CATCHES OF THE WEEK
Edmund Trujillo Jr. of Albuquerque caught a 44-inch, 29-pound tiger muskie using a large spinner at Bluewater Lake on Saturday. “It took two hours on a 10-pound line,” he reports.
Myke Wallace caught a 41-inch, 18.2-pound tiger muskie on Aug. 24 at Bluewater. “It broke my pole and almost ate my net,” he writes.
Also at Bluewater on Saturday, Kyle Williamson, 12, of Albuquerque, caught and released a 36-inch tiger muskie. He was fishing from the bank and using an F-7 gold Rapala. … On Aug. 14, Judith Moya caught a 47 1/2-inch, 34-pound tiger muskie. She was using a Rapala.
At Quemado Lake on Aug. 10, Karl Anderson of Fence Lake caught a 32-inch, 32-pound carp on 4-pound test line. He was using worms.
On the San Juan River on Aug. 18, Kristen Fairey of Gallup caught a 20-inch rainbow trout. She was sight fishing and using a princess nymph.
Tom Hill of Rio Rancho caught the largest recorded trout in the 50-year history of Shady Lakes. It was 26 inches and weighed 5 pounds. He caught it Saturday using trout chow … and patience.
Also at Shady Lakes, Dustin and Paige Anderson of Rio Rancho caught two 20-inch rainbows and one 20 1/2-inch rainbow using flies and lures on Aug. 14. … Carson Grending, 9, of Albuquerque, used a worm to land a 20-inch trout on Aug. 12.
AROUND THE STATE
ISLETA LAKES: Fishing has been good for catfish. A full stocking is scheduled for this week for the holiday weekend. Anglers are consistently reporting bag limits of five fish each. Best baits being used are stink bait, chicken liver and shrimp. Curtis Thompson, Isleta Lakes & RV Park
HERON LAKE: Trolling for kokanee salmon has slowed some this past week as light storms have been moving through on a daily basis. However, some have been able to catch 10 to 20 fish a day using a variety of spinners and Wiggle Hoochies at 32 to 42 feet deep. Best area has been in the channel from the dam to Willow Creek and in front of the island. Fishing from shore remains slow and pressure is light. Although water is still being drained from the dam between 500 to 800 cfs, the level of the lake remains OK. Both concrete ramps are usable. Don Wolfley, Heron Lake Guide Service
SANDIA LAKES: The lakes will be freshly stocked to full capacity today in advance of the long weekend. With a stocking just last week as well, the lakes will be brimming with catfish. Anglers have been reporting excellent catch rates on all baits and the weather continues to be excellent. Jason Wiebenga, Wildcat Environmental Services
JICARILLA LAKES: The pressure is way down at the lakes and folks are focusing on the upcoming hunting seasons. The weather is projected to be partly cloudy with a chance of daily thunderstorms throughout the weekend. STONE LAKE is by far the most intriguing fishery this week. Also, those folks planning to fish the NAVAJO RIVER this weekend and for the next two to three weeks should call or email the Game & Fish Department for information regarding the habitat restoration project that has begun. Kevin Terry, fisheries biologist
SHADY LAKES: There are still numerous large trout in the Big Trout Pond, as you can see them swimming in the clear water. In preparation for the Labor Day Weekend, Shady Lakes restocked again on Wednesday. This final trout delivery for 2012 included 250 pounds of Big Trout and 1,250 pounds of 12-inch trout for the Easy Catch Trout Pond. The reports from the Catch-and-Release Ponds have been moderate to light in the hotter days. In the heat, 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 are best bets for bluegill. Our weekday hours have changed to 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday we are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. These hours will shorten somewhat after Labor Day. For information call 898-2568. Jan Phillips, director
NOTES from GAME & FISH: With the falling water at ELEPHANT BUTTE, the fish are concentrated and white bass fishing continued to be very good this past week. Anglers were doing well using slab spoons, curly tail grubs, Bombers, flicker shad, minnows and spinners. There was also some occasional topwater action. Fishing was fair to good using worms, night crawlers, liver, cut bait and shrimp for catfish. Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass was slow to fair using live minnows, grubs, tubes, crank baits and topwater lures.
