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Catches of the Week
Bluewater Lake: July 3, Joel Armendariz of Las Cruces caught a 47.75-inch tiger musky. It was his first try for the musky and his first catch. He was using a black buzz bait. July 3, Dave Wright of Roswell caught and released a 42-inch tiger musky. He was using a water dog. July 5, Joshua Garcia of Grants caught a 34-inch, 28-pound catfish. He was night fishing and using hot dogs.
Canjilon Lakes: July 5, Robert Jojola of Isleta Pueblo caught a 20-inch, 5-pound rainbow trout. He was using a Kastmaster.
Charette Lakes: July 4, Marsha Strickland of Rio Rancho caught a 21-inch rainbow trout. She was using orange Power Bait.
Clayton Lake: July 4, Haley Robinson of Albuquerque caught her first fish. It was a 20-inch rainbow trout. She was using worms under a bobber.
Cowles Pond. July 2, David Shadle, age 7, of Corrales caught a 20-inch rainbow trout. He was fishing the larger pond and using salmon eggs.
Hopewell Lake: July 2, Zeke Gabaldon caught a 20-inch rainbow trout. He was using a Pistol Pete.
Morphy Lake: July 4, Caesar Jacquez of Las Vegas teamed up with James Romero to land a 21-inch, 3-pound rainbow trout. He was using a yellow Panther Martin.
San Juan River: Last week, Trisha Pohl of Albuquerque caught and released a 26-inch brown trout. She was using a San Juan worm.
Tingley Beach: July 5, Robert Ulibarri, Leroy Ulibarri and Joseph Carrillo caught six channel catfish ranging in size from 18 to 26 inches. They were fishing the Central Pond and using worms and Power Bait.
Bluewater Lake: June 27, Lucas Kroening, age 15, caught and released five tiger musky ranging in size from 34 to 41 inches. He was using a chatterbait.
Navajo Lake: June 30, Jason Ferguson caught a 36-inch, 9-pound northern pike. He was using a green curly tail grub.
Oasis Park Lake: July 3, Gabriel Garcia of Portales caught a 9-pound channel catfish. He was using stink bait.
Rio Grande: June 27, Tonysha Otero, age 7, of Socorro caught a 32-inch, 8-pound catfish. She was using a hot dog on a size 4 hook.
Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 768 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Jackson Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Lake Farmington: Fishing was fair to good using Power Bait for trout. We had reports on other species.
Navajo Lake: Fishing was fair using tubes, senkos, curly tail grubs, small plastic worms and topwater lures for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing for kokanee was fair to good trolling green Arnies and Z Rays tipped with corn at 25 to 35 feet. Three generations of the Ferguson family had a great time here last Wednesday as Kevin, his son Brandon and Brandon’s son Eric caught quite a mixed bag. It included carp, bass, crappie and kokanee. Most of the bass were caught on curly tail grubs while the kokanee were hitting green Arnies tipped with corn at about 30 feet. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the mid to upper 60s.
San Juan River: Water flow below Navajo Dam on Monday was 399 cfs.Trout fishing through the Quality Waters was good using red and orange larvae, red San Juan worms, small black and olive streamers, ants and small bead-head pheasant tails. Fishing through the bait waters was good using worms, salmon eggs, Gulp eggs, pins minnows and copper John Barrs under a Chernobyl ant.
Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was good using yellow and green spinners tipped with night crawlers for walleye. The best reports came from anglers fishing close to dropoffs and running the baits just off the bottom. Anglers using jigs tipped with chartreuse night crawlers did well in the same areas. Fishing was slow to fair using topwater lures, jerk baits and tubes for smallmouth bass. Most of the bass were small. A few catfish were caught by anglers using liver and night crawlers. We had no reports on other species.
Albuquerque Area Drains: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Bluewater Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using hot dogs and topwater lures for tiger musky. Anglers having the best luck were using water dogs, buzz baits and other topwater lures but there were a few caught by anglers using hot dogs. Fishing for catfish was slow Last Wednesday Dave Wright and Mike Sistok of Roswell caught and released 18 tiger musky, most of which were in the 32- to 34-inch range. Fishing for trout was slow. 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: Fishing was very good using Power Bait, worms, salmon eggs, Pistol Petes, parachute adams and spinners for trout.
Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 598 cfs and 321 cfs respectively. Fishing below El Vado was very good using Rapalas, Panther Martins, night crawlers and bead-head hares ears for a mix of brown, cutthroat and rainbow trout. We had no reports from below Abiquiu.
Cochiti Lake: Fishing was fair using spinners, jerk baits, topwater lures and crank baits for a mixed bag of northern pike, white bass and smallmouth bass. The topwater lures were working best in the early morning hours. Fishing was slow to fair using night crawlers and liver for catfish. Fishing was fair to good using worms for bluegill and an occasional perch. We had no reports on other species.
El Vado Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Fenton Lake: Fishing was slow.
Heron Lake: Fishing for lake trout and kokanee was slow. Anglers fishing from canoes and kayaks caught several rainbow trout. They were using rainbow colored Panther Martins.
Jemez Waters: Stream flow on the Jemez as of Monday was 10 cfs. Fishing on the Jemez was fair using elk hair caddis and salmon eggs for trout. We had no reports on other streams in the area.
Laguna Del Campo: We had no reports from anglers this week.
San Gregorio: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Santa Cruz Lake: Fishing was fair trolling Fisher Chick and Panther Martin spinners for trout. A few were also caught by anglers using Power Bait.
Seven Springs Brood Pond: Fishing was very good using salmon eggs, hoppers, Power Bait and Pistol Petes for rainbow trout.
Tingley Beach: Fishing at the Central and Youth ponds was very good using hot dogs, night crawlers and homemade dough baits for catfish. A few largemouth bass were caught by anglers using night crawlers and small crank baits. We had no reports on other species or from the Catch and Release Pond.