CATCHES OF THE WEEK
Victor Contreras of Artesia caught a 29½-inch, 11-pound channel catfish and a 22½-inch, 6½-pound channel catfish Nov. 1 at Carlsbad Municipal Lake. He was using spring-green PowerBait. When cleaning the fish at home, he discovered a 10-inch trout in the stomach of the bigger fish.
Leroy Paz of Albuquerque caught a 20-inch brown trout Nov. 3 on the Chama River. He was using a small jig.
Matt Gary caught a 20-inch, 4-pound, rainbow trout on Sunday at Eagles Nest Lake. He was using a homemade dough bait.
Juan Rodriguez caught an 8-pound catfish at Elephant Butte on Sunday. He was using live shiners.
Timothy Erickson of Albuquerque caught and released a 43-inch northern pike on Saturday at Navajo Lake. He was using a large rattle lure.
Alexander Cozby, 10, of Albuquerque snagged a 22-inch, 4-pound, male kokanee at Navajo Lake on Oct. 26. He was fishing at the dam.
AROUND THE STATE
HERON LAKE: Snagging season will begin Friday at 12 a.m. The “artificial spawn” conducted by the State Game and Fish Department for the past two weeks has produced about as many salmon eggs as last year. Therefore, it is expected there are about the same number of fish out there now as last year. I hope that holds true, because this summer was sure a lot slower than last. The best spot will probably be the area around that little rocky point coming out from shore just a little southeast of the boat ramp un the Ridge Rock Campground. The boat ramps are still accessible, but I’m not aware of any boats launching lately. Don’t forget the limit for snagging salmon will be 12 per day and 24 in possession. Good luck.
Don Wolfley, Stonehouse Lodge
ISLETA LAKES: Fishing at both SUNRISE and TURTLE lakes has slowed, however there is some activity in the late afternoon on chicken liver, stink bait and worms. No trout activity reported. Trout stocking will be announced soon. Winter hours are 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Carlos Trujillo Isleta Lakes & R V Park
NOTES from GAME & FISH: Fishing at TINGLEY BEACH’S Central and Youth Ponds was good using salmon eggs, PowerBait and worms for trout.
At MANZANO LAKE, fishing was good using PowerBait, salmon eggs and spinners for trout.
Fishing at the ALBUQUERQUE AREA DRAINS was good using worms, PowerBait, copper John Barrs and small streamers for trout.
Stream flow on the SAN JUAN RIVER as of Monday morning was 413 cfs. Trout fishing through the quality waters section was fair to good using midge emergers, parachute Adams, RS2s, chocolate foam wing emergers, bead-head pheasant tail nymphs and bunny leeches. Fishing through the bait section was good using San Juan worms, jerk baits, PowerBait, worms and salmon eggs for trout.
Water flow on the ANIMAS RIVER near Aztec on Monday morning was 387 cfs. Fishing was good using salmon eggs, copper John Barrs, streamers and small spoons for trout.
Fishing at NAVAJO LAKE was good using swim baits, jerk baits and salmon roe for northern pike and an occasional catfish.
At BLUEWATER LAKE, fishing was fair to good using PowerBait, homemade dough bait, salmon egg corn combinations, worms and Pistol Petes for trout.
Fishing at MONASTERY LAKE was very good using prince nymphs, PowerBait, salmon eggs and worms under a bobber for trout.
Fishing at STORRIE LAKE was good using PowerBait and salmon eggs for trout.
At LAKE MALOYA, fishing was good using PowerBait, woolly buggers and gold spoons for trout.
Fishing at EAGLE NEST LAKE was fair to good trolling with lightweight tackle for trout.
Streamflow on the PECOS RIVER on Monday was 54 cfs. Trout fishing was good using San Juan worms, prince nymphs, salmon eggs, PowerBait and worms.
Streamflow on the RED RIVER below the hatchery on Monday was 48 cfs. Fishing was good using salmon eggs, PowerBait, egg patterns and spoons for trout.
Night fishing for catfish at ELEPHANT BUTTE LAKE was good for anglers fishing under the lights and using garlic-scented beef and plastic worms.
Fishing at BILL EVANS LAKE was good using PowerBait, salmon eggs and spinners for trout.
Fishing at ALTO LAKE was good using PowerBait for trout.
At EL RITO CREEK, fishing was very good using PowerBait, San Juan worms and salmon eggs for trout.
Fishing at SANTA ROSA LAKE was fair to good using swim baits, tubes, senkos, worms and chigger craws for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass.
At SUMNER LAKE, fishing was good using tubes, craws, swim baits, worms and senkos for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass.