CATCHES OF THE WEEK
Mike Estrada of Belen, caught and released a 4.38-pound largemouth bass on Saturday at Conchas Lake. He was using a green jig with a green pumpkin Yamamoto baby craw trailer. Joshua Padilla, 12, of Las Vegas, N.M., caught a 27-inch, 15-pound, channel catfish at Storrie Lake on Aug. 23. He was using chicken liver. Laura Elkins of Amarillo, caught and released a 4.04 smallmouth bass at Ute Lake on Sunday.
AROUND THE STATE
SAN JUAN RIVER: The Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled a transfer of release from the City of Farmington Power Plant to the auxiliary release point beginning Friday. It will remain in effect for the next 10 days. Some variations in flow and an increase in turbidity may be noticed. ISLETA LAKES: Fishing at both SUNRISE and TURTLE LAKES is very good. Anglers are having best luck on chicken liver, various stink baits, shrimp and worms. Our tagged catfish derby continues until Monday. Fishing hours are 6 a.m.-7 p.m., seven days a week. Carlos Trujillo, Isleta Lakes & RV Park EAGLE NEST LAKE: The 26th Annual Fish Fest will be Saturday, Sept. 2 through Sept. 10. For more information, call 575-377-6941. NOTES from GAME & FISH: At FENTON LAKE, fishing was good using San Juan worms, Pistol Petes, worms, Fire Balls and PowerBait for trout. Stream flow on the JEMEZ RIVER near Jemez Springs on Monday morning was 16.7cfs. Trout fishing on the Jemez was fair for anglers using worms and salmon eggs. Fishing on the CEBOLLA was very good using elk hair caddis, parachute Adams, San Juan worms, salmon eggs and night crawlers for trout. Several reports indicated that hoppers seem to be working on all streams in the area. Fishing was slow for all species at TINGLEY BEACH. At COCHITI LAKE, fishing was slow to fair using chatter baits, creature baits, jigs and jerk baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was fair using shrimp, worms, chicken liver and homemade dough bait for catfish. Fishing at NAVAJO LAKE was good using Pop Rs, swim baits, tubes, curly tail grubs, crawdad flies, crank baits, jerk baits and chatter baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was good using swim baits, chatter baits, jerk baits and crank baits for northern pike. Fishing was very good using worms, spinners and small crank baits for perch. Stream flow on the SAN JUAN RIVER from Navajo Reservoir on Monday was 705 cfs. Fishing through the quality waters was good using ants, hoppers, Griffith’s gnats, dead chickens, RS2s, foam wing emergers and bead-head pheasant tail nymphs. Fishing through the bait waters was fair to good using worms, night crawlers, Chernobyl ants, San Juan worms, woolly buggers and copper John Barrs. Fishing at MONASTERY LAKE was very good using worms and PowerBait for trout. At EL VADO LAKE, fishing continues to be good using grubs, tubes, spinners and worms for smallmouth bass. Monday morning water flows on the CHAMA RIVER below El Vado and Abiquiú were 345 cfs and 469 cfs respectively. Fishing below El Vado was good using hoppers, yellow sallies, woolly buggers, night crawlers, Fire Balls and PowerBait for brown and rainbow trout. At ABIQUIÚ LAKE, fishing was good using curly tail grubs tipped with night crawlers, bottom bouncer rigs and worm harnesses at 10 to 20 feet for walleye. Bank fishing in the morning is good using worms for bluegill and small smallmouth bass. Fishing at ELEPHANT BUTTE LAKE was fair to good using cut bait, shrimp and chicken liver for catfish.