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  • Directions to Windy Bridge:

    12 miles north of Pecos on Highway 63

    Fishing at Windy Bridge
    It is your responsibilty to know local fishing regulations (See b...

  • Fishing for walleye was good for anglers trolling shad raps through the trees in 12-to-14 feet of water. They were fishing the Horse Shoe Bend area. Others did well deep trolling on the main lake w...

  • Several small lakes stocked with rainbow trout. Accessible from Canjilon via Forest Road 125 and Trout Lakes Campground.

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  • Trampas Lakes can be accessed via Highway 76 to Forest Road 207. From there you hike on trail 36 to Trampas Lake. Lake is in the Pecos Wilderness.

    Rio Grande Cutthroat can be caught in Trampa...

  • Tio Grande River can be accessed via Highway 285 to Forest Road 87. Brown Trout and some Rio Grande Cutthroat can be caught at Tio Grande River. Most of Tio Grande is on private land.

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  • Fishing for walleye has picked up and was good for anglers fishing near the mouth of the Alamogordo arm of the lake. They were trolling and casting crank baits and curly tail grubs. They also caugh...

  • Trout fishing was very good this past week. Several anglers reported catching limits of trout with some fish in the 16-to-18 inch size. Best baits were green and chartreuse power bait.

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  • We had no reports from anglers this week.

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  •  South Fork 

    Take highway 522 north to Costilla to highway 196. From Valle Vidal Unit follow Forest Road 1950 to Shuree.

    Fish species found on Shuree Lakes include Rainbow Trout.

    Season at Valle Vid...

  • This water is for kids under age 12 only. It's a great place to take the little ones for some fun fishing.

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  • Fishing was good for anglers using jerk baits, crank baits, salt craws, senkos and tubes for a mix of smallmouth and largemouth bass. Night fishing was fair-to-good for anglers using minnows for cr...

  • Fishing was generally slow. A few trout were taken by anglers using spinners and power bait.

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  • Water flow below Navajo Lake as of Monday was 754cfs. Trout fishing was fair-to-good for anglers using chocolate and gray RS2s, red annelids, brassies, San Juan worms and elk hair caddis through th...

  • Trout fishing continued to be very good this past week. Anglers did well using power bait, salmon eggs, small jigs and prop flies.

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  • Water flow as of Monday was 6.9cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

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  • Rito De La Olla can be accessed via Highway 518 to Forest Road 438.

    Brown Trout, Rainbow and Rio Grande Cutthroat can be caught at Rito De La Olla

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  • From El Rito take Highway 111 to access Rio Vallecitos. Brown Trout can be caught at Rio Vallecitos.

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  • Can be accessed via Forest Road 222. Rainbow trout can be caught in this area.

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  • Rio Santa Barbara has wild populations of Rio Grande Cutthroat trout on upper forks of the river.

    Brown trout and some cutthroat can be found on lower portions of the Rio Santa Barbara.

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  • San Antonio River can be accessed via Highway 285 to Forest Road 87.

    Brown Trout and some Rainbow Trout can be caught at San Antonio River.

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  • One of the most popular trout streams in the state. Paralleled by highway 518 along its entire length. Headwaters above Tres Ritos (Angostura and Alamitos Creek). Many campgrounds.

    Fish speci...

  • From the Taos Junction Bridge (highway 567) northward to Colorado State Line. Reached mainly by trails. This river has been designated "Wild and Scenic". Excellent fishing for large brown...

  • Rio Chiquito can be accessed via Highway 518 to Forest Road 437,

    Brown Trout can be caught at Rio Chiquito. Rio Grande Cutthroat can be caught in the tributaries.

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  • An excellent fishing stream that consistently produces trophy size brown trout. Access at El Vado lake and near Ghost Ranch. Section from El Vado Reservoir has been designated as a wild and scenic ...

  • Access via Highway 38. Five campgrounds

    From Questa to the town of Red River, stream is stocked with rainbow trout. Excellent fishing.

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  • The lake has been closed to all access due to a recent fish kill. The department will reopen the lake when conditions improve.

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  • Fishing was slow for all species. A few trout were taken by anglers using spinners, salmon eggs, prop flies and small dry flies in the evening hours.

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  • As of Monday morning, water flow was 109cfs near the town of Pecos. The high water from recent rains slowed the fishing a bit but some anglers did well using worms, night crawlers, wooly buggers an...

  • Below Sumner Lake, water flow on Monday was 73cfs. Fishing continued to be good using minnows, worms and chicken liver for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

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  • Kokanee fishing was fair this past week for anglers trolling white Arnies behind christmas trees at depths of 28-to-35 feet. They were working the area between the mouth of Francis Canyon and the d...

  • Trout fishing was good for anglers using worms, salmon eggs, Pistol Petes, wooly buggers and damsel fly nymphs. Hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily until further notice.

