N.M. Fishing Report — May 15

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.

Northeast

Charette Lakes: Trout fishing was fair to good using Power Bait, Pistol Petes and worms. We had no report on perch.
Cimarron River: Stream flow below Eagle Nest on Monday was 15 cfs. Trout fishing was fair to good using parachute adams, wooly buggers, worms and small mayfly nymphs. Fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes was fair using salmon eggs, Pistol Petes, spinners and black wooly buggers.
Clayton Lake: Fishing was good using Power Bait and Colorado spoons for trout. We had no reports on other species.
Conchas Lake: Fishing was rated as good to excellent for anglers using tubes, worms, senkos, sinner baits and chigger craws for smallmouth bass. Most of the smallmouth were in less than 10 feet of water and many were on beds. Fishing was good using tubes, senkos, spinner baits and grubs for largemouth bass. Fishing was fair using spinner worm combinations and crank baits for walleye. Fishing was fair to good using minnows and small grubs and tubes for crappie. We had no reports on other species.
Coyote Creek: Trout fishing was good using Power Bait, worms, salmon eggs and copper John Barrs.
Eagle Rock Lake: Fishing was very good using Kastmasters, Super Dupers, salmon eggs and Power Bait for trout.
Eagle Nest Lake: Fishing was fair using Rapalas, clousers and Johnson spoons for northern pike. Fishing was fair using Power Bait and salmon eggs for trout. A few small perch were caught by anglers using worms and a few kokanee were caught by anglers trolling spinners. The main boat ramp is open and the boat docks are now in place.
Hopewell Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week. The campgrounds are scheduled to open May 16.
Lake Alice: Fishing was very good using Rooster Tails, Panther Martins and Pistol Petes for trout up to 14 inches.
Lake Maloya: Hot spot for trout: It was another week of excellent trout fishing with most anglers catching their limits in just a short time. Best baits were Power Bait, Pistol Petes, Panther Martins, Kastmasters, wooly buggers, hoppers and small crank baits. Several of the trout caught were in the 15 to 21-inch class. On May 8, Chris Pacheco and Rick Apodaca of Tucumcari caught and released 40 rainbows. All were caught on black or olive Pistol Petes.
Los Pinos: Trout fishing was fair to good for anglers using worms.
Manzano Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Maxwell Lake 13: Trout fishing was good using Power Bait, Kastmasters, Super Dupers, Pistol Petes, wooly buggers and worms. We had no reports on other species.
Monastery Lake: Fishing was fair using Power Bait, worms, wooly buggers and spinners for trout.
Morphy Lake: Trout fishing was very good using Power Bait, salmon eggs, worms, black and olive wooly buggers, Kastmasters, Pistol Petes and parachute adams for trout. The boat ramp remains closed due to low water conditions.
Pecos River: Water flow near the town of Pecos on Monday was 104 cfs. The Bert Clancy and Terrero campgrounds are now open. Trout fishing was very good using bead-head prince nymphs, copper John Barrs, worms and salmon eggs.
Red River: Water flow near the hatchery on Monday was 132 cfs. Fishing was slow but should improve as the flows subside.
Rio Costilla: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Rio Grande: Water flow near the Taos Junction Bridge on Monday was 416 cfs. Fishing was slow to fair using clousers and spoons for northern pike. Trout fishing was slow to fair using large stone flies and red San Juan worms. A few were also taken by anglers using spinners. We had no reports on other species.
Rio Hondo: Stream flow near Valdez on Monday was 50 cfs. Fishing was slow.
Rio Mora: Stream flow near Terrero on Monday was 34 cfs. Trout fishing was good using bead-head prince nymphs and worms.
Rio Pueblo: Stream flow near Penasco on Monday was 76 cfs. Fishing was slow.
Santa Barbara: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Shuree Ponds: Closed for the season.
Springer Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Storrie Lake: Fishing was fair to good using salmon eggs and Power Bait for trout. We had no reports on other species.

Ute Lake: Fishing was good trolling Flicker Shad, Wally Divers and white Bombers for white bass and walleye. Fishing was good using live minnow rigs, small tubes and roadrunners for crappie. Fishing was very good using tubes, chigger craws, spinner baits, worms and buzz baits for smallmouth bass. Most of the smallmouth caught were small. Fishing for catfish was slow. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the low 60s.

 

