CATCHES OF THE WEEK
Jane Marianetti caught a 20-inch rainbow trout at Hopewell Lake on Monday. She was using a #8 Muddler Minnow.
Raylene Carillo, 7, of Alamogordo, caught a 2 ¾ -pound largemouth bass July 25 on Saturday at Bill Evans Lake. She was using lemon twist Power Bait.
Shawn Ramone of Albuquerque caught a 22-inch channel catfish at Cochiti Lake. He was using night crawlers.
Nicholas Stevens, of Hobbs, caught a 6-pound, 2-ounce largemouth bass on Friday at Green Meadow Lake. He was using a plastic worm.
The father-son team of Rick and Darian Sanchez caught a 10.8-pound, 24-inch catfish July 18 at Lake Van. They were using blood bait.
Matt Gladstone of Taos caught and released an 11-pound, 12-ounce, 40-inch northern pike July 14 at Navajo Lake. He was using a 1-ounce Pike Pounder rattle bait in a glitter tiger pattern. He also released a 10-pound, 8-ounce pike July 16. He was using a perch-colored buzz bait.
Carlos Trujillo, Jr., 3, of Albuquerque, reeled in a 19 ½ -inch rainbow trout July 26 on the Pecos River. He was using salmon peach PowerBait.
AROUND THE STATE
SANDIA LAKES: Fishing at all three lakes has been good. Most activity reported is in early morning and late afternoon. Anglers have had the most success using worms, hog wild dough balls, and garlic chicken livers. Cassandra Espinosa, manager
NOTES from GAME & FISH: Water flow on the SAN JUAN RIVER below Navajo Lake on Monday morning was 641 cfs. The increased flow stirred up the water for a short time but fishing was still good. Trout fishing through the quality waters was good using foam wing emergers, San Juan worms, Chernobyl ants, beetles dark midge patterns and pheasant tail nymphs. Fishing through the bait waters was fair to good using PowerBait, night crawlers, jerk baits, Gulp eggs, San Juan worms, chamois leeches and woolly buggers.
Fishing at NAVAJO LAKE was good using buzz baits, crank baits and jerk baits for northern pike. Fishing was fair using tubes, worms, jerk baits, topwater lures and jigs for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was fair using chicken liver for catfish. Fishing was fair to good trolling Arnie’s, Kokanee Killers and Z Rays tipped with corn at 30 to 45 feet for kokanee. The surface temp was in the mid 70s.
At ELEPHANT BUTTE LAKE, fishing was fair using minnows, crank baits and spinners for white bass. Fishing was slow to fair using worms, tubes, sweet beavers, jerk baits and topwater lures for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing was good using chicken liver, cut bait, shad and night crawlers for catfish. The surface water temp was in the low to mid 80s.
Fishing at QUEMADO LAKE was fair to good using assorted PowerBait for trout. A few tiger muskie in the 30- to 35-inch range were caught by anglers using topwater lures and crank baits.
At COCHITI LAKE, fishing was fair using tubes, jigs, senkos, worms and chigger craws for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits and curly tail grubs for white bass. Fishing was fair using blood baits and night crawlers for catfish.
Fishing conditions at FENTON LAKE have deteriorated with the hot summer weather but there were a few trout caught this past week by anglers using corn and worms.
Fishing on the JEMEZ RIVER was good using worms, salmon eggs, copper John Barrs and black ants for trout. The water was a bit stained. Fishing on the CEBOLLA was fair to good using hoppers, ants, beetles and worms for trout. Fishing on the RIO Guadalupe was good using worms, beetles and dark colored pheasant tail nymphs for brown trout.
Stream flow on the PECOS RIVER on Monday was 141 cfs. Trout fishing was good using pheasant tail nymphs, salmon eggs and worms. The Pecos National Historical Park is open for summer fishing through Monday. For more information and reservations call 505-757-7272.
At MONASTERY LAKE, fishing was very good using Pistol Petes, salmon eggs, worms and PowerBait for trout.
At MORPHY LAKE, fishing was good using Pistol Petes, woolly buggers, Kastmasters, Super Dupers and Panther Martins for trout in the early morning and evening hours.
Fishing at STORRIE LAKE was fair using PowerBait, corn and worms for trout.
Stream flow on the CIMARRON RIVER on Monday near Cimarron was 77 cfs. Fishing was good using brassies, elk hair caddis, Montana prince nymphs and micromays for trout. Trout fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes was good using PowerBait, salmon eggs and worms.
At SHUREE PONDS, fishing was good using Pistol Petes, elk hair caddis, BWOs and wooly buggers for trout. Stream fishing on the VALLE VIDAL was good using Yeager 409s, parachute Adams, yellow sallies and PMDs for trout.
Fishing at EAGLE NEST LAKE continued to be very good using worms for perch. Anglers did well from the bank and from anchored boats. Fishing for trout continued to be very sporadic with some fish caught by anglers trolling spinners tipped with corn or PowerBait and others doing best using PowerBait from anchored boats. Fishing for Kokanee and northern pike was slow.
Fishing at UTE LAKE was good using worms, small grubs and poppers for bluegill. Fishing was fair trolling crank baits for white bass. Fishing for walleye was slow. Fishing was fair to good using chigger craws, tubes and plastic worms on main lake points for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was good using chicken liver for catfish. Most of the catfish were caught by anglers fishing at night in shallow water.
Stream flow on the RED RIVER above Questa on Monday was 65 cfs. Fishing was fair to good using poundmeisters, wooly buggers, night crawlers and Panther Martins for trout.
Fishing at LAKE MALOYA was good using green and orange PowerBait, corn, salmon eggs, hoppers and Pistol Petes for trout up to 3 ½ pounds.
At CONCHAS LAKE, fishing was good using worms, small tubes and small crawdad imitations for bluegill. Fishing was fair using jerk baits, tubes, worms, senkos, chigger craws and salt craws for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was fair to good using liver and homemade dough baits for catfish.
Fishing at LOS PINOS was good using worms, copper John Barrs, prince nymphs, poundmeisters and woolly buggers for trout.
Monday morning water flows on the CHAMA RIVER below El Vado and Abiquiu were 158 cfs and 391 cfs respectively. Fishing below El Vado was fair to good using Panther Martins, Kastmasters woolly buggers and night crawlers for brown, cutthroat and rainbow trout. Fishing below Abiquiu was slow.
At ABIQUIU LAKE, fishing was fair using spinner-night crawler rigs, deep running crankbaits and swim baits for walleye. Fishing was fair using worms, woolly buggers, crank baits and topwater lures for smallmouth bass.
Stream flow on the RIO HONDO on Monday was 44 cfs. Fishing on the upper Hondo was very good again this past week using single dry flies. Best flies were PMDs, parachute Adams and yellow sallies.
Stream flow on the RIO PUEBLO near Peñasco was 28 cfs. Fishing was good using parachute Adams, elk hair caddis, hippie stompers and yellow sallies.
Fishing at GRINDSTONE RESERVOIR was fair using salmon peach PowerBait, salmon eggs and worms for trout.
At JAL LAKE, fishing was slow to fair using liver, night crawlers and blood baits for catfish.
Fishing at LAKE VAN was slow to fair using chicken liver, blood baits and homemade dough baits for catfish.
Fishing at SUMNER LAKE was slow for all species.
Stream flow on the PECOS RIVER below Sumner Lake as of Monday morning was 141 cfs. Fishing was slow for all species.