By GEORGE MORSE
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
Winter simply doesn’t want to let go this year. It has turned cold and it could even freeze this late in the spring. That would be a bummer because it looks like a bumper crop of fruit this year.
The weather should warm back up quickly The rivers are still swollen with runoff and with snow still falling at high elevations, it looks like we could be well into June before they start dropping. It’s been on heck of a year with the weather and it’s still not over.
The prime fishing seems to be in the smaller lakes, as nearly all of them are reporting good to very good fishing. The State Game and Fish Department continues to stock the most popular fishing holes heavily with trout.
The fishing for warmwater gamefish like bass, walleye, crappie and catfish is really heating up. The larger reservoirs around the state are reporting good fishing. Water levels are rising.
Expect crowded conditions at many popular areas this weekend. Memorial Day brings out the crowd.
The fishing is still very slow at Abiquiu Lake and the water is very murky. The water needs to clear up more before the fishing picks up at Abiquiu.
The Chama River below Abiquiu Dam and below El Vado Dam is still running very high and the fishing is slow. The Chama River below El Vado was stocked May 13 with 473 rainbow trout.
The fishing for rainbow trout from the bank at Heron Lake has been fair-to-good. There was a report of a 23-inch lake trout being caught. The La Laja boat ramp is open.
The upper Chama River was stocked May 13 with 1,000 rainbow trout averaging 13.5 inches in size. The water here is running high but fishable. Concentrate your fishing in the deep pools, as this is where recently-stocked trout tend to gather.
The fishing for trout has been very good at Laguna del Campo near Los Ojos. Some big trout were landed last week.
Still no reports from the Canjilon Lakes or the Trout Lakes. It will be interesting to see if trout were able to carryover through the winter in these small, shallow lakes.
The first report from Hopewell Lake this year reports good fishing for 15-to-17 inch trout with Power Bait. These are likely holdover rainbow trout. There are also brook trout in Hopewell and worms are a good bait for brookies this time of year. The inlet is a good spot to try because the water flowing into the lake is high and washing a lot of food into the lake. Hopewell Lake is between Tres Piedras and Tierra Amarillo on US Highway 64.
No reports from the Rio de los Pinos near the Colorado border. It was recently stocked and this is a good time of year to catch a bigger-than-average trout from the Los Pinos. Here again, the bigger pools will likely produce the best results, as the water here is still very high.
The fishing remains very good at Fenton Lake near Los Aamos. Anglers are using a little bit of everything to catch trout. Some big fish were landed last week.
The Seven Springs Brood Pond at Seven Springs Fish Hatchery has been very good for trout. It is regularly stocked with rainbow trout and also contains some wild brown trout. There are some big fish in this little pond. Fishing is for anglers under 12 years of age.
Streams in the Jemez Mountains are still running high, but are slowly dropping. The fishing in the Jemez River has been slow. The fishing on the East Fork of the Jemez River and in the Rio San Antonio has been good. It should also be good in the Rio Cebolla and the Rio de las Vacas should be worth a try. All these streams contain wild brown trout in addition to the stocked rainbow trout.
One of the hotspots for trout looks like Santa Cruz Lake near Chimayo. Anglers are reporting good catches of brown trout and rainbow trout. This lake is full and spilling over.
The Rio Grande is swollen with spring runoff and the fishing is slow. Some of its small tributaries could offer better fishing. The Rio Pueblo near Penasco was stocked May 13 with 1,201 rainbow trout. All streams flowing down from the Sangre de Cristo Mountains are still running high but seem to be dropping slowly.
The recent rain and snow will likely keep streamflows high a little longer.
There were no reports from the Red River near Questa. The Red River Hatchery Pond has been good for stocked rainbow trout.
Eagle Rock Lake near Questa has been fair-to-good for stocked trout.
If you are in the town of Red River, the Red River City Ponds were stocked May 15 with 200 rainbow trout.
Eagle Nest Lake has been good for rainbow trout. The fishing has been good for northern pike. The perch fishing has been fair. Eagle Nest was stocked May 14 with 10,296 small rainbow trout.
The fishing in the Cimarron River in Cimarron Canyon State Park has been good. Closer to the town of Cimarron, the streamflow is much heavier and that area was impacted by the Ute Park Fire.
The fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes near Maverick Campground has been good thanks to recent stockings.
Maxwell Lake 13 has been fair for trout. No report on other species.
Lake Maloya at Sugarite Canyon State Park near Raton has had good fishing for trout. No report on the fishing at Lake Alice, also at Sugarite Canyon. The Sugarite Fishing Derby begins Saturday (May 25) and lasts for nine days. For information, call (575).445.5607.
There were no reports from the Charette Lakes. They should be worth a try as they were stocked May 15 with 2,249 catchable-size rainbow trout and with 250 rainbow trout averaging almost 15 inches in size.
Coyote Creek at Guadalupita State Park near Mora was stocked May 17 with 799 rainbow trout. The Coyote Creek Pond was stocked May 17 with 599 rainbow trout.
The fishing at Storrie Lake near Las Vegas has been fair-to-good.
The Gallinas River near Las Vegas has been good.
The streamflow in the Pecos River is still high. Fishing has been fair. The fishing has been best in pools close to the bank.
Monastery Lake near Pecos has been good for rainbow trout.
The Cowles Ponds, which are north of the town of Pecos, have been very good for stocked rainbow trout.
Conchas Lake on the Canadian River has been very good for largemouth and smallmouth bass. It has been good for walleye and white bass. The fishing has been fair for crappie.
Santa Rosa Lake has been very good for crappie. It has been good for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and walleye.
Over in the Four Corners, the fishing at Navajo Lake has been good for crappie, smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. It has been fair-to-good for northern pike. The trolling for trout has been fair and you can catch some big brown trout this time of year. Anglers fishing for trout are picking up a few kokanee salmon.
The San Juan River below Navajo Dam is still running low at 408 cubic-feet-per-second. The water is still a little murky.
The fishing in the Quality Water has been fair-to-good with a variety of fly patterns. The Bait Water has been fair-to-good.
There were no reports from Jackson Lake and the fishing at Lake Farmington is reported to be slow.
Cochiti Lake has been slow due to murky water. The best fishing is for carp and catfish. If the water clears the fishing might pick up here.
There are still some trout left in the Catch-and-Release Pond at Tingley Beach and the fishing has been good. Anglers are starting to catch some largemouth bass and catfish now.
The fishing remains good at Elephant Butte Lake for just about everything. Crappie, white bass, walleye, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and catfish are all biting at the Butte. Expect large crowds over the Memorial Day weekend.
The fishing has been fair for trout at Lake Roberts near Silver City. There are also largemouth bass and catfish here, but no reports on the fishing for these species.
Grindstone Lake near Ruidoso has been good for bluegill and fair for trout.