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:
Abiquiú Lake: Lincoln Eastburn of Santa Fe caught and released a 19-inch walleye June 24. He was using a jig and curly tail grub on his new spincast combo.
Cochiti Lake: Allen Roussin of Rio Rancho caught and released a 29-inch northern pike June 22. He was using a crank bait.
Conchas Lake: Luke Grossetete of Albuquerque caught a 5-pound, 8-ounce smallmouth bass June 22. He was using a shad colored Rapala Fat Rap. Jacob Larrazolo of Edgewood caught an 8-pound largemouth bass June 24. He was using a crank bait.
Eagle Rock Lake: Sisters Eve and Sofia Mondragon, ages 5 and 7, from Ojo Caliente caught an 18-inch and a 17.5-inch rainbow trout June 22. They were using rainbow PowerBait.
Greene Acres Lake: Layla Rodriguez, age 10, of Clovis caught a 5-pound carp June 18. She was fishing for catfish.
Stubblefield Lake: Hue Gonzales of Angel Fire caught an estimated 5- to 6-pound catfish June 18. He was jigging a white swim bait off the bottom.
The following reports came in late, but are definitely worth mentioning:
Charette Lakes: Alex Lovato of Las Vegas caught a 22-inch rainbow trout June 15. He was using a Pistol Pete.
Eagle Nest Lake: Kaitlyn Bostel, age 6, of Kerrville, Texas, caught and released a 20-inch and a 22-inch rainbow trout June 12. She was using PowerBait on a barbless hook.
Stubblefield Lake: Hue Gonzales of Angel Fire caught a 25-inch walleye June 12. He was fishing in the evening hours and using a fire tiger Rapala jerk bait.
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June 25, 2019
Cabresto Lake: Trout fishing was good using a variety of small midge and baetis patterns.
Charette Lakes: Fishing was slow to fair using PowerBait and Pistol Petes for trout.
Cimarron River: Stream low near Cimarron on Monday morning was 24.0 cubic feet per second (cfs). Fishing was good using San Juan worms, spinners and worms for trout. Fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes was good using PowerBait, worms and Pistol Petes for trout.
Clayton Lake: Fishing was good using night crawlers, spinners and PowerBait for trout. We had no reports on other species.
Conchas Lake: Fishing was very good using worms for bluegill. Fishing was fair to good using crank baits, swim baits, Ned rigs, plastic worms, flukes, senkos and tubes for smallmouth and largemouth bass. Richard Phillips reported that he and Jerry Satterfield of Alto caught and released a good number of smallmouth and largemouth bass this past week. They were using rootbeer green Venom worms and white Bomber crank baits. Luke Grossetete and Freddy Lawrence of Albuquerque caught several white bass, largemouth bass and smallmouth bass over the weekend. They were using crank baits and a vintage torpedo top water from their late grandfather's tackle box. Fishing was good using crank baits, jerk baits, sassy shad and top water lures for white bass. Fishing was fair using bottom bouncer spinner/worm rigs and minnow rigs for walleye. Fishing was fair using cut bait, homemade dough baits and liver for catfish. The surface water temp was in the low to mid-70s.
Costilla Creek: Streamflow near Costilla on Monday was 110 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Cowles Ponds: Fishing was good using PowerBait for trout.
Coyote Creek: Fishing was good using salmon eggs and worms for trout.
Eagle Nest Lake: Fishing was good using spinners, Kastmasters and PowerBait for rainbow trout. The best reports came from anglers fishing from the bank and using PowerBait. Fishing was very good using small crappie jigs and worms for perch. Fishing was good using streamers, Dardevles, Kastmasters and spinners for northern pike. A few kokanee were caught by anglers trolling for trout.
Eagle Rock Lake: Fishing was good using Pistol Petes, spinners, worms, PowerBait and Fire Balls for trout.
Gallinas River: Fishing was fair to good using worms, copper John Barrs and Fire Balls for trout.
Hopewell Lake: Fishing was fair to good using PowerBait, worms, Fire Balls and Pistol Petes for rainbow and brook trout.
Lake Alice: Fishing was good using PowerBait and spoons for trout.
Lake Maloya: Fishing was very good using Pistol Petes, spoons, spinners, copper John Barrs, woolly buggers and PowerBait for rainbow trout up to 20 inches.
Maxwell Lake 13: Fishing was slow for all species.
Morphy Lake: Closed for a renovation project on the dam and no firm opening date has been set.
Pecos River: Streamflow near the town of Pecos on Monday morning was 240 cfs. Fishing was fair to good using worms, shrimp, salmon eggs, woolly buggers and beadhead hare's ears for a mixed bag of brown and rainbow trout. Jude Gabaldon reported that he and one other angler caught limits of rainbow trout one day this past weekend. They were using shrimp.
Red River: Streamflow below the hatchery on Monday morning was 140 cfs. Fishing near the hatchery was fair using worms, PowerBait and spinners for trout.
Río Grande: Streamflow at the Taos Junction Bridge was 4,320 cfs. Fishing was slow for all species.
Río Hondo: Streamflow on Monday morning was 117 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Río Mora: Streamflow on Monday morning was 102 cfs. Fishing was good using night crawlers for trout.
Río Pueblo: Streamflow on Monday morning near Peñasco was 109 cfs. Fishing was good using worms for trout.
Santa Cruz Reservoir: Fishing was fair to good using small crank baits, spoons, Pistol Petes, PowerBait and Gulp eggs for trout.
Shuree Ponds: Open for the season July 1.
Stubblefield Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using spoons, crank baits and night crawlers for mixed bag of largemouth bass, walleye and catfish
Ute Lake: Fishing was very good using worms and small crappie jigs for big bluegill. Fishing was good using top water lures and flipping soft plastics in shallow water for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing was good using top trolling crank baits for white bass. Fishing was fair using jigs, grubs and minnows in the trees for walleye. A few catfish were caught by anglers fishing at night and using homemade dough bait. The surface water temp was in the low 70s.
Abiquiú Lake: Fishing was slow but there were a few crappie, walleye and smallmouth bass caught this past week. Anglers were using spinners, minnows, curly tail grubs and crank baits. The surface water temp was in the low 60s. Anglers are advised to use four-wheel drive vehicles to launch boats.
Animas River: Water flow below Aztec on Monday morning was 3,630 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Bluewater Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits, jerk baits, swim baits, large streamers and catfish bait for tiger muskie. We had no reports on other species.
Brazos River: Fishing was good using San Juan worms, copper John Barrs and worms for trout.
Canjilon Lakes: Fishing was fair using spoons, Pistol Petes and PowerBait for trout.
Chama River: Monday morning flows below El Vado and Abiquiú were 1,420 cfs and 1,480 cfs respectively. Fishing below El Vado was fair using night crawlers and Rapalas for brown and rainbow trout. We had no reports from below Abiquiú.
Cochiti Lake: Fishing was slow, but anglers using minnows, jigs, crank baits and spinner baits caught a few largemouth bass and white bass. Fishing was slow to fair using beef liver, homemade dough baits, worms and cut bait for catfish. We had no reports on other species.
El Vado Lake: Fishing was very good using chartreuse spoons, tubes, jigs and swim baits for smallmouth bass. We had no reports on other species.
Fenton Lake: Fishing was good using spoons, Pistol Petes, night crawlers, PowerBait, spinners and a variety of flies for trout.
Heron Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using PowerBait from the bank for rainbow trout. We had no other reports.
Jemez Waters: Streamflow on the Jemez near the town of Jemez on Monday morning was 20.5 cfs. Fishing on the Jemez, East Fork, San Antonio and Cebolla was good using worms, hoppers, copper John Barr droppers, small green nymphs and stimulators for brown and rainbow trout. We had no reports on the other streams.
Laguna del Campo: Fishing was good using spoons, Pistol Petes, PowerBait and worms for trout.
Lake Farmington: Fishing was slow for all species.
Manzano Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
Navajo Lake: Fishing was fair using minnows for crappie. Fishing was fair using senkos, swim baits, crank baits, curly tail grubs, spinner baits and jigs for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits, buzz baits and swim baits for northern pike. We had no reports on other species.
San Juan River: Streamflow was increased to 600 cfs this past Saturday and was flowing at 596 cfs on Monday morning. Trout fishing through the quality waters was fair using red larva, San Juan worms, scuds and small streamers. Fishing the bait waters was fair to good using night crawlers, small spoons and jerk baits.
Seven Springs Brood Pond: Fishing was very good using PowerBait, salmon eggs, a wide assortment of small flies and Pistol Petes for trout.
Tingley Beach: Fishing at the Central and Youth ponds was good using worms for bluegill. Fishing for all other species was slow with just a few catfish caught by anglers using homemade dough bait and worms.
Trout Lakes: Fishing was slow.
Crews stocked 67,691 triploid rainbow trout in the following waters: Brazos River, Cebolla River, Chama River (above and below El Vado), Cimarron River (west of Cimarron), Cimarron River Gravel Pit Lakes, Eagle Nest Lake, Glenwood Pond, Holy Ghost Creek, Hondo River (lower), Hopewell Lake, Jemez River, Laguna Del Campo (Burns Lake), Monastery Lake, Mora (Pecos River Drainage), MT View Ponds (aka Cowles Ponds), Pecos River (Cowles to village of Pecos), Quemado Lake, Red River (above Questa), Red River (above and below Questa), Red River East Fork, Red River Hatchery Pond, Red River West Fork, San Antonio River, San Juan River (below Quality Waters), Seven Springs Brood Pond and Shuree Ponds.