CATCHES OF THE WEEK
On the Chama River,
Eric Suazo of Tierra Amarilla caught a 20-inch rainbow trout on Aug 30. He was fishing below Heron Dam and using a red Dardevle. … Tim Hale of Albuquerque caught a 23-inch, 5-pound brown trout on Sept. 1. He was fishing below El Vado and using a night crawler. … Enrique Martin of Torreon caught a 20-inch, 3 ½ -pound brown trout on Saturday. He was using a Mepps spinner. … Roylee Luna of Albuquerque caught and released a 22-inch lake trout while fishing the river below Heron Dam on Sunday. He was using a black woolly bugger.
Jawaan Payne of Lovington caught a 22-inch catfish on Saturday. at Chaparral Park Lake. He was using night crawlers and a homemade dip bait.
David Delorenzo of Albuquerque caught a northern pike that measured about 30 inches on Saturday at Navajo Lake. He was using a green crank bait.
Jolie Pino, 6, of Rio Rancho caught a 22-inch rainbow trout on Sunday at Seven Springs Brood Pond. She was using rainbow PowerBait.
Jacob Martinez of Albuquerque caught a 20-inch rainbow trout with a Panther Martin rooster tail on Sept. 2 at Shady Lakes.
AROUND THE STATE
FINGERLING BASS: The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish recently stocked more than 100,000 fingerling bass in Elephant Butte Lake. An estimated 6,200 bass from the same shipment went to Bill Evans Lake, and 20,000 were stocked in Ute Lake. Clayton Lake received about 8,800 of the fingerlings. Maxwell and Springer lakes got about 14,000 fish, while Stubblefield Lake received about 30,000 of the young bass. They were obtained from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ Miles City Fish Hatchery.
SHADY LAKES: The trout are biting easy to moderate, primarily on salmon eggs, worms and spinners. Sizes range from 9-inch pan-size rainbows up to 18 inches. Bass reports continue to be varied – from anglers getting just one to those reporting half a dozen 2-pounders caught throughout the day. Bass plastic worms and crawdads remain the favorite. Bluegill remain active on worms; one angler caught more than 30 bluegill on flies in the late afternoon. There are some gigantic bluegill hanging out at the trout gutting station waiting for snacks. Jan Phillips, director
NOTES from GAME & FISH: At COCHITI LAKE, fishing was good using cut bait, catfish blood bait and liver for catfish.
Fishing at TINGLEY BEACH’S Central and Youth Ponds was fair to good using hot dogs, homemade dough baits and worms for catfish.
Fishing at FENTON LAKE was fair to good using spinners, Kastmasters, PowerBait, worms and salmon eggs for trout.
Fishing on the East Fork of the JEMEZ RIVER was good using ants, elk hair caddis and small spinners for brown trout.
At EL VADO LAKE, fishing was fair to good using spinners, small crank baits and worms for small smallmouth bass.
Fishing at UTE LAKE was very good vertical jigging for white bass at 35 to 40 feet.
At EAGLE NEST LAKE, fishing from boats continued to be the best bet for catching trout. Anglers did well using Platte River specials tipped with PowerBait for trout. Fishing for perch was very good for anglers using worms.
Stream flow on the RIO GRANDE on Monday at the Taos Junction Bridge was 220 cfs. Fishing was good using dry dropper fly combinations, hoppers, woolly buggers, Kastmasters, Panther Martins, PowerBait and night crawlers for trout.
At CONCHAS LAKE, fishing was good using soft swim baits, top water lures, creature baits, senkos and tubes for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass.
Fishing at NAVAJO LAKE was good using swim baits, crank baits, top water lures and spinner baits for northern pike.
Stream flow on the SAN JUAN RIVER as of Monday morning was 423 cfs. Fishing through the quality waters section was good using RS2s, black foam wing emergers, fore and afts, small bead-head, pheasant tail nymphs, root beers, San Juan worms and crystal flash midges. Decent midge hatches were coming off in the mid-afternoon and through the evening hours. Fishing through the bait section was good using night crawlers, woolly buggers, copper John Barrs, San Juan worms, jerk baits, PowerBait and salmon eggs for trout.
Fishing at ELEPHANT BUTTE LAKE was good using crank baits, jerk baits, top water lures and curly tail grubs for white bass.
At ESCONDIDA LAKE, fishing was good using hot dogs, night crawlers and liver for catfish.
Fishing at OASIS PARK LAKE was very good using chicken liver, hot dog and worms for catfish.
At SUMNER LAKE, fishing was good using crank baits, tubes, jerk baits and swim baits in the coves for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass.