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Fishing Line

CATCHES OF THE WEEK

Justin Roybal

, 5, of Peñasco, caught a 5-pound, 22 ½ -inch rainbow trout at Seven Springs Brood Pond. He was using worms on a Buzz Lightyear combo.

Danny Campos of El Rancho, caught two 20-inch rainbow trout July 7 at Hopewell Lake. One of the two had a 12-inch girth. He was using Pistol Petes.

Enrique Quesada, 14 and Julian Quesada, 11 of Peralta, each caught 20-inch rainbow trout July 5 at Cowles Ponds. They were using PowerBait.

Keith Larribas of Albuquerque, caught an 11-pound, 28-inch rainbow trout on the Pecos River. He was fishing near the Mora campgrounds and using pink PowerBait

Mireya Sanchez-Maes, 12, of Las Cruces, caught a 24 ½ -inch and a 22-inch channel catfish July 5 at Young Pond.

AROUND THE STATE

SANDIA LAKES: Fishing at all three lakes has been excellent. Anglers have had the most success using garlic chicken livers, hotdogs, and various stink baits. Our catfish tag tournament runs until Sunday. Our next stocking of catfish will be Friday. For questions call 505-771-5190. Cassandra Espionosa, lakes manager

HERON LAKE: Lake level is still rising. It is now 34 feet higher than it was this time last year. Water is still coming in and is being released at only 46 cfs. So far this year we have surpassed all I ever thought was possible. Let’s hope the predictions for a better monsoon season come true. Unfortunately the fishing is still pretty slow. My wife and I went out from 9 o’clock to 11:30 a.m. and she caught three nice Kokanee salmon (14¼ to 16½ inches). We were trolling 16 to 28 feet deep and our best lures were gold spinners and a UV APEX tipped with corn. We’re starting to see a little more sign of fish on the fish-finder so maybe that means the fish might start schooling soon. Don Wolfley, Heron Lake Guide Service

SHADY LAKES: Shady Lakes had been having temporary issues with the well that feeds cold water to the trout ponds. As a result, the water was warmer than usual which had greatly slowed the trout down on biting. On July 8, we installed a supplemental cold water well to our trout ponds and restocked with 750 pounds of rainbows on Wednesday. We suggest calling us at 898-2568 before coming out to see if the trout activity has improved. For those coming out and buying trout permits during this time, if you do not catch any trout we will give you free return trout permits with no expiration date. On the other hand, the largemouth bass have been biting surprisingly well for summertime. Highest reported caught and released was eight using a white plastic worm. Bluegill activity has been moderate. Jan Phillips, director

ISLETA LAKES: Fishing has been good at both SUNRISE and TURTLE lakes. Best times for catfish activity is morning and early evening hours. Baits being used are chicken liver, garlic chicken liver, shrimp, night crawlers and various stink baits. Both lakes will be fully stock this week for our annual catfish derby that begins Saturday and continues until Aug. 16. Come try your luck at catching a catfish that is worth $1,000. Beginning Saturday, fishing hours will be 6 a.m.-7:30 p.m. daily. For more information contact Isleta Lakes & RV Park at 505-244-8102. Curtis Thompson

NOTES from GAME & FISH

Fishing at CONCHAS LAKE was excellent using worms, poppers, grubs, small tubes and small crawdad imitations for bluegill. Fishing was fair to good using tubes, worms, chigger craws, sweet beavers, senkos and baby crawdads for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. A great number of small bass were caught by anglers using spinner baits and crank baits.

Fishing at EAGLE NEST LAKE was very good using worms for perch. Fishing for trout was slow to fair trolling Panther Martins, Platte River specials with PowerBait and Arnies on light line. Fishing for trout from the bank was slow.

At COCHITI LAKE, fishing was good using hot dogs, night crawlers and liver for catfish.

Fishing at EL VADO LAKE was fair to good trolling at the upper end of the lake for brown trout, rainbow trout and a few Kokanee. Anglers were doing best trolling spinners tipped with corn and Rapalas.

At FENTON LAKE, fishing was sporadic at best as only a few anglers caught limits of trout while others couldn’t get a bite. Best baits were PowerBait and worms.

