CATCHES OF THE WEEK
At Shady Lakes,
Ryan Castillo, 4, of Albuquerque, used PowerBait to land a 20-inch rainbow trout on May 2. … Noah Maez , 14, of Albuquerque, caught a 21-inch rainbow on May 2 with a nightcrawler.
At Bluewater Lake on Saturday, Guy Hannah and Randall Harris of Albuquerque caught and released a 36-inch tiger muskie, a 32-inch tiger muskie and two 29-inch tiger muskies. They were using jerk baits.
Chris Ortega of Albuquerque caught and released a 31-inch, 9.8-pound bullhead on the Corrales Riverside Drain on May 9. He was using a custom fly called the Skunk 101.
Chris Pacheco of Tucumcari caught and released a 21-inch, 3-pound rainbow trout at Lake Maloya on May 8. He was using a black Pistol Pete.
AROUND THE STATE
SHADY LAKES: Trout in the East Catch Pond are biting very actively predominantly on worms and salmon eggs with an average size of 11 inches. The Big Trout Pond’s activity is moderate with fish averaging 16 to 18 inches. Best success has been with trout lures, worms and hatchery formula power bait. As of Tuesday, the highest number of reported bass caught and released is 10 with the action coming off flukes and plastic worms (rigged Texas style). The spawn appears to be over for bass but the bluegill are starting up. The bluegill are liking worms and flies, as usual. Jan Phillips, director
HERON LAKE: Trolling and jigging from boats has been slow for lake trout. Best jigging 20 to 30 feet deep with white tubes or white Bucktail jigs. Water is murky due to runoff from Willow Creek. The lakers that have been caught have been small, 2 to 5 pounds. Water level has been rising and water temperature is still in the 40s. Fishing from shore has been slow. I have seen school of Kokanee starting to form so folks can start catching them any time now trolling. Don Wolfley, Heron Lake Guide Service
CLASSROOM TROUT: Students from about a dozen New Mexico schools are preparing to release hundreds of rainbow trout fingerlings into the wild. The students raised the fish from eggs as part of the Trout in the Classroom Program. The students care for the fish throughout the year and teachers use the fish to teach biology, chemistry, math and writing.
NOTES from GAME & FISH: It was another week of excellent trout fishing at LAKE MALOYA with most anglers catching their limits in just a short time. Best baits were PowerBait, Pistol Petes, Panther Martins, Kastmasters, wooly buggers, hoppers and small crank baits.
Fishing at CONCHAS LAKE was good to excellent for anglers using tubes, worms, senkos, sinner baits and chigger craws for smallmouth bass. Most of the smallmouth were in less than 10 feet of water and many were on beds. Fishing was good using tubes, senkos, spinner baits and grubs for largemouth bass.
At EAGLE ROCK LAKE, trout fishing was very good using Kastmasters, Super Dupers, salmon eggs and PowerBait.
Trout fishing was very good at MORPHY LAKE using PowerBait, salmon eggs, worms, black and olive wooly buggers, Kastmasters, Pistol Petes and parachute adams for trout.
Water flow on the PECOS RIVER near the town of Pecos on Monday was 104 cfs. Trout fishing was very good using bead-head prince nymphs, copper John Barrs, worms and salmon eggs.
Fishing was good at CLAYTON LAKE using PowerBait and Colorado spoons for trout.
At MONASTERY LAKE, fishing was fair using Power Bait, worms, woolly buggers and spinners for trout.
At STORRIE LAKE, fishing was fair to good using salmon eggs and PowerBait for trout.
Fishing at UTE LAKE was good trolling Flicker Shad, Wally Divers and white Bombers for white bass and walleye. Fishing was good using live minnow rigs, small tubes and roadrunners for crappie. Fishing was very good using tubes, chigger craws, spinner baits, worms and buzz baits for smallmouth bass.
Water flow on the SAN JUAN RIVER below Navajo Dam on Monday was 251 cfs. Trout fishing through the quality waters was good using scintillas, crystal flash midges, zebra midges, red larva, RS2s and comparaduns. Fishing through the bait waters was good using woolly buggers, jerk baits, salmon eggs, night crawlers and Gulp eggs.
Fishing at ELEPHANT BUTTE was good using crank baits, jerk baits and Flicker Shad for white bass.
At BLUEWATER LAKE, fishing was good using hot dogs, red and white Daredevles, large streamers and jerk baits for tiger muskie. Anglers fishing from the bank reported the best catches as far as numbers of fish.
Fishing at COCHITI LAKE was good using jigs, tubes, senkos, crank baits and jerk baits for smallmouth bass.
The full fishing schedule for the The EAST FORK on the Valles Caldera and the SAN ANTONIO will begin Friday.
Fishing at NAVAJO LAKE was good using crank baits, jerk baits and spinner baits for northern pike.
At QUEMADO LAKE, fishing was fair using worms, PowerBait, Pistol Petes and salmon eggs for trout.