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Catch of the Week
Tuesday (Oct. 15)
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Caballo Lake: Dmitri Hewitt, age 3, of Las Cruces caught an approximately 18-inch carp using night crawlers Oct. 13. Charlie Lujan of Mesquite caught a 17-inch largemouth bass bank fishing using a yellow and red crank bait Oct. 8.
Eagle Nest Lake: Terry Norcross and Matthew Farmer, both of Albuquerque, caught a 38-inch, 14-pound pike and a 38.5-inch, 15-pound pike using Rapala lures Oct. 11.
Grindstone Lake: Rocky Zogg of Amarillo, Texas caught and released an approximately 18-inch rainbow trout using a gold spinner Oct. 11.
Red River: Aiden Paquin, age 14, of Bernalillo caught a 20-inch rainbow trout using salmon eggs Oct. 9.
San Juan River: Hope Carreon of Las Cruces caught an approximately 29-inch brown trout using an i-Yong Blondie fly Oct. 11.
Santa Cruz Lake: Alyson Trina Archuleta, age 9, of Peñasco caught two rainbow trout over 20-inches using a Kastmaster lure Oct. 13.
Seven Springs Brood Pond: Clarissa Valdez, age 3, of Arlington, Texas, caught a 26-inch, 8-pound brown trout using a spinner Oct. 11. Chase Crawford, age 8, of Albuquerque caught an 18-inch trout using pink PowerBait under a float bobber Oct. 10.
Ute Lake: Angie Colantonio of Amarillo, Texas caught a 3.44-pound smallmouth bass using a Berkley Chigger Craw Oct. 13. Laura Elkins, also of Amarillo, caught three largemouth bass weighing a total of 10.18-pounds using chatter baits and Senkos Oct. 13.
The following reports came in late, but are definitely worth mentioning:
Río Grande: Rob Vigil of Española went fishing for his birthday and caught a 21.5-inch rainbow trout near Pilar using a black and gold Panther Martin spinner Oct. 3.
Seven Springs Brood Pond: Kole Kinney, age 6, of Las Cruces caught a 22-inch rainbow trout using an artificial crawdad Oct. 5.
Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Only waters with fishing activity are included.
Updated: Tuesday (Oct. 15)
Albuquerque Area Drains: Fishing for bass was fair to good using small crank baits and Senko worms.
Bluewater Lake: Fishing for tiger muskie was fair using swimbaits, Rapalas and spinner baits.
Brazos River: Fishing for trout was good using pheasant tail nymph flies, Panther Martin spinners and salmon eggs.
Canjilon Lakes: Fishing for trout was fair to good using dry flies and yellow PowerBait.
Chama River: Monday morning flows below El Vado and Abiquiú were 754 and 867 cubic feet per second, respectively. Fishing for trout below El Vado Lake was good using leech pattern flies, tungsten beadhead green scud flies, peacock nymph flies, salmon eggs, worms, Panther Martin spinners, night crawlers and yellow garlic PowerBait. We had no reports from anglers fishing below Abiquiú Lake.
Fenton Lake: Fishing for trout was good using lures, yellow PowerBait and garlic-flavored PowerBait.
Jémez Waters: Streamflow on the Jémez River near the town of Jémez Monday morning was 11.1 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair using nymph flies and wax worms.
Laguna del Campo: Fishing for trout was fair to good using gold spinners and PowerBait.
Navajo Lake: Fishing for bass was slow. Fishing for pike was fair using swimbaits and jerk baits. Fishing for kokanee salmon using snagging hooks was good around the dam. Kokanee salmon snagging season is open through Dec. 31. We had no reports on other species.
San Juan River: Streamflow Monday morning was 610 cfs. Fishing for trout in the quality water was good using red and cream larva fly patterns, mono midge pupa patterns and crystal flash midge emergers. On the lower river, fishing for trout was good using baetis nymphs, Parachute Adams and blue wing olives. Fishing for trout in the bait waters was good using worms and spinners.
Seven Springs Brood Pond: Fishing for trout was good using spinners, PowerBait, salmon eggs, leech pattern flies and salmon eggs.
Tingley Beach: Fishing was slow for all species.
Trout Lakes: Fishing for trout was good using PowerBait.
Cimarrón River: Streamflow near Cimarrón Monday morning was 30.4 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using Parachute Adams flies, caddis dry flies and small nymph flies.
Clayton Lake: Fishing for trout was fair to good using PowerBait and night crawlers. Fishing for catfish was fair to good using chicken liver. The boat ramp is closed due to low water levels.
Conchas Lake: Fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass was good using buzz baits, Senkos and crawdad baits. Fishing for catfish was good using chicken liver and hot dogs.
Costilla Creek: Streamflow near Costilla Monday was 7.13 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using small dry flies and bead head nymph flies.
Coyote Creek: Fishing for trout was good using salmon eggs.
Eagle Nest Lake: Fishing for trout was good using PowerBait and Panther Martin spinners. Fishing for pike was good using Rapala lures and spoons.
Eagle Rock Lake: Fishing for trout was good using flies, PowerBait, salmon eggs and worms.
Fawn Lakes: The last report was that high runoff water has created poor fishing conditions.
Gallinas River: Fishing for trout was good using Panther Martin spinners.
Hopewell Lake: Fishing for trout was fair to good using Pistol Petes, spinners, PowerBait and worms.
Los Pinos River: Fishing for trout was good using terrestrial fly patterns with a small beadhead nymph dropper fly.
Monastery Lake: Fishing for trout was good using Panther Martin spinners and PowerBait.
Pecos River: Streamflow near the town of Pecos Monday morning was 32.1 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using live worms, woolly buggers, salmon eggs, PowerBait and Panther Martin spinners.
Red River: Streamflow below the hatchery Monday morning was 45.0 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using salmon eggs, nymph flies and Panther Martin spinners.
Río Grande: Streamflow at the Taos Junction Bridge Monday morning was 338 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using Panther Martin spinners, streamers, beadhead nymphs and night crawlers. Fishing near Albuquerque for catfish was good using cut bait, hot dogs and night crawlers dipped in garlic. One angler reported catching a walleye north of Bernalillo using a silver Blue Fox spinner.
Río Hondo: Streamflow Monday morning near Valdez was 14.1 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using nymph flies.
Río Mora: Streamflow Monday morning was 7.91 cfs. Fishing for trout was fair to good using beadhead nymph flies and salmon eggs.
Río Pueblo: Streamflow near Peñasco Monday morning was 7.81 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using a variety of small dry flies, salmon eggs and small beadhead nymph flies.
Santa Cruz Reservoir: Fishing for trout was fair to good using PowerBait, white plastic baits tipped with worms and Kastmaster lures.
Ute Lake: Fishing for smallmouth and largemouth bass was good using plastic crawdads, chatter baits and jigs. Fishing for white bass was fair using jigging slabs and blade baits in 30 to 40 feet of water. Fishing for walleye was good vertical jigging in 25 to 35 feet of water. Fishing for catfish was good using punch bait. The main lake was clear and the water temperature was in the upper 60s.
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