Fishing Report: May 8
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Catches of the Week
Eagle Nest Lake: April 30, Don Pannell, Billy Pannell and Tim Kornele of northwestern Oklahoma caught eight northern pike that ranged in size from 30 to 34 inches. May 2, this trio caught 13 northern pike ranging in size from 29 to 35 inches. They were using spoons and Rapalas. April 30, Don Merritt of Albuquerque caught a 38-inch northern pike. He was using a Rapala.
Pecos River: April 30, Josh Hanson of Albuquerque caught and released a 24-inch rainbow trout He was fishing about a half-mile above the Terrero campground and using a bead-head prince nymph under a stimulator.
Lake Maloya: May 3, Joe and Andy Vallejos took an afternoon break from their turkey hunt and caught and released more than 100 rainbow trout which included one 24-inch trout and one 20-inch trout. All the fish were caught on Pistol Petes. May 4, Kristine Olsen of Dalhart, Texas, caught and released several rainbow trout in the 12 to 20-inch class. She was using a Kastmaster.
Red River City Ponds: May 4, Marcelo Taimen Richert, age 3, of Taos, caught three rainbow trout up to 19 inches. He was fishing at the youth pond and was using worms.
Young Pond: May 2, Jaedin Caldwell of Las Cruces caught a 21-inch, 5-pound catfish. He was using smoked sausage.
Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 821 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Lake Farmington: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Navajo Lake: Fishing was good using minnows, small tubes and jigs and chartreuse grubs for crappie. The backs of side canyons were the best areas for crappie. Fishing for smallmouth bass was slow but there were a few caught by anglers using jigs, senkos and jerk baits. A few northern pike were caught by anglers using jerk baits and crank baits. Fishing for all other species was slow. The surface water temp was in the high 50s.
San Juan River: Water flow below Navajo on Monday was 259 cfs. Trout fishing through the Quality Waters was rated as good to very good by anglers using zebra midges, red larva, RS2s and comparaduns. A few fish were taken on parachute adams fished in the evening hours. Fishing through the bait waters was good using wooly buggers, copper John Barrs, salmon eggs, night crawlers and Gulp eggs.
Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was fair using spinner-night crawler rigs and crank baits for walleye. Fishing was fair using tubes, grubs, wooly buggers, jerk baits and spinners for smallmouth bass. Anglers trolling crank baits picked up a few brown trout. We had no reports on other species.
Albuquerque Area Drains: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Bluewater Lake: Fishing was fair to good using jerk baits, in-line spinners, spoons and hot dogs for tiger musky. Fishing was fair using Power Bait, worms and spinners for trout. We had no reports on catfish. 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 406 cfs and 468 cfs respectively. Fishing below El Vado was fair using worms and Panther Martin spinners. Fishing below Abiquiu was slow.
Cochiti Lake: Fishing was fair using spoons and jerk baits for northern pike. Fishing was fair to good using jigs, tubes, crank baits and jerk baits for smallmouth bass. 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 very good using Power Bait, worms, olive wooly buggers and Pistol Petes.
Heron Lake: Fishing was fair using jigs tipped with cut bait and roe sacs for lake trout. A few rainbow trout were caught by anglers using roe sacs, Power Bait and spinners. 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 50 cfs. Fishing was slow to fair using worms and bead-head nymphs. Fishing on the San Antonio was fair to good using salmon eggs and worms. Fishing on the Cebolla was fair to good using worms. 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: Fishing was very good using Power Bait, salmon eggs, Pistol Petes, Panther Martins, Fisher Chick spinners, copper John Barrs and wooly buggers for rainbow trout up to 20 inches.
San Gregorio: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Santa Cruz Lake: Trout fishing was good for anglers using Power Bait, Kastmasters, Z Rays, salmon eggs and worms.
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, spinners and Pistol Petes for trout. We had no reports from the Catch and Release Pond.