CATCHES OF THE WEEK
Royal Martin Jr.
of Crownpoint, caught and released a 32-pound channel catfish at Bluewater Lake on Sunday.
Allen Sturtevant of Albuquerque caught and released a 5.95-pound largemouth bass at Elephant Butte on Saturday. He was using a topwater lure.
Brenda Payne of Deming caught a 26-inch rainbow trout at Quemado Lake on Friday. She was using night crawlers and fishing on the northeast shore of the lake.
Andrew Orlicky of Albuquerque caught a 20.5-inch and a 19-inch brown trout on Saturday on the San Juan River. He was using worms and fishing below Abe’s. … On Sunday, Linda Jimerson of Farmington caught and released a 24-inch rainbow trout. She was fishing the quality water section of the river and using a size 26 midge emerger on 6x tippet.
AROUND THE STATE
SHADY LAKES: In anticipation of the Labor Day holiday, Shady Lakes restocked 1,500 pounds of rainbow on Sunday. As of Tuesday, catch rates on trout have remained steady, allowing most anglers to land as many fish as they wish. The Easy Catch Pond is averaging about 11 inches, while the Big Trout Pond is running about 16 inches. The best bait had been nightcrawlers yet salmon eggs, lures and power bait are also successful. Bass activity has picked up some with the advent of rain and cooler temperatures. Best bets remain plastic anything – frogs, crawdads or worms. Bluegill activity has increased as well, with nightcrawlers offering the best success. A group of truly impressive-sized bluegill have been hanging out at the fish-cleaning station. Karen Daniels
ISLETA LAKES: Fishing at both SUNRISE and TURTLE lakes has been very good. Both lakes were recently stocked with more channel catfish. Bag limits of five fish each are also being reported by anglers. Baits being used are plain and garlic chicken liver, stink bait, night crawlers and shrimp. Fishing hours are 6 a.m.-7:30 p.m., seven days a week. Curtis Thompson, Isleta Lakes & RV Park
SANDIA LAKES: Sandia Lakes will be receiving a full capacity stocking of channel catfish on Friday. These fish will range from 2 to 8 pounds with larger fish 10 pounds-plus mixed in. We will be open Labor. Angler success rates have been extremely high, and most success has been reported on packaged dough baits. Jason Wiebenga, Wildcat Environmental Services
HERON LAKE: Fishing remains very slow. Water continues to be released at 300 cfs. The “primitive” ramp at Ridge Rock is still good to launch from. Don Wolfley, Heron Lake Guide Service
NOTES from GAME & FISH: Fishing at BLUEWATER LAKE was fair using crank baits, spinners and spoons for tiger muskie. Most of the muskie caught were less than 40 inches in length. There were a few catfish caught by anglers using shrimp and night crawlers. Anglers should be aware that it is illegal to use bait fish at this lake.
Water flow on the SAN JUAN below Navajo on Monday was 673 cfs. Trout fishing through the quality waters was fair to good using bunny leeches, rubber legged hare’s ears, red midge larva, Griffith’s gnats, small ants, brown, grey and black foam wing emergers, small bead-head pheasant tails and rainbow warriors. Fishing through the bait waters was good using hare’s ears, copper John Barrs, jerk baits, Chernobyl ants, salmon eggs, PowerBait and night crawlers.
Trout fishing on the upper PECOS RIVER and the MORA was excellent. Anglers reported great success using worms and a variety of flies.
At EAGLE NEST LAKE, fishing for kokanee was rated anywhere from sporadic to very slow. A few were picked up by anglers trolling Arnies tipped with corn. Fishing from the bank picked up quite a bit. Best baits for the trout were salmon peach and garlic scented PowerBait. Perch were hitting on worms and pike were caught by anglers using spoons and crank baits.
Water flow on the CIMARRON RIVER below Eagle Nest Lake on Monday was 27 cfs. Trout fishing slowed a bit with the higher flows but was still rated as good by anglers using zebra midges, San Juan worms, beetles, stimulators, brassies, worms and salmon eggs.
Fishing at COCHITI LAKE was fair using night crawlers, chicken liver and shrimp for catfish. Fishing was slow to fair using topwater lures, crank baits and jerk baits for smallmouth bass and white bass.
Fishing on the CEBOLLA was very good for anglers using hoppers, beetles, copper John Barrs and worms for rainbow trout.
Trout fishing at LAKE MALOYA was good using Power Bait and an assortment of dry flies and nymphs.
At UTE LAKE, fishing was fair using night crawlers, shrimp, liver and homemade dough baits for catfish.
Kokanee fishing at NAVAJO LAKE was fair trolling Arnies and Z Rays tipped with corn about three feet behind flashers for kokanee. Anglers reported taking fish at depths of 50 to 55 feet.
Trout fishing at MONASTERY LAKE was good using bead-head nymphs, salmon eggs, worms and PowerBait.
The shallow and steep boat ramps on the north side of CONCHAS LAKE are open along with the Cove campground ramp. Fishing was good using chicken liver, homemade dough bait and night crawlers for catfish.