Fishing at UTE LAKE was very good using slab spoons over 50 feet of water for suspended white bass. A few were also taken on minnows. Fishing continued to be good using chicken liver, dough bait and night crawlers for catfish. Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass was slow to fair using crank baits, jerk baits and jigs. Fishing for walleye was slow.
At EAGLE NEST LAKE, fishing for northern pike picked up a bit this past week. Anglers caught pike while trolling for kokanee and by trolling and casting big spoons and swim baits. Fishing was fair to good trolling Arnies, Panther Martins, double whammies and wedding rings from just under the surface to a depth of 15 feet for a mixed bag of kokanee, rainbow trout and an occasional northern pike. Fishing was good using worms for perch.
At STORRIE LAKE, trout fishing was slow but there were a few fish taken by anglers using PowerBait, salmon egg corn combinations and cheese.
Trout fishing on the CIMARRON RIVER was fair to good using BWOs, midges, caddis, tricos, spinners and worms. Water flow below Eagle Nest Lake as of Monday was 35 cfs.
Fishing at ABIQUIÃš was fair to good using tubes, woolly buggers, jigs, crank baits and jerk baits for smallmouth bass. The difficulty with the smallmouth was finding keepers. Fishing was good using chicken, liver and dough baits in the evening hours for catfish. Fishing was slow to fair using jigs, crank baits and spinner/minnow combinations for walleye. Fishing was fair using worms for bluegill.
At BLUEWATER LAKE, fishing was fair to good using swim baits, crank baits, jerk baits and big spinners for tiger musky. Recommend releasing short fish as soon as possible to keep them healthy and a big catch for the future.
Monday morning water flows on the CHAMA RIVER below El Vado and Abiquiú were 598 cfs and 440 cfs respectively. Fishing below El Vado was fair using night crawlers and salmon eggs for a mix of brown and rainbow trout.
At COCHITI LAKE, fishing was slow to fair using night crawlers and liver for catfish. Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits, minnows and jigs for white bass. Fishing was fair using worms for bluegill. We had no reports on other species.
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 fair to good using worms, Pistol Petes, PowerBait and woolly buggers.
Water flow on the JEMEZ RIVER as of Monday morning was 16 cfs. Trout fishing on the CEBOLLA above and below Fenton Lake was very good this past week. Anglers did well using elk hair caddis, copper John Barrs, night crawlers and salmon eggs. Last Thursday a young angler caught a 21-inch brown trout while using worms and fishing above Fenton Lake. On the EAST FORK fishing was fair using elk hair caddis and salmon eggs. Fishing on the SAN ANTONIO was a bit slow due to murky water conditions.
Fishing at NAVAJO LAKE was fair to good trolling Arnies, Fish Catchers, Z Rays and Panther Martins tipped with corn behind Christmas trees at 30 to 43 feet. Fishing was good using tubes, grubs, clousers, woolly buggers, crank baits and jigs for smallmouth bass and an occasional largemouth bass. Fishing was good using worms for perch.
Water flow on the SAN JUAN RIVER below Navajo Lake as of Monday morning was 1,060 cfs. Trout fishing in the Quality Waters was good using RS2s, fluff baetis, chocolate foam wing emergers, bright hot pink eggs and size 18 midge larvae. Bright orange or red larva worked great as attractors. The best action was early and late in the day. Fishing through the bait waters was fair to good using night crawlers, woolly buggers, red and orange sparkle worms, spinners, jerk baits and PowerBait.
The water flow on the RIO GRANDE on Monday at the Taos Junction Bridge was 215 cfs. Trout fishing was fair to good using stimulators, copper John Barrs, San Juan worms, poundmeisters and worms. Micro mays were working well through the wild river area.
Water flow on the GILA RIVER as of this past Monday was 124 cfs. Water rose again this past week from locally heavy rainfall. Fishing was slow with a few catfish taken by anglers using stink bait and night crawlers. Although the Middle and West Forks and their tributaries are and will continue to be affected by the ash, the East Fork is unaffected and the smallmouth population is strong. Give it a try with woolly buggers, small grubs and worms.
Water flow on the PECOS RIVER on Monday below Sumner Lake was 60 cfs. Fishing was fair using night crawlers and liver for catfish.
Fishing at ESCONDIDA LAKE was slow for all species.