CATCHES OF THE WEEK
Anthony C. Osmond, of Albuquerque, caught and released a 28-inch tiger muskie Sunday at Bluewater Lake. He was using a hot dog under a bobber.
Julian Pecos, 8, of Rio Rancho, caught a 21 ½ -inch, 2 ½ -pound brown trout Saturday on the Chama River. He was fishing below El Vado Dam and using a grasshopper.
At Shady Lakes, Roland Gerencer, 10, of Albuquerque, used a silver spinner to catch a 21-inch rainbow trout on Sunday. … Seki Kim, 9, of Albuquerque, caught a 21-inch rainbow trout Sunday using a yellow spinner.
Julia Vigil, of Rio Rancho, caught a 23-inch rainbow trout Sept. 5 at Monastery Lake. She was using purple PowerBait.
AROUND THE STATE
SANDIA LAKES: Fishing at Lakes 1 and 2 has been good. Anglers have been having the most success using night crawlers, various stink baits and hot dogs. We will be stocking on Wednesday with channel catfish. Cassandra Espinosa
SHADY LAKES: The trout are biting easy to moderate now, primarily on salmon eggs, worms and spinners. Sizes range from 9-inch, pan-size rainbows up to 18 inches. Both trout ponds are carrying a mix of sizes. There are more trout in the west pond, but they are biting slower (go figure …). Bass action 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. Those gigantic bluegill are still hanging out at the trout gutting station waiting for snacks. Jan Phillips, director
NOTES from GAME & FISH: Fishing at TINGLEY BEACH’S Central and Youth Ponds was good using hot dogs, homemade dough baits, shrimp and worms for catfish.
Stream flow on the SAN JUAN RIVER as of Monday morning was 506 cfs with an increase to 700 cfs scheduled later in the day. Fishing through the quality waters section was good using RS2s, black foam wing emergers, fore and afts, small bead-head, pheasant tail nymphs, 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 NAVAJO LAKE was good using swim baits, spinner baits, tubes, jigs, top water lures, crank baits, jerk baits and Kastmasters for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was good using swim baits, top water lures and spinner baits for northern pike.
At FENTON LAKE, trout fishing from boats was good using spinners and Pistol Petes.
Stream flow on the JEMEZ RIVER near Jemez Springs on Monday morning was 17 cfs. Fishing on the EAST FORK was very good using ants, elk hair caddis flies and small spinners for brown trout.
At EAGLE NEST LAKE, fishing for rainbow trout was good trolling spinners and Platte River specials tipped with PowerBait this past week. Fishing from the bank and from anchored boats was good using worms for perch.
Monday morning water flows on the CHAMA RIVER below El Vado and Abiquiu were 514 cfs and 553 cfs, respectively. Fishing below El Vado was good using woolly buggers, night crawlers, PowerBait, Panther Martin spinners and Kastmasters for brown, cutthroat and rainbow trout.
Stream flow on the PECOS RIVER on Monday was 59 cfs. Trout fishing was good using golden stoneflies, bead-head, pheasant tail nymphs, yellow sallies, San Juan worms, Panther Martins, salmon eggs and worms.
Streamflow on the RIO COSTILLA near Costilla on Monday morning was 55 cfs. Fishing was good using small bead-head, pheasant tail nymphs for trout.
Fishing at LAKE ALICE was fair to good using PowerBait for trout.
At CONCHAS LAKE, fishing was good using jigs and curly tail grubs for white bass.
Fishing at SANTA CRUZ RESERVOIR was good using night crawlers and PowerBait for trout.
At UTE LAKE, fishing was very good vertical jigging for white bass at 30 to 35 feet. Fishing was good vertical jigging plastics in 15 to 20 feet of water and using crank baits and top water lures for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass.
At ABIQUIU LAKE, early in the week fishing was good jigging deep with tubes for smallmouth bass but action slowed over the weekend as a front moved through the area.
Fishing at TROUT LAKES was good using PowerBait, worms, salmon eggs and spinners for trout.
Fishing at ELEPHANT BUTTE LAKE was good using crank baits, jerk baits, top water lures and curly tail grubs for white bass. Fishing was fair to good using liver, crawdads, hot dogs and homemade dough baits for catfish.