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January 13, 2005

Fishing Line

By Bill Dyroff For the Journal

Two-Rod Angling OK for Ice Fishing An option made available this year authorizes two rods in all state waters with purchase of a Second Rod Validation ($3.00)
. SANDIA PUEBLO LAKES DERBY: Sandia Pueblo will hold a three-day fishing derby Saturday through Monday. No registration fee, just normal day-use fees apply. In preparation for the derby, the lakes manager expects to stock 150 16- to 18-inch rainbows plus about 1,400 9- to 13-inch rainbows. Anglers will be eligible for cash prizes up to a total of $1,000 for 20 tagged fish. EAGLE NEST iCE fISHING SERIES The inaugural Eagle Nest Lake Ice-Fishing Series will be Saturday, Jan. 15, and Saturday, Feb. 26 — two events. Registration for each event will be 8 to 10 a.m. at a check-in station near the new boat ramp. Entry fee is $10 per person payable at registration. Competition hours will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No motorized vehicles or ice shelters allowed on the ice. Prizes will be based on total weight of up to 25 fish — up to five trout or kokanee and 20 perch caught at Eagle Nest during competition hours. Weigh-in and prizes will be awarded for each event, 2 to 3 p.m., at the check-in station. Door prizes will also be awarded each hour. Total amount of cash prizes for each event will be 80 percent of registration fees collected that day. First place winners each Saturday will receive 40 percemt of the prize money, 30 percent to second place, 20 percent to third place and 10 percent to fourth place. For more information, contact Mark Stewart, Chamber of Commerce president, at Dos Amigos Anglers, (505) 377-6226. AROUND THE STATE .......ICE FISHING WATERS....... FENTON: As of Tuesday afternoon. Ice thickness is at 10 to 12 inches; no snow on the ice. Over the weekend, most anglers caught at least one or two trout. Best jigging salmon eggs and wax worms; a few fishermen used PowerBait. On Sunday, a father and his young son took to the ice. The son clearly outfished his dad — using a SpongeBob rod-reel outfit, while Dad fished with more sophisticated equipment.
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Bill Pentler, park ranger EAGLE NEST: As of Monday. We've had big-time winds on about four days, including some warm days. Some open water near Six-Mile Creek and off the northeast shoreline. However, not much change in the boat ramp area — thickness there is about 13 inches. Thickness at other areas and over deeper water is not known. Ice anglers in the ramp area have taken quite a few perch plus some nice, 14-inch rainbows. Best for perch and rainbows with meal worms on jigs. Sue Finley, Mountain View Cabins MALOYA and LAKE ALICE: Lake Maloya's annual ice-fishing derby is set for Saturday, Feb. 5 — details in later fishing reports. As of Wednesday. Fishing good at both lakes through the ice for 6- to 10-inch rainbows on homemade doughbait, fireballs and PowerBait. Maloya has 5 inches of good ice close to shore. Anglers are advised not to move across the lake. Lake Alice has some open water at the north end, but ice thickness is about 7 inches on the rest of the lake. Greg Romero, park ranger BLUEWATER: As of Tuesday afternoon. We've had some warm, windy days and the ice is pretty much all gone in the main body and the north finger. There is ice on other fingers, but thickness is not known. Not much fishing pressure in the open water. But those out fishing have been catching 8- to 12-inch rainbows; some reported catches a little bigger. Best with corn, and yellow or pink PowerBait. Aubony Burns, boating officer ........OPEN WATER........ NAVAJO: No fishing observed; no reports. Steve Nueller, park superintendent SAN JUAN: As of Tuesday. Flow is at 250 cubic feet a second. Clear — the water really looks good. Pressure in quality water has been light, but those out have done well for catch-and-release of 13- to 20-inch rainbows on black or gray Bunny Leeches, size 20 Desert Storms, 22 Princess flies and orange or red San Juan Worms. Very few reports from regular water. Some anglers who fished below the Aztec Bridge reported getting into some nice fish with PowerBait or salmon eggs. Tim Chavez, Abe's Motel and Fly Shop HERON LAKE: Very quiet here, and unusual weather for January — no wind recently, but a mixture of rain and snow, and very mild temperatures even at night. A few anglers have been out in the Ridge Rock area, but no reports. No boat fishing observed or reported. Marilyn Morrison, Stone House Lodge CHAMA RIVER below EL VADO: As of Tuesday. Flow is at 75 cfs, with a greenish color. Only one report all week. Today, four anglers, fly-fishing downriver with Hare's Ears and other flies, all caught fish — including an 18-inch brown. David Cooper, El Vado Guest Ranch COCHITI: Extremely light pressure; no reports. Karen Lewis, Mainstream Bait Shop NORTHERN WATERS: As of Wednesday. Good on the Rio Grande from The Box to the Pilar area for 10- to 20-inch rainbows, browns and cutbows — all definitely nymphing with size 14-22 flies. The Red River below the hatchery has been a little off-color. Good for 10- to 20-inch rainbows, browns and cutbows with smaller nymphs than recommended for the Rio Grande — size 16-24. Joey Phillips at Los Rios Anglers, Taos ELEPHANT BUTTE: No change from last week. Last week's report is repeated. Striped bass action has slowed down some. Average anglers are still likely to catch

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them, but the opportunity has not been as good as in the last few weeks. Best near the dam, in The Jungles area and at the mouth of McRae Canyon, trolling or drifting shiners at about 25 feet in deeper water. Continues very slow for black bass. The only white bass reports I've had were of one or two taken by striper anglers. Bob Brewster, Butte Fishing Guide Service All content copyright ©
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