CATCHES OF THE WEEK
of Albuquerque caught a 23-inch rainbow trout at Lake Alice on Sept. 17 at Lake Alice. He was fly fishing using a Joe Fly jig.
At Shady Lakes, Estevan Lovato , 12 of Albuquerque, landed a 20″ rainbow trout with power bait on Sept. 7. … Pisoy Kosal , of Albuquerque, used PowerBait to catch the biggest trout of the week – 21½ inches on Sept. 7. … Robert Paulson , 7, of Las Cruces, caught a 21-inch rainbow with a bead-head nymph on Sept. 11.
Mike Bacca of Pueblo, Colo., caught a 35-inch, 10.5-pound northern pike at Eagle Nest Lake on Friday. He was using a spoon.
AROUND THE STATE
SHADY LAKES: The best trout bait has been worms with activity continuing moderately strong. Sizes are running a 12-inch average but some hefty trout are still visible in the clear water. We still have several of the golden “Palomino” trout in stock as well. Bluegill have been hitting. The highest number caught (and released) is 40 on a fly rod. Worms also working well for the bluegill. The largemouth bass have definitely slowed as the nights cool down. Jan Phillips, director
SANDIA LAKES: Anglers are reporting excellent catch rates for channel catfish. The cooling weather has provided excellent activity, and some hold-over rainbow trout are being caught early in the mornings as well. Jason Wiebenga, Wildcat Environmental Services
NOTES from GAME & FISH: Water flow on the SAN JUAN RIVER below Navajo Dam on Monday was 490 cfs. Trout fishing through the quality waters was good using small gray and black emergers, dead chickens, Griffith’s gnats, San Juan worms, parachute Adams and small bead-head pheasant tails. Fishing through the bait waters was fair to good using jerk baits, night crawlers, hoppers and woolly buggers.
Fishing at NAVAJO LAKE continued to be very good this past week for bass. Anglers did well using senkos, tubes, curly tail grubs, crank baits and jerk baits. Most of the smallmouth bass were small. Fishing was good using worms for perch.
Stream flow on the CIMARRON RIVER below Eagle Nest on Monday was 15 cfs. Trout fishing was good using parachute Adams, micro mays, bead-head pheasant tails, copper John Barrs, spinners, worms and salmon eggs.
Fishing at EAGLE NEST LAKE was fair to good using Platte River specials tipped with PowerBait for trout and an occasional kokanee. Fishing was slow to fair using spoons and swim baits for northern pike. Fishing was good using worms for perch.
Water flow on the RED RIVER near the hatchery on Monday was 27 cfs. Fishing was good using poundmeisters, San Juan worms, bead-head hares’ ears, bead-head woolly buggers, spinners, night crawlers and salmon eggs for trout.
Water flow on the RIO GRANDE near the Taos Junction Bridge on Monday was 291 cfs. Trout fishing was good using woolly worms, poundmeisters, wooly buggers, San Juan worms, spinners and night crawlers.
Trout fishing at EAGLE ROCK LAKE was very good using worms, PowerBait and spinners.
Trout fishing at HOPEWELL LAKE was fair to good using PowerBait, night crawlers and small dry flies.
At LAKE ALICE, fishing was fair to good using PowerBait, salmon eggs and grasshoppers for trout.
Trout fishing at LAKE MALOYA was good using green and orange and garlic-scented PowerBait for fish up to 20 inches.
At ABIQUIU LAKE, fishing was good using crank baits, jerk baits, swim baits, chigger craws and tubes for smallmouth bass.
Monday morning water flows on the CHAMA RIVER below El Vado and Abiquiu were 261 cfs and 270 cfs respectively. Fishing below El Vado was good using salmon eggs, night crawlers, Panther Martins, woolly buggers, bead-head hares’ ears, bead-head pheasant tails and copper John Barrs for a mixed bag of rainbow and brown trout.
At EL VADO LAKE, fishing was fair to good using PowerBait, worms, salmon eggs and spinners for trout.
Fishing at COCHITI LAKE was fair to good using jigs, tubes, salt craws and jerk baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was fair using crank baits and jerk baits for white bass. We had no reports on other species.
At UTE LAKE, fishing was good using tubes, chigger craws, salt craws and worms for smallmouth bass.
Fishing at ELEPHANT BUTTE was fair using crank baits, topwater lures, spinners and slab spoons for white bass. Fishing was fair using swim baits, crank baits, tubes, jerk baits and worms for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair using chicken liver, homemade dough bait and night crawlers for catfish.
At BLUEWATER LAKE, fishing was fair using swim baits, crank baits, jointed Rapalas and jigs for tiger muskie.
Stream flow on the RIO HONDO near Valdez on Monday was 14 cfs. Fishing was fair to good using elk hair caddis and bead-head hares’ ears for trout.