This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish, 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.
East–Central, including the Pecos River
Coyote Creek — The flow is .92 cfs. No report.
Pecos River — The flow is 36 cfs. Warmer weather has improved the fishing on the Pecos. Blue winged olives are really the only dry fly game left on the Pecos. If fish aren’t coming up try a dry dropper rig, a flashback pheasant tail or a tungsten micro may. Spinners, worms and Power Bait are also catching fish.
Conchas Lake — Fishing is reported as slow overall. North Dock reports that white bass are being taken in 40 to 45 feet of water when suspended at 15 feet with jigs and slabs and when trolling. No report on other species.
Morphy Lake — The lake has closed for the season and will reopen next spring.
Santa Rosa Lake — No report.
Storrie Lake — Fishing is fair to good for trout using Power Bait, cheese balls and worms.
Sumner Lake — Lake levels are low due to downstream irrigation demands. State Parks closed the boat ramp. A special fish salvage order has been canceled; all regular bag limits apply.
Ute Lake — The main lake is clear and the river arms are lightly stained. White bass are fishing good on the main lake when using slabs in 25 to 30 feet of water. Large and smallmouth bass are reported as slow. Walleye are fishing slow with reports of catching one here and there, but still scattered. Some fish are being picked up when trolling vibrating blades and slabs. Channel catfish are reported as excellent with stink baits and chicken liver fished near brush in 8 to 12 feet of water.
Cimarron River — The flow below Eagle Nest Dam is 2.5 cfs and 8.7 cfs near Cimarron. Flows are down for the winter. Check the flows before you go. Releases below 25 cfs make for slow fishing.
Costilla Creek — The flow is 10 cfs near the town of Costilla. Fishing is reported as slow below the Valle Vidal boundary. Anglers are having success with dry droppers and various bed headed nymphs close to the banks. Check the flows before you go. Water levels are very low and fish are spooky.
Red River — Flows are 15 cfs near Questa and 45 cfs below the hatchery. Fishing for trout is reported as fair to good with better fishing on the lower stretches. Fish are being caught with all methods.
Rio Grande — Flows are 325 cfs near Cerro and 476 cfs below the Taos Junction Bridge. Trout fishing is fair to good with fish while weather holds. Bead-headed nymphs, worms and spinners are all working. Pike fishing is reported as off and on using red and white lures. No report on bass.
Rio Hondo — The flow is 18 cfs and fishing is reported as fair from mile marker 8 up to mile marker 16 when using dry flies, small spinners and worms.
Rio Pueblo — The flow is 10 cfs. The fishing is fair for trout when using flies, small spinners and worms.
Cabresto Lake — The lake is closed for repairs to the dam.
Charette Lakes — Closed for the season and will reopen next spring.
Clayton Lake — Closed for the season and will reopen next spring.
Eagle Nest Lake – Fishing remains the same and continues to be good. The perch are reported as good from shore and better from anchored boats. Trolling is great for trout using lightweight tackle. Trout fishing is good when trolling topwater gear and hit and miss from the bank using Power Bait. Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season Oct. 1-Dec. 31. Salmon snagging has not yet kicked in at the lake. A few fish have been snagged but very slow.
Lake Alice and Lake Maloya — Fishing is good on Lake Maloya for trout. Fish are being landed using Power Bait and salmon eggs from shore. Fly fishing is reported as good in the early mornings and late evenings. Lake Alice has been affected by runoff from the fire and no fishing is reported there.
Maxwell Lakes — The lake has closed for the season and will reopen next spring.
Shuree Ponds — The water level on the upper pond is reported to quite low. Not much traffic to get a good picture of the fishing conditions. The fish are pooled up and very spooky.
Springer Lakes — No report. As a side note, Springer Lake is closed to ice fishing.
Animas River — The flow is 354 cfs. Flows have come up from runoff and the water is murky. The river is reported as good for trout using various bead-headed nymphs, spinners and worms.
Chama River — Upper section flow is 86 cfs. Below El Vado Lake, the flow is 95 cfs and the flow below Abiquiu Lake is 91 cfs. The upper Chama flowing downstream to the village of Chama and into El Vado reservoir is good with all methods reported working. Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging
Season Oct. 1-Dec. 31 — Chama River from El Vado Lake to west boundary of Rio Chama Wildlife and Fishing Area. The river below El Vado is fishing good to excellent. The water is at a perfect flow. All methods are catching fish with limits of rainbows being taken. Brown trout are reported being landed using black and gold Panther Martins. Below Abiquiu
Lake fishing is reported as fair to slow using Power Bait, worms, spinners and bead headed nymphs.
San Juan River: Upper section — Catch and Release flow is 504 cfs. A $300,000 fish habitat project on the trophy trout waters of the San Juan River was in full swing Nov. 1, when crews move heavy equipment into a popular stretch of the river. Water flow from Navajo Dam will be reduced to 350 cubic feet per second to accommodate the equipment needed to improve trout habitat in “The Braids,” a small section of the river above Texas Hole, approximately one mile downstream from the dam. Anglers will not be allowed in the construction area for about 30 days. The project is designed to enhance fishing opportunities by creating deeper pools for fish during periods of low flow from Navajo Dam. The estimated completion date is Jan. 8.
