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CATCHES OF THE WEEK

Mikey Montoya of Clayton caught a 7 1/2-pound walleye at Clayton Lake on April 24. He was using a jig.

At Quemado Lake on April 25, Vince Deadmond, of Mesa, Ariz., caught and released four 30-inch tiger muskies. He was using a 10-weight fly rod and casting a 7-inch streamer on a clear intermediate sink line.

Autumn Weber, 10, of Rio Rancho caught a 4-pound walleye at Conchas Lake on Saturday. She was trolling a Wonder Bread color Wally Diver.

Steve Hammond of Farmington caught and released a 6.15-pound largemouth bass on Saturday at Navajo Lake. … Mark Williams of Los Alamos caught and released a 6.04-pound smallmouth bass.

At Heron Lake, on April 25, Eric Garcia of Española caught a 31 3/4-inch, 16 1/2-pound laker. He was using a white hare jig at 33 feet deep. … Also on April 25, Mikey Archuleta of Española caught a 23 3/4-inch, 7 1/2-pound laker jigging a white tube at 33 feet deep. … On Sunday, Anthony Martinez of Albuquerque (owner of La Mexicana restaurant) had a good day, catching nine lake trout weighing 2 to 4 1/2 pounds. He was jigging 34 feet deep using a white tube and cut bait. All were guided by Don Wolfley. … Also at Heron on Saturday, Mike Alvarado of Santa Fe caught a 16.8-pound lake trout. He was using a flatfish. Dan Brophy of Los Alamos caught a 16.9-pound lake trout. He was using a silver spoon.

Randy and Peggy Walts of Albuquerque caught and released a 36-inch tiger musky on Sunday at Bluewater Lake. They were trolling red eye lures at the time.

At Ute Lake on Sunday, Everett Stanley of Dalhart, Texas, caught and released a 4.2-pound largemouth bass. He was using a senko.

AROUND THE STATE

ISLETA LAKES: Fishing for channel catfish is excellent at both SUNRISE and TURTLE lakes, with our recent stocking of catfish ranging in size from 1 1/2 to 8 pounds. Best baits reported have been garlic chicken liver, green night crawlers and chicken blood bait. Some trout activity during early morning hours and best baits are nymph, white and orange PowerBait, salmon eggs and worms. Bass activity is improving as well, with various lures being used. Spring/summer hours are 6 a.m.-8 p.m., seven days a week. Call for lake information 505-244-8102. Michelle J. Keryte, manager

SANDIA LAKES: Anglers are reporting excellent catch rates, with most easily pulling in five-fish limits of channel catfish ranging from 2 to 8 pounds on average. Rainbow trout fishing has slowed somewhat over the past weeks, however, many trout anglers are still reporting limits as well. Preferred baits for catfish have been chicken liver, stink bait and blood baits. Rainbows have been caught on various fly types and fly-casting bobber rigs. For more information and the latest on preferred baits, call the lake store at 505-771-5190. Jason Wiebenga, Wildcat Environmental Services

SHADY LAKES: The rainbows in the Easy Catch Pond have been actively biting. Primary baits used are night crawlers, PowerBait and salmon eggs, yet flies and lures are effective as well. These trout are running about 11 inches. Fish in the Big Trout Pond are biting at a more moderate pace, with sizes averaging 16 to 18 inches. The Bigger trout tend to favor PowerBait fishing off the bottom without a bobber, or lures, flies and even trout chow. The largemouth bass appear to have finished their spawning. Reports remain at about five or more caught daily, usually with plastic wacky worms or spinner baits. Many of these bass caught and released are wonderfully big and fat and are often 4 pounds or more. The bluegill are now on their nests. You can see dozens of spawning colonies from shore. They are often very feisty when spawning and can be tempted with a worm dropped in front of them. Shady Lakes is now on Facebook. The site is brand new, and we would love to have you check it out and send in your fishing photos. Jan Phillips, director

NAVAJO LAKE: Fishing for both smallmouth and largemouth bass is fair in warmer areas of the lake using soft grubs and crank bait. Fishing for crappie in Bancos and Frances is good using minnows and jigs. Fishing is good for northern pike in the main channel off the points using large soft swim bait and Rapalla crank bait especially green and orange. On the quality waters of the SAN JUAN RIVER, red larva proves to be good in the morning. Afternoon action is seen on the gray, black and brown zebra midges as well as on the chocolate and grey foam wing emerger. Dry fly action has also been good. On the bait waters, fishing is good for brown and rainbow trout using worms and flies. Shanna Reed, marine enforcement officer

