Game & Fish Catches Of The Week

first_imgCameron Quill of Albuquerque caught a 12.5-pound catfish using chicken breast on the Rio Grande River. Courtesy/NMGF Lane Zemke, 5, of Bosque Farms caught a 3-pound white bass using Sassy Shad at Elephant Butte Lake. Courtesy/NMGFNMGF News:Catches of the weekElephant Butte Lake: Lane Zemke, age 5, of Bosque Farms caught a 3-pound white bass Sept. 6 using a Sassy Shad.Rio Grande River: Cameron Quill, of Albuquerque, caught a 12.5-pound catfish using chicken breast Sept. 3 near Albuquerque.If you have a catch of the week story or just want to tell us about your latest New Mexico fishing experience, send it to us at [email protected] We may include your story in our next report.For catches of the week, include name, age, hometown, date, location, type of fish, length and weight if possible, and bait, lure or fly used.Northeast Fishing ReportCabresto Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.Charette Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.Cimarron River: Stream flow near Cimarron Monday morning was 14.7 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.Clayton Lake: Fishing for catfish was fair using chicken liver.Conchas Lake: Fishing for bass was good using plastic baits such as tubes, Senkos and creature baits in 15+ feet of water.Costilla Creek: Stream flow near Costilla Monday morning was 8.51 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.Cowles Ponds: We had no reports from anglers this week.Coyote Creek: We had no reports from anglers this week.Eagle Nest Lake: Fishing for rainbow trout was fair trolling spinners tipped with PowerBait. We had no reports on other species.Eagle Rock Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.Fawn Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.Gallinas River: We had no reports from anglers this week.Hopewell Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.Lake Alice: We had no reports from anglers this week.Lake Maloya: We had no reports from anglers this week.Los Pinos River: Fishing for trout was good using Woolly Buggers and bead head nymphs.Maxwell Lake 13: We had no reports from anglers this week.Monastery Lake: The lake is closed until further notice.Morphy Lake: The lake is closed for a renovation project on the dam, and no firm opening date has been set.Pecos River: Stream flow near the town of Pecos Monday morning was 20.5 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.Red River: Stream flow below the hatchery Monday morning was 37.5 cfs. Fishing for trout was good using dry fly dropper rigs with small nymphs like zebra midges and RS2s. The water level was low and clear.Rio Grande: Stream flow at the Taos Junction Bridge Monday morning was 159 cfs. Fishing for trout was good near Taos using dry fly dropper setups and nymph rigs with flies such as Poundmiesters, mayflies and caddis nymphs. Fishing for catfish was good near Albuquerque using chicken breast.Rio Hondo: Stream flow Monday morning near Valdez was 11.3 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.Rio Mora: Stream flow Monday morning was 3.19 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.Rio Pueblo: Stream flow near Penasco Monday morning was 2.95 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.Santa Cruz Reservoir: We had no reports from anglers this week.Shuree Ponds: We had no reports from anglers this week.Springer Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.Storrie Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.Stubblefield Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.Ute Lake: Fishing for white bass was good using vertical jigging blade baits and slabs in 25- to 35-feet of water. Fishing for smallmouth bass was good using Whopper Ploppers and Choppos on main lake points in 10- to 20-feet of water. Fishing for catfish was good using punch bait, nightcrawlers and cut bait. Fishing for walleye and crappie was slow. The main lake water surface temperature was 75 degrees Fahrenheit and water clarity was clear.Northwest Fishing ReportAbiquiu Lake: Fishing for bass and walleye was slow to fair using Ned rigs and bottom bouncer spinner rigs tipped with nightcrawlers. Due to low water levels, anglers are advised to use four-wheel-drive vehicles to launch boats and watch for obstructions on the water.Animas River: Water flow below Aztec Monday morning was 19.9 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.Albuquerque Area Drains: We had no reports from anglers this week.Bluewater Lake: The lake is scheduled to reopen Friday, Sept. 11 at 8 a.m.Brazos River: We had no reports from anglers this week.Canjilon Lakes: Fishing for trout was fair to good using hopper flies.Chama River: Monday morning flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 789 cfs and 578 cfs, respectively. Fishing for trout near the Colorado border was good using nymph flies. We had no reports from below El Vado or Abiquiu Lakes.Cochiti Lake: The lake is closed until further notice.El Vado Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.Fenton Lake: The lake is scheduled to reopen Friday, Sept. 11 at 8 a.m.Heron Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.Jemez Waters: Stream flow on the Jemez River near the town of Jemez Monday morning was 3.75 cfs. Fishing on the Valles Caldera was good using Prince Nymph flies as a dropper under a dry fly.  