio Grande: Flows are 602 cfs at Taos Junction Bridge and 286 cfs near Cerro. The water is still high but fishing is good midday with double nymphs or stoneflies. Caddis nymphs are good in the evenings and dry flies are working along the edges.
• Rio Hondo: The water is fast but fishable. Trout are fair in the eddies and pools with bead head nymphs.
• Rio Pueblo: Flow is 20 cfs. Fishing is fair with bead head nymphs and hoppers.
• Cabresto Lake: Brook trout are good with small black or olive bead head nymphs.
• Charette Lake: Fishing is sporadic for 12-18 inch rainbows with live grasshoppers, Power Bait or worms under a bobber. Trolling Cowbell/worm combos has been successful for some. No reports on perch.
• Clayton Lake: Trout are fair with Power Bait and worms. Catfish are fair with night crawlers, chicken liver and stink bait. No reports on bass or walleye.
• Eagle Nest Lake: Trout are good from shore and boats with Panther Martins, Pistol Pete’s, worms and Power Bait. Fly fishermen are having some luck with damselflies and woolly buggers. Perch are fair to good with worms. No reports on Kokanee.
• Lake Alice and Lake Maloya: Fishing is reported as good at both lakes. Pistol Pete’s, spinners, Power Bait, or salmon eggs are catching 12-15 inch rainbows.
• Maxwell Lakes: Fishing is fair for 14-20 inch rainbows on Power Bait. An occasional large catfish has been caught with worms or cut bait. No reports on other species.
• Santa Cruz Lake: Trout are slow from the bank with worms and salmon eggs and fair from boats using Christmas tree rigs with Power Bait. 2,063 rainbows were stocked last week.
• Shuree Ponds: In preparation for the July 1 opening, 400 (15-17 inch) rainbow trout were stocked last week.
• Springer Lakes: The water level is good and boats can be launched. Pike are fair with Mepps spinners and live bait, with most in 18-26 inch range. Catfish, 16-24 inches, are fair with cut bait. No reports on other species.
(Including the Jemez Mountains)
• Jemez River, East Fork, Guadalupe and San Antonio: Flow on the Jemez River is 19 cfs. The Guadalupe is running well but the other streams are low. There is still some stonefly action in all the streams and dry fly action is good in the mornings and evenings with terrestrials and PMD’s.
• Metro Drainages: No report.
• Bluewater Lake: Fishing is slow for rainbows with spinners, salmon eggs and yellow Power Bait. Tiger muskies are reported as slow to fair on jerk baits and spinners. No reports on other species.
• Cochiti Lake: Smallmouth and largemouth bass are reported as fair to good with spoons, jigs and crank baits. A few pike are being caught on jigs and crank baits. No reports on other species.
• Fenton Lake: Rainbows are reported as good from shore with worms, salmon eggs and Power Bait. Fishermen in float tubes were having some success with woolly buggers, terrestrials, and live grasshoppers. 1,734 triploid rainbows were stocked last week.
• Tingley Beach: South Pond catch and release – Fishing is poor with only a few reports of fish being caught in the early mornings with leeches or Griffith gnats. Children's and Central Ponds: Bluegills are good with worms. Catfish are good in the late afternoons with hot dogs, chicken liver and stink bait. No reports on trout.
(Including the Pecos River)
• Coyote Creek: Flow is 1.4 cfs and the water is murky. Trout are fair with spinners, salmon eggs and Power Bait.
• Pecos River: Flows are 119 cfs near Pecos and 116 cfs below Sumner Dam. There are all kinds of hatches in progress and trout are good below Terrero. The best flies have been Pat’s rubber legs, yellow sallies and extended body PMD’s. Last week, 2,419 rainbows were stocked from Cowles to the Village of Pecos. Reports are poor to slow at Villanueva Park.
• Conchas Lake: Walleye, 20-24 inches, are good when you find the schools. Bottom bouncers, spinners, worms and minnows are working well. Crappie are scattered. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are in deep water and fishing is slow with tubes, Senkos and worms. Catfish are good off the dock with worms. No reports on white bass.
• Morphy Lake: Stocker-size trout are good with Power Bait and salmon eggs. 2,609 rainbow trout were stocked last week.
• Santa Rosa Lake: Walleye are reported as good from boats and around the shoreline with white curly tails and sassy shad. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are fair with crank baits, jigs and minnows working for both. Crappie are good with small crank baits and white or yellow jigs. Catfish are slow.
• Storrie Lake: Trout are good. Best baits are cheese and fireballs. Catfish are slow.
• Sumner Lake: Winter trout waters, stilling basin – Smallmouth bass are slow and fishing off the rocky points with jigs and spinners has been most successful. Catfish are slow using chicken liver. No reports on other species. Catfish are reported as fair below the dam on worms or chicken liver.
• Ute Lake: The water is clear and temperature is in the 70’s. Walleye are good trolling white bombers at 5 feet over the brush. Crappie are reported as slow. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are good with top water lures in the mornings and Wacky Worms and Senkos during the day. Bass are also being caught off the main points in 20 feet of water with minnows. White bass are slow. Catfish are excellent in 4-6 feet of water using stink bait.
• Gila River: The flow is at 95 cfs. Some upper river sections are fair, but the heat has slowed the fishing in the lower areas. Fly fishermen report that Willow Creek is good.
• Rio Grande: The flow is 2,480 cfs below Elephant Butte Dam. Although the water is high and muddy, there are reports of walleye being caught on white bombers.
• Bill Evans Lake: Winter trout waters – Fishing is slow for all species.
• Caballo Lake: White bass are reported as good from the bank with minnows and trolling with plugs or white plastics. Walleye are good trolling Wally Divers, white plastics, minnows or worms. Catfish are fair at night with worms or shrimp on trotlines. Crappie are good to excellent with worms and jigs.
• Elephant Butte Lake: White bass are reported as fair to good trolling sassy shads and still fishing with shiners. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are fair with white bombers and shiners. Walleye are slow using shiners and jigs. Crappie are reported as fair with jigs and minnows. Striped bass are slow trolling shiners at 20 feet. Catfish are good at the north end of the lake with shrimp.
• Glenwood Ponds: Trout are slow. Salmon eggs or worms are your best bets.
• Lake Roberts: Fishing is slow for rainbows and bass. Catfish are good with chicken liver and worms.
• Quemado Lake: Trout are slow to fair with orange or peach Power Bait working best. Tiger muskies are fair to good with spinners or corn. No reports on any large enough to keep.
• Snow Lake: No report.
• Black River: Flow is 5.2 cfs. There is no fishing report.
• Bonito Creek: Trout are fair with worms and salmon eggs.
• Rio Ruidoso: Flow is at 16 cfs. Trout are reported as fair with Panther Martins, worms and salmon eggs.
• Bonito Lake: Fishing is good 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 Department of Game and Fish. Pesticides, DDT’s have been found in the fish; do not keep or eat them. No fishing report this week.
• Grindstone Reservoir: Trout are good and are hitting on everything. Pistol Petes, salmon eggs and Power Bait are always good choices. 4,440 triploid rainbows were stocked last week.
• Lake Van: Winter trout waters: No report.