CATCHES OF THE WEEK
Edmund Trujillo of Albuquerque caught a 15-inch, 2-pound large-mouth bass with an 11-inch girth Saturday in the ditch near Tingley. He was using a night crawler.
Courtney Chrisler of Farmington caught and released a 36-inch tiger muskie on Saturday at Bluewater Lake. Chrisler was using a fire tiger colored jig.
AROUND THE STATE
TINGLEY BEACH: Trout fishing in the Children’s and Central Ponds has been great. Best reports from anglers using PowerBait, marshmallows salmon eggs, wax worms and spinners. Stop by the Tingley Beach Booth at The Bob Gerding Outdoor Show and learn about the Outdoor events at the Biopark (Free Fishing Derby). In the South /Catch and release Pond Slow to good on small bead-head nymphs, zebra midges, white leeches red annelid, Pistol Petes. Joe Martinelli, curator
SANDIA LAKES: Freshly stocked on Tuesday with a full load of 10- to 16-inch rainbow trout. Larger fish in the 18-inch range were included as well. Contact the lake store at 505-771-5190 for more information. Jason Wiebenga, senior biologist
SHADY LAKES: On opening weekend, the trout were biting well and the largemouth bass activity started out better than expected for wintertime. In February, we are open on weekends only. Our hours are Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. We will also be open on President’s Day, Feb. 18. Trout are averaging 12 to 14 inches out of the Easy Catch Trout Pond. The fish in the Big Trout Pond are running a 17-inch average.
The best success for trout tends to be with worms, PowerBait and salmon eggs, although many of the bigger trout are caught out on flies, lures, and trout chow. As for the bass, at this time of year we suggest crank bait, mini macs, and spinner baits with a slow retrieval.
Jan Phillips, director
NOTES from GAME & FISH:
Trout fishing on the ALBUQUERQUE-AREA DRAINS was very good for anglers using wax worms, PowerBait, salmon eggs, corn salmon egg combinations, RS2s, egg patterns and San Juan worms. Best reports were from the Albuquerque Drain, Corrales Drain and Belen Drain.
Water flow on the SAN JUAN RIVER below Navajo Lake as of Monday morning was 250cfs and was increased to 500cfs Tuesday. Flows will then decrease to 350cfs today. Fishing in the quality water section was good using egg patterns, red larva, copper John Barrs, parachute adams and black and grey midge emergers. Fishing through the bait waters was fair using salmon eggs, copper John Barrs and small spoons.
Fishing pressure at NAVAJO LAKE was light and fishing was slow for all species.
Ice thickness at BLUEWATER LAKE as of Sunday was 9 to11 inches. Fishing for trout was slow to fair using corn, ice jigs and salmon eggs. A few catfish were taken on worms. Fishing for tiger muskie was slow but a few were taken on jigs fished at 7 to 17 feet of water. For updated ice conditions contact the Bluewater State Park office at 505-876-2391.
Water flow on the JEMEZ RIVER as of Monday morning was 23 cfs. Trout fishing was slow but there were a few fish taken on copper John Barrs and salmon eggs.
At BILL EVANS LAKE, trout fishing was fair using PowerBait, homemade dough bait and worms.
Fishing at ELEPHANT BUTTE was slow for all species. The Monticello, Dam Site and Rock Canyon boat ramps remain closed.