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Fishing Line for March 19


Matt Hanifin, of Albuquerque, caught and released a 31-inch, 7.8-pound brown trout at Navajo Lake using a homemade streamer fly March 9.

Alberto Rocha, of Taos, caught a 26-inch brown trout near the John Dunn Bridge on the Rio Grande on Saturday.

Bartolo Franco, of Magdalena, caught a 26-inch, 6.5-pound catfish using homemade dough bait Sunday at Escondida Lake.

Brooke Paloma Harper, 5, of Albuquerque, caught a 21-inch rainbow trout at Seven Springs Brood Pond using black and brown woolly buggers March 12.


ADVISORY: In an effort to prevent transmission of COVID-19, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish advises those choosing to participate in fishing activities to practice social distancing and avoid interacting with large groups.

The Department reminds anglers it is their responsibility to be aware of closures and research or contact land managers for properties of interest.

The Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department has closed all New Mexico State Parks. The closures are set to expire April 9 unless extended. For updated information visit

SHADY LAKES: Shady Lakes is opening for the spring fishing season on Friday, March 27. Rainbow trout left over from last season are averaging 16 inches and larger. Catch and release ponds are stocked with largemouth bass and bluegill.

NOTES from GAME & FISH: At TINGLEY BEACH, fishing for trout was good using orange PowerBait and black Pistol Pete flies.

Fishing for trout at the ALBUQUERQUE AREA DRAINS was fair to good using worms and salmon eggs.

At BLUEWATER LAKE, fishing for trout was very good using cheese PowerBait, rainbow PowerBait and woolly buggers.

Streamflow on the SAN JUAN RIVER Monday morning was 429 cfs. Fishing for rainbow and brown trout in the “quality waters” section was good using size 24 and 26 midge larva flies and size 24 and 22 Baetis nymph flies. Water clarity was about 2 feet of visibility. Fishing for trout in the “bait waters” was good using Fireballs, egg pattern flies and spinners.

Monday morning flows on the CHAMA RIVER below El Vado and Abiquiu were 102 cfs and 50.6 cfs, respectively. Fishing for brown and rainbow trout was fair to good using Power Worms, Rapala lures and black and yellow Panther Martin spinners.

Fishing for white bass at UTE LAKE was good trolling in the upper Canadian River area.

At ABIQUIU LAKE, fishing for walleye was good in 15 to 20 feet of water on rock ledges.

Fishing for trout at MONASTERY LAKE was good using yellow PowerBait.

Streamflow on the PECOS RIVER near the town of Pecos on Monday morning was 69.0 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair to good using worms and Trout Magnet lures.

Streamflow on the RED RIVER below the hatchery Monday morning was 49.8 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair to good using woolly buggers and salmon eggs.

At SANTA CRUZ RESERVOIR, fishing for trout was good using green PowerBait and spinners.

Fishing for trout at BILL EVANS LAKE was good using cheese-flavored PowerBait and pheasant tail nymph flies.

At CABALLO LAKE, fishing for walleye was fair to good using a jig head with a white curly tail grub.

Fishing for white bass at ELEPHANT BUTTE LAKE was fair to good using white crank baits.

Trout fishing at LAKE ROBERTS was very good using gold spinners and corn PowerBait.

At QUEMADO LAKE, fishing for trout was good using white and sherbet PowerBait.

Fishing for trout at GRINDSTONE RESERVOIR was very good using small Dare Devil lures and Panther Martin spinners.

Streamflow on the RIO GRANDE at the Taos Junction Bridge on Monday morning was 648 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair to good using mayfly imitators, size 16 Parachute Adams with pheasant tail dropper flies and Panther Martin spinners. Fishing for catfish near Albuquerque was good using cut bait.

FENTON LAKE, LAKE ALICE, LAKE MALOYA and EAGLE NEST LAKE are closed to ice fishing due to unsafe conditions.


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