Abiquiu Lake — Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season Oct. 1-Dec. 31. Not much has changed at the lake and conditions remain the same. Fishing is slow for all species including walleye with smaller-sized fish being caught. No report on salmon or other species.
El Vado Lake — Trout fishing is reported as slow to fair with better reports from the Chama River inlet and the dam. Fish are being landed with worms, salmon eggs, Power Bait and spinners. The main boat ramp is open but the primitive ramps are closed due to low water. Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging
Season Oct. 1-Dec. 31. Salmon snagging is continues to be fair to good on the north side of the lake. Park at the gate just below the Stone House Lodge and walk down to the dirt boat ramp for the best access.
Heron Lake — Kokanee salmon snagging is prohibited and it is unlawful to possess kokanee salmon Oct. 1-Nov. 10 at Heron Lake and Willow Creek. Snagging season will be open at Heron Lake and Willow Creek Nov. 11-Dec. 31. Reports of rainbow trout and lake trout are good from shore when using roe sacks. Trout are also fishing good with spinners and worms. If you hook into a salmon be sure to release it.
Jackson Lake — Trout fishing is reported as fair using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms from shore. Spinners and black wooly buggers are reported working well on the back side of the lake.
Lake Farmington — Trout fishing is reported as good using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms. Best success is reported close to the dam.
Morgan Lake — Fishing is slow for bass with very little traffic at the lake.
Navajo Lake — Special Kokanee Salmon Snagging Season Oct. 1-Dec. 31. Salmon snagging continues to be reported as good at Simms Marina and at the dam. No reports on other species.
West-Central, including the Jemez Mountains
Jemez River, East Fork, Guadalupe and San Antonio — Flow on the Jemez River is 24 cfs. Good news for anglers: The Jemez River has been heavily stocked with 2,720 rainbow trout. Fishing should be good for trout ranging from 10 to 12 inches. The East Fork and The San Antonio still remain slow due to the conditions left by the fire. The Cebolla and the Rio de las Vacas/Guadalupe watershed continue to be good choices for anglers to catch fish. The Rio de las Vacas was stocked with 475 rainbow trout last week. All methods are reported working.
Metro Drainages — Stocking will start up soon, no report as of yet.
Bluewater Lake — Fishing for trout is reported as fair to good. Some anglers are reporting success with most methods working. The tiger muskies are fishing good for the smaller juvenile fish. The fish reported were caught on rattletraps while trolling and jerk baits from shore. Catfish are reported as fair with several landed using stink baits and chicken liver.
Cochiti Lake — Reports of a few catfish and bluegill being taken, but traffic is light. Fenton Lake – Fishing for trout is reported as fair to good with worms and Power Bait. Tingley Beach Trout fishing in the Tingley Beach Children’s and Central Ponds has been good. Best reports are from anglers using lures. No reports from fly-rod anglers at the South/Catch and Release Pond.
Gila River — The flow is 27 cfs and fishing is slow with the best success in the upper reaches of the river on the West, East and Middle forks.
Rio Grande — The flow is 3.7 cfs below Elephant Butte Dam. No report.
Bill Evans Lake — No report.
Caballo Lake — Fishing is slow. Water levels are very low. Best bet is below spillway on the Rio Grande at Percha State Park.
Elephant Butte Lake — Fishing for white bass is reported as fair in 20-25 feet of water. Anglers are having success with shiners, slabs and spinners. No report on striped bass. Catfish are reported as good on the north end of the lake on trot lines baited with liver and stink bait. No report on other species.
Glenwood Ponds — Fishing is fair for trout when using Pistol Petes, worms and Power Bait.
Lake Roberts — Fishing is reported as good for catfish with liver and worms. Trout fishing is reported as fair with worms. No report on other species.
Quemado Lake — Trout fishing is reported as fair. Anglers are having success using green Power Bait. No report on the tiger muskies.
Rio Ruidoso — Flow is 0.39 cfs in town and 4.8 cfs at Hollywood. Fishing is reported as fair to good on the lower stretches of the river where the flows are a bit higher. Best bet is to fish the deeper holes were fish will be holding in the low water conditions..
Bonito Lake — Trout fishing continues to be good in the mornings and evenings. green and yellow Power Bait, spinners and black woolly boogers our reported working well. The lake closes for the season Nov. 30. The lake was stocked with 3,000 triploid rainbow trout last week.
Bottomless Lakes — No report, but winter stocking has begun and fishing should be good at Cottonwood and Devils Inkwell. The lakes were stocked with 156 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 because pesticides have been found in the fish. Do not keep or eat them.
Grindstone Reservoir – Fishing is reported as good for trout using worms, Power Bait and Pistol Petes.