Fishing report — May 22

 


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 very good using salmon peach Power Bait for fish up to 21 inches. A few trout were also caught by anglers using salmon eggs. We had no report on perch.

Cimarron River: Stream flow below Eagle Nest on Monday was 15 cfs. Trout fishing was good using parachute Adams, copper John Barrs, worms and salmon eggs. Fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes was very good using Power Bait and salmon eggs.

Clayton Lake: Fishing was very good using yellow garlic bait and assorted Power Bait for trout up to 20 inches. Anglers reported catching several trout in the 15 to 20-inch range. We had no reports on other species.

Conchas Lake: Fishing was good using tubes, senkos, chigger craws, smallie beavers, jerk baits and topwater lures for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was good using crank baits and spinner-night crawler combinations for walleye. Fishing was fair to good using minnows, small tubes and small jigs for crappie. Fishing was good trolling crank baits for white bass. Fishing was fair to good using liver, stink bait and night crawlers for catfish. We had no reports on other species. The Central Recreation Area reopened May 19.


Coyote Creek: Trout fishing was fair to good using Power Bait, worms and salmon eggs.

Eagle Rock Lake: Fishing was good using salmon eggs and Power Bait for trout.

Eagle Nest Lake: Fishing was fair to good using Power Bait from the bank and from anchored boats for rainbow trout. Fishing was fair using crank baits, jerk baits, Daredevles, clousers and Johnson spoons for northern pike. Fishing was fair trolling Arnies and Panther Martins for a mixed bag of rainbow trout and kokanee. Fishing was slow to fair using worms for perch. The main boat ramp is open and the boat docks are now in place. The third annual Northern Pike Tournament will be this Saturday and Sunday. For more information call 575-377-6226.


Hopewell Lake: Trout fishing was slow. Anglers described the water color as murky to muddy.

Lake Alice: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Lake Maloya: Trout fishing was very good using Power Bait, salmon eggs, worms, homemade dough bait, Pistol Petes, Panther Martins, Kastmasters, Super Dupers and small crank baits.

Los Pinos: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Manzano Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Maxwell Lake 13: Trout fishing was very good using Power Bait, salmon eggs, garlic cheese, wooly buggers, salmon eggs and worms. We had no reports on other species.

Monastery Lake: Fishing was good using Power Bait, worms, salmon eggs and Pistol Petes for trout.

Morphy Lake: Trout fishing was very good using homemade dough bait, Power Bait, salmon eggs, grasshoppers, worms, wooly buggers, Kastmasters, Panther Martins, 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 110 cfs. Trout fishing was very good using bead-head prince nymphs, copper John Barrs, elk hair caddis, worms, Power Bait and salmon eggs.

Red River: Water flow near the hatchery on Monday was 129 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Rio Costilla: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Rio Grande: Water flow near the Taos Junction Bridge on Monday was 522 cfs. Fishing was good using slump busters and clousers for smallmouth bass. Fishing for all other species was slow with just a few trout caught by anglers using night crawlers and spinners.


Rio Hondo: Stream flow near Valdez on Monday was 50 cfs. Fishing was slow.

Rio Mora: Stream flow near Terrero on Monday was 33 cfs. Trout fishing was good using bead-head prince nymphs and worms.

Rio Pueblo: Stream flow near Penasco on Monday was 63 cfs. Fishing was slow.

Santa Barbara: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Shuree Ponds: Closed for the season.

Springer Lake: Fishing was fair using Daredevles, Krocodile spoons and spinner baits for northern pike. A 26-inch pike was the biggest catch reported.

Storrie Lake: Fishing was fair to good using salmon eggs and Power Bait for trout. We had no reports on other species.

Ute Lake: Hot spot for smallmouth bass: Fishing was very good using tubes, senkos, chigger craws, worms and grubs for smallmouth bass. Fishing was very good trolling crank baits for white bass. Fishing was good using minnows, bottom-bouncer night crawler rigs and crank baits for walleye. Fishing was good using live minnow rigs, tubes, small jigs and roadrunners for crappie. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the low to mid 60s.


Northwest

Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was very good using finesse worms, tubes, senkos, chigger craws and jerk baits for smallmouth bass. Anglers found most of the bass on beds. Fishing was fair using spinner-night crawler rigs and crank baits for walleye. The walleye were scattered with reports coming from the Canones Creek area and from the upper end of the lake. We had no reports on other species.


Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 1,080 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Albuquerque Area Drains: Ravil Sitikov fished the Bernalillo Drain on the 18th and had a great time. He fished a stretch south of U.S. 550 from 8 to 10 in the morning and caught five healthy rainbows ranging in size from 10 to 13.5 inches. He was using Mike’s UV Glow salmon eggs and a 2-inch piece of Berkley trout worm under a homemade float all rigged on four-pound-test line. We had no other reports on the drains.


