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Thursday, January 4, 2007

Fishing Line
By Bill Dyroff For the Journal

CATCHES of the WEEK: None qualified. AROUND the STATE EAGLE NEST LAKE ICE FISHING SERIES: This tournament is scheduled for Jan. 13 (a Saturday), 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. On-site registration is 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the top of the main boat ramp; entry fee is $10 per person. Only trout, kokanee and yellow perch caught at Eagle Nest Lake will be considered for prizes, with winners determined by total weight of fish caught. Cash prizes will consist of 80 percent of registration fees collected— and range from 1st place receiving 40 percent of the prize dollars to 4th place receiving 10 percent of the prize dollars. Special rules of interest: No holes drilled until starting signal sounds at 10 a.m. Ice shelters will be allowed. Motorized vehicles not allowed. Electronic fish-finding gear may be used (but not with cameras). Keep 10 yards between contestants. No glass containers allowed on the ice— exceptions are bait jars like for salmon eggs. For more information, contact Mark Stewart, Los Amigos Anglers in Eagle Nest, (505) 377-6226. ICE CONDITIONS EAGLE NEST: As of Tuesday. Because of all the snow this area has received, I do not know of anyone getting to the lake since late last week for ice fishing. To approximately 8 inches of snow already on the ice, late last week Mother Nature added about 34 inches more ... so we had over 40 inches of snow on the ice. Also no road was cleared to the ice until Sunday afternoon when the road to the main boat ramp was cleared to the ramp parking area. Still difficult for anyone to get from the parking area to the ice, and then it would be a struggle with deep snow on the ice. For current ice conditions, contact Eagle Nest Lake State Park, (505) 377-1594 or Mountain View Cabins, (505) 377-6941. Sue Finley, Mountain View Cabins MALOYA and ALICE: As of Tuesday. Lakes are ice-covered, with no open water for bank fishing. We got about 39 inches of snow at the end of last week. Lots of snow on the ice and at access points. Ice fishing prohibited until we can evaluate ice conditions.

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For current information, call the park, (505) 445-5607. Pat Walsh, park ranger, Sugarite Canyon State Park FENTON: As of Tuesday afternoon. About 27 inches of snow on the ground, but only about 8 inches of snow on the ice. No change in ice conditions reported last week— Ice-covered, but a lot of holes, and not considered safe. Phill Charos, seasonal employee at the park JICARILLA LAKES: As of Friday (Dec. 29). Except for Horse Lake, our lakes not suitable for ice fishing. Ice thickness at Horse is 6 to 8 inches. Fish have been biting on white or yellow Curly Tail jigs and tiny shad jigs. Five fish in the 18- to 20-inch range were reported caught at Horse; they all weighed in at over 3 pounds. For current information: call Kevin Terry, Jicarilla Game & Fish, (505) 759-3255. Kevin Terry, fisheries biologist, Jicarilla Game & Fish OPEN WATER NAVAJO LAKE: Cold weather and snow. Little or no fishing. No reports. Steve Mueller, park superintendent SAN JUAN RIVER: As of Tuesday. Flowing at 495 cubic feet a second and clear. Quality water fished very good for catch-and-release of 16- to 18-inch trout, mostly rainbows. Best with San Juan Worms in earthworm or burnt orange color, size 20 cream-color UFOs, size 20 gray RS2s and size 22 black Scintilla Midges— plus Glo Bugs in chartreuse or Oregon Cheese color. In the bait water, average anglers have been catching 12- to 16-inch rainbows and browns— four to five in a day on fireballs or night crawlers. Tyler Cobb at Abe's HERON: As of Monday. Not much snow here compared to the rest of the state— maybe 8 inches last week, and still about 5 to 6 inches on the ground. Some snowmobiles and ATVs active in the area, but little or no activity at the lake; no reports on any fishing. Marilyn Morrison, Stone House Lodge RIO CHAMA below EL VADO: As of Tuesday, about 2 inches of snow on the ground; roads are clear. The river is flowing at 225 cfs and is fairly clear with a greenish cast to it. Extremely light fishing pressure. No reports. David Cooper, El Vado Guest Ranch ISLETA PUEBLO LAKES: As of Tuesday. Due to recent weather, the lakes have experienced light fishing pressure. Although shoreline ice has somewhat limited angler access, portions of the lakes are still open to fishing. Jason Rector, Aquatics Consultants, for Isleta Lakes SANDIA PUEBLO LAKES: As of Tuesday. Our lakes are about 1/3 open water— enough open for bank fishing. Has been fair to good for 10- to 12-inch rainbows on salmon eggs, PowerBait and worms. We plan to stock 1,655 9- to 18-inch rainbows by the end of this week— 1,265 at 9 to 11 inches, 290 at 11 to 13 inches and 100 at 16 to 18 inches. The lakes will be closed Saturday (Jan. 6). Paul Holmes, lakes manager COCHITI: As of Tuesday. About 36 inches of snow on the ground— but the main highway is clear. Little or no fishing pressure. No reports. Karen Lewis, Mainstream Bait Shop, Peña Blanca

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NOTES from GAME & FISH: As of Monday, Rio Grande flow near Taos Junction Bridge was 625 cfs; no reports from anglers this week. Flow of the Red River below the hatchery was 32 cfs. Good below the hatchery for anglers using small beadhead nymphs and San Juan Worms. No reports from Bluewater Lake anglers this week. For current ice conditions, call the state park office, (505) 876-2391. As of Monday, flow on the Jemez near Jemez Springs was 19 cfs. Trout fishing on the Lower Jemez was slow to fair for anglers using small beadhead nymphs, PowerBait and salmon eggs. Our best reports came from anglers fishing downstream from Soda Dam. Trout fishing was fair to good at Bosque Redondo for anglers using salmon eggs, PowerBait, corn, beadhead nymphs under a bubble, and spinners. Bill Dunn's Report for the Department of Game and Fish SUMNER: As of Tuesday. About 3 inches of snow on the ground; roads are clear. Very little fishing pressure. One group reported catching a few 18-inch walleye and some small crappie. All were caught on spoons and slabs around the trash rack (not easily identified, this is a rack near the dam that keeps trash from going through with discharged water). Good below the dam for stocker rainbows on PowerBait and assorted lures. Lewis Hancock, park ranger ELEPHANT BUTTE: As of Tuesday. No snow on the ground, but our weather has been real cold. I only know of a few experienced fishermen out on the lake— no success. JR McManus, Desert Bass Guide Service WINTER STOCKING, MIDDLE RIO GRANDE VALLEY: As of Tuesday. No stocking planned until next week. Stephen Hooper, production manager, Red River Hatchery
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