CATCHES OF THE WEEK
Alexis Sedillo, 10, of Albuquerque, caught a Shady Lakes record 26-inch, 8-pound rainbow trout with a pistol pete on June 19.
Mason James Martinez, 3, of Albuquerque, used a nightcrawler to catch a 21-inch rainbow on Sunday at Shady Lakes.
Audrey Duran, with the help of her dad, caught and released her first tiger muskie on Saturday at Bluewater Lake. It was estimated to be over 40 inches. She was using a worm on her pink Disney combo.
Andrew Orlicky of Albuquerque caught a 27-inch, 6-pound walleye on Saturday at Cochiti Lake. He was using a bottom bouncer worm rig.
AROUND THE STATE
ISLETA LAKES: Both SUNRISE and TURTLE lakes were stocked heavily for Father’s Day weekend and fishing is still very good early morning and late afternoon hours. Another heavy stocking will occur in preparation for the 4th of July holiday. Best baits are garlic chicken liver, worms, shrimp and hot dogs. Our annual tagged catfish tournament has concluded with our $10,000 winner being Isaiah Jaramillo of Albuquerque. No trout activity at all. Carlos Trujillo, Isleta Lakes & RV Park
HERON LAKE: Trolling remains excellent for Kokanee salmon up to 17 1/2 inches, average size is 14 to 15 inches. Best using pink or green hoochies tipped with white corn. Marinate your corn the night before with anise or one of the commercial Kokanee or trout senses. Fish have gotten a little more shallow this week. We’re now fishing 12 feet to 22 feet deep. Remember, don’t drive your boat in a straight line, zig-zag. Best fishing is in the morning from 5:30 to 9:30, in front of the island and along the main channel out to Island View Point. Fishing from shore is fair, mostly catching carp on worms and rainbow trout on salmon eggs or PowerBait. Don Wolfley, Heron Lake Guide Services
SHADY LAKES: We restock 2,000 pounds of rainbows on June 28 in preparation for the 4th of July, with 20 percent of that load being the big guys of 16-plus inches. The Easy Catch Trout Pond has been running a 13-inch average on worms, salmon eggs, lures, and PowerBait down low when it’s hot. The Big Trout Pond water continues to be very clear with excellent visibility for these rainbows to tease and challenge you. Baits here have been nightcrawlers, salmon eggs, flies and power bait. The largemouth bass activity has been challenging to moderate. Highest reported caught and released was five caught on plastic worms or a jig. Bluegill reports are moderate on worms and flies. Bass, channel catfish, and bluegill are in the Catch and Release Pond, while all trout must be kept. Jan Phillips, director
SANDIA LAKES: The lakes will be fully stocked to capacity for the 4th of July. Anglers have been reporting excellent catch rates for channel catfish on most all bait choices. Sizes from 3 to 10 pounds have been reported. Join us for a tagged fish tournament. Jason Wiebenga, senior biologist
NOTES from GAME & FISH: Water flow on the SAN JUAN RIVER below Navajo on Monday was 800 cfs. This higher flow mucked up the water a bit but fishing was rated as good by anglers using woolly buggers, San Juan worms, sparkle worms and barbless hook spinners. Fishing through the bait waters was fair to good using spinners, PowerBait, nightcrawlers, jerk baits and woolly buggers.
Fishing for white bass at ELEPHANT BUTTE was good using shiners, crank baits, curly tail grubs and topwater lures. The topwater bite was early in the morning near the east end of Long Point.
At QUEMADO LAKE, trout fishing was fair using Power Bait, worms and salmon eggs.
Night fishing at SUMNER LAKE was good using cut bait, liver, nightcrawlers and dough baits for catfish.
Water flow on the CIMARRON RIVER below Eagle Nest on Monday was 60 cfs. The increased flow slowed trout fishing a bit but anglers still managed some good catches. They were using streamers and weighted nymphs.
Fishing at CONCHAS LAKE was fair to good using spinner-nightcrawler combinations, crank baits, sassy shad and grubs for walleye. Fishing was good using jerk baits, crank baits, tubes, senkos and topwater lures for smallmouth bass and an occasional largemouth bass. Fishing was good using liver, nightcrawlers and stink bait for catfish.
At EAGLE NEST LAKE, fishing for perch was excellent using worms and spinners from the bank and from boats. Fishing was fair to good trolling with light tackle and using Platte River specials, Panther Martins, Arnies and Cripplures tipped with corn for Kokanee and rainbow trout. A few trout were also taken by anglers fishing from the bank and using PowerBait, salmon eggs, Pistol Petes and spinners.
Fishing at STORRIE LAKE was good using salmon peach PowerBait and salmon eggs for trout and an occasional channel catfish.
Fishing for walleye at UTE LAKE was good using bottom-bouncer nightcrawler rigs, crank baits, jig and grub combinations, blade baits, spoons and minnows.
At ABIQUIU LAKE, fishing was very good using curly tail grubs, jigs, senkos, crank baits, swim baits and jerk baits for smallmouth bass and walleye.
Fishing at BLUEWATER LAKE was very good using crank baits, jerk baits, swim baits, topwater lures, spinner baits and worms for tiger muskie.
The surface water temp at COCHITI LAKE was in the high 60s to low 70s. Fishing was fair to good using bottom bouncer nightcrawler rigs, Wally Divers and Bomber crank baits for a mixed bag of walleye and small white bass.