CATCHES OF THE WEEK
Josh Kitting of Albuquerque caught a 20-inch largemouth bass March 9 at the Albuquerque Drain. He was using a spinner bait.
Anthony Vigil of Albuquerque caught a 22-inch, 5-pound rainbow trout March 7 at Bluewater Lake. He was using PowerBait.
Antonio Chavez, 7, of Pecos caught a 15-inch brown trout Saturday on the Pecos River. He was fishing with his dad, Antonio S. Chavez, who caught a 23 ¼ -inch rainbow trout. They were using Panther Martin spinners.
David Lynch of Edgewood caught a 24-inch, 7-pound brown trout on Saturday on the San Juan River. He was fishing the bait waters and using a night crawler.
Colby Weldon of Rio Rancho caught and released a 24-inch, 9-pound, 12-ounce, rainbow trout at Tingley Beach on March 9.
AROUND THE STATE
WHITEWATER CREEK: The Department of Game and Fish, with the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is seeking public comment on a proposed project to restore native Gila trout to 24 miles of Whitewater Creek and its tributaries in the Gila National Forest and Wilderness. To view the proposal and submit comments, visit http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/fishing/native-new-mexico-fish/gila-trout-recovery-angling/.
SANDIA LAKES: Fishing at Lakes 1 and 2 has been very good using lures, worms and various PowerBaits. We last stocked on Wednesday, with 1,500 pounds of rainbow trout. Starting April 3, we will be open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Cassandra Espinosa, manager
SHADY LAKES: The trout continue biting moderate to strong, primarily on PowerBaits, salmon eggs and lures. Average rainbow runs 13 inches, and the trout are wonderfully full-bodied with good color and flavor. There are still some golden “palomino” rainbow trout in stock. Catch-and-release activity on the largemouth bass is going really well. The week’s highest number reported caught and released was 12 bass using a light-colored swim bait. Strong results also reported with woolly buggers on a fly rod. Anything goes at this time of the year as the ponds are free of water lilies and aquatic grass – crank baits, lures, spinner baits. Size average is running small, in the 12-inch range. Bass are in pre-spawn. Bluegill have yet to appear near the shore but have begun to bite on flies. Jan Phillips, director
NOTES from GAME & FISH: Trout fishing at TINGLEY BEACH’S Central Pond and Youth Pond was good using homemade dough baits, PowerBait, salmon eggs, Pistol Petes, egg patterns and Fisher Chick spinners. Trout fishing at the Bob Gerding Catch and Release Pond was good using emergers, San Juan worms, small leech patterns and an assortment of custom tied flies.
Fishing on the ALBUQUERQUE, BELEN and CORRALES drains was good using worms, salmon eggs, homemade dough bait, woolly buggers and pheasant tail nymphs for trout.
Trout fishing at FENTON LAKE was very good using olive woolly buggers, Pistol Petes, worms, PowerBait and small Tennessee shad for trout.
At ELEPHANT BUTTE LAKE, fishing was very good using jerk baits and crank baits for white bass. The best action reported was near Kettle Top.
Fishing at BLUEWATER LAKE was excellent using spinners, Pistol Petes, PowerBait, Gulp eggs, worms and homemade dough baits for trout.
Water flow on the SAN JUAN RIVER below Navajo Lake on Monday morning was 418 cfs with a visibility of about 2 feet. Trout fishing through the quality waters was good using chamois leeches, cream egg patterns, BWOs and small midges. Fishing through the bait waters was good using worms, salmon eggs, jerk baits, flashback pheasant tails, egg patterns and chamois leeches for trout.
Fishing from the bank at CLAYTON LAKE was very good using PowerBait and homemade dough baits for rainbow trout.
Fishing at LAKE ALICE was very good using PowerBait, homemade dough bait, salmon eggs and Gulp eggs for trout.
At LAKE MALOYA, there was plenty of open water for bank fishing, and anglers did very well with several limits of trout reported. Best baits were homemade dough bait and PowerBait.
Trout fishing at MONASTERY LAKE was very good using salmon eggs, PowerBait, egg patterns and worms.
At MORPHY LAKE, fishing was good using PowerBait, salmon eggs, worms, Pistol Petes, Fisher Chick spinners and Kastmasters for trout.
Fishing at STORRIE LAKE was fair to good using PowerBait and salmon eggs for trout.
About 90 percent of EAGLE NEST LAKE is free of ice and open to bank fishing. Fishing has been fair using PowerBait and spoons for trout.