CATCHES OF THE WEEK
of Albuquerque caught a 42-inch, 26-pound tiger muskie on Saturday at Bluewater Lake. He was using an orange Rapala. “It was a big, fat guy,” Garcia said. “It took a lot of manuevering.”
Joshua Stepic , 5, of Albuquerque, with his grandpa Greg Myga , father Jeremy and uncle Skip , caught 25 muskies, ranging from 28 to 42 inches at Bluewater on Sunday and Monday. Myga said they were using a “crazy cutbait.”
Karen Yardman of Santa Fe caught and released a 40 ¾ -inch tiger muskie at Bluewater on Saturday. She was using a fly.
Tiger Wong Wagner , 7, of Santa Fe caught a 40-inch, 15-pound, 2 ounce northern pike at Cochiti Lake on Saturday June 21. He was trolling a small gold Panther Martin behind his dad’s small electric jon boat.
Travis Darrough of Tijeras caught and released a 25-inch rainbow trout on Friday at Tingley Beach. He was using a hellgrammite fly at first light.
Thomas Riley , 9, of Artesia caught his first fish on June 19 at Ute Lake. It was a 14 ½ -inch walleye. He was using a jig and leech combo and fishing with grandpa Ben.
Michael Jaramillo , 7 of Albuquerque, caught a 20½-inch rainbow trout using worms on Friday.
AROUND THE STATE
SANTA FE RIVER: Anglers will be allowed to catch and keep unlimited numbers of fish from a two-mile stretch of the Santa Fe River as the City of Santa Fe prepares to stop the flow from city reservoirs. The salvage order will remain in effect through 11:59 p.m. Monday. It will affect only the section of river from Paseo de Peralta two miles downstream to Camino Alire.
ISLETA LAKES: Our annual Tagged Catfish Tournament ends Sunday. Lots of tagged catfish still out there. Fishing at both SUNRISE and TURTLE lakes has been good in the early morning hours but tends to slow down as temperatures get hotter. Best baits reported are garlic chicken liver chicken blood baits and hot dogs. No trout activity. Carlos Trujillo, Isleta Lakes & RV Park
HERON LAKE: Fishing is very slow and water level is still receding. There have been very few people on the water. My reports wiill be irregular from this point on, based upon whether there is something new developing. Don Wolfley, Heron Lake Guide Service
SHADY LAKES: The Big Trout Pond has slowed until our next stocking (next week) with best success on spinners and PowerBait. The Easy Catch Trout Pond remains moderately quick and biting on mostly worms and salmon eggs. The largemouth bass activity has slowed in the heat, with daily reported numbers of five bass caught and released on a variety of plastic baits. Earlier morning and mid-to-late afternoon has the best results. Bluegill are actively biting on worms, salmon eggs, and flies. Curiously, some big bluegill are still on their spawning nests. Jan Phillips, director
NOTES from GAME & FISH : Water flow on the SAN JUAN RIVER below Navajo Dam on Monday was 293 cfs and expected to be around 350 cfs by end of day. Trout fishing through the quality waters was good using BWOs, foam wing emergers, red larvae, small bead-head pheasant tails, San Juan worms and Crystal Flash. Fishing through the bait waters was good using salmon eggs, worms, foam wing emergers, wooly buggers, copper John Barrs and small Yozuri pins minnows.
Fishing at ABIQUIU LAKE was good using spinner-night crawler rigs, tubes and crank baits for walleye. Fishing was fair to good using tubes, crank baits, jerk baits and topwater lures for smallmouth bass.
Fishing at EAGLE NEST LAKE was good trolling Arnies, Platte River specials, Fisher Chick spinners and Panther Martins for kokanee and rainbow trout. Anglers fishing from the bank caught trout while using PowerBait. Fishing was good using worms for perch from the bank and from anchored boats.
Trout fishing at EAGLE ROCK LAKE was good using small worms, salmon eggs, Pistol Petes and spinners.
At CONCHAS LAKE, fishing was good using senkos, crank baits, topwater lures and jerk baits for smallmouth bass.
Trout fishing at LAKE MALOYA was fair to good using rainbow PowerBait, homemade dough bait, salmon eggs, worms, Pistol Petes, Panther Martins and Mepps spinners.
Trout fishing on the RIO CASTILLA was good using hoppers, San Juan worms and black ants.
Fishing for catfish at BLUEWATER LAKE slowed from last week but anglers managed to catch a few while using hot dogs and stink bait.
Monday morning water flows on the CHAMA RIVER below El Vado and Abiquiu were 151 cfs and 656 cfs respectively. Fishing below El Vado was good using Rapalas, night crawlers and small emergers for a mix of brown, cutthroat and rainbow trout.
Fishing at COCHITI LAKE was fair using spinners, jerk baits and crank baits for a mixed bag of northern pike, white bass and smallmouth bass.
At FENTON LAKE, fishing was fair to good using Pistol Petes, wooly buggers, worms, salmon eggs and Power Bait for trout.