NEW MEXICO FISHING REPORT
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.
CATCHES OF THE WEEK
Albuquerque Drain: Diego Artiaga, 5, of Albuquerque, caught a 23-inch, 8-pound channel catfish May 27. He was using stink bait.
Bluewater Lake: Robert Paige, of Santa Fe, caught and released a 38-inch tiger muskie May 27. He was using a Whopper Popper.
Chaparral Park Lake: Isaiah Spalding, 10, of Eunice, caught a 19-inch channel catfish May 26. He was using chicken liver.
Clayton Lake: Anthony Diamond of Cannon Air Force Base caught a largemouth bass that was estimated to weigh between 5.5 and 6 pounds. He was using a chartreuse spinner bait.
Eagle Nest Lake: Sebastian Montoya, 5, of Angel Fire, caught a 22-inch rainbow trout May 27. He was using a yellow Panther Martin.
Escondida Lake: Mariah Devlin, 7, of Los Lunas, caught a 14-inch rainbow trout May 23.
Greene Acres Lake: Ethan Sorge, of Clovis, caught a 6-pound catfish May 27. He was using cut bait.
Grindstone Reservoir: John Robertson, of Ruidoso, caught an 18-pound, 1-ounce catfish May 27. He was using a crawfish.
Heron Lake: Veronica Eyster, of Albuquerque, caught and released a 24.5-inch, 5-pound lake trout May 27. She was using a yellow spinner.
Morphy Lake: Prescott Scargill, 8, and Maya Scargill, 10, of Santa Fe, caught limits of trout, including four that measured from 16.5 inches to 20 inches May 26. They were trolling black with red wooly buggers and green Pistol Petes.
Red River City Ponds: Isaiah Cordova, 7, of Albuquerque, caught a 17-inch rainbow trout May 26. He was fishing the kids pond and using PowerBait.
Santa Cruz Reservoir: Michael Espinoza, 14, of Los Lunas, caught five rainbow trout ranging in size from 18 to 19 inches May 27. He was using green and black Pistol Petes.
Santa Rosa Lake: Lucia Franco, of Albuquerque, caught a 29.5-inch catfish May 28. She was using cut bait.
Storrie Lake: Max Buell, 6, of Las Vegas, caught an 18-inch rainbow trout May 23. He was using Fire Balls.
The following reports came in late, but deserve a mention:
Bear Canyon Lake: Everett Cole Sherman, 3, of Silver City, caught his first crappie. He was fishing with his grandpa and using a red and white jig.
Elephant Butte Lake: Matthew Paffett, 7, of Albuquerque, caught a 23-inch walleye May 21. He was using a crawdad crank bait.
Fenton Lake: Hunter Keelin, 7, of Albuquerque, caught three rainbow trout May 20. He was using garlic PowerBait.
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May 30, 2017
Charette Lakes: Fishing was fair using PowerBait and worms for trout. We had no other reports.
Clayton Lake: Fishing was very good using PowerBait for rainbow trout. Fishing was slow to fair using spinner baits and crank baits for largemouth bass. We had no other reports. Due to low water conditions, the boat ramp remains closed.
Cimarrón River: Streamflow near Cimarrón on Monday was 40 cubic feet per second. Trout fishing was good using San Juan worms, gold spinners, worms and Fire Balls. The section of the river that had been closed due to a fuel spill has reopened. Trout fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes was good using Pistol Petes, PowerBait, Fire Balls and worms.
Conchas Lake: Fishing was fair to good using tubes, senkos, jigs, jerk baits, crank baits, creature baits and curly tail grubs for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair to good using crank baits and minnows for white bass. Fishing was fair using jig and minnow combinations, spinner minnow combinations, curly tail grubs and crank baits for walleye. Fishing was fair using night crawlers, stink bait and cut bait for catfish. We had no other reports.
Costilla Creek: Fishing was fair to good using San Juan worms and bead-head nymphs for trout.
Cowles Ponds: Fishing was good using PowerBait, Fire Balls and Gulp eggs for trout.
Coyote Creek: Trout fishing was good using small bead-head nymphs, worms and salmon eggs.
Eagle Rock Lake: Fishing was good using PowerBait and worms for trout.
