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Catches of the Week

Cochiti Lake: On August 9, Steve Rankin, his wife Krystal, son Kyle and daughter Alexis of Albuquerque caught 23 channel catfish five of which ranged in size from 19 to 25 inches. They were fishing the west side of the lake north of Tetilla Peak and using hot dogs.

Monastery Lake: On August 10, Derrica Montez age 11 of Santa Fe caught her very first limit of trout. She was using garlic Power Bait.

Tingley Beach: On August 7, Chris Pacheco of Albuquerque caught a 30-inch 7-pound channel catfish. He was using a worm.

Bluewater Lake: On August 1, Estevan Hernandez of Los Lunas caught a 22-pound channel catfish. He was using hog dogs. On August 2, Nicole and James Alarcon of Los Lunas caught and released a 41-inch tiger musky. They were using a Rapala.

Cochiti Lake: On August 4, Chris Ortega of Albuquerque caught a 20-inch 4-pound largemouth bass. He was using a gold and blaze orange Kastmaster.

Harry McAdams Park Pond: On August 2, Brenden Maynard age 3 caught his very first catfish. He was using hot dogs.

Northwest

Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 253cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

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

Lake Farmington: Fishing was slow for all species.

Navajo Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using top water lures, jerk baits, swim baits and Rooster Tails for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was fair using night crawlers and liver for catfish. Fishing for northern pike was slow but there were a few caught by anglers using jerk baits and top water lures. We had no reports on other species.

San Juan: Water flow below Navajo on Monday was 604cfs.Trout fishing through the Quality Waters was good using RS2s, small parachute Adams, Griffith’s gnats, red larva, small midge patterns and foam wing emergers. Fishing through the bait waters was good using Gulp eggs, wooly buggers, night crawlers and Power Bait.

Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was good using jerk baits, spinner night crawler rigs and orange aggravators on sinking line for walleye. Fishing was fair using jerk baits and crank baits for smallmouth bass. We had no reports on other species.

Albuquerque Area Drains: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Bluewater Lake: Fishing was fair to good using crank baits, top water lures and swim baits for tiger musky. Fishing for all other species 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 on the upper lake was fair to good using salmon eggs, Pistol Petes and Power Bait for trout.

Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 290cfs and 244cfs respectively. Fishing below El Vado was fair to good using worms, Power Bait and salmon eggs for rainbow trout. A few browns were caught by anglers using Panther Martins. We had no reports from below Abiquiu.

Cochiti Lake: Fishing was fair using crank baits, jerk baits and top water lures for white bass. Fishing for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass was slow but there were a few caught by anglers using jigs, chigger craws and jerk baits. Fishing was very good using hot dogs and liver for catfish.

El Vado Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.

Fenton Lake: Trout fishing was very slow.

Heron Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.

Jemez Waters: Stream flow on the Jemez as of Monday was 27cfs. Fishing on the Rio Cebolla was fair to good using elk hair caddis, small copper John Barrs, worms and salmon eggs. We had no reports from anglers on the Las Vacas, East Fork, San Antonio or Jemez. Austin Wetsch fly fished the Rio Guadalupe over the past weekend and had no luck at all. He reported that the water was quite warm and the fish were inactive.

Laguna Del Campo: Fishing was slow to fair using Power Bait, hoppers and Pistol Petes for trout.

San Gregorio: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Santa Cruz Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Seven Springs Brood Pond: Trout fishing was good using an assortment of flies, salmon eggs and Power Bait. Elijah and Zachary Martinez of Santa Fe had a great time here over the weekend. They caught a nice stringer of rainbows while using size 16 parachute Adams.

Tingley Beach: Fishing at the Youth Pond and Central Pond was slow to fair using shrimp, worms, homemade dough bait and liver for catfish. Fishing at the Bob Gerding Catch and Release Pond was slow.

Trout Lakes: Fishing was good using worms, Power Bait and elk hair caddis for trout.

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