CATCHES OF THE WEEK
Louie Serros caught a 27-inch, 12 1/2-pound german brown trout on the lower San Juan River on Sept. 29. He was using a wax worm.
Ray Sisneros of Cuba caught a 20 1/2-inch brown trout on the Chama River, downstream from El Vado Lake, on Saturday. He was using a night crawler.
Monte Sullivan of Albuquerque caught a 25-inch, 7 1/4-pound rainbow trout at Eagle Nest Lake on Saturday. He was fishing from the bank and using rainbow PowerBait.
Mike Krabbe of Albuquerque caught and released a 4.24-pound smallmouth bass at Navajo Lake on Sunday, using a Strike King green craw.
On Oct. 4 at Clayton Lake, Dee Culbert of Texline, Texas, caught an 8 1/2-pound walleye. He was using a jig. … Mikey Montoya of Clayton caught a 7 1/2-pound and a 6 1/2-pound walleye. He was using a jig.
At Shady Lakes, Robert Lopez Parra of Deming caught a 21 1/2-inch, 4-pound rainbow trout with a San Juan worm on Saturday. … Emmanuel Haswood II of Vanderwagen landed a 21 1/2-inch trout on Sunday with a florescent red rooster tail. … Tristan Gonzales, 12, of Santa Fe caught a 20-inch rainbow trout with a pheasant tail fly on Sunday.
AROUND THE STATE
NAVAJO LAKE: Fishing was good for trout at the south corner of the dam using salmon eggs and worms. It was fair snagging for kokanee salmon at Francis Canyon (Houseboat Cove) and the south corner of the dam. Fishing was good on the quality waters of the SAN JUAN RIVER using streamers, small pheasant tails, foam wing emergers, gray or chocolate Johnny flash and San Juan Worms. On the bait waters, fishing was good using night crawlers and spinners. Richard Utton, marine enforcement officer
ISLETA LAKES: The trout season has officially started with a stocking at both lakes on Oct. 5. Both lakes are active, and the best baits are reported as PowerBaits, garlic, salmon peach and white, salmon eggs and meal worms. Catfish are still biting, and the last stocking for the this year occurred on Sept. 27. The best baits are stink bait, garlic chicken liver and shrimp. New fishing hours are 7 a.m.-5 p.m., seven days a week. For more facility information call Isleta Lakes and RV Park at 505-244-8102. Carlos Trujillo, Isleta Lakes
HERON LAKE: Fishing has been real slow. Not much pressure from boats or shore. Snagging for kokanee salmon begins Nov. 13. No kokanee may be in possession until then. A new 15-foot-wide boat ramp has been completed at the north end of El Vado, just west of the existing ramp. This will enable boaters to launch much later in the year. Don Wolfley, Heron Lake Guide Service
JICARILLA LAKES: The lakes are really shaping up in terms of water quality and clarity. The bloom at MUNDO has finally subsided and the clarity is improving as the remaining debris globs up and begins to fall out. STONE LAKE is also getting clearer, and the temps at all of the lakes have dropped below 60 degrees. Fishing remains excellent at DULCE LAKE. The NAVAJO RIVER is also in excellent condition with low clear flows, but that may change a little if we get the predicted rain/snow mix on Friday. Beginning Monday, the limit for trout will increase to 15 fish per day at Dulce and be unlimited for trout at HORSE LAKE. Kevin Terry, fisheries biologist
SANDIA LAKES: Anglers are reporting consistent limits of five rainbow trout. Sizes range from 10 inches to 17 inches. Another full-capacity stocking will be held prior to this weekend. Our winter hours are Wednesday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Jason Wiebenga, Wildcat Environmental Services
SHADY LAKES: Trout continue to bite well, especially in the Easy Catch Pond, which is running a 12-inch average. Baits here are primarily worms and salmon eggs. There are still Big Trout in that pond, and sizes average 18 inches. The Catch-and-Release bass and bluegill ponds are slowing as it cools. Highest reported number of largemouth bass caught and released was seven, yet there are days when anglers are reporting bass hits but haven’t pulled any in. Salted and scented plastics such as worms and surface frogs continue as the best reports. Bluegill can still be tempted with worms. Our last day for fishing for the 2012 season will be Oct. 28. Call for information at 898-2568. Our weekday hours run 10 a.m.-5 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday we are open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan Phillips, director
NOTES from GAME & FISH: Trout fishing at LAKE ROBERTS continued to be very good this past week. Best baits were PowerBait, salmon eggs and spinners.
With access roads open and a recent double stocking of rainbow trout, put SNOW LAKE high on your list for some fall fishing from the bank. The roads in are a little bumpy and the water is low, but fishing should be great.
The kokanee snagging season opened Oct. 1 at EAGLE NEST LAKE but was reported as slow this past week. However, fishing from the bank was good using rainbow PowerBait, salmon eggs and spinners for a mixed bag of rainbow trout and kokanee.
Trout fishing at MONASTARY LAKE was slow but there were a few fish taken on Power Bait, salmon eggs and Pistol Petes.
Trout fishing at MORPHY LAKE was fair using PowerBait and cheese.
At LAKE MALOYA, trout fishing was fair to good using Pistol Petes, woolly buggers, spinners and PowerBait.
The water flow on the RIO GRANDE on Monday at the Taos Junction Bridge was 215 cfs. Trout fishing was good, with mayfly hatches coming off in the afternoon hours.
At STORRIE LAKE, trout fishing was fair to good using PowerBait, salmon eggs and spinners.
Fishing at UTE LAKE for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass picked up considerably this past weekend. Anglers did well using crank baits, senkos and tubes in shallow water.
Fishing at BLUEWATER LAKE was fair to good using crank baits, large swim baits and spinners for tiger muskie.
At COCHITI LAKE, fishing was slow but there were a few northern pike caught by anglers using crank baits and spinner baits.
Kokanee snagging opened Oct. 1 at EL VADO LAKE and runs through Dec. 31. Snagging was slow but started to pick up this past Saturday with a few taken by anglers working the west side of the dam. The lake level continues to drop but the main park boat ramp is still open.
At FENTON LAKE, fishing was good using worms, PowerBait, black woolly buggers and olive and black Pistol Petes. Anglers did well from the bank and from boats.
Water flow on the JEMEZ RIVER as of Monday morning was 9.2 cfs. Trout fishing here and on the CEBOLLA below Fenton Lake was good this past week. Anglers did best on the Cebolla using worms. On the Jemez best baits were salmon egg and small bead-head nymphs.
Trout fishing at TINGLEY BEACH was good using PowerBait, worms and homemade dough baits. Anglers from the Washington Middle School Fishing Club did well this past Friday. They were using PowerBait on the bottom and caught 14 trout, including two limits.
Fishing at ELEPHANT BUTTE was fair using blade baits, crank baits, minnows, slab spoons and grubs for a mixed bag of white bass, smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Anglers doing best were following schools of shad located on their fish finders. Fishing for catfish was slow to fair using night crawlers and stink baits.
Fishing from the bank at SANTA ROSA LAKE was slow to fair using night crawlers and minnows for a mixed bag of catfish and walleye. Fishing pressure was very light. The boat ramp has been closed but the lake is accessible for canoes and kayaks.
Fishing pressure at SUMNER LAKE was very light again this past week, and fishing continued slow for all species.