Fishing Report: May 1
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Catches of the Week
Elephant Butte Lake: April 27, Bob Lechel of Los Alamos caught and released a 5-pound, 6-ounce largemouth bass. He was using a 5-inch senko.
Heron Lake: April 24, Dan Alanzo of San Antonio, Texas, caught a 35.75-inch, 17-pound, 2-ounce lake trout. He was using a jig with a white tube. April 25, Norma Wolfley caught a 32.5-inch, 15-pound, 6-ounce lake trout. She was using a jig with a white tube.
Pecos River: April 22, Daniel Lucero, Jr., age 3, of Belen caught a 19.5-inch and a 19.75-inch rainbow trout. It was a joint effort with dad Daniel Lucero. They were using worms and corn.
Ute Lake: April 25, Russell Berryman of Hobbs caught and released a 19-inch, 4.5-poound smallmouth bass and a 21-inch, 5.5-pound smallmouth bass. He was using a jig and minnow combination.
Chama River: April 19, Mary Garcia of Albuquerque caught a 20-inch rainbow trout. She was using salmon eggs.
Eagle Rock Lake: April 19, Anthony Hernandez of Albuquerque caught a 19-inch brown trout. He was using a silver and blue Kastmaster.
Elephant Butte Lake: April 21, Jim Graham of Las Cruces caught a 34-inch, 16.5-pound striped bass. He was using a live shiner fished 8 feet down over 20 feet of water.
Abiquiu Lake: Strong winds kept anglers off the lake for most of the past week. We had no reports.
Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 1,210 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Albuquerque Area Drains: Fishing on the Albuquerque South drain was fair to good using worms for trout. We had no reports on other species or from other drains.
Bluewater Lake: Fishing was fair using hot dogs, spoons and jerk baits for tiger musky. Fishing for all other species was slow. Anglers should be aware that it is illegal to use bait fish at this lake.
Brazos River: Trout fishing was fair using copper John Barrs and worms.
Canjilon Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 300 cfs and 451 cfs respectively. Fishing below El Vado was fair using worms and salmon eggs. We had no reports from below Abiquiu.
Cochiti Lake: Before the strong winds arrived, fishing was fair using crank baits and jerk baits for smallmouth bass and walleye. Fishing was fair to good using liver and night crawlers for catfish. We had no reports on other species.
El Vado Lake: The State Park and the boat ramp are now open. We had no reports from anglers.
Fenton Lake: Trout fishing was fair to good using Power Bait, worms, wooly buggers and Pistol Petes.
Heron Lake: Fishing continued to be a bit slow for lake trout with just a few caught by anglers using jigs tipped with white tubes and cut bait. Anglers fishing from the bank and using Power Bait and others trolling spinners picked up a few rainbow trout. We had no reports on other species. The lake level continues to rise but four wheel drive was still recommended for launching at the primitive ramp.
Jackson Lake: Fishing was good using spinners, Power Bait and salmon eggs for trout. We had no reports on other species.
Jemez Waters: Stream flow on the Jemez as of Monday was 46 cfs. Fishing was slow with just a few trout caught by anglers using worms. Fishing on the Cebolla was slow to fair using worms and grasshoppers. We had no reports from the other Jemez streams. The East Fork on the Valles Caldera has opened for weekend fishing and the full fishing schedule for the East Fork and the San Antonio will begin May 16. For additional information and reservations call 1-866-382-5537.
Laguna del Campo: Opens for the season May 1. Open during daylight hours from 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset. Open to anglers 14 years of age or younger and up to two parents or guardians directly supervising young anglers. Open to anglers 65 and older or anglers/individuals with disabilities with a handicap fishing license. No boats or floating devices allowed.
Lake Farmington: Fishing was fair using Power Bait, salmon eggs, Panther Martins and Super Dupers for trout. We had no reports on other species.
Navajo Lake: Fishing was good using minnows, chartreuse grubs, tubes and jigs for crappie. Anglers are finding the crappie in the backs of side canyons. Fishing for all other species was slow. The surface water temp was in the low 50s.
San Gregorio: We had no reports from anglers this week.
San Juan River: Water flow below Navajo Dam on Monday was 255 cfs. Trout fishing through the Quality Waters was good using RS2s, Johnny Flashes, Crystal Flash midge patterns, red larva and comparaduns. Dry fly action was spotty at best. Fishing through the bait waters was good using Yozuri pins minnows, copper John Barrs, salmon eggs, night crawlers and San Juan worms.
Santa Cruz Lake: Trout fishing was slow to fair for anglers using Power Bait, Kastmasters, Z Rays, salmon eggs and worms. Fishing pressure was light due to strong winds in the area.
Seven Springs Brood Pond: We had no reports from anglers this week. This pond was recently stocked and is a great place to take the youngsters.
Tingley Beach: Fishing at the Youth and Central Ponds was fair using Power Bait, worms and Pistol Petes for trout. We had no reports from the Catch and Release Pond.