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Editor’s note: 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.

Attention anglers: New Mexico’s license year begins April 1, and that means it’s time to renew your fishing license. They can be purchased at license vendors statewide, Department of Game and Fish offices in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Las Cruces, Roswell and Raton, or online at www.wildlife.state.nm.us.

Fishing report, March 29
Cimarron River: Flows below Eagle Nest Dam are 26 cfs and 25 cfs near Cimarron. Fishing conditions are good with trout being taken on various bead-headed nymphs in the quality waters. Worms, salmon eggs and Power Bait are catching their fair share on the lower river throughout the state park.  

Red River: Flows at Questa 17 cfs and 39 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. Upper river is starting to turn on using the same methods but fishing is a bit slower.

Charette Lakes: Fishing is reported as fair with some trout being landed in the range of 9 to 20 inches. Power Bait is the choice from the bank and when trolling use small perch baits in green and orange.

Eagle Nest Lake: Lake is 100 percent thawed. Boat ramps are not open but should be soon. Fishing for trout and perch is good. Best bet is to use roe, Power Bait and salmon eggs.

Lake Alice and Lake Maloya: Fishing good both lakes using corn and worms for stocker sized trout.

Maxwell Lakes: Lake No. 13 is slow with an occasional trout landed. Some fish are large up to 22 inches. Best success is reported using Power Bait, Worms and spinners.

Springer Lakes: Fishing fair for small pike up to 26 inches on cranks and minnows.

Coyote Creek: Flow is 0.67 cfs. The water is low and fishing is slow with no pressure.

Pecos River: Flows near Pecos is 49 cfs. Not much change here; the fishing is on the slow side but really improving with the warmer weather. There is good fishing down at

Villanueva State Park if you can hit it on a weekday. Not much for dry fly fishing yet, so stick to nymphs. Egg patterns, red or green copper johns, prince nymphs, and scuds tend to fool most of the stocked fish. For the browns and holdover rainbows upriver of Villanueva, including Pecos National Historical Park, show them a zebra midge or juju baetis or flash back peasant tail. Also anglers using spinner, worms and Power Bait are catching fish. The river from Villanueva to I-40 was stocked with 952 triploid rainbow trout last week.

Conchas Lake: Fishing good for crappie. The white bass are fishing fair. A few walleye are being taken. All fish are being caught in 10 - 15 feet of water drifting minnows and from the docks.

Morphy Lake: Opens April 1.

Santa Rosa Lake: Lake levels are down about 12 feet and winds have been challenging. Walleye are fishing good in 4 -10 feet of water and crappie are starting to turn on. 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 fishing for the walleye.

Storrie Lake: Fishing fair to good for trout using fireballs and cheese.

Ute Lake: Reports of all species being caught. White bass reported as excellent, trolling up the Ute arm has been the ticket the last 3-4 days. Limits have been taken. Walleye fair to good, trolling will catch one here and there, but minnows on the bottom in 12-30 feet of water will catch a few more. Work the edges of the main river channel. Largemouth reported as fair; work the edges in the back of the coves with crank baits or throw plastics in the dead cottonwoods. Smallmouth fair to good with nightcrawlers or minnows on the flats around the lake that are near the main channel. Channel cats excellent; fish stink baits up the Canadian for your supper. Crappie poor.