CATCHES OF THE WEEK
At Eagle Nest Lake, Manny Lujan and Garon Ian Fulgenzi, of Las Vegas, New Mexico, caught 57 perch and two trout using Swedish Pimple jigs tipped with mealworms Feb. 1. … Luke Grossetete, Fisher Joe and Freddy Lawrence, of Albuquerque, caught three 18-inch rainbow trout using small ice fishing jigs.
Mateo Martinez, 10, of Velarde, caught a 12-inch rainbow trout on the Red River near the hatchery using salmon eggs.
Jeorje Valenzuela, 7, and Joshuah Valenzuela, 5, of Carlsbad caught seven rainbow trout ranging in size from 12 to 16 inches using garlic PowerBait at Bataan Lake.
AROUND THE STATE
FISH FOR FUNDING: The New Mexico Wildlife Federation is holding a fishing event Feb. 17 to rally support for permanent funding for the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. The fund collects money from offshore energy production to acquire lands for conservation in all 50 states.
Legislation pending in Congress would ensure that the roughly $900 million a year that should flow into the fund isn’t spent elsewhere.
Key parcels that have been acquired using LWCF funds in New Mexico include the Valles Caldera National Preserve in the Jemez Mountains and Tingley Beach, Albuquerque’s premier fishing pond.
The event is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Tingley Beach. Bring your fishing rod and bait. NMWF will also have rods and bait available and will also provide hot dogs and drinks.
OUTDOOR SHOW: The Outdoor Adventures Hunting & Fishing Show 2020 will be held Feb. 14-16 at the Manuel Lujan Building at Expo New Mexico.
The show runs from noon to 5 p.m. on Feb. 14, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Feb. 15 and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Feb. 16.
Admission is $3 for adults or free to youth under the age of 18 or anyone who holds a valid hunting, fishing or furbearer license.
The latest OHVs, RVs, boats, kayaks will be on display by local dealers.
Conservation organizations, outfitters and guides will be available to answer questions.
There will also be a free fishing derby and rock climbing wall.
NOTES from GAME & FISH:
Fishing for trout in the “quality waters” section of the SAN JUAN RIVER was fair to good using size 24 and 26 midge nymph patterns, size 22 red larva, chocolate emergers and size 24 gray adult midge dry fly patterns. Fishing for trout in the “bait waters,” downstream of the Red Chile Special Trout Waters where any legal bait is allowed, was fair to good using flies, PowerBait and salmon eggs.
Fishing for trout on the RED RIVER was good using salmon eggs and bead-head nymph flies.
Fishing for all species at UTE LAKE is very slow.
Fishing for trout at ALUMNI POND was fair using salmon peach PowerBait, worms and corn.
At LAKE ROBERTS, fishing for trout was fair to good using night crawlers.
Fishing for trout at QUEMADO LAKE was fair to good using purple PowerBait. There were only a couple places with open water to fish from the bank, with the rest of the lake covered in a thin sheet of ice.
At TREES LAKE, fishing for trout was fair to good using live worms.
At YOUNG POND, fishing for trout was fair to good using orange glitter PowerBait, red worms, marshmallow and rainbow PowerBait.
Fishing for trout at ALTO LAKE was fair using corn and garlic PowerBait.
At BATAAN LAKE, fishing for trout was good using garlic PowerBait.
Fishing for trout at BOTTOMLESS LAKES was good using salmon eggs and PowerBait.
The Department of Game & Fish is conducting a habitat improvement project through Feb. 14 at BILL EVANS LAKE. The road to the north side of the lake will be closed to the public during this time. The south side of the lake will remain open.
CLAYTON LAKE is closed to fishing and boating until March 1.
At CONCHAS LAKE, fishing for walleye was fair using green grubs.
Ice fishing for perch at EAGLE NEST LAKE was good using Swedish Pimple jigs tipped with mealworms.
Ice fishing for trout at LAKE MALOYA was good using PowerBait and dough bait.
At TINGLEY BEACH, fishing for trout was fair to good using wax worms, garlic PowerBait and homemade dough bait.