CATCHES OF THE WEEK
At Ute Lake on Saturday, Franco Vallejos of Albuquerque caught a 3.82-pound smallmouth bass. He was using a smallie beaver. Kris Bosley of Amarillo caught a 4.02-pound smallmouth bass. Art VanNostrand caught a 5.09-pound largemouth bass. He was using a spinner bait. All three bass were released.
At Navajo Lake on Saturday, Ricky Hamilton of Dulce caught a 5.1-pound largemouth bass. Steve Gill of Navajo Dam caught a 4.21-pound smallmouth bass. Both fish were caught on reaction baits and both fish were released.
At Heron Lake (guided by Don Wolfley), on April 9, Vern Lucero of La Cienega caught a 7-pound, 24 1/2-inch lake trout trolling a YoZuri Chrystal Minnow. … On Friday, Norma Wolfley caught and released a 14-pound, 3-ounce, 30 3/4-inch lake trout. She was trolling a Big Mack lure 40 feet deep. … On April 11, Jesse Salazar of Española caught a 9-pound, 2-ounce, 24 1/4-inch lake trout, jigging a white tube.
AROUND THE STATE
SHADY LAKES: The trout continue to bite actively in the Easy Catch Pond with an 11-inch average. The Big Trout Pond’s activity has been moderate with size averaging 16 to 18 inches. Baits have been night crawlers, PowerBait and salmon eggs. The bigger trout tend to favor PowerBait fishing off the bottom without a bobber. The bass are entering their spawning time and may slow some on their biting while on the nests. However, bass fishermen are reporting up to a dozen largemouth caught and released on a regular basis. Baits are varying from plastic worms or crawdads, crankbait or flies. Sizes vary from 2 to 4 pounds. The bluegill reports have begun to rise as weather warms. Best reports for them are with night crawlers or flies. Jan Phillips, director
HERON LAKE: Lake trout fishing is fair to good. Fish have been caught jigging and trolling (see catches of the week). Weather has been variable, with wind, snow and hail making conditions unfishable for most of the day.Best fishing seems to be on the west side of the lake, jigging with cutbait or worms, tube jigs or colored spoons. Trolling with imitation rainbows is working pretty well, also, at 20 to 40 feet. Fishing from shore continues to be slow, but a few rainbow trout were caught this week in Piedra Cove on salmon eggs or PowerBait. Don Wolfley, Heron Lake Guide Service
NAVAJO LAKE: Fishing is good for bass in warmer areas of the lake on soft grubs and crank bait. It is starting to pick up for crappie at Bancos and Frances on minnows and jigs. Fishing for Northern Pike is good in the main channel off the points on large soft swim bait and Rapalla crank bait, especially green and orange. On the quality waters of the SAN JUAN RIVER, fishing for rainbow and brown has been exceptionally good. The action has been seen with the San Juan worm in Brown or Tan, Red Larva, Orange Larva, Black Zebra Midges. There has been some dry fly action on midge clusters like the Griffith gnat. On the bait waters, fishing is good for brown and rainbow trout using worms and flies. Richard Utton, marine enforcement officer
ACOMITA LAKE: Fish are being caught from 13 to 24 inches. Fishermen are doing the best with garlic PowerBait. Open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday-Sunday. For more information call 505-552-9866. Amanda G. Barker, supervisor
SANDIA LAKES: Fishing has been excellent. Anglers are reporting limits of rainbow trout ranging from 10 to 15 inches with reports of larger fish very common. Water temperatures are rising consistently and channel catfish have begun to bite. Successful trout baits are ranging from PowerBaits to fly/bobber rigs, with catfish hitting most anything as they become active. Call the lake store at 505-771-5190 for the most recent bait choices. Jason Wiebenga, Wildcat Environmental Services
JICARILLA LAKES: The fishing remains fair to slow. MUNDO LAKE seems to be picking up on a daily basis as the insect activity increases. We started stocking the 12- to 20-inch trout Wednesday at DULCE LAKE. Today, 500 pounds of the same fish will be stocked at ENBOM LAKE. The team USA fly fishing competition this weekend will be held at both Mundo Lake and STONE LAKE on Saturday and Sunday, and we are very excited to see how the pros fare at our lakes. Kevin Terry, fisheries biologist
NOTES from GAME & FISH: Trout fishing at TINGLEY BEACH’S Central Ponds was very good using salmon eggs, corn, spinners and PowerBait. Fishing at the Catch-and-Release Pond was fair using small zebra midges and small Griffith’s gnats.
Trout fishing at MONASTARY LAKE was good using PowerBait, salmon eggs, Pistol Petes and worms.
SUMNER LAKE is a hot spot for walleye. Strong winds didn’t deter the anglers over the weekend. Anglers fishing from boats and from the bank did well using minnows, grubs, jigs and crank baits for fish up to 19 inches. Anglers fishing for walleye also reported catching a mix of smallmouth bass, crappie, white bass and catfish.
At EAGLE NEST LAKE, fishing was good using salmon peach PowerBait, salmon eggs, homemade dough baits, worms and spinners for a mixed bag of perch and rainbow trout. A few northern pike were taken on worms and spinners.
Walleye fishing at CABALLO LAKE was slow to fair using minnows, grubs, crank baits and bottom bouncer/night crawler rigs. Fishing for white bass was fair using grubs, crank baits and minnows. Fishing was fair-to-good using stink baits, worms and chicken liver for catfish. The water was murky.
At QUEMADO LAKE, trout fishing was good using PowerBait, worms and salmon eggs.
Fishing at ELEPHANT BUTTE was slow-to-fair using sassy shad on 1/4- and â…œ-ounce jig heads, minnows, crank baits and spinners for white bass. Fishing for walleye was slow but a few were taken on sassy shad and crank baits. Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass was slow, with a few taken on sassy shad, crank baits and jerk baits.
At CONCHAS LAKE, fishing was slow to fair using minnows and crank baits for walleye. Fishing was fair using minnows, crank baits and jigs for white bass up to 2 pounds. Crappie fishing was slow but a few were taken on minnows and small jigs.
Water flow on the PECOS RIVER near the town of Pecos on Monday was 210 cfs. Trout fishing has picked up as the water was starting to clear. Best baits were worms, spinners and bead head nymphs.
Water flow on the RED RIVER below the hatchery was 122 cfs. Trout fishing below the hatchery was fair using red San Juan worms and copper John Barrs.
The water flow Monday on the RIO GRANDE at the Taos Junction Bridge was 544 cfs. The upper Rio was a bit off color but clearing. Trout fishing was good using No. 14 caddis. Nymphs were working during the day and dries in the late evening hours. A few trout were also taken on spinners.
Trout fishing from the bank at STORRIE LAKE was good using PowerBait, homemade dough baits and salmon eggs.
Fishing continued to be very good at FENTON LAKE. Anglers did well using olive and black Pistol Petes, PowerBait, worms, salmon eggs, corn and gold and silver Panther Martins.
Fishing was slow for all species at COCHITI LAKE. A few white bass were taken using minnows and trolling crank baits.