Weekly Fishing Report

by Staff Reporter / Feb 21, 2018 / comments

Weekly Fishing Report

By George Morse Sports and Outdoors

The weather last week was warm, but it has turned colder this week. There have been some good snow storms just to the north of us. Wolf Creek Ski Area has received over 50 inches of snow in the past seven days and more is forecast later this week. Colder temperatures than we have been experiencing are forecast for the rest of this coming week. Any snow we get to help alleviate the lack of snow in December and January will be most welcome. There was considerable snow covering the Jemez Mountains Tuesday (2/20) and this will help mitigate the danger from wildfires later this spring.

The buds on the elm trees are swelling noticeably and juniper is starting to show up in the pollen counts. A little bit of colder weather would be welcome to help delay the blooming of fruit trees, particularly the apricot trees. Although most of the lakes are free of ice, some very cold temperatures are forecast for the coming week. Thin ice may form overnight on some lakes from these cold temperatures and make bank fishing difficult, so it is still best to call ahead to check on conditions.

The fishing remains good on the Chama River below Abiquiu Dam. The streamflow here is very low at 33 cubic-feet-per second. It’s more like fishing a small trout stream. Most of the catch will be stocked rainbow trout and they will be concentrated in the deeper pools. There are some big brown trout here, but the low water and heavy fishing pressure likely has the big browns laying low. An increase in the flow might stir them into activity.

There were no reports from the Chama River below El Vado Dam. The flow here is also low at 96 cubic-feet-per second and the fishing should be at least fair. Very cold temperatures with high temperatures only in the 20’s are forecast for the coming week in the Chama area, so bundle up if you’re planning a trip here.

The bank fishing at Heron Lake remains good for good-sized, holdover rainbow trout.

The flow in the Rio Grande has been a little above normal at 490 cubic-feet-per second. The Rio Grande received a big stocking of nearly 4,000 rainbow trout averaging nearly a foot long Feb. 12 in the Pilar area, so this would be a good spot to try. The fishing has been fair-to-good.

The fishing at Fenton Lake has been very good. With some cold temperatures forecast, it will be a good idea to call ahead to check on conditions at (575) 829-3630.

The only ice fishing to report came from Cabresto Lake near Questa. This little lake has had good ice fishing, primarily for wild brook trout. Snow could make the road to this lake difficult to negotiate.

Eagle Nest Lake is still mostly ice-free and has had fair fishing from the bank for rainbow trout. Cold temperatures in the teens and single digits are forecast for the Moreno Valley most of this week, so call ahead to (575) 377-1594 to check on conditions.

There is some open water at Lake Alice in Sugarite Canyon State Park near Raton and it is closed to ice fishing.

Lake Maloya, also in Sugarite Canyon State Park, has had good fishing for rainbow trout. To check on conditions at both Lake Alice and Lake Maloya, call (575) 445-5607.

Storrie Lake near Las Vegas has open water and the fishing is slow-to-fair for rainbow trout. Call (505) 425-7278 to check on conditions.

Monastery Lake near Pecos has been very good for rainbow trout. This little lake is well-stocked. It received a stocking Feb. 12 of 250 rainbow trout.

In the Four Corners area, Lake Farmington received a stocking of nearly 1,800 rainbow trout Feb. 15 and the fishing has been good. Nearby Jackson Lake also received a stocking of nearly 700 rainbow trout the same day, resulting in fair-to-good fishing here.

The flow in the San Juan River below Navajo Dam was 322 cubic-feet-per second and the fishing has been good in the Quality Waters with a variety of fly patterns. The fishing in the Bait Waters below the Quality Waters has been fair. You can find a little more elbow room on the San Juan this time of year. The section of the San Juan between the Simon Point Day Use Area and the Crusher Hole Day Use Area remains closed until March 1 because of a river enhancement project.

The fishing at Tingley Beach in Albuquerque remains good and continues to be heavily-stocked with rainbow trout. The State Game and Fish Department stocked 120 rainbow trout averaging 15 inches in size Feb. 15, so you might catch a bigger-than-average trout here.

The fishing has been good in the drainage canals in the Albuquerque area and they continue to be heavily-stocked.

The fishing in the small, municipal lakes in Southern New Mexico has been good thanks to regular stockings of rainbow trout during the winter. If you’d like to add a rare species of trout to your bucket list, they have been catching some Gila trout from Lake Roberts near Silver City.