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Christopher Pearson, age 8, of Albuquerque caught a 33-inch tiger muskie using a swimbait at Bluewater Lake.

Catch of the Week

Abiquiú Lake: Fishing for bass and walleye was fair. Fishing for catfish was fair to good when using stink bait.

Animas River: Water flow below Aztec Monday morning was 1,670 cfs.

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

Bluewater Lake: Fishing for tiger muskie was good when using crankbaits, Rapala lures and swimbaits.

Brazos River: Fishing for trout was fair to good when using gold Panther Martin spinners.

Canjilon Lakes: Fishing for trout was good when using Berkley Power Worms and dry flies.

Chama River: Monday morning flows below El Vado and Abiquiú were 99.5 cfs and 250 cfs, respectively. Fishing for trout below El Vado Lake was fair when using jerkbaits, spinners and nightcrawlers. Fishing below Abiquiú Lake was fair when using worms. Please remember, from the river-crossing bridge on U.S. Highway 84 at Abiquiú upstream seven miles to the base of Abiquiú Dam is special trout waters with a bag limit of two trout only.

Cochiti Lake: Visitors to the lake need to make a reservation by purchasing a ticket at least 24 hours in advance through recreation.gov. Tickets and reservations will NOT be sold at the lake.

El Vado Lake: El Vado Lake Dam Day Use area is open. The main lake area, boat launch and campground are open by reservation only. Fishing for bass was fair.

Fenton Lake: Fishing for trout was fair to good when using nightcrawlers, green garlic PowerBait, salmon eggs and corn. Please remember, only two cutthroat trout are allowed to be harvested per day within the regular five-fish limit.

Heron Lake: Fishing for trout was fair when using yellow PowerBait and worms. Sierra Vista boat launch and the primitive boat launch are both open due to rising water levels. Caution is advised during windy conditions.

Jemez Waters: Stream flow on the Jemez near the town of Jemez on Monday morning was 6.68 cfs. Fishing for trout was good when using rainbow colored Panther Martin spinners, nymph flies and worms. Fishing near the Valles Caldera was good when using nymph flies.

Laguna del Campo: Fishing for trout was fair to good when using peach PowerBait.

Lagunitas Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.

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

McGaffey Lake: Fishing for catfish was fair to good when using hotdogs. Due to extremely low water levels and unstable ground conditions, stocking efforts have been suspended. Lake conditions will be monitored and stockings will resume once conditions improve.

Navajo Lake: Fishing for bass was very good when using crankbaits, Ned Rigs, buzzbaits and green watermelon tubes. Fishing for pike was fair when using jerkbaits up the San Juan arm of the lake. Fishing for kokanee salmon was fair to good when using pink and orang spinners tipped with corn.

Rio Grande: Fishing for catfish was fair to good when using worms and chicken liver near Albuquerque.

San Gregorio Lake: Fishing for trout was fair when using midge pattern flies.

San Juan River: Stream flow Monday morning was 324 cfs. Fishing for trout in the quality waters was good when using size 24 midge emerger flies and red annelid flies. Fishing for trout in the bait waters was good when using gold Panther Martin spinners and PowerBait.

Seven Springs Brood Pond: Fishing for trout was good when using pink Berkley Gulp Pinched Crawlers.

Tingley Beach: Fishing for catfish was fair when using chicken liver and homemade dough bait.

Trout Lakes: Fishing for trout was good when using dry flies and worms.

Take the Challenge

The Trout Challenge

New Mexico is a state where the Rocky Mountains meet the desert. New Mexico is also a state that is rich in diversity from its many different climates to the fish and wildlife. Sportsmen and women of New Mexico are very fortunate to have such a diverse fishing opportunity, especially when it comes to trout.

New Mexico's winter trout stocking program allows anglers across the state the opportunity to catch a trout in places that might not have them on a regular basis due to weather and water conditions. The best part about trout fishing in New Mexico, is that anglers have the opportunity to catch trout from one end of the state to the other whether stream or lake.

The Bass Challenge

Most fishermen have considered New Mexico a quality trout destination, but it's the dedication and careful work of the department's fisheries team that has made it a distinctive bass fishery as well. From Elephant Butte to Conchas Lake, bass fishing is just as popular as trout fishing.

Although the state of New Mexico may never have the numbers and sizes of bass like other states, New Mexico does offer some surprising opportunities for catching largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, white bass and spotted bass.

With the state's record largemouth bass coming in just under 16 pounds and the smallmouth record coming in at seven pounds, it's easy to see why New Mexico isn't overlooked when it comes to bass fishing. The best part about bass fishing in New Mexico is that anglers not only have the opportunity to catch bass from one end of the state to the other, anglers can fish year-round due to the state's accommodating climate.

How to Enter

Catch the four bass species that are found in and inhabit lakes within New Mexico (Spotted Bass, White Bass, Largemouth Bass and Smallmouth Bass).

Anglers submitting a catch for this challenge can do so by emailing them to dgf-fishingchallenges@state.nm.us. Anglers must submit all catches at once when they have completed the challenge.

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