This Week’s Fishing Report

by Staff Reporter / Jun 03, 2017 / comments

This Week’s Fishing Report

By George Morse Sports and Outdoors

Although I wrote about fishing at Hopewell Lake a couple of weeks ago, for some reason the last two fishing reports from the State Game and Fish Department have said there were no reports from anglers from Hopewell Lake. I find this surprising since this lake is well-known and popular with local anglers. I have noticed that Hopewell has yet to be stocked and maybe that’s the reason anglers are not going there yet. When I went to Hopewell the fishing was good and I caught a limit of brook trout. Now is a good time to fish Hopewell because you can catch wild brook trout and holdover rainbows that are much better eating than stocked trout. Don’t let the fact it hasn’t been stocked keep you away.

Some waters that are not included in the State’s fishing report should be good. The Rio Vallecitos is running high but it’s clearing and should be good with worms and spinners. Now is the time to catch some of the big brown trout that are there. The high water seems to bring them out this time of year. Later on in the summer those big browns will be hard to come by.

The big rivers like the Chama and the Rio Grande are still swollen with runoff. The smaller streams will be your best bet and the fishing in most of the lakes continues to be good. Water levels are rising in the reservoir.

The full fishing report is below and you can also check out my full story on fishing at Laguna del Campo HERE. 12-year-old Trason Garcia landed this beautiful rainbow this past week.


  •  The fishing continues to be pretty good for walleye and smallmouth bass at Abiquiu Lake with a variety of lures. Anglers are also catching a few rainbow trout and some perch. As the water warms up the fishing should just get better.


  •  Eagle Nest Lake has been giving up some nice trout from the bank and to anglers trolling spinners. A good strategy at Eagle Nest is to fish one rod with Power Bait for trout and another using worms for perch. Make sure you have a second rod stamp.


  •  The fishing for rainbow trout from the bank has been good at Heron Lake. Anglers trolling from boats have been catching rainbow trout and a few lake trout with Panther Martin spinners.


  •  The fishing has been very good at Santa Cruz Lake this spring and should hold up well until the weather heats up. Then the trout will head to deeper water


  •  The smaller lakes continue to have good fishing. Fenton Lake and the nearby Seven Springs Brood Pond received stockings of bigger-than-average trout last week.


  •  Monastery Lake near Pecos also received a stocking of bigger trout. The fishing in this little lake has been good allspring. The nearby Pecos River is running high, but fishing with worms might catch you some nice fish.


  •  Fishing at Morphy Lake and at Storrie Lake near Las Vegas has been good. Anglers are also catching some catfish at Storrie Lake.


  •  Lake Alice and Lake Maloya at Sugarite Canyon State Park near Raton have been very good all spring. The Sugarite Canyon Fishing Derby continues this week and ends Sunday (6/4).


  •  Some of the best stream fishing will be found in the Jemez Mountains. Water levels are dropping and the water is clearing on the Jemez River and its forks. The Rio San Antonio, Rio de las Vacas and the Rio Cebolla are all fishing well. These streams are stocked with rainbow trout and have naturally-reproducing brown trout.