CATCHES OF THE WEEK

Abiquíu Reservoir: On Oct. 15, Booth Gallett of Santa Fe caught and released a 4.5-pound smallmouth bass. He was using a crank bait.

Bluewater Lake: On Oct. 19, Wayne Garcia of Albuquerque caught and released a 31-inch tiger musky. On Oct. 19, Leslie Benefield of Albuquerque caught and released a 33-inch tiger musky. Both anglers were using Berkley shad.

Navajo Lake: On Oct. 17, Kristin Nelson and Hailee Hauquitz of Albuquerque both snagged their very first kokanee. They were using LED light-up pink fishing poles. On Oct. 11, Matt Everest caught and released a big largemouth bass. He was using a white crank bait.

Red River: On Oct. 18, Josh Anspach-Hanson of Albuquerque caught and released a 23-inch rainbow trout and two others over 20 inches. He was using prince nymphs and poundmeisters.

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NORTHEAST

Charette Lakes: Closes for the season on Oct. 31.

Cimarron River: Trout fishing was good using bead-head pheasant tails, brassies, spinners, worms and salmon eggs. We had no reports from the Gravel Pit Lakes.

Clayton Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using Power Bait for trout. Closes for the season on Oct. 31.

Conchas Lake: Fishing was good to excellent for smallmouth bass and fair to good for largemouth bass. Anglers did best using tubes and crank baits and reported the fish were staging in the mouths of creeks. Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits and spoons for white bass.

Coyote Creek: Trout fishing was fair using salmon eggs and worms.

Eagle Nest Lake: Kokanee snagging was good for some but a bit slow for others. The best area was near the boat ramp. Bank fishing was good using roe sacs, salmon eggs and Power Bait for rainbow trout and worms for perch. Fishing for northern pike was slow. The boat ramp has been closed because of low water conditions. Canoes and kayaks may still be launched.

Lake Maloya: Fishing was fair to good using salmon peach and green garlic scented Power Bait and Pistol Petes for trout. Fishing pressure was light.

Los Pinos: Trout fishing was good using San Juan worms, bead-head pheasant tails, prince nymphs, spinners and salmon eggs.

Manzano Lake: Fishing was good using salmon peach Power Bait, worms and salmon eggs for trout.

Maxwell Lake 13: Closes for the season on Oct. 31.

Monastery Lake: Trout fishing was very good using Pistol Petes, Power Bait and salmon eggs. Pecos River: Trout fishing was fair using worms, prince nymphs, pheasant tails and salmon eggs. We had no reports on catfish.

Red River: Fishing was good using copper John Barrs, bead-head prince nymphs, poundmeisters, salmon eggs and worms for trout.

Rio Grande: Trout fishing was fair to good using copper John Barrs, wooly buggers, San Juan worms, spinners and salmon eggs. Fishing was fair using spinners and wooly buggers for smallmouth bass.

Springer Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.

Storrie Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using salmon eggs and Power Bait for trout.Fishing pressure was very light.

Ute Lake: Fishing was good using slab spoons and deep-running crank baits for white bass. Fishing was fair to good using live minnows for walleye. Fishing was fair to good using tubes, chigger craws small worms and curly tail grubs for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing for catfish was sporadic with just a few caught by anglers using stink baits.

NORTHWEST

Abiquiú Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using tubes, jigs and crank baits for smallmouth bass. A few walleye were caught by anglers using crank baits and grubs. Anglers reported the lake has turned over.

Bluewater Lake: Fishing was fair using crank baits, jerk baits, spinners and swim baits for tiger musky. Fishing for all other species was slow. Note: Anglers should be aware that it is illegal to use bait fish at this lake.

Chama River: Fishing below El Vado was good using salmon eggs, night crawlers, bead-head pheasant tails and copper John Barrs for a mixed bag of rainbow and brown trout. Fishing below Abiquiú was fair to good using worms and salmon eggs for rainbow trout.

Cochiti Lake: Fishing was slow for all species but there were a few smallmouth bass and white bass caught by anglers using crank baits.

El Vado Lake: Fishing for trout was good from boats as well as from the bank. Anglers did well using spinners, Z Rays and salmon eggs. Kokanee snagging was slow with just a few taken by anglers working near the dam.

Fenton Lake: Trout fishing was very good using olive and black Pistol Petes, wooly buggers, garlic-scented Power Bait and worms. Anglers fishing from boats did very well using olive Pistol Petes.

Heron Lake: Fishing was slow for all species and fishing pressure was very light. All boat ramps have been closed due to low water conditions. Small boats, canoes and kayaks may still be used. Note: Possession of kokanee is not permitted here or on Willow Creek during the closed season which runs through Nov. 13.

Jemez Waters: Fishing on the Rio Cebolla was good using salmon eggs and worms. Fishing on the Jemez was good for anglers using salmon eggs and copper John Barrs.

Laguna Del Campo: Closes for the season on Oct. 31.

Navajo Lake: Kokanee snagging was very good again this past week. A few rainbow trout were caught by anglers using salmon eggs and Power Bait. Fishing for bass was slow to fair using crank baits, tubes and senkos. Fishing for northern pike was fair to good using crank baits and jerk baits.

San Juan River: Trout fishing through the Quality Waters was good using foam wing emergers, red annelids, San Juan worms, crystal midges, RS2s and zebra midges. Fishing through the bait waters was good using salmon eggs, San Juan worms, copper John Barrs and wooly buggers.

Santa Cruz Lake: This water has closed to boating and will remain closed until mid-July of 2015. The only fishing access will be from the overlook, which will remain open. The Bureau of Land Management will be renovating the north lake campground, boat launch, picnic area and main access road.

Tingley Beach: Fishing at the Youth and Central ponds was good using salmon eggs, homemade dough bait and Power Bait for trout.

SOUTHWEST

Bear Canyon: Fishing was fair using worms and Power Bait for trout.

Bill Evans Lake: Fishing was fair using worms, salmon eggs, Pistol Petes and Power Bait for trout. Fishing was slow to fair using worms for sunfish.

Elephant Butte Lake: Fishing was fair to good using crank baits, blade baits and slab spoons for white bass. Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits, tubes and jigs for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing was slow to fair using chicken liver, night crawlers and shrimp for catfish.

Glenwood Pond: Fishing was good using Power Bait and salmon eggs for trout.

Rio Grande: Fishing was fair using night crawlers, homemade dough bait, worms and liver for catfish.

Young Pond: Fishing was good using salmon eggs, Power Bait and small dry flies for trout.

SOUTHEAST

Bonito Lake: Closed.

Bosque Redondo: Fishing was slow for all species.

Brantley Lake: Anglers are to practice catch-and-release for all fish here as high levels of DDT were found in several fish.

Chaparral Park Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.

El Rito Creek: Fishing was slow with just a few trout caught by anglers using salmon eggs.

Grindstone Reservoir: Fishing was fair to good using garlic-scented Power Bait, worms and salmon eggs for trout.

Oasis Park Lake: Fishing was slow for all species and fishing pressure was light. Note: The Park and Friends of Oasis are sponsoring their 24th annual Kids Fishin’ Clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 1. For pre-registration or more information, call the Oasis State Park office at 575- 356-5331.

Pecos River: Fishing was slow to fair using night crawlers for catfish.

Santa Rosa Lake: Fishing was fair using tubes, chigger craws and crank baits for smallmouth bass.

Sumner Lake: Fishing was fair to good trolling and casting crank baits for white bass and an occasional walleye. Fishing was good using tubes and salt craws for smallmouth bass in shallow water.

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.