Fishing report — Aug. 26

This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and, 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 42 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam and 39 cfs near Cimarron. Fishing is good in the mornings with olive or cinnamon caddis, tricos, or Parachute Adams. Nymphs or bead head flash back Hare’s Ears are working well throughout the day. Panther Martins, salmon eggs or worms are always a good bet.

Costilla Creek — The flows are 59 cfs below the dam and 72 cfs near the town of Costilla. Fishing is very good with small bead head nymphs, BWO emergers or Barr’s emergers. Dry fly fishing is good with attractors, yellow sallies, caddis or hoppers. 360 trout were stocked last week.

Red River — Flows at Questa are 29 cfs, and 69 cfs below the hatchery. Stocker—size trout are good with yellow grasshoppers or rubber leg sparrow nymphs. Bait fishermen might try salmon eggs or Power Bait. Last week, 632 rainbows were stocked below Questa and 1,800 triploid rainbows were stocked above Questa.

Rio Grande — Flows are 69 cfs near Cerro and 224 cfs below the Taos Junction Bridge. The water is murky and trout are fair in the mornings and evenings with hopper—dropper set—ups most successful. No reports on other species.

Rio Hondo — The upper and lower Hondo are fishing well with dries. 1,800 trout were stocked in the lower Hondo last week.

Rio Pueblo — Flow is 46 cfs. The water is clear and fishing is good with attractor dry flies and bead head nymphs.

Cabresto Lake — Fishing is slow.

Charette Lakes—The water level is good and 14—18 inch rainbows are reported as good trolling cowbell—worm combos and fishing from shore with Power Bait, worms, or floating grasshoppers. Perch are good with worms.

Clayton Lake –There has been light pressure and fishing is slow. A few channel catfish have been caught on night crawlers. Look for fishing to pick up in the next few weeks.

Eagle Nest Lake — An algae bloom is in progress and fishing is slow. A few trout have been picked up at the south end of the lake trolling Platte River Specials. Salmon are deep and trolling is slow with Christmas tree rigs or double whammies. Perch are slow to fair with small woolly buggers or worms.

Lake Alice and Lake Maloya — Lake Alice reports are poor. Trout are fair at Maloya in the early mornings and evenings with Pistol Petes, salmon eggs or Power Bait.

Maxwell Lakes — Fishing in the mornings or evenings is fair to good for 18—21 inch rainbows with Power Bait.

Santa Cruz Lake — No report this week. 3,498 trout were stocked last week.

Shuree Ponds—Fishing is reported as good from float tubes and shore. All methods are catching fish.

Springer Lakes — 24-26 inch pike are fair with large lures or minnows. No reports on other species.


Black River — Flow is 11 cfs. There is no fishing report.

Bonito Creek — Trout are good on salmon eggs and worms.

Rio Ruidoso — Flow is at 4.7 cfs. Trout are reported as good with Pistol Petes, worms or salmon eggs.

Bonito Lake — Fishing is fair in the evenings with Pistol Petes, salmon eggs or worms.

Bottomless Lakes — Winter trout waters — There will be no more reports until stocking resumes in the fall.

Brantley Reservoir — There has been no pressure and no fishing report. A mandatory catch and release is in place at Brantley Lake from the dept. of Game and Fish. Pesticides, DDT’s have been found in the fish, do not keep or eat them.

Grindstone Reservoir — Trout are fair to good with Pistol Petes, Power Bait, salmon eggs or worms. No reports on catfish.

Lake Van — Winter trout waters — Catfish are reported as slow at night on chicken liver.


Animas River — The flow is 393 cfs. The water is lower but still murky and fishing is slow.

Chama River — Upper section flow is 43 cfs and dry fly fishing is good above the town of Chama with caddis, PMD’s, and grasshoppers. 1,128 rainbows were stocked above El Vado last week. Below El Vado Dam, the flow is 927 cfs and the water is green and murky. Fishing is fair with woolly buggers, Panther Martins or night crawlers. A couple 18-19 inch browns and an 18-inch rainbow were caught last Friday on night crawlers. 450 rainbows were stocked below El Vado last week.

San Juan River — Upper section — Catch and Release flow is 769 cfs and visibility is 3 feet. The flows are back up since the Animas flows have declined. Trout are good and best patterns have been gray Johnny flashes, cream UFO’s, 18 red midge larva, and black jujubees. Some anglers are having success with red San Juan worms and pink micro eggs. Dry fly fishing is good from Simon Canyon downstream with Griffith gnats, Parachute Adams, Parachute BWOs, and PMD comparaduns.

Lower section — Open waters, fishing is good for stocker—size rainbows with lime green lures, mealworms, salmon eggs and the same flies as for the upper section.

Abiquiu Lake — Fishing is slow for all species.

El Vado Lake — There has been light pressure and there is no report on trout or Kokanee.

Heron Lake — Trolling for 12-15 inch Kokanee has been good with many limits reported. Most success has been in the early mornings at 34-47 feet with orange or red spinners or bladed lures tipped with white corn. Shore fishing for rainbows is poor with little pressure.