CATCHES OF THE WEEK
Larry Johnson of Navajo Dam caught a 23 1/2-inch rainbow trout on Sunday on the San Juan River. He was using a streamer.
At Ute Lake on Saturday, Garrett Marshall of Amarillo caught and released a 5.34-pound smallmouth bass. … On Sept. 9, Butch Williams of Amarillo caught and released a 4.19-pound smallmouth bass. He was using a crank bait.
Eldon McWhorter of Bosque Farms caught and released a 5.72-pound largemouth bass at Elephant Butte on Saturday. He was using a deep diving crank bait.
At Bluewater Lake on Sept. 6, Kc Chavez of Peralta caught a 36-inch, 17-pound tiger muskie. She was using a Mepps number 4 spinner with a green skirt. … On Aug. 29, Luke Terchila of Rio Rancho caught a 41-inch, 15-pound tiger muskie. He was using a large jointed Rapala.
On the Chama River on Sept. 6, Kathy Nalley of Roswell caught a 31-inch, 7.3-pound lake trout. She was using a black Panther Martin. … On Saturday, Kim Daneck of Albuquerque caught a 20-inch brown trout while fishing with a Panther Martin.
At Navajo Lake on Aug. 31, Shanna Robinson of Albuquerque caught a 22-inch, 7-pound smallmouth bass. She was using a trout-colored lure and fishing near the Sims Marina. … On Sept. 3, Tom Bridge of Navajo Dam caught a 21-inch, 6-pound smallmouth bass. He was fishing the San Juan arm and using a 3-inch green pumpkin senko.
At Shady Lakes, Phil Cibicki, of Albuquerque, caught a 21 1/2-inch rainbow trout with a pistol pete on Sept. 5. … K.C. Panthermeuhl of Albuquerque caught and released a 20-inch, 4-pound largemouth bass of Sunday with a creature bait.
AROUND THE STATE
HERON LAKE: The great season we’ve had trolling for kokanee salmon has finally gone from slow to slower. We’re still able to catch a few small ones, 6 to 8 inches, but the larger fish have stopped feeding altogether. Fishing has been getting progressively slower due to the water they’re having to drain from the lake because of the continuing drought. There are still loads of fish visible on our sonar screens, so it should be an outstanding snagging season. Don Wolfley, Heron Lake Guide Service
JICARILLA LAKES: This week the local attention is focused on the Go-Jiya feast, which is held annually at the traditional camp near Stone Lake. If you are planning to fish Stone Lake this weekend be aware that it will be busy. Outsiders are welcome but please no pictures at the race. DULCE LAKE continues to produce nice fat 16-inch plus rainbows to those with a small boat or float tube. Folks are having success with buggers, beadheads, and even some dry flies. MUNDO LAKE has been OK for smaller and skinny trout. The bite is much better for 10 inch bass on plastics and they have really been hitting. The NAVAJO RIVER has been looking very fishy over the last week due to low clear flows and a lack of rainfall to muddy up the water. However, as I write this, I am looking out the window at a significant afternoon rain event. Kevin Terry, fisheries biologist
SHADY LAKES: Trout fishing remains strong, especially in the Easy Catch Pond which continues at a nice 12-inch average. The Big Trout Pond continues with moderate catches. Yet there are plenty left, and with the water being so clear, you can easily see the big rainbows. Baits for the Easy Catch are predominantly night crawlers and salmon eggs. The Big Trout success has been primarily PowerBait and night crawlers. In general, the reports from the Catch-and-Release Ponds continue to be moderate to light. The maximum highest reported number for one day was six largemouth bass caught and released. The bass are hanging out underneath the lily pads. Plastics such as salted and scented frogs, crawdads and worms remain the most consistent for success. Fishing for bluegill remains entertaining, as these fish are numerous and feisty. Worms, salmon eggs or flies remain the best bets for bluegill. Jan Phillips, director
NOTES from GAME & FISH: Fishing for largemouth bass at TINGLEY BEACH was fair using worms, tubes and senkos. Fishing for bluegill was fair using worms.
Fishing at ABIQUIÃš was fair using bottom bouncer worm and bottom bouncer minnow combos and grubs for walleye. Fishing was fair to good using minnows, tubes, crank baits, 4-inch worms and topwater lures for smallmouth bass.
At BLUEWATER LAKE, fishing and fishing pressure slowed over the past weekend. A few tiger musky were taken by anglers using Rapalas, swim baits and spoons. Fishing for all other species was slow.
Trout fishing at CANJILON LAKES was slow to fair using Pistol Petes under a bubble, PowerBait and small spinners.
Monday morning water flows on the CHAMA RIVER below El Vado and Abiquiú were 598 cfs and 434 cfs respectively. Fishing above and below El Vado was fair using night crawlers, woolly buggers, worms, Panther Martins and salmon eggs for a mix of brown and rainbow trout. Trout fishing below Abiquiú was slow to fair using night crawlers, assorted spinners and woolly buggers.
At COCHITI LAKE, fishing was slow to fair using crank baits, grubs and minnows for white bass. A few smallmouth bass were caught by anglers using tubes, grubs and topwater lures. Fishing for catfish was slow to fair for anglers using liver, dough bait and night crawlers.
Fishing at EL VADO LAKE was slow for all species. The lake level continues to drop, but the main park boat ramp is still open.
At FENTON LAKE, trout fishing was very good using Panther Martins, Pistol Petes, worms, salmon eggs, small pheasant tail nymphs, foam wing emergers and woolly buggers. Anglers reported good success from the bank as well as from boats.
Water flow on the JEMEZ RIVER as of Monday morning was 9.6 cfs. Trout fishing on the CEBOLLA above and below Fenton Lake was very good this past week for anglers using woolly buggers, worms, hoppers and salmon eggs. Fishing on the EAST FORK was fair using small caddis imitations, small parachute adams and small copper John Barrs. If you are interested in fishing on the VALLES CALDERA, go to www.vallescaldera.gov.
Trout fishing at LAGUNA DEL CAMPO was slow to fair using PowerBait, spinners and Pistol Petes. This is a special trout water open to anglers age 14 years or under, 65 years and older, handicapped anglers or up to 2 parents/guardians in direct supervision of a child or children age 14 years or younger who is fishing.
Fishing at NAVAJO LAKE was fair to good trolling red and pink Arnies, Z Rays and Panther Martins tipped with corn behind Christmas trees at 27 to 45 feet. Fishing was slow to fair using grubs, clousers, woolly buggers, crank baits, tubes, creature baits, Ricos, tiny torpedoes and jigs for smallmouth bass and an occasional largemouth bass. Fishing was good using worms for perch and bluegill.
Water flow on the SAN JUAN RIVER below Navajo Lake as of Monday morning was 1,000 cfs. Trout fishing in the Quality Waters was good using chocolate gold-ribbed emergers, midge pupa, Johnny flash, ant patterns and small parachute adams. Fishing through the bait waters was fair using night crawlers, worms, woolly buggers, copper John Barrs, San Juan worms, spinners, jerk baits and PowerBait.
Fishing at SANTA CRUZ LAKE was slow for all species and fishing pressure was very light. The boat ramp has been closed due to low water.
Trout fishing was slow at MONASTARY LAKE.
At MORPHY LAKE, trout fishing was slow to fair using PowerBait and worms.
Fishing at ELEPHANT BUTTE was very good using Bombers, Flicker Shad, CB200s, Pop Rs, topwater lures, tubes, grubs and spinners for white bass. Anglers who did best followed the gulls.