CATCHES OF THE WEEK
Amber Dominguez caught a 17-inch, 3-pound largemouth bass on Sunday at Lake Roberts. She was using a worm.
Ross Clark caught a rainbow trout that measured more than 21 inches at Monastery Lake on March 30. He was using a Pistol Pete.
Dianne Romero, 11, was fishing the Pecos River near Cow Creek Campground last week and caught a 22-inch brown trout. … On Sunday, Steve Stone caught and released a brown trout more than 20-inches while fishing near Terrero. He was using a size 12 San Juan worm.
Dylan Rodriguez, 7, of Santa Fe, caught a 19-inch brown trout on Saturday at Seven Springs Brood Pond. He was using a red and gold Thomas buoyant spoon.
At Shady Lakes, Adrian Gurule, 16, of Albuquerque, caught and released a hefty 24-inch, 8½-pound largemouth bass on April 2, using a Gary Yamamoto watermelon plastic crawdad. … Jimmy Barela, 11, of Albuquerque, used salmon eggs to land a 21-inch rainbow trout on Sunday.
AROUND THE STATE
HERON LAKE: Fishing is still a little slow with some small rainbows and small lake trout being caught. Best baits seems to be salmon eggs and PowerBait fishing in the Ridge Rock area. The release of water from the lake has increased slightly to 90 cfs. Water is coming in from the Chama/San Juan diversion project at slightly over 100 cfs. So the lake is continuing to rise but not as fast as earlier. Work has begun on creating a new boat ramp in the Ridge Rock area just west of the dam. The ramp will be concrete and the parking area will be gravel. They have also begun work on extending the La Laja boat ramp. They have dredged much of the silt and dirt from the bottom in order to provide a proper slope for easier unloading and loading your boat. It will be extended 150 feet to 200 feet. The plan is that this is to be completed by the end of April. No April Fool joke intended. Don Wolfley, Heron Lake Guide Service
SHADY LAKES: The rainbows are biting very well on a full variety of baits and lures. The Big Trout Pond is averaging 15 inches and is catching moderate to semi-fast. The Easy Trout Pond fish are bigger than usual running a solid 12-inch size and are biting fast. Both ponds still offer a number of “Palamino” golden trout to challenge you. Right now the bass and bluegill are catch-and-release only as the fish are entering the spawning season. Bluegill activity is strong on flies and worms. Highest number of bass for one day is five, with most activity reported off swimbaits and plastics. The water lilies are just coming up so top-water lures and crankbaits remain a strong alternative. Jan Phillips, director
ISLETA LAKES: Fishing at both SUNRISE and TURTLE lakes has been good for rainbow trout with both having been recently stocked with the last of the rainbow trout for the season. Some catfish activity is being reported with the warmer temps and as temps increase, catfish will soon be stocked for the spring/summer season. Trout are being caught on salmon eggs, corn and various PowerBaits. The anglers catching catfish are reporting using chicken liver. Curtis Thompson, Isleta Lakes & RV Park
NOTES from GAME & FISH: Fishing at TINGLEY BEACH’S Central Pond was fair using spinners, PowerBait, salmon eggs, Pistol Petes, woolly buggers and homemade dough bait for trout. Fishing at the Youth Pond was good using salmon eggs, PowerBait and Pistol Petes.
Fishing at FENTON LAKE was very good using PowerBait and salmon eggs for trout. A few were also caught by anglers using Pistol Petes and woolly buggers when the wind would allow.
Fishing on the CEBOLLA was good using salmon eggs, worms and copper John Barrs for rainbow trout.
Fishing at MANZANO LAKE was fair to good using leech patterns, woolly buggers, Pistol Petes, PowerBait and salmon eggs for trout.
Water flow on the SAN JUAN RIVER below Navajo Lake on Monday morning was 375 cfs. Visibility was a little over a foot. Trout fishing through the quality waters was good using princess nymphs, scintillas, desert storms, red and cream larva, olive and black streamers and bead head pheasant tails. Fishing through the bait waters was fair to good using salmon eggs, San Juan worms, small jerk baits and woolly buggers.
Fishing at UTE LAKE continued to be very good using crank baits, jerk baits, grubs and small swim baits for white bass.
At CONCHAS LAKE, fishing was good using crank baits, swim baits and grubs for white bass.
Bank fishing at EAGLE NEST LAKE was fair using PowerBait, small spinners and salmon eggs for trout.
At LAKE MALOYA, fishing was good using gold spoons and assorted colors of PowerBait.
Fishing at BLUEWATER LAKE was good using hot dogs, large flies and swim baits for tiger muskie.
At ELEPHANT BUTTE LAKE, fishing was good using crank baits, spinner baits and curly tail grubs for white bass.