New Mexico fishing report — Feb. 15

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.


• Animas River — The flow is 223 cfs. Fishing is reported as slow with little pressure. Best bet is through town at city park using worms and spinners.

• Chama River — Upper section flow no read due to ice, no report on the fishing there. Below El Vado Dam, the flow is 42 cfs and the water is low and a little off color. Fishing is reported as fair to good using flies, Power Bait and spinners like black Panther Martin.

• San Juan River: Upper section-Catch and Release — flow is 510 cfs. Conditions and fishing remain the same. The midge hatch has been epic all day long with large clusters from 10:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m. The best fishing will be with midge pupa and larvae, size 22 and 24, clusters are working well. You can find fish eating midges of all colors, dark midges have been best, black, brown, dark gray and olive. Some fish have been eating cream as well. Try fishing BWO’s from 11:00 a.m. to about 3:00 p.m. Dark brown and olive been the best colors in a size 22 and 24. Back to midges in the evenings. Black and brown have been killing it. Colored larvae will catch fish all day long, red, orange, white, black, pink, apricot. Bunny leaches are great attractors! Brown, Black, purple, and white.

Lower section: Open waters, fishing is good with night crawlers, salmon eggs and the same flies as for the upper section.

• Abiquiu Lake — Fishing is very slow. The Army Corps of Engineers have switched over to winter staffing and all but a few primitive sites are closed for the season. There was very little pressure and fishing is reported as very slow.

• El Vado Lake — No report due to weather and light pressure. The lake is mostly iced over but very thin and unstable at this time.

• Heron Lake — The lake is iced over in most parts with some open water near boat ramps and the dam. Fishing is reported as slow to fair for rainbow trout with roe sacks and Power Bait and slow to fair with roe sac.

• Jackson Lake — The lake is iced over but Ice is receding with warmer weather. Still not a lot of traffic and no report. Fishing is reported as fair to good when ice is receded enough to fish.

• Lake Farmington — Trout fishing is reported as good using spinners like Blue Fox with rainbow holograms and Arnies with red and gold blades.

• Morgan Lake — Bass fishing has picked up and is reported as fair to good. Success has been reported with black jigs, Strike King rodent baits and black Finesse worms.

• Navajo Lake — The pick have started to bit and reports of fish being taken close to the surface using top water lures and Rapala DT yellow perch jerk baits down to 8 feet. Fish are averaging 30 inches. No report on other species.


• Cimarron River — No read on flows below Eagle Nest Dam due to an equipment failure and no read due to ice near Cimarron. Fishing conditions are slow due to water levels and cold weather. Conditions are not likely to improve much until spring when warmer weather and flows come back up.

• Costilla Creek — The flow, no read due to ice near the town of Costilla. No report due to ice and low flows.

• Red River — Flows at Questa no read due to ice and 45 cfs below the hatchery. Fishing is fair for rainbows below the hatchery with bead head nymphs and various flies. Bait fishermen might try spinners, salmon eggs or Power Bait.

• Rio Grande — Flows are 284 cfs near Cerro and 422 cfs below the Taos Junction Bridge. Fishing is fair with better reports on pike and trout at Pilar. Be persistent and focus on the tail outs of pools and right below the gravel bars. For trout, try a crane fly larvae or stonefly nymphs with a trailing caddis pupa or flashback pheasant tail. Pike hunt by feel. Large streamers that move water will still get a pikes attention. Vary your retrieves and change up the color of your flies to see which ones trigger a bite.

• Rio Hondo — Flows, no read due to ice. Lower section at confluence with Rio Grande is where the only opportunities are until spring. Trout are slow to fair with various flies, spinners and worms.

• Rio Pueblo — Flow, no read due to ice and there is no report this week.

• Cabresto Lake — Frozen over.

• Charette Lakes — The lake closed Oct. 31 and re-opens next March.

• Clayton Lake — The lake closed Oct. 31 and re-opens next March.

• Eagle Nest Lake — The lake is frozen over and open to ice fishing. The lake is now open to snowmobiles and off-highway vehicles. Use caution and watch out for thin ice and pressure pockets. Ice thickness is now at 16 inches. Fishing is reported as good for trout and perch with most methods taking fish.

• Lake Alice and Lake Maloya — Very little pressure due to the weather. No report.

• Maxwell Lakes — The lakes closed Oct. 31 and re-opens next March.

• Santa Cruz Lake — No report.

• Shuree Ponds — Closed Dec. 31st and reopens July 1st, 2011.

• Springer Lakes — Water levels are low and there has been light pressure.

West-Central, including the Jemez Mountains

• Jemez River, East Fork, Guadalupe and San Antonio — Flow on the Jemez River is 24 cfs. The upper streams are iced up and winter fishing is here. The best fishing is when the sun is on the water. The flows are quite low here as well making the fish easy to scare. Fish are taking small dries and small nymphs presented on a dry dropper rig. As far as flies go, use buoyant fry flies to suspend a bead head dropper. Keep the droppers on the small side like #16-18.

