Fishing report – Nov. 16

This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and, has been generated from the best information available
from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may
vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler

Note: Stocking in Carlsbad area delayed until after water release to
Texas. Anticipate 3rd week of November if golden algae levels remain low.
Stocking at Lake Van is also suspended pending results from chemical tests
to control golden algae bloom or bloom subsides.

Black River – Flow is 12 cfs. The river was stocked with 200 triploid
rainbow trout last week. No report.

Bonito Creek – No report.

Rio Ruidoso – Flow is .02 cfs. The water is low and trout are slow to fair
with worms or salmon eggs.

Bonito Lake – Fishing is good using with Pistol Pete’s, spinners, spoons,
salmon eggs or Power Bait. Some nice sized fish being landed. The lake
closes for the season Nov. 30 and reopens next April.

Bottomless Lakes: Winter trout waters – Devils Ink Well was stocked with
499 triploid rainbow trout last week.

Brantley Reservoir – There has been light pressure. Catfish are reported
as fair at night with night crawlers. A mandatory catch and release is in
place at Brantley Lake from the dept. of Game and Fish. Pesticides, DDT’s
have been found in the fish, do not keep or eat them.

Grindstone Reservoir – Reservoir was stocked with 3000 triploid rainbow
trout last week. Fishing is reported as fair for trout using spinners,
Marshmallows, worms, Power Bait and salmon eggs.

Lake Van: Winter trout waters – No report.

Cimarron River
– The flows are 21 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam and 23 cfs near
Cimarron. Fishing continues to be good until water levels drop. Trout are
being taken on flies like dark stimulators, parachute Adam’s, humpies and
various bead headed nymphs. Salmon eggs or worms are always a good bet for
the bait fishermen.

Costilla Creek – The flow is 10 cfs near the town of Costilla. Trout
fishing is reported as slow due to very low water levels.

Red River – Flows at Questa are 14 cfs, and 46 cfs below the hatchery.
Fishing is good for rainbows below the hatchery with bead head nymphs and
various flies. Bait fishermen might try spinners, salmon eggs or Power

Rio Grande – Flows are 328 cfs near Cerro and 522 cfs below the Taos
Junction Bridge. Flows have jumped up this past week. Fishing is slow to
fair at Pilar. Trout are fair with bead head nymphs and streamers. Best
bet is to fish edges and eddies. Some pike have been taken on large
spinners and red and white whisters.

Rio Hondo – The water is low with flows at 11 cfs, lower section at
confluence with Rio Grande is where the only opportunities are until
spring. Trout are slow to fair with various flies, spinners and worms.

Rio Pueblo – Flow is 13 cfs and there is no report this week.

Cabresto Lake – Light pressure, water is low with the construction on the

Charette Lakes – The lake closes Oct. 31 and re-opens next March.

Clayton Lake – The lake closes Oct. 31 and re-opens next March.

Eagle Nest Lake – Fishing remains the same; trout are good trolling Platte
River Specials and other light tackle. Shore fishing and fishing from
boats anchored for rainbows is reported as fair with gold Cast Masters,
olive woolly buggers, Power Bait and worms. Kokanee snagging season
started as of Oct. 1 and will run till Dec. 31. Snagging for salmon is
reported as fair around the boat ramp, the south part of the lake and on
the Northeast side. Perch are good on worms.

Lake Alice and Lake Maloya – Both lakes were stocked, Lake Alice with 501
triploid rainbow trout and Lake Maloya with 3,000. Trout are reported as
good in both lakes using woolly buggers, Pistol Pete’s, dough baits and
Power Bait. Report of a 3 to 4 pound trout taken on an olive woolly

Maxwell Lakes – The lakes close Oct. 31 and re-open next March.

Santa Cruz Lake – No report.

Shuree Ponds – No report. The ponds close Dec. 31 and re-open next July.

Springer Lakes – Water levels are low and there has been light pressure.

Animas River
– The flow is 328 cfs. Fishing is reported as slow with
little pressure.

Chama River – Upper section flow is 32 cfs, no report on the fishing
there. Below El Vado Dam, the flow is 144 cfs and the water is off color.
Fishing is good for browns averaging 14 -18 inches. One brown over 20
inches was landed on a Rapala. Anglers are having success using black and
gold Panther Martins or night crawlers. 11-14 inch rainbows are also
reported as good using Power Bait, night crawlers or salmon eggs. Wooly
buggers and bead headed nymphs are reported working for both species.

San Juan River – Upper section-Catch and Release flow is 481 cfs and
visibility is 2 and 1/2 feet. Fishing is good for rainbows and browns,
reports remain the same as last week. From Texas Hole up to the Cable,
fishing is very good in the mornings on #24-26 dark colored midge pupa and
larva, Some fish are eating cream colored ones also. Afternoons below
Texas Hole have been best gray or olive baetis emergers like a #22-24 foam
wing, RS2, or Johnny flash. The baetis are active from 11 am to about 5
pm. It’s back to brown or black midge pupa/larva after 6:00.

Lower section – Open waters, fishing is good with night crawlers, salmon
eggs and the same flies as for the upper section.

Abiquiu Lake – Fishing is very slow. The Army Corps of Engineers have
switched over to winter staffing and all but a few primitive sites are
closed for the season. There was very little pressure and fishing is
reported as very slow.

El Vado Lake – Salmon snagging season continues but has slowed down
drastically and not much traffic since Heron Lake opened. Best success is
being reported on south side of lake. Kokanee snagging season started as
of Oct. 1 and will run till Dec. 31.

Heron Lake – Salmon snagging season opened this past weekend and will
remain open thru Dec 31. Snagging along the shore from Piedra Cove to the
east side of the dam was reported as on fire. Most anglers got their
limits. Shore fishing for trout is reported as good to excellent with roe
collected from salmon caught at El Vado Lake.