Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

FISHING LINE.(Outdoors & Recreation)

Byline: Bill Dyroff

Mercury alert

New Mexico environmental officials have issued warnings about eating mercury-contaminated fish found in state waters. Contact the Surface Water Quality Bureau in Santa Fe for specific guidelines: (505) 827-0187 or toll-free (866) 885-2997.

CATCHES OF THE WEEK: At Eagle Nest on Monday, Leo Medina of Taos Canyon caught a 3-pound, 19-inch cutthroat jigging a small, gold Kastmaster through ice close to shore in 4 feet of water. At Ute on Friday, Jerry Silhan of Morton, Texas, caught 4.47-pound largemouth trolling a blue Bomber on the upper Canadian Arm. At Elephant Butte on Saturday, during an American Bass Association tournament, a 4.95-pound smallmouth was caught by Bob Bryant of Albuquerque. At Sandia Pueblo Lakes: On March 14, Michael Aragon of Albuquerque caught a 25-inch, 6-pound channel catfish on worms. On Saturday, Andrea Brown of Albuquerque caught a 19-inch, 2 1/2-pound rainbow on Zeke's Corn. At the Rio Grande below Cochiti Lake: On Friday, at the river, Vincent Aguilar of Santo Domingo Pueblo caught a 19 1/4-inch, 2 1/4-pound rainbow on a Panther Martin. At the stilling basin Sunday, Matthew Brito of Albuquerque caught a rainbow in the 17- to 18-inch range on salmon eggs. On Monday: Near Santo Domingo Pueblo, Ray Melton of the pueblo caught a 24 1/2-inch, 5-pound, 2-ounce German brown on a yellow Rooster Tail. At the river behind Pena Blanca: Kevin Lee of Albuquerque took a 20 1/2-inch, 3-pound German brown on night crawlers. Tommy Kidd of Albuquerque caught an 18-inch, 2 1/4-pound German brown on salmon eggs. At Navajo Lake on Sunday, at about 5 p.m., John Jaramillo of Albuquerque caught a 23-inch, 3 1/2-pound German brown, trolling the main body with a 6-inch, orange-gold Rapala. At Shady Lakes: On Saturday, Robert Bealer, 6, of Albuquerque caught a 15-inch rainbow on worms. …

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