Fishing Report for Tuesday, May 23

Fishing during the annual Mother’s Day Fishing Derby at Gravel Lakes in Cimarron Canyon State Park. (Chronicle photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)

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:

  • Ute Lake: Rande Kelley of Dalhart caught and released a 5.07 largemouth bass May 20.

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Northeast Fishing Report

Cimarron River: Stream flow near Cimarron on Monday was 40 cfs. Trout fishing was good using San Juan worms, gold spinners, worms and salmon eggs. A section of the river has been closed due to a fuel spill. The closed area starts at mile marker 291 and goes to the Perryville Day use area. Anglers are asked to steer clear of the area. Trout fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes was very good using Pistol Petes, PowerBait, Fire Balls and worms.

Coyote Creek: Trout fishing was good using small bead-head nymphs, worms, PowerBait and salmon eggs.

Eagle Rock Lake: Fishing was good using PowerBait and worms for trout.

Eagle Nest Lake: Bank fishing and fishing from anchored boats was good using PowerBait. Anglers trolling for trout did well trolling using Arnie’s, Panther Martins and Platte River specials. A few trout were also caught by anglers using wooly buggers and Pistol Petes. Fishing was fair using worms for perch. We had no other reports. The annual Pike and Carp Tournament will be held May 27 and 28. For more information, contact the Eagle Nest Fly Shack at (505) 485-8328.

Lake Alice: Trout fishing was very good using Gulp eggs, PowerBait, worms, Pistol Petes and Kastmasters.

Lake Maloya: Trout fishing was very good using garlic and corn PowerBait, Fire Balls, Panther Martins, Kastmasters, wooly buggers, damsel flies and bead-head pheasant tail nymphs. The annual Sugarite Canyon State Park Fishing Derby sponsored by the Friends of Sugarite Canyon State Park and the Raton Kiwanis Club will be held from May 27 through June 4. For additional information, call (575) 445-5607.

Red River: Stream flow below the hatchery on Monday was 225 cfs. Fishing was fair using night crawlers, wooly buggers and poundmeisters for trout.

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

Rio Grande: Stream flow on Monday at the Taos Junction Bridge was 2,080 cfs. Trout fishing in the Taos area was slow to fair with just a few trout caught by anglers using spoons, worms and weighted wooly buggers.  We had no other reports.

Rio Mora: As of Monday, stream flow near Terrero was 104 cfs. Fishing was fair to good using worms for trout.

Storrie Lake: Fishing was good using PowerBait, corn and Fire Balls for trout up to 21 inches. We had no other reports.

Ute Lake: Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass was good using senkos, finesse worms, tubes and grubs. Fishing for white bass and walleye was slow. Fishing was good using live minnows and small jigs for crappie. We had no other reports. The surface water temp was in the mid 60s.