HERON LAKE: Fishing for lake trout this week has been inconsistent. Best results have been by trolling; however, some nice fish have been caught jigging (see catches of the week). Kokanee salmon are beginning to be caught trolling spinners 15 to 25 feet deep. Fishing from shore remains slow. Water temperature has gotten up to the mid-50s. Don Wolfley, Heron Lake Guide Service

NOTES from GAME & FISH: Fishing at COCHITI LAKE has really turned on this past week. Anglers are doing well using buzz baits, crank baits, tubes, creature baits and large Fish Creek spinners for northern pike, walleye, smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. A few white bass were also taken by anglers using crank baits, grubs and spinners. The water is clearing.

SEVEN SPRINGS BROOD POND is open to fishing for youths under age 12 and an excellent place to take the youngster and get them interested in fishing. The pond was recently stocked and should offer a great fishing experience.

Fishing at FENTON LAKE was very good using worms, PowerBait, homemade dough baits, bead head nymphs and olive Pistol Petes for trout up to 16 inches. Worms were the best bait.

Trout fishing at TINGLEY BEACH’S Central Ponds was fair using PowerBait, salmon eggs and worms. A few bluegills were caught by anglers using worms. We had no reports on other species. Fishing at the Catch-and-Release Pond was slow.

Trout fishing at BLUEWATER LAKE was fair using PowerBait, homemade dough baits, spinners and salmon eggs. Fishing for tiger musky was very good using large crank baits, spinners and swim baits. The surface water temperature ranged from the low to mid 50s.

Monday morning water flows on the CHAMA RIVER below El Vado and Abiquiu were 494 cfs and 642 cfs respectively. Trout fishing below El Vado was fair using Panther Martins and night crawlers for brown trout up to 17 inches. Fishing below Abiquiú was slow.

Water flow on the PECOS RIVER near Anton Chico on Monday was 255 cfs. Trout fishing was fair using tungsten bead head nymphs and worms.

The water flow Monday on the RIO GRANDE at the Taos Junction Bridge was 633 cfs. Trout fishing was fair using spinners, night crawlers and jerk baits.

Fishing at EAGLE NEST LAKE was good using PowerBait, olive woolly buggers, homemade dough baits, jigs, worms and spinners for a mixed bag of perch, northern pike and rainbow trout. The pike fishing was very good for anglers using Rapalas, Kastmasters and Bombers. Anglers did well from boats and from the bank. There is a pike tournament this coming weekend. For more info call 575-377-6226.

Trout fishing on the CIMARRON RIVER was very good using size 16 copper John Barrs, BWOs, worms, salmon eggs and PMDs. Water flow below Eagle Nest Lake as of Monday was 23 cfs.

Trout fishing at CLAYTON LAKE was good using Power Bait and homemade dough baits.

CONCHAS LAKE is a hot spot for walleye and white bass. Fishing continued to be very good using crank baits, minnows, grubs and sassy shad for walleye and white bass. Fishing for crappie was fair using minnows, crank baits and small jigs. One group of youngsters ages 12, 10, 8 and 7 caught a total of 48 fish.

Fishing at CABALLO LAKE slowed considerably this past weekend. A few walleye and white bass were caught by anglers using minnows. Fishing for catfish was slow with a few taken on stink bait and night crawlers.

At QUEMADO LAKE, fishing for tiger musky was good using large streamers and swim baits. Fishing for trout was fair using PowerBait and woolly buggers.

Fishing was fair at ELEPHANT BUTTE using tubes, small swim baits, jerk baits and crank baits for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair using minnows, sassy shad, crank baits, grubs, jigs and spinners for white bass. Fishing was slow to fair using minnows and jigs for crappie. Fishing was fair using chicken liver and stink baits for catfish. We had no reports on other species. Surface temps on the main lake ranged from 54 to 66 degrees.

Trout fishing was good at LAKE MALOYA using corn, salmon eggs, worms, Pistol Petes, spoons and PowerBait.

At STORRIE LAKE, trout fishing was fair for anglers using corn, cheese, Power Bait and homemade dough bait for trout up to 14 inches. Fishing for catfish was slow.

Walleye fishing picked up some this past week at UTE LAKE, as anglers did well using bottom bouncer/worm combinations and deep running crank baits in 20 to 30 feet of water. Fishing for smallmouth and largemouth bass was fair-to-good using senkos, chigger craws and smallie beavers.

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