CATCHES OF THE WEEK
Brian Leigh-Manuell caught a 10-pound, 32-inch channel catfish June 18 at Tingley Beach. He was fishing the Central Pond and using PowerBait.
Robert Abeyta caught and released a 41-inch tiger muskie at Bluewater Lake on Sunday. He was using a hot dog.
Avery Chase, 4, caught his first fish June 16 at Brantley Lake. It was a “monster” largemouth bass. He was using worms under a bobber.
Katiyana Goslow, 7 of Albuquerque, caught a 20-inch brown trout on Sunday on the Chama River. She was using a night crawler.
Charles Jimenez caught a 24-inch rainbow trout June 16 at Monastery Lake. He was using corn and salmon eggs.
Horace Martinez of Santa Fe caught a 5-pound, 22-inch rainbow trout on the Pecos River on Friday. He was using a ¼ -ounce Panther Martin.
Jo Holmes, of Albuquerque, caught a 20-inch trout on Friday at Shady Lakes using salmon eggs.
AROUND THE STATE
SANDIA LAKES: Fishing at all three lakes has been very good for catfish. Anglers have had success using chicken livers, hot dogs and various stink baits. Our annual catfish tag tournament starts July 3. Desiree Benavidez, sales associate
HERON LAKE: Not much is happening at Heron. Fishing is still pretty slow, but a few little rainbow and lake trout are being caught trolling and from shore. Water level is still rising as water is coming in around 350 cfs and being released at 40 cfs. Elevation of the lake has risen from 7,118 feet to 7,223 feet in the past week. It’s been hot up here lately and the water temperature is getting up into the 70s. We should be entering prime time for Kokanee fishing but it’s just not turning on yet. Don Wolfley, Heron Lake Guide Service
ISLETA LAKES: Fishing at both SUNRISE and TURTLE lakes has been very good during the morning and late afternoon hours. During the heat of the day a bit slower but still catching catfish. Best baits reported are shrimp, garlic chicken liver and worms. No trout reported due to warmer temperatures. Our annual tagged catfish tournament is coming soon, dates will be announced later. Nathan DeWahe, Isleta Lakes & RV Park
SHADY LAKES: After stocking with 1,500 pounds of trout on June 18 both the Easy Catch and the Big Trout Pond have been very active on everything from trout lures and flies to worms and salmon eggs. The Easy Catch Trout Pond is running an 11-inch average; the Big Trout Pond is a moderate challenge with sizes 16 inches and up. Trout activity is stronger in the morning and slows in the heat on the really hot days. Bass reports have been moderate as the summer heat comes on, swim jigs and plastics such as frogs, worms and crawdads are your best bet. Bluegill are striking on flies, worms and salmon eggs. The water lilies are up and blooming for bass and bluegill cover. Jan Phillips, director
NOTES from GAME & FISH: At UTE LAKE, fishing continued excellent using worms, grubs and poppers for bluegill.
Stream flow on the CIMARRON RIVER was 29 cfs near Cimarron. Fishing was very good using salmon eggs, worms, silver Panther Martins, Super Dupers, hares ears, brassies, orange stimulators, mosquitoes and Platte River specials.
Fishing at CONCHAS LAKE was very good using worms, poppers and small grubs for bluegill.
At BLUEWATER LAKE, fishing was good using jerk baits, top water lures, large flies, crank baits and hot dogs for tiger muskie.
Fishing at MORPHY LAKE was very good using salmon eggs, PowerBait, spinners and Pistol Petes for trout.
Stream flow on the PECOS RIVER on Monday was 145 cfs. Trout fishing was very good using stimulators, woolly buggers, salmon eggs and worms.
Fishing was very good at LOS PINOS using worms, salmon eggs, small spoons and woolly buggers for trout.
At EAGLE NEST LAKE, fishing was good trolling Arnies, Super Dupers, Panther Martins and Platte River specials for trout and kokanee. Anglers having the best luck were using lightweight tackle. Fishing was good using worms for perch.
Trout fishing on the JEMEZ RIVER was good using copper John Barrs and salmon eggs.
At NAVAJO LAKE, fishing was good trolling Panther Martins, Arnies and Z Rays tipped with corn at 25 to 35 feet for kokanee.
Water flow on the SAN JUAN RIVER below Navajo Lake on Monday morning was 353 cfs. Trout fishing through the quality waters was good using PMDs, zebra midges, parachute adams, foam wing emergers, pheasant tails and San Juan worms. Fishing through the bait waters was fair to good using salmon eggs, PowerBait, copper John Barrs, spinners and jerk baits.
At ELEPHANT BUTTE, fishing was good trolling crank baits for white bass.