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Fishing Line


Tony Chapa of Albuquerque caught and released a 38-inch tiger muskie this week at Bluewater Lake. He was using a rattler.

Parker McMillan, 14, caught an 18-inch, 3-pound smallmouth bass July 21 at Elephant Butte Lake. He was fishing the Long Point area and using a green watermelon Yum Dinger, rigged whacky style.

On the Pecos River, Melissa Clayton of Santa Fe caught a 20-inch and a 17-inch rainbow trout July 21. She was fishing the river above the confluence of the Mora and using salmon eggs and worm. … Robert Padilla of Albuquerque caught and released a 24-inch, 5-pound rainbow trout July 23. He was using a bead-head, hare’s ear nymph.

Eddie Crawford of Albuquerque caught a 22-inch, 6-pound, 4-ounce smallmouth bass July 22 at Santa Rosa Lake. He was using a black and blue jig.

Joshua Marquez, 8, of Albuquerque caught a 24-inch brown trout July 23 at Seven Springs Brood Pond. He was using a homemade dry fly.

At Shady Lakes, Nicholas Carvajal, 12, of Tucson caught a 22½-inch, 2-pound rainbow trout on July 22 using night crawlers. … Alma Pena, 9, of Albuquerque, used PowerBait to land her 20-inch rainbow on Monday.


SANDIA LAKES : Fishing at both Lakes 1 and 2 has been very good. Anglers have been catching their limits using green night crawlers, shrimp and garlic chicken livers. We last stocked on July 20, with 8,000 pounds of channel catfish. Cassandra Espinosa

HERON LAKE: Fishing is still pretty slow. The best I know of anyone doing was Bill Dunn and his wife, Carle. They got out Saturday morning before sunrise and caught four rainbow trout before noon. All the fish were nice and fat, and all were around 15 inches. They were fishing from shore in the Ridge Rock area. Trolling from boats is also pretty slow. Ramps at Ridge Rock and La Laja are still accessible for launching. Don Wolfley, Stone House Lodge

SHADY LAKES: We restocked again Tuesday, with 1,000 pounds of rainbow trout. Half of the new fish are over 14 inches for the Big Trout Pond. Best baits have been worms, salmon eggs and lures. The Easy Catch Trout Pond definitely has the most fish, but they have been biting somewhat slower due to the summer heat; size average in this pond is 11 inches. Bass action is fair to good in the morning while it’s still cool, but once it gets hot the fish retreat under the water lilies. Best action report was a swim bait plastic worm combo with a sinking weight. Bluegill remain moderately active on flies and worms. There are some gigantic bluegill hanging out at the trout gutting station. Jan Phillips, director

ISLETA LAKES: Fishing is good in the early morning; as temperatures warm the activity slows considerably. Best baits are garlic chicken liver, worms and shrimp. Our Whiskers Catfish Derby continues until Aug. 28. George Garcia of Albuquerque caught a tag catfish worth $250 and since he caught it on Monday his payout doubled to $500. Carlos Trujillo, Isleta Lakes & RV Park

NOTES from Game & Fish: Stream flow on the SAN JUAN RIVER as of Monday morning was 698 cfs. Fishing through the quality waters section was very good using crystal flash emergers, ju jus, dead chickens, parachute Adams and UFOs. Fishing through the bait section was good using spinners, night crawlers, copper John Barrs, woolly buggers, parachute Adams, PowerBait and salmon eggs for trout.

Fishing at NAVAJO LAKE was good trolling Panther Martins, Kokanee Killers, Double Whammies and Arnies tipped with corn at 25 to 40 feet for kokanee. Fishing was using curly tail grubs, tubes, creature baits, sweet beavers, crank baits and spinners for smallmouth bass.

At ELEPHANT BUTTE LAKE, the catfish action was good with rod and reel and on trout lines.

Fishing at LAKE ALICE was good using PowerBait, spoons and homemade dough bait for trout.

At LAKE MALOYA, fishing was good using PowerBait, garlic cheese, Pistol Petes and Kastmasters for trout.

Trout fishing on the PECOS RIVER was good using stimulators, bead-head prince nymphs, bead-head hare’s ear nymphs, Panther Martin spinners, PowerBait, salmon eggs and worms.

Fishing on the RIO COSTILLA was good using spinners, hoppers, copper John Barrs and hare’s ear nymphs for trout.

At MONASTERY LAKE, fishing was fair using salmon peach PowerBait and salmon eggs for trout.

Night fishing at UTE LAKE continued good for anglers using cut bait and liver on trout lines for catfish.

At EAGLE NEST LAKE, fishing from anchored boats and from shore was slow to fair using PowerBait for rainbow trout. Fishing was fair using worms for perch.

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