Fishing Report: May 15
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Catches of the Week
Bluewater Lake: May 10, Guy Hannah and Randall Harris of Albuquerque caught and released a 36-inch tiger musky, a 32-inch tiger musky and two 29-inch tiger muskies. They were using jerk baits.
Corrales Riverside Drain: May 9, Chris Ortega of Albuquerque caught and released a 31-inch, 9.8-pound bullhead. He was using a custom fly called the Skunk 101.
Lake Maloya: May 8, Chris Pacheco of Tucumcari caught and released a 21-inch, 3-pound rainbow trout. He was using a black Pistol Pete.
The following came in too late for last week’s report but we felt they were definitely worth mentioning:
Conchas Lake: May 4, Andrew Orlicky of Albuquerque caught a 20-inch walleye. He was dragging a worm.
Perch Lake: May 3, Liam Maes of Santa Rosa caught and released a 3-pound largemouth bass. He was using a tube bait.
Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 985 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 crank baits, jerk baits and spinner baits for northern pike. Fishing for crappie slowed but there were a few taken on minnows and small tubes. Fishing for smallmouth bass was slow to fair using jigs, senkos and jerk baits. We had no reports on other species.
San Juan River: Water flow below Navajo Dam on Monday was 251 cfs. Trout fishing through the Quality Waters was good using scintillas, crystal flash midges, zebra midges, red larva, RS2s and comparaduns. There is some dry fly action in the afternoon hour. Fishing through the bait waters was good using wooly buggers, jerk baits, salmon eggs, night crawlers and Gulp eggs.
Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was fair to good using jerk baits, tubes, worms and crank baits for smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair using minnows, spinner-night crawler rigs and crank baits for walleye. Anglers reported catching walleye from the bank and from boats. We had no reports on other species.
Albuquerque Area Drains: Fishing on the Corrales Riverside Drain was fair to good using feather jigs and hellgrammites. We had no reports on other species with the exception of the bullhead reported in Catches of the Week.
Bluewater Lake: Fishing was good using hot dogs, red and white Daredevles, large streamers and jerk baits for tiger musky. Anglers fishing from the bank reported the best catches as far as numbers of fish. We had no reports on catfish. 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 521 cfs and 1,600 cfs respectively. High flows slowed fishing activity at both locations.
Cochiti Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using spoons, spinner baits and crank baits for northern pike. Fishing was good using jigs, tubes, senkos, 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: We received a wide range of reports from here this past week. They ranged from just one fish all day to limits of fish within a few hours. Anglers reported catching a mix of browns and rainbows while using Power Bait, worms, wooly buggers, silver Cleos and olive and black Pistol Petes.
Heron Lake: Fishing was fair using roe sacs and Power Bait near the dam for rainbow trout. Fishing for kokanee was slow but there were a few caught by anglers using Panther Martins. Fishing was slow to fair using jigs tipped with cut bait in 35 to 40 feet for lake trout. 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 41 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 slow with extremely light pressure. 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 and wooly buggers for rainbow trout.
San Gregorio: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Santa Cruz Lake: Trout fishing was very good using Power Bait, Kastmasters, Fisher Chick spinners, Panther Martins, Z Rays, 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 fair using Power Bait, worms, salmon eggs, Panther Martins, wooly buggers and Pistol Petes for trout. We had no reports from the Catch and Release Pond.