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.
Dec. 27, 2011
Animas River - The flow is 247 cfs. Fishing is reported as slow due to weather and a lack of activity from the fish and anglers.
Chama River - No read on flow due to ice on the upper stretches. Below El Vado Lake the flow is 186 cfs and the flow below Abiquiu Lake is 236 cfs. The Chama below El Vado dam has the most consistent good fishing on the Chama. The stretch downstream of the village of Chama into El Vado reservoir is slowing down. The release out of El Vado is murky but fishable. The stretch below Abiquiu Dam is fishing good and the water clarity is getting better.
San Juan River - Upper section - Catch and Release flow is 475 cfs. Midges are hatching all day long. At the moment they are very small, midge pupa and larvae, size 22 to 28, gray, black, chocolate, cream and olive have been best. The hatch is strongest from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Try fishing BWO's from 1 to 5 p.m. The hatch is getting lighter as winter is here but the fish are still looking for them. Dark or light gray, brown and olive have been the best colors in a size 20 and 22. Both dry and wet patterns. Back to black and brown midges in the evenings. Bunny leaches are great attractors in brown, black, purple, and white. It is the time of year for eggs and larvae. Orange, peach and pink have been the best colors for eggs. Fish a red or orange larva behind it.
Abiquiu Lake – Fishing is slow for all species. No staff on site until spring.
El Vado Lake – No report due to weather and a lack of anglers. Ice is forming around the edges of the lake.
Heron Lake– No report due to weather and a lack of anglers. Ice is forming around the edges of the lake.
Jackson Lake – Trout fishing is reported as fair using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms from shore.
Lake Farmington – Trout fishing is reported as fair using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms. Best success is reported close to the dam. The lake was stocked with 2,999 rainbow trout last week.
Morgan Lake – Fishing for bass is reported as slow to fair when using crank baits and various plastics.
Navajo Lake - Trout fishing continues to be fair to good from the dam using spinners and streamers.
Cimarron River – No read on flows due to ice. The Cimarron is done until spring.
Costilla Creek – The flow is 36 cfs near the town of Costilla. Fishing is reported as slow below the Valle Vidal boundary, water levels are very low and there is snow and ice.
Red River - No read on flow due to ice at Questa and 36 cfs below the hatchery. Fishing for trout is reported as fair with better fishing on the lower stretches. Fish are being caught using all methods.
Rio Grande - No read on flow due to ice at Cerro and 405 cfs below the Taos Junction Bridge. Water levels are high and fishing is reported as slow to fair for pike. Best bet is to use large red and white lures or flies. Trout fishing is very slow with little activity. The river from Pilar to Cochiti Lake was stocked with 3,950 triploid rainbow trout last week.
Rio Hondo – No read on flow due to ice. Trout fishing is reported as slow with snow and ice. Best bet is to fish at the confluence with the Rio Grande.
Rio Pueblo - No read on flow due to ice. No report.
Charette Lakes – The lake has closed for the season and will reopen next spring.
Clayton Lake – The lake has closed for the season and will reopen next spring.
Eagle Nest Lake – The lake is closed to fishing until the ice is thick enough to allow it. At least read the ice was just over five inches. Nine inches is needed to allow people out on the lake.
Lake Alice and Lake Maloya– Lake Maloya is mostly covered with ice and closed until the ice is safe. The lake was stocked with 3,001 triploid rainbow trout last week.
Maxwell Lakes – The lake has closed for the season and will reopen next spring.
Shuree Ponds – No report. Closes for the season Dec. 31.
Springer Lakes – No report. Springer Lake is closed to ice fishing.
West-Central, including the Jemez Mountains
Jemez River, East Fork, Guadalupe and San Antonio - Flow on the Jemez River is 16 cfs. The lower Guadalupe can be accessed below Gilman tunnels and is fishing fair in the warmer part of the day. The lower Jemez was stocked Nov. 11 and may be worth fishing for rainbows. The Valles Caldera National Preserve has closed the fishing program until spring.
Metro Drainages -- The fishing is reported as fair with most methods catching fish. The drainages were stocked last week: Albuquerque with 303 triploid rainbow trout; Belen with 202; Bernalillo with 80; Corrales with 118; and Peralta with 250.
Bluewater Lake – Fishing for trout is reported as slow due to ice on the lake.
Cochiti Lake – No report. The lake is closed for the season along the Tetilla side. The upper lake is also closed above Tetilla due to a log boom in place on the lake.
Fenton Lake – The lake is iced over and there is no ice fishing due to unsafe conditions. Warm thermal releases under the ice make for unsafe conditions. The lake will most likely be closed until spring thaw.
Tingley Beach Trout fishing in the Tingley Beach Children's and Central Ponds has been good. Best reports are from anglers using salmon eggs and Pistol Petes. The ponds were stocked with 2,399 triploid rainbow trout last week. Reports from fly-rod anglers at the South/Catch and Release Pond have been hit and miss; success has been reported when using bunny leeches, midges and black beetles.
East–Central, including the Pecos River
Coyote Creek - Closed for the season will reopen next spring.
Pecos River – No read on flow due to ice. The upper river is under ice. In lower sections, fish the afternoon hours, especially while the sun is on the water.
Conchas Lake – No report due to no traffic at the lake this past week
Morphy Lake – The lake has closed for the season and will reopen next spring.
Santa Rosa Lake – No report.
Storrie Lake – Fishing is slow to fair for trout due to light traffic and cold weather.
Sumner Lake – No report.
Ute Lake – No report.
Gila River - The flow is 120 cfs and fishing is slow.
Rio Grande - No report.
Bill Evans Lake - Fishing for trout is reported as fair with most methods working.
Caballo Lake – Fishing remains the same and reported as slow. Water levels are very low.
Elephant Butte Lake – No report.
Glenwood Ponds – Fishing is slow for trout.
Lake Roberts – Trout fishing is reported as slow with worms and Power Bait.
Quemado Lake – No report.
Rio Ruidoso - Flow is .85 cfs in town and 3.2 cfs at Hollywood. Fishing is reported as slow on the lower stretches of the river where the flows are a bit higher.
Bonito Lake –The lake is closed for the season and will reopen next spring.
Bottomless Lakes: No report.
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 slow to fair for trout using worms, Pow