NEW MEXICO FISHING REPORT
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:
Bluewater Lake: Hayden Toledo of Acoma caught a 29-inch catfish May 23. He was using hotdogs. Adriano Antonio caught and released a 38-inch tiger muskie May 27. He was using a corn/hotdog combo.
Cowles Ponds: Nicholas Sanchez, age 7, of Santa Fe caught a 13.5-inch and a 17-inch rainbow trout May 27. He was using worms.
Eagle Nest Lake: Don Pannell of Chester, Oklahoma, caught a northern pike and a nice rainbow trout May 19. He was using a Kastmaster. Sara Knight of Las Cruces caught a 44-inch, 20-pound, 15-ounce northern pike May 27. She was using PowerBait. Taos Hadley, age 6, of Pampa, Texas, caught a 21.5-inch rainbow trout May 26. He was using PowerBait. Kadin Selmon, age 11, from Canyon, Texas, caught a 14.5-inch rainbow trout May 27. He was using PowerBait.
Fenton Lake: Cutler Ortiz, age 7 of Río Rancho caught a 16-inch rainbow trout May 27. He was using a Pistol Pete.
Jemez River: Ellie M. Blair, age 4, of Río Rancho helped wrangle in two rainbow trout May 27. She was using a fake, garlic-scented worm.
Laguna Del Campo: Xavier Gomez, age 4, of Albuquerque caught an 18-inch rainbow trout May 24. He was using green PowerBait.
Monastery Lake: Darwin Chavez of Santo Domingo Pueblo caught his biggest trout ever, a 22-inch, 4-pound rainbow May 24. He was using bubblegum garlic Power Eggs.
Navajo Lake: Brandon, Jason, and Kristen Ferguson of Los Lunas and Matthew Medina of Albuquerque caught 5 northern pike May 27. They were using jerk baits and spinner baits.
Seven Springs Brood Pond: Alianah Trujillo, age 6, of Rio Rancho caught an 18-iinch rainbow trout May 23. She was using a Panther Martin.
Storrie Lake: Gabriel Sanchez, age 5, of Las Vegas landed a 27-inch catfish May 25. He was using worms.
Stubblefield Lake: Hue Gonzales of Angel Fire caught a 24-inch walleye May 19. He was using a European soft, plastic-bladed swimbait.
Ute Lake: Lisa Boulware of Edgewood caught a 19.25-inch and a 23-5-inch walleye May 25. She was using a crank bait.
The following report came in late, but is definitely worth mentioning:
Abiquiú Lake: Kellen Kinman, age 7, of Sambrillo caught his first fish on a fly rod May 19. He caught several smallmouth bass and was using a two-inch white and chartreuse twisty tail grub.
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May 28, 2019
Charette Lakes: Fishing was fair to good using PowerBait for trout.
Cimarron River: Streamflow near Cimarron on Monday morning was 50.9 cubic feet per second. Fishing was good using red San Juan worms, small copper John Barrs, small pheasant tail nymphs and Panther Martin spinners for trout. Fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes was good using PowerBait and Pistol Petes for trout.
Clayton Lake: Fishing was very good using PowerBait, spinners, spoons and worms for trout up to 19 inches. Fishing was fair using swim baits and tubes for largemouth bass. We had no reports on other species.
Conchas Lake: Fishing was good using crank baits, chatter baits, jerk baits, Ned rigs, tubes, senkos, jigs and creature baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was fair using minnows, small jigs and curly tail grubs for crappie. Fishing was fair to good using crank baits, sassy shad and minnows for white bass. Fishing was fair trolling minnow and worm rigs and crank baits for walleye. Fishing was good using cut bait, homemade dough bait and liver for catfish. The surface water temp ranged from the mid- to high 60s.
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, worms and Pistol Petes for trout.
Eagle Nest Lake: Fishing was good using spinners, Kastmasters, worms and PowerBait for rainbow trout. Anglers fishing for trout picked up a few kokanee. Fishing for northern pike was fair using PowerBait, large streamers and Kastmasters. Fishing was fair using worms for perch.
Gallinas River: Fishing was good using worms and Fire Balls for trout.
Hopewell Lake: Fishing was good using PowerBait for 15- to 17-inch trout.
Lake Maloya: Fishing was good using PowerBait, woolly buggers and Pistol Petes for trout. The Sugarite Fishing Derby, a nine-day event, began Saturday (May 25). For more information, contact the state park office at (575) 445-5607.
Monastery Lake: Fishing was good using PowerBait, Fire Balls, Power Eggs, worms and Pistol Petes for trout.
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 432 cfs. Fishing was fair to good using worms, woolly buggers, beadhead prince nymphs and beadhead hares ears for a mixed bag of brown and rainbow trout. Justin Kersting of Albuquerque caught a 19-inch rainbow near Windy Bridge. He was using a woolly bugger.
Red River: Streamflow below the hatchery on Monday morning was 165 cfs. Fishing was fair using worms and spinners for trout.
Río Grande: Streamflow at the Taos Junction Bridge was 1,890 cfs. Fishing was slow for all species. There were a few catfish caught by anglers fishing in the Albuquerque area and using chicken liver.
Río Hondo: Streamflow on Monday morning was 77 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Río Mora: Streamflow on Monday morning was 137 cfs. Fishing was fair using worms for trout.
Río Pueblo: Streamflow on Monday morning near Peñasco was 158 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Santa Cruz Reservoir: Fishing was good from the bank and from boats for anglers using jigs, Pistol Petes, spoons, worms, Fire Balls and PowerBait for trout.
