This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and The Fish Phone, 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.
Animas River – The flow is 203 cfs. Fishing is reported as good for trout, several browns are being caught along with stocker rainbows. Best bet is through town at city park using worms and spinners. Fly anglers are also having good success with bead headed pheasant tails and woolly buggers. The river was stocked with 251 triploid rainbow trout last week.
Chama River – Upper section flow no read due to ice, no report on the fishing there. Below El Vado Dam, the flow is 53 cfs and the water is low and a little off color. Fishing is reported as fair to good using flies, Power Bait and spinners like black Panther Martin.
San Juan River – Upper section-Catch and Release flow is 458 cfs. The midge hatch has been epic all day long with large clusters from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The best fishing will be with midge pupa and larvae, size 22 and 24, clusters are also working well. You can find fish eating midges of all colors, dark midges have been best, black, brown, dark gray and olive. Some fish have been eating cream as well. Try fishing BWO’s from 11 a.m. to about 3 p.m. Dark brown and olive been the best colors in a size 22 and 24. Back to midges in the evenings. Black and brown have been killing it! Colored larvae will catch fish all day long, red, orange, white, black, pink, apricot. Bunny leaches are great attractors. Brown, Black, purple, and white.
Lower section – Open waters, fishing is good with night crawlers, salmon eggs and the same flies as for the upper section. The river was stocked with 2,074 triploid rainbow trout last week.
Abiquiu Lake– Fishing is very slow. The Army Corps of Engineers have switched over to winter staffing and all but a few primitive sites are closed for the season. There was very little pressure and fishing is reported as very slow.
El Vado Lake – No report
Heron Lake– No report
Jackson Lake – The lake is clear of ice. Still not a lot of traffic and no report, but fishing should be good with warmer weather and recent stocking. The lake was stocked with 1,502 triploid rainbow trout last week.
Lake Farmington – Trout fishing is reported as good trolling spinners like Blue Fox with rainbow holograms and Arnies with red and gold blades. Also good reports for anglers stripping woolly buggers from shore.
Morgan Lake – Bass fishing has picked up and is reported as fair to good. Success has been reported with black jigs, Strike King rodent baits and 7 inch black Finesse worms.
Navajo Lake – The pike are turning on and being taken close to the surface using topwater lures and Rapala DT yellow perch jerk baits down to 8 feet. Fish are averaging 30 inches. No report on other species.
Cimarron River – No read on flows below Eagle Nest Dam due to an equipment failure and no read due to ice near Cimarron. Fishing conditions are slow due to water levels and cold weather. Conditions are not likely to improve much until spring when warmer weather and flows come back up.
Costilla Creek – The flow, no read due to ice near the town of Costilla. No report due to ice and low flows.
Red River – Flows at Questa no read due to ice and 45 cfs below the hatchery. Fishing is fair to good for rainbows below the hatchery with bead head nymphs and various flies. Bait fishermen might try spinners, salmon eggs or Power Bait.
Rio Grande – Flows are 340 cfs near Cerro and 558 cfs below the Taos Junction Bridge. Fishing is slow for most species with better reports on pike. Be persistent and focus on the tail outs of pools and right below the gravel bars. For trout, try a crane fly larvae or stonefly nymphs with a trailing caddis pupa or flashback pheasant tail. Pike hunt by feel. Large streamers that move water will still get a pikes attention. Best bet is to use chartreuse bunny leaches and black whisters.
Rio Hondo –Flows, no read due to ice. Lower section at confluence with Rio Grande is where the only opportunities are until spring. Trout are slow to fair with various flies, spinners and worms.
Rio Pueblo – Flow, no read due to ice and there is no report this week.
Cabresto Lake – Frozen over.
Charette Lakes – The lake closed Oct. 31 and re-opens next March.
Clayton Lake – The lake closed Oct. 31 and re-opens next March.
Eagle Nest Lake – The lake is frozen over and open to ice fishing. The lake is now open to snowmobiles and 4 – wheelers. Use caution and watch out for thin ice and pressure pockets. Ice thickness is now at 16 inches. Fishing is reported as good for trout and perch with most methods taking fish.
Lake Alice and Lake Maloya– Very little pressure due to the weather. No report.
Maxwell Lakes – The lakes closed Oct. 31 and re-opens next March.
Santa Cruz Lake – No report.
Shuree Ponds – Closed Dec. 31 and re-opens July 1, 2011.
Springer Lakes – Water levels are low and there has been light pressure.
West-Central, including the Jemez Mountains
Jemez River, East Fork, Guadalupe and San Antonio – Flow on the Jemez River is 37 cfs. Most angling pressure is contained below Battleship Rock and fishing is reported as good for stocker sized trout. All methods are producing fish.
The best fishing is when the sun is on the water. The flows are quite low here as well making the fish easy to scare. Fish are taking small dries and small nymphs presented on a dry dropper rig.
Metro Drainages – Trout fishing is reported as good for trout with all methods taking fish.
Bluewater Lake – Fishing is reported as slow but pressure has picked up a bit.
Cochiti Lake – Reports of a few fishermen out but no success to report. The lake is frozen over with ice on the northern side of the lake. Ice coverage is reported at 10%. Water is still very cold so please use common sense and follow cold water safety procedures.
Fenton Lake – Frozen over, no ice fishing will be allowed due to unstable conditions.
Tingley Beach – South Pond catch and release – Trout fishing in the South/Catch and Release Pond has