Bluewater Lake: Fishing was fair to good using hot dogs, red and white Daredevles, large streamers and jerk baits for tiger musky. We had no reports on other species. 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: Trout fishing was very good using Power Bait, salmon eggs, spinners and Pistol Petes.

Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 406 cfs and 609 cfs respectively. Fishing below El Vado was fair using Rapalas, night crawlers and Power Bait for a mix of brown and rainbow trout. Fishing below Abiquiu was slow.


Cochiti Lake: Fishing was fair using spoons, jerk baits and crank baits for northern pike. Fishing was fair to good using tubes, senkos, jigs, spinner baits, crank baits and jerk baits for smallmouth bass and an occasional largemouth. Fishing was slow to fair using small jigs and worms for bluegill. Fishing was slow to fair using stink bait and night crawlers for catfish. 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: Fishing was good using Power Bait, worms and salmon eggs. A few trout were also caught by anglers using Pistol Petes and Super Dupers.

Heron Lake: Fishing was fair using roe sacs, salmon eggs, spinners and Power Bait in the Ridge Rock area for rainbow trout. Fishing for kokanee was fair trolling Panther Martins and Z Rays. 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 23 cfs. Fishing on the Jemez, San Antonio and Cebolla was good using worms, hoppers and salmon eggs. We had no reports on the Rio Guadalupe or on the Valles Caldera waters. The East Fork and San Antonio on the Valles Caldera have opened for a full fishing schedule. For additional information and reservations call 1-866-382-5537.

Laguna Del Campo: Fishing was good using Power Bait, salmon eggs, Pistol Petes and wooly buggers for rainbow trout.

Lake Farmington: Fishing was fair using garlic bait, Power Bait and spinners for trout. Last Tuesday, Lee Olsen caught a limit of 13- to 15-inch trout. He was using a garlic scented floating bait and noted that it appeared to be the only bait working that day.

Navajo Lake: Fishing was good using crank baits, jerk baits, spoons and spinner baits for northern pike. Fishing was fair to good using tubes, worms, jerk baits and jigs for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was slow to fair using night crawlers, Power Bait and spinners for rainbow trout. Fishing was fair using minnows and small tubes for crappie. 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 263 cfs. Trout fishing through the Quality Waters was good using scintillas, zebra midges, red larva, black ants, RS2s and small foam wing emergers. Fishing through the bait waters was good using small jerk baits, salmon eggs, night crawlers and Gulp eggs.

Santa Cruz Lake: Trout fishing was very good using Berkley trout worms, Power Bait, Kastmasters, Fisher Chick spinners, Super Dupers, 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 slow to fair using worms, Power Bait, salmon eggs, grasshoppers and Pistol Petes for trout. The best bait reported was grasshoppers. We had no reports from the Catch and Release Pond.

Southwest

Bear Canyon: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Bill Evans Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Caballo Lake: Fishing was fair to good using minnows, small tubes and small jigs for crappie. Fishing was good trolling crank baits for white bass. Fishing was slow to fair using spinner-night crawler rigs and crank baits for walleye. We had no reports on other species.

Elephant Butte Lake: Fishing was good using crank baits, jerk baits, curly tail grubs and minnows for white bass. Fishing was good using tubes, senkos, jigs and jerk baits for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits, jerk baits and Flicker Shad for walleye. Fishing was fair using tubes, minnows and small jigs for crappie. Fishing was fair to good using stink bait, 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 47 cfs. We had no reports from anglers.

Glenwood Pond: Trout fishing was good using Power Bait and salmon eggs.

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. State Highway 15 access to the lake reopened this past Wednesday.

Percha Dam: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Quemado Lake: Trout fishing was rated as good to very good by anglers using worms, Power Bait, Pistol Petes, spinners and salmon eggs. Dennis Estrada of Lordsburg and Penny Frick of Albuquerque both caught limits of trout last Thursday. They were using Power Bait and worms under clear bubbles. We had no reports on tiger musky.

Rio Grande: Water flow below Elephant Butte on Monday was 2.5 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

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 .07 cfs. Fishing was slow.

Blue Hole Park Pond: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Bonito Lake: Closed.

Bosque Redondo: Fishing was slow for all species.

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: We had no reports from anglers this week.

El Rito Creek: Fishing was fair to good using worms, homemade dough bait and Power Bait. We had no reports on other species.

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 very good using gold Kastmasters, Power Baits, worms, Gulp eggs, salmon eggs and Pistol Petes. A few bluegill and smallmouth bass were caught by anglers using worms. 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: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Pecos River: Stream flow below Sumner Lake on Monday was 75 cfs. Fishing was good using crank baits for smallmouth bass. We had no reports on other species.

Perch Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Ruidoso River: Stream flow at Hollywood on Monday was 4.8 cfs. Trout fishing was fair using salmon eggs.

Santa Rosa Lake: Fishing was slow for all species. Fishing pressure was light.

Sumner Lake: Fishing was fair to good trolling crank baits near the dam for white bass. We had no reports on other species. The east side boat ramp is closed.

 
 

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