Editor’s note: This fishing report, compiled by the New Mexico Department of game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, however, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.
Free fishing day
June 7 is Free Fishing Day in New Mexico. On this special day, anglers don't need a license, stamp or validation to fish in public waters statewide. All other fishing rules apply.
Fishing report, May 27
CHARETTE LAKES: Trout fishing on the lower lake was good this past week for anglers using power bait, salmon eggs, gold spinners, spoons and worms. Fishing for perch was fair using worms.
CIMARRON RIVER: Water flow near Cimarron as of Monday was 40cfs. Trout fishing was very good for anglers using small gold spinners, copper john barrs, salmon eggs and worms. No reports from Gravel Pit Lakes.
CLAYTON LAKE: Strong winds in the area kept most anglers off the lake this past weekend. However those who ventured out managed to catch some good size trout. They were using gold and red spoons and spinners. No reports on other species.
CONCHAS LAKE: Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass was good again this past week. Anglers did best using tubes, senkos, crank baits, jerk baits, lizards and top water lures. Most of the bass caught were small and were taken in less than 8 feet of water. Fishing for crappie was good for anglers using minnows, tubes and jigs. Walleye fishing picked up some this past week as anglers reported doing fairly well near Rattlesnake Island and on the north side of the lake. Best baits were crank baits, tubes and grubs. Fishing for catfish was good using liver, dough baits and night crawlers. Fishing for bluegill was good using worms. No reports on other species.
COYOTE CREEK: Trout fishing was fair to good this past week for anglers using small spinners, salmon eggs, power bait and corn.
EAGLE NEST LAKE: Trout fishing from the bank this past week was good for anglers using salmon eggs, power bait, spoons and spinners. Some good reports came from anglers fishing the Six Mile area. A few rainbows and kokanee were taken by anglers trolling spinner/worm combinations at 25-to-30 feet. No reports on other species.
LAKE MALOYA, LAKE ALICE: Trout fishing was fair to good again this past week at both lakes. Anglers fishing at Lake Maloya did well using home made dough baits, gold Pistol Petes, gold bead hares ears, power bait and gold Kastmasters. Best baits at Lake Alice were power bait and home made dough baits.
MAXWELL LAKES: No reports.
MC ALLISTER LAKE: Due to poor water quality, the lake is closed until further notice.
MONASTERY LAKE: Trout fishing was fair to good for anglers using salmon eggs, spoons, Pistol Petes, power bait and corn.
MORPHY LAKE: Trout fishing was fair this past week for anglers using power bait, spoons, wooly buggers and spinners.
PECOS RIVER: Water flow near the town of Pecos as of Monday morning was 374cfs. Trout fishing this past week was slow to fair for anglers using spinners, night crawlers, wooly buggers and salmon egg/corn combinations.
RED RIVER: Water flow below the hatchery was 221cfs. The water was murky. Trout fishing was slow but a few good size fish were taken by anglers using night crawlers and spinners.
RIO GRANDE: The water flow Monday morning at the Taos Junction Bridge was 3,120cfs. Fishing was slow for all species.
SPRINGER LAKE: Fishing was fair to good for anglers using Rat-L-Traps, swim baits and large in line spinners for northern pike. Fishing was fair using cut bait, liver and worms for catfish. No reports on other species.
STORRIE LAKE: Trout fishing was fair-to-good this past week for anglers using garlic cheese, power bait and salmon eggs. Fishing for all other species was slow.
STUBBLEFIELD: No reports.
UTE LAKE: Crappie fishing continued to be quite good this past week. Anglers did well using minnows, jigs and small tubes. Most of the crappie were in less than 10 feet of water. Fishing was very good using liver, night crawlers, dough baits and minnows in shallow water for catfish. Fishing was fair to good using spinner baits, jigs and tubes for largemouth and smallmouth bass. A few bass were also taken on top water lures. Fishing was slow to fair trolling deep running crank baits and drifting minnows for walleye. Most of the walleye action was reported up the Canadian arm of the lake.