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Catches of the week
Nate Lanyate, 7, of Albuquerque, caught and released a 19-inch, 3.25-pound tiger muskie at Bluewater Lake June 30 using a topwater popper.
Yuri Romo, 8, of Albuquerque caught an 18-inch brown trout at Chama River July 3. He was using a gold Panther Martin.
Nick Gonzales of Moriarty caught a 21.5-inch, 2.5-pound rainbow trout at Clayton Lake July 3. He was using Power Bait.
Teagan Armijo, 3, of Santa Fe, caught a 20-inch rainbow trout at Cowles Ponds June 30. She was using salmon eggs.
Don Hoel, 4, of Belen, caught a 22.5-inch channel catfish on hot dogs at Escondida Lake on July 3.
Larry Jaramillo of Santa Fe caught a 21-inch rainbow trout at Jacks Creek on July 4. He was using worms.
Clifford Moquino of Tesuque Pueblo caught a 20-inch rainbow trout at Monastery Lake July 2. He was using a Kastmaster.
Jonathan Casados of Albuquerque caught a 23-inch rainbow trout at Red River on July 5. He was using a silver Mepps spinner.
Savannah Ulibarri, age 22 months, of Albuquerque, caught a 4-pound, 20-inch rainbow trout at Seven Springs Brood Pond on July 3. She was using salmon glitter Power Bait.
Jim Lyssy, Nick Lyssy and Judge Hall of Fort Sumner caught a 22-pound flathead catfish and several channel catfish in the 6-pound range July 4 at Sumner Lake. They were using a trotline.
Alexander Dye, age 10, of Albuquerque, caught an 18-inch rainbow trout at Laguna del Campo on June 28. He was using a Panther Martin.
Kenneth Bachicha of Las Vegas, caught a 17-inch rainbow on Morphy Lake June 28. He was using yellow Power Bait.
Around the state
ISLETA LAKES: Fishing at both Sunrise and Turtle Lakes has been good for channel catfish. Both lakes were fully stocked with catfish for the July 4 weekend. Another full stocking is planned in preparation for our Annual Tagged Catfish Derby July 18-Aug. 16. Best baits reported are chicken liver, night crawlers, and stink baits.
Curtis Thompson, Lakes & RV Park
HERON LAKE: Pretty nice weather over the holiday led to a little more boat traffic and some Kokanee Salmon being caught. Although some boats were bringing in four or five fish, the Kokanee are being caught randomly, not in schools. The fish should be well into their schooling behavior at 20 to 35 feet, but it’s just not happening. A few small rainbows have been caught from shore on worms, salmon eggs and power bait.
Don Wolfley, Heron Lake guide service.
SANDIA LAKE: Very good at all three lakes for catfish. Anglers have had the most success with hotdogs, worms and chicken livers. Our tag tournament started July 2 and runs until July 19.
Desiree Benavidez, sales associate
Notes From Game & Fish
CONCHAS LAKE: Good using worms under a bobber for bluegill. Fair to good using tubes, worms, topwater lures and jerk baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass.
EAGLE NEST LAKE: Good using worms for perch. Fishing for trout was fair trolling Panther Martins, Cripplures and Arnies on light line. Anglers fishing for trout actually did better using Power Bait from anchored boats. Fishing for kokanee was slow.
PECOS RIVER: Stream flow on Monday was 137 cfs. Trout good using orange stimulators, yellow sallies, small spinners, salmon eggs and worms. Fair using night crawlers for catfish. The Pecos National Historical Park opened for summer fishing June 15.
RIO GRANDE: Stream flow on Monday morning at the Taos Junction Bridge was 2,000 cfs. Slow to fair using weighted wooly bugger, Kastmasters, Panther Martins and night crawlers for trout.
ABIQUIU LAKE: Fair from the bank on worms for smallmouth bass and walleye. Fishing from boats was fair on topwater lures, tubes and crank baits for smallmouth bass and bottom-bouncer night crawler rigs and spinner-minnow rigs for walleye. Best in the early morning.
BLUEWATER LAKE: Fair using topwater lures for tiger muskies. Anglers fishing from boats were having the best luck. Be aware that it is illegal to use bait fish at this lake.
CHAMA RIVER: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 206 cfs and 350 cfs respectively. Good below El Vado on white May fly nymphs, wooly buggers, night crawlers, Power Bait, salmon eggs, Rapalas and gold Panther Martins for brown, cutthroat and rainbow trout. Below Abiquiu was fair using wooly buggers and worms for rainbow trout.
COCHITI LAKE: Fair to good using crank baits, salt craws, jigs, tubes and topwater lures for smallmouth bass and largemouth baits. Anglers using crank baits also reported catching a few white bass. Fair using hot dogs, night crawlers and liver for catfish.
JEMEZ WATERS: Stream flow near Jemez on Monday morning was 77 cfs. Good on the Cebolla and San Antonio using copper John Barrs, worms, black ants and salmon eggs for trout.
SAN JUAN RIVER: Water flow below Navajo Lake on Monday morning was 357 cfs. Trout fishing through the Quality Waters was good on zebra midges, foam wing emergers, Chernobyl ants, hoppers and beetles. Small midge pattern dries are working through the hatches a little before noon and in the late afternoon.
TINGLEY BEACH: Slow to fair at the Central Ponds and Youth Pond using hot dogs, liver and night crawlers.
ELEPHANT BUTTE LAKE: Good using crank baits, Gulp minnows, topwater lures and spinners for white bass. Fair for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass on creature baits, jerk baits, tubes and topwater lures. Good using chicken liver, beef liver, homemade dough baits and night crawlers for catfish. The best reports came from anglers fishing at night.
RIO GRANDE: Stream flow as of Monday morning was 2,080 cfs. Fair to good below Elephant Butte using crank baits and curly tail grubs for walleye. Good using beef liver and night crawlers for catfish.
YOUNG POND: Very good at night for catfish using hot dogs, bacon, worms and beef liver.
BRANTLEY LAKE: Anglers are to practice catch-and-release for all fish here as high levels of DDT were found in several fish.
OASIS PARK LAKE: Good using homemade dough baits and blood baits for channel catfish. Anglers are reminded that there is a two-fish limit on the catfish.
PECOS RIVER: Stream flow below Sumner Lake as of Monday was 98 cfs. Fair to good using liver and cut bait for catfish.
SANTA ROSA LAKE: Fair to good on tubes, worms, creature baits and crank baits for smallmouth bass. Slow for walleye. Fair for catfish on liver and night crawlers. A few crappie were caught by anglers using minnows.