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December 24, 2003
MERCURY ALERT New Mexico environmental officials have issued warnings about eating mercury-contaminated fish. Contact the Surface Water Quality Bureau, (505) 827-2470, for specific guidelines. AROUND THE STATE NAVAJO: Like last week, little or no fishing pressure. No reports. Shannon Haley at the park office SAN JUAN: As of Tuesday, the river was flowing at 250 cubic feet a second and continued to be clear only to about 1 foot. Navajo Lake is still turning over. Quality water has been fair to great, depending on choice of flies, for catch-and-release of 6- to 20-inch trout, mostly rainbows; fair with dry flies, good with nymphs, and great with streamer patterns like gray Bunny Leeches and olive Woolly Buggers. Other flies that work well are egg patterns, orange San Juan Worms, red Larva and chocolate FoamWings. Very few reports from regular water, but they indicate fishing good for 6- to 14-inch rainbows on salmon eggs. Peggy Harrell at Abe's JICARILLA LAKES: Current information not available. Early last week, all lakes had some ice cover. Horse and Enbom were completely covered, while Mundo had thin ice. Anglers are advised to use the utmost caution when venturing onto any ice. Jim White, fisheries biologist, Jicarilla Game and Fish HERON LAKE: Little or no fishing pressure. No reports. Marilyn Morrison, Stone House Lodge CHAMA RIVER below EL VADO: As of Monday, flow was about 284 cfs (compared to 140 cfs early last week). Little or no pressure; no reports. David Cooper, El Vado Guest Ranch
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ABIQUIU: No pressure at the lake. There has been some on the river below the dam, where on Saturday one angler caught a 15-inch brown on worms. Phillip Martinez, Corps of Engineers ranger FENTON: As of Tuesday, the lake was mostly ice-covered, with some open water. No safe ice. Bill Pentler, park ranger SANDIA PUEBLO LAKES: Fair to good for 9- to 13-inch rainbows on PowerBait, salmon eggs and corn. Paul Holmes, lakes manager COCHITI: Little or no pressure at the lake, and no reports. The stilling basin is getting stocked with rainbows; no reports, but it should be good for 11.9-inch rainbows. Murray Lewis, Mainstream Bait Shop NORTHERN WATERS: Rio Grande water is cold (below 40 degrees) and fishing is slow for 6- to 16-inch rainbows and browns. Probably best with small beadhead nymphs (size 18 and smaller). The Red River below the hatchery is low, and fishing is fair to good — but with a lot of people out on the river over the holidays. Best for 6- to 16-inch rainbows and browns with small beadhead nymphs. As of Tuesday, the Cimarron was flowing at less than 1 cfs; it's extremely difficult to fish and not recommended. On the Valle Vidal, the Rio Costilla is extremely low and not recommended. John Rainey, Los Rios Anglers, Taos EAGLE NEST: As of Monday, the lake was frozen over. Thickness on Sunday was about 5 inches near the south boat ramp. Thickness at other parts of the lake unknown. What reports we have indicate fishing is fair. A few anglers, fishing Sunday through the ice near the south ramp, caught some 14- to 17-inch rainbows on night crawlers, roe sacs and crappie jigs. There was a little snow on the ice Monday. Sue Finley at Mountain View Cabins MALOYA and ALICE: As of Tuesday, Maloya was about 95 percent frozen, but there was no safe ice and the only open water was in the middle. Lake Alice is frozen over but not considered safe; thickness was
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not consistent, ranging from 3 to 8 inches. Also, at this time of year, the city of Raton usually draws water from Lake Alice, making the ice treacherous. Jaime Romero, assistant manager, Sugarite Canyon State Park BRANTLEY: Boating is only recommended in the river channel due to the low lake level. Boating activity continues light, with little fishing pressure. Shane Phipps, park manager BLUEWATER: As of Tuesday, the lake was pretty much covered with a thin layer of ice — not safe ice, and no suitable open water for fishing from the bank. Gary Jewell, park superintendent SELECTED SOUTHEAST AND SOUTHWEST WATERS: Slow at Santa Rosa and Sumner. Fair for trout on the Pecos River below Sumner Lake using salmon eggs, PowerBait and small spinners. Continues good for trout at Bosque Redondo using PowerBait, salmon eggs and wet flies under a bubble. As of Tuesday, Quemado had a thin layer of ice and was unsafe for fishing. Fair at Bear Canyon for trout, using PowerBait, salmon eggs, prop flies under a bubble and spinners. At Bill Evans, use the same baits as at Bear Canyon for some good trout fishing. Fishing is good and should stay that way through the winter months with regular trout stocking. If you want to try for the big bass at Bill Evans, use jig-and-pig combinations or big-trout imitations fished slowly in deep water. Bill Dunn's Report for the Department of Game and Fish ELEPHANT BUTTE: Very little change from last week. Exceptionally light pressure, probably due to frequent cold and windy conditions. Fair to good for striped bass, with most of them at 12 pounds or less (and occasionally one at 17 pounds or better). Best opportunity is likely to be between Kettle Top and the dam, drifting or trolling slowly with live bait at 20 to 25 feet. Action continues slow for largemouth and smallmouth. Probably best in 6 to 15 feet of water with soft plastic retrieved across the bottom. Some 1 1/2- to 3-pound catfish are being caught with shrimp over baited holes. Bob Brewster, Butte Fishing Guide Service
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WINTER STOCKING: In the Middle Rio Grande Valley, drains plus Tingley Beach were stocked last week as follows with 9 1/4-inch rainbows: Bernalillo (none — this drain was being worked on and its stocking diverted to Tingley Beach), Corrales (500), Albuquerque Upper (192) and Lower (360), Peralta (500), Belen Riverside (500), and Tingley Beach (740). Victor Trujillo, manager, Red River Hatchery All content copyright ©
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