Fishing Report for April 26

NMDGF_Logo_ColorThis fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and New Mexico Department of Game & 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.

Catches of the week

• Ute Lake: Kris Bosley of Amarillo caught and released a 4.54-pound largemouth bass. He was using a chigger craw.

The following reports came in late but we felt they were definitely worth mentioning:

  • Eagle Nest Lake: Clyde Garduno caught a 37-inch northern pike April 8. He was using a roe sac.
  • Ute Lake: Derek Kimsey, age 12 of Clayton, caught his first ever walleye, smallmouth bass and largemouth bass April 14. He was using minnows.

If you have a catch of the week story or just want to tell us about your latest New Mexico fishing experience, send it to us at We may include your story in our next report. For catches of the week, include name, age, hometown, date, and location, type of fish, length and weight if possible and bait, lure or fly used.

Fishing Reports

Cimarron River: Stream flow near Cimarron on Monday was 28 cfs. Trout fishing was slow to fair using worms, copper John Barrs, red annelids and San Juan worms. We had no reports from the Gravel Pit Lakes.

Coyote Creek: Fishing was good using PowerBait and salmon eggs for trout.

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

Eagle Nest Lake: The Courtesy docks are partially installed but fully usable. Fishing was fair using salmon peach PowerBait for rainbow trout. We heard of one northern pike and one perch caught this past week but have no further details. We had no reports on other species. The Annual Pike and Carp Tournament will be held May 7 and 8. For more information, call (505) 485-8328.

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

Lake Maloya: Fishing was good using PowerBait, salmon eggs, Gulp eggs and Pistol Petes for rainbow trout. The best reports again this past week have come from anglers using PowerBait.

Maxwell Lake 13: Fishing was fair to good using PowerBait, salmon eggs and worms under a bobber for trout.

Red River: Stream flow below the hatchery on Monday was 108 cfs. Fishing was slow due to the increased flows.

Red River City Ponds: Fishing was very good using PowerBait, salmon eggs and Gulp eggs for trout.

Rio Costilla: Stream flow near Costilla on Monday morning was 59 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Rio Grande: Stream flow on Monday at the Taos Junction Bridge was 918 cfs. The spike in stream flow slowed fishing for all species.

Rio Hondo: Stream flow near Valdez on Monday was 50 cfs. Fishing was slow with just a few trout caught by anglers using San Juan worms.

Rio Pueblo: Stream flow near Penasco on Monday was 128 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Santa Barbara River: Trout fishing was fair using prince nymphs and bead-head hare’s ear nymphs.

Springer Lake: Boats can be launched as the lake is full at this time. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Storrie Lake: Fishing was fair to good using salmon eggs and PowerBait for trout. We had no reports on other species.

Ute Lake: Fishing was good using swim baits, grubs, tubes, salt craws, chigger craws, lizards and plastic worms for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Walleye fishing was sporadic but a few were caught by anglers using deep diving crank baits and jig and minnow combinations at 22 to 28 feet. Fishing was slow to fair trolling crank baits for white bass. Fishing was fair to good using minnows in 16 to 18 feet of water for crappie. Fishing was good using stink bait and cut bait for catfish. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the upper 50s.