• Metro Drainages — Trout fishing is reported as good for trout with all methods taking fish. The drains were stocked last week with triploid rainbow trout; Albuquerque with 699, Belen with 874, Bernalillo with 201, Corrales with 550 and Peralta with 876.

• Bluewater Lake — Fishing continues to be good for trout on peach Power Bait. Tiger muskies are reported as slow, some fish being hooked but few are being landed.

• Cochiti Lake — Reports of a few fishermen out but no success to report. The lake is frozen over with ice. Fenton Lake – Frozen over, no ice fishing will be allowed due to unstable conditions.

• Tingley Beach: South Pond catch and release — Trout fishing in the South/Catch and Release Pond has been fair. Try using small, bead-headed midges and nymphs with flash.

Children’s and Central Ponds: Trout fishing has been on and off. Best reports are from anglers fishing with bait on the bottom on the Ponds. The ponds were stocked with 1,793 triploid rainbow trout last week.

East–Central, including the Pecos River

• Coyote Creek — Flow is 5.7 cfs. The water is low and fishing is slow with no pressure.

• Pecos River — No read on flows near Pecos due to ice. The fishing is really slow above the town of Pecos. Better fishing down at Villanueva State Park if you can get it on a weekday. The best fishing is when the sun is on the water. Nymph fishing is better than dry flies. Egg patterns, red or green copper johns, prince nymphs, and scuds tend to fool most of the stocked fish.

• Conchas Lake – Fishing is reported as slow with very little pressure. Water is low and cold. There is ice around the edges of the lake making shore fishing tough.

• Morphy Lake — The lake closed Oct. 31 and re-opens next April.

• Santa Rosa Lake — Lake levels are good with some ice on the more still sections of the lake. Very little pressure from anglers. A few boats out on the water. Reports of the walleye turning on at 35 feet with minnows and various rigs.

• Storrie Lake — Fishing for trout is reported as slow with very little pressure.

• Sumner Lake: Winter trout waters, stilling basin — Fishing remains slow on the lake. Several boats were out early on the weekend, none had a good report. Fishing is good below the dam for Rainbow Trout using Power Bait and assorted lures like Z-rays and Mepps Spinners.

• Ute Lake — Between the wind and chilly weather there has not been much fishing pressure. Reports of a few Walleye taken at 40-60 feet deep on Leprechaun swim slabs and also minnows fished Texas rigged. White bass are schooled up pretty tight. Horseshoe is reported as the best bet when slabbing in 40-45 feet of water. A few small mouth bass and channel cats have also been eating the same baits in the same places as the Whites.


• Gila River — The flow is 62 cfs and fishing is slow with very little pressure.

• Rio Grande — The flow is 2.0 cfs below Elephant Butte Dam. No report.

• Bill Evans Lake: Winter trout waters — Fishing for trout is good to fair using Power Bait, worms and salmon eggs. Also trolling is reported as good when using spinners.

• Caballo Lake — Fishing is generally slow with light pressure. Water levels are low and will remain so until spring. Reports remain the same. Anglers having success are fishing the deeper holes but fishing for all species is slow.

• Elephant Butte Lake — Fishing pressure has been light. Large and small mouth bass are reported as slow off of points using white slabs and crank baits. Catfish are reported as slow on trot lines on the north end of the lake. A few walleye have been taken but they are reported as far and few between. No report on other species.

• Glenwood Ponds — Fishing has been slow with light pressure.

• Lake Roberts — Fishing is reported as fair using worms, salmon eggs and Power bait.

• Quemado Lake — No report. Snuffy’s Tackle Shop has closed for the winter season, so there are no services at the lake at this time.

• Snow Lake — No report.


• Black River — Flow is 11 cfs. Fishing is reported as fair for trout using worms, salmon eggs and Power Bait. The river was stocked with 399 triploid rainbow trout last week.

• Bonito Creek — No report.

• Rio Ruidoso — Flow is 1.8 cfs. Water levels are very low but due to recent stocking fishing is reported as good. Fish are holding in deeper holes. Power Bait, worms and salmon eggs are reported as working for stocker sized trout.

• Bonito Lake — The lake closed for the season Nov. 30 and reopens next April.

• Bottomless Lakes: Winter trout waters — Good to fair for trout when using worms, spinners, Power Bait and salmon eggs. Light pressure during the week but the lakes can get busy during weekends when weather is warmer. Cottonwood and Devils Ink well were stocked with 1,000 triploid rainbow trout last week.

• Brantley Reservoir — There has been light pressure and no current 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 — Fishing is reported as slow for trout using spinners, marshmallows, worms, Power Bait and salmon eggs.

• Lake Van: Winter trout waters — Fair for trout when using worms, spinners, Power Bait and salmon eggs. The lake was stocked with 830 triploid rainbow trout last week.