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CATCHES OF THE WEEK

Chris Baca of Santa Rosa caught a 26-inch walleye at Santa Rosa Lake on March 27. He was using a chartreuse curly tail grub.

Tom Murphy of Albuquerque caught and released 20 tiger muskies in the 26- to 44-inch range at Bluewater Lake on Friday. He was using a clouser minnow. On Saturday, Carlitos Ortiz y Pino caught and released a 36-inch tiger muskie.

Ed Stahl caught a 4 3/4-pound carp at Elephant Butte on Sunday. He was using a nightcrawler.

Cameron Gonzales, 12, of Santa Fe, landed a 22 1/2-inch rainbow trout with a fly on Saturday at Shady Lakes.

AROUND THE STATE

SANDIA LAKES: We now will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week. Fishing has been excellent and anglers have been catching limits on rainbow trout ranging from 10 to 16 inches on average. Water temperatures are perfect and weekly stockings have kept the lakes full. Jason Wiebenga, senior biologist

ISLETA LAKES: Fishing at both SUNRISE and TURTLE lakes has been very good for rainbow trout in the early morning hours and late afternoon. The best baits reported are peach salmon, glitter garlic and green PowerBaits, pistol pete lures and worms. Catfish activity is increasing as the water temperatures are warming. The best baits for catfish are night crawlers, chicken liver and shrimp. Curtis Thompson, Isleta Lakes & RV Park

SHADY LAKES: Trout activity remains steady, so we’ve held off stocking until April 10. The Big Trout Pond is a challenge. You can see there are still many big trout left, with an average of 15–17 inches, swimming around your hook. Successful baits have been flies and trout chow. The Easy Catch Trout Pond’s size average has been a pretty 12-inch fish; best baits have been nightcrawlers and salmon eggs. The bass are beginning to get on their spawning beds and can be tempted with jigs and plastics. The bluegill are up and visible, with best reports being with flies or worms. Jan Phillips, director

NOTES from GAME & FISH: As of Sunday, about 70 percent of EAGLE NEST LAKE was iced over with plenty of shoreline open to bank fishing. Fishing for trout was good using worms and PowerBait.

Fishing was very good at LAKE MALOYA using assorted colors of PowerBait and homemade dough baits for trout.

Trout fishing at MONASTARY LAKE was good using PowerBait, Pistol Petes, Panther Martins and salmon eggs.

At UTE LAKE, fishing was good using minnows, crank baits and jerk baits, for walleye. Fishing was good trolling crank baits for white bass.

Fishing at BLUEWATER LAKE was good using clouser minnows, jerk baits and swim baits for tiger muskie.

As of Sunday, FENTON LAKE was free of ice and trout fishing was very good. Anglers fishing from the bank did well using worms and garlic scented PowerBait.

Fishing on the JEMEZ RIVER was good in the deeper runs. Anglers did best using copper John Barrs and salmon eggs with a single split shot.

Fishing in the quality water section of the SAN JUAN was good using parachute adams, zebra midges, WD40s, small bead head pheasant tails, Griffith’s gnats and olive leeches. Fishing through the bait waters was fair using salmon eggs, Panther Martin spinners, night crawlers and woolly buggers.

The surface water temp at ELEPHANT BUTTE was in the mid to high 50s. Fishing was fair using jerk baits, grubs, crank baits and tubes for black bass. Fishing was fair to good using grubs, minnows, swim baits and crank baits for white bass.

Fishing was slow at ABIQUIU LAKE but there were a few smallmouth bass caught by anglers using jigs and tubes and a few brown trout taken on crank baits and night crawlers.
— This article appeared on page B4 of the Albuquerque Journal

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