CATCHES OF THE WEEK
At Bluewater Lake, Deborah Haycraft of Albuquerque caught and released a 45 1/2-inch tiger muskie on Sept. 23. She was using a jerk bait. … On Sunday, Preston Saunders of Albuquerque caught a 47 3/4-inch, 35-pound tiger muskie. He was trolling a rainbow-colored jointed Rapala. … On Sunday, Makala Harley Perea, 6, of Albuquerque caught and released a 33-inch tiger muskie. She was using hot dogs.
Jacob Sanchez caught a 30-inch, 10-pound walleye at Cochiti Lake on Sunday. He was using a crank bait.
Joe Bacca of Raton caught a 33-inch, 6-pound northern pike at Eagle Nest Lake on Sept 25. He was using a Panther Martin.
Darrell Carr of Ruidoso caught a 5-pound largemouth bass on Saturday at Green Meadow Lake. He was using a green and white chatter bait.
Jason Valdez of Santa Fe caught 20-inch rainbow trout on the Red River on Saturday. He was using salmon eggs.
Frank Jaramillo of Albuquerque caught and released a 22-inch cutbow on the San Juan River on Sept. 24. He was using a size 26 zebra midge under a size 22 foam emerger.
Andre Segura, of Albuquerque, caught a 22 1/2-inch rainbow trout with a poundmiester fly on Tuesday at Shady Lakes.
AROUND THE STATE
CUTTHROAT TROUT: New Mexico’s state fish, the Rio Grande cutthroat trout, no longer is a candidate for listing under the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced. Since 2008, aggressive conservation efforts by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and its partners have enhanced or restored pure-strain native cutthroats in 127 streams that are open to public fishing. Rio Grande cutthroats now occupy about 700 miles of stream habitat.
ISLETA LAKES: Fishing at both SUNRISE and TURTLE lakes is fair. With cooling water temperatures some reports of trout being caught have been reported. Best baits for catfish are garlic chicken liver, worms and shrimp. For trout best baits are corn, salmon eggs and worms. Nathan Dewahe, Isleta Lakes & RV Park
SHADY LAKES: Bluegill are still hitting, primarily on flies and worms. The highest number caught (and released) is 22 on a fly rod. The largemouth bass have definitely slowed as the nights cool down, although reports say they are responding to flies. Jan Phillips, director
NOTES from GAME & FISH: Trout fishing through the quality waters of the SAN JUAN RIVER was fair to good using zebra midges, foam wing emergers, dead chickens, 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 and woolly buggers.
At EAGLE NEST LAKE, Fishing was very good using worms for perch.
Trout fishing was very good at CHARETTE LAKES using PowerBait for fish up to 21 inches.
Trout fishing on the CIMARRON RIVER was good using parachute Adams, bead-head pheasant tails, copper John Barrs, small Mepps spinners, worms and salmon eggs.
Fishing on the RED RIVER was good using San Juan worms, copper John Barrs, bead-head wooly buggers, spinners, worms and salmon eggs for trout.
Trout fishing at LAKE MALOYA was good using black and white Pistol Petes, spinners and spoons for rainbow trout.
Trout fishing at EAGLE ROCK LAKE was very good using worms, PowerBait and spinners.
At STORRIE LAKE, fishing was fair to good using PowerBait for trout.
Fishing at UTE LAKE was fair to good using tubes, chigger craws and salt craws for smallmouth bass.
At ABIQUIU LAKE, fishing was fair to good using tubes, chigger craws, jerk baits and spinner baits for smallmouth bass.
Fishing at EL VADO LAKE was good using PowerBait, worms, salmon eggs and spinners for trout.
At FENTON LAKE, trout fishing was fair to good using Pistol Petes and yellow and orange garlic scented PowerBait.
Fishing on the JEMEZ RIVER was good for anglers using worms, grasshoppers and copper John Barrs.
At ELEPHANT BUTTE, fishing was fair using crank baits, spinners, spoons and minnows for white bass.