Fishing Report: June 19
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Catches of the Week
Abiquiu Reservoir: June 15, Mike Waldschmidt of Los Alamos caught two 20-inch catfish. He was using worms.
Bluewater Lake: June 12, Amy Anderson of Los Alamos caught and released a 42-inch tiger musky. She was casting a Gulp grub. June 13, Armand Giannini III, age 13, caught and released a 36-inch tiger musky. He was using a water dog. June 14, Milagro, Araceli and Xitlali, three young girls from Albuquerque, teamed up to catch and release a 32-inch tiger musky and a 34-inch tiger musky. They were using a No. 5 Mepps spinner. June 15, Todd Specian of Rio Rancho caught a 42-inch, 21-pound, tiger musky. He was using a hot dog.
Caballo Lake: June 15, Brandon Ferguson, age 4, of Albuquerque caught an 18-inch walleye. He was using a minnow.
Clayton Lake: June 14, Sylvia Vigil of Clayton caught her very first fish. It was a 27-inch,8.66-pound walleye. She was using dough bait.
Cochiti Lake: June 11, Luther Harris of Albuquerque caught a 3.5-pound walleye. He was using a curly tail grub. June 12, Tod Cecil of Albuquerque caught a 3.4-pound smallmouth bass. He was using a silver Blue Fox spinner. June 14, Mike Molisee caught a 7-pound, 3-ounce largemouth bass. He was using a chartreuse pepper grub.
Eagle Rock Lake: June 13, Nehemiah Anaya, age 6, of Albuquerque caught a 21-inch rainbow trout with the help of his cousin Anthony. It was his biggest fish ever and he was using a yellow plastic worm.
Elephant Butte Lake: June 12, Gary Willmart of Navajo Dam caught an 8-pound walleye. He was trolling a Cotton Cordell crank bait.
San Juan River: The First Annual Bob Gerding Youth Fishing Adventure was held here June 14. Big fish awards went to Craig McCarville for biggest fish caught by a boy. It was an 18-inch rainbow trout. For the girls, Shondeen Lucero caught the big fish, a 19-inch rainbow. Both fish were caught on red larva and released.
Bluewater Lake: June 3, Tony Zamarron of Albuquerque caught a 43-inch 26-pound tiger musky. He was using a homemade monster bait.
Pecos River: June 8, Ricky Galvan of Carlsbad caught a 20-inch flathead catfish. He was fishing the southern waters of the Pecos and using night crawlers.
Seven Springs Brood Pond: June 3, Victoria and Alyvia Hogan of Santa Fe caught limits of trout. They were using worms and Power Bait.
Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 1,950 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 Power Bait for trout. We had no reports on other species.
Navajo Lake: Fishing was good using tubes, senkos, four-inch worms, grubs, creature baits and jigs for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Anglers reported catching lots of bass but most were small. Fishing for northern pike was slow with just a few caught by anglers using jerk baits, crank baits and spinners. Fishing was fair to good trolling the mouth of Francis Canyon and near the dam with Arnies and Panther Martins tipped with corn at 30 to 35 feet for kokanee. Fishing was slow to fair using chicken liver for catfish. We had no reports on other species.
San Juan: Water flow below Navajo on Monday was 289 cfs. Trout fishing through the Quality Waters was good using black and grey foam wing emergers, red and grey larvae, BWO emergers, small bead-head pheasant tails and Crystal Flash. Fishing through the bait waters was fair to good using salmon eggs, worms, red larva, foam wing emergers, copper John Barrs and jerk baits.
Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was good using grubs, bottom-bouncer night crawler combinations and tubes for walleye. This past weekend fishing was best on Saturday. Fishing was fair using tubes, senkos, jerk baits and grubs for smallmouth bass. Fishing was slow to fair using worms for catfish. We also received a report of one crappie caught. We had no reports on other species.
Albuquerque Area Drains: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Bluewater Lake: Fishing was good using hot dogs, water dogs, night crawlers and dough bait for catfish. Fishing was fair using hot dogs, water dogs, spoons, in-line spinners, streamers and jerk baits for tiger musky. Fishing for trout was slow. 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 good using Power Bait, Pistol Petes and spinners for trout.
Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 151 cfs and 401 cfs respectively. Fishing below El Vado was good using Rapalas, night crawlers, salmon eggs and wooly buggers for a mix of brown and rainbow trout. Fishing below Abiquiu was slow.
Cochiti Lake: Fishing was fair using white Bombers and Wally Divers for small white bass. Fishing was slow to fair using curly tail 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 senkos, tubes, spinners and grubs for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was fair using liver and night crawlers for catfish. We had no reports on other species.
El Vado Lake: Fishing was fair to good trolling countdown Rapalas for brown trout. Fishing was good using worms, garlic flavored salmon eggs and salmon peach Power Bait near the dam for rainbow trout.
Fenton Lake: Fishing was fair to good using Pistol Petes, wooly buggers, worms, salmon eggs and Power Bait for trout.
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 8.1 cfs. Fishing was fair to good using hoppers, ants, salmon eggs and worms. Fishing on the Cebolla was fair using worms, copper John Barrs and elk hair caddis. 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 black ants, Griffith’s gnats and small streamers. For additional 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 fair to good using Power Bait, spinners, Pistol Petes, salmon eggs and worms.
Seven Springs Brood Pond: Fishing was very good using worms, salmon eggs, spinners and Pistol Petes for rainbow trout.
Tingley Beach: Fishing at the Youth and Central Ponds was good using hot dogs, liver, homemade dough bait and night crawlers for catfish. A few largemouth bass and bluegill were caught by anglers using worms. Fishing at the Catch and Release Pond was slow.