Fishing Report: April 16
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Catches of the Week
Bluewater Lake: April 8, Matt Pelletier of Albuquerque caught and released a 48.5-inch tiger musky. He was using a jerk bait.
Clayton Lake: April 13, Mikey Montoya of Clayton caught two walleye in the 6- to 8-pound range. He was fishing from the bank and using a jig.
Cochiti Lake: April 12, Ty Smith of Albuquerque caught a 35.5-inch northern pike. He was using a crank bait.
Mora River: April 9, Nicholas Lujan, age 11, caught a 27-inch rainbow trout. He was using salmon eggs. Nicholas was quoted as saying “I thought it was going to pull me in. All I did was yell for my Uncle Pete to come help”.
Pecos River: April 13, Noberto Martinez of Santa Fe caught a 20-inch rainbow trout. He was using worms.
Tingley Beach: April 12, Ken Hall of Los Lunas caught a 22-inch rainbow trout. He was using Power Bait.
Tingley Beach: April 7, Elijah Garcia age 8 of Los Lunas, caught an 18-inch rainbow trout. He was fishing the Youth Pond and using a Vibrax spinner.
Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 723 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Lake Farmington: Trout fishing was slow to fair using Power Bait, spinners and salmon eggs. We had no reports on other species.
Navajo Lake: Fishing was slow but there were a few smallmouth bass, largemouth bass and northern pike caught by anglers using jigs, tubes, crank baits and jerk baits. Fishing for crappie was slow to fair using small jigs. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp ranged from the mid to high 40s.
San Juan: Water flow below Navajo on Monday was 348 cfs. Trout fishing through the Quality Waters was good using disco midges, black and gray foam wing emergers, red larva, chamois leeches and red San Juan worms. Fishing through the bait waters was fair to good using jerk baits, spinners, salmon eggs, Gulp eggs and San Juan worms.
Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was slow with just a few smallmouth bass and trout caught by anglers using minnows and crank baits. The surface water temp ranged from the mid to high 40s.
Albuquerque Area Drains: We had one really good report this week. Andrew Orlicky of Albuquerque fished the Albuquerque South Drain on Sunday and caught and released seven rainbow trout, two largemouth bass, one sucker and one bluegill. He was using worms. There are plenty of fish in the drains, which can provide good fishing fun throughout the year.
Bluewater Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using jerk baits, large streamers and crank baits for tiger musky. We had no reports on other species. 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 316 cfs and 602 cfs respectively. High stream flows slowed fishing at both locations.
Cochiti Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits, spinner baits and jerk baits for northern pike. We had no reports on other species.
El Vado Lake: The state park and the boat ramp opened today. We had no reports from anglers.
Fenton Lake: Trout fishing was fair using salmon eggs, Power Bait, worms and Pistol Petes. One angler fishing the east shore reported catching and releasing 40 fish.
Heron Lake: Fishing from the bank and from boats was slow this past week. We heard of two brown trout caught by anglers trolling Rapalas and one small lake trout caught on a jig and cut bait combo. The lake level continues to rise but four wheel drive was still recommended for launching at the primitive ramp.
Jackson Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Jemez Waters: Stream flow on the Jemez as of Monday was 82 cfs. Fishing was slow. Fishing on the Cebolla was slow to fair using worms. Fishing pressure was light. We had no reports from the other Jemez streams. The East Fork and the San Antonio stretches on the Valles Caldera are expected to open in May.
Laguna del Campo: Closed for the season.
San Gregorio: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Santa Cruz Lake: Trout fishing was good for anglers using small crank baits, Pistol Petes, Power bait, homemade dough 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, salmon eggs, homemade dough bait, Pistol Petes, copper John Barrs and small spoons. Fishing on the Catch and Release Pond was fair using leech patterns and small streamers.