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Fishing report, May 10
COYOTE CREEK: Flow is 0.60 cfs. No report this week. The river was stocked with 279 triploid rainbow trout two weeks ago. The creek was stocked last week with 560 triploid rainbow trout last week.
PECOS RIVER: Flows near Pecos is 104 cfs. Above the village of Pecos, the fishing is picking up every day and fish are eating. Not much for dry fly fishing yet, so stick to nymphs. Golden stonefly nymphs, egg patterns, small pheasant tails, baetis nymphs and zebra midges were some of the latest hot flies. The river from Cowles to the Village of Pecos was stocked with 1,821 rainbow trout and another with 140 triploid rainbow trout last week. The Mora River was stocked with 489 rainbow last week.
CONCHAS LAKE: Fishing is reported as 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: Fishing is reported as good form shore and when trolling for trout. All methods are catching fish. The lake was stocked with 2,103 triploid rainbow last week.
SANTA ROSA LAKE: Lake levels are and winds have been challenging. Walleye are fishing good in 10 - 30 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. Small mouth bass have also started to bite and are being caught when fishing for the walleye. No reports on catfish.
STORRIE LAKE: Fishing is reported as fair to good for trout using fireballs and cheese.
UTE LAKE: Fishing remains the same this week. Walleye are reported as excellent when fishing minnows Carolina rigged in 10-16 feet of water and casting cranks and jigs to the shoreline. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are fishing good when throwing tubes and grubs. The largemouth are being found in the thick brush/trees and the smallmouth are more on the main lake points in 10-15 feet of water. Catfish are fishing fair up the Canadian past the crappie wall. Stink baits are the ticket. White bass are fishing fair, a few are being landed here and there. Try up around the Ranch House. Crappie are fishing fair.
CIMARRON RIVER: Flows below Eagle Nest Dam are 31 cfs and 31 cfs near Cimarron. Fishing conditions are good. Flows are good and fishing has picked up. Dark midges and baetis nymphs like tungsten WD40's, black psycho mays, chocolate Johnny flashes, and black zebra midges on a nymph rig or dry dropper are the best choices for fly anglers. Spinners and worms are also landing fish below the quality waters. The river was stocked with 1,698 triploid rainbow trout two weeks ago and another 1,695 last week and the gravel pit lakes were stocked two weeks ago with 280 triploid rainbow trout another 279 last week.
COSTILLA CREEK: The flow is 23 cfs near the town of Costilla. No report. Was stocked with 2,099 triploid rainbow trout two weeks ago.
RED RIVER: Flows at Questa 28 cfs and 50 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. The river below the Questa was stocked with 2,099 triploid rainbow trout last week.
RIO GRANDE: Flows are 235 cfs near Cerro and 388 cfs below the Taos Junction Bridge. Best dry fly fishing is in the afternoons provided the wind isn't howling. Trout fishing is reported as good at Pilar, the Hondo and Red River confluences. Pike and bass have been reported as fair. The Pike are fishing better in the upper stretches of the river when using red and white lures. The bass are fishing better in the lower stretches when using spinners and various plastics.
RIO HONDO: Flows are at 27 cfs. Lower section at confluence with Rio Grande is best. Trout are slow to fair with various flies, spinners and worms.
RIO PUEBLO: Flows are at 97 cfs and there is no report this week. The river was stocked with 841 triploid rainbow trout two weeks ago.
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.
CLAYTON LAKE: Fishing for trout is reported as good to excellent with limits being taken on Power Bait and worms. Fish are averaging 10 inches with some up to 15.the lake was stocked with 2,797 triploid rainbow trout last week.
EAGLE NEST LAKE: Boat ramps are open but docks are not in. Fishing for trout and perch is reported as good form shore. No reports on trolling. Best bet is to use roe, Power Bait and salmon eggs. Water temps are still cold and fly fishing is reported as slow for now.
LAKE ALICE, LAKE MALOYA: Fishing is reported as good on both lakes using corn and worms for stocker sized trout. Lake Alice was stocked with 349 triploid rainbow trout and Lake Maloya was stocked with 2,100 triploid rainbow trout last week.
MAXWELL LAKES: Lake No. 13 is reported as off and on with an occasional trout landed. Some fish are large up to 24 inches. Best success is reported using Power Bait, Worms and spinners. The lake was stocked last week with 1,401 triploid rainbow trout last week.
SANTA CRUZ LAKE: No report.
SHUREE PONDS: Reopens July 1.
SPRINGER LAKES: Fishing is reported as fair for small pike up to 26 inches on cranks and rattle traps.