Northwest

 Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was fair to good using jerk baits, tubes, worms and crank baits for smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair using minnows, spinner-night crawler rigs and crank baits for walleye. Anglers reported catching walleye from the bank and from boats. We had no reports on other species.
Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 985 cfs.We had no reports from anglers this week.
Albuquerque Area Drains: Fishing on the Corrales Riverside Drain was fair to good using feather jigs and hellgrammites. We had no reports on other species with the exception of the bullhead reported in Catches of the Week.
Bluewater Lake: Fishing was good using hot dogs, red and white Daredevles, large streamers and jerk baits for tiger musky. Anglers fishing from the bank reported the best catches as far as numbers of fish. We had no reports on catfish.Anglers should be aware that it is illegal to use bait fish at this lake.
Brazos River: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Canjilon Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 521 cfs and 1,600 cfs respectively. High flows slowed fishing activity at both locations.
Cochiti Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using spoons, spinner baits and crank baits for northern pike. Fishing was good using jigs, tubes, senkos, crank baits and jerk baits for smallmouth bass. We had no reports on other species.
El Vado Lake: The state park and the boat ramp are now open. We had no reports from anglers.
Fenton Lake: We received a wide range of reports from here this past week. They ranged from just one fish all day to limits of fish within a few hours. Anglers reported catching a mix of browns and rainbows while using Power Bait, worms, wooly buggers, silver Cleos and olive and black Pistol Petes.
Heron Lake: Fishing was fair using roe sacs and Power Bait near the dam for rainbow trout. Fishing for kokanee was slow but there were a few caught by anglers using Panther Martins. Fishing was slow to fair using jigs tipped with cut bait in 35 to 40 feet for lake trout. The lake level continues to rise but four wheel drive was still recommended for launching at the primitive ramp.
Jackson Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Jemez Waters: Stream flow on the Jemez as of Monday was 41 cfs. Fishing was slow to fair using worms and bead-head nymphs. Fishing on the San Antonio was fair to good using salmon eggs and worms. Fishing on the Cebolla was slow with extremely light pressure. We had no reports from the other Jemez streams. The East Fork on the Valles Caldera has opened for weekend fishing and the full fishing schedule for the East Fork and the San Antonio will begin May 16. For additional information and reservations call 1-866-382-5537.
Laguna del Campo: Fishing was very good using Power Bait, salmon eggs, Pistol Petes, Panther Martins, Fisher Chick spinners and wooly buggers for rainbow trout.
Lake Farmington: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Navajo Lake: Fishing was good using crank baits, jerk baits and spinner baits for northern pike. Fishing for crappie slowed but there were a few taken on minnows and small tubes. Fishing for smallmouth bass was slow to fair using jigs, senkos and jerk baits. We had no reports on other species.
San Gregorio: We had no reports from anglers this week.
San Juan River: Water flow below Navajo Dam on Monday was 251 cfs. Trout fishing through the Quality Waters was good using scintillas, crystal flash midges, zebra midges, red larva, RS2s and comparaduns. There is some dry fly action in the afternoon hour. Fishing through the bait waters was good using wooly buggers, jerk baits, salmon eggs, night crawlers and Gulp eggs.
Santa Cruz Lake: Trout fishing was very good using Power Bait, Kastmasters, Fisher Chick spinners, Panther Martins, Z Rays, salmon eggs and worms.
Seven Springs Brood Pond: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Tingley Beach: Fishing at the Youth and Central Ponds was fair using Power Bait, worms, salmon eggs, Panther Martins, wooly buggers and Pistol Petes for trout. We had no reports from the Catch and Release Pond.

Southwest

Bear Canyon: Fishing was slow to fair using Power Bait, worms, salmon eggs and wooly buggers for trout. We had no reports on other species.
Bill Evans Lake: Trout fishing was fair using Power Bait. A few largemouth bass were caught by anglers using tubes and senkos. We had no reports on other species.
Caballo Lake: Fishing was fair using minnows, small tubes and small jigs for crappie. Fishing was fair trolling crank baits for white bass. Fishing was slow to fair using spinner-night crawler rigs, minnows, Wally Divers, Bombers and Flicker Shad for walleye. A few catfish were caught by anglers using hot dogs and night crawlers. We had no reports on other species.
Elephant Butte Lake: Fishing was fair using tubes, senkos, jigs and jerk baits for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing was good using crank baits, jerk baits and Flicker Shad for white bass. Fishing was fair using tubes, minnows and small jigs for crappie. Fishing was fair using hot dogs, shrimp and night crawlers for catfish. We had no reports on other species. The Marina Del Sur, Rock Canyon and Dam Site marinas are open. The surface temp was in the low 60s.
Escondida Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
Gila River: Water flow on the Gila as of this past Monday was 52 cfs. We had no reports from anglers.
Glenwood Pond: Trout fishing was good using Power Bat.
Lake Roberts: A construction project to improve the dam has begun and extremely low lake levels make it increasingly difficult to fish. The project is expected to continue into the summer. The lake is still open to bank fishing. Access to the lake via Hwy 15 was closed due to a wildfire in the area.
Percha Dam: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Quemado Lake: Fishing was fair using worms, Power Bait, Pistol Petes and salmon eggs for trout. We had no reports on tiger musky.
Rio Grande: Water flow below Elephant Butte on Monday was 1.5 cfs. Pocket water fishing was fair using worms for catfish. We had no reports on other species.
Snow Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week. The lake was recently stocked. Give it a try and let us know how you do.
Young Pond: We had no reports from anglers this week.

 

Southeast

Bataan Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Black River: Stream flow at Malaga on Monday was 14 cfs. Fishing was slow.
Blue Hole Park Pond: Fishing was slow to fair using Power Bait for trout.
Bonito Lake: Closed.
Bosque Redondo: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Bottomless Lakes: Fishing was slow.
Brantley Lake: Anglers are to practice catch-and-release for all fish here as high levels of DDT were found in several fish. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Carlsbad Municipal Lake: The water level has been lowered for shoreline and dock work. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Chaparral Park Lake: Our only report this week came from a young angler fishing for trout. He fished for two hours and caught one fish. He was using spinners.
El Rito Creek: Trout fishing was fair using worms, homemade dough bait and Power Bait.
Eunice Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
Green Meadow Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
Greene Acres Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Grindstone Reservoir: Trout fishing was fair to good for anglers using Gulp eggs and small spoons. We had no reports on other species.
Jal Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
Lake Van: Fishing was slow for all species.
Oasis Park Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
Pecos River: Stream flow below Sumner Lake on Monday was 78 cfs. Fishing was slow for all species.
Perch Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using worms for trout.
Ruidoso River: Stream flow at Hollywood on Monday was 6.2 cfs. Trout fishing was slow.
Santa Rosa Lake: Fishing continued to be very slow for all species.

Sumner Lake: Fishing was fair using crank baits, spoons and grubs for white bass. We had no reports on other species. The east side boat ramp is closed.