Weekly Fishing Report

by Staff Reporter / Mar 09, 2018 / comments

Weekly Fishing Report

By George Morse Sports and Outdoors

The winter is almost over and spring is just a couple of weeks away as this dry winter comes to an end. The meager snowpack in the mountains does not bode well for the upcoming wildfire season and it will be very important to protect your property as best you can against wildfire. Clear an area around your home and property of fuel for the fire and no outdoor burning. The spring winds are already blowing. With most of the storms passing to our north, all we get is the wind. In addition to helping wildfires spread, the wind also hurts the spring runoff. On windy days, the moisture from the melting snow evaporates into the air rather than soaking into the ground.

It is mind-boggling how dry it is. The other day, the dew point was an incredible minus-15 degrees.

Some of the best fishing reports have been coming from the Jemez Mountains. The fishing is rated as excellent at Fenton Lake State Park and the lake was stocked Feb. 28 with 785 rainbow trout. No need to get up early to go fishing at Fenton. Some ice has been forming on the lake, but it melts off by mid-morning.

The Jemez River was stocked Feb. 28 with 785 rainbow trout and the fishing has been fair-to-good.

The fishing is still fair on the Chama River below Abiquiu Dam. The streamflow remains low. If you’d like to try for some of the big, wild brown trout found here, try fishing some of the pools away from where the stocking of rainbow trout takes place.

The streamflows are low below El Vado Dam on the Chama River. The fishing has been fair.  

The old, windy weather likely kept anglers off of Heron Lake, where there were no reports. It has been good for holdover rainbow trout from the bank. Check the weather reports and try to go on a day when the wind isn’t blowing too hard.

They should be starting to catch some walleyes at Abiquiu Lake soon. The fishing maybe slow, but this is the time of year to catch a big walleye as the big female spawners should start cruising the shallows. You might hook a nice rainbow or brown trout now too.

The Rio Grande is flowing below normal at 496 cubic-feet-per second. The fishing has been fair for trout in the Taos area.

Several lakes that had been closed for the winter opened for fishing March 1 in Northeast New Mexico. These lakes have not yet been stocked so the catch is mostly holdover trout from last year’s stockings.

Clayton Lake State Park near Clayton opened for fishing and it was reportedly good for trout. Clayton Lake also has some big walleyes. Be sure to see the dinosaur tracks while you’re at Clayton Lake

The Charette Lakes opened for fishing. The lower lake is well-stocked and the fishing was reportedly slow-to-fair for trout with some up to 21 inches. There are also yellow perch in this lake.

The fishing was reported as slow in Maxwell Lake 13 on the Maxwell Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. This lake is rich in nutrients and any trout caught will likely be good-sized.

Lake Maloya and Lake Alice on Sugarite Canyon State Park near Raton have open water for fishing. The fishing has been fair.

The fishing was reported as slow at Morphy Lake State Park. Storrie Lake state Park near Las Vegas also reports slow fishing.

Monastery Lake near Pecos reports very good fishing. The lake was stocked Feb. 28 with 250 rainbow trout. The fishing in the Pecos River has been slow.

Santa Cruz Lake near Chimayo still has not been stocked. One angler I talked with said they’ve been catching some trout from their boat. The bank fishing has been slow.

In the Four Corners area, Lake Farmington was stocked with over 1,700 rainbow trout Feb. 28 and the fishing has been good.

On the San Juan River below Navajo Dam the Quality Waters have been fishing well with various fly patterns. There are some reports of hatches of blue-winged olives during the day, so there may be some dry-fly action. The trout fishing in the Bait Waters has been rated fair-to-good. The section of the San Juan between Simon Canyon and Crusher Hole is now open for boat and foot traffic.

The fishing at Tingley Beach in Albuquerque remains good thanks to weekly stockings by the State Game and Fish Department. The Department stocked 120 rainbow trout averaging 15 inches in size Feb. 27 at Conservancy Park Lake at Tingley Beach. Weekly stockings continue in the Albuquerque area drainage canals and the fishing has been good.

The temperatures in Southern New Mexico are warming up and some areas will see temperatures near or above 80 degrees. The fishing remains good for stocked trout. The warmwater species like bass and catfish should start biting better as the water warm up. Lake Roberts near Silver City is one of the better trout lakes in Southwestern New Mexico. Grindstone Reservoir near Ruidoso was stocked Feb. 28 with nearly 1,500 rainbow trout and the fishing has been very god.