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  • Fishing was slow-to-fair for anglers using corn, salmon eggs and power bait for trout.

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  • Middle Ponil Creek is below Shuree Lodge, and Comanche Creek, along Forest Road 1950

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  • Fishing was slow.

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  • Trout fishing was rated as slow-to-fair by most anglers. A few fish were taken on wooly buggers, Tasmanian Devils, worms and Kastmasters.

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  • Fishing was slow for all species.

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  • Fishing was slow.

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  • Located in the Wheeler Peak Wilderness. Access via Forest Trail 91. Trailhead 91 is on the middle fork jeep road. Lost lake is four miles up the trail. Stocked with native cutthroat trout by helico...

  • Little Rio Grande Creek can be accessed via Highway 518, south of Taos. Brown Trout can be caught at Little Rio Grande creek. Rio Grande Cutthroat can be caught in the tributaries.

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  • Sumner Dam and Lake Sumner, features of the Carlsbad Project, are on the Pecos River about 250 river miles north of Carlsbad and about 16 miles northwest of Fort Sumner, New Mexico. The Lake is 4,5...

  • Fishing was fair-to-good using liver, worms and dough bait for catfish. A few trout were taken by anglers using worms and power bait.

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  • Fishing was rated as fair this past week at both lakes. At Maloya, anglers did best fishing near the boat ramp and along the dam. Best baits were power bait and prop flies. At Lake Alice anglers di...

  • Breath taking setting. Several small lakes at the head of Lagunitas Creek offering good lake fishing for brook and rainbow trout.

    Camping at Lagunitas Campground. Access via forest road 87. R...

  • La Junta can be accessed via Highway 518 to Forest Road 78. Camping is available at La Junta campground

    Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and a few Rio Grande Cutthroat can be caught at La Junta

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  • As of Monday, water flow on the Jemez near Jemez Springs was 23cfs. Trout fishing was good using mosquitoes, black gnats, parachute adams, royal wulffs, copper john barrs, worms and salmon eggs. An...

  • Travel six miles in on trail 91. Horseshoe lake is stocked by helicopter with native cutthroat trout. Camping and campfires are not permitted along the lake shore to prevent soil and water damage.<...

  • Take Highway 64, 20 miles west of Tres Piedras. Hopewell Lake picnic area is nearby. Good fishing lake for brook and rainbow trout. Lake size is fourteen acres.

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  • Heron Dam and reservoir are part of the San Juan Chama Project. The reservoir is on Willow Creek just above the point where Willow Creek enters the Chama River. Recreation at Heron Reservoir is man...

  • The lake water level is low and the city of Ruidoso is treating the lake on a weekly basis with copper sulfate. Stocking has been suspended until conditions change.

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  • Trout fishing was fair-to-good for anglers using power bait, salmon eggs and prop flies under a bubble.

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  • Fishing at goose lake is accessible from Highway 38 at Red River, proceed south on Highway 578 to goose lake turnoff. Goose lake road is four wheel drive road.

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  • Water on the main river was flowing at 111cfs as of Monday morning. We had no reports from anglers this week.

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  • Trout fishing was fair-to-good from the bank for anglers using salmon eggs and power bait. Anglers fishing from tubes did well using olive and black Pistol Petes and wooly buggers.

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  • Two small ponds two miles downstream from the town of Red River off of Highway 38. Stocked with rainbow trout,camping is nearby.

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  • Fishing was slow-to-fair for anglers using liver and worms for catfish.

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  • Elephant Butte Dam and Reservoir, features of the Rio Grande Project, are on the Rio Grande, 125 miles north of El Paso, Texas. Recreation at Elephant Butte Reservoir is managed by the New Mexico S...

  • El Vado Dam and Reservoir, features of the Middle Rio Grande Project, are located on the Rio Chama about 160 miles north of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Recreation at El Vado Reservoir is managed by th...

  • The El Rito Creek can be accessed via Forest Road 559, North of the El Rito Ranger station. Brown Trout can be found in the lower reaches of the creek, and Rio Grande Cutthroat trout can be found a...

  • A three acre pond one mile east of Questa. Stocked with rainbow trout.

    Lake has accessible fishing for the disabled. Accessible by car.

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  • Fishing was rated as fair by most anglers this past week. Anglers fishing from the bank and from anchored boats caught some good size trout. They were using assorted colors of power bait. Anglers t...

  • Take highway 522 north to Costilla to highway 196 to Costilla Creek. Once you enter the Valle Vidal Unit it's catch and release

    Fish species found on Costilla creek include Rainbow Trout, Bro...

  • Fishing was rated as slow for all species. Try fishing here early and late in the day for the best chances at catching fish this time of year.

