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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Fishing Line
By Bill Dyroff For the Journal

CATCHES of the WEEK: Sunday, on the San Juan, Kristy Jo Purvis of Islamorada, Fla., on her first-ever fly fishing trip, caught and released nine 17- to 20-inch rainbows and one 17-inch brown, and lost over 10 additional fish; guided by Jude Duran. ... At Sandia Pueblo Lakes, Friday, Isidro Muñoz of Albuquerque caught a 21-inch rainbow on a Panther Martin. AROUND the STATE ICE CONDITIONS EAGLE NEST: As of Tuesday. Ice is about a foot thick. We have 2 to 21/2 feet of snow on the ground, and about 2 feet of snow on the ice. Ice fishing has been slow some days, but pretty good most days for 12- to 19-inch rainbows, most of them between 12 and 15 inches. Best reports on roe sacs, corn or jigs. Good for perch on worms. 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. Ice thickness is about 12 inches at both lakes. Ice fishing opened Monday "at your own risk" at both lakes. No current information on ice fishing success. For updated information, call the park, (505) 445-5607. Pat Walsh, park ranger, Sugarite Canyon State Park FENTON: As of early afternoon on Tuesday. Ice is at 8 to 12 inches. Open to ice fishing, and fair for 10- to 12-inch rainbows on salmon eggs. There are at least a dozen holes in the ice with bubbling water; definitely not safe areas— avoid them. Paved roads clear, but unpaved roads near and in the park are snow-covered and 4WD vehicles recommended. For updates, call the park office, (505) 829-3630. Randy Trujillo, park ranger JICARILLA LAKES: As of Tuesday. Horse continues to have excellent ice fishing for big rainbows. One angler reported catching five Sunday— two at 20 inches, one at 18 and two at 17. Best on bright color jigs; fishing is slower at midday. Mundo is fishing well for 12- to 15-inch trout on corn. For updates: Kevin Terry, Jicarilla Game & Fish, (505) 759-3255. Kevin Terry, fisheries biologist, Jicarilla Game & Fish BLUEWATER: As of Monday. Ice thickness was reported at 6 to 10 inches. Fair with corn and salmon eggs for 10- to 12-inch rainbows. For updated ice conditions, call the state park office, (505) 876-2391. Bill Dunn's Report for the Department of Game and Fish OPEN WATER NAVAJO LAKE: Little or no fishing. No reports. Steve Mueller, park superintendent SAN JUAN RIVER: As of Tuesday. Flowing at 500 cubic feet a second; clear to 3 to

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4 feet. Excellent in quality water for most fishermen for catch-and-release of 17- to 20-inch fish. Best with chocolate Foam-Wing Emergers, black or gray Bunny Leeches and orange or red San Juan Worms. Regular water good with night crawlers and gold or silver spinners for 15- to 16-inch rainbows and browns. Andy Greenberg at Abe's HERON: As of Monday. About 3 inches of snow on the ground; roads are clear and in good shape. Good from the bank for the few anglers out, for 10- to 14-inch rainbows on PowerBait or salmon eggs. Our best reports from the spillway area and La Laja ramp area. For current information on boat launch, contact the park office, (505) 588-7470, or Stone House Lodge, (505) 588-7274. Marilyn Morrison, Stone House Lodge RIO CHAMA below EL VADO: About 2 to 3 inches of snow on the ground, Monday; roads are clear. Flowing at 225 cfs, and greenish. Reports only from two groups of anglers and only about fishing right near our cabins— fair, mostly for 17-inch-average browns, with one 14-inch rainbow reported caught. Best with night crawlers. David Cooper, El Vado Guest Ranch ISLETA PUEBLO LAKES: As of Tuesday. Shoreline ice has thawed some, and access improved. Pressure had been light, but picked up this past week with anglers reporting higher catch rates for rainbows. Jason Rector, Aquatics Consultants, for Isleta Lakes SANDIA PUEBLO LAKES: As of Tuesday. Good to very good, mostly for 11- to 13-inch rainbows, some bigger to 21 inches (see Catches of the Week above). Best on salmon eggs, PowerBait and Panther Martins. Our annual Martin Luther King holiday weekend fishing derby will be Saturday-Monday. We will have 35 large rainbows, 16 to 24 inches, tagged for cash prizes. No entry fee, just the regular day-use fee. Paul Holmes, lakes manager COCHITI: As of Tuesday. Lake is 100 percent frozen. Not safe. Closed to fishing by the Corps of Engineers. Murray Lewis, Mainstream Bait Shop, Peña Blanca NOTES from GAME & FISH: In the Taos Area, fishing for northern pike on the Rio Grande was fair on jerkbaits and Bunny Leeches; fair for trout on streamers, Woolly Buggers, spinners and salmon eggs. Flow of the Red River, Monday, near Questa was 33 cfs. Fair for trout on small beadhead nymphs, streamers and salmon eggs. Bill Dunn's Report for the Department of Game and Fish SUMNER: Very little pressure; no reports from the lake. Continues good below the dam for stocker rainbows on PowerBait and lures. Lewis Hancock, park ranger ELEPHANT BUTTE: Very little pressure and action continues real slow. On Tuesday, a friend and I did OK for a couple of 21/2- to 3-pound smallmouth— on rocky points near Hot Springs Landing with white slabs in 20 to 25 feet of water. JR McManus, Desert Bass Guide Service WINTER STOCKING, MIDDLE RIO GRANDE VALLEY: Stocking with 9.7-inch rainbows was completed Monday and Tuesday at these drains plus Tingley Beach: Bernalillo (100), Corrales (550), Albuquerque Upper and Lower (400 each),

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Peralta and Belen (875 each) and Tingley Beach (1,500). Tim Sintas, wildlife culturist, Red River Hatchery
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