SPORTS

Fishing Report: June 5

Maggie Wegrzyn
Farmington

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Read about fishing conditions in northwestern New Mexico. Check out a complete list of fishing conditions in the state on the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish's website.

Catches of the week

Bluewater Lake: May 28, Kevin Menicucci caught and released a 43-inch tiger musky. He was using a Ducktail lure. May 28, Kenneth Maese of Moriarty caught and released a 39.5-inch tiger musky. He was using a Rat L Trap. Kenneth was fishing with his grandsons and the group caught and released four tiger muskies. May 31, Yvette Corral of Santa Fe caught a 40.5-inch, 21-pound tiger musky. She was using a perch-colored crank bait.

Hopewell Lake: May 30, Colton Key, age 6, of Los Alamos caught and released a 22-inch rainbow trout. He was using a damsel fly. May 31, Cadence Key, age 8, of Los Alamos caught and released a 21-inch rainbow trout. She was using a purple wooly bugger.

Red River Kids Pond: May 31, Mathew Mondragon, age 8, of Taos caught a 22-inch rainbow trout. He was using a night crawler.

San Juan River: May 28, Barbara Willmart of Navajo Dam caught a 30-inch, 25-pound carp. She was fishing the Quality Waters and using a size 22 midge pattern on 5x tippet.

Ute Lake: May 27, Laura Beth Williams of Logan caught a 5.37-pound walleye. She was trolling a shad rap. June 1, Jason Lara of Hereford, Texas, caught and released a 4.94-pound largemouth bass. He was using a jig.

Bluewater Lake: May 22, 23 and 26, Wayne Sanchez caught and released 34 tiger musky ranging in size from 28 to 42 inches. He was fishing the shallows from the bank and using frozen tilapia and marshmallows.

Chama River: May 25, Mark Gurule of Rio Rancho caught a 21-inch brown trout. He was using a night crawler.

Cochiti Lake: May 22, Daniel Sault caught a 26-inch, 6-pound walleye. He was using an orange and white Rapala shad rap.

Mt. View Ponds: May 26, Anthony Hernandez of Albuquerque caught a 20-inch, 2.75-pound rainbow trout. He was using a blue and silver Kastmaster.

Springer Lake: May 25, Tyler Grubelnik of Raton caught a 40-inch, 15-pound northern pike. He was using chicken liver.

Northwest

Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 3,950 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Jackson Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Lake Farmington: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Navajo Lake: Fishing was good using tubes, worms, senkos, jerk baits, crank baits and jigs for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was fair using jerk baits, crank baits and spinners for northern pike. Fishing for crappie was slow but there were a few caught by anglers using small tubes and minnows. Fishing was slow to fair trolling spinners tipped with corn at 30 to 35 feet for kokanee. We had no reports on other species.

San Juan River: Water flow below Navajo Dam on Monday was 302 cfs. Trout fishing through the Quality Waters was good using small midge patterns red larva, black ants, hoppers and beetles. Fishing through the bait waters was good using small jerk baits, salmon eggs, night crawlers, copper John Barrs and Chernobyl ants. Water clarity has greatly improved.

Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was very good using senkos, grubs, jerk baits and crank baits for smallmouth bass. Fishing was good using spinner-night crawler combinations, curly tail grubs and crank baits for walleye. Fishing from the bank was slow.

Albuquerque Area Drains: Fishing on the Bernalillo Drain was fair using worms for bass and a few trout. We had no reports from the other drains.

Bluewater Lake: Fishing was good using crank baits, spoons and jerk baits for tiger musky. Fishing was good using Power Bait, worms and salmon eggs for trout. We had no reports on other species. Anglers should be aware that it is illegal to use bait fish at this lake.

Brazos River: Trout fishing was very good using worms.

Canjilon Lakes: Fishing was very good using Power Bait, Pistol Petes and spinners for trout.

Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 186 cfs and 302 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 fair to good using spinners for small rainbows.

Cochiti Lake: Fishing was fair using senkos, tubes, jigs and jerk baits for smallmouth bass and an occasional largemouth bass. Fishing was very good using worms for bluegill and yellow perch. Larry Adkins of Albuquerque caught several of both and said the key was to find a sunken tree on the east side of the lake and put your bait in next to it and get a bite every time. He was using worms under a float. 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 dark colored Pistol Petes and 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 17 cfs and fishing was reported as good. Anglers did well using hoppers, ants, salmon eggs and worms. Fishing on the Cebolla was good using worms, hoppers and salmon eggs. We had no reports on the Rio Guadalupe. Fishing on the Valles Caldera was good on both the East Fork and San Antonio. Anglers did well using foam hoppers on the San Antonio and black ants and Griffith gnats on the East Fork. Big fish reported was a 16-inch brown caught and released by Jason Paulk, a music professor at Eastern New Mexico. He was using a hand-tied Griffiths gnat. For additional information on the Valles Caldera, call (866) 382-5537.

Laguna Del Campo: Fishing was good using Power Bait, salmon eggs, spinners and Pistol Petes for rainbow trout.

San Gregorio: We received our first angler report from here and unfortunately it was not good. Fishing was slow and the trash was terrible. Please practice “Carry In, Carry Out” wherever you fish. It makes the fishing experience more pleasant even when the bite is off.

Santa Cruz Lake: Trout fishing was very good using Power Bait, Kastmasters, spinners, Rapalas, salmon eggs and worms. Anglers fishing from boats did better than those fishing from the bank.

Seven Springs Brood Pond: Fishing was very good using a variety of baits and flies. June 1, Elijah and Zachary Martinez of Santa Fe caught their limits of trout. They were using salmon eggs and parachute Adams.

Tingley Beach: Fishing at the Youth and Central Ponds was good using night crawlers, garlic cheese and homemade dough bait for channel catfish and an occasional trout. Fishing for all other species was slow. We had no reports from the Catch and Release Pond.