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  • Ancient petroglyphs, marine fossils and tales of Spanish Conquistadors mark the past of Conchas Lake. Historical significance is the construction of Conchas Dam from 1935 - 1939 by the WPA (Works P...

  • Seven miles downstream from the town of Red River off of Highway 38. Stocked with rainbow trout,camping is nearby.

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  • Cochiti Lake is located within the boundaries of the Pueblo de Cochiti Indian Reservation. Please observe and obey all Pueblo regulations. Do not trespass on lands closed to the public.Cochiti Lake...

  • It was a very good week for anglers fishing for catfish. They caught several channel cats weighing between 7 and 20 pounds. Best baits were stink bait and shrimp with a few also being taken on live...

  • Water flow below Eagle Nest as of Monday was 11cfs. Trout fishing was fair for anglers using elk hair caddis, bead head pheasant tail nymphs, copper john barrs and salmon eggs.

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  • Trout fishing was good for anglers using power bait, worms under a bobber, salmon eggs and trolling Christmas tree/worm combinations. The best fishing has been in the deeper water on the south side...

  • Water flow below El Vado Lake on Monday morning was 138cfs and 179cfs below Abiquiu. Fishing below El Vado was fair this past week for anglers using spinners, salmon eggs, night crawlers and copper...

  • Fishing for catfish was slow-to-fair for anglers using liver, worms and dough bait. A few small black bass were caught by anglers using crank baits and worms. Try using top water lures early and la...

  • Several small lakes between two and six acres in size east of the town of Canjilon. Good fishing for rainbow.

    A portion of the access road is rough and slippery when wet. Several campgrounds ...

  • An excellent fishing lake for several species of trout. Access from Forest road 134, nine miles from Questa. Turn left or North on Forest road 134A. High clearance vehicles recommended. Camping per...

  • Recreation at Caballo Dam and reservoir, Rio Grande Project, is managed by the New Mexico Division of Parks and Recreation under agreement with the Bureau of Reclamation. The park headquarters can ...

  • Fishing was fair for anglers using spoons, spinners and salmon eggs for trout.

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  • Recreation at Brantley Dam, Reservoir, Carlsbad Project, is managed by New Mexico State Parks under agreement with the Bureau of Reclamation. The park headquarters can be reached at 505-457-2384. P...

  • Fishing was fair for anglers using worms and liver for catfish. A few black bass were taken on spinner baits and top water lures.

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  • The water level is quite low. Fishing was fair-to-good this past week for anglers using power bait, salmon eggs, worms, wooly buggers and prop flies.

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  • Fishing was very slow for all species.

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  • Fishing was slow-to-fair using liver, stink bait and worms for catfish. Fishing was good using worms, salmon eggs and poppers for bluegill. We had no reports on other species.

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  • We had no reports from anglers this week.

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  • Avalon Dam and Reservoir, Carlsbad Project, are located on the Pecos River 3 miles north of Carlsbad, New Mexico. The dam is a zoned earthfill structure constructed in 1907. Recreation at Avalon Re...

  • Angostura Creek can be accessed via Highway 518, east of Penasco. Camping is available at Angostura Campground.

    Fish species found on Angostura Creek include Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout and Br...

  • Alamitos Creek can be accessed via Highway 518, east of Penasco.

    Fish species found on Alamitos Creek include Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout.

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  • Navajo Reservoir in New Mexico has a maximum surface area of 15, 610 acres (or 23 square miles) and provides important recreational New Mexico fishing and wildlife observation opportunities managed...

  • This 5,200 surface acre reservoir offers some of the finest fishing in northern New Mexico. Reptile fossils 200 million years old have been found in the area. The area includes a fine panoramic vie...

  • The name of Elephant Butte Lake, New Mexico’s largest lake and the state’s premier water recreation facility, comes from the weather-beaten core of a long-extinct volcano that is today ...

  • New Mexico’s Cochiti Lake can be found within the boundaries of the Pueblo de Cochiti Nation on the Rio Grande roughly 50 miles upstream from the city of Albuquerque. This New Mexico lake was create...
  • Heron Lake is a reservoir in Rio Arriba County, in northern New Mexico in the southwestern United States. The lake is part of the San Juan-Chama Diversion Project, which transfers water from the upper...
  • Conchas Lake is a 25-mile (40 km) long reservoir in northeastern New Mexico, behind Conchas Dam on the Canadian River. The lake has an elevation of 4,200 feet (1309.2 meters) and a surface area of 9,6...
  • Bonito Lake is an alpine reservoir located high in the Sierra Blanca mountains northwest of Ruidoso, New Mexico. It is a popular fishing and camping destination, and although it is surrounded by the L...
  • Abiquiu Lake is a reservoir located in Rio Arriba County, in northern New Mexico in the southwestern United States. Water of the Rio Chama is impounded by the earth-filled Abiquiu Dam, 1,800 feet (550...