New Mexico fishing report — March 18

This fishing report, provided by Department of Game and Fish area offices in Albuquerque, Raton, Roswell and Las Cruces, has been generated from the best information available from officers and anglers. Conditions may vary, however, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

Northwest area

Abiquiu Lake: No reports from anglers this week.

Albuquerque Drains: Trout fishing in the Albuquerque upper and Corrales drains are poor due to work on the drains causing the ditches to be very turbid. Albuquerque lower, Belen and Bernalillo are fair to good using Power Bait and salmon eggs.

Jackson Lake: The lake is ice-free and open for fishing.

Bluewater Lake: Closed until further notice. The main area of the state park is scheduled to open sometime this spring.

Chama River: Fishing is slow to fair with low flows reported. Some reports of baetis nymphs, midges and crane fly larvae are producing some bites.

Cochiti Lake: Closed to fishing due to unsafe ice conditions.

Heron Lake: Ice fishing is good right now for lake trout, rainbow trout and kokanee salmon at Laja and Willow Creek boat ramps. State Parks reports that the ice is getting thinner and the lake will be closing soon.

El Vado Lake: Fishing is slow.

Navajo Lake: No reports from anglers this week.

San Juan River: With visibility only around 2-3 feet, fishing is reported as good on the usual midge patterns.

Santa Cruz Lake: Fishing is slow with some fish being caught on yellow Power Bait and Panther Martin spinners. The lake is 90 percent thawed.

Fenton Lake: The lake has been closed to fishing and will reopen sometime this spring.

Northeast area

Cimarron River: Below Clear Creek there are some fishable waters. Water is still very cold, and the flow is slow. Try small bead-head nymphs and worms.

Charette Lakes: No report.

Clayton Lake: Fishing is slow due to weather, but some trout are being caught on yellow Power Bait and worms.

Conchas Lake: Very slow.

Eagle Nest Lake: Fishing is slow for trout using jigs, Power Bait, and roe sacks. Fishing is good for perch using worms, Swedish pimples and jigging spoons with worms. Ice thickness is 22 inches. Fishing pressure is light due to recent snows.

Lake Maloya/Lake Alice: Closed due to thin ice.

McAllister Lake: Closed indefinitely.

Monastery Lake: Closed to ice fishing.

Pecos River: The Pecos is opening up below Terrero. Fishing is fair with salmon eggs and worms.

Red River: Fishing is slow due to poor weather.

Rio Grande: Fair for pike, slow to fair for trout, poor for smallmouth bass. The Rio Grande has come up in flow and the water is murky, 12-18 inches of visibility. Try crane fly larvae, stone fly nymphs, and caddis larva on a long nymph rig.

Shuree Ponds: Closed until July 1.

Springer Lake: Closed to ice fishing.

Storrie Lake: Fishing is fair using fireballs and cheese.

Ute Lake: Fishing is improving overall with white bass being caught in the upper Ute Creek on crank baits and jerk baits. Some walleye are biting the same baits at 8-12 feet but the bass fishing is still very slow. Catfish are taking stink baits in 4-8 feet of water. Water temperature is 48 degrees and the water is very clear.

Southeast area

Winter Trout Waters (Carlsbad Municipal, Bataan, Higby Hole, lower Pecos River, Lake Van, Greene Acres, Oasis, Roswell Kids Pond, Green Meadows, Chaparral, Jal, Bottomless Lakes, Carrizozo Pond): Fishing has been good on Power Bait and salmon eggs.

Grindstone Lake: Trout fishing has been good on Power Bait and salmon eggs.

Bonito Lake: Closed until April 1.

Pecos River Below Brantley Lake: Anglers have been catching a few catfish on worms, chicken liver and shrimp.

Santa Rosa and Sumner Lakes: Fishing has been slow due to cold weather. Anglers will have best results deep jigging on outside main channel bends for walleye at Santa Rosa and near the spillway at Sumner. Use silver jigging spoons or minnow tipped jig heads.

Southwest area

Bear Canyon: Fishing has been good using green and white Power Bait and Panther Martin lures for trout.

Bill Evans: No report.

Burn Lake: Fishing has been good for rainbow trout, using Power Bait, cheese and salmon eggs.

Caballo Lake: Fishing is fair for walleye in Caballo Lake using worms or soft plastic lures.

Escondida Lake: Fishing has been slow for all species. A few trout have been caught using worms. Socorro County Fishing Day will be Saturday. For information and registration, contact the Socorro County Chamber of Commerce at (575) 835-0424.

Elephant Butte: Fishing has been slow for all species.

Gila Forks Area: Fishing has been slow for all species.

Glenwood Pond: Fishing has been fair using white Power Bait and Panther Martin lures for trout.

Lake Roberts: Fishing has been slow using Power Bait and salmon eggs.

Percha: No reports.

Quemado Lake: The ice has thinned to about 5 inches at the thickest with the edges completely thawed during the day. Ice fishing is not recommended.

Rio Grande: Fishing is fair for walleye in the Rio Grande from Elephant Butte Dam to Caballo Lake using worms or soft plastic lures.

Snow Lake: Lake has been inaccessible due to snow.