Laguna del Campo: We had no reports from anglers this week.Lagunitas Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.Lake Farmington: We had no reports from anglers this week.Manzano Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.McGaffey Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.Navajo Lake: Fishing for bass was good using watermelon red flake Gitzit tubes in 15- to 20-feet of water. Fishing for kokanee salmon was fair to good using pink and purple spinners tipped with corn fished 85-feet deep.San Gregorio Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.San Juan River: Stream flow Monday morning was 917 cfs. Fishing for trout in the quality waters was good using size 24 and size 26 black, olive and grey midge pattern flies, size 22 Baetis nymph flies and size 20 Griffith Gnats.Seven Springs Brood Pond: The pond is closed until further notice.Tingley Beach: We had no reports from anglers this week.Trout Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.Southwest Fishing ReportAlumni Pond: Fishing for catfish was fair to good using shad and liver baits.Bear Canyon Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.Bill Evans Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.Caballo Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.Elephant Butte Lake: Fishing for white bass was good using Sassy Shad and chartreuse Berkley Flicker Shad.Escondida Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.Gila River: Stream flow Monday morning was 20 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.Glenwood Pond: We had no reports from anglers this week.Lake Roberts: We had no reports from anglers this week.Percha Dam: We had no reports from anglers this week.Quemado Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.Rancho Grande Ponds: We had no reports from anglers this week.Rio Grande: Stream flow below Elephant Butte Monday morning was 1,040 cfs. Fishing for bass, walleye, crappie and catfish was good at Eagle Point using worms.Snow Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.Trees Lake: Fishing for bass and catfish was slow.Young Pond: We had no reports from anglers this week.Southeast Fishing ReportAlto Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.Bataan Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.Berrendo Creek: We had no reports from anglers this week.Black River: Stream flow at Malaga Monday morning was 12.26 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.Blue Hole Park Pond: We had no reports from anglers this week.Bonito Lake: The lake is closed until further notice by the city of Alamogordo due to fire damage. It appears now that the lake will be out of commission until 2022.Bosque Redondo Lake: The lake is closed until further notice.Bottomless Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.Brantley Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.Carlsbad Municipal Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.Chaparral Park Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.Corona Pond: We had no reports from anglers this week.Eunice Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.Green Meadow Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.Greene Acres Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.Grindstone Reservoir: Fishing was reported as slow with a lot of water play traffic.Jal Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.Lake Van: We had no reports from anglers this week.Oasis Park Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.Pecos River: Stream flow below Sumner Lake Monday morning was 100 cfs. Fishing for catfish was good using worms and homemade dough bait.Perch Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.Ruidoso River: Stream flow Monday morning at Hollywood was 3.09 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.Santa Rosa Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.Sumner Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.Tips and TricksCameron Quill, of Albuquerque, is an avid angler who likes to target big catfish. He says that right now, big catfish are on the move during the night hours. To fish for the big cats, he uses two-inch cubes of cut chicken breast. He uses weights to keep his bait on the river bottom. Look in this week’s Catches of the Week to see the 12.5-pound catfish he recently caught in the Rio Grande River.His fishing setup is an Ugly Stik Catfish medium-heavy, 8-foot rod, a Carolina rig with a 2-ounce pyramid weight, a 50-pound braid mainline and a 40-pound mono leader about 10-inches to 1.5-feet long. For a hook, he uses an 8/0 Gamakatsu octopus circle hook. Want to catch and release fish? Here are a couple of tips to make it easy:You can practice catch and release to preserve the species. Using flies with barbless hooks is the safest way to catch and release. You can also fish with spinners and de-barb the hooks and/or cut two of the treble hooks off.Fishing with bait is going to be the most likely technique to harm the fish because the fish swallow the bait and hook. If you do decide to use bait and get a fish hooked deep where the hook cannot be easily removed, just cut the fishing line off at the trout’s mouth; the trout’s stomach enzymes will digest the hook. Here is a video on de-barbing a hook.last_img

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