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Catches of the Week
Bluewater Lake: March 23, Justin Francis, age 12, and his sister Aubree, age 10, caught and released a 34-inch and a 36-inch tiger musky.They were fishing with their dad, Sterling, and caught and released 14 fish. They were using spinner baits, swim baits and shrimp.
Elephant Butte Lake: March 22, Byron Lucero of T or C caught a 15-pound striped bass. He was using a crank bait.
Lake Farmington: March 23, Andrew Dailey, age 4, of Farmington caught a 20-inch rainbow trout. He and his sister Kristen, age 6, caught and released several trout all caught on spinners.
Quemado Lake: March 21, Tim Chavez of Las Cruces caught a 42-inch tiger musky. He was using Power Bait on 8-pound test line.
Tingley Beach: March 19, Joe Gurule of Albuquerque caught and released a 4-pound largemouth bass. He was fishing the Catch and Release Pond and using an egg pattern fly.
Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 317 cfs. Trout fishing was fair to good using wooly buggers, egg patterns, salmon eggs and worms.
San Juan River: Water flow below Navajo Dam on Monday was 251 cfs. Trout fishing through the Quality Waters was good using red, pink or orange midge larva, egg patterns, disco midges, princess nymphs, leeches, streamers and San Juan worms. There are good midge and BWO hatches coming off in the afternoon hours. Anglers having the best luck were adding a little flash to their flies. Fishing through the bait waters was good using worms, Gulp eggs, salmon eggs and jerk baits.
Lake Farmington: Trout fishing was good using Power Bait, small spoons, Pistol Petes and salmon eggs. We had no reports on other species.
Navajo Lake: Fishing for northern pike was slow to fair using jerk baits, swim baits and crank baits. Fishing for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass was slow with just a few caught by anglers using jerk baits and crank baits. We had no reports on other species.
Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was generally slow but there were a few smallmouth bass and trout caught by anglers using jigs, streamers and crank baits.
Albuquerque Area Drains: We had no reports from the drains this week.
Bluewater Lake: Fishing for tiger musky was very slow during the past week but picked up on Sunday. Best baits were spinner baits, swim baits and shrimp. Fishing for all other species was slow. The lake level has dropped a bit but there is still plenty of water for launching boats. Anglers should be aware that it is illegal to use bait fish at this lake.
Brazos River: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Canjilon Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 46 cfs and 82 cfs respectively. Trout fishing below Abiquiu was fair using worms. Corey Miller of Los Alamos caught and released two nice browns and a rainbow. He was using worms. We had no reports from below El Vado.
Cochiti Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
El Vado Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week. The main area of the state park has closed until March 31 but there is still fishing access and open water near the dam.
Fenton Lake: Trout fishing was fair to good for anglers using worms, Power Bait and salmon eggs. Fishing pressure was heavy throughout the week.
Heron Lake: Fishing was fair to good using jigs with cut bait for lake trout. The lakers were found in 20 to 30 feet of water. Four-wheel-drive was recommended for launching at the primitive ramp. Trout fishing from the bank was rated as slow to fair by anglers using Power Bait.
Jackson Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Jemez Waters: The Jemez River was flowing at 28 cfs on Monday. Trout fishing on the Jemez was good using copper John Barrs., egg patterns and salmon eggs. We had no reports from the other Jemez streams. The Valles Caldera has been closed to fishing for the winter but should be back up and running soon.
Laguna del Campo: Closed for the season.
San Gregorio: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Santa Cruz Lake: Trout fishing was very good for anglers using Pistol Petes, wooly buggers, Fisher Chick spinners, Panther Martins, small crank baits, Power bait, salmon eggs and worms.
Seven Springs Brood Pond: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Tingley Beach: Fishing at the Youth and Central Ponds was very good using Power Bait, worms, salmon eggs, homemade dough bait, small spoons and Pistol Petes. Fishing at the Catch and Release Pond was fair to good using small streamers and egg patterns for trout and an occasional largemouth bass.