CATCHES OF THE WEEK
At Ute Lake, Ivory Williamson of Logan caught a 14.48-pound channel catfish on June 12. He was using stink bait. … On June 16, Hailey Redloff of Clovis caught a 4.04-pound walleye. She was using a bottom bouncer night crawler rig.
At Abiquiú Reservoir on June 16, Steve Hale of White Rock caught a 7-pound channel catfish. He was using homemade dough bait.
At Shady Lakes, Nikko Mascarenas of Albuquerque caught a 21-inch rainbow on June 13 with fireballs. … Doug Rice caught and released a 21-inch, 5-pound largemouth bass with a white worm on Father’s Day. … Caitlin Sweeney, 18, landed a 25-inch, 8-pound rainbow trout on Father’s Day with a woolly bugger. … Sutton Hatchell, 4, of Albuquerque, caught a 20-inch rainbow (that he named “Tommy”) on June 17 with night crawlers.
AROUND THE STATE
NAVAJO LAKE: Fishing is good for smallmouth bass in coves and the main lake points in less than 10 feet of water using water tubes, grubs, swim baits and poppers. It’s fair for kokanee salmon in Francis Canyon on Arnies and Wedding Rings tipped with Corn Fair. For crappie, it’s good at Pine Arm using arm tubes, jugs and minnows. On the quality rivers of the SAN JUAN RIVER, fishing was good using streamers, small pheasant tails, foam wing emergers, dead chickens, gray or chocolate Johnny flash and San Juan Worms. In bait waters, fishing was good using night crawlers, spinners, woolly buggers and jerk baits. Shanna Reed, marine enforcement officer
SANDIA LAKES: Anglers have reported excellent catch rates for channel catfish ranging from 2 to 8 pounds. Preferred baits have been blood baits, shrimp and chicken liver. Jason Wiebenga, Wildcat Environmental Services
HERON LAKE: Fishing for kokanee salmon remains very good. Fish are schooling all around the area near Salmon Point (the point that comes out from Salmon Run campground). Best trolling 18 to 21 feet deep with a variety of different spinners. Salmon are nice and fat, running 13 to 16 inches. Some smaller ones are also being caught but they’re usually returned to the water if they’re not damaged. A few small rainbow trout are being caught in the Ridge Rock and Piedra Cove areas. Don Wolfley, Heron Lake Guide Service
SHADY LAKES: The size in the Easy Catch Trout Pond has jumped up to a 12-inch average. This pond is biting actively on night crawlers and salmon eggs. The Big Trout Pond is running 16- to 18-inch average. The water is really clear right now in the Big Trout pond, so you can easily see what is swimming in there. This pond usually favors PowerBait off the bottom, flies, lures, or trout chow. In the Catch-and-Release Ponds, the bass fishing challenge increases with the rising temperatures. The highest reported success this week was three caught using a white worm. Bluegill activity remains strong on flies and worms, and curiously there is still some spawning going on. There are estimated about 300 to 500 nice 27-inch plus catfish remaining at Shady Lakes. Most fishing in the Catch-and-Release ponds is angling for bass, so there is little catfish activity to report.
Jan Phillips, director
ISLETA LAKES: Fishing at both SUNRISE and TURTLE lakes has been very good. A recent full stocking of catfish has kept anglers reporting bag limits. Best baits are chicken liver, Catfish Charlie blood bait, worms and hot dogs. No trout activity, as water temperatures are too high. Largemouth bass have been reported — but here and there — using shrimp bait. Tagged catfish tournament ends Sunday. Carlos Trujillo
JICARILLA LAKES: MUNDO LAKE has been slow for trout with better fishing early in the morning and up to and past sunset in the evenings. Bass, bluegill and catfish are all biting well and some decent fish of each species have been caught recently. STONE LAKE produced at least one fish to each of the six contestants who entered last weekend’s fishing derby. The winner was Russel Vigil of Dulce, who caught a big rainbow that weighed in at over 4 pounds. Kevin Terry, fisheries biologist
NOTES from GAME & FISH:
Fishing on the CIMARRON RIVER was very good using yellow and brown stone flies, yellow and orange stimulators, Cimarron worms, San Juan worms, zebra midges, black prince nymphs, spinners and salmon eggs for trout.
Fishing continued to be very good using worms for bluegill at UTE LAKE. Fishing was very good using stink bait in shallow water for catfish. Fishing was good trolling spinner night crawler combinations along submerged tree lines for walleye. A few were also taken on crank baits. Fishing was good using creature baits, tubes and 4-inch and 7-inch Power Worms in the shallows for smallmouth and largemouth bass.
Fishing at EAGLE NEST LAKE was very good using worms and jigs for perch. Anglers are continuing to do well from anchored boats and from the bank. Fishing was good trolling small spoons, Panther Martins, Z Rays and Pistol Petes on light tackle for trout and kokanee. Bank fishing for trout was fair using PowerBait and salmon eggs. Fishing was fair using jerk baits, swim baits, Kastmasters, Daredevles and Krocadile spoons in shallow water for northern pike.
At MONASTARY LAKE, trout fishing was fair using Power Bait, cheese, corn and Pistol Petes.
The water flow on the RIO GRANDE on Monday at the Taos Junction Bridge was 281 cfs. Trout fishing was very good in the early morning and late evening hours using elk hair caddis, copper John Barrs, orange stimulators and bead-head hares ears.
At STORRIE LAKE, fishing was fair to good using Power Bait, corn, cheese and salmon eggs for trout.
Fishing for tiger musky at BLUEWATER LAKE was fair to good using jerk baits, swim baits and crank baits.
Fishing at COCHITI LAKE was good again this past week using spinners, jigs and crank baits for white bass. Most of the fish caught were small. Fishing was slow to fair using tubes, topwater lures and crank baits for smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair using stink bait, hot dogs and liver for catfish.
Fishing at EL VADO LAKE was slow but there were a few rainbow trout and bass caught by anglers fishing from the bank and using corn and worms.
At FENTON LAKE, fishing was good using worms, salmon eggs, cheese, Pistol Petes and wooly buggers for trout.
Water flow on the JEMEZ as of Monday morning was 8.1 cfs. Trout fishing on the CEBOLLA was fair to good using copper John Barrs, salmon eggs and hoppers. On the RIO GUADALLUPE, fishing was fair using bead-head hares ears and worms. On the EAST FORK fishing was fair using copper John Barrs and salmon eggs.
Fishing at the Central Pond at TINGLEY BEACH was slow to fair using hot dogs, homemade dough bait and liver for catfish. Fishing was good using worms for bluegill. Fishing at the Catch-and-Release Pond was slow.
At ELEPHANT BUTTE, fishing was fair to good using crank baits, curly tail grubs and sassy shad for white bass. Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits, spinner minnow combinations and sassy shad for walleye. The best walleye reports came from anglers fishing the east side of the lake in the Kettle Top area and the east end of Long Point. Fishing was fair using tubes, small senkos, square billed crank baits and jerk baits for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass.
Fishing was good at SANTA ROSA LAKE using sassy shad, curly tail grubs, tubes and crank baits for walleye.
Fishing at SUMNER LAKE was slow for all species.