Fishing on the JEMEZ RIVER improved a bit from last week. Anglers reported some success using worms, salmon eggs, copper John Barrs and black ants for trout. Fishing on the CEBOLLA was good drifting worms and using San Juan worms, ants and hoppers for trout. Fishing on the SAN ANTONIO was slow. Fishing on the EAST FORK on the Valles Caldera was fair to good using small ant patters.

Water flow on the SAN JUAN RIVER below Navajo Lake on Monday morning was 361 cfs. Trout fishing through the quality waters was good using foam wing emergers, Chernobyl ants, hoppers, beetles, RS2s and pheasant tail nymphs. Larger patterns are working best on those cloudy, rainy days. Fishing through the bait waters was great for some but slow for others. Best baits were night crawlers, Gulp eggs, San Juan worms, copper John Barrs, woolly buggers and PowerBait.

At NAVAJO LAKE, fishing was good using top water lures, tubes, curly tail grubs, worms, jerk baits and baby brush hogs for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. The majority of the smallmouth bass caught were small.

Fishing at ELEPHANT BUTTE was good using chicken liver, beef liver, homemade dough baits and night crawlers for catfish. The best catfish reports again this week came from anglers fishing at night.

At COWLES PONDS, fishing was very good using salmon eggs, night crawlers, spinners, PowerBait and Pistol Petes for trout.

Stream flow on the CIMARRON RIVER on Monday near Cimarron was 121 cfs. Fishing was fair using red copper John Barrs, Cimarron specials, worms and spinners. Trout fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes was good using PowerBait, salmon eggs and worms.

Fishing at CLAYTON LAKE was fair to good using liver and night crawlers for catfish and bullheads.

Trout fishing at HOPEWELL LAKE was good using damsel nymphs, poundmeisters, Pistol Petes, salmon eggs, PowerBait, worms, spinners and Kastmasters.

Fishing at MONASTERY LAKE was good using hares ears, hoppers, Pistol Petes, salmon eggs, worms and PowerBait for trout.

At LAKE ALICE, fishing was slow to fair using PowerBait for trout.

At LAKE MALOYA fishing was fair to good using PowerBait, Pistol Petes, hoppers, black ants, beetles and woolly buggers for trout.

Trout fishing at LOS PINOS was good using worms, salmon eggs, copper John Barrs, poundmeisters and woolly buggers.

Fishing at MORPHY LAKE was fair using worms, salmon eggs, PowerBait, spinners and Pistol Petes for trout.

Stream flow on the RIO GRANDE on Monday morning at the Taos Junction Bridge was 1,370 cfs. Fishing was slow to fair using Kastmasters, Panther Martins and night crawlers for trout.

Stream flow on the PECOS RIVER on Monday was 193 cfs. Trout fishing was good using yellow sallies, hares ears and pheasant tail nymphs, salmon eggs and worms. Fishing was fair using night crawlers and liver for catfish.

Stream flow on the RED RIVER above Questa on Monday was 98 cfs. Fishing above town was good using parachute Adams, copper John Barrs, San Juan worms and poundmeisters for trout.

Stream flow on the RIO COSTILLA near Costilla was 81 cfs. Fishing was fair to good using may flies, parachute Adams and yellow sallies for trout.

Stream flow on the RIO PUEBLO near Peñasco was 34 cfs. Fishing was very good using hares ears nymphs, parachute Adams, BWOs and yellow sallies.

Fishing at STORRIE LAKE was slow to fair using PowerBait, worms and salmon eggs for trout.

Fishing at UTE LAKE was good trolling crank baits and casting top water lures and spinners for white bass. Fishing was very good using worms and small plastics for bluegill. Fishing was fair using night crawlers and minnows in 15 to 20 feet of water for walleye. Fishing was fair to good using tubes, worms, creature baits and spinner baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass.

At BLUEWATER LAKE fishing was fair using top water lures and chicken parts for tiger muskies. Night fishing was fair using chicken liver and blood baits for catfish.

Monday water flows on the CHAMA RIVER below El Vado and Abiquiu were 206 cfs and 434 cfs, respectively. Fishing below El Vado was good using Rapalas, Panther Martins, Mepps, may fly nymphs, woolly buggers, night crawlers, PowerBait and salmon eggs for brown, cutthroat and rainbow trout.

Stream flow on ythe RIO HONDO near Valdez was 77 cfs. Fishing was fair using poundmeisters and copper John Barrs for trout.

CANJILON LAKES was closed by the U.S. Forest service until further notice due to danger from falling trees.

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