Fishing Report: June 12
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Catches of the Week
Bluewater Lake: June 7, Mark Churchill of Albuquerque caught and released three tiger musky over 30 inches. He was using a large fire tiger Rat L Trap and a rainbow colored River 2 Sea S Waver. The largest fish was 34 inches and weighed 15 pounds. June 8, Colin Pope, age 9, of Estancia caught and released a 39-inch tiger musky.
Clayton Lake: June 6, Corey Beckner of Clayton caught and released a 5-pound largemouth bass. He was using a senko.
Hopewell Lake: June 5, Bob Stuewe of Santa Fe caught and released three big rainbows. They were 19, 20 and 22 inches and all were caught on damsel fly nymphs.
Lake Maloya: June 6, Richie Meier of Raton caught three 20-inch rainbow trout in just a few minutes fishing. He was using salmon peach Power Bait.
Navajo Lake: June 7, Wesley Pate of Farmington caught and released a 4.97-pound smallmouth bass.
Oasis Park Lake: June 8, Hilary Shirley of Portales caught a 7-pound albino channel catfish. She was using homemade stink bait.
Quemado Lake: June 6, Ed Welsey of Los Chaves caught a 20.5-inch, 4.5-pound rainbow trout. He was using a No. 3 Mepps spinner. He also caught and released two 36-inch tiger musky using the same spinner. June 7, Robert Ruediger of Alamogordo caught a 41-inch tiger musky. He was using chartreuse Power Bait that a crawfish latched on to and wouldn’t let go. The tiger musky took the combo after Bob paused it, then gave it a twitch.
Ute Lake: June 6, John Russell of Border, Texas, caught a 4.83-pound walleye. He was using a crank bait.
Chama River: May 31, Larry Paz of Albuquerque caught a 20-inch brown trout. He was fishing below El Vado and using a night crawler. June 1, Dillon Holifield, age 11, of Los Lunas caught an 18.5-inch brown trout. He was also fishing below El Vado and using a night crawler.
Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 2,490 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, senkos, jerk baits, curly tail grubs, creature baits and jigs for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was slow to fair using jerk baits, crank baits and spinners for northern pike. Fishing was fair to good trolling the mouth of Francis Canyon with Arnies and Panther Martins 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 293 cfs. Trout fishing through the Quality Waters was good using small dark midge patterns, black ants, small bead-head pheasant tails, hoppers and beetles. Fishing through the bait waters was good using small jerk baits, salmon eggs, wooly buggers, copper John Barrs and Chernobyl ants.
Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was fair to good using senkos, grubs, tubes and crank baits for smallmouth bass. Fishing was good using spinner-night crawler combinations, Wally Divers, Flicker Shad and tubes for walleye. We had no reports on other species.
Albuquerque Area Drains: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Bluewater Lake: Fishing was fair using spoons, large streamers and jerk baits for tiger musky. Fishing was slow to fair using hot dogs for catfish. We had no reports on other species. Anglers should be aware that it is illegal to use bait fish – alive or dead -- at this lake.
Brazos River: We had no reports from anglers this week.
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 290 cfs and 596 cfs respectively. Fishing below El Vado was good using Rapalas, night crawlers, salmon eggs and Power Bait for a mix of brown and rainbow trout. We had no reports from below Abiquiu.
Cochiti Lake: Fishing was fair using white Bombers and Wally Divers for white bass. Fishing was slow to fair using night crawlers, grubs and Wally Divers for walleye. Fishing was fair to good using worms and small jigs under a bobber for bluegill. Fishing was slow to fair using creature baits, senkos and tubes for smallmouth bass. We had no reports on other species.
El Vado Lake: Fishing was fair trolling countdown Rapalas for brown trout. Fishing was fair to good using worms and Power Bait near the dam for rainbow trout.
Fenton Lake: Fishing was good using Pistol Petes, hoppers, wooly buggers, Power Bait, worms and salmon eggs. The best fishing times were early and late in the day.
Heron Lake: Fishing was slow for all species. Four wheel drive was still recommended for launching at the primitive ramp.
Jemez Waters: Stream flow on the Jemez as of Monday was 10 cfs. Fishing was good using hoppers, beetles, salmon eggs and worms. Fishing on the Cebolla was good using worms. We had no reports on the Rio Guadalupe. Fishing on the Valles Caldera was good again this past week on both the East Fork and San Antonio. Anglers did well using foam hoppers, ants, Griffith’s gnats and small streamers. For information on the Valles Caldera call (866) 382-5537.
Laguna Del Campo: Fishing was fair to good using Power Bait, spinners and Pistol Petes for rainbow trout.
San Gregorio: Trout fishing was slow.
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 hot dogs, liver, homemade dough bait and night crawlers for catfish. We had no reports on other species. Fishing at the Catch and Release Pond was slow to fair using hoppers and small midge patterns.