CATCHES OF THE WEEK
At Navajo Lake, DAR GUNNINK of Aztec caught a 24-inch brown trout and a 30-inch northern pike on Feb. 25. He was trolling a 4-inch rainbow Rapala. … On Feb. 27, SEAN ADDERLEY caught a 41-inch, 26-pound northern pike. He was fishing the New Mexico end of the lake and using a Storm crank bait.
CHUCK ESTRADA of Albuquerque caught and released his first tiger muskie on Feb. 21 at Bluewater Lake. It was a 35-inch fish caught on chicken liver.
PHIL MESTAS of Pecos caught a 25-inch, 5 ½ -pound brown trout at Monastery Lake on Feb. 22. He was using white PowerBait.
AROUND THE STATE
SHADY LAKES: As of Tuesday, the trout catching continues to be strong even though we haven’t yet stocked for the spring season. These late-winter trout have wonderful color and flavor. Worms, PowerBait and salmon eggs are working well, with 15 to 16 inches currently as the average size. With the slowly increasing temperatures, the bass activity is beginning to pick up. Highest reported number caught and released was two on crankbaits and a trout-style swim bait. No sign of bluegill yet. Shady Lakes is now open daily. The Monday-Friday hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. We are open Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan Phillips, director
NOTES from GAME & FISH: Trout fishing at FENTON LAKE continued to be very good this week for anglers fishing from boats and from the bank. Best baits were olive and green woolly buggers and green sparkle PowerBait. There was still some ice on the lake near the inlet and in the east side cove.
Trout fishing at GRINDSTONE RESERVOIR continued to be very good this past week for anglers using PowerBait, salmon eggs, homemade dough bait and Pistol Petes.
As of Sunday, there was still ice in the neck area of EAGLE NEST LAKE, but the rest of the lake was open to bank fishing. Fishing for trout was fair to good using PowerBait, salmon eggs and worms. Fishing for perch was fair using worms.
Trout fishing at STORRIE LAKE was fair to good using PowerBait, salmon eggs and homemade dough bait. The lake was free of ice.
At MONASTERY LAKE, trout fishing was very good using PowerBait, salmon eggs and Pistol Petes.
Bank fishing at LAKE MALOYA last week was good using assorted colors of power eggs, PowerBait and bead-head wooly buggers for trout.
Windy and cold weather greeted anglers on opening weekend at CLAYTON LAKE, but trout fishing was good using PowerBait and small crank baits.
Water flow on the RED RIVER near the hatchery on Monday was 35 cfs. Fishing was good using green and gray caddis nymphs, emergers and small jig head hares’ ears for a mixed bag of rainbows, cutbows and brown trout.
Fishing pressure at UTE LAKE was light again, but a few anglers managed to get out on Saturday. They were using slab spoons and jig and minnow combinations and catching walleye in 50 to 70 feet of water.
Water flow on the SAN JUAN RIVER below Navajo Dam on Monday was 322 cfs. Trout fishing through the quality waters was good using red and orange San Juan worms, red larva, bright colored egg patterns, and streamers. Through the bait waters, trout fishing was good using salmon eggs, PowerBait, jerk baits and olive and brown woolly buggers.
Fishing at ELEPHANT BUTTE LAKE was fair using crank baits and grubs for white bass. Fishing was fair using shrimp, minnows and cut bait for catfish. A few largemouth bass were caught by anglers using jigs and crank baits.
Trout fishing at the ALBUQUERQUE-AREA DRAINS was good using worms, PowerBait, egg pattern flies and olive woolly buggers.