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Catches of the week
Bluewater Lake: Dec. 7, Wayne Garcia of Albuquerque caught and released a 32-inch tiger musky. He was using a Dynamic lure. Dec. 7, Leslie Benefield of Albuquerque caught and released a 33-inch tiger musky. She was using a Dynamic lure.
Escondida Lake: Dec. 5, Anthony Hernandez of Albuquerque caught a 20-inch rainbow trout. He was using a pink Daredevle and along with his mom Geri caught limits of trout. They were also using chartreuse garlic Power Bait.
San Juan River: Dec. 2, Eric Peterson of Albuquerque caught and released a 22-inch brown trout. He was fishing the Texas Hole and using a size 22 jujubee midge.
Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 164 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.
Jackson Lake: Trout fishing was fair using Power Bait, salmon eggs and small spoons. We had no reports on other species.
Lake Farmington: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Navajo Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
San Juan River: Water flow below Navajo Dam on Monday was 361 cfs. Trout fishing through the Quality Waters was very good using foam wing emergers, jujubee midges, zebra midges, Griffith’s gnats, egg patterns and small bead-head pheasant tails. Fishing through the bait waters was fair to good using salmon eggs, Power Bait, egg patterns, copper John Barrs and wooly buggers.
Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was slow for all species. Fishing pressure was extremely light.
Albuquerque Area Drains: Fishing on the Albuquerque Drain was good using worms, salmon eggs and Power Bait for trout. Fishing on the Peralta Drain was good using salmon eggs. We had no reports on other species or from the other drains.
Bluewater Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using large streamers and jerk baits for tiger musky. We had no reports on other species. There was a thin layer of ice along the shoreline in the early morning hours but it cleared up during the day. For updated ice conditions contact the State Park office at 505-876-2391. 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: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 219 cfs and 224 cfs respectively. Trout fishing below El Vado was fair to good using salmon eggs, wooly buggers and copper John Barrs. Fishing below Abiquiu was fair using worms, wooly buggers and salmon eggs.
Cochiti Lake: Fishing was slow for all species. Fishing pressure was light.
El Vado Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Fenton Lake: A layer of ice has formed on the lake and it is closed to ice fishing. Put this one back on your list for great fishing early next spring.
Heron Lake: Kokanee snagging was described as sporadic this past week with just a few limits taken. Fishing for rainbow trout was fair for anglers using Power Bait and roe sacs. We had no reports on other species. Fishing pressure was very light.
Jemez Waters: Stream flow on the Jemez River as of Monday was 33 cfs. Fishing on the Jemez River was fair to good using copper John Barrs and salmon eggs. We had no reports from the other streams in the area.
Laguna Del Campo: Closed for the season.
San Gregorio: We had no reports from anglers.
Seven Springs Brood Pond: We had no reports from anglers this week.
Tingley Beach: Fishing at the Youth and Central ponds was very good using marshmallows, Power Bait and salmon eggs for trout. A few trout were also caught by anglers using small Kastmasters.
Trout fishing at the Bob Gerding Catch and Release Pond was fair using zebra midges and small streamers.
Trout Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.