New Mexico fishing and stocking reports

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This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

Check out the stocking report through April 3. Lake levels and stream flows.


  • Abiquiu Lake: April 22, Spenser Bustos caught a 5-pound smallmouth bass on a plastic gulp worm.
  • Bluewater Lake: April 24, Jason J. Sanchez of Albuquerque caught a 45-inch tiger musky. He was using a hot dog.
  • Clayton Lake: April 25, Mikey Montoya of Clayton caught a 9-pound, 8-ounce walleye.
  • Cochiti Lake:  April 25, Tod Cecil of Albuquerque caught a 38-inch, 10-pound, 14-ounce northern pike. He was fishing the west side between the boat ramp and the swimming area and using a Cotton Cordell Big O.    
  • Pecos River: April 22, Andrew Leyba caught a 22-inch, 6-pound rainbow trout. He was fishing about a half mile upstream from the Willow Creek area and using a worm.


The following came in too late for last week’s report but we felt it was definitely worth mentioning:

  • Bluewater Lake: April 18, David Martinez age 14 of Albuquerque caught and released a 36-inch, 10-pound tiger muskie. He was using a hot dog.
  • San Juan River: April 19, Christy Wall caught and released a 21-inch brown trout. She was using a size 18, black zebra midge.

If you have a catch of the week story or just want to tell us about your latest New Mexico fishing experience, send it to us at We may include your story in our next report. For catches of the week, include name, date, and location, type of fish, length and weight if possible and bait, lure or fly used.