Area Fishing Report 5/17/17

by Staff Reporter / May 17, 2017 / comments

Area Fishing Report 5/17/17

By George Morse Sports and Outdoors

I have some news that needs to be spread concerning a popular fishing spot just over the border in Colorado. Trujillo Meadows Reservoir, a popular fishing spot on top of Cumbres Pass, is scheduled to be drained by August 2017 for repairs to the dam. Trujillo Meadows has a naturally-reproducing population of brown trout and is well-stocked with rainbow trout.

There will likely be efforts to salvage at least some of the fish in Trujillo Meadows. I can’t remember the exact year, but it was drained once before in the 1990’s and they airlifted a bunch of trout from the lake and then transferred them to the nearby Conejos River. I will try to find out more about the future of Trujillo Meadows and what the future plans are for it.

I have fished this lake many times and there are some big fish in it. Once the water level really starts dropping, it will become harder and harder to fish.

One of my favorite Colorado Lakes, Trinidad Reservoir, is rising rapidly and making the bank fishing more difficult. Lakes in Northern New Mexico are also rising. The great spring runoff we’re having is wonderful for our water supply. The rising water in the lakes and heavy runoff in the rivers may make fishing this spring a little tough, but in the long run it will benefit the fisheries. Late summer and fall fishing could be fabulous this year.

I’m going to try to make trips to and report on as many lakes and streams as I can now that the high school sports season is over. The weather still hasn’t settled down and they are even forecasting snow in the mountains this week. It may be June before some of the high country lakes are accessible.

FISHING REPORT

  • The fishing at Abiquiu Lake continues to be good for walleye and smallmouth bass. Because of the large, glassy eyes that give them their name, walleyes bite best under low-light conditions, so early in the morning or after sundown can be the best times to fish. Cloudy days are also good.
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  • The fishing from the bank for rainbow trout continues to be good at Heron Lake. Trollers are also catching a few kokanee salmon.
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  • Eagle Nest Lake has been good from the bank for trout and fair for perch.
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  • The smaller lakes continue to be a good bet. Fenton Lake has been very good for trout, as has Laguna del Campo near Los Ojos. Monastery Lake near Pecos received a stocking of bigger-than-average trout last week and the fishing has been good.
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  • Santa Cruz Reservoir near Chimayo received two stockings of bigger-than-average trout last week and fishing there has been good.
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  • Streamflows are heavy in the Rio Grande and upper Chama River, making for slow fishing. The best bet on the Chama is below El Vado Dam. Streamflows are also high in the Pecos River.
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  • The lakes on the eastern side of the Sangre de Cristos are fishing well. Storrie Lake near Las Vegas received a stocking of bigger-than average trout last week and they’ve been catching some big catfish there. Morphy Lake is rated as good.
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  • Lake Alice and Lake Maloya near Raton have been fishing well all spring and show no signs of slowing down.
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  • If you have a boat, fishing in the larger reservoirs like Conchas, Santa Rosa and Sumner has been good for a variety of warmwater species.