New Mexico Fishing Report

This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish, 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 activities.


Gila River – The flow is 30 cfs and fishing is fair to slow with the best success in the upper reaches of the river on the West, East and Middle forks.

Rio Grande – The flow is 2.8 cfs below Elephant Butte Dam. Catfish are fair using worms, liver or stink bait. Walleye are reported as good here and better below Caballo Lake with worms and shiners.

Bill Evans Lake: Winter stocking for trout has ended for the year and will resume late fall. No fishing report.

Caballo Lake – Fishing is slow. Water levels are very low. Best bet is below spillway on the Rio Grande.

Elephant Butte Lake – Fishing for white bass is reported as fair but slowing down. Most anglers are catching fish with shiners and spinners. Stripped bass are reported slow by the dam with a few fish being landed. No report on other species.

Glenwood Ponds – Fishing is fair for trout when using Pistol Petes, worms and Power Bait.

Lake Roberts – Fishing is reported as good for catfish with liver and worms. Trout fishing is reported as good with worms since the recent stockings. No report on other species.

Quemado Lake – Trout fishing is reported as fair. Anglers are having success using green Power Bait. No report on the tiger muskies.

West-Central, including the Jemez Mountains

Jemez River, East Fork, Guadalupe and San Antonio – Flow on the Jemez River is 10 cfs. Low water and ash washing into the river from the fire are plaguing the streams of the Jemez. The only really water worth fishing is the Cebolla or the Rio De Las Vacas/Guadalupe watershed. Ash runoff from the Las Conchas fire has killed quite a lot of fish on the East Fork and Rio San Antonio, and the streambed is covered in it. This side of the Jemez has not been stocked since the fire started. On a good note, reports do say that the San Antonio is showing some signs of clearing and if the rains continue to subside it should start to come back pretty quickly.

Metro Drainages – Stocking has ended for the season and trout fishing is reported as slow.

Bluewater Lake – No report on trout but with the recent stocking it should be good. The tiger muskies are fishing good. The fish reported were caught on rattletraps while trolling and jerk baits from shore. The lake was stocked last week 4,750 rainbow trout.

Cochiti Lake – The lake is open with a few fishermen trying their luck. Reports of few catfish and bluegill being taken, but traffic and water quality are still issues. More than 100 tons of debris was removed from the lake and there is plenty more on the shore. Water clarity is also a problem with the ash from the fire being swept into the lake by runoff from rain.

Fenton Lake – Fishing for trout is reported as fair with worms and Power Bait.

Tingley Beach – Fishing for catfish in the Tingley Beach Children’s and Central Ponds has been fair. Best reports are from anglers using worms or hotdogs. No reports on largemouth bass. The rainbow trout stocking season for Tingley Beach is almost here. Look forward to weekly stockings of 2,400 rainbow trout from October through April! No reports from fly-rod anglers at the South/Catch and Release Pond.