NEW MEXICO: Bait fishermen Try Spinners, Salmon Eggs or Power Bait

Cimarron River
-Flows below Eagle Nest Dam are 45 cfs and 42 cfs near Cimarron. It is irrigation season and the releases out of Eagle Nest Lake are have varied from 20 cfs to the current level of 45 cfs. The flows are a little high making for tougher fishing in the upper reaches around Tolby campground. There is a little more room the farther downstream you go. Dark midges and baetis nymphs like tungsten WD40s, black psycho Mays, chocolate Johnny flashes, and black zebra midges on a nymph rig or dry / dropper would be good choices. The river was stocked with 1,695 triploid rainbow trout two weeks ago and the gravel pit lakes were stocked two weeks ago with 279 triploid rainbow trout.

Red River
– Flows at Questa 36 cfs and 60 cfs below the hatchery. Fishing is fair to good for rainbows below the hatchery with bead-head nymphs and various flies. Bait fishermen might try spinners, salmon eggs or Power Bait. Upper river is starting to turn on using the same methods but fishing is a bit slower. The river below Questa was stocked with 2,099 triploid rainbow trout two weeks ago.

Rio Grande
– Flows are 253 cfs near Cerro and 399 cfs below the Taos Junction Bridge. Dry fly fishing has slowed, but nymph fishing is still good depending on clarity. Currently the visibility is about a foot. Best chance at dry fly fishing is in the evenings provided the wind isn’t howling. Trout fishing is reported as good at Pilar, the Hondo and Red River confluences. Pike and bass have been reported as fair. The Pike are fishing better in the upper stretches of the river when using red and white lures. The bass are fishing better in the lower stretches when using spinners and various plastics. The river was stocked with 2,764 triploid rainbow trout last week.

Rio Hondo
– Flows are at 34 cfs. Lower section at confluence with Rio Grande is best. Trout are slow to fair with various flies, spinners and worms.

Rio Pueblo
– Flows are at 66 cfs and there is no report this week. The river was stocked with 841 triploid rainbow trout last week.

Charette Lakes
– Fishing is reported as fair with some trout being landed in the range of 9 to 20 inches. Power Bait is the choice from the bank and when trolling use small perch baits in green and orange. The lower lake was stocked with 788 triploid rainbow trout last week.

Clayton Lake
– Fishing for trout is reported as good to excellent with limits being taken on Power Bait and worms. Fish are averaging 10 inches with some up to 15. The lake was stocked with 2,797 triploid rainbow trout two weeks ago.

Eagle Nest Lake
– Boat ramps are open but docks are not in. Fishing for trout and perch is reported as good form shore. No reports on trolling light pressure Best bet is to use roe, Power Bait and salmon eggs. Water temps are still cold and fly fishing is reported as slow for now.
Lake Alice and Lake Maloya– Fishing is reported as good on both lakes using corn and worms for stocker-sized trout. Lake Alice was stocked with 349 triploid rainbow trout and Lake Maloya was stocked with 2,100 triploid rainbow trout two weeks ago.

Maxwell Lakes
– Lake No. 13 is reported as off and on with an occasional trout landed. Some fish are large — up to 24 inches. Best success is reported using Power Bait, worms and spinners. The lake was stocked two weeks ago with 1,401 triploid rainbow trout last week.

Springer Lakes
– Fishing is reported as fair for small pike up to 26 inches on cranks and rattle traps.

New Mexico
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