New Mexico fishing report — April 1

This fishing report, provided by Department of Game and Fish area offices in Albuquerque, Raton, Roswell and Las Cruces, has been generated from the best information available from officers and anglers. Conditions may vary, however, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.


CIMARRON RIVER: Water flow and temperatures are increasing. Some snow on the stream bank. Try small bead head nymphs and worms.

CHARETTE LAKES: Fishing is slow for trout due to wind.

CLAYTON LAKE: Fishing pressure is light but a few 16-inch trout have been taken on yellow Power Bait.

CONCHAS LAKE: Fishing is still very slow.

EAGLE NEST LAKE: Ice thickness is still over 20 inches. Fishing is good for trout and perch using small silver jigging spoons with worms and roe sacks. There is slush on top of the ice by afternoon, so wear waterproof boots.

LAKE MALOYA/ LAKE ALICE: Lakes closed due to thin ice.

McALLISTER LAKE: Closed indefinitely.

MONASTERY LAKE: The lake is open and fishing is fair for trout.

PECOS RIVER: Fishing below Terrero is slow to fair. Try big golden stonefly nymphs and small dark nymphs presented close to the bottom. Fishing is slow at Villanueva.

RED RIVER: Lower Red River has recently been stocked and fishing is good.

RIO GRANDE: Fair for pike, slow for trout, poor for smallmouth bass. The Rio Grande has come up in flow and the water is murky with 12 to 18 inches of visibility. Try crane fly larvae, stone fly nymphs and caddis larva on a long nymph rig.

SHUREE PONDS: Closed until July 1.

SPRINGER LAKE: Fishing is slow due to wind.

STORRIE LAKE: No report.

UTE LAKE: Fishing is picking up with white bass and walleye in the upper Ute Creek on white crank baits and jerk baits. Bass fishing is fair with some 6-pounders caught last week.


WINTER TROUT WATERS (Carlsbad Municipal, Bataan, Higby Hole, lower Pecos River, Lake Van, Greene Acres, Oasis, Roswell Kids Pond, Green Meadows, Chaparral, Jal, Bottomless Lakes, Carrizozo Pond): Fishing has been good on Power Bait and salmon eggs.

GRINDSTONE LAKE: Trout fishing has been good on Power Bait and salmon eggs.

BONITO LAKE: Opens April 1.

PECOS RIVER BELOW BRANTLEY LAKE: Anglers have been catching a few catfish on worms, chicken liver and shrimp.

SANTA ROSA AND SUMNER LAKES: Fishing has been slow due to cold weather. Anglers will have best results deep jigging on outside main channel bends for walleye at Santa Rosa and near the spillway at Sumner. Use silver jigging spoons or minnow tipped jig heads.


ALBUQUERQUE DRAINS: No reports of fishermen having any luck on the drains. With high water levels, the water is very turbid. The drains will no longer be stocked with trout until next fall.

BELEN AND PERALTA DRAINS: Fishing is steady with most success being reported with salmon eggs and Power Bait.

MANZANO LAKE: Fishing is good using an assortment of wet flies.

ESTANCIA POND: Estancia Pond is closed for maintenance.

RAMAH LAKE: The ice on the lake has melted and is now fishable. There have been no fishermen at this time to report.

MCGAFFEY LAKE: The lake is frozen and closed to fishing.

TINGLEY BEACH: Trout fishing in the Central and Children’s ponds is good. Anglers are catching trout on Super Dupers, salmon eggs and yellow or multicolored Power Baits. The bluegills are very active now that the weather is warming up. Kids, worms and bluegills make for a great day of fun at Tingley! Anglers 11 and younger do not need a fishing license to fish in New Mexico public waters, including Tingley Beach. Trout fishing in the South/Catch-and-Release Pond is good. Midges are hatching every day. Griffith’s gnats and dark midge emergers are hot on this pond.

JACKSON LAKE: Fishing is good with fishermen reporting catching 11-15 in trout on marshmallow Power Bait.

FARMINGTON LAKE: Anglers are having good success with Power Bait and worms catching 11-14 inch trout. Some anglers are reporting pike being brought in, but few being landed. Water clarity remains good, and warmer weather has brought out the fishermen.

BLUEWATER LAKE: The state park opens April 24 for day use. Opens Memorial Day weekend for camping.

RIO CHAMA: The river was recently stocked below Abiquiu Lake. People reported that the newly stocked fish were not biting.

ABIQUIU LAKE: Fishing is slow with very few people reporting any success at all with people trying a myriad of techniques and equipment.

COCHITI LAKE: Fishing pressure is starting to increase, but no reports of fishermen having any luck at this time.

HERON LAKE: Closed to ice fishing. State parks reports that some people are catching some 18-20 inch trout from the shore in a few accessible places using worms.

EL VADO LAKE: The entire lake is closed to fishing due to unsafe ice conditions.

NAVAJO LAKE: Fishing has been good between the marina and dam at the Pine site for trout using salmon eggs. A few catfish are also being caught on chicken livers at about 23 feet in depth. A few bass are being caught on the shoreline below the campground.

SAN JUAN RIVER: Fishing was good using midges ranging in sizes from 20 to 24 inches in the upper flats with wooly buggers working the best around baetis bend. Fishing on the regular waters was fair with a few fish being caught on salmon eggs.

SANTA CRUZ LAKE: Fishing is picking up with most trout being caught on light colored Power Bait from the shore. Fishermen report catching fish from their boats using corn near the inlet.

FENTON LAKE: The lake has been closed to fishing and will reopen sometime this spring.


BEAR CANYON: Fishing has been good using green and white Power Bait and Panther Martin lures for trout.

BILL EVANS: Fishing has been slow, with best results at dusk using Panther Martin lures.

BURN LAKE: Fishing has picked up and been good for rainbow trout, using Power Bait, cheese and salmon eggs.

CABALLO LAKE: Fishing is fair for walleye in Caballo Lake using worms or soft plastic lures.

ESCONDIDA LAKE: Fishing has been good for rainbow trout, using Power Bait, salmon eggs, Panther Martin lures and flies with a bubble float.

ELEPHANT BUTTE: Fishing has been slow for all species.

GILA FORKS AREA: Fishing has been slow for all species.

GLENWOOD POND: Fishing has been fair using white Power Bait and Panther Martin lures for trout.

LAKE ROBERTS: Fishing has been slow using Power Bait and salmon eggs.

PERCHA: No report.

QUEMADO LAKE: The ice beginning to melt. Openings are near the boat ramp cove and inlet. Fishing has been slow for all species.

RIO GRANDE: Fishing is fair for walleye in the Rio Grande from Elephant Butte Dam to Caballo Lake using worms or soft plastic lures.

SNOW LAKE: Lake has been inaccessible due to snow.