Weekly Fishing & Stocking Report

This fishing report, provided by Dustin Berg and Go Unlimited (supporting disabled anglers) 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. Need a license? Click Here to buy online.

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Catch of the Week

Eagle nest, rainbow trout, Fishing & Stocking Report 02-18-2019, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

Cochiti Lake: Jon Gonzalez, of Santa Fe, caught a 21-inch catfish using garlic chicken Feb. 16.

Eagle Nest Lake: Alexine Lopez, of Espanola, caught a 16.5-inch rainbow trout using a Swedish Pimple jig Feb. 15.

Lake Van: Chevy and Valerie Wyatt, of Roswell, caught their limits of rainbow trout using green garlic PowerBait Feb. 12.

The following reports came in late, but are definitely worth mentioning:

Quemado Lake: Kenneth and Kenneth Jr. caught their limits of trout using gold Panther Martin spinners. They reported excellent fishing conditions Feb. 7.

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New Mexico Trout Challenge

New Mexico is a state where the Rocky Mountains meet the desert. It is also a state that is rich in diversity from its many different climates to its fish and wildlife. Sportsmen and women of New Mexico are very fortunate to have such a diverse fishing opportunity, especially when it comes to trout.

To promote trout fishing in our state and encourage anglers to branch out and discover new fishing waters and trout species, anglers can now participate in the New Mexico Trout Challenge. Click here to learn more.

Fishing Publications

2019-2020 Fishing Rules and Info regulations proclamation booklet guide (PDF & print) - New Mexico Department Game and Fish

2019-2020 New Mexico Fishing Rules And Info

New Mexico Fisheries Management Plan 2016

Angler Satisfaction Survey 2019

Angler Satisfaction Survey 2018

Angler Satisfaction Survey 2017

See more NMDGF Publications including New Mexico Wildlife magazine http://magazine.wildlife.state.nm.us.

Record Fish Information

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Statewide Waters

Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Updated: Tuesday 02-18-2019

Northwest

Cochiti Lake, catfish, Fishing & Stocking Report 02-18-2019, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

Abiquiu Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week. Due to low water levels, anglers are advised to use four-wheel drive vehicles to launch boats and watch for obstructions on the water.

Animas River: Water flow below Aztec Monday morning was 171 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Albuquerque Area Drains: Fishing for trout was fair to good using worms and salmon eggs. Fishing for bass was fair. Evan McAllister caught a two-pound largemouth bass in the drain near Algodones using an orange Trout Magnet.

Bluewater Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week. The winter trout stocking plan is to stock 6,000 catchable size rainbow trout per month through March.

Brazos River: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Canjilon Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Chama River: Monday morning flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 102 cfs and 72.2 cfs respectively. Fishing for trout below El Vado Lake was fair to good using small spinners and worms. We had no reports from below Abiquiu Lake. Anglers should expect seasonal closures on the Rio Chama below Abiquiu Dam until March as a fish habitat improvement project is currently underway. For access information, call the Department’s Information Center at 1-888-248-6866 or the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Abiquiu Project Office at 505-685-4371.

Cochiti Lake: Fishing for catfish was slow to fair using stink bait.

El Vado Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Fenton Lake: The lake is open for ice fishing with ice reported at 13-inches thick. Fishing for trout was good using ice fishing jigs tipped with mealworms. Please remember that only two cutthroat trout are allowed to be harvested per day within the regular five-fish limit.

Heron Lake: Due to varying ice conditions, anglers are encouraged to call the State Park Office at (575) 588-7470 for current conditions.

Jemez Waters: Stream flow on the Jemez River near the town of Jemez Monday morning was 21.1 cfs. Fishing for trout was good below Battleship Rock using worms, salmon eggs, orange egg pattern flies and orange mop flies.

Laguna del Campo: Currently closed. Open May 1 to Oct. 1.

Lagunitas Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.

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

Manzano Lake: Fishing for trout was good using salmon peach PowerBait.

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

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

San Gregorio Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

San Juan River: Stream flow Monday morning was 382 cfs. Fishing for trout in the quality waters was fair to good using size 24 and size 26 black, olive and grey midge pattern flies, size 22 red larva, chocolate emergers and size 12 streamers. Fishing for trout in the bait waters was fair to good using egg patterns and pheasant tail nymph flies.

