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January 5, 2005

Fishing Line
By Bill Dyroff For the Journal

AROUND THE STATE .......ICE FISHING WATERS....... JICARILLA LAKES: As of Tuesday. Jicarilla ice-fishing licenses, at $20 and good to March 15, are now on sale. Ice fishermen should use good judgement and caution when on the ice; ice conditions can vary. No reports from Horse Lake. Good at Mundo for 12- to 14-inch rainbows on corn and salmon eggs. Mundo ice thickness is about 5 inches, but anglers should use caution around the edges of the lake; some thinning has occurred with the warm, wet weather of the past couple of weeks. Ice thickness at Enbom is also about 5 inches; it too may be thin around the margin of the lake. No reports from Enbom. Jim White, fisheries biologist, Jicarilla Game and Fish FENTON: As of Tuesday. We had surprising rain Monday night. Our ice is covered with water and very slippery. No fishing activity Tuesday morning. Before the rain, some anglers did real well for 8- to 10-inch rainbows, a few bigger ones. Two browns were caught at about 14 inches each. Best with wax worms and/or salmon eggs on jigs; some also used garlic-flavor corn. Bill Pentler, park ranger EAGLE NEST: As of Tuesday. Ice thickness was about 13 inches close to shore, near the ramps and off the northeast shoreline. Thickness still not known over deeper water and at other parts of the lake. Anglers have been taking perch every day. Some days good, but some not so good, for 14-inch rainbows, a few bigger ones to 16 inches. Best for perch and trout with live worms, night crawler chunks, live meal worms and live wax worms. Also good for trout jigging Swedish Pimples, Kastmasters and Z-Rays. Sue Finley, Mountain View Cabins MALOYA and ALICE: As of Tuesday. Fishing at Maloya on Monday was fair to good for 10-inch rainbows on various doughbaits. Better at Lake Alice with homemade doughbait for stocker rainbows plus a few to 14 inches. However, then we had rain, and on Tuesday our ice was not considered safe. For an update on ice conditions, contact the state park office, (505) 445-5607. Sarah Wood, park ranger BLUEWATER: As of Tuesday. Fair to good through the ice until we got pretty

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heavy rain Monday night. Our ice now considered dangerous. We have a couple of places where you can fish in open water from the bank, but most are not easily reached. The most accessible place is about 150 yards south of the main boat ramp; fishing has been good for 10- to 12-inch rainbows on corn or fireballs. For an update on ice conditions, call the state park office, (505) 876-2391. Robert Aldridge, volunteer park office manager ........OPEN WATER........ NAVAJO: Little or no fishing action. We have not seen anyone trolling this week. No reports. The Game & Fish Department has been stocking 7-inch rainbows. Shannon Haley, park administrator SAN JUAN: As of Tuesday. Flow was at 250 cubic feet a second (same as in recent weeks); a little murky this morning, possibly from rain Monday night, but it never did get real bad. Successful anglers in quality water have been using egg patterns, Princess flies, Desert Storms and OJs for catch-and-release of 13- to 20-inch fish, mostly rainbows. Very light pressure in the regular water. Only one report from the regular section. A local and very reliable fisherman reported lots of rises in bait water, with trout going for midges. He said he caught and released rainbows up to 15 to 18 inches — throwing lures at them (exact lures not mentioned, but in the past he has used Kastmasters and Krocodiles). Tim Chavez, Abe's Motel and Fly Shop HERON LAKE: Pretty quiet here. Rain and a little snow, but no snow on the ground as of early Tuesday afternoon. Some coves have a little ice. A few 12- to 14-inch rainbows taken, mostly in the Ridge Rock area with green PowerBait or red salmon eggs. Marilyn Morrison, Stone House Lodge CHAMA RIVER below EL VADO: As of Tuesday. Flow rate was 75 cfs (reported at 50 cfs last week), and a little murky. The fish have been "biting soft," but most anglers caught stockers to 15-inch rainbows, and 15- to 18-inch browns. Best on night crawlers, Woolly Worms and Panther Martins. David Cooper, El Vado Guest Ranch COCHITI: Lots of rain and snow, mostly rain locally. Little or no fishing pressure; no reports. Karen Lewis, Mainstream Bait Shop SANDIA PUEBLO LAKES: Fair to good for 9- to 11-inch rainbows on salmon peach PowerBait, salmon eggs and wax worms. No ice on the lakes since Dec. 29. Paul Holmes, lakes manager NORTHERN WATERS: As of Tuesday. We had rain all last night in the Taos area, and levels of the Rio Grande and Red River have fluctuated. Flow on the Rio Grande is at 328 cfs in the Wild and Scenic River area and 501 cfs near Pilar — well above normal for this time of year, but the water has been about as clear as it normally gets, and is still very fishable. Good from the Rio Grande Box to Pilar for 10- to 20-inch rainbows, browns and cutbows. Best at this time of year to wait until about 10:30 or 11 a.m. for the water to warm up a little. Try size 14 to 22 nymphs like Copper Johns and Flashback Pheasant Tail Nymphs, plus big Hare's Ears. Also in the

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Pilar area, look for snowflies to show soon. The Red River below the hatchery is low and very clear, but may get cloudy in the afternoon. The movement of spawning browns from the Rio Grande into the Red River is over, but now some big cutbows at 18 to 24 inches are starting to enter the Red River from the Rio Grande. The water temperature has been steady at about 45 degrees — close to the perfect 52-degree range desired. Good for 8- to 18-inch rainbows, browns and cutbows — but because of the low, clear water, best to fish upstream and with some stealth. Cimarron flow is about turned off and fishing not recommended. Joey Phillips at Los Rios Anglers, Taos BRANTLEY: Boating traffic continues light with little fishing reported. Anglers are encouraged to try for white bass with minnows off the west fishing dock — also for catfish on chicken liver. Shane Phipps, park manager ELEPHANT BUTTE: Striped bass action has slowed down some. Average anglers are still likely to catch 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 WINTER STOCKING - MIDDLE RIO GRANDE VALLEY: As of Wednesday. The following drains were stocked Monday with 9 1/2-inch rainbows: Corrales (600), Albuquerque Upper (1,000) and Lower (1,000). Bernalillo, Peralta amd Belen drains were not stocked because of bad road conditions; depending on the weather, they will be stocked next week. John Sheffer, distribution manager, Red River Hatchery All content copyright ©
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