CATCHES OF THE WEEK
of Los Alamos caught and released a 5-pound, 6-ounce largemouth bass at ELEPHANT BUTTE on Sunday. He was using a 5-inch senko.
At Heron Lake, Dan Alanzo of San Antonio, Texas, landed a 17-pound, 2-ounce and 36 ¾ -inch lake trout on April 24 using a white tube at 24 feet deep. … On April, 25 Norma Wolfley from Los Ojos, caught a 15-pound, 6-ounce, 32 ½ -inch lake trout on a white tube fishing 18 feet deep. Both were fishing with Don Wolfley.
Russell Berryman of Hobbs caught and released a 19-inch, 4 ½ -pound smallmouth bass and a 21-inch, 5 ½ -pound smallmouth bass on April 25 at Ute Lake. He was using a jig and minnow combination.
At Shady Lakes, Brinli Longley , 18, of Albuquerque, caught a 20-inch rainbow trout on April 18 on worms. … Devon Hamilton , 12, of Albuquerque, landed a 21-inch rainbow on worms on April 18. … Emilio Hernandez , 6 of Albuquerque, used PowerBait to catch a 20-inch trout on April 19. Mary Apodaca , 17 of Albuquerque, caught a 20-inch trout using trout chow on April 20. … Wesley Pacheco of Santa Fe, was fly fishing on April 20 and landed a 20-inch rainbow trout. … Gerry L. Smith, of Albuquerque, caught a 22½-inch rainbow trout on worms on April 22. … Ralph Chavez of Albuquerque, used PowerBait to catch a 20-inch rainbow trout on April 23.
AROUND THE STATE
HERON LAKE: Fishing for lake trout was fair for small trout early in the week and then we started getting some larger ones to bite later in the week. Best fishing with tubes and cut bait, 18 to 25 feet deep. Reminder, you must use meat from non-game fish (carp or suckers for your cut bait). Fishing from shore has been slow with few people fishing. Best bet is to fish with salmon eggs or PowerBait for rainbow trout and cut bait for lakers. Fishing over the weekend was mostly impossible due to rain snow and high winds. Don Wolfley, Heron Lake Guide Service
SHADY LAKES: There have been seven hefty 20-plus inch trout caught as of late, with baits varying from flies, PowerBait, and worms. Shady Lakes restocked today with 1,500 pounds of rainbow trout. The Easy Catch Trout Pond received 1,200 pounds with an 11-inch average size. The remaining 300 pounds went to the Big Trout Pond with a 16-inch average. Five 20-inch-plus were included. The bass appear to be finished with their spring spawning and reported activity has been strong on wacky worms, jigs, and even some plastic frogs fishing off the surface. Bluegill are beginning to spawn now and are biting predominantly on worms and flies. Jan Phillips, director
SANDIA LAKES: The freshly stocked rainbow trout have been very active with anglers reporting excellent catch rates this week. Most activity on lures, but many fly rigs and baits have also shown success. Enter our pocket tournament on Saturday. For more tournament information call the lake store at 505-771-5190. Jason Wiebenga, Wildcat Environmental Services
NOTES from GAME & FISH: Trout fishing at LAKE MALOYA was excellent using PowerBait, salmon eggs, corn, worms, Panther Martins, Daredevles and Pistol Petes. The fish ranged in size from 10 to 20 inches.
At MORPHY LAKE, fishing was very good using PowerBait, salmon eggs, worms, homemade dough bait, Pistol Petes and small Daredevles for trout.
Fishing at EAGLE ROCK LAKE was very good using Kastmasters, Daredevles and PowerBait for trout.
Water flow on the SAN JUAN RIVER below Navajo Dam on Monday was 255 cfs. Trout fishing through the quality waters was good using RS2s, Johnny Flashes, Crystal Flash midge patterns, red larva and comparaduns. Dry fly action was spotty at best. Fishing through the bait waters was good using Yozuri pins minnows, copper John Barrs, salmon eggs, night crawlers and San Juan worms.
At QUEMADO LAKE, fishing was good using worms, PowerBait and salmon eggs for trout.
Trout fishing at CLAYTON LAKE was good using PowerBait from the bank and trolling gold spoons from boats.
Fishing at MANZANO LAKE was fair using PowerBait, salmon eggs and Pistol Petes for trout.
Trout fishing at MAXWELL LAKE 13 was very good using PowerBait, salmon eggs, Kastmasters, Super Dupers and worms.
At UTE LAKE, fishing was fair to good using jig-and-minnow and spinner-night crawler rigs for walleye. Fishing was good trolling crank baits for white bass.
At CONCHAS LAKE, walleye fishing was slow but there were a few limits caught by anglers using spinner-night crawler rigs and crank baits.
Fishing on the ALBUQUERQUE SOUTH DRAIN was fair to good using worms for trout.
At BLUEWATER LAKE, fishing was fair using hot dogs, spoons and jerk baits for tiger muskie.
Fishing from the bank at EAGLE NEST LAKE was fair using Power Bait and salmon eggs for trout.
Before the strong winds arrived, fishing at COCHITI LAKE was fair using crank baits and jerk baits for smallmouth bass and walleye. Fishing was fair to good using liver and night crawlers for catfish.
At FENTON LAKE, trout fishing was fair to good using PowerBait, worms, wooly buggers and Pistol Petes.
Fishing at NAVAJO LAKE was good using minnows, chartreuse grubs, tubes and jigs for crappie.