Catches of the week
Jud Soulsby, of Las Cruces, caught a 20-inch rainbow trout at Alto Lake using a bead head nymph fly Sept. 16.
At Bluewater Lake, Christopher Eaton, of Albuquerque, caught and released a 40-inch tiger muskie using a soft plastic lure Sept. 20. Anthony Ortiz, 13, of Rio Rancho, caught and released a 36-inch tiger muskie using a Rapala jerk bait Sept. 18. Elijah Trujillo, of Los Lunas, caught a 38-inch, 16-pound tiger muskie using a water dog Sept. 19.
Jesus D. Romero, 19, of Las Vegas, caught a 15.5-inch rainbow trout at Charette Lakes using Fireballs on Sept. 20.
Arleen Anaya, of Albuquerque, caught a 17-inch rainbow trout at Hopewell Lake using peach PowerBait on Sept. 16.
Taryn and Tresley Smith, of Eunice, each caught 3- and 4-pound catfish at Jal Lake using homemade dough bait Sept. 6.
Joshua Platero, of Gallup, caught a 15-inch, 3-pound rainbow trout at McGaffey Lake using PowerBait on Sept. 17.
On the Pecos River, Dave Mansure, of Santa Fe, caught an 18-inch rainbow trout near the confluence of the Mora River using pink PowerBait eggs Sept. 17. Jerome Buenviaje, of Santa Fe, caught a 17-inch rainbow trout near the Dalton Canyon area using a Panther Martin spinner Sept. 17.
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NOTES from GAME & FISH
Streamflow for the Cimarron River near Cimarron on Monday morning was 7.08 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using dry fly dropper setups with zebra midges and tricos. The water level was low.
Fishing for perch was good at Eagle Nest Lake using worms. Fishing for rainbow trout was fair to good using peach PowerBait.
Monastery Lake and Seven Springs Brood Pond are currently closed due to COVID-19 health concerns.
Streamflow on the Pecos River near the town of Pecos on Monday morning was 20.5 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using pink PowerBait eggs, salmon eggs, Panther Martin spinners and bead head nymph flies.
Streamflow on the Red River below the hatchery on Monday morning was 34.0 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using dry fly dropper rigs with small nymphs.
Streamflow on the Rio Grande at the Taos Junction Bridge on Monday morning was 163 cfs. Fishing for trout was good near Taos using dry fly dropper setups and nymph rigs with flies.
Fishing for white bass at Ute Lake was good with vertical jigging blade baits and slabs in 20 to 30-feet of water. Fishing for large and smallmouth bass was fair to good using topwater baits early in the day and Senkos, Hit Worms and drop shot Berkley Flat Nose Minnows later in the day. Fishing for walleye was fair to good jigging blade baits and live minnows in 20 to 25-feet of water. Fishing for catfish was fair using punch bait.
Fishing for bass at AbiquiÚ Lake was slow to fair using Ned Rigs. Fishing for walleye was fair using jigging spoons and bottom bouncers tipped with nightcrawlers. Due to low water levels, anglers are advised to use four-wheel-drive vehicles to launch boats and watch for obstructions on the water.
Monday morning flows on the Chama River below El Vado and Abiquiú were 612 cfs and 353 cfs, respectively. Fishing for trout below El Vado Lake was fair to good using nightcrawlers. Fishing for trout below Abiquiú Lake was fair using bead head nymphs.
Streamflow on the Jemez River near the town of Jemez on Monday morning was 5.62 cfs.
Streamflow on the San Juan River on Monday morning was 706 cfs. Fishing for trout in the quality waters was good using size 24 black, grey and olive midge pattern flies. Fishing in the bait waters was good using PowerBait.
Streamflow on the Rio Grande below Elephant Butte on Monday morning was 595 cfs. Fishing for catfish was good using worms and liver baits.
Streamflow on the Pecos River below Sumner Lake on Monday morning was 85.1 cfs. Fishing for catfish was good using worms and minnows.
Streamflow on the Ruidoso River on Monday morning at Hollywood was 4.54 cfs.