Eagle Nest Lake:F ishing for trout was good using PowerBait, spinners, salmon eggs, Pistol Petes and Platte River specials. Anglers did well from the bank and from boats. Fishing was fair to good using worms for perch. We had no other reports.
Gallinas River: Fishing was good using worms for trout.
Hopewell Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Lake Alice: Trout fishing was very good using PowerBait, worms, Pistol Petes and Kastmasters.
Lake Maloya: Trout fishing was very good using garlic, salmon peach, rainbow and corn PowerBait, Kastmasters, wooly buggers and bead-head pheasant tail nymphs. The annual Sugarite Canyon State Park Fishing Derby sponsored by the Friends of Sugarite Canyon State Park and the Raton Kiwanis Club is ongoing and runs through June 4. For additional information, call (575) 445-5607.
Los Pinos River: Fishing was fair to good using worms, Fire Balls and San Juan worms for trout.
Maxwell Lake 13: Fishing was slow to fair using PowerBait and Kastmasters for trout. We had no other reports.
Monastery Lake: Fishing was very good using wooly buggers, Pistol Petes and salmon eggs for trout. The Elmore family of Edgewood reported catching limits of trout while using wooly buggers and salmon eggs with most of the fish caught on salmon eggs.
Morphy Lake: Fishing was very good using Pistol Petes, wooly buggers, spinners, PowerBait and Fire Balls for trout. He was using salmon peach PowerBait.
Pecos River: treamflow near Pecos on Monday was 235 cfs. Fishing was fair using worms, Fire Balls, prince nymphs and San Juan worms for trout.
Red River: Streamflow below the hatchery on Monday was 236 cfs. Fishing was fair using night crawlers, spinners and wooly buggers for trout.
Red River City Ponds: Fishing was good using PowerBait and salmon eggs for trout.
Río Grande: Streamflow on Monday at the Taos Junction Bridge was 2,310 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Río Hondo: Streamflow near Valdez on Monday was 151 cfs.We had no reports from anglers this week.
Río Mora: As of Monday, streamflow near Terrero was 91 cfs. Fishing was fair to good using worms for trout.
Río Pueblo: Streamflow near Peñasco on Monday was 178 cfs. Randy Garcia reported catching a couple of nice trout this last week. He was using Fire Balls.
Santa Barbara River: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Santa Cruz Reservoir: Fishing was very good using wooly buggers, Pistol Petes, gold spoons, Fisher Chick spinners, Panther Martins and Fire Balls for trout. We had no other reports.
Shuree Ponds: Open for the season July 1.
Springer Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Storrie Lake: Fishing was good using garlic cheese, PowerBait and Fire Balls for trout up to 18 inches. Fishing was fair using liver and night crawlers for catfish. We had no other reports.
Ute Lake: Fishing for smallmouth bass was good using senkos, tubes, finesse worms and grubs in 10 to 12 feet of water. Fishing for white bass picked up. Anglers did best trolling crank baits or using curly tail grubs in the trees. Fishing was good using jigs and bottom bouncers with leeches or night crawlers for walleye. Fishing was good using stink bait and cut bait in shallow water for catfish. Fishing for crappie was slow. We had no other reports. The surface water temp was in the mid-60s.
Winsor Creek: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Crews stocked 34,957 triploid rainbow trout in the following waters: Alto Lake, Brazos Lodge Pond, Chama River (above El Vado), Cow Creek, Coyote Creek (northeast Cuba and near Guadalupita), Coyote Creek Pond, Eagle Nest Lake, Fenton Lake, Gallina Creek, Gallinas Ice Pond, Gallinas River (near Las Vegas), Glenwood Pond, Grants Municipal Pond (River Walk Pond), Grindstone Reservoir, Harris Lake, Jal Lake, Lake Maloya, McGaffey Lake, Pecos River (Cowles to village of Pecos), Quemado Lake, Red River (above Questa), Red River East Fork, Red River West Fork, Río Bonito, Río Pueblo, Ruidoso River, San Juan River (below Quality Waters), Seven Springs Brood Pond and Sipapu Pond.
Mark your calendar: June 3 will be Free Fishing Day. No license is required to fish public waters. All other rules and regulations apply.