CATCHES OF THE WEEK
James Garcia of Albuquerque caught a 42-inch, 25-pound tiger muskie at Bluewater Lake on Saturday. He was using a water dog.
Fernando Aguilar of Alamogordo caught a 24-inch, 5-pound rainbow trout at Grindstone Reservoir on Aug. 20. He was using a night crawler PowerBait combination.
Dalton King of Aztec caught and released a 40-inch northern pike at Navajo Lake on Friday with a buzz bait.
Eric Kelly of Kirtland caught a 27-inch, 12-pound cutbow on the San Juan River on Friday. He was fishing the lower section and using a streamer.
Stephen Baker, of Albuquerque, landed a hefty 23½-inch rainbow on Saturday at Shady Lakes with hatcher bait power bait chews.
AROUND THE STATE
ISLETA LAKES: Fishing at both SUNRISE and TURTLE lakes has been good with most anglers reporting bag limits being reached. Both lakes have recently been stocked with catfish and will again be stocked for the holiday weekend. Best baits being used are garlic chicken liver, shrimp and various stink baits. No trout activity as of yet. Curtis Thompson, Isleta Lakes & RV Park
SANDIA LAKES: The lakes were fully stocked to capacity on Tuesday. Our lakes are brimming with fish for the weekend and we will be open Labor Day. This load included a large amount of albino catfish. These fish are almost totally white with pink fins. We will be issuing a prize bounty for each albino fish caught and brought into the store on Monday.
Jason Wiebenga, Wildcat Environmental Services
SHADY LAKES: The trout are again biting. We re-stocked on Friday from our long-time Colorado grower. We included 500 pounds of big trout in the 1,500 pound load. Due to summer heat, though, the Big Trout Pond does include a mix of sizes running from 11-17 inches. It’s a good time to go for largemouth bass, too, as the weather cools. Use plastics and fish near the water lilies. Bluegill activity continues with flies and worms. Jan Phillips, director
NOTES from GAME & FISH: At UTE LAKE, fishing was described as excellent by anglers fishing for white bass and using slab spoons.
Water flow on the SAN JUAN RIVER below Navajo Dam on Monday was 753 cfs. Trout fishing through the quality waters was good using Griffith’s gnats, small parachute RS2s, red larva, San Juan worms, fluff baetis and small bead-head pheasant tails.
Stream flow on the CIMARRON RIVER below Eagle Nest on Monday was 12 cfs. Trout fishing was good using Royal Wullfs, parachute Adams, stimulators, salmon eggs and worms.
At MONASTERY LAKE, trout fishing was very good using midges, hares ears, PowerBait and salmon eggs
At EAGLE NEST LAKE, perch fishing was great from the shore and from anchored boats. The best bait was worms.
Fishing at CLAYTON LAKE was good using PowerBait and spinners for trout.
At CONCHAS LAKE, fishing was good using slab spoons, topwater lures and crank baits for white bass.
Water flow on the RED RIVER near the hatchery on Monday was 58 cfs. Fishing was good using poundmeisters, bead-head hares” ears, night crawlers and salmon eggs for trout.
Fishing at ABIQUIU LAKE was good using spinner-night crawler rigs, jig and minnow combinations and curly tail grubs for walleye.
At COCHITI LAKE, fishing was fair to good using crank baits, grubs and jerk baits for white bass.
Fishing at NAVAJO LAKE was good using crank baits, jerk baits and buzz baits for northern pike.
At ELEPHANT BUTTE, fishing was good using crank baits, grubs and minnows for white bass. Fishing was good using shiners, shrimp, hot dogs, chicken liver and night crawlers over baited holes for catfish.