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CATCHES OF THE WEEK
C.J. Williams of Rio Rancho caught a 22-inch rainbow trout Friday at Fenton Lake. … Father and son, Alan and Austin Aguinaldo of Albuquerque, caught 19- and 20-inch rainbow trouts on Sunday. They were using homemade, hand tied streamer patterns.
Johnny Thomas of Fort Sumner caught and released a 26½-inch, 5-pound, walleye Saturday at Sumner Lake.
AROUND THE STATE
SHADY LAKES: The trout continue to bite actively on night crawlers, salmon eggs and lures. The easy-catch pond is fishing fairly fast, and fish are averaging 12 inches. Bass and bluegill are catch-and-release only. Bluegill activity is strong on flies and worms. Bass are caught on plastic and top-water lures.
ISLETA LAKES: Fishing at SUNRISE and TURTLE lakes has been fair. Anglers have reported catching catfish on chicken liver, stink baits and night crawlers.
NOTES from GAME & FISH: At FENTON LAKE, fishing was very good using worms, wax worms, PowerBait, Fire Balls, spinners, streamers and small spoons for brown and rainbow trout.
Streamflow on the JEMEZ RIVER near Jemez Springs on Monday morning was 56.6 cfs. Early last week, trout fishing was very good using mop flies, copper John Barrs, salmon eggs and worms on the CEBOLLA, JEMEZ and SAN ANTONIO. Then the rains came.
Fishing at MONASTERY LAKE was very good using Fire Balls and PowerBait for trout.
Trout fishing at LAKE MALOYA was fair to good using Pistol Petes, PowerBait and salmon eggs.
At LAKE ALICE, fishing was good using PowerBait and salmon eggs for trout.
At EAGLE ROCK LAKE, fishing was very good using PowerBait, worms, salmon eggs and Pistol Petes for trout.
Stream flow on the RIO GRANDE on Monday at the Taos Junction Bridge was 502 cfs. Fishing was fair using woolly buggers, BWOs, elk hair caddis, PowerBait and night crawlers for browns, cutbows and rainbow trout. Fishing was fair to good using chicken liver, shrimp, cut bait and night crawlers for catfish.
At EAGLE NEST LAKE, fishing was good using worms for perch. Fishing was good using large spinners, crank baits and spoons for northern pike.
Fishing at ABIQUIU LAKE was fair using tubes, grubs, worms, spoons, square bill crank baits and top water lures for smallmouth bass.
Monday morning water flows on the CHAMA RIVER below El Vado and Abiquiu were 706 cfs and 392 cfs respectively. Fishing below El Vado was fair using bead-head wooly buggers, night crawlers, Fire Balls and PowerBait for brown and rainbow trout.
Streamflow on the SAN JUAN RIVER on Monday morning was 616 cfs. Fly-fishing action through the quality waters was good for anglers using San Juan worms, woolly buggers, red annelids, mini mac midges and small bead-head pheasant tail nymphs. There was some baetis activity, but it was sporadic. Trout fishing through the bait waters was good using night crawlers, gold spoons, PowerBait, Fire Balls and jerk baits.
Fishing at NAVAJO LAKE was good using worms, spinners and grubs for perch.
Fishing at ELEPHANT BUTTE LAKE was good using shrimp and cut bait for catfish. Fishing was fair using crank baits, top water lures and Kastmasters for white bass. The best white bass action has been at the south end. Fishing was fair using senkos, jigs, worms, top water lures and crank baits for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. The worms worked best when rigged whacky style.
Fishing was very good at GLENWOOD POND using Fire Balls and assorted colors of PowerBait for trout.
Fishing was good at LAKE ROBERTS using PowerBait, worms and salmon eggs for trout. Anglers using worms also picked up a few catfish.
At GRINDSTONE RESERVOIR,fishing was very good using woolly buggers, worms, PowerBait, salmon eggs and small Kastmasters for rainbow trout.
Fishing at TINGLEY BEACH’S Youth and Central ponds was slow to fair using hot dogs, stink bait, beef liver, homemade dough bait and shrimp for channel catfish.
Fishing on the ALBUQUERQUE DRAIN was fair using night crawlers for catfish and a few small bass.