Fishing Report: May 28
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Catches of the Week
Bluewater Lake: May 25, Desiree Encinias caught a 24-inch rainbow trout. She was using night crawlers.
Cochiti Lake: May 20, Tai Nguyen of Albuquerque caught a 34-inch, 10.5-pound northern pike. He was using a Rooster Tail spinner.
Monastery Lake: May 20, John Kitchen caught a 21-inch, 4.5-pound rainbow trout. He was using a Panther Martin spinner. May 25, Robert Page Jr. of Santa Fe caught a 19-inch rainbow trout. He was using salmon eggs.
Oasis Park Lake: May 22, James Williams of Portales caught a 6.5-pound catfish. He was using a night crawler.
Red River Kids Pond: May 21, Hue Gonzales caught a 17-inch and a 19-inch rainbow trout while fishing with a red and white Daredevle on 4-pound test line.
Rio Grande: May 25, Elvires Otero caught a 6.12-pound channel catfish. He was fishing the river by Corrales and using shrimp.
Santa Cruz Reservoir: May 24, Zella Rose Jimenez, age 6, of Tijeras, caught a limit of rainbow trout. She was trolling a 1/32-ounce jig 100 feet behind “Grampy’s” boat.
Ute Lake: May 24, Sean Aranda, age 7, of Roswell, caught an 18.5-inch catfish. He was using a night crawler.
Bluewater Lake: May 16, Aaliyah Holguin, age 6, caught and released her first tiger musky. It was a 26-inch fish. She was using a spoon.
Elephant Butte Lake: May 18, Wayne Armstrong, age 16, of Las Cruces caught and released an 8-pound, 13-ounce largemouth bass. He was fishing in the Donald R. Kemp Youth Hunting Club Fishing Classic and using a 4-inch senko rigged Texas style. May 19, Larry Dolezal of Las Palomas caught a 28-inch, 6.6-pound walleye. He was fishing in the Rock Canyon area and using a silver and blue jointed Rapala.
Pecos River: May 18, Daniel Catanach of Santa Fe caught a 24-inch rainbow trout. He was using worms.
Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 2,220 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Jackson Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Lake Farmington: Fishing was slow to fair using garlic cheese, salmon eggs, Power Bait, Pistol Petes and spinners for trout
Navajo Lake: Fishing was fair to good using crank baits, jerk baits, spoons, jigs and spinner baits for northern pike. Fishing was good using tubes, worms, senkos, chigger craws, jerk baits and jigs for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was fair using night crawlers, Power Bait and spinners for rainbow trout. A few kokanee were caught by anglers trolling Arnies tipped with corn at 35 feet. We had no reports on other species.
San Juan River: Water flow below Navajo Dam on Monday was 255 cfs. Trout fishing through the Quality Waters was good using RS2s, scintillas, zebra midges, red larva, black ants, RS2s, hoppers and beetles. Fishing through the bait waters was good using small jerk baits, salmon eggs, night crawlers and Gulp eggs.
Abiquiu Lake: Fishing from boats was fair to good using jigs, worms, tubes and salt craws for smallmouth bass. Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits and spinner-night crawler rigs for walleye. Fishing from the bank was slow for all species. We had no reports on other species.
Albuquerque Area Drains: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Bluewater Lake: Fishing was good using clousers, big streamers, spoons and jerk baits for tiger musky. Fishing was fair using night crawlers and Power Bait for trout. Fishing for catfish was slow. Anglers should be aware that it is illegal to use bait fish at this lake.
Brazos River: Trout fishing was very good using worms and bead-head nymphs.
Canjilon Lakes: The lakes and surrounding area are currently closed due to hazard tree removal currently taking place. For updated conditions contact the Canjilon Ranger District at 575-684-2489.
Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 211 cfs and 244 cfs respectively. Fishing below El Vado was good 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 senkos, tubes, jigs and jerk baits for smallmouth bass and an occasional largemouth bass. Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits for white bass. Fishing was fair using spinners and spoons for northern pike. Fishing was slow to fair using night crawlers, dough bait and shrimp for catfish. We had no reports on other species.
El Vado Lake: We had no reports from anglers.
Fenton Lake: Fishing was very good using Pistol Petes, wooly buggers, Power Bait, worms, homemade dough bait and salmon eggs. Work is underway to improve roadways and parking in the main area of the park and is expected to be complete in early June.
Heron Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using roe sacs, salmon eggs, spinners and Power Bait in the Ridge Rock area for rainbow trout. A few kokanee were caught by anglers 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. Four wheel drive was still recommended for launching at the primitive ramp.
Jemez Waters: Stream flow on the Jemez as of Monday was 40 cfs and fishing had slowed due to the higher flows. Fishing on the Cebolla was fair to 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 very good using Power Bait, salmon eggs, worms, spinners and Pistol Petes rainbow trout.
San Gregorio: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Santa Cruz Lake: Trout fishing was very good using small jigs, Power Bait, Kastmasters, Fisher Chick spinners, Panther Martins, 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 good using worms, night crawlers and homemade dough bait for channel catfish and an occasional largemouth bass. Fishing for all other species was slow. Fishing at the Catch and Release Pond was slow to fair using hopper dropper combinations for trout.