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Catches of the Week
Abiquiu Lake: May 18, Robert Bulcock of Albuquerque caught and released a 4-pound, 2-ounce smallmouth bass. He was using a four- inch finesse worm.
Clayton Lake: May 16, Albert Trujillo of Clayton caught a 20-inch rainbow trout. He was using yellow garlic bait.
Cochiti Lake: May 19, Erin Nagel of Rio Rancho caught and released a 26-inch northern pike. She was using a night crawler.
Monastery Lake: May 18, Miguel Loya of Santa Fe caught an 18-inch rainbow trout. He was using salmon eggs.
Santa Cruz Reservoir: May 17 and 18, Julian and Michael Matney, ages 4 and 5, along with dad, Luke of Albuquerque, caught several rainbow trout, including three 20-inch fish. They were slow-trolling orange Power Bait trout worms about 50 feet behind the boat.
Ute Lake: May 18, Shelley Goodwin of Dalhart, Texas, caught a 5.36-pound walleye. She was using a crappie rig with minnows.
Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 1,080 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Jackson Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Lake Farmington: Fishing was fair using garlic bait, Power Bait and spinners for trout. Last Tuesday, Lee Olsen caught a limit of 13- to 15-inch trout. He was using a garlic scented floating bait and noted that it appeared to be the only bait working that day.
Navajo Lake: Fishing was good using crank baits, jerk baits, spoons and spinner baits for northern pike. Fishing was fair to good using tubes, worms, jerk baits and jigs for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was slow to fair using night crawlers, Power Bait and spinners for rainbow trout. Fishing was fair using minnows and small tubes for crappie. We had no reports on other species.
San Juan River: Water flow below Navajo Dam on Monday was 263 cfs. Trout fishing through the Quality Waters was good using scintillas, zebra midges, red larva, black ants, RS2s and small foam wing emergers. Fishing through the bait waters was good using small jerk baits, salmon eggs, night crawlers and Gulp eggs.
Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was very good using finesse worms, tubes, senkos, chigger craws and jerk baits for smallmouth bass. Anglers found most of the bass on beds. Fishing was fair using spinner-night crawler rigs and crank baits for walleye. The walleye were scattered with reports coming from the Canones Creek area and from the upper end of the lake. We had no reports on other species.
Albuquerque Area Drains: Ravil Sitikov fished the Bernalillo Drain on the 18th and had a great time. He fished a stretch south of U.S. 550 from 8 to 10 in the morning and caught five healthy rainbows ranging in size from 10 to 13.5 inches. He was using Mike’s UV Glow salmon eggs and a 2-inch piece of Berkley trout worm under a homemade float all rigged on four-pound-test line. We had no other reports on the drains.
Bluewater Lake: Fishing was fair to good using hot dogs, red and white Daredevles, large streamers and jerk 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: Trout fishing was very good using Power Bait, salmon eggs, spinners and Pistol Petes.
Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 406 cfs and 609 cfs respectively. Fishing below El Vado was fair using Rapalas, night crawlers and Power Bait for a mix of brown and rainbow trout. Fishing below Abiquiu was slow.
Cochiti Lake: Fishing was fair using spoons, jerk baits and crank baits for northern pike. Fishing was fair to good using tubes, senkos, jigs, spinner baits, crank baits and jerk baits for smallmouth bass and an occasional largemouth. Fishing was slow to fair using small jigs and worms for bluegill. Fishing was slow to fair using stink bait 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: Fishing was good using Power Bait, worms and salmon eggs. A few trout were also caught by anglers using Pistol Petes and Super Dupers.
Heron Lake: Fishing was fair using roe sacs, salmon eggs, spinners and Power Bait in the Ridge Rock area for rainbow trout. Fishing for kokanee was fair trolling Panther Martins and Z Rays. 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.
Jemez Waters: Stream flow on the Jemez as of Monday was 23 cfs. Fishing on the Jemez, San Antonio and Cebolla was good using worms, hoppers and salmon eggs. We had no reports on the Rio Guadalupe or on the Valles Caldera waters. The East Fork and San Antonio on the Valles Caldera have opened for a full fishing schedule. For additional information and reservations call 1-866-382-5537.
Laguna Del Campo: Fishing was good using Power Bait, salmon eggs, Pistol Petes 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 Berkley trout worms, Power Bait, Kastmasters, Fisher Chick spinners, Super Dupers, 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 slow to fair using worms, Power Bait, salmon eggs, grasshoppers and Pistol Petes for trout. The best bait reported was grasshoppers. We had no reports from the Catch and Release Pond.