I live in New Mexico and fish for trout and catfish. The largest River is the Río Grande where fishing is excellent. Smaller stream feeding into the Río Grande are excellent for Native trout.
I have a cabin in Eagle Nest .Eagle nest lake used to be the best trout fishing in he state.Someone planted northerns in the lake and now its not good at all,mostly a perch lake now.
I live in New Mexico also, about 10 miles from lake Maloya. So thats where I spend most of my fishing time.
I retired from the City of Amarillo after welding there for 33 years. I started fishing in 1988. Coming up to this area, to fish around Red River and Questa. Right now I'm trying to learn how to troll. Right now I use a 3/4 ounce gold hammered spoon with a bait about 24 to 18 inches behind. We have caught a few good ones around 14'', but mostly small ones. I'm talking about trout. I did better last year from the bank, catching several trout from 15 to 19 inches long. Caught one 25 1/2 inches long. The best one last year.
The large ones I caught on green power bait and berkleys floating worms, brown and pink. My frying pan has a slot limit, 14 to 18'' fillets fit real nice. And taste great. Although I had all kinds of fun catching these trout, I did find out that catching good trout is not all fun and games, I had to buy a freezer to put them in, and give my neighbors several. LOL
I like fishing the Rio Grande also, south of Toas or at john dune bridge. I haven't done very much there but I know the potential is surely there. The best fish I've caught in N.M. was a 24'' male brown at almost 8 lbs. in the lower Red River south of the fish hatchery. That is a storie all in itself.
well nice visit, and I hope to hear from you guys. God Bless
ps. At lake Maloya,you may have to scare off a bear from your fishing spot. They are very quite. Some areas in N.M. best to carry a pistol with you.
When you fished Questa did you go to the dump and walk down through the huge rocks to the Rio Grande ?
Are you talking about walking down to the Rio Grande, by way of the lower Red River going down from the fish hatchery ? If you are, I have gone a little ways, but not all the way to the Rio Grande. Both times that I've been that way, the current, or water flow was so strong, it was hard for me to fish. I haven't been down there in the fall yet, but will make it a point to do so. I heard at work today that the fishing derby at lake Maloya was going on, I meant to have some fun fishing that, but I'm not going to get the chance this year. Maybe next time. You know browns come up and feed on those stockers at the hatchery, but they sure seem hard to fool. I haven't caught a decent brown in a long time. School is out now, so the rivers will be full of fishermen. Years ago we did hike down the Wild Rivers Park (or what ever that is) to the Rio Grande a couple of times. I think that was sometime in the early 90s. lol A few summers past.
Spent some time at Caballo, Rio Grande, and Elephant Butte yesterday. At Elephant Butte we saw a few what looked like good sized smallies or walleye down the bank to the right of the marina. We pretty much threw the book at them but nothing artificial enticed them to do anything but follow the lures.
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