CATCHES OF THE WEEK
On April 6, Gary Flores from Albuquerque caught a 26-pound, 8-ounce and 37 1/4-inch laker, trolling an imitation rig at Heron Lake. On the same day, his wife, Maria, caught a 15-pound, 4-ounce, 31 3/4-inch trout. They were guided by Don Wolfley.
AROUND THE STATE
HERON LAKE: Folks fishing from shore at Ridge Rock have not had much success, but a few small lake trout (14 to 16 inches) have been caught on PowerBait and salmon eggs. Fishing from boats for lake trout as gotten off to a pretty good start. Some big lakers up to 26 1/2 pounds are being caught trolling and jigging. Trolling is best with imitation rainbow trout lures and jigging is best using various colored spoons and bucktail jigs. The fish are spread out between 25 to 50 feet. Don Wolfley, Heron Lake Guide Services
SHADY LAKES: We restocked with 2,000 pounds of trout on Wednesday (750 pounds for the Big Trout Pond) to keep the trout activity lively. The Easy Catch Trout Pond is running a really nice 12-inch average. The Big Trout run 16-18 inches with up to 10 20-plus-inch fish stocked. Successful baits for the Big Trout are flies, firefox lures and PowerBait fishing off the bottom. The Easy Catch Trout Pond favors nightcrawlers, PowerBait, and salmon eggs. Jan Phillips, director
ISLETA LAKES: Fishing is very good in both SUNRISE and TURTLES lakes. Trout will be stocked this week in time for the weekend. This will be the last stocking of trout for the season. Best baits reported for trout are salmon eggs, marshmallows, red, white and salmon egg PowerBait. J. Keryte, Isleta Lakes & RV Park
NOTES from GAME & FISH: The boat ramps at EAGLE NEST LAKE are open but as of Sunday morning the docks were not in place. Fishing for trout was good using salmon eggs, roe sacs, PowerBait, bead-head woolly buggers and worms.
Fishing at LAKE MALOYA was good using garlic scented and chartreuse PowerBait and homemade dough baits for trout.
At FENTON LAKE, fishing was very good using worms, corn, salmon eggs, PowerBait, homemade dough baits and Pistol Petes for trout. Most anglers limited out in a short period of time.
Water flow on the SAN JUAN below Navajo on Sunday was 529 cfs.Fishing in the quality water section was good using black zebra midges, black, olive and green streamers, woolly buggers, San Juan worms and olive leeches. Fishing through the bait waters was good using jerk baits, spinners, salmon eggs, nightcrawlers, copper John Barrs and woolly buggers.
At TINGLEY BEACH, trout fishing at the Children’s Pond and the Central Pond was very good using Pistol PowerBait, salmon eggs, worms and homemade dough baits.
Trout fishing at MONASTARY LAKE was good using PowerBait, worms, spinners and salmon eggs.
At STORRIE LAKE, fishing was good using salmon eggs for trout.
Fishing at UTE LAKE was slow to fair using crank baits and jerk baits for walleye. Fishing was fair casting crank baits and jerk baits and trolling crank baits for white bass.
Fishing at BLUEWATER LAKE was good using crank baits, clouser minnows, jerk baits, spinners and swim baits for tiger muskie.
At COCHITI LAKE, fishing was slow to fair using jigs, tubes, grubs and swim baits for smallmouth bass.
Fishing at EL VADO LAKE was slow for trout but there were a few largemouth bass caught by anglers fishing near the dam and using crank baits.
Trout fishing at SANTA CRUZ LAKE was good using Kastmasters, small crank baits, PowerBait, salmon eggs and worms.