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NM fishing report — June 9


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.

East–Central, including the Pecos River

Coyote Creek — Flow is 0.48 cfs. Fishing is reported as good when using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms. The creek was stocked with 560 triploid rainbow trout two weeks ago.

Pecos River — Flows near Pecos is 76 cfs. Stoneflies! They're out just above town and are around Dalton. The fish still want the nymph over the dry fly but that could change as the hatch progresses. The water levels are low and the fishing is good. Small to medium stonefly nymphs, small pheasant tails, baetis nymphs, caddis nymphs, and zebra midges are some of the fly choices. The Pecos River was stocked from Cowles to the Village of Pecos with 350 rainbow trout two weeks ago.

Conchas Lake — Fishing is reported as fair for large mouth bass with top water rigs. Walleye are fishing good when trolling in 10-15 feet of water using jigs tipped with worms. No report on other species.

Morphy Lake — Fishing is reported as slow to fair due to low water levels. Boat ramp is closed with the water levels 10 or more feet below the ramp.

Santa Rosa Lake — Conditions remain the same, lake levels and winds have been challenging. Walleye are fishing good in 6-12 feet of water and crappie are biting. The crappie being caught are of good size. Fish are being caught using jigs and jigs with minnows. Smallmouth bass have also started to bite and are being caught when using tube jigs. Catfish are reported as fair and are being caught with cut bait, stink bait and chicken livers.

Storrie Lake — Fishing is reported as fair to good for trout using fireballs, corn and cheese. The lake was stocked with 2,101 triploid rainbow trout two weeks ago.

Sumner Lake — Sumner Lake remains closed indefinitely to boating until further notice due to tests indicating the potential presence of Quagga mussel veligers or larva. The New Mexico State Parks Division and the Department of Game and Fish closed the lake June 3. Officials do not have a timeline for reopening the lake to boating. Sumner Lake State Park will remain open for camping and other recreational activities.

Ute Lake — Water temperature is 62 degrees. The main lake is lightly stained; river arms heavily stained. Walleye are fishing good on minnows in 10-30 feet of water. Fishing around Watson Island and trolling in the middle of the channel is the best bet. Smallmouth bass are fishing good using plastics in 5-10 feet of water near the shoreline. Nightcrawlers and minnows are also working. Largemouth bass are fishing fair. They are wanting to get on their beds one day, then off of them the next. A couple more days of warmer days and they should start on a good bite. Crappie are fishing good to excellent. Limits are being taken from the upper Canadian, using a small white jigs, but minnows will also work in 2-4 feet of water near underwater boulders. Channel catfish are fishing excellent on chicken liver, stink baits, nightcrawlers and dead minnows. Fish up the Canadian past the Ranch house in 2-4 feet of water.


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