CATCHES OF THE WEEK
At Bluewater Lake,
Robert Romero of Albuquerque caught a 47-inch tiger muskie at Bluewater Lake on Saturday. He was using a jointed trout lure. … Jonathan Swinger, 18, of Albuquerque, caught a 40-inch tiger muskie July 18. He was using a hot dog.
At Shady Lakes, Seth Markham, of Albuquerque, caught and released a 23-inch, 6½-pound largemouth bass using a 5-inch Yamamoto senko plastic worm on Sunday. … Fermin Herrera, of Albuquerque, caught a 23-inch trout on July 11 with a worm.
Logan Haggerton, 13, of Las Cruces, caught an 18-pound, 33-inch blue catfish at Elephant Butte Lake on July 14. He was using cut bait.
Dusty Loftis of Jal, caught a 5-pound channel catfish and a 9-pound channel catfish July 16 at Jal Lake. He was using liver and blood bait.
Len Lo Presto of Las Cruces, caught a 33-inch blue catfish July 17 on the Rio Grande. He was fishing the river between Elephant Butte and Caballo and using a Texas rigged plastic worm.
Ryland Wells, 3, of Phoenix, caught a 20-inch and a 25-inch rainbow trout at Seven Springs Brood Pond on July 17. He was using a 76 Lucky Craft jerk bait.
AROUND THE STATE
SHADY LAKES: The trout are biting well again on lures, worms and salmon eggs Best to fish in the morning or later afternoon as they slow during the heat of the day. We stock again today with another 750 pounds of rainbows. There are still several golden “Palomino” rainbow trout in the ponds to intrigue and challenge you. Average size is running 12 inches and there are several trout running 16 inches and up. With the almost daily cooling rains, the bass activity reports are good on plastics and swim baits. Best spots for finding the bass are under the water lilies. Bluegill are biting on worms and salmon eggs. Jan Phillips, manager
HERON LAKE: Fishing at Heron remains very slow. A few stocker rainbow trout have been caught from shore bait fishing with salmon eggs, worms or PowerBait. A few rainbow have also been caught trolling, fishing with spinners. It looks like it’s not going to get any better. I think we just don’t have the populations of fish that we have enjoyed in the past. Water is still coming in faster than it’s going out, so that’s a positive. With all the rain we’re getting, let’s hope there won’t be the need to release as much water as we did last year. Don Wolfley, Heron Lake Guide Service
LAKE FARMINGTON: Five tagged fish were recently stocked for the 2015 Hook the Money Fish Contest sponsored by the Farmington Convention & Visitors Bureau. Each fish is worth $100. Winners can take the tags to the bureau’s office, 3041 E Main, Farmington, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. All fishing rules and regulations must be followed and anglers 12 and older must buy a fishing license. Non-motorized boat users must purchase a watercraft pass at the entrance to Lake Farmington.
NOTES from GAME & FISH: Water flow on the SAN JUAN RIVER below Navajo Lake on Monday morning was 384 cfs. Trout fishing through the quality waters was good using foam wing emergers, hoppers, beetles, chamois leeches RS2s and pheasant tail nymphs. Fishing through the bait waters was fair to good using night crawlers, Gulp eggs, San Juan worms, chamois leeches, woolly buggers and PowerBait.
At NAVAJO LAKE, fishing was good using buzz baits, tubes, craws, senkos, crank baits and baby brush hogs for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. The majority of the bass caught were small. Fishing was good using crank baits at the upper end of the lake for small northern pike.
Fishing at ELEPHANT BUTTE LAKE was good using chicken liver, cut bait, homemade dough baits, shad and night crawlers for catfish.
At CONCHAS LAKE, fishing was very good using worms, grubs, small tubes and small crawdad imitations for bluegill.
Fishing at COWLES POND was good using salmon eggs, night crawlers, spinners, PowerBait and Pistol Petes for trout.
Fishing at EAGLE NEST LAKE continued to be very good using worms for perch.
Stream flow on the PECOS RIVER on Monday was 130 cfs. Trout fishing was good using yellow sallies, pheasant tail nymphs, salmon eggs and worms.
Fishing at LOS PINOS was good using worms, salmon eggs, prince nymphs, poundmeisters and woolly buggers for trout.
At UTE LAKE, fishing was very good using worms and small plastics for bluegill.
Fishing on the CHAMA RIVER below El Vado was good using Panther Martins, woolly buggers, night crawlers, PowerBait and salmon eggs for brown, cutthroat and rainbow trout.
Fishing on the upper RIO HONDO was very good using single dry flies. Best flies were PMDs, parachute Adams and yellow sallies.
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.
Fishing on the JEMEZ RIVER was good using worms, salmon eggs, hoppers and black ants for trout. Fishing on the CEBOLLA was good using San Juan worms, ants, beetles and worms for trout.