CATCHES OF THE WEEK
At Cochiti Lake,
Joshua Kitting of Albuquerque caught a 4-pound smallmouth bass on April 15. He was using a crawdad. … Richard Jimenez of Albuquerque caught a 26-inch northern pike on April 15. He was using a jerk bait.
Tony Cutbirth caught a 3-pound, 2-ounce, largemouth bass at Elephant Butte. He was using plastics.
Brye Campbell of Albuquerque caught a 22-inch rainbow trout at Tingley Beach’s Central Pond on April 15 using salmon eggs.
Lynda Loncar of Albuquerque caught a 20-inch rainbow trout using a worm on April 9 at Shady Lakes.
AROUND THE STATE
NAMBE FALLS AND LAKE: Fishing started slow but has been steadily improving to fair. Fishermen are catching 6- to 16-inch rainbow trout and native cutthroat trout using salmon peach PowerBait and Panther Martin spinners. The lake was stocked on April 4 and April 14 with rainbow trout. Wayne Vigil
ISLETA LAKES: Fishing at both SUNRISE and TURTLE lakes has been good for both rainbow trout and channel catfish. Baits being used are various PowerBaits, Pistol Petes, night crawlers and chicken liver. Several largemouth bass have been caught at Turtle Lakes. As soon as the temperatures start to increase, we will start stocking channel catfish. Curtis Thompson, game warden
SHADY LAKES: We are drilling a new well and will be closed today. We will open Friday-Sunday. Call 898-2568 for hours and possible closings the week of April 25-29.We restocked with 800 pounds of trout on April 12. Average size is 11 inches yet range up to 18 inches (with a few 20 inches added in). Bass reports have been strong with several 4-pounders caught (and put back). The ponds are mostly free of water lilies and aquatic grass – crank baits, lures, spinner baits, flies, swim baits, plastic worms and crawdads. The bass are beginning to spawn and bluegill reports are moderate on flies and worms. Jan Phillips, director
SANDIA LAKES: We are stocking today with a fresh batch of rainbow trout from Colorado. Mother’s Day concert in the park. Cassandra Espinosa
NOTES from GAME & FISH: Water flow on the SAN JUAN RIVER below Navajo Lake on Monday morning was 506 cfs with a visibility of about two feet. Trout fishing through the quality waters was good using foam wing emergers, RS2s, red and cream larva, red annelids, zebra midges, Parachute Adams and comparaduns. Fishing through the bait waters was good using worms, jerk baits, spoons and copper John Barrs for trout.
Fishing at NAVAJO LAKE was very good using worms, small grubs and small spinners for bluegill.
At ELEPHANT BUTTE LAKE, fishing was good using sassy shad, spoons, curly tail grubs and crank baits for white bass
At CONCHAS LAKE, fishing was very good using crank baits, spinner baits, creature baits, jerk baits, swim baits and plastic worms for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was very good using crank baits, jerk baits, grubs and sassy shad for white bass.
Fishing at LAKE ALICE was good using PowerBait, salmon eggs, worms and Pistol Petes for trout.
Fishing at LAKE MALOYA was good using PowerBait, salmon eggs, Gulp eggs and Pistol Petes for rainbow trout up to 16 inches.
At MONASTERY LAKE, fishing was good using PowerBait, Gulp eggs, Pistol Petes and worms for trout.
Stream flow on the PECOS RIVER on Monday was 168 cfs. Fishing this past week was very good using prince nymphs, egg patterns, San Juan worms, stimulators, woolly buggers and worms for trout.
Stream flow on the RED RIVER below the hatchery on Monday was 71 cfs. Trout fishing was good using worms, PowerBait, San Juan worms and hare’s ear nymphs.
Fishing for trout at TINGLEY BEACH’S Central Pond and Youth Pond was good using worms, cheese baits, PowerBait, salmon eggs, Pistol Petes and small spoons.
At FENTON LAKE, fishing was good using olive Pistol Petes, small Tennessee shad, crank baits, woolly buggers, hare’s ear nymphs, worms and garlic and rainbow PowerBait for trout.
Trout fishing on the CEBOLLA was very good using hare’s ear nymphs, San Juan worms and worms. Fishing on the SAN ANTONIO was good using worms, salmon eggs and flashback, pheasant tail nymphs.
AT COCHITI LAKE, fishing was fair using jerk baits, crank baits and spinner baits for northern pike.
Fishing at MANZANO LAKE was fair using PowerBait, Gulp eggs and small spoons for trout.