Seven Springs Brood Pond: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Tingley Beach: Fishing for trout was good using garlic yellow PowerBait and garlic corn.

Trout Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Northeast

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

Charette Lakes: The lake is closed to fishing and boating until March 1, 2020.

Cimarron River: Stream flow near Cimarron Monday morning was not measured due to ice. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Clayton Lake: The lake is closed to fishing and boating until March 1, 2020.

Conchas Lake: Fishing for walleye was fair jigging chartreuse grubs.

Costilla Creek: Stream flow near Costilla Monday morning was not measured due to ice. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Cowles Ponds: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Coyote Creek: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Eagle Nest Lake: The lake is open for ice fishing. Fishing for trout was good using small ice fishing jigs, spoons and PowerBait. Fishing for perch was good using Swedish Pimple jigs tipped with mealworms. We had no reports on other species.

Eagle Rock Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Fawn Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Gallinas River: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Hopewell Lake: The gate to the camping area is closed. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Lake Alice: The lake is open for ice fishing with ice reported at 10-inches thick. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Lake Maloya: The lake is open for ice fishing with ice reported at 17-inches thick. Fishing for trout was good using dough bait.

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

Maxwell Lake 13: The lake is closed to fishing and boating until March 1, 2020.

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

Morphy Lake: The lake is closed for a renovation project on the dam and no firm opening date has been set.

Pecos River: Stream flow near the town of Pecos Monday morning was 27.2 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Red River: Stream flow below the hatchery Monday morning was 43.2 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Rio Grande: Stream flow at the Taos Junction Bridge Monday morning was 584 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using nymph flies.

Rio Hondo: Stream flow Monday morning near Valdez was not measured due to ice. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Rio Mora: Stream flow Monday morning was 5.63 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Rio Pueblo: Stream flow near Penasco Monday morning was not measured due to ice. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Santa Cruz Reservoir: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Shuree Ponds: The ponds are closed. Fishing is open on the Valle Vidal, including Shuree Ponds, July 1-Dec. 31.

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

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

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

Ute Lake: Fishing for white bass and walleye was slow to fair jigging in 50 to 60-feet of water. The surface water temperature was 42 degrees Fahrenheit and the main lake was clear.

Southwest

Quemado Lake, trout, Fishing & Stocking Report 02-18-2019, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

Alumni Pond: Fishing for trout was good using corn peach PowerBait and yellow garlic PowerBait.

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

Bill Evans Lake: The Department will be conducting a habitat improvement project Feb. 11 through Feb. 14. The road to the north side of the lake will be closed to the public during this time. The south side of the lake including the boat ramp will remain open.

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

Elephant Butte Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

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

Gila River: Stream flow Monday morning was 341 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Glenwood Pond: Fishing for trout was good using flies and PowerBait.

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

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

Quemado Lake: Fishing for trout was very good using gold Panther Martin spinners and bait.

Rancho Grande Ponds: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Rio Grande: Stream flow below Elephant Butte Monday morning was .10 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

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

Trees Lake: Fishing for trout was very good using yellow PowerBait, red worms, yellow and gold Rooster Tail spinners and marshmallows. Fishing for bass was fair using black plastic worms.

Young Pond: Fishing for trout was fair to good using corn, marshmallows, peach PowerBait, yellow cheese scented PowerBait and yellow Rooster Tail spinners. Anglers reported lots of moss being in the water.

Southeast

Lake Van, rainbow trout, Fishing & Stocking Report 02-18-2019, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

Alto Lake: Fishing for trout was fair using corn and garlic PowerBait.

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

Berrendo Creek: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Black River: Stream flow at Malaga Monday morning was 11.0 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

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

Bonito Lake: Closed until further notice by the city of Alamogordo due to fire damage. It appears now that the lake will be out of commission until 2022.
Bosque Redondo Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Bottomless Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.

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

Carlsbad Municipal Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Chaparral Park Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Corona Pond: Fishing for trout was good using PowerBait and spinners.

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

Green Meadow Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Greene Acres Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Grindstone Reservoir: We had no reports from anglers this week.

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

Lake Van: Fishing for trout was good using green garlic PowerBait.

Oasis Park Lake We had no reports from anglers this week.

Pecos River: Stream flow below Sumner Lake Monday morning was 17.5 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

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

Ruidoso River: Stream flow Monday morning at Hollywood was 11.4 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Santa Rosa Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

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

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