Shuree Ponds: Closed for the season.
Storrie Lake: Fishing was good using PowerBait and worms for trout. Anglers using worms also caught a few catfish. Lisa Roybal and a friend caught seven trout while trolling a Christmas tree/worm combination.
Stubblefield Lake: Fishing was fair using swim baits and jointed Rapalas for a mixed bag of walleye and largemouth bass. Hue Gonzales of Angel Fire reported a good day fishing with his father, Andrew, this past week. They landed three nice walleye and two largemouth bass within an hour.
Ute Lake: Fishing was good using square bill crank baits, chatter bait, jerk baits, swim baits and creature baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was good using minnows, curly tail grubs and small jigs for crappie. Fishing was fair trolling crank baits for walleye and good trolling crank baits for white bass. Fishing was good using hot dogs, homemade dough bait, liver, night crawlers and dip bait for catfish in shallow water. The surface temp was in the mid-60s.
Abiquiú Lake: Fishing was fair using jigs, tubes and swim baits for smallmouth bass. We had no reports on other species.
Animas River: Water flow below Aztec on Monday morning was 1,600 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Albuquerque Area Drains: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Bluewater Lake: Fishing was slow with just a few tiger muskie and catfish caught by anglers using swim baits, deep running crank baits and hot dogs.
Brazos River: Fishing was fair to good using worms and small beadhead nymphs for trout.
Chama River: Monday morning flows below El Vado and Abiquiú were 816 cfs and 1,770 cfs, respectively. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Cochiti Lake: Fishing was fair to good using liver for carp. We had no reports on other species.
El Vado Lake: Fishing was fair using tubes and grubs for largemouth bass. Fishing for all other species was slow with just 2 brown trout caught by an angler using inflated night crawlers.
Fenton Lake: Fishing was good for most of the week for anglers using woolly buggers, Fisher Chick spinners, Pistol Petes, Kastmasters and PowerBait for trout. The exception was last Thursday when strong winds and a cold front slowed things down.
Heron Lake: Fishing from the bank was fair using PowerBait, corn, marshmallows, Fire Balls and worms for rainbow trout. Fishing was slow for lake trout and kokanee, but a few were caught. Jigs tipped with cut bait worked for the lake trout and the kokanee were caught by an angler trolling Panther Martins in about 45 feet of water.
Jemez Waters: Streamflow on the Jemez near the town of Jemez on Monday morning was 173 cfs and fishing was slow with just a few trout caught by anglers using fake worms and earthworms. Fishing on the Cebolla, East Fork and San Antonio was good using hoppers, hare's ears, egg patterns, copper John Barrs and worms for trout. Matthew Cleary reported great fishing on the San Antonio. He caught and released several brown trout while using a green flashback hare's ears and a peach egg as a dropper.
Laguna del Campo: Fishing was very good using Pistol Petes, PowerBait and worms for trout.
Lake Farmington: Fishing was slow for all species.
Navajo Lake: Fishing was fair to good using minnows, small grubs and small tubes for crappie. Fishing was fair using swim baits, jerk baits, crank baits, spinner baits, curly tail grubs and jigs for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was fair using crank baits, jerk baits, spinner baits and swim baits for northern pike. Fishing was fair trolling crank baits and spinners for trout. We had no reports on other species.
San Juan River: Streamflow on Monday morning was at 408 cfs and still a bit murky. Flows may start ramping up the first week in June. Fishing through the Quality Water section was fair to good using black and olive bunny leeches, flashback pheasant tails, jigs, San Juan worms, Big Macs, Tav Macs and bright egg patterns. Trout fishing through the bait waters was good using jigs, Kastmasters, night crawlers and PowerBait.
Seven Springs Brood Pond: Fishing was very good using worms, woolly buggers, leeches and spinners for trout.
Tingley Beach: Fishing at the Central and Youth ponds was very good using hot dogs, homemade dough bait and liver for catfish. Austin Miles was using hot dogs and caught and released a largemouth bass. Fishing at the Bob Gerding Catch and Release Pond was good using hoppers, CDC emergers, baetis nymphs and chamois leeches for trout. We had no reports on other species.
Crews stocked 20,018 triploid rainbow trout in the following waters: Alto Lake, Blue Hole Park Pond, Cebolla River, El Rito Creek (near Santa Rosa), Fenton Lake, Glenwood Pond, Grindstone Reservoir, Harris Lake, Jemez River, Lake Maloya, Los Pinos River, Monastery Lake, Red River (below Questa), Red River Hatchery Pond, Río Grande (Gorge above Pilar and Pilar to Cochiti Lake), Ruidoso River, San Antonio River, Seven Springs Brood Pond and Timberon Ponds.
Crews also stocked 4,464 channel catfish in the following waters: Alto Lake, Alumni Pond, Bataan Lake, Blue Hole Park Pond, Bosque Redondo, Carrizozo Recreation Lake, Chaparral Park Lake, Conoco Pond, Conservancy Park Lake (aka Tingley Beach), Corona Pond, Dennis Chaves Pond, Escondida Lake, Eunice Lake, Grants Municipal Lake, Green Meadow Lake, Greene Acres Lake, Jal Lake, Liam Knight Pond, Mcgaffey Lake, Ned Houk Ponds, Oasis Park Lake, Perch Lake, Rancho Grande Pond, Roswell Kids Pond and Timberon Ponds.
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