CATCHES OF THE WEEK
caught and released a 42-inch tiger muskie on Sunday at Bluewater Lake. He was using crank bait.
Chris Ortega of Albuquerque caught and released a 20-inch brown trout on the Chama River on July 22. He was using a Rapala.
Alex Montero of Albuquerque caught and released a 10-pound carp at Cochiti Lake on Friday. He was using corn flavored dough bait.
Brian Remily of White Sands Missile Range was on his first fishing trip in New Mexico and caught a 20-pound catfish at Elephant Butte on Saturday.
Josh Gibson of Los Lunas caught a 26-inch brown trout on Saturday on the San Juan River. He was using worms.
Heath Bennett of Clovis caught and released an 8.03-pound largemouth bass on Friday at Ute Lake. He was using a top water lure.
AROUND THE STATE
SHADY LAKES: In preparation for all those wanting to fish before school starts again, Shady Lakes restocks 1,500 pounds of rainbow trout on Friday. The trout run an average of 12 inches. We will restock with our over-16-inch trophy trout for the Big Trout Pond if they are available. Call 898-2568 for updated information. There are some of the 11-inch trout from the Easy Catch Trout Pond that have swam up the pipes to the Big Trout Pond so this lake is now a mix of sizes. The best reports on the largemouth bass activity continues to be plastics (worms, crawdads, jigs, swim baits) rigged to not catch up in the pond grasses. Best bass (and Bluegill) success is near the water lilies. Earlier morning and mid-to-late afternoon and during rains brings the best results. Bluegill are actively biting on worms, salmon eggs, and flies. Jan Phillips, director
ISLETA LAKES: Fishing at both SUNRISE and TURTLE lakes is very good for catfish. Both lakes fully stocked with catfish on July 2. Best baits reported are garlic chicken liver, worms and shrimp. No trout catches reported. Fishing hours are 6 a.m.-7:30 p.m. seven days a week. Nathan DeWahe, Isleta Lakes & RV Park
NOTES from GAME & FISH: Stream flow on the CIMARRON RIVER below Eagle Nest on Monday was 9.7 cfs. Trout fishing below the Gravel Pit Lakes was good using midge emergers, hares ears, Chernobyl ants and micro mays.
At EAGLE NEST LAKE, fishing was fair trolling with light tackle using Arnies and Platte River specials for a mix of rainbow trout and kokanee. Anglers fishing from the bank and from anchored boats and using PowerBait caught a few trout. Fishing for perch was very good using worms.
Water flow on the RED RIVER near the hatchery Monday was 85 cfs and the water was clearing. Trout fishing near the hatchery was very good using bead head hares ears, copper John Barrs, poundmeisters, hoppers, pheasant tail nymphs and worms.
Water flow on the RIO COSTILLA below the dam as of Monday morning was 63 cfs. Trout fishing was good using royal stimulators, small hopper patterns and size 16 Hairs ears.
Trout fishing at LAKE MALOYA was good using Pistol Petes, PMDs, parachute Adams, homemade dough bait and salmon peach PowerBait.
Water flow on the SAN JUAN RIVER below Navajo Monday was 654 cfs. Trout fishing through the quality waters was fair to good using midge patterns, bead head pheasant tails, San Juan worms, sparkle worms, parachute Adams and streamers. Fishing through the bait waters was good using jerk baits, wooly buggers, night crawlers and PowerBait.
At ELEPHANT BUTTE LAKE, night fishing was good using shiners, shrimp, chicken liver and night crawlers for catfish.
Fishing at night at CONCHAS LAKE was fair to good using chicken liver, homemade stink bait and night crawlers for catfish.
Night fishing at ABIQUIU was fair to good using liver and hot dogs for catfish. Fishing was slow to fair using top water lures, jerk baits, swim baits and tubes for smallmouth bass.
Fishing at UTE LAKE was good using worms for Bluegill.
At PERCHA DAM, fishing was good using night crawlers and liver for catfish.
Trout fishing at FENTON LAKE was slow. The moss has spread across most of the lake.
Stream flow on the JEMEZ RIVER as of Monday was 5.7 cfs. Trout fishing on the Jemez and the CEBOLLA was slow.
Fishing on the upper lake at CANJILON was good using spinners salmon eggs, Pistol Petes and spinners for trout.
At UTE LAKE, fishing was slow to fair using top water lures in the early morning hours for largemouth bass.
Water flow on the RIO GRANDE near the Taos Junction Bridge Monday was 405 cfs. Fishing was slow for all species. On the Rio from Albuquerque to Socorro fishing was fair to good using night crawlers, chicken liver and hot dogs for catfish.
Water flow on the GILA RIVER as of Monday was 33 cfs. Fishing on the main river and the East and West Fork was slow.
Fishing was slow at MORPHY LAKE.