CATCHES OF THE WEEK
Edmond Trujillo of Albuquerque caught a 7-pound, 26-inch channel catfish at Sandia Lakes. He was using his own blend of mud bait.
Matthew Medina of Albuquerque caught a 26-inch, 10-pound channel catfish at Tingley Beach. He was using a Canadian night crawler under a bobber.
On the Chama River, Shirley Hartman of Lubbock, Texas caught a 21.5-inch, 3-pound brown trout on Sept. 27. She was using an olive dubbing leech. … Kurt Deurre of Los Alamos caught a 21-inch, 3.75-pound brown trout. He was using night crawlers.
Darrell Carr of Carlsbad caught and released a 7-pound, 10-ounce largemouth bass on Sunday at Green Meadow Lake. He was night fishing and using a black and blue Z-man chatterbait with a craw trailer.
Adriana Parada caught a 26-inch, 5½ pound channel catfish on Sept. 27. at Lake Van. She was using shrimp and chicken blood magic bait.
Angelico Chavez of Las Vegas caught a 24-inch rainbow trout at Morphy Lake. He was using a size 16 elk hair caddis.
Nikolas Adler of Santa Fe caught a 22-inch rainbow trout while fishing the Pecos River above Windy Bridge campground on Saturday. He was using a prince nymph.
Seth Kohrs of Albuquerque, caught and released several brown trout including a 24-inch beauty and two others over 20 inches on the Rio Grande on Sunday. He was using a size 4 double bunny streamer.
Eldon McWhorter of Bosque Farms caught and released a 6.61-pound smallmouth bass on Saturday at Ute Lake. He was using a drop shot rig.
AROUND THE STATE
SHADY LAKES: As of Sunday, the trout were still biting quite well. The biggest catch was a hefty 22-inch rainbow caught on flies out of the west pond on Sept. 29. There are numerous bigger trout remaining in this west pond. The east trout pond continues to catch well and is running a 10-inch average, primarily on worms and salmon eggs. The bluegill and bass slow down with the cooler weather, although there are still reports of a few being caught. By this time of year, the bass have seen just about everything thrown out at them. Shady Lakes is open just on the weekends at 9 a.m. Our last day will be Oct. 30.
Jan Phillips, director
NOTES from GAME & FISH: Fishing was very good at MORPHY LAKE using PowerBait, salmon eggs, Pistol Petes, elk hair caddis and small bead-head nymphs for trout.
At MONASTERY LAKE, fishing was good using PowerBait, salmon eggs, worms and Pistol Petes for trout.
Streamflow on the PECOS RIVER on Monday was 41 cfs. Trout fishing was good using woolly worms, San Juan worms, small spinners, salmon eggs and worms.
Streamflow on the RIO GRANDE on Monday at the Taos Junction Bridge was 220 cfs. Fishing was very good using spinners, Kastmasters, streamers, PowerBait and night crawlers for trout.
Streamflow on the SAN JUAN RIVER as of Monday morning was 469 cfs. Fishing through the quality waters section was good using RS2s, parachute Adams, foam wing emergers, BWOs, San Juan worms and crystal flash midges. Fishing through the bait section was good using night crawlers, copper John Barrs, San Juan worms, jerk baits, spinners, PowerBait and salmon eggs for trout.
Fishing at NAVAJO LAKE was good using swim baits, crank baits and spinner baits for northern pike. Kokanee snagging was good near the dam.
Fishing at TINGLEY BEACH’S the Central and Youth Ponds was slow with just a few catfish caught by anglers using homemade dough baits and worms. Fishing was slow to fair using worms for bluegill.
Fishing at FENTON LAKE was fair to good using Pistol Petes, woolly buggers, PowerBait, worms and grasshoppers for trout.
At EL VADO LAKE, fishing was fair using PowerBait and spinners for rainbow trout. Fishing was fair to good using tubes and jigs for smallmouth bass.
Fishing at LAKE MALOYA was fair to good using PowerBait for rainbow trout and Pistol Petes for brown trout.
At ELEPHANT BUTTE LAKE, fishing was fair using minnows and curly tail grubs for white bass.