Fishing Report for July 18, 2017

This fishing report 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:

  • Eagle Nest Lake: Ellie Wingfield of Clovis caught a 22-inch, 3-pound, rainbow trout July 14 trolling a Platte River fly. Ethan Griffin, 9, of Amarillo, Texas, caught an 18-inch, 2.5-pound rainbow trout July 14 using PowerBait.
  • Lake Maloya: Steve Ortega, Jr. of Raton caught a 26.5-inch, 8.25-pound rainbow trout July 13 using a custom-tied fly.

The following reports came in late but deserve a mention:

  • Lake Maloya: Leandra Knoop of Albuquerque caught a 20-inch rainbow trout July 7. She was using a size 14 parachute Adams with a size 14 bead-head hares ear dropper. 

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 and we may include your story in our next report. Include name, age, hometown, date, and location, type of fish, length and weight if possible and bait, lure or fly used.

Northeast Fishing Report

Cimarron River: Stream flow below Eagle Nest on Monday was 26 cfs. Trout fishing was good using, elk hair caddis, parachute Adams, stimulators, Cimarron specials, worms, salmon eggs, PowerBait and spinners. Fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes was good using Pistol Petes, PowerBait, salmon eggs and worms for trout. 

Costilla Creek: Stream flow on Monday below Costilla Dam was 78.6 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Coyote Creek: Trout fishing was slow to fair using elk hair caddis, worms and salmon eggs. 

Eagle Rock Lake: Fishing was good using PowerBait, Fire Balls, Pistol Petes, Super Dupers, Kastmasters and wooly buggers for trout. 

Eagle Nest Lake: Fishing was very good using a variety of PowerBait from the bank and from anchored boats for trout. Anglers also caught several trout and a few kokanee salmon while trolling Platte River specials, Panther Martins and kokanee killers. Fishing was very good using worms for perch. Fishing was good using spoons, spinners, swim baits and large streamers for northern pike. Gallinas River: Trout fishing was fair to good using salmon eggs, worms and copper John Barrs.  

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

Lake Alice: Trout fishing was slow. 

Lake Maloya: Trout fishing was good using gold spoons, Pistol Petes, elk hair caddis, parachute Adams, bead-head hares ear nymphs, worms, PowerBait and Fire Balls. The best reports are coming from anglers fishing in the evening hours and from those trolling with silver Panther Martin and Mepps spinners. 

Maxwell Lake 13: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Red River: Stream flow below the hatchery on Monday was 90.1 cfs. Fishing below the hatchery was good using Fire Balls, PowerBait, worms, copper John Barrs and wooly buggers for trout.

Red River City Ponds: Kids Pond: We had no reports from anglers this week. Adult pond is closed. 

Rio Grande: Stream flow on Monday at the Taos Junction Bridge was 594 cfs. Fishing was good using poundmeisters, wooly buggers, San Juan worms, hoppers, Panther Martin spinners and night crawlers. We had no other reports.

Rio Hondo: Stream flow near Valdez on Monday was 46.8 cfs. Fishing was good using poundmeisters and worms for trout.

Rio Mora: As of Monday, stream flow near Terrero was 12.2 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Rio Pueblo: Stream flow near Penasco on Monday was 18.9 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Santa Barbara River: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Shuree Ponds: Fishing was good using hopper patterns, dragon fly nymphs and copper John Barrs.    

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

Storrie Lake: Fishing for trout was slow with just a few caught by anglers using assorted PowerBait. We had no other reports.

Ute Lake: Fishing for smallmouth bass was good using drop shot rigs with finesse worms, senkos and tubes. The bigger bass were in 20 to 30 feet of water off main lake and secondary points. Fishing for white bass was fair to good using minnows, crank baits and top water lures. Walleye fishing was slow with a few caught by anglers using crank baits, jerk baits, night crawlers and live minnows. Fishing for bluegill was very good using worms under a bobber. Fishing was good using cut bait and stink bait over baited holes for catfish. The surface water temp was in the high 70s.