CATCHES OF THE WEEK
Derrick McCuller of Bloomfield caught a 23-inch, 6.2 pound German brown out of Navajo Lake on Monday. He was trolling a seven-inch red Rapala.
At Shady Lakes, Chelsea Nez of Albuquerque, caught a 20-inch rainbow trout with worms on Saturday. … Caleb Hella, 13, of Albuquerque, landed a 23-inch rainbow trout on Saturday with a spinner. … Domacio Salazar, 6, of Albuquerque, used a worm to catch a 22-inch rainbow on Sunday.
At Bluewater Lake, Albuquerqueans Wayne Garcia, Leslie Benefield and Joshua Garcia, 12, caught and released eight tiger muskies that ranged in size from 30 to 37 inches on Sunday. They were using orange Rapala husky jerks, minnow lures and white Dynamic jointed lures. … On Monday, Elijah Garcia, 8, of Grants caught and released a 40-inch tiger muskie. His little brother Ezekiel caught and released a 34-inch tiger muskie and cousin Andrew Venable caught and released a 36-inch tiger muskie. The kids caught and released 14 fish, all caught on hot dogs.
At Jackson Lake on Feb. 7, Lydia Brimhall, 4, of Kirtland caught her first two fish. They were rainbow trout each measuring about 12 inches. She was using yellow marshmallows.
AROUND THE STATE
SAN JUAN RIVER: The water clarity is still murky. A lot of fish are being caught on red larva and baby worms. Fishermen are also using salmon eggs (specifically orange colored) and cream-colored UFOs and egg-pattern flies in the quality waters. Game and Fish stocked finger-length rainbows in Texas Hole. Also being used are streamer patterns and muddler-minnows as well as white bunny leaches. In the bait waters, people are successful on traditional worms and eggs. Lake fishing is a little slow. It may be 4-6 weeks away before picking up. Timmy Maes, Abe’s Motel & Fly Shop
SHADY LAKES: The trout are absolutely gorgeous at this time of year as they are the winter hold-overs – great color and hefty weights make for great flavor. They’re running a 14-inch average and are still biting quite actively. The largemouth bass reports were slow over the weekend, with the highest number caught and released being two. At this time of year crank baits, plastic worms, spinner baits and jigs are recommended. No sign of bluegill activity yet. We plan to re-stock trout by early March. Shady Lakes is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan Phillips, director
SANDIA LAKES: Fishing has been great. Last stocked trout on Feb 16. Anglers are having success using gold panther martins, super dupers, kastmasters and some PowerBaits for trout. The catch and release lake has been decent using black and olive woolly boogers, leeches, and pistol petes. We are open Wednesday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Cassandra Espinosa, manager
NOTES from GAME & FISH: Fishing at the Central Pond at TINGLEY BEACH was very good using PowerBait, salmon eggs, marshmallows, woolLy buggers, Super Dupers and Pistol Petes. Fishing at the Youth Pond was very good using salmon eggs, PowerBait and marshmallows. Fishing at the Bob Gerding Catch and Release Pond was fair to good using leeches, egg patterns, small bead-head pheasant tails and streamers.
Fishing on the ALBUQUERQUE, BELEN and PERALTA DRAINS was fair to good using salmon eggs, woolly buggers and wax worms for trout.
At BLUEWATER LAKE, fishing was very good using swim baits, crank baits, jerk baits and hot dogs for tiger muskie.
Trout fishing at MONASTERY LAKE was very good for anglers using PowerBait, homemade dough bait and salmon eggs for trout.
At STORRIE LAKE, fishing was good using salmon eggs and PowerBait for trout.
Fishing at ELEPHANT BUTTE LAKE was slow to fair using minnows, spoons and crank baits for a mix of white bass and walleye.
At ESCONDIDA LAKE, fishing was excellent using homemade dough bait, corn and salmon egg combinations and PowerBait for trout.
Trout fishing at QUEMADO LAKE was good using PowerBait, salmon eggs and Gulp eggs.
Stream flow on the PECOS RIVER near Anton Chico on Monday was 40 cfs. Trout fishing was fair to good using salmon eggs.
Fishing at UTE LAKE was slow to fair using Sling Blades and jig-and-minnow combinations for white bass and walleye. Most of the fish caught were at depths of 40 to 50 feet.
Fishing at CONCHAS LAKE was slow for all species.
Ice thickness at LAKE MALOYA as of Sunday remained at about 10.5 inches. Trout fishing was good using corn, ice jigs and homemade dough bait. Contact the State Park office at 575-445-5607 for updated ice conditions.
EAGLE NEST LAKE is closed to fishing due to thin ice conditions. For updated conditions call 575-377-1594.
Monday water flows on the CHAMA RIVER below El Vado and Abiquiu was 53 cfs. Fishing below Abiquiu was fair using very small midge patterns and salmon eggs. A stealth